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The Browser: L&D blogs you can’t live without – part two

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Blogwatcher Karyn Romeis selects the final 10 of her favourite L&D blogs. Read the previous list here. Are there any unmissable blogs we've not included? Add a comment below.








Continuing where I left off last time, and still in no particular order:

1. eLearning Technology. Tony Karrer's focus is on corporate learning and he has excellent insight into the drivers of this world. He shares these freely in several online spaces worth visiting.

2. In the Middle of the Curve. You always know exactly what Wendy Wickham is working on, what her challenges are, how she feels about them, what she's learning or has learned. I'm not sure how she gets away with it, to be honest (all my erstwhile employers would have had a conniption), but I'm glad she does!

3. Creating Passionate Users. It has been well over a year since the zany, whacky, articulate Kathy Sierra last posted on her blog. There is, nevertheless, much material there that we can learn from. I remain subscribed to her RSS feed in the hope that one day she'll venture out into the open again… and there are signs that this may happen fairly soon.

4. Harold Jarche. Harold is a freelance learning and development consultant, based in Canada. His sphere of influence is ever-widening as he shares unselfishly of his time and perspectives with other learning professionals.

5. Making Change. Cathy Moore is possibly my favourite 'talk sense, provide practical advice' blogger. I have lost count of the number of people to whom I have shown her action mapping post. Cathy grasps the reality that workplace learning is about change and tackles that fact head on... with cracking illustrations.

6. Grainné Conole is Professor of e-learning at the Open University. As a faculty member at the OU, she is one of the few people working for an organisation that actively encourages its employees to be innovators and early adopters. It is from such people that the rest of learn, usually by trailing in their wake.

7. The Rapid eLearning Blog. Tom Kuhlman is an Articulate whiz. He should be - he works for the company. While I’m not sure the suite is as universally applicable as some would have us believe, Tom provides such usable, practical ideas, that I find myself tagging just about every post he writes.

8. Work Literacy. This is a group blog, described as "a network of individuals, companies and organizations who are interested in learning, defining, mentoring, teaching and consulting on the frameworks, skills, methods and tools of modern knowledge work."

9. Workplace Learning Today is another group blog, a Brandon Hall initiative exploring issues that the title suggests, backed by solid research coordinated by Gary Woodill, with contributions from Janet Clarey, Richard Nantel and Tom Werner.

10. Karyn’s erratic learning journey. Whenever one is asked to draw up one of these lists, there is always a bit of um-ing and ah-ing as to whether to include one’s own material. However, it would be a poor reflection of the value I place on my blogging experience if I were to leave it out, so in it goes.


Karyn Romeis has 20 years experience in the field of learning and development and makes extensive use of social media. She operates an independent consultancy called Learning Anorak Ltd and can be reached via her website or on 07789786878.

Read previous Browser entries here.

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