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TrainingZone Hot Topics: Ice breakers and measuring L&D


It's been another busy month across the TrainingZone community, and we've been enjoying seeing which features, videos and news stories have been getting the most feedback from you across our site and social media channels.

Here's my latest round-up of the more lively discussions and popular pieces over the past few weeks...

What's the point of icebreakers? 

An interesting post in Any Answers - one member asked whether icebreakers were still worth doing, or if the consensus nowadays is that they're a bit cringe-worthy.

There were some great responses to the post both on the site and on LinkedIn, some of which you can see below:

You can see an extended thread on our LinkedIn group - let me know what your thoughts are on icebreakers in the comments below.

Popular discussion: Presentation skills

Our community were quick to advise on this Any Answers post about online presentation skills training for SMEs - do you think that presentation skills training is needed in this context? Feel free to add your thoughts to the comments too!

Measuring the impact of L&D

Another piece which resounded with our readers was this news article on a recent report from CIPD on the lack of measurement against L&D in organisations. 

Without effectively evaluating the progress training is making within a business, it makes the job harder not only for trainers, but also senior management when it comes to realising the skills deficits within their teams.

Here are some of the comments from LinkedIn:

What have been your experiences of evaluation and measurement within organisations? And what do you think can be done to improve the situation?

Engaging young workers

We also enjoyed this piece from HRZone on how despite younger workers are more open to learning online, they also have higher expectations of software and course content, so are often left bored or frustrated by more outdated courses.

Other popular posts: 

- What the MOOC are you talking about?The trouble with acronyms, explained well in this blog post.

The IT Gap that’s Damaging L&D - We have better technology available to us than ever before - but why is the tech we're using at work so far behind what we have at home, and what knock-on effect does it have on learning?

- Keeping Everyone Engaged - How do you ensure that a large group of new starters are all engaged during a long induction course?

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