Lifelong Learning Beyond Formal Education

Many people mistake the word ‘learning’ as synonymous with ‘schooling’. Whilst formal education is one important element of lifelong learning, it’s not the only element. Lifelong learning is much more expansive than that. In 2017 my alma mater, the University of Southern Queensland (USQ), invited me to speak at a…

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Join Adult Learners Week Idea Fest 12 Aug 2019

Adult Learners Week (ALW) is 1-8 September 2019.  I’m hosting an online ALW Idea Fest webinar to help brainstorm ideas for activities you could run in your organisation during the week. Adult Learners Week is about championing adult learning and building lifelong learning skills and practices. What could you do…

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Adult Learners Week 1-8 Sept 2019 – What Will You Do?

Did you know that 1st to 8th of September 2019 is Adult Learners Week (ALW)?  It’s a UNESCO initiative, so it's the same day all around the globe. Adult Learning Australia is coordinating community -based activities during the week in Australia. https://vimeo.com/350226844 I encourage people who are working in organisations,…

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Learning at the Pace of Disruption

The concept of the learning organisation is making a resurgence.  This time round you’ll hear the term ‘learning culture.’  Perhaps you’ve noticed it popping up in leadership publications and events.  It may feel like a fad.  If you’ve been around long enough you’ve seen it before.  It had a flash…

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Australian Public Service Community of Practice Workshop

Today I joined the Australian Public Service's Learning and Development (L&D) Community of Practice (COP) to run a two-hour workshop.  My thanks to the community facilitator, Diane Hickman, for inviting me to facilitate a session. I ran a professional development session for the group called 'The L&D Profession: How to…

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Australian Workplace Learning Conference Wrap #AWLC2019

In this video Michelle reflects on key themes from the Australian Workplace Learning Conference: (1) Shift from training first practices (2) Adoption of a performance mindset Below the video is a summary of these themes. Michelle will curate and share her notes from all sessions she attended in a separate…

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What I Learned in March 2019

The three things I have picked to talk about what I learned in March 2019 are: Mental Models Data Analytics for learning professionals What we can learn from blue zones about longevity Watch the video to hear what I learned and/or read the summary below 1. Mental Models In March…

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What I Learned In November 2018

November was an extraordinarily busy month for me, with abundant learning opportunities in the course of my work.  The three I've picked for this month's 'What I Learned' video are: How I Learn - spoiler alert - mostly through my work, collaboration and conversation with others.  Here is a link…

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Smart Leaders Leverage Abundant Knowledge

We embraced the advantages and opportunities of our businesses becoming computerised.  Now digital technology shapes every aspect of business. Mostly there’s no going back – nor wish to look over our shoulders – at our pre-digital ways. But I’m seeing cases where technology has confused and misled. In particular, the Information…

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What I Learned in August 2018

What I Learned In August 2018

Using Personas I've noticed that I'm using personas, especially the empathy mapping component, more frequently and fluidly in my work.  I posted a daily dispatch about this in late August.  I often share this introduction to empathy mapping with others if they are curious or I want to use the tool with…

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That’s where Michelle Ockers comes in

I can help you to achieve your aspirations to transform learning in your organisation in a range of very practical ways. I can help accelerate your learningtransformation regardless of the sector and scale of your organisation, the size of your learning team, or where you are on your modern learning journey. Contact me for a discussion.