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Feb 12, 2024

Does the way we talk about learning improve our understanding – or hold it back? 

The language of learning is charged with resonant abstract nouns that mobilize professionals around new ideas and concepts. But are these concepts really so new in all cases – and do they provide a focus for practical action? To what extent is the debate driven by the commercial imperatives of Learntech vendors rather than the real needs of employees and students? Peter Manniche Riber is Head of Digital Learning at Novo Nordisk, Europe's most valuable company, and a formidable critic of this 'buzzword bingo'. He talks to John Helmer about the language of learning. Does it help or hinder?

  • 00:00:00 - Start
  • 00:00:33 - Intro
  • 00:03:19 - Is the language we use in learning fit for purpose?
  • 00:09:06 - Peter’s Top 3 buzzword dislikes
  • 00:12:34 - Drilling into those top 3 buzzword hates
  • 00:26:17 - Digital Transformation
  • 00:36:35 - Gamification
  • 00:38:41 - GenAI and the language of learning
  • 00:49:51 - The language of L&D
  • 01:05:42 – End 

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