Current and Coming Job Skills. How L&D Helps.


Patti shank 10082014 for print 9 (1)
President, Learning Peaks LLC
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Is L&D keeping up with the rapid changes to industry and jobs in the last ten or so years? According to The Future of Jobs report by the World Economic Forum, we aren’t.

An accelerating rate of technological change and other disrupters are transforming organizations and reducing the longevity of organizations and job skills. Research shows jobs skills are rapidly changing, with technology replacing some skills, some jobs being replaced with technology, and new jobs being added. Unstable skills mean workers need to continuously learn to keep up with changes happening in the world, their industry, and their company. And research shows there are gaps between what employers need and what employees can do.

One of the most important ways that L&D practitioners can help with the current and coming job and skill chaos is to help people learn faster, easier, and with less stress. The good news? The learning sciences and other sciences (psychology, cognitive, social and so on) deliver specific and actionable tactics to help with these looming challenges.

In this session, Patti will discuss how L&D practitioners can help people
  • Become more self-sufficient learners
  • Remember and apply on the job
  • Learn and apply necessary social skills

Patti will show examples and supply handouts from her books, Write and Organize for Deeper Learning and Practice and Feedback for Deeper Learning.

About Patti Shank, Ph.D., CPT

Patti Shank, PhD is an internationally-known workplace learning expert, instructional designer, researcher, and author who is regularly cited as one of the most influential people in workplace learning internationally.

Patti speaks regularly at training and learning technology conferences and is the author of Write and Organize for Deeper Learning, Practice and Feedback for Deeper Learning, and Manage Memory for Deeper Learning. These books offer practical tactics for improving outcomes based on training and other research.

She greatly enjoys helping learning practitioners hone skills that have a major impact on instructional outcomes. Her Write Better Multiple-Choice Questions course is praised by its many participants, many of whom said it transformed their question-writing practice. Her multiple-choice question-writing book is available on Amazon internationally. (This will be true soon.)
Patti’s articles are found on eLearning Industry and elsewhere. She received her Ph.D. at the University of Colorado, Denver. Her research on new online learners won an EDMEDIA best research paper award. Website:

Books by Patti Shank, Ph.D., CPT


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