The Learning Café is blog magazine for learning and development professional interested in frank discussions about current issues and trends in learning, performance and knowledge management and its application at work. Learning Café was founded to generate quality discussions which are not influenced by sales messages.
The blog is for anyone interested in enterprise learning including experienced L&D and HR professionals in Australia and New Zealand.
There are 5 focus areas or categories:
- Effective Learning
- Learning & Performance
- Learning Technology
- L&D Capability
The Learning Café Blog has the privilege of having on its roll contributors comprising of experienced learning and development professionals and thought leaders in Australia and New Zealand.
Please note that the blog posts are the personal views and opinions of the contributors and not necessarily the views of the organisations they work for.
Bob Spence is an internationally known expert in the development of e-learning and workforce strategies, the management of e-learning development teams, processes to enhance quality of e-learning content and the use of technology to enhance human performance. During his career, Bob has been recognised through numerous awards, recorded interviews, journal articles and he has presented at more than 60 conferences in Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, UK and USA.
After pioneering the use of Computer-Based Training at a major Australian Financial Institution in the early 1980’s where he led a team of 32 learning and graphic designers that developed hundreds of hours of computer-based training on CD ROM, his experience was enriched when, in 1999, he joined a “top three” Professional Services Firm as Director, e-Learning Asia Pacific. After moving on to another large Australian Bank in 2002, he led that organisation’s successful and internationally awarded implementation of e-learning.
Bob advocates strongly for the development of people capability to enable the achievement of performance potential and since retiring from full-time work in 2007, he has shared his knowledge and experiences through a variety of mentoring, consulting and speaking engagements and through voluntary work in the community education sector.
Bob was named Learning Leader at the LEARNX 2009 Conference and is currently a Co-opted Board Member of a large and very active Community College. His qualifications include an MBA with a major in Human Resources from the University of New England. More..
Current Joint Editor
Peter has worked in the L&D profession for over 20 years across a range of industries and roles. He has managed design teams in large corporates in Australia and an education consulting team across Asia Pacific.
Peter’s passion is in enabling people to be highly engaged and productive in their work by providing learning and support at the moment of need. He has been a practitioner and an advocate of the work of Gloria Gery since managing a series of major systems training projects in the late 80s and early 90s for a large corporate. The learning solutions turned the traditional views of training on their head and opened Peter’s eyes to the power and reality of learning on the job – since accepted to be responsible for around 80% of most organisational learning.
Peter believes the L&D function of today must radically change to survive. It can no longer exist just as a supplier of the “catalogue of training courses”. It must reinvent itself – it’s strategies, skills and business practices to ensure it is enhancing and enabling best practice learning and performance on the job using the right tools and technologies for each situation.
Peter is currently the Senior Knowledge Manager for Westpac’s Retail Banking Business.
Leaning Cafe Founder and Producer
Jeevan is a director at KnowledgeWorking and an experienced practitioner of technology-based learning and collaboration in Australia. For over 18 years, he has combined a strategic and “hands on” approach to assist organisations understand, design, deliver and improve technology enabled solutions and processes. His expertise is fuelled by his passion for learning, anticipation of technology trends, and a focus on cost effective solutions.
Jeevan has a passion for technology-based learning and its ability to achieve bottom line results and social change. He is a regular speaker on the conference circuit on emerging trends and the smarter execution of learning and collaboration for business results. Jeevan has a Masters in Biochemical Engineering and an MBA (HR) from XLRI. He is a non-executive director at the Independent Living Centre NSW, a leading not for profit information, education, and advisory centre for assistive technology. More…
Ryan Tracey is the E‑Learning Manager at a well‑known financial services organisation in Australia. He has worked in the e-learning field for several years in the financial services industry, following several more years in the higher education sector. Ryan’s award winning blog focuses on adult learning in the corporate sector; however, Ryan values readership and contribution from all walks of life. Ryan has a strong background in e-learning and a keen interest in blended learning, informal learning and social media. He is passionate about fostering the community of practice among all learning professionals and enthusiasts. More..
A business professional with extensive experience in Learning and Performance and Human Resources, Rob Wilkins brings his unique perspective as a practitioner, a learner and researcher in corporate learning. His experience has been gained over the last 20 years and he has worked in the Financial Services and Professional Services industries predominately, as well as consulting to a host of other industries. His professional ethos has been built on a strong practitioner focus and contemporary leadership approach with an active involvement in the “doing”, to inform his personal learning landscape. With graduate qualifications in Adult Learning, Information Management and Design, E-Learning, Business Management and a Masters in Knowledge and Information Management, Rob’s personal learning Journey has been one of intrigue and specialty. Author of his own Blog “Ruminations of a Learning and Development Professional” and a prolific user of social media for the sharing of learning and knowledge news, Rob’s writings have been featured in Workplace Learning Blogs, ASTDs Learning Circuits and he has also written for Australian training magazine. His thought leadership has seen him sought out to speak for the likes of ASTD, AHRI, FST Media, AITD, LearnX, Tonkin, Ark Group and ElNet . More...
Shayya Sitaraman – Community Manager – Australia
Akshayya Sitaraman, has just completed her Masters of Communications: PR & Corporate Communications from Bond University.
With over 4 years of international experience in Advertising, PR, Journalism and Media she has worked with internationally renowned firms like JWT, Ogilvy & Mather, DDB Mudra and HELLO Marketing on the Gold Coast. At present, she is busy building a wealth of contacts (within the media and out of it) in Australia.
A veritable wordsmith, much of her expertise lies in her copywriting and editing capacity. She lives, breathes and dreams creativity, and is passionate about bringing her creative vision to life within the media.