Agile Learning

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What are the skills that your organisation will need in the future, and how will you develop these? How will AI impact work? In what way will a ‘day in the life’ of a learner in your organisation be different in 5 years’ time? Will you need to adapt your learning practices to stay relevant – and how can we help learners to adapt? Do you think there is more of a role or less of a role for learning and development in future?

As L&D practitioners, we are facing questions that are much broader than simply the role of technology in learning, reflecting rapid shifts in the nature of our organisations, our employees and how we work together – whether this is a shift from management to leadership or a desire to be more innovative.

'Agile learning' describes the shifts that Learning & Development will have to make in order to respond to these changes.


The Agile Learning SIG will consider three interrelated strands: New Ways of Working, New Ambitions, New Technologies. As a group, we will have a chance to discuss, explore and share best practice in these areas. The result will be a compiled SIG report.



The SIG group provides a collegial forum for forward-thinking Learning & Development leaders to meet, to share and discuss, to reflect over time, and to engage with industry experts.

In addition to this, the SIG participants will:

  • Share of best practice/intelligence in the form of a report.
  • Develop the understanding of the three focus areas
  • Dive deep into key issues (e.g. AI, innovation culture)
  • Opportunities to test new thinking
  • Identify practical applications, such as new skills to embed within our organisation
  • Experiment with new tools and ways of working


We aim for five essential outcomes:

  • Community of practice among organisations that have similar challenges and can depend on each other for impartial input and support
  • Detailed case studies of current best practice - insights, initiatives and early results from member organisations who are on the journey from delivering training to building adaptive, learning organisations.
  • Summary of current research exploring the evidence that supports best practice in personalised, agile learning
  • Final report summarising the findings of the SIG, and illustrating the group’s conclusions around agile learning methods and impacts
  • Acceleration of your organisation’s transformation agenda

SIG Duration

We expect the Agile Learning SIG to have a duration of around 6 months, to be confirmed with delegates.

Starting Point:

The key events are:

  • Launch event: 28-29 November, 2019
    This two-day launch event will bring the SIG participants together to collaborate, discuss, learn and reflect. It will also commence the best-practice sharing activity and clarify the ways of working and focus-area alignment for the group going forward.
  • Continuous Learning events
    Over the next months, participants will be invited to online masterclasses addressing core topics contributing their own stories and data, which will be compiled by the SIG team into a set of case studies to be included in the final SIG report.
  • Final event: July 2020
    The SIG will culminate at a two-day event, where participants will reconvene to consider the key findings from the report, recognise implications for their organisation, and the actions that they consequently wish to take.

SIG Facilitator

Nick Shackleton-Jones is a Director at PA Consulting and author of 'How People Learn' (Kogan Page, May 2019). Recognised as a thought leader in Learning & Development, he is responsible for coining the ‘courses to resources’ shift and the affective context model of learning. He began his professional life as a psychology lecturer and went on to lead learning innovation at Siemens Communications, the BBC and BP.

Nick leads PA’s Learning and Performance Innovation team, who work with multi-national organisations across sectors to discover new ways to get better performance from their people, changing behaviours and building engagement ways that traditional training can't.


To build a rich and multi-faceted community of practice, participating organisations are asked to send two delegates - one at the strategic decision-making level and one who is responsible for the implementation of new models and new approaches directly.

Target Group

This SIG is by invitation only and is dedicated to corporate learning and corporate HR practitioners from companies.

Join companies already on board:


  • € 3,000 for EFMD members and PA Consulting Group clients
  • € 4,000 for non-EFMD members

Fees include full participation for two delegates in all Agile Learning SIG activities plus an additional two seats at the EFMD Corporate Advisory Service (CAS) seminar.

To apply for membership please fill in this application form.

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