Research is continually advancing our knowledge of how humans learn and what this means for effective workplace learning. As a result, traditional models that are applied to learning design and delivery are being challenged and emerging theories are being explored. 

This factsheet outlines a range of theories on workplace learning to inform design. It outlines some of the more prominent ideas practitioners need to embrace before the design process commences.

This factsheet was last updated by David Hayden: Digital Learning Portfolio Manager, L&D and OD&D, CIPD

David is responsible for CIPD’s digital learning portfolio. He leads the design and delivery of a number of L&D-focused products and keeps his practice up to date by facilitating online events.

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