TJ Newsflash: 7 February

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The latest learning news and research personally compiled by TJ’s Editor, Jo Cook

DWP prohibits officials’ use of ChatGPT

The Department for Work and Pensions has issued guidance outlawing civil servants from using ChatGPT in their work or accessing the artificial intelligence tool on any government-issued devices, PublicTechnology can reveal.

The DWP this week made some small, but significant tweaks to its Acceptable Use Policy guidance – which sets out responsibilities and limitations for anyone accessing the department’s technology or data systems. The rules are applicable to “all DWP employees, agents, contractors, consultants, suppliers and business partners”, and cover the use of “all DWP equipment and information [including] all information systems, hardware, software and channels of communication, including voice- telephony, social media, video, email, instant messaging, internet and intranet”.

Among the amendments made to the policy this week are instructions about the use of different types of AI programs – including a clear and specific ban on the use of OpenAI’s ChatGPT platform and any other such tool openly available online.

Read more on our sister publication PublicTechnology.

Learning Technologies 2024 keynote speaker on AI

Daniel Susskind, Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Ethics in AI, Oxford University is to provide the opening address at the upcoming Learning Technologies 2024 Conference, taking place on 17-18 April 2024 in London.

Learning Technologies 2024, opening address – A world in flux: AI and the forces transforming work, and what we can – and should – do about it.

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The 2024 L&D work and salary report

This year’s Work and Salary Report is based on the Blue Eskimo 12th annual survey, conducted in the closing weeks of 2023. We collected quantitative survey data from over 900 learning and development professionals based in the UK or working remotely with UK-based companies.

Across all disciplines and job titles as diverse as L&D Manager, L&D Business Partner, Chief Learning Officer, Learning Experience Designer, Instructional Designer and Customer Success Manager.

With subject areas and data collected covering questions relating to: 

  • Macroeconomic impact and L&D Budgets
  • Salaries and working conditions
  • Employee relations
  • Hybrid and remote working attitudes
  • Job satisfaction and happiness

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New VR technology programme success

CCL is one of the UK’s most prestigious leadership training practices across international government, banking, the military, transportation and logistics, renewable energy and sporting goods.

Its partnership with AdagioVR – the world’s first virtual-reality high-performance tool that uses gold-standard clinical behavioural transformation – will see immersive VR programmes, with full privacy, governance and remote accessibility, incorporated into its existing, highly successful training days for the first time.

Read more.