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LEARNING TRANSFER


IN THE ROOM


ELEPHANT THE


Paul Matthews examines the learning transfer mindset


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o what is learning transfer? Like many terms, the phrase seems to mean different


things to different people. In organisa- tional learning, it usually refers to the operationalisation of ‘learning’ that has happened in a prior formal event such as a training course, or an e-learning course. Every definition talks about the application of learning, so the term


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‘learning transfer’ means much more than just transfer, or movement, of learning from one place to another. It also means the translation of that learning into effective action that improves job performance. Learning transfer is a process that takes place to a lesser or greater degree following a formal learning intervention, and the degree to which


it occurs has a direct impact on the value the organisation will harvest from its investment in those interventions. In this article, the focus will be


on training as the formal learning intervention, but the same ideas and processes could be applied to e-learning, action learning sets, coaching interventions and anything else you might consider as ‘formal


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