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Implement Curated Learning

Take a modern approach to L&D that gives learners the right content at the right time.

  • The way people learn has changed as technology and personal preferences evolve. Learners are more likely to access content on their own, without the support of Learning & Development (L&D).
  • Keeping up with change can be overwhelming for employees as the amount of available content is expanding exponentially, providing too much information to sift through to quickly to find what they need.

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Critical Insight

  • Curated learning is part of a L&D transformation needed to keep pace with the way people work today, support agility within organizations, and allow learners to access and share the right content at the right time.
  • Go where your learner already is by designing your curated learning program with the learner top of mind – they will determine the program’s success by either returning to the program or continuing to source their own content.

Impact and Result

  • Implement curated learning for the organization to point learners to the most relevant information from multiple sources and make it easily available to the right audience at the right time.
  • Design a curation framework for your organization through a clear understanding of how content will be curated and how employees will engage with the content. Shift the role of L&D from a creator of content to a curator to enable productivity gains by highlighting relevant content for employee development.

Implement Curated Learning Research & Tools

1. Determine best fit for curated learning

Define the goals, framework, and metrics for curated learning.

2. Explore learner experiences

Gather insights and usage data to create learner profiles.

3. Define your approach

Establish curated learning standards, technology needs, and required talent.

4. Plan for implementation

Create action and communication plans with change champions and agents.

Workshop: Implement Curated Learning

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Module 1: Establish Goals and Select a Framework

The Purpose

  • Make the case for curated learning as an L&D strategy.
  • Set goals and metrics for the selected curated learning framework.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Curated learning goals, framework, and metrics established.
  • Current L&D initiatives evaluated for fit with the curated learning approach.




Identify why curated learning is a priority.


Review strategic objectives and set goals for curated learning.

  • Goals for curated learning

Select L&D initiatives where curated learning is a good fit.

  • L&D initiatives for curated learning identified

Determine the curated learning framework that fits your organization.

  • Curated learning framework

Identify metrics to track progress.

  • Metrics for curated learning

Module 2: Design Curated Learning

The Purpose

  • Design the curated learning approach and align it with learner needs and organizational strategy.
  • Evaluate resource requirements and standards for the curated learning plan.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Curated learning goals aligned with organizational and learner needs.
  • Logistical requirements for curated learning determined.




Identify learner insights.


Create learner profiles.

  • Learner profile(s)

Determine roles and responsibilities.

  • Roles and responsibilities

Establish curated learning standards.

  • Curated learning standards

Examine supporting technology.

  • Technology requirements

Module 3: Prepare to Implement

The Purpose

  • Set a foundation for implementation success using change champions and anticipating barriers.
  • Develop the action and communication plans for program rollout.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Plans for program implementation are designed for optimal effectiveness and adoption rates.




Evaluate L&D team capability.


Define the L&D curated learning role.

  • L&D curated learning role defined

Identify and select change champions and agents.

  • Change champions/agents identified

Uncover potential barriers to adoption.


Formulate rewards for early adopters.

  • Rewards program for early adopters

Document an action plan.

  • Action plan

Identify key messages for communication.

  • Key messages for communication

Plan to iterate through ongoing analysis and evaluation.

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Guided Implementation 1: Determine best fit for curated learning
  • Call 1: Determine how curated learning aligns with the organization's strategic objectives.
  • Call 2: Select a curated learning framework and metrics that work best for the organization.

Guided Implementation 2: Explore learner experiences
  • Call 1: Discuss insights gleaned from focus groups and usage data and how that can be used to shape the curated learning program.
  • Call 2: Develop learner profiles to align curated learning to the learners' needs.

Guided Implementation 3: Define your approach
  • Call 1: Establish curated learning standards for implementation.
  • Call 2: Determine L&D’s role, responsibilities, and structure moving forward.

Guided Implementation 4: Plan for implementation
  • Call 1: Uncover and mitigate potential barriers to curated learning adoption.
  • Call 2: Create an action and communication plan, and determine tasks for implementation.


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