Learning Theories Essential Insights
Boost your knowledge of learning theories and develop your skills as an L&D practitioner.
Free for CIPD members and Core Learning Subscribers.
CIPD research indicates that knowledge of adult learning theories amongst L&D practitioners is low. This has meant that there has been missed opportunities in the design and delivery of learning interventions.
This evidence-based course offers a starting point for practitioners to explore the facts relating to how people learn. It investigates and compares different learning theories and provides an overview of how this applies to the design and delivery of learning interventions.
Learners will explore some of the main concepts and philosophical approaches to learning. It also demonstrates how the CIPD created their learning philosophy.
Designed by leading L&D professional Fiona McBride, it will share a wealth of evidence and showcase the best of online design in learning.
All CIPD Learning courses will automatically provide you with access to the CIPD Learning Hub, our online learning platform, for 24 months.
The hub will house your course content, as well as useful resources, tools, and a community of professionals that you can tap into to support your learning and continual development.
Members, this course is included as part of your membership. Please access your free learning here.
In this course, you will:
- describe why having an up-to-date knowledge of learning and motivational theory is important for L&D practitioners
- explore CIPD’s philosophical approach to learning
- compare different ‘approaches’ of learning theory and how it applies to design and delivery of learning
- describe key motivational theories that apply to L&D practitioners.
Is this course right for me?
Do you have a passion for learning? This course is a must for anyone who is involved in workplace learning, development, and training, including HR practitioners, L&D teams, trainers, and line managers.
Core learning subscription
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With the CIPD’s Core Learning Subscription, you can access the key learning you require at the point when you need it. Delivered fully online, new courses are added regularly, and content consistently updated to reflect changes in the profession.
|Access to this course for 12 months|
|Access to the CIPD Learning Hub for 24 months|
|All Essential Insight courses – existing and as new courses are added|
|Our eight Core Behaviours Introductory Programmes|
|15% discount on all courses|
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Interested in a subscription for your team? Please get in touch here.
I want to put my team on this course
This course addresses one of the highlighted skills gaps in learning development. Embed an up-to-date understanding of learning theories into your team’s knowledge.
This evidence-based course will support your team to explore how people learn and interrogate the different learning theories so they can inform your organisation’s learning practices.
If you are looking to place more than four learners onto this course, please contact us to discuss a team solution
By the end of this course, you’ll be able to:
- explore some of the key theory about how people learn
- be familiar with a range of academic studies and insights
- transfer your learning and look at your organisation’s learning offerings with a critical eye
- recognise outdated learning models and plan to transition your organisation’s learning methods.
This short 60–90-minute course, consists of a mix of written, video, and interactive content.
The programme covers:
- Philosophy of learning
- Learning theory approaches
- Motivation theory and learning
- Critical thinking and evidence-based practice
- Knowledge check
This self-serve, online course has been designed for you to learn at your own pace.
There is a short knowledge check at the end of the course to test yourself against the key topics. This is not a formal assessment but an opportunity to self-test and can be done multiple times.
You will be able to access the course for 12 months from purchase and the CIPD Learning Hub will remain accessible to you for 24 months.