The changing shape of L&D

Learning and development is evolving. Learn about the key changes and how they affect learner engagement and effectiveness.

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Perfect for:

L&D managers
L&D professionals

You’ll learn how to:

  • explain the shift from traditional training to broader learning opportunities
  • describe the learning shifts recommended by the CIPD
  • create a practical plan to ensure relevant and valuable learning and development
  • describe the shifts in learning, why they have happened and what they mean for their organisational context.

About this course

Course length: 60-90 minutes

Delivery: Online, self-directed

Suitable for: Managers and L&D professionals with new responsibilities or who want to refresh their knowledge.


This course is included as part of the Core Learning Subscription.

What to expect from this ‘changing shape of L&D’ course

This short course explains why and how learning and development is moving away from traditional training approaches towards digital offerings. You'll develop confidence in discussing the changing shape of L&D and how to create the right culture and environment for individuals and organisations to learn and grow.

What you’ll need to do on this course

This bite-sized training consists of written, video and interactive content. You can work through the content at your own pace. At the end, you can test your understanding with a brief knowledge check. This is not a formal assessment; you can repeat it several times to help reinforce your learning.

What you’ll get on this course

Taking part in this course gives you access to the CIPD Learning Hub for 12 months. Here, you can access your course content together with other valuable resources and tools. When you finish your course, you can enjoy an additional 12 months of access to other resources on the Learning Hub.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, you'll be able to:

  • respond to new ways of working
  • identify evidence-based shifts including demands for digital learning
  • confidently discuss the changing shape of L&D including its relevance and value.

Team bookings

Interested in booking this course for your team? We offer group bookings solutions for teams of four or more people.

When your teams learn with the CIPD, they get direct access to the latest professional research and insights.

And through courses co-created with industry thought leaders and practitioners, they’ll build the skills and confidence they need to inspire action, influence change and drive business value.

We offer a wide range of Learning and Development solutions to suit employees at every level – whether in HR, L&D, OD or wider people management.