The New Learning Architect

The New Learning Architect

We are all learning machines, constantly adapting to the ever-changing threats and opportunities with which we are confronted. We learn through experience, whether consciously or unconsciously; we learn by seeking out the knowledge and skills we need to carry out our day-to-day tasks; we learn by sharing experiences and best practice with our colleagues, and by taking advantage of opportunities for development, both formal and informal.

The new learning architect designs environments that enable specific target populations to take maximum advantage of all these opportunities for learning. To do this they need to understand the unique characteristics of their clients and the business challenges they are facing; they need to find just the right balance between top-down and bottom-up learning initiatives, between the formal and informal.

The new learning architect is at the vanguard of the next generation of learning and development professionals, taking advantage of the latest tools, technologies and thinking to help organisations meet the acute financial, time and environmental pressures of the 21st century.

The New Learning Architect was published in January 2011. It is available not only in hard copy and in a variety of e-book formats, but also on the Onlignment blog as a series of posts throughout 2011 and into 2012. Each month we posted a whole chapter of the book:  Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Chapter 5 Chapter 6 Chapter 7 Chapter 8 Chapter 9 Chapter 10 Chapter 11.

Paperback version

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Currently available through Lulu and Amazon.  Lulu also offer a PDF download option.


The New Learning Architect on Kindle

Kindle versions are available at and


Support independent publishing: Buy this e-book on Lulu.

An ePUB version is currently available through Lulu. This should also appear on the Apple iBookstore sometime soon.

The video interview

Clive Shepherd talks to Laura Layton-James about aspects of the book:

And the slides

See the slides from Clive’s presentation at DevLearn in Las Vegas, November 2011