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Essentials of Developing an Organizational Learning Culture

Create a workplace culture where learning is valued and knowledge is shared.

This program will explore the ways in which you can help to create the kind of culture in your organization that maximizes learning and results in continuous performance improvement. Today, managers and trainers need to think beyond the classroom. Formal training experiences no longer meet the needs of 21st-century organizations. Employees must be learning constantly in order to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to be successful in our fast-changing, digital world. Managers have a critical role to play in making this happen. You need to be able to create an organizational culture in which learning is a core value and made integral to work life.

  • Online3 sessions, 4.5 hours total
  • On-SiteFlexible dates & duration
Program Overview

Program Overview

Culture is made up of the different ways that people communicate with each other, the ways people lead, how the organization evaluates its performance, the physical environment of workspaces, and how organizational knowledge is managed. A learning culture is a community of workers continuously and collectively seeking improvement through new knowledge, new skills, and new applications of knowledge and skills to achieve the goals of the organization. A learning culture is a culture of inquiry; an environment in which employees feel safe asking tough questions about the purpose and quality of what they are doing for customers, themselves, and other stakeholders. The pursuit of learning is woven into the fabric of organizational life.

This program will explain the importance of a learning culture and how to create and sustain this culture in a variety of organizations. You will learn about methods to help employees surface, notice, gather, share, and apply new knowledge and skills. You will learn how to help your organizations change and improve over the long-term. 

We will discuss ways to create a culture where learning is the rule, not the exception. To do this, organizations must remove barriers to learning and reward behaviors that facilitate learning, such as risk taking, action learning, feedback, and reflection. We will look at organizational self-examination as a way for organizations to get feedback to adjust and change their goals, as well as their programs and processes. 

We will review tools that participants can use to facilitate the learning of individuals, teams, and the whole organization. Participants will develop a plan for what they can do to create a learning culture in their own organizations and will become familiar with resources they can go to for additional assistance in the future. Sharing experiences among participants will be encouraged.

What to Expect
  • Technical Requirements: This program is conducted in the WebEx Training Center. Special software is not required. You only need a standard web browser and telephone or VoIP capability to participate. In addition, it is strongly recommended to use a desktop or laptop computer as using a tablet or phone severely limits your ability to fully and actively participate in the program.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

By the end of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the importance of a learning culture to stakeholders in their organizations.
  • Determine what barriers need to be overcome in their own organizations in order to create a learning culture.
  • Determine where the greatest leverage is for creating a learning culture in their organizations.
  • Adapt different learning interventions to their own organizations.
  • Develop a plan for creating and sustaining a learning culture.



  • Session 1 - Defining a Learning Culture
  • Session 2 - Creating a Learning Culture
  • Session 3 - Sustaining a Learning Culture
Who Should Attend

Who Should Attend

This program is for managers and trainers who want to have a significant long-term impact on performance improvement in their organizations.
Credits & Attendance

Credits & Attendance

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Earn .45 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) upon successfully completing this program. Learn More

CPLP© Recertification Points

This program may be eligible for up to 4.5 CPLP recertification points. Learn more at

Attendance Policy

Participation in all online sessions at their originally scheduled day and time is mandatory to receive completion for the program. Participants who fulfill this attendance requirement will see their completion status reflected on their transcript in the ATD Learning Portal and will receive an email verifying their completion of the program. If you must miss a session, all sessions will be recorded and available in the Learning Portal for participants to review throughout the program.

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