In this course we develop the capability of the L&D professional to contribute to the formation of people resource responses to the organization context.  We start with a brief overview of the internal and external environment exploring key environmental trends and how to use that information to develop an understanding of the L&D needs of the workforce.

This leads to a conversation about the theory and practice of Learning and Development and its relationship to strategic responses to the market and competitive environment.  Then we explore how to use this information and knowledge effectively to make decisions in response to context.  

This course serves to enable the L&D practitioner to increase credibility and influence at senior levels in the organization.

Key Course Concepts: Learning and Development, Learning Professional, Environmental Context, Learning Theory, Capability Development.

Learning Objectives
  • Explore the managerial and business environment in which contemporary organizations operate within which the L&D practitioner works.
  • Identify the theory and practice of L&D and how organizational leaders and the L&D function can use these to respond appropriately to the market and competitive environment.
  • Discover how organizational L&D strategies are shaped and developed in response to internal and external factors.




Last updated/reviewed: August 6, 2023
Course Complexity: Intermediate

No advanced preparation or prerequisites are required for this course.

Education Provider Information
Company: Illumeo, Inc., 75 East Santa Clara St., Suite 1215, San Jose, CA 95113
Contact: For more information regarding this course, including complaint and cancellation policies, please contact our offices at (408) 400- 3993 or send an e-mail to .
Instructor for this course
Course Syllabus
  Introduction to Learning and Development in Context8:08
  L&D Scope, Concept and Process9:42
  The Managerial and Business Environment12:25
  The Participation Revolution6:36
  Understanding Workforce L & D Needs 6:27
  The Theory and Practice of L & D 9:53
  Social Constructivism10:13
  Decision-Making in Response to Context 11:38
  The Third Dimension11:04
  Learning and Development in Context1:30:01
  Slides: Learning and Development in ContextPDF
  Learning and Development in Context Glossary/IndexPDF