Author: mylesrun

  • Predictability needs to be cool

    I don’t think I have met anyone who wants to be predictable. All of us nurse hopes that we are special, different or, at least, noteworthy. Some of us are convinced that we are unique and our daring originality should be constantly celebrated. None of us, though, want to be ordinary. Neither do we want […]

  • (Relevant) content is king

    Many years ago now I joined a conference panel discussing the impact of search on news and publishing businesses. I was representing Ask Jeeves (you may need a certain maturity to recall this). At this time, power of search rankings had many incumbent businesses rattled. Google was really beginning to flex its muscles. There was […]

  • LinkedIn, the Economic Graph and Skills

    I had a very interesting conversation today. One of an increasingly large number, as I tend to my network more purposefully in preparation for leaving my current employment in the new year. (Incidentally, I highly recommend this, if for nothing more than stimulation and intellectual energy). During this conversation, I was introduced to the concept of […]

  • Stakeholder and user…never the twain?

    A couple of weeks ago, I posted (or ranted) about control and choice in learning and training. As threatened, I am returning to that theme now. On reflection, I think it was a good theme, if not the best theme to ponder. One of the reasons why training and control can feel so right is […]

  • Big data, small question

    Big data. We all want it and need it I am told. The real problem with large amounts of data (also with small amounts) is knowing what to do with it.  In my search engine days we used to say that we needed good questions to ask from the data. What do we need to do or decide and […]

  • Learning, training, control and choice.

    [Warning, this post is something of a stream]. “Control is to training as choice is to learning”. This is a fair summary of how I saw the world of L&D on first entry about five or six years ago. Granted, this is an enormously simplified characterisation and I have variously agreed and disagreed with it over those […]

  • We are still in Kansas after all

    Every L&D conference I have attended focuses on change. Mostly, radical change is prescribed.  New tools. New techniques. New technologies. New methods. All the old certainties are bunkum we are told. Adapt or die. Change is the only constant. Etc. Etc. Very often, we foot soldiers are energised and inspired by these events. New ideas […]

  • Is eLearning as easy as everything else now?

    Ease of use ought to be a hygiene factor. No producer should be permitted to provide unless they have met this basic standard. Without getting the basics right permission to do the sophisticated stuff should not be granted. “Have you washed your hands?” is an almost ubiquitous command because it is always sound, relevant advice. […]

  • Strange stories need new formats

    Despite its’ relative youth (wiser readers than I will let me know the true age), eLearning has a traditional content format: the online course. There are many routes to the creation of a course but the final destination is pretty predictable: a pop-up window filled with linear content and often some rich video of some kind […]

  • A good dunking at Learning Technologies 2015

    This post is no longer as current as I had first hoped it would be. Time has the better of me in recent weeks and my editorial attention was elsewhere. So…not quite ‘now’ perhaps but still relevant I believe. The ‘next big thing’ is a typical theme of most conferences. Technology conferences, rightly, spend a great […]