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… Continue reading We are still in Kansas after all
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.… Continue reading Is eLearning as easy as everything else now?
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… Continue reading Strange stories need new formats
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… Continue reading A good dunking at Learning Technologies 2015
Engagement is one of those often used words in the learning technology world. Overused I believe. Often when we talk about engagement we would be better served by ‘interesting’ and ‘useful’. Both are easier to understand and more achievable. When it comes to telling stories though, some form of engagement and emotional response is closer… Continue reading Technology and storytelling – not the same old story?
In the last seven days I have had seven conversations about enterprise technology. Those systems that run our workplaces. The content of these conversations has been almost entirely gathered around how poor it is. These seven conversations took place in coffee shops, conference rooms, meeting rooms, a bar and one symposium room, no less. They… Continue reading Seven days to change the world of corporate systems?
A brief disclaimer. This post is not really about eLearning or learning technology. Sorry to disappoint if that is your only desire. Notions of scrums and agility have been on my mind persistently over the course of the last twelve or so months, for a variety of reasons. I have learned much from practitioners of… Continue reading Traditionally agile
Who does digital? I mean, who actually works on it and makes it happen? This is a really simple question and a pressing one. Easy to ask. Hard to answer. Even harder to get it right, I suspect. (It is a close relative of the other pressing and less asked question: “What do we mean… Continue reading Who does digital?
I suspect that the question “What is your favourite eLearning tool?” would flummox most folk. Probably asking “What is an eLearning tool?” would furrow many brows. I imagine it would even confuse many of us within the learning industry (however we may define that). Every profession and industry tends to create its own language and labelling… Continue reading Use tools to learn? Yes. But eLearning tools…?
The urge to justify myself is upon me. Given the ease of expressing oneself this contribution needs some deliberate placing. So…this first post is an attempt to claim that position. A clearing of the blogging throat. This blog will be about work essentially and about the work of applying technology to learning. I can’t really… Continue reading Passing the first post: Making it up as we go along