ChatGPT makes me feel predictable and ordinary. Maybe that’s the point?
My fingers hesitate over the keyboard in drafting this. Does the world need another lukewarm take on Chat GPT? Obviously not. And yet…here I am…adding to the well of, erm, wisdom. There is something that made me wonder about the uncanny feeling of reading the output of the tool. Particularly about that first moment of […]
Principles for designing a useful learning service
[This is an extract from an issue of my regular 10L newsletter. You can sign up for it here.] “Too much delivery and not enough design”. Anonymous learning leader This quote from a conversation over the last few months sums up my reservations and anxiety about Learning & Development. And, by design, I mean ‘big […]
Do we just want to be loved – engagement and relevance.
Is learner engagement the right design objective to make an impact? Relevance and usefulness are more likely to solve our design problems.
Where is the value in learning products?
Digital learning strategy needs product strategy to be sustainable Since arriving in the learning industry more than a decade ago, I have held a strong belief that product management is one of the keys to its future. (The curious, either of you, can read more of these ideas here). For much of this time, there […]
Learning Technologies 22 – a not so hot take
“It’s like the last two years never happened”. Anon: LT 22 attendee That is the most memorable quote from my conversations yesterday at the Learning Technologies 2022 Exhibition. (I was not at the conference but my, equally unscientific, polling suggests that it was a valuable two days). There are two ways to take that comment, […]
Pragmatism and data – the way forward
Roy and I held this event on the basis that best practice is all well and good, but it is rare. Very rare. Further, best practice is helpful for inspiration and guidance, yet we learn the most from the hard times – those projects and initiatives where the wheels wobble and sometimes come off altogether. […]
A theory about learning technology
Here is a theory about how technologies for learning are handled in organisations. Organisations buy Technology Systems Learning teams need products to help people learn Users want tools to help them at work Admittedly, this theory needs some evidential rigour to test it and refine it. It is based on generalisations from my own experience […]
Is L&D really changing or just innovating the ordinary?
This is a revisited post. Or, reused for a fresh context. I first wrote this as preparatory thinking exercise in advance of the Learning Technologies exhibition in 2020. I bumped into it again as part of a curated learning experience. (This, I think, is a compliment). As we conjure with covid, I think it has […]
Welcome to the top table, L&D?
I reckon that I have been in the L&D game for about ten years now. In that time, the industry has consistently bemoaned its absence from the top table of organisations. The imperative to bring the people development agenda into the strategic realm of senior decision makers is a constant refrain and a constantly unmet […]
What comes next? Possible signals of future value
This is a thinking out loud piece from my experience of the last few weeks. Like most, I have found that it is hard to know what to think yet some thoughts have emerged and lingered long enough to give some form of voice to. So, this is not a white paper or serious position. […]