What next for the learning technologies market – the Trello acquisition has some clues

Some time ago I posted a piece about the problems of the one stop shop. Essentially, I was aiming at the increasingly bloated, feature rich LMS and HR systems which tend to dominate the market. They are ripe for that famous digital business moment – disruption. Disruption by smaller, faster, simpler and cheaper alternatives. Not… Continue reading What next for the learning technologies market – the Trello acquisition has some clues

Too much data

What do you think of this? The company’s smart badge is equipped with a microphone to monitor the frequency of employee conversations and how long people spend talking versus listening. Actually. What does it make you feel? It made me feel somewhat conflicted. As a fan of data (big or otherwise)  I can see the… Continue reading Too much data

How do you office? Ways and ways of working.

A couple of months in to this new career (freelance, portfolio, self-employed, whatever etc.) I am learning about myself in ways, I suppose, I could have predicted (as usual I didn’t though). To be a little more specific, I am learning about how I like, can and prefer to work. By that I mean the actual… Continue reading How do you office? Ways and ways of working.

The first of the new days

A brief update bulletin today. As of yesterday, I ceased an eight year period of employment with the BBC. The BBC Academy, of which I was Head of Digital, has moved to its new home in Birmingham and for a variety of reasons, I am not able to join my colleagues there. For the record… Continue reading The first of the new days

Socially personal or personally social

In preparation for this event, during it and since, I have been pondering personalisation. It is a beguiling topic. At first glance, a personal experience is obviously desirable. Who would deny a tailored experience or bespoke content? Simple, yes? Robin Hoyle was quick (and correct) to puncture that oversimplification in his talk. He laid out… Continue reading Socially personal or personally social

Look at me – digital change and personalisation

Be warned. Shameless self promotion follows. A couple of weeks ago I joined a panel at the Learning Technologies exhibition. We talked as a panel about personalisation: what it is and isn’t, its value and the problems and possible solutions to creating a more personal experience. More about that soon. After that session, I was… Continue reading Look at me – digital change and personalisation

Defining digital or what it isn’t. Not easy…

    First an admission. Around 18 months ago I was tasked by my boss to offer a smart and easy answer to the question “what do we mean by digital”? The question was asked in the context of creating a digital learning service. I admit that I have, as yet, not completed this task.… Continue reading Defining digital or what it isn’t. Not easy…

The Bunker (Another brief thought from Learning Technologies 2016)

Last week, I posted about Slack and the possibilities it offers for learning to be brought into the flow of work via one of the most useful tools of work. To be clear, this was not about Slack as learning system but as a work tool that, naturally, supports the ways we learn as we… Continue reading The Bunker (Another brief thought from Learning Technologies 2016)

What no Slack? A (brief) thought from Learning Technologies 2016

As many thousands of us are, I am pondering what I made of Learning Technologies 2016. Aside from the fact that it was great to meet some excellent people and have some great conversations, I was struck by two things: size and familiarity. The exhibition was bigger yet again than the previous year. The stands seemed… Continue reading What no Slack? A (brief) thought from Learning Technologies 2016

Who am I? Where am I? – Is social media confusing?

I have been away from the blog for a while and feel I need to earn my seat with some existential offerings. Everything is changing. Everything. It makes me wonder. (And continued thanks to Julian Stodd for provoking these thoughts).  So…   Not so long ago, well not too long ago, my digital identity resided in… Continue reading Who am I? Where am I? – Is social media confusing?