This is likely to be something of a brain dump, yet I shall proceed. It feels like a week where I understand and know some things that I might not have done as it started or have been reminded of some others overlooked for a while. So, in no particular order: Don’t take feedback personally, … Continue reading Some items learned in the last week
I have been turning some ideas over in my mind in preparation for a session at the Learning Technologies Summer Forum in July. I am trying to order my thoughts about one point which, I think, is fundamental to the theme – the capabilities needed for a successful (digital) learning service. For reasons of luck, … Continue reading Product manager: the missing role in (digital) L&D?
Does making everything easy actually do unintended harm? Convenience is, arguably, the most important element of a successful digital experience. Our favourite digital services are built around making our lives easier and removing the effort of performing freqeunt tasks. In many cases, activities which used to require effort and a certain degree of planning are … Continue reading Is convenience a problem for digital learning?
The awards season is round the corner. Judging panels are assembling. Submission deadlines are approaching. Dates are in the calendar. And yet…I find myself yearning for something more than a celebration of best practice…something to add some spice to it. In my experience, judging awards submissions is a real education. My fellow judges are thoughtful … Continue reading Introducing MoUM: the Museum of Useful Mistakes
The market for learning experience design is warming quite quickly. Actually, I think it is heating. Managers of modern learning organisations have realised that instructional design is no longer enough (if it ever was?) and experience design is what is required. Managers of traditional learning organisations appear to be livening to the prospect as well. … Continue reading Experience design – from user to learner or from learner to user?
According to Wikipedia, the following is true of maturity (and who would ever argue with Wikipedia?) : maturity is the ability to respond to the environment in an appropriate manner The problem with all this digital and structural change is that the maturity we once prized as a source of confidence and judgement does not … Continue reading Organisations need a new maturity – the old one is tired
I stumbled across the quote below, from Bill Gates, again recently in the context of technology and work. Whatever your technology preferences, I think it is fair to say that he was pretty smart about the industry and has a unique view from which to survey the ladscape. He wrote this in 1995 in his … Continue reading Automated compliance training anyone? (The risks of underestimating technology change).
I find myself surprised by the frequency of response of a certain kind to the communication of digital change from leaning professionals. It tends to run something like this: “I don’t have any problem with digital learning but…you just can’t do everything with technology. It can’t replace everything.” I heard this sentiment again in the … Continue reading The digital substitution fallacy
To cut to the chase, I believe they do. At least, they are highly likely to. I hope they don’t have to though. This is bothersome to me. It is also a major obstacle to progress in the learning technology world where traditional technology vendors seem to have the structural upper hand in the tendering … Continue reading Do LMS users have to lose out in the technology tender process?
A few recent conversations with clients have circled the theme of valuable activity in corporate social networks. At the heart of this is a concern that these tools are used for ‘proper work’ rather than ‘non-work’ (however defined) or frivolity. The presence of pictures of pets and disucssions about what to have for lunch can … Continue reading Learning in the flow of work? Don’t worry about the cat photos