#OutstandingMOOC Wk 1 – A facilitator’s perspective
SEPTEMBER 27, 2015
In my role as a Solutions Architect for HT2 Learning , I’ve recently been involved in co-facilitating this MOOC. Here’s my reflection from facilitating Week 1… Your thoughts? Do you prefer a personalised experience, or is it immaterial if the content is sufficient? Blog event MOOC Slider OutstandingMOOC
Taking a stab at a #MOOC. Another one. Again! #GoogleMedia
MAY 23, 2014
As you can perhaps deduce from the title, my MOOC participation/completion in the past has been somewhat chequered. I’ve signed up to approx 8 MOOCs and have completed… erm …… None! Outdated models/thinking. The expectation that I’ll be poring through tomes of academic text (I’m sure the edufolk love it though). Blog event Slider GoogleMedia MOOC
Learning How to Learn #MOOC – Now On Demand!!! #LH2L
JULY 16, 2015
Last year I undertook a synchronous MOOC entitled ‘Learning How To Learn’ I’ve raved about this MOOC ever since as I truly believe that anybody responsible for the development of others, should undertake this MOOC. So it was great to discover that the MOOC is now offered in an ‘On Demand’ format … so you’ve got no excuse!
New Brandon Hall Group report forecasts major shift in 2016 online learning trends
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A novel approach to compliance briefings
APRIL 16, 2014
There can be fewer things more boring to regular flyers (or even just infrequent flyers!) than a pre-flight safety brief. Here’s one lady who thought and acted differently – just look at the attention that her approach captures. Did her approach mean that some of the important content was lost? Possibly. However, would I have: taken my earphones out. looked up from by book/phone/tablet.
The Ones That Got Away – video stories
AUGUST 28, 2013
As I mentioned in this previous post , I’m writing a series of posts that lift the lid on some of the plans and ideas that either never saw the light of day or (as in this initial post) never fully developed. One of my plans in my previous organisations was to use our internal collaborative platform to share a number of video stories. What made them perform better than others.
#OutstandingMOOC Wk 3 A facilitator’s perspective
OCTOBER 16, 2015
In my role as a Solutions Architect for HT2 Learning , I’ve recently been involved in co-facilitating this MOOC. Here’s my reflection from facilitating Week 3. Whadd’ya think? What would you do? Pull the plug, or keep plugging away? Image source. Blog event MOOC Slider tools Curatr OutstandingMOOC
Some simple ideas on how to redesign the conference experience
APRIL 14, 2013
Yesterday I got caught up in (or to be more accurate, butted my way into) a Twitter conversation that Sam Burrough was engaged in that was part of the great work he’s involved in around ‘ rethinking/redesigning’ the conference experience. Part of that exchange involved this tweet. Not everybody uses Social Media. Not everybody will be aware of hashtags. Did they work?
Resources… are you building them?
JULY 10, 2015
I recently noticed this tweet from Nick Shackleton-Jones. Google search result for ‘how to have a difficult conversation’ is a checklist. So why aren’t we building those? resourcesnotcourses. Shackleton-Jones (@shackletonjones) June 24, 2015. which got me thinking about the latest resources that I had built/commissioned. The first was a checklist (we marketed it as a Job Aid) to help employees (and managers): prepare for. participate in. follow up after. their annual appraisal meeting. The second was a checklist/Job Aid to help interviewers. prepare for. participate in.
#OutstandingMOOC Wk 2 – A facilitator’s perspective
OCTOBER 5, 2015
In my role as a Solutions Architect for HT2 Learning , I’ve recently been involved in co-facilitating this MOOC. Here’s my reflection from facilitating Week 2. Whadd’ya think? Does a relatively short-term community such as a MOOC, need a ‘kick start’ to the conversation or can it be relied upon to ‘self start’? What variables might be involved?
#LTMOOC16 Level 1 – A Facilitator’s Perspective
FEBRUARY 3, 2016
In my role as a Solutions Architect for HT2 Learning, I’ve recently been involved in co-facilitating this MOOC. Here’s my reflection from facilitating Level 1. Image source. Blog MOOC Slider HT2 HT2 Learning LTMOOC16
My day out at #Employed14
MAY 15, 2014
I recently attended Employ:ed 14, here’s the official blurb from their Eventbrite page. EMPLOY:ED 2014 is the only summit globally this year looking exclusively at how education technology is revolutionising learning and recruitment options for employers. Based at the Google Campus in London, this summit covers: The Hottest Trends. The most innnovative solutions. The Latest Products.
I got it wrong…. Or did I?
SEPTEMBER 23, 2011
I recent attended the eLearning Network event ’10 things every learning designer should know’ and whilst the event gave me a few ideas to mull over, what really had an impact on me was a chance conversation that I had during the mid-morning break, which if I’m being honest, shocked me a little and distracted me for the rest of the day. Or was I? Share/Bookmark.
#LTMOOC16 Level 3 – A facilitators reflection on #wearables
MARCH 22, 2016
In my role as a Solutions Architect for HT2 Learning, I’ve recently been involved in facilitating this MOOC. Here’s my reflection from Level 3 which looked at Wearables. Image source. Blog MOOC Slider HT2 HT2 Learning LTMOOC16 Privacy Wearables
Let the numbers do the talking…
APRIL 25, 2014
Take a look through most of the current thinking around L&D and there a whole range of ideas, thoughts, practices, approaches – whatever you want to call them – that are intended to enhance the value that you are adding to your organisation. The problem with blindly following many of these recommendations is that they often fail to acknowledge the resistance that many workplace practitioners will face from others within their organisation. The figures below are born out a number of ‘approximates’ i.e. Approximately 1200 employees. Approximately 45 minutes per module.
Learning How To Learn #MOOC – Final project assignment #LH2L2
NOVEMBER 3, 2014
I’m in the latter stages of the ‘Learning How To Learn’ MOOC. The final assignment requires us to submit a resource that covers three of the MOOC’s subject areas and explain how we intend to use that resource. more to follow…). Image source. Blog event MOOC Slider
Storyboarding for eLearning
Storyboarding is a very important step for creating eLearning courses. But don’t you feel it’s a waste of time to start creating the courses from scratch and copy-paste text and other objects from the storyboard to the eLearning tool for course development.
The Ones That Got Away
AUGUST 27, 2013
Regular readers will know that wherever possible I try to blog about work that I am doing / have done as opposed to theoretical, utopian views about what we should be / shouldn’t be doing in L&D. Perhaps there’s something in those loose plans that might be of use to others? But I do know that I have a few of them to share. What about you? Image source.
#LearningLive Inspire session – Mobile Learning
SEPTEMBER 12, 2014
Earlier this week I was fortunate to speak at the Learning Live conference in London. My session was part of an ‘Inspire’ series that had been running throughout the 2-day event. Each speaker was asked to speak for 15 minutes on a small stage at the side of the exhibition/refreshment area during the various networking breaks that took place. Here’s the description of my session. Many organisations see mobile learning as something new, something difficult, something expensive! Where do they start? How much will it cost? Is there an audience for this? Ask for help. Provide help.
My review of #LearningLive 2013 Day 1
SEPTEMBER 10, 2013
As mentioned in a previous blog post, I’m participating in Learning Live 2013. Whilst I was directly involved as a speaker on Day 2, I also attended as a participant throughout the 2 day event. Here are my key takeaways from Day 1. Presented by Nigel Harrison. Nigel will share his experience of what is need to successfully adopt Performance Consulting in your organisation.
A few bits ‘n’ bobs from #LT13UK
JANUARY 31, 2013
Here are a few of the bits ‘n’ bobs that I created during my recent attendance at the Learning and Technologies Conference 2013. The videos are probably worth watching first as they may well add some context to the detail (or lack of) within the mindmaps. have made the mindmaps into ‘Wikimaps’, so please feel free to add to them for the ‘greater good’ Day 1.
Evaluating Training - Capturing the Benefits Aspects of ROI
Training evaluation is necessary and, in many ways, critical to the success of a business. But because short term priorities always seem to take precedence, it is typically something we plan to do better in the next course, or maybe next month, or even next year. After all, we’ve managed pretty well up to now, so surely another year can’t hurt!
Trying something a little different in #VLS13
APRIL 26, 2013
As I want the panel to use their webcams, will this cause technical problems? Will participants want to attend a session that doesn’t have a clearly defined structure and objectives? Whilst the title of the panel discussion is. In order to maximise the time within the session itself, I’m inviting questions ahead of time via this Google Document. Blog event Slider VLS13
Get your foot in the door – Salary Calculator
OCTOBER 4, 2013
As many of you will know I’ve been job hunting over the past few months as a result of losing my job in mid-July. There are many challenges with job hunting one of which is figuring out what each salary will actually provide in terms of ‘take home’ pay. That’s why I was very pleased to discover the app below. We can dream eh? And you know what?
Week 2 recap of #GoogleMedia #MOOC
JUNE 10, 2014
If you read my blog regularly you’ll know that I’ve committed to blogging my way through a MOOC I’ve undertaking entitled Understanding Media by Understanding Google. We’ve just come to the end of Week 2 so I thought it would be a logical time to post my reflections from the past week. In order to stop these weekly posts from becoming a ramble, I’m going to try and stick to the following headings: This weeks theme. Suggested reading. Random fact. Coursera/MOOC design observation. Synergies with L&D. This weeks theme. Time will tell… Suggested reading.
Why there was no ‘Week 5 & 6 recap of #GoogleMedia #MOOC’
JULY 12, 2014
Regular readers will know that some time ago I committed to blogging my way through the ‘Understanding Media by understanding Google’ MOOC as a way of trying to maintain my commitment to the MOOC (which I’ve been known to be pretty poor at the past). managed to blog my way through the first 4 weeks. Week 1. Week 2. Week 3. Week 4. But missed Weeks 5 and 6. Here’s why.
Seven Simple Secrets to Off-the-Shelf Course Success
Off-the-shelf elearning is applicable for a wide audience, but it won’t address your organization’s unique situations or distinctive content. So are these courses all that helpful? For sure! Read on for 7 secrets to make off-the-self learning your own.
Research? Science? or something more wooly?
FEBRUARY 19, 2014
Although I’ve been publishing video for some time now, both for myself personally and for Orgs I’ve been working in, it’s always been somewhat ‘quick and dirty’ using phones, flip cams, webcams etc. That’s why I was quite excited to see this tweet appear in my timeline. Here is the science behind the effectiveness of video in learning! link]. 1994). 1984). 2008).
What no ‘elearning’?
AUGUST 9, 2013
This tweet from David Hopkins. ‘Click next’ eLearning resources … haven’t we got beyond that yet? David Hopkins (@hopkinsdavid) August 7, 2013. generated some reflection in relation to my last role… Despite me having the title of Learning Technologies Manager and the organisation generally defining ‘elearning’ as ‘click next, self-paced’ modules I was able to utilise a range of methods and media to meet needs that had previously been meet via traditional eLearning and physical classroom activity. Produced a handful of audio interviews.
Using an #Amazon wishlist as a library catalogue #showyourwork #wol
NOVEMBER 29, 2014
Yesterday I received the following challenge from @JaneBozarth … Extra Credit to someone who can do a #showyourwork #wol example for me. MattGuyan ? CraigTaylor74 ? pic.twitter.com/yJnJZB7PJs. replied… @JaneBozarth #showyourwork #wol Funny you should say that as I was gonna blog about this today, but I’ll create a PIP vid instead! If so, tell us more in the comments below.
Move Beyond Learning to Applying: A Modern Management Development Program
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Challenge One – #LearningLive Inspire session #mlearning
SEPTEMBER 14, 2014
As I mentioned in my previous post, I’ve recently spoken at Learning Live on the subject of ‘mobile learning’ Whilst I appreciate that many people attend conferences to gain an insight into the ‘ethereal’, strategic thinking of others, I’m a big fan of providing people with I call ‘ Monday morning quick wins’ , ideas and activities that can be put into effect the Monday morning after a conference with no need for businesses cases, project charters, sign offs or IT involvement. Challenge One. Any YouTube videos? Blog posts? Podcasts?
Pre-#LearningLive session via Google Hangouts
AUGUST 29, 2013
In this previous blog post I suggest some simple ideas as to how the conference experience could be enhanced and specifically talk about ‘pre conference’ online sessions. Why not invite each speaker (and potential attendees) to participate in a 10 minute online session in which they pitch their session and take part in a Q&A. 30/08/13 – 0930hrs BST. See you online?
#LTMOOC16 Level 2 – A facilitator’s reflection on Artificial Intelligence (#AI)
MARCH 4, 2016
In my role as a Solutions Architect for HT2 Learning, I’ve recently been involved in facilitating this MOOC. Here’s my reflection from Level 2 which looked at Artificial Intelligence. Image source. Blog MOOC Slider AI Artificial Intelligence HT2 HT2 Learning LTMOOC16
Book Review: The Checklist Manifesto
AUGUST 18, 2013
A few weeks ago I was reading this excellent post from Clark Quinn , when I noticed that he referenced the book ‘The Checklist Manifesto’ by Atul Gawande. Concepts and examples that were lost on me a couple of years ago, all of a sudden started to make sense, to take shape, to add value! The book hadn’t changed – I had! So stop reading this and order this. Image source.
5 Unknown Ways You're Wasting Your Training Budget
In the US alone, companies spend over $70 billion on corporate training and about $1000 on individual employees according to Bersin by Deloitte. When it comes to training budgets, leaders struggle to pinpoint what impact (if any) their training programs are having. So what's the result? Companies end up wasting millions of dollars each year on ineffective training practices.
#OutstandingMOOC Wk 5 – A facilitators perspective
NOVEMBER 3, 2015
In my role as a Solutions Architect for HT2 Learning, I’ve recently been involved in co-facilitating this MOOC. Here’s my reflection from facilitating Week 5 (the final week). Blog event MOOC Slider tools Curatr OutstandingMOOC
Virtual Learning Show 2013 – Day 1
JUNE 20, 2013
As mentioned in a previous blog post , I’m participating in the 2013 2-day Virtual Learning Show. Whilst I am directly involved as a panel chair on Day 2, I am also attending both days as a participant. Here are my reflections on Day 1 and in particular each session, with a particular focus on: A key ‘take-away’ from the sessions content itself. Keynote: Virtual Learning in Europe.
My review of the #Encore #mlearning app
MARCH 3, 2014
The plugin is configured with certain content reminders / frequency etc and then pushes those to the app allowing a steady drip-drip-drip of ‘tasks’ directly to the employees / students mobile device. Encore showing an alert on an iPhone. At this stage you can select to receive the automated ‘tasks’ by email or the Encore app (see below). What do you think?
My review of #LearningLive 2013 Day 2
SEPTEMBER 12, 2013
As mentioned in a previous blog post , I’m participating in Learning Live 2013. Whilst I was directly involved as a speaker on Day 2, I also attended as a participant throughout the 2 day event. Here are my key takeaways from Day 2 ( Day 1 can be found here). Session: ‘ Connecting & Collaborating – Building a Network Oriented Workplace ’. Presented by Rob Brown. Presented by me!!!
Workbook: Gamification and Your Enterprise Learning Strategy
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What Learners Want – Part 1
FEBRUARY 26, 2013
Towards the back end of 2012, my organisation formally entered into a working relationship with Towards Maturity to help us better understand our Benchmark results and help us work towards creating an L&D strategy. how they access content that supports them. from what devices. from what locations. what methods and media they find most effective.
Get your foot in the door – Delay Repay
DECEMBER 2, 2013
Do you travel by train? Do any of your work colleagues travel by train? If the answer to either of the above questions is ‘Yes’, then read on… As many of you will know I’ve recently started working on a 6 month contract with an investment bank in the City of London, which means I’ve reluctantly joined the ‘not so exclusive’ commuting club!