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Five ways curators can improve user experience

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Most people curate for the benefit of themselves or their organisations. What if we considered content curation from a user centered design perspective? What would audience centered curation look like? Here are some ideas 1. Focus on quality, not quantity. … Read more › blog

5 Ways Content Marketing Supports Instructional Design

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When we talk about marketing, by default we talk about marketing campaigns. That suggests using a variety of media, spread out over a period of time, coordinated in a way that serves a specific goal. Traditionally that would consist of … Read more › blog content marketing curation elearning elearning network instructional design

Everything you need to know about Design Thinking

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(to get the most from The Big Idea) In April we are running an exciting design jam for learning professionals call The Big Idea.  If you’ve seen the schedule you already know that the jam will be based on ‘Design … Read more › big idea blog cool stuff

Why Design Thinking will make you a more valuable business partner

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Do you design learning solutions or business solutions? As learning (or training) designers we’re rarely involved in a project as early as we’d like. By the time we get involved the problem has been defined, often incorrectly, and so has … Read more › big idea blog events design thinking

New Brandon Hall Group report forecasts major shift in 2016 online learning trends

Companies are increasingly dissatisfied with online learning tools, prompting many to reinvest in technology that supports a modern training approach. Download the report from Brandon Hall Group to see how new investments are bringing real business results.

UXBristol 2013

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Live sketches by @lizzieeverard during the Valuable Content session at #UXBristol 2013 Read more › blog Event write-ups design design thinking UX UXBristol

TinCan Curious

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Here’s my recipe for starting an argument on Twitter: 1. Include the following hashtag: #tincanapi 2. Have an opinion about said hashtag 3. Send You could be enthusiastic, suspicious or apathetic, it really doesn’t matter. For some reason project TinCan … Read more › blog cool stuff tincanapi

wee’re welcoming the eLearning Network to Bristol

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Our friends at the eLearning Network are returning to Bristol with the first of their new look events on 16 July at the Bristol & Bath Science Park. Join other weelearners at the event to discuss where elearning is going. If you’ve … Read more › other community conferences technology

Thesign Drinking (design thinking in the pub)

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What do you get if you take 9 people, a box of lego, 6 pots of play dough, some pipe cleaners, a load of post its and then add beer? Er – this… As I said in the video we … Read more › blog Event write-ups events wee Bristol conferences design thinking

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How do you design the ultimate conference experience?

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Chat2lrn is a regular tweetchat for learning folks. The topic this week was “Choosing the right conference” If you’re spending up to a £1000 on a ticket then it’s important you pick the right one and get a lot out … Read more › blog The Big Idea wee Bristol chat2lrn community conferences design thinking

weeLearning – open source blended networking

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If you’re lucky enough to be heading to this week’s Learning Technologies Conference or Exhibition, one thing is guaranteed, you’re going to meet a lot of cool, interesting people. You may even end up down the pub with one or … Read more › events free stuff get involved

All about the fail – wee Bath 2

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We’re going to have to start with an apology – if you tried to join us for weelearning this week in Bath, we let you down. Someone suggested the Raven of Bath as a possible venue and we took it … Read more › Event write-ups wee Bath ADDIE community building compliance contracts fail fest instructional design networking Tom Kuhlmann

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Whitepaper: When The LMS Isn’t Enough

In this whitepaper, you will discover the main reasons why the LMS alone is no longer meeting the needs of the modern learner. More importantly, you will learn what you can do to enhance its value.

Hey buddy, what’s the Big Idea?

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Most events we go to are about listening to other people talk about the great things they’ve done. Or, listening to industry gurus talk about the best way to do one thing or another. That’s fine and dandy, but it … Read more › big idea events Uncategorized

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Ultimate Conference-zilla Part 1: Improving the Networking Experience

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Last month we asked “How do you design the Ultimate Conference Experience?” ” We posed the question here on our website, on our Google Plus community, on the DPG community, at the last weeLearning meetup and in various LinkedIn groups (nobody … Read more › blog cool stuff Event write-ups community conferences design thinking gamification

Crunch Time!

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Tickets to The Big Idea have been on sale for just over a month. We’ve had some great feedback about the idea and it seemed like people were really excited about the event.  We’ve even got a highly respected Learning … Read more › blog The Big Idea community conferences design thinking

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What you need to know about game design if…

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You are considering creating a game or using gamification in some way (and you know as little as I did a week ago) “Games are really powerful learning tools, but that’s not how we tend to build them, we tend … Read more ›

weeLearning 6 – Roundup

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weeLearning 6 was all about video in learning, here's what people were saying about it Read more › events annotag jisc video

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.

Curation is about marketing (marketing is not a dirty word)

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Three things that are probably true at least some of the time: 1 – Online curation began as a marketing technique. It’s a way to build a brand and a relationship with customers/ audiences without trying to directly sell them … Read more › blog curation

Stop thinking like a trainer. Start thinking like a designer.

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Let’s pretend you are a classroom trainer… The business has told you to deliver training to all 150 Customer Service Assistants to explain some new changes to some of your core processes and procedures. This is your bread and butter. … Read more › blog The Big Idea design thinking

WeeLearning 7 – Play to Learn

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The last weeLearning event for 2012 was called Play to Learn. We were delighted to be joined by Tomas and Debbie Rawlings from Auroch Digital and John Curran from Designed for Learning. Tomas kicked things off by talking about the … Read more › blog cool stuff events games

Ultimate Conference-zilla part 2: Better content by design

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This is part 2 in our series rounding up the “research” we carried out into Redesigning the Conference Experience. Part one focused on ways to make networking more effective and inclusive. Next we’re going to look at ways to improve … Read more › blog Event write-ups community conferences design thinking

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!

How to run your own learning social – Part 2

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A few weeks back we decided we would share what we have learned about getting a local learning social going in the hope of giving other poeple the opportunity for social learning in the most social of senses – chatting … Read more › get involved how to run your own

The Ignite LTS line-up

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Before Christmas we asked for people to “Enlighten us, but make it quick” at Ignite LTS as part of the Learning Technologies / Learning & Skills exhibition at Olympia 29-30 January. Without further ado, let me introduce the people who … Read more › blog events conferences Ignite L&D Connect LSG

WEE3 – Time to Settle Down

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We’ve fixed a date for the next WEELearning event.! And we’ve gone back to being free entry again! And we’ve moved the start time to 6.30pm, so there’s no need to go home after work just head straight down the … Read more › events get involved

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What if we ran weeLearning inside a company?

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After reading this post by Clark Quinn today something clicked. In my day job I’ve been working hard on an alternative approach to workplace learning. We call it Love Learning. The aim is to promote and support independent learning throughout … Read more › blog community design thinking ideas social learning

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.

Curation – Piste Bashing the Internet

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We’ve been asking people to post their thoughts on this Google Doc around curation in learning ahead of our next event Curate? Create Debate! Craig Taylor left a comment and he got me thinking (he has a habit of doing that)… Most … Read more › blog

Design thinking – your ticket out of the training ghetto?

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If your organisation is changing faster than your L&D team can adapt you risk becoming irrelevant. Don Don Taylor called this the “Training Ghetto” in his excellent post. believe design thinking can help Learning and Development teams lead rapid change in any … Read more › blog The Big Idea wee Glos design thinking learning live webinar

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Making room for Serendipity

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I’m on the train heading to London to my first ever unconference LnD Connect. Why am I going to an unconference? think it’s about the unexpected. think it’s about serendipity. think that by choosing to take a … Read more › blog

Big Ideas for 2013

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The first weeLearning of 2013 was big on ideas, here's what you missed. Read more › blog cool stuff events

Move Beyond Learning to Applying: A Modern Management Development Program

A better way to develop front-line managers !It’s well documented that people leave managers – not companies. Download this guide to learn how to shift the perspective from event to journey and how to take learners through Proficiency Journeys to get results.

When potential comes to fruition

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This post is part of the L&D Connect HR Blog Carnival, which this year is going under the seasonal theme of “When potential comes to fruition.” When L&D people talk about “potential” it’s usually in conjunction with the idea of … Read more › blog HR Blog Carnival L&D Connect Sukh Pabial

a wee victory

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weelearning in July 2012 was a biggest yet, and featured two great talks from some friends of ours. Find out what went on with this brief summary of the evening. Read more › events

Bristol (and the West)’s Got Talent

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I’ve been thinking a lot about what weeLearning is and I’d like to tell you how I see it. weeLearning is an attempt to recreate our favourite bit about conferences and seminars. The bit where you head down the pub afterwards … Read more › events get involved history introductions

What’s your Storyline? Articulate users evening

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In the years since it’s release, Articulate’s Storyline has quite quickly become the foremost elearning authoring tool. And not without good reason. It’s ease of use is rarely matched, making the most, as it does, of everyone’s familiarity with Microsoft PowerPoint. … Read more › wee Bristol Articulate Storyline elearning network eLN instructional design

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.

How I learned to stop worrying and love xAPI

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The L&D community, like its HR parent, loves a good buzzword. And few have buzzed louder over the last few years than “Tin Can”, the mysterious successor to the ubiquitous SCORM. But wee think that unlike most of the other words … Read more › wee Bristol elearning network eLN technology Tin Can API x xAPI

What’s on the fringe of learning in 2016?

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weelearning’s hookup with Bristol eLearning Meetup continues in 2016 when we get together to talk about fringe technologies – those sorts of things that you really want to use for your next project, but your manager just rolls their eyes … Read more › wee Bristol community eLN xAPI

Join us to talk about elearning visuals

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Wee’ve found new friends so weelearning is back as a monthly get together. In December we’re talking about visuals in elearning. Among those already confirmed as going are developers with years of experience so if you want to ask questions … Read more › events wee Bristol elearning network eLN Famous Royal Navy Volunteer visuals

weeLN – wee meet up with eLN colleagues

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We’d like to think that they got the idea from us – the eLearning Network, the long established group for elearning professionals across the UK and further afield, has launched regional meetups for members. Just like weelearning, eLN regional events are … Read more › wee Bristol eLN the Volley weeLN

Workbook: Gamification and Your Enterprise Learning Strategy

This workbook is a response to your need to understand how to strategically incorporate gamification into your learning strategy, in order to drive real business results. It’s designed to be printed, written in and used as a guide.

Making Time for Innovation

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Innovation is a bit of a buzz word these days, by which of course we mean it’s become pretty meaningless. Lots of people talk about it very few actually do it. MOOC Pro and Curatr have teamed up again to … Read more › cool stuff events design thinking innovation mooc

Gameover

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OK so I’ve been struggling to write this post for several days now, mostly because I keep learning interesting new things and I’m probably suffering from some sort of information overload, albeit a rather inspiring kind. So instead of the … Read more ›