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It's all change for me. I'm no longer blogging about learning and development in the workplace. My new focus is on music composition. My new blog and website, Instrumentality , records my own, personal, completely mad, musical adventure.

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The learning professional as storyteller

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Last year I worked on a major project to develop online courses for HR professionals. Most of the content was aimed at influencing behavioural change so, as the principal writer, I decided to major on storytelling as strategy for learning.


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Face-to-face is for special occasions - 2020 edition

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Having spent the past 25 years advocating the greater use of online tools and resources for education and training (not to mention many other aspects of our lives), I've met my fair share of opposition and have to admit that I've been frustrated at how slowly we have responded to the opportunity.

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The human obstacle to great e-learning

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This week on The Good Practice Podcast, I join Ross Garner and Owen Ferguson to discuss the promise of e-learning

The Future of eLearning in 2022: A Sensitive Eye for Authentic Translation and Localization

Speaker: Chris Paxton McMillin, President of D3 Training Solutions

To avoid awkward and sometimes disastrous learning content, instructional designers must use authentic translation in the right context to get optimal results. Join Chris Paxton, President of D3 Training Solutions, to walk through simple strategies step by step.

Driving behavioural change across the people profession

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Six months of highly concentrated effort by the Skills Journey team has paid off with the launch, on January 23, of a major new online learning resource for 150,000 members of the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development ( CIPD ).

Live online learning is also for special occasions

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In my last post, I argued that, although face-to-face learning has been the default since the dawn of time, online learning has changed everything.

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Enhancing the digital learning experience

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When we think of a great learning experience with digital content, we tend to think of the way that the content itself is designed – how usable, relevant and engaging it is for learners. But the learning experience is much more than the content as we shall see. In this article, I’m going to demonstrate how the learner’s experience can be considerably enhanced by the systems and processes we use to deliver our content.

Content curation for learning - in less than 3 minutes

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Are You Still Watching? How to Create Engaging Presentations for Virtual Learning

Speaker: Richard Goring, Director at BrightCarbon

Remote meetings are here to stay - and so is the Zoom fatigue that many experience. The importance of compelling content is more apparent than ever. In this webinar, learn how PowerPoint provides terrific tools to create the kind of dynamic visual content you need to capture your remote audience’s attention. Come along to this masterclass packed with live demonstrations of how to create compelling presentations for successful meetings in a virtual and hybrid environment. In this webinar, you will learn how to: Create dynamic visuals that support persuasive stories to engage your audience Develop professional-looking designs for presentations and other content Become a PowerPoint legend with techniques to make effective presentations quickly and easily June 30th, 2022 at 9:30 am PDT, 12:30 pm EDT, 5:30 pm GMT


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The Last Post

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Instrumentality · The Last Post In October 2005, I wrote my first post for the Clive on Learning. It was called Bringing e-learning into the twentieth Century. We're now 20 years into that new century and I'd like to think that, thanks a great deal to coronavirus and repeated lockdowns, we now have a pretty good idea of what advantages we can gain by learning online. Paradoxically, we've also realised just how important it is for us psychologically to be face-to-face.

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The Future of Learning Technologies

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If you have an hour to spare (and, let's face it, in the current circumstances, that might just be the case), you might enjoy this podcast hosted by the wonderful Jane Daly. I really enjoyed talking to Jane and reflecting on my career in learning and development. And I thoroughly recommend Jane's site People Who Know as a rich resource for learning professionals

Learning and development's two customers

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Imagine if you had to satisfy not one set of customers but two. Both were demanding, and each was looking for quite different things. Well, such is the lot of the learning professional. Not only do you have to provide a great service to your clients, business sponsors and key stakeholders, you also have to deliver satisfying experiences to your end users – the learners. learning experience design performance consulting

Who C.A.R.E.S.!? How Learning Got Its Bad Rap & What We Can Do About It

Speaker: Treion Muller, Chief Strategy Officer at ELB Learning

Since when has learning and development become such a negative experience with learners? Treion Muller, Chief Strategy Officer for ELB Learning, will introduce a new learning framework called the C.A.R.E.S Learning Effectiveness Model.

In the classroom - one toolkit, three different roles

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A classroom is a space that can be used in many different ways. And there isn't just one way to make the best use of this space. In this Skills Journey animation, we explore the ways that classrooms can be used for presentations, group instruction and facilitated group learning. Each of these uses very different tools to deliver a very different experience. classroom


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Let’s face it, compliance is not the same as learning

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A while back I did something quite unusual. I completed a self-study e-learning programme, as a student, not as a consultant running their eye over someone else's work. Some time later, having had the chance to reflect on the experience, I can't resist making a few comments. I'm not going to tell you what the programme was or who it was made by. but I will say it was a compulsory piece of training, completion of which was required if I was to be able to go ahead with some work with a client.

Our Skills Journey offer to the learning community in difficult times

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At Skills Journey we have a long history of supporting individuals and organisations as they make their first steps into digital learning. The coronavirus pandemic means that suddenly, without any warning or preparation, thousands of people are having to completely change the way they work. This includes our friends and colleagues around the world working hard to ensure that people still receive the learning that they need.

The Key to Getting the Best Out of Video-Based Practice & Coaching

Speaker: Micah Eppler, Account Executive for Rehearsal of eLearning Brothers

Join Micah Eppler from eLearning Brothers to see hands-on examples of how organizations are transforming outcomes with video-based training strategies.

Towards Maturity 2015 benchmark shows just how much we've got stuck

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Last week I attended a preview of this year’s Towards Maturity benchmark results, due for public release on November 5th (you can register for the launch webinar on this page ). In case you don’t know Towards Maturity, they were established in 2003 as a government-funded body to promote the use of learning technologies in workplace learning across the UK.

Compelling content hooks you in and won't let go

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We are told that learners are no longer able to concentrate on content that's more than four or five minutes long. And there's no doubt that, when it comes to consuming information, we'd prefer it concise. After all, we want that information to help us achieve some goal and we don't want to take too long in the process. GIGIGO - get in, get it, get out.

Engaging your learner - four dos and four don'ts

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Whether you’re teaching in a classroom, developing some e-learning or producing a video, you’ll be concerned about engaging your learners. Because, if learners aren’t engaged they’ll pay little attention to what you’re offering and they’re very unlikely to retain anything. You can spend a fortune trying to engage learners, but the secrets to engagement do not demand you break the bank. Here are four dos and four don’ts: DOS 1.

Learning is a human experience

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Humans need humans and never more than when we are learning. As we move from a situation in which most learning is face-to-face to one in which we make use of digital content and perhaps even AI as the vehicle for a learning experience, we don't need to give up on our humanity

Immersing the Curious Mind in VR: Why You’re Missing Out on Proven ROI!

Speaker: John Blackmon, eLearning Brothers CTO, CenarioVR® Creator

Join John Blackmon, eLearning Brothers CTO and creator of the award-winning VR course builder CenarioVR®, to find out why organizations choose immersive learning and how they've used innovative approaches.

Twenty questions to ask when taking a brief

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As a learning professional, it’s absolutely vital when you’re taking a brief from a project sponsor that you ask the right questions and are persistent in making sure you get a clear and satisfactory answer. Here’s my list of essential questions: About the need 1. What goal is this intervention intended to support? It’s vital to identify the real underlying purpose of the proposed intervention. In the workplace, learning is usually just a means to an end.

E-learning and Beyond - a podcast

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About the host: David James has been a People Development professional for more than 20 years, most notably as Director of Talent, Learning & OD for The Walt Disney Company across Europe, the Middle East & Africa. As well as being the Chief Learning Strategist at Looop, David is a prominent writer and speaker on topics around modern and digital L&D as well as an active member of the CIPD L&D Advisory Board. More episodes in the Learning and Development Podcast

Taking e-learning back to its roots

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This video follows on from ' Do we still need e-learning? ' It goes back through the 40-year history of e-learning to show that it was at its most promising in the early days, when there was a strong desire to deliver a personalised instructional experience. There are now few, if any, technical obstacles to achieving those goals, as the latest authoring platforms provide increasing adaptive capabilities. The real obstacles are with us, as humans.

Seven ways that video can transform learning at work

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Video is very much the medium of the moment. Not only do we spend many hours each day watching it on our TVs, it has become an integral part of the online experience. An ever-increasing proportion of the population does not only consume video, it creates and shares it with a worldwide Internet audience. Whereas once video cameras cost many hundreds, if not tens of thousands of pounds, they are now integrated for no additional cost in computers, stills cameras and mobile phones.

Personalize Your Employee Training with Adaptive Learning

While you may not be familiar with the term “adaptive learning,” it is likely you’ve encountered this type of learning before. But now is finally the time to learn how adaptive learning helps with knowledge retention, and how it can be used to improve your program.

Do we still need e-learning?

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E-learning', by which we mean interactive, self-paced instruction, has had a role in workplace learning, under one name or another, for about 40 years. In this video, Clive Shepherd asks whether e-learning has delivered on its promise - how efficient is it, how effective, how popular and how commercially successful? More importantly, do we really still need it, given that other forms of digital learning have enjoyed more obvious success in recent years? digital content

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A House by the Sea - Musings on Learning

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This animation has been rescued from the archives. It was produced back in 2013 for a client project and then filed away but I think it deserves a wider airing. It uses storytelling to explore some of the most fundamental issues of teaching and learning. I hope you enjoy it

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Compelling content requires a cunning plan

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Second in the series: Six characteristics of compelling content First you need a compelling concept Yes, you probably got it - they’re talking about the same subject. One person’s boring compliance course is another person’s hot topic. If you approach the development of learning material as a tedious chore, that’s how it will come over to your audience. Your job is to engage your learner and that starts with a compelling concept.

How do modern workers learn?

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Keeping Students Safe and Productive on Devices

Speaker: Aaron Webb, Jamf

In our webinar, we’ll explore the full range of Jamf education products to protect students, including quick and easy tools for IT admins, powerful apps for teachers to ensure student safety anywhere, and parental engagement tools.


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