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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.

The first ten posts

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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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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 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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A Training Company’s Guide to Selecting an eLearning Platform

Training companies have an opportunity to embrace the change and create meaningful change in their organizations by moving online. Discover the advantages of a digital-first approach, using an eLearning platform.

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

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.

Queen of Love

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The changing skill set of the learning professional

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Skills define us. They are what make us useful and productive. They are the foundation of our achievements. On our death bed, it is our skills that we will reflect on with pride. These could be physical skills – our ability to knit jumpers, drive vehicles, perform gymnastics, play the violin, cook tasty food, swim or make beautiful furniture.

[On-Demand Webinar] The State of Customer Education: Trends and Benchmarks Report

Speaker: Sandi Lin & Linda Schwaber-Cohen

In this webinar, Skilljar CEO Sandi Lin shared learnings from Skilljar's recent study and her insights on the state of Customer Education. She dug into key findings so you can benchmark against industry trends and understand how your strategy and metrics compare.

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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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

Does Your Company Need Help Solving These 4 Common eLearning Challenges?

If you want to know how to get ahead of the game and avoid the common mishaps in selling your eLearning courses, you’ve come to the right place! Lambda Solutions has identified the most common and costly challenges faced by eLearning providers today.


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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.

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

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

The Better Way to Onboard Customers

Speaker: Skilljar Experts

The best onboarding programs have a super power: they’re constantly improving. Here at Skilljar, we’ve learned a thing or two about onboarding, both by crafting our own experience, and by collaborating with the best Customer Education professionals in the world. In our upcoming webinar, we’re going to share these learnings with you.

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.

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.

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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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.

Deliver Effective Online Education and Events Your Members Will Love

This guide identifies the biggest challenges for associations moving their training online and provides practical solutions so that you can hit the ground running. Download now to keep your members engaged and growing even in times of COVID-19.

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


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Coaching for learning

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In their book Transfer of Training, Mary Broad and John Newstrom estimated that merely 10% of the dollars spent on training resulted in actual and lasting behavioural change. And that’s obviously not enough. They did some research into who it was that made the biggest impact on transfer of learning. They found that the greatest difference was made by the learner’s manager in setting expectations before the experience and then following up after.

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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The Pro’s Guide To Getting The Best ROI From Your New LMS

You need a Learning Management System when your courses and training programs need to be accessible online. Quickly build the perfect business case and easily determine which LMS will provide the best return on investment you need with this how-to eBook!

How do modern workers learn?

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Show me the data: the case for learning analytics

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Data is the fuel that drives effective decision making. Without the right data, you’re relying on guesswork and hoping for the best. Data allows you to accurately assess needs, compare alternative approaches, assess progress and determine results. We look at the arguments for data analytics for learning and performance. data analytics learning analytics performance consulting

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.

Communicating with sound

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Sound is a medium that matters. Your audience can listen to a podcast or a radio programme while they’re busy doing other things like walking, driving or keeping fit. You can add narration and sound effects to your animations and videos or leave it to music to set the mood. Sound is a medium the learning professional can master without the need for in-depth technical skills and professional tools. Perhaps it's time to listen in. audio podcasting sound

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Top E-Learning Software - Recommendations and Pricing

Zero in on the best E-Learning software for your company. Get expert recommendations and pricing comparisons based on your specific needs.

In search of the perfect learning experience

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A recording of the first webinar in the Towards Maturity Expert Series, in which I went in search of the perfect learning experience