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Is it just me or is every year a “big year”…? Well 2018 marked a decade of blogging by yours truly, and that alone is something that I’m proud of.

The best of both worlds

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There’s no point landing the perfect plane at the wrong airport. That’s an analogy someone shared with me several years ago to explain Design Thinking, and it has resonated with me ever since for two reasons.

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Back to the future

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I’m both a science nerd and a history buff, so naturally I’m fascinated by the history of science. When I visited Bern several years ago, the Museum für Kommunikation was at the top of my “to do” list.

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Figure it out

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I can honestly say I’ve never suffered from imposter syndrome. I’ve always been the type of person who likes to work out how to do something hands-on, so I can talk about it with confidence. I suppose I’ve been lucky in the sense that, throughout my career, I’ve been able to align my curiosity and sense of direction with the needs of the business. Having said that, I also suppose I’ve created some of my own luck by keeping a few steps ahead of the business.

Developing a Results Driven Curriculum

A well-designed learning curriculum develops and nurtures skills needed to achieve organizational and business goals with the most effective and engaging set of experiences. This ebook outlines 5 critical steps to develop learning solutions that will help you achieve the most ambitious objectives.

The foundations of innovation in L&D

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There are two sides of the innovation coin in corporate learning & development: technology and pedagogy. The former is rather obvious and is often conflated with the term innovation.

Gift horses

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If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses. I’m fascinated by this quote that Henry Ford may or may not have uttered. In The best of both worlds I promoted Design Thinking as a means of using customer insights to inform strategic decision making.

3 uses of Virtual Reality in workplace education

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I’m always surprised when someone makes a sweeping declaration such as “No one’s using virtual reality in the workplace” I heard this very statement recently at an e-learning conference. Yep, an e-learning conference.

Constructive criticism of Coursera

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Well it’s taken me over 3 and a half years, but I’ve finally completed another mooc. I use the term completed loosely, because while I consumed all the content, I didn’t submit any of the assignments.

5 games every e-learning professional should play

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You can narrow down someone’s age by whether they include spaces in their file names. If they do, they’re under 40. That is a sweeping declaration, and quite possibly true. Here’s another one… Gamers are a sub-culture dominated by young men.

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How to Use Customer Training Data to Make Better Business Decisions

You may think customer training is crucial to the success of your organization, but do you have the data to prove it? Download the guide now, and learn how to prove the value of your customer training programs.

A framework for content curation

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In conversation at EduTECH earlier this month, Harold Jarche evoked George E. Box’s quote that “all models are wrong, but some are useful” Of course, the purpose of a model is to simplify a complex system so that something purposeful can be done within it.

Deep diving into strange worlds

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2017 was a whirlwind for me. I started a new job in a new sector, made loads of new friends there, learned heaps, and finished said job 10 months later before starting another one back in financial services. I haven’t had much of a chance to scratch myself!

Our secret world of learning

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One of my peers in Australia, Arun Pradhan , is developing an app to help us learn smarter, faster and deeper.

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Where is L&D heading?

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Last week I was invited by David Swaddle to be a panellist at the Sydney eLearning and Instructional Design meetup. The topic of the evening was Where is L&D Heading? and some questions were posted through by the attendees ahead of time, while others emerged through the discourse.

Agile Microlearning Explained

Learner engagement and retention doesn’t have to be a mystery. Cognitive science theories already supply the answers. Learn how OttoLearn packages them into a single platform you can use to deliver microlearning based reinforcement training, and go beyond completions to focus on outcomes.

5 papers every learning professional should read

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I don’t read as many journal articles as I’d like. Given the challenges and pressures of professional life, combined with everything else that’s been going on privately, I’ve fallen out of the habit of scanning the latest abstracts and deep diving into particular studies.

The dark side of gamification

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How well do you chop your cucumber? It’s a ridiculous question, I know, but in the short film Sight the protagonist plays an augmented reality game that awards him points for the consistency in the thickness of his slices. The scene irked me.

The caveat of content curation

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At last week’s Learning @ Work conference in Sydney, Clark Quinn declared: Curation trumps creation. And this resonated with me. Why spend time, effort and money reinventing the wheel? However I’d like to explicate his implied caveat: …if good content is available.

My decade of provocation

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On this day 10 years ago, I pressed the “Publish” button on my first ever blog post. It was a welcome message pitching my corner of the World Wide Web as “a forum to share my thoughts and ideas about everything e?learning,

12 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Authoring Tool

Knowing what you need from an eLearning authoring tool can be hard, especially when there are so many options on the market. gomo’s new ebook aims to save you time and hassle by identifying 12 must-have authoring tool features.

Louder than words

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My last couple of blog posts have argued in favour of extracting value out of organisational capabilities. Due to the nature of my role I have posited these arguments in terms of employee development.

Game-based learning on a shoestring

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Game-based learning doesn’t have to break the bank. That was the key point of my presentation at The Learning Assembly in Melbourne last week. Sure, you can spend an obscene amount of money on gaming technology if you want to, but you don’t have to. Take Diner Dash for instance.

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I can’t use Facebook

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This one goes out to all the L&D folk who are wary of the “I haven’t been trained” excuse. informal learning motivation attitude autodidacticism autodidactism cartoon excuse Facebook funny humor humour learning pull self-directed learning teaching training

Collateral damage

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The L&D community may be divided into two camps: (1) Those for whom the mere mention of learning styles makes their blood boil; and (2) Those who are inexplicably unaware of the hullabaloo and are thus oblivious to the aforementioned boiling of blood.

Best Practices for Launching an External LMS

When launching a new platform to deliver customer and partner training, there are a few key items to keep in mind. The best and simplest way to stay organized during this process is to follow the tried-and-true practices outlined in this eBook.

The joy of UX

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One of the funniest tweets I have ever seen was brought to my attention by Vala Afshar … How it feels to watch a user test your product for the first time. #UX pic.twitter.com/IwcqECciFN. — Jonathan Shariat (@DesignUXUI) March 13, 2015.

The relationship between learning and performance support

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This post is the third in a series in which I deliberate over the semantics of education. I dedicate this one to Jane Hart whom I was delighted to meet in-person in Sydney last month.

Painting by numbers

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A lifetime ago I graduated as an environmental biologist. I was one of those kids who did well in school, but had no idea what his vocation was. As a pimply teenager with minimal life experience, how was I to know even half the jobs that existed?

Let’s get rid of the instructional designers!

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That’s the view of some user-oriented design proponents. It’s something I remembered while writing my last blog post about user-generated content.

State of the Front-Line Manager

It's no secret that front-line managers are essential to your organization's success. They form the base of your leadership development funnel and, most likely, account for over half of all your organization's leaders. Improving how front-line managers perform yields mouthwatering increases in how individual contributors perform.

E-Learning conferences in Australia in 2015

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Here we go again with another round of awesome PD opportunities for e-learning professionals in the land down under! While not all of these conferences focus purely on e-learning, the observant among us will discover components of interest. The Future of Learning in Higher Education Summit.

The grassroots of learning

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Here’s a common scenario: I “quickly” look up something on Wikipedia, and hours later I have 47 tabs open as I delve into tangential aspects of the topic. That’s the beauty of hypertext.

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Battle scars

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There’s an ugly trend on Australian television that’s been going on for quite a while. I hoped it would fade away but it only seems to be getting worse.

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The learnification of education

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I start this post by thanking Angela Towndrow , a fellow Aussie whom I met virtually via a mooc, and from whom I continue to draw insights on things related to education. After reading my previous post Let’s get rid of the instructors!

A Guide to Marketing Customer Training

Most customers are not required to take training. As such, it’s crucial to create a marketing campaign that engages your training audience and demonstrates the value of your courses.

The 70:20:10 lens

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In 70:20:10 for trainers I advocated the use of the 70:20:10 model by L&D professionals as a lens through which to view their instructional design.

7 tips for custodians of capability frameworks

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Wow, my previous blog post elicited some rich comments from my peers in the L&D profession.

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They’re not like us

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As learning in the workplace becomes increasingly informal, the motivation of employees to drive their own development becomes increasingly pivotal to their performance. This is a point that I fear many of our peers fail to grasp. You see, we love learning.

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Is the pedagogy of MOOCs flawed?

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This is a question that I tackle in my Udemy course The Wide World of MOOCs. Almost immediately after I uploaded this preview to YouTube, someone on Twitter politely challenged me. She took umbrage to my assertion that MOOCs are pedagogically richer than “regular” online courses.

The Secret to Getting Learning Results May Not Be What You Think

Do you struggle to achieve measurable results with your learning solutions? If so, you’re not alone. According to CEB, traditional training only creates 37% learning transfer. This guide explores the causes of poor transfer and concrete steps to achieving better outcomes.