Designing learning for how we learn today

dreamstime_xs_53297742Over my last 21 years in the digital learning and development field, a lot of my thinking has been based on a good dose of sound reasoning – the only way when there is often little prior experience to leverage – and what businesses and employees have been telling me.  I’ve also learned a lot from observing the realities of learning in the workplace and I’ve seen that change considerably over the last two decades.  Today we call that “learner insights” and the more we know about our learners, the smarter will be our learning programme designs. Continue reading “Designing learning for how we learn today”

Designing learning for how we learn today

Using Digital Learning for Executive Development

dreamstime_xs_55894278In the “old days”, e-learning was often regarded as training for the masses, rather than for the most senior personnel in an organisation.  Maybe, to be fair, that should be “old-style” e-learning, for as the approach has evolved into what we know today as “digital learning”, I don’t believe we can restrict technology-based learning to just a certain part of the business.  But as executive and senior leadership development programmes have often been limited to a largely face-to-face experience, how should we utilise digital learning options within them? Continue reading “Using Digital Learning for Executive Development”

Using Digital Learning for Executive Development

Budgeting for Learning Impact

dreamstime_xs_28461353Depending on your company’s financial year, you might well be about to start the budgeting process for next year, or you may already be in the middle of juggling the needs of your business with the forecast budget – and all its pessimistic variations.

But how much are you setting aside to ensure that the learning you deliver next year has an impact on both the individual employee and business performance of the organisation? Continue reading “Budgeting for Learning Impact”

Budgeting for Learning Impact

Simple steps to make your virtual classroom more interactive

The Interactive Virtual ClassroomJust as we eventually realised that “click next” e-learning courses didn’t really engage our learners, almost from “day one” we’ve fretted over how to make our virtual classroom sessions more interactive.  Here are some of my thoughts on how to achieve this, all based on getting the basics right. Continue reading “Simple steps to make your virtual classroom more interactive”

Simple steps to make your virtual classroom more interactive

If your LMS was like Amazon

dreamstime_xs_50731317A couple of weeks ago, I tweeted a link to this BBC News article on The Knowledge Academy about Dilshad and Barinder Hothi – joint founders of the international training company, the Knowledge Academy – in which they stated their aim to turn their business into the “Amazon of the education world”.

This immediately reminded me of one of my most recent projects where I scoped out the underpinning concepts and core requirements for a new online corporate university portal.  Here my aim was to create an Amazon-like user experience for learners in order to not only make it easier to make informed decisions about what they wanted to learn, but also to have them come back time and time again to learn more.  I called this “learning stickiness”.

Continue reading “If your LMS was like Amazon”

If your LMS was like Amazon

Successful Learning Adoption and Engagement – Part Two

A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to speak at the HR Core Academy conference in Brussels.  The subject of the presentation was around the successful engagement and adoption of learning, to which I also explained the role that mobile learning can play here.

In the second of a two-part posting, I will summarise my thoughts around improving learning engagement. Continue reading “Successful Learning Adoption and Engagement – Part Two”

Successful Learning Adoption and Engagement – Part Two

Successful Learning Adoption and Engagement – Part One

A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to speak at the HR Core Academy conference in Brussels.  The subject of the presentation was around the successful engagement and adoption of learning, to which I also explained the role that mobile learning can play here.

In the first of a two-part posting, I will summarise my thoughts around improving learning adoption. Continue reading “Successful Learning Adoption and Engagement – Part One”

Successful Learning Adoption and Engagement – Part One