What’s in Your Learning Playlist?

dreamstime_xs_27207411Early in December, an article in the UK’s i newspaper got me thinking.

Music professor, Mike Errico asked whether the three-minute song had run its course.  He noted that:

Spotify data from 2014 suggests that 24.14 per cent of listeners will skip a song within the first five seconds, and the chances that they will listen through to the end is about 50:50.

Songwriter, Mark Christopher Lee read Errico’s piece and decided to test this out and produced an album of 100 tracks, each about 30 seconds in length. Continue reading “What’s in Your Learning Playlist?”

What’s in Your Learning Playlist?

The Future of the Learning Management System

dreamstime_xs_50731317Over the last few days, I’ve had a number of conversations where I was asked for my thoughts about the future of the learning management system (LMS).  I know many of us have a love-hate relationship with our chosen system.  We all know we need to have one, we’re happy with our process for choosing the one we had – and the reasons for choosing it – but we still then have the odd moan or two about it once it’s live and in active use.  And then we start talking with others and begin to wonder what we should do when the current contract is up for renewal.  We want to make sure that the renewal is future-proof.  But what is that future?  Here are my thoughts. Continue reading “The Future of the Learning Management System”

The Future of the Learning Management System

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

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