Beautiful data, frightening conclusions

by Viv Cole on September 15, 2014

As someone who enjoys reducing information overload and making complex topics more meaningful and accessible, I’ve enjoyed browsing my way through two coffee table books which show the power of infographics: David McCandless’ Information is beautiful and Simon Rogers’ Facts are sacred. The way that data has been put together and presented is genuinely inspiring. There are so many ways to present data in a better way than most habitually do.

In a week where Scottish independence dominates the headlines, we continue to see large numbers bandied around about the possible good or bad consequences for different parts of the UK and its economy. The numbers involved are so large that the vast majority of people can’t fully understand them, especially when out of context. I’m not too proud to say these numbers don’t mean much to me most of the time.

Based on the knowledge and confidence imparted by a few of the charts in the books, I thought I’d see what I could find out about underlying UK finances in the time it takes to drink a cup of tea. [click to continue…]

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Talent management myths and facts

by Viv Cole on September 9, 2014

Last Friday I went to an excellent session of the Trainers and Developers Network  led by Catherine Shepherd. In many organisations talent management is siloed away from L&D, but it’s usually helpful to understand more about what your colleagues in HR are doing (and how it interacts with your LMS). Here are my three main takeaways from the day. [click to continue…]

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Ice bucket learning

September 1, 2014

If you’ve managed to avoid the ice bucket challenge, I can only commend you for managing to stay unplugged from social media on your holidays, you have surpassed me. For the rest of us, this is a cultural phenomenon, which naturally I look through the lens of L&D geekiness to see what we can learn.

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Is this compliance story too close to home?

August 4, 2014

Learners are used to compliance e-learning. Anyone in a big company is used to having several mandatory modules a year to complete so the game becomes “how can I do this as quickly as I can and get my tick in the box?”. Left unchallenged, this leads to a mentality of “this stuff does not […]

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Professional services e-learning forum achieves ten

July 4, 2014

7th July sees the 10th meeting of the Professional services e-learning forum, an informal networking and benchmarking group for L&D professionals working for the UK’s top 15 accountancy and top 15 law firms. Meetings involve a structured round table discussion under Chatham House rules followed by informal networking.

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Dialogomatic 2.0 launches on 1st April

April 1, 2014

Today I have been given exclusive reviewer access to the Beta version of Dialogomatic 2.0, the system that takes dialogue from a novel and at the click of a button can republish this as the script for self-paced e-learning, a stage play, music for a musical or as a comic strip.

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How would you design learning with an unlimited budget?

March 3, 2014

Recently I was given what many instructional designers would consider the best brief ever: there’s unlimited budget, there’s no major urgency, just come up with something innovative and interesting. There had to be a catch, and there was –  it’s one of the dullest compliance topics imaginable for people in the insurance industry.

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Instructional design agony uncle

January 27, 2014

At this year’s Learning Technologies show I’ve been invited by the eLearning Network to do a slot on ‘Ask the Expert’ about instructional design. I’ll be at stand 190 from 2-3pm on Wednesday 29 January, answering any questions you might have on instructional design. I’m not anticipating being in agony uncle mode for the full […]

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Is Enterprise search the answer to L&D’s interruption problem?

January 22, 2014

How easy is it to find the information that you need for your job within your organisation? Probably a lot more difficult and frustrating than using a search engine to find public information… My prediction for 2014 is that this is the year that smart organisations will take significant steps to narrow this gap in […]

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Happy season

December 24, 2013

At this time of year there’s plenty of times that you’ll hear ‘Happy Christmas’ or ‘Happy New Year’ which got me thinking about the nature of happy. There are three pertinent stories I wanted to share, two from 2013 but the first one from 20 years ago…

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