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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Is praise better behind closed doors?

September 30, 2013

Lucy Kellaway’s recent article in the FT “Compliments are always best made behind closed doors” challenges the conventional wisdom that workplace praise is best given in public and criticism in private. Whilst this maxim may be true for the praise giver and receiver, research by Chan & Sengupta “Observing Flattery: A Social Comparison Perspective” shows […]

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Curation 101

June 25, 2013

Just when you thought you had enough e-learning buzzwords, curation came along. For those who like definitions “Content Curation is the act of discovering, gathering, and presenting digital content that surrounds specific subject matter.” Content curation evolved as a digital marketing discipline to enhance search engine optimisation and then crossed over into the learning space. Essentially […]

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Learning Science Laundering

June 10, 2013

When I’m explaining to non L&D people what I do, one thing they commonly say is “Oh yes, e-learning. We had to do a module on Anti-Money Laundering”. Much as I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve been involved in making compliance e-learning more interesting, there’s clearly quite a lot of page-turners still […]

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Chain of fools

May 9, 2013

I chose the title for this blogpost because I like the tune, not because I wanted to offend… Anyway, here’s a chain of events that’s been played out in hundreds of organisations. Often it has pretty depressing outcomes, but in case you get too despondent, let me assure you there is a happy ending, especially if you like flowcharts.

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News is bad for you

April 19, 2013

A really thought-provoking article by Ralf Dobelli (based on a longer essay) about information overload and in particular, news. To pick out some headlines, “news inhibits thinking, kills creativity, makes us passive and wastes time”. So if Dobelli’s arguments are valid, why would anyone read or watch the news?

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