Our thinking

Below is a selection of blogs and articles, outlining some of our key thoughts around digital learning. 

We have a range of different contributors, both from our team here and from trusted external partners.


Online Learning in Small and Medium Businesses

Online Learning in Small and Medium Businesses

Not so long ago, it was only very large companies that used elearning or any other technologies to support learning. It was hardly surprising given that the costs involved could easily run into the tens, or even hundreds, of thousands of pounds.

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Why Gamification Works

I previously wrote a post here about gamification and concluded (with some small caveats) that it is a useful technique which can work. In this post I’d like to highlight some of the key reasons why it works.

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One Size Doesn't Fit All

In my recent post here on skills analysis I made two bold statements: 1. That whether it is through competency frameworks or job descriptions, there is no excuse for an organisation not knowing what someone is expected to do in their role.


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User Generated
Content

Not so long ago, everyone wanted to talk about user generated content (or UGC) and yet today it’s a term you hardly ever hear (at least not in L&D circles).

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Video and learning
today

Over the years we’ve seen many changes in L&D. Less classroom delivery, the rise (and fall?) of elearning and the ubiquitous access to content through mobile devices.

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Reporting - What is it good for?

You might think that asking what reporting is good for is an odd question. Reports are one of those things, especially in the world of LMS, which we almost take for granted.

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Ten Tips for Learner Engagement 

I’ve been posting to this blog for a while now and some of those posts have been about how an LMS can benefit the organisation, but at their heart most of the posts are about the potential benefits to the learner.

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Visit us at CIPD L&D Exhibition

The CIPD Learning & Development Show is the UK's leading L&D event. It attracts approximately 3,300 professionals who are searching for ideas, tips and solutions.

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eLearning in the real world

In the ongoing debate about the value of formal learning, one of the most common criticisms is that formal learning (or training) activities are usually separate to the learner’s work. This is a fair criticism.

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Skills Analysis in the LMS

Many organisations implement an LMS, fill it with great learning content, offer really useful resources and provide modern tools to connect learners with each other - only to be disappointed when learners don’t use it...

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Gamification and the LMS

Gamification is definitely one of the big topics for 2015, and not just in learning - marketing and customer engagement are two areas in which gamification is expected to have an increasing role.

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Learning in the cloud

It’s late 2014 as I write this post, and we’ve reached a point where we can do pretty much everything ‘in the cloud’. Whether you’re shopping, selling, dating, divorcing...

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Blended learning

What is blended learning? Blended learning has been with us for many years now, and yet many people would struggle to articulate exactly what it is.

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Big data

Big Data has been much talked about over the past few years and recently people have begun to take an interest in how it can be used to improve learning.

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The realities of mobile learning

I don’t think it’s overstating things to say that the biggest change to the way we learn, communicate and do business in the 21st Century is the widespread adoption of mobile devices..

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Learning across devices

The lines between working and learning have always been blurred, but the adoption of powerful mobile devices and the mostly ubiquitous availability of internet access has radically changed the way we work, learn and play.

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Compliance training

Gather together any group of learning professionals, turn the subject to compliance training and you can almost guarantee a room full of moans, groans and pained faces. Whether we like it or not, compliance training is something that all of us are likely to work with to some degree.

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Induction & onboarding

In the blog posts that I have written here I have frequently asked the question "how can an LMS help us?". In this case I'm going to get the question out of the way right up front; so, how can an LMS help us with induction and onboarding? 

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To switch or not switch your LMS

In my previous post I talked about the choice between buying and building an LMS, and this time I'd like to consider a slightly simpler but equally important decision – when should you consider switching your LMS 

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LMS. Should you build or buy?

In the early days of e-learning adoption it was quite common to have to make a decision between buying an LMS and building one yourself. Just ten years ago the LMS market was a much smaller place...

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Management information

In previous posts I’ve talked about the importance to both students and managers of having access to good data in order to monitor and manage progress...

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Dashboards & reports

Dashboards and reports are both great methods for keeping on track of development. Managers can drill through to see the overall progress of departments...

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Onboarding

Companies with a strong community of workers understand that starting a new job can be both exciting and daunting. Introducing new employees to the business...

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Access on the go

I’m pretty sure that in each of the last ten years that I’ve worked in the elearning industry, at least one person has told me that it would be the year that mobile learning would take off.

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