Learning DesignLearning design is so much more than cutting and pasting text and images. Learning design is about understanding the psychology of learning and designing learning experiences that enable people to practice, store, retrieve and apply learning

Developing Wizardry with the Stories We Weave

By |2019-02-13T17:48:30+00:00January 28th, 2019|Categories: Learning Design, Training and Development|Tags: , , |

As a learning designer I believe in the power of stories to sustain attention. Our brains are attracted to stories in which the characters struggle and eventually surface unknown abilities to triumph over adversity. This is why our Learning by Design course is so successful. It places the learner at the heart of the story, this helps learners [...]

Learning – press pause this isn’t working

By |2019-01-24T19:52:07+00:00January 23rd, 2019|Categories: Learning Design, Training and Development|Tags: , |

She’s there, the attendance register says so, ticks will go into boxes and records of learning will be kept. But she’s there in body only, her mind is elsewhere. She thinks is this Learning? I need to - press pause this isn’t working Today’s class is about the history of learning and development, apparently considerable transformations [...]

Learning Design and The Art of Seduction

By |2019-01-29T16:50:56+00:00January 3rd, 2019|Categories: Learning Design|Tags: |

One of the most important, difficult and common decisions that designers of learning make is whether to add interesting text, sounds, or visuals to learning material. We want to arouse interest,curiosity, engagement but it's important to know when these elements seduce learners and when they become a distraction. Learning Design and The Art of Seduction The [...]

The Curse of Knowledge

By |2019-01-29T16:58:32+00:00October 30th, 2018|Categories: Learning Design, Training and Development|Tags: , |

Learning designers have many tools and resources at their disposal these days so it’s easy to understand why they would choose to throw all of them at every development challenge in the hope of making  something stick. Today I have been reviewing a blended learning programme. I use the words  “Blended and Learning” loosely to describe [...]

Misplace Mistakes

By |2019-01-29T18:16:49+00:00August 4th, 2018|Categories: Learning Design, Tips for Training, Training and Development|Tags: , , |

Mistakes are the food of learning, provided we reflect on them and consciously consider the errors made.Trial and error learning involves activity in which a variety of responses to solve a task are tentatively tried and some discarded until the correct solution is found and our mistakes are replaced with correct responses. With no trial, there’s [...]

Competency Based Learning and Development

By |2019-01-29T18:32:41+00:00April 7th, 2018|Categories: Competency, Learning Design|Tags: |

Why do organisations invest in competency based learning and development? In my experience organisations invest in competency based learning and development to address the irrelevance of content to occupational performance among the products offered by many learning and development providers.   What is Competence? Competence is an observable characteristic of expertise. It is not the expertise itself, but the [...]

Design Crimes in Learning & Development

By |2019-02-01T10:16:34+00:00April 5th, 2018|Categories: Learning Design, spectrain, Training and Development|Tags: , , , |

Recently I have been “Optimising” a huge library of learning and development materials for an organisation who wish to transfer traditional teacher-focused learning to a flexible blended approach. The collection of  learning materials has been "designed" by a variety of individuals and consists of a mixture of styles, templates, fonts, this is a mistake the approach [...]