Accelerate Learning

Accelerate LearningSpectrain specialize in techniques to accelerate learning we design courses that enable learners to retain, recall and apply their skills.

Our learning designs appeal to a range of learning styles. We are blended learning specialists, this means we use a variety of media and methods to enable practice  for perfection and reinforce learning.


Learning – press pause this isn’t working

By |2020-08-10T17:22:09+00:00January 23rd, 2019|Categories: Learning Design, Training and Development|Tags: , |

Learning - press pause this isn’t working 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 [...]

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 [...]

The power of positive questions

By |2020-01-16T18:16:42+00:00May 17th, 2018|Categories: Facilitating Change Initiatives, Tips for Training, Training and Development|Tags: , |

Imagine the impact of transforming your team’s mindset from problems to possibilities, from blame to empathy, from opposition to collaboration; it is possible to transform your team through the power of positive questions using the principles and practices of Appreciative Inquiry. I have been using this technique with a team who I have been working with [...]

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 [...]

Feedback is the food of progress, sometimes it doesn’t taste nice

By |2017-01-05T10:29:10+00:00April 13th, 2013|Categories: Evaluating Training, Learning Design|Tags: , , |

I admire and encourage people who can express their creativity with whatever tools are available, but having access to PowerPoint and Clip Art does not make you a learning designer. I have owned a hammer for many years but that doesn't mean I can build a house. So when a customer asked me to update some materials created by a [...]

Transfer This Before You Purchase Training that makes No Difference

By |2017-01-05T10:29:11+00:00May 17th, 2012|Categories: Evaluating Training, Learning Design, Tips for Training, Training and Development|Tags: , , , |

Would you transfer funds from your account into an asset that does not enable you to measure its contribution to your business? That is effectively what you are doing when you send an employee on a training course without giving any thought to what you expect from your investment following the event. In the training and [...]

It’s a terrible thing to see and have no vision

By |2017-01-05T10:29:20+00:00March 14th, 2012|Categories: Coaching courses and resources|Tags: , |

Every great achievement was once impossible until someone set a goal to make it a reality. Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass contains a story that provides an example of the need to dream the impossible dream. There is a conversation between Alice and the queen, which goes like this: "I can't believe that!" said Alice. [...]

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