Learning DesignLearning Design is a skill that is under valued. We see many examples of poor Learning Design, in the form of manuals full of cut and paste with little thought given to structure, content, practice, application or reinforcement.


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The Metamorphosis of an Internal Consultant

By |2020-08-10T17:12:44+00:00January 6th, 2020|Categories: Internal Consulting|Tags: , |

The internal consultant and the chameleon entered the coffee shop, ordered drinks, and joined their colleagues before work. Happy and relaxed the chameleons reflecting their mood and physical comfort through their vibrant colour, the consultants confident and excited at the prospect of using their expertise, skills, knowledge and understanding of the business to facilitate change. These [...]

Shrinking Human Attention Span

By |2020-08-10T17:23:15+00:00November 1st, 2019|Categories: Learning Design, Tips for Training, Training and Development|Tags: , |

Shrinking Human Attention Span You probably won't get to the end of this article if the research about our shrinking human attention span being 8 seconds, has any substance, in fact I've already lost you...but my goldfish is still tuned in because it apparently has an attention span of 9 seconds. What a load of cod! [...]

Developing Wizardry with the Stories We Weave

By |2020-08-10T17:26:15+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 |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 [...]

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 |2020-01-08T16:22:14+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 [...]

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 [...]

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