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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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 [...]

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 [...]

Beryl’s Table, Sid’s Bonds, Ted’s Trauma, and Cattitude

By |2019-01-31T18:57:29+00:00December 7th, 2017|Categories: Learning Design, Stories for Trainers|Tags: , |

Beryl is confused about the delivery date of her new table, she thinks she has made a mistake and now needs to accompany her husband Albert at his hospital appointment. Beryl likes to talk (a lot) and listening is made even more difficult by the constant yapping of her dog Bowser. The Black Stuff was founded [...]

Memory Understanding and Doing

By |2019-01-28T18:14:25+00:00October 21st, 2017|Categories: Training and Development|Tags: , , |

Memory Understanding and Doing – MUD just one of the essential processes we use when designing learning, it helps to ensure learners achieve a variety of learning goals and are able to assimilate with existing knowledge, accommodate new knowledge and encode or write what they know to long term memory to enable application when that time arrives. [...]