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Learning Design

Learning 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.

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 of learning and development, apparently considerable transformations have occurred in the field of L&D, leading to the amazing learning opportunities she can provide today. I would be motivated by goal orientated objectives, not a list of content coverage There are too many objectives; I need less to help me [...]

Learning Design and The Art of Seduction

  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. This is a decision about Learning Design and The Art of Seduction. We want to arouse interest,curiosity, engagement but it's important to know when these elements seduce learners and when they become a distraction. The first step in our seduction process is arousal. We can arouse interest in our learning solutions in 3 ways mentally, emotionally and physically.         Cognitive Arousal Cognitive arousal is about mental stimulation and application. A [...]

2023-12-27T20:46:53+00:00Categories: Learning Design|Tags: |

The Curse of Knowledge

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 this product which contained everything but the kitchen sink and would be better described as a crime against learning. The bigger crime is that somebody bought it and considered it a suitable vehicle for compliance training.  Are you suffering from The Curse of Knowledge [...]

2024-06-01T13:50:27+00:00Categories: Learning Design|Tags: |

Design Crimes in Learning & Development

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, a design crime! The approach has diluted the organisations branding and provides no consistency for learners. This issue is relatively easy to address since in the future the material will be presented via a variety of methodologies aimed at producing learner-focused experiences which were simply not [...]

2023-12-30T11:30:35+00:00Categories: Learning Design|Tags: |

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

This is the story of Beryl’s Table, Sid’s Bonds, Ted’s Trauma, and Cattitude 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 in 1983 by Sid Black, a Commissioning Manager based in the UK. Sid is talking to his financial adviser about bonds as a method of raising capital. Ted, a manager at [...]

2023-12-20T11:21:05+00:00Categories: Stories for Trainers|Tags: |

Memory Understanding and Doing

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. Learning designers use a range of models to guide our approach from Gagne’s Nine Events of Instruction to the systems oriented model of Smith and Ragan. It is this solid foundation knowledge of theory, models, and design principles that provides a designer with the [...]

Competency Based Training NEEDS Analysis

Competency Based Training Needs Analysis. As a provider of learning and development services I get frequent requests for designs of bespoke training courses and for delivery of existing courses into a range of organisations in various sectors. Each situation involves addressing the development needs of unique individuals in groups and therefore requires a training needs analysis.Whether we design a new training course or deliver an existing programme, we want to ensure a connection between training content and job performance, hence, All Training NEEDS Analysis! Training needs analysis is essential practice and its absence impacts both the design of the training, [...]

2024-06-03T14:53:07+00:00Categories: Training Needs Analysis|Tags: |

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

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 friend of his family and make them available on-line, diplomatic feedback was required. The customer operates in a business that is audited regularly for compliance had realised when preparing for an up and coming audit that there were gaps, misinterpretations, or occasionally complete ignorance among staff [...]

2024-06-01T13:53:58+00:00Categories: Learning Design|Tags: |
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