Monthly Archives: March 2012

Words about Learning: Moments

Every moment is filled with potential. We can spend them however we like. Some we invest in learning, some we just spend cleaning. Some we fret and worry over whilst others we fritter with wild abandon and a few we … Continue reading

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Why small details make a huge difference: how do you drive a Toyota Prius?

Today, i am saving the world, one mile at a time. You see, i’ve got a long journey to make and i hired a Toyota Prius, the eco pioneer vehicle of choice, with it’s ground breaking ability to run on … Continue reading

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What colour is Google? How we are incredibly efficient at remembering not much at all.

Last night i went to a pub quiz with some friends. Now, i don’t know if you frequent pub quizzes often, but the key to success, in my experience, is to include at least one nerd in each key subject. … Continue reading

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Knowing when to give up: taking time to reflect and take in the view.

It’s a beautiful day today, no particular pressure at work and a clear chunk of time set aside for writing. But somehow, I just can’t get started. Whilst the body is willing, some days the brain just doesn’t want to … Continue reading

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Phase disclosure: why little and often can be good for you.

I watched a programme about the London Underground last night. Two hundred and seventy four stations, five hundred trains and millions upon millions of passengers every week. It’s quite an operation, constrained as it is by ageing stock, crumbling infrastructure … Continue reading

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The thing and the fear of the thing: why electricity may not be all that bad after all.

Herman was built in 1967, making him reassuringly older than me. He starts with a bang and a cloud of smoke, has a top speed of 40-45mph, depending how steeply you’re going downhill, and brakes that are, at best, optimistic. … Continue reading

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Where do good ideas come from? Reflecting on where we spend our most constructive time.

I’ve got a book in my hand called ‘where good ideas come from‘ (S Johnson, 2010, Penguin). The subtitle is ‘a natural history of innovation‘. It looks great. One day i’ll actually read it. That would probably be a good … Continue reading

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Mobile Learning Case Study: delivering compliance training and assessing the results.

There is a network of people around the globe who interact and contribute in our community here, but one of my US friends in particular always keeps me on the straight and narrow by asking me for case studies and … Continue reading

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How to measure the success of social learning. Challenges and ideas.

There’s been some discussion this week about creating parameters for the measurement of the effectiveness of social learning. It’s a good call to arms, because it’s all too easy to be busy creating solutions without stopping to think of the … Continue reading

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What does the iPad 3 mean for mobile learning? Technology and Community.

So the iPad 3 has hit the shelves, with something of a fanfare, but what’s actually new? What new opportunities will it give us in the fields of learning and development? What does this device do that the first and … Continue reading

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