Tag Archives: Design

Homecoming: getting lost in learning

The sunflowers have spouted! It was a long trip back from New York: up to the airport at 5AM, the seven hour flight then a two hour wait for the coach and a three hour drive home. As i arrived, … Continue reading

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A six stage methodology for learning. Part 2 – Context

Yesterday i introduced my six stage Learning Methodology: today, i want to look at the first part in more detail. Context. Context is about the contract between learner and organisation: it’s where we ask people to invest their time and … Continue reading

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The architecture of learning: methodology and mortar

On the train this morning heading to the airport and i’m struck by the variety of architecture around me in the industrial district: glass, steel and stone arranged into a wide variety of imaginative and often playful designs. They’re not … Continue reading

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Creating engaging e-learning: 3 practical tips (story, navigation and saying goodbye)

I went out walking in the snow yesterday in the forest: I love getting out when it’s like this, just a wide expanse of heathland with a fresh carpet of snow. Usually you have to pick your way across this … Continue reading

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Creating space to be creative: how mobile learning can liberate us

My iPad makes me more creative. Or maybe i should say that it facilitates my creativity. Why? Because it captures my output in one place and because it makes it easy for me to repurpose that output into deeper, more … Continue reading

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Mastering Mobile Learning: inquisitive minds

We use our mobile phones to learn things when we are inquisitive. We tend not to schedule and plan in depth adventures with our phones, that’s left to tablets and PCs. Our love affair with mobile is a flirtatious one, … Continue reading

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Imagery in e-learning: is a picture really worth a thousand words, and are they the right ones?

We’re working on a kind of storybook project this week, using photos to create montages of action, with speech bubbles and text panels. It’s a neat and simple presentation style, but it does mean you have to think quite carefully … Continue reading

Posted in Aesthetics, Art, Clarity, Creative, Drawing, Engagement, Graphic Design, Learning, Stories, Storytelling | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Choosing the right fruit: unravelling the layers of social learning.

It’s counter intuitive to think of all learning as ‘social’ at heart because it’s largely process of internalisation and mastery, but increasingly we are paying attention to the social aspects of learning design and delivery. I’ve been working my way … Continue reading

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Words about Learning: intent

Sometimes we have an idea: let’s do something better! The idea is good. It gives us intent. But how do we actually do the thing better? What, when push comes to shove, are we not doing well already? Aspiration is … Continue reading

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The power of design: looking good, feeling good.

My favourite book is a copy of the Hobbit that i won in an art competition when i was about ten. It’s a great story, self contained, elements of adventure and companionship, a dragon and treasure and, best of all, … Continue reading

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