Monthly Archives: June 2012

Martha Payne: The freedom to speak – exploring the challenges as social media invade formal spaces

Martha Payne is nine years old. She’s an active blogger who has gained a great deal of publicity and fame by posting everyday about her school dinners. For those of you who hail from overseas, i should mention that school … Continue reading

Posted in Authority, Barriers to Learning, Blog, Challenge, Control, Education, Family, Freedom, Informal Spaces, Journalism, Learning | Tagged , , , | 4 Comments

Learning leadership: simulation and reality

Leadership is not a process: it’s an art. I don’t mean that it doesn’t have structure, but rather that there is a highly subjective and qualitative dimension to it. It’s contextual and requires discretion and decision making in terms of … Continue reading

Posted in Challenge, Community of Practice, Experience, Formal Spaces, Informal Spaces, Knowledge, Leadership, Learning, Sensation, Skills | Tagged , , , , | 4 Comments

Words about Learning: spontaneity

We’re filming today: fifteen people bustling about with an air of organised chaos. Or possibly just chaos. You can mitigate this with planning: who needs to be where and when. Who is responsible for camera, for lighting, for making coffee, … 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

Learning from stories: reflecting on a century of memories

It was in one of the breaks in the rain that i settled in the cafe. Built into the old Town Hall, it sat in the market square of a typical medieval rural English town. Large windows in the formerly … Continue reading

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Research Paper: Communication in online spaces – trust and disclosure.

I asked the question “Assuming you are communicating with someone you know, are you more comfortable disclosing personal information online or in person?” This is part of a wider piece of research that i’m working on looking at how relationships … Continue reading

Posted in Collaboration, Communication, Community, Community of Practice, Disclosure, Formal Spaces, Informal Spaces, Social Learning, Social Media, Trust | Tagged , , , , | 8 Comments

Finding the story: capturing oral narratives and framing them for digital

I’m working on the design of a new e-learning piece today: a fifteen minute module around an element of customer service. This is my favourite place, where everything is up in the air! I’ve got a room with a group … Continue reading

Posted in E-Learning, Instructional Design, Learning Design, Narrative, Stories, Storytelling | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Tradition: personal, national and organisational history.

We’ve been celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee this last weekend with a river pageant, concert in the park and street parties. It’s been a glorious combination of pomp, ceremony, bunting, flags and typically British grey skies. A mixture of the … Continue reading

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Words about learning: brand

It’s not just soap and cars that have brands. We each have our own personal brand: the way we are represented to others that demonstrates our values, ideas, energy and abilities. Brands are not static. They evolve over time to … Continue reading

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