Category Archives: Complexity

Learn to fly: big planes and small skills

My usual approach to new technology is to dive in and give it a go: after all, how wrong can you go? I’ve only ever once sat in the cockpit of a jet, but i’d have to say that i’m … Continue reading

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The languages of learning: fragrance

I’m sat drinking a Turkish coffee in the Arab quarter. I fly home tonight, but today is a chance for reflection. It’s hot and humid, as it has been everyday. There’s a faint scent of cardamon, a dusky kind of … Continue reading

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Fables or Thrillers? Why some things are harder to remember than others

Some things are just easy to remember, whilst others are much harder. I was listening to an audiobook yesterday about consciousness. It gave a really fascinating view of ‘the democracy of self’, talking about how low level ‘zombie’ systems constantly … Continue reading

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Mobile Learning: day five – why knowledge is no longer enough

My final day working on the new book about mobile learning. Having completed sections on technology and learning design, today i am exploring why knowledge is no longer enough. Why knowledge is no longer enough We used to have to … Continue reading

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The value of being the same

Do you fit in? Are you average height? Can you cook a perfectly acceptable dinner? Are your sales figures firmly in the middle of the bell curve? Do you lead from the front or ride in the middle of the … Continue reading

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What is reality? Understanding how history is constructed and the value of difference.

As i was driving this morning there was a fascinating programme on the radio about Troy. From the perspective of the mythology, the archaeology and documented history, they sought to build a consensus opinion of where the city actually was … Continue reading

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Unimaginably large numbers: why we have to keep learning relevant to what we know.

Do you know how many people died in the Second World War? I was reading a book about Yuri Gagarin last night, when i read something that stopped me in my tracks. I literally had to stop reading and think … 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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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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The simple messages at the heart of learning. The benefits of avoiding complexity.

Good ideas can easily become bad ones. Simple messages easily get waterlogged by complexity. Our role in the design and delivery of learning solutions is partly to inject enough energy and momentum to get a project moving, and partly to … Continue reading

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