Category Archives: Functional Design

Whether to GoPro? Technology and creativity

You may have seen the GoPro range of cameras? Small, lightweight, waterproof and rugged, they’re aimed at the sports and outdoor market with a brand that shouts ‘action‘. They come with a range of clamps, clips, sticky patches and bindings … 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

Posted in Design, E-Learning, Effectiveness, Engagement, Functional Design, Learning, Learning Design, Learning Journey, Stories, Storytelling | Tagged , , , | 7 Comments

Stop playing with that! Interactivity in learning

I’m working today on the new book around mobile learning. This following extract is from a section around ‘interactivity’ which i’m still working on. We play with things to learn about them. From our earliest efforts to perceive meaning in … Continue reading

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Mood lighting: the importance of the learning environment

Whilst i was away last week, my favourite cafe disappeared. Quite a shock to the system to find that, today, i am sat in a new space that smells of paint and is altogether smarter than the old one. Sure, … 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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Building a strategy for mobile learning. Technology, content and users in perfect harmony?

Going mobile is all the rage. It’s the technology of choice and organisations are falling over themselves to get into the game. And why not. It’s a technology that consumers love. Be it iPhone or iPad (or even, at a … Continue reading

Posted in Control, Design, E-Learning, Functional Design, Innovation, Instructional Design, iPad, iPad 2, iPhone, Learning, Learning Design, Learning Technology, Mobile Apps, Mobile Learning, Technology | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

How to fit a square peg into a round hole. Exploring how the different sizes of iPad, iPhone and Playbook can affect the design and quality of mobile learning solutions.

Next week my Playbook will arrive. Billed by Blackberry as their Flash playing alternative to the iPad, it’s probably make or break for them in the Tablet market. On the surface, things look promising; at half the size of an … Continue reading

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What makes a good design? Considering the relationship between Functional, Graphic and Learning design.

What makes a good design? Hard to say really. I know what i like and i know what i don’t, but it’s not always easy to quantify the difference between the two. Working on the design for a new ‘learning … Continue reading

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