Tag Archives: Training

Approaching Social Learning

The problem with formal learning is that it’s inherently abstract: no matter how engaging and dynamic it is, it’s always one step away from our everyday reality. When people leave the event and go back to their real lives, real … Continue reading

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The Social Leader as enabler

Today, i want to focus on one aspect of Social Leadership: ‘Social Learning Enabler‘. In the Social Age, generosity is a key survival trait, alongside high social capital (the ability to survive and thrive in online learning and collaboration spaces). … Continue reading

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Where’s your library? Questions around sharing and social learning

As well as a museum, children’s playground and sofas, Schiphol airport boasts a library. In the days of Kindles and eBooks, it may sound slightly anachronistic, but this library has actual shelves and actual books that you can sit in … Continue reading

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Goals and targets: driving engagement and activity

Somehow this week i’ve accidentally signed up for a triathlon and a cycle tour of France. Well, both look like good adventures, so it will probably give me some motivation to get out and train in this dreary weather. At … Continue reading

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What’s in it for me? Considering the learning contract.

When i’m creating a learning solution, i’m trying to contract with the learner: give me some of your time and i’ll give you something in return. Broadly speaking, both things need to be of similar value – the time and … Continue reading

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Learning core concepts and speaking a language that suits the learner. How i learnt to change a fuse.

So my 1964 Land Rover wouldn’t start yesterday. I turned the key, pressed the button (yes, it’s so old, it has a starter button) to be met with an electrical sounding click, but no roar of the engine staggering to … Continue reading

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What’s the name of that song? Using music in training: the pitfalls and benefits.

Music is part of our lives. We hear it on the radio, play CDs (or digital downloads, or even, if you’re old enough, vinyl), hear it in shops, in elevators, as a background on the television and, best of all, … Continue reading

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The Census: Uses of measurement in e-learning and why we feel the need to measure at all.

This week, in the UK, we’re completing the census. Every ten years, we record the details of everyone living in every household in the UK, a giant count of who is here and what they are up to. In other … Continue reading

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Falling out of a plane without a parachute. Realism in training for emergency events.

Sat in a hot tub, looking out over the mountains this afternoon, when conversation turned to parachutes. Out skiing in the Alps with some friends, two of whom are UK skydivers. As we were talking about life, Liz casually dropped … Continue reading

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Group dynamics in learning situations. How the mood of a group can change and how this can affect overall attitudes and success.

Understanding the dynamics of groups is like sailing. It’s predictable to an extent, generally manageable, occasionally becalmed with the chance of sudden devastating storms. As with sailing, you usually know where you want to get to, but the route can … Continue reading

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