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5 easy ways to put learning into practice

Posted: November 2019 by: Tess Robinson

In a previous life I worked for a university.They were huge fans of the three day face-to-face workshop. They were always very intense and lecture-like and we always got given a big A4 binder of information to take away to demonstrate what a lot we had learned. I can’t deny that I loved time away from the office, especially the free lunch, but I also admit that the minute I got back to my desk, that folder was tucked away in a drawer never to be seen again. I very rarely applied what I had learned to my everyday work, despite my best intentions.

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How Play Can Keep Humans Relevant 

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Posted: September 2019 by: Tess Robinson

For quite a few years now we’ve been talking about how work is evolving. How a new technological age is coming and with it, automation and digital transformation that will render a lot of the jobs we do redundant. Well, that age is coming up fast and we’re woefully underprepared. It’s time to start thinking with some urgency about the type of work that humans are better suited to than machines and how we can develop the skills needed to do that work.

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Turning the supertanker - how large companies can innovate 

Posted: August 2019 by: Rob Hubbard

It has been our great privilege to work with some of the largest companies in the world on some of their toughest challenges and greatest opportunities. I thought I perceived a linear inverse relationship between their size and ability to innovate; it appeared to me that the bigger the company the less agile and innovative it was able to be. Internal structures became overly complicated, the levels of process and red tape grew exponentially
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Confessions of a home-based worker

Posted: August 2019 by: Louise Cox

In 2005, I had my daughter Alice, and I took 8 months’ maternity leave. On my return to work I found the balance between work and family hard to juggle: the daily rush of dropping her off at nursery, the stress of getting to work on time and then the stress of getting back to pick her up. Not to mention the guilt of both leaving my colleagues to work late and being the last to pick Alice up. Even the place where I worked treated me differently. I was once someone, people took me seriously, I had a job to do – an important job – I contributed and I felt valued. But, when I returned, I was seen as a ‘mum’ and, even though I had a job to do, it was no longer an important one. In 2008 I took the bold decision to leave and work from home as a Learning Consultant. In 2009, I met Rob Hubbard who, like me, wanted to work in a way that fitted with family life and so I started work as a Project Manager for LAS


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Learning - Whats in it for me?

Posted: 5 July 2019 by: Tess Robinson

We talk a lot about why learning is important for organisations. How it helps them to become agile, to leverage opportunity, to get the best out of their people in terms of productivity, motivation and satisfaction. But what of the individual? What’s in it for me? Why is it important for me to continue to learn?

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Which is better – a map or a compass?

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Posted: 5 July 2019 by: Rob Hubbard

When you need to get somewhere / achieve an outcome – which is more useful; a map or a compass? 

A map is great when the terrain you need to move through is fixed, or at least not subject to much change. You can see where you are, where you need to get to and what to expect along the way. Sure, there will be obstacles, but you can see what they are well in advance, prepare for them and be ready when you reach them. If you were setting out on such an expedition you would pack only what you need, because you’d have a pretty good idea from the map of what to expect.

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Change = the New Normal

Posted: 24 May 2019 by: Rob Hubbard

We’ve spent nearly 15 years working with large organisations across sectors as diverse as oil and gas, pharma, higher education, healthcare, telecoms, facilities, media, retail and more. Change used to be a lot slower and more predictable; typically driven by mergers, acquisitions and changes in the operating environment. A new competitor might emerge over the course of a few years, or new legislation might be brought in over a period of time. 

But that has changed.

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The ingredients of innovation; process, people, culture, courage

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Posted: 12 April 2019 by: Rob Hubbard

We’re going to look at the main ingredients that make a supportive environment in which innovation in learning can flourish: These are Process, People, Culture and Courage – or

P2C2 = Innovation

We’ll also look at some of the attitudes and behaviours that kill innovation dead and how sometimes we can see the words and actions of senior people at odds with our ambitions to be more innovative
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Innovation Insights LT19UK

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Posted: March 2019 by: Rob Hubbard

It was to be a first of a kind for Learning Technologies UK. The brief was to run a highly interactive workshop-style session at the London conference. New venue, new format, unknown wifi speed - what could possibly go wrong? When asked if we could run such a session, we leapt at the chance! We do a lot of work in digital learning innovation and so applied part of our innovation process to a topic everyone would be familiar with, and that in many cases can be done better Induction..

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Lessons from the dinosaurs – innovate or die

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Posted: December 2018 by: Rob Hubbard

Looking up as she breakfasted on treetop leaves, the slow gaze of the diplodocus fell upon what looked like a second, larger sun in the clear blue sky. She watched it growing larger and a slow, puzzled thought began to form in her mind. She saw the meteor strike several miles away and shockwaves blossom outwards. She had only moments to appreciate the ironic beauty of it before being vaporised in the heat wave.

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Agile L&D – A new model? 5 questions to ask

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Posted: 26 October 2018 by: Tess Robinson

We hear alot about how volatile the world is these days. Technology, politics, climate change are all disrupting the way that we live and do business. This challenging environment means that organisations have to be able to adapt and change quickly, to innovate and iterate, to learn new skills at pace – if they don’t, they will struggle to stay afloat in these turbulent times. So why is this need for agility so often not reflected in the way organisations deliver learning?


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The digital transformation of life and why learning needs to catch up

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Posted: 14 September 2018 by: Tess Robinson

What was the first thing you did this morning? For me, it was being woke up by an alarm that I’d set via Alexa. I told her to snooze whilst I caught up on the news on the BBC app. My Google calendar reminded me that my youngest had swimming. I arranged lifts for the kids to their after-school clubs on Whatsapp, did 10 minutes of Duolingo (learning useful Spanish phrases such as ‘my turkey eats pineapples’) and had a quick check of my emails – all before I’d even got out of bed.


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How digital has transformed my night out

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Posted: 22 June 2018 by: Tess Robinson

When I was a teenager, arranging a night out involved sitting on the stairs, with the phone line stretched around the bannister, ringing around my friends and arranging where to meet up. I’d then have to rely on them, even the flaky ones, to turn up when and where they were meant to. If it was somewhere new that we were going, I’d have to check where it was on a paper A-Z map. I paid for my drinks with cash and could be as silly as I liked because the only record of the evening would be in our memories.



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Digital transformation - The high street shut down & technological advances

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Posted: 22 June 2018 by: Georgina Wilding

It’s difficult to go a day without hearing a mention of the high street and the changes we’re seeing there, be it reading statistics such as The Guardian’s recent ‘6,000 shops close in 2017; toughest year for UK high street’, or BBC News explaining ‘nearly 650 shops and restaurants have either shut or are at risk of closure since the start of 2018.’ It’s therefore easy to see why this feels like a problem, and to many people it is; but what are organisations learning from the closure of so many stores, and what does this have to do with digital transformation?


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Digital transformation - don't lose your user focus

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Posted: 11 May 2018 by: Ed Hickman

Digital transformation offers exciting possibilities for organisations. Identifying and successfully embedding new technologies can result in a significant market advantage over competitors. For example, riding a wave of innovation in an untapped area opens huge consumer revenues

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Digital transformation - assessing new technologies with a level head

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Posted: 11 May 2018 by: Rob Hubbard

Look at the business environment five, maybe ten years ago; as much change as we perceived then, when you compare it to today, life seemed pretty stable. The pace of change now feels relentless. Increasingly we see organisations that are decades-old falter and stumble

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Can you learn how to adapt to change?

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Posted: 16 April 2018 by: Tess Robinson

Steven Hawking once (allegedly) said: “Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change”.Whereas being intelligent may mean you’re more likely to have the skill to identify gaps between where you are and where you need to be, I disagree that it’s a fundamental requirement to the ability to adapt. 

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Plastic, not so fantastic: What Blue Planet 2 can teach us about behaviour change

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Posted: 16 April 2018 by: Tess Robinson

A few months ago a programme called Blue Planet 2 aired on the BBC. Beautifully filmed, it introduced us to a myriad of weird and wonderful sea creatures and their world. Our family snuggled down together every Sunday to watch the series, filled with awe at what an amazing planet with live on. Incredible to think that all that life is down there, hidden from us humans.
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Room to fail in Digital Transformation

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Posted: 2 March 2018 by: Georgina Wilding

The digital transformation I’d like to see in 2018 is one allocating more online space for people to fail. Fail miserably. Score below average on all their assessments, cause havoc in health and safety simulations, and select every wrong answer in their scenarios.

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How play can keep humans relevant

Sept 2019

Turning The supertanker - how large Companies can innovate

July 2019

Learning - whats in it for me?

July 2019

which is better - a map or a compass?

July 2019

Change = The New Normal

May 2019

The ingredients of innovation; process, people, culture, courage

April 2019

Innovation Insights LT19UK

March 2019

Lessons from the dinosaurs – innovate or die

December 2018

14 September 2018

How Digital Has transformed my night out

22 June 2018

Digital Transformation - The High Street Shut Down & Technological Advances

22 June 2018

Digital Transformation - Don't Lose Your User Focus

11 May 2018

Digital Transformation - Assessing New Technologies With A Level Head

11 May 2018

Can you learn how to adapt to change?

16 April 2018

Plastic not so fantastic: what blue planet can teach us about behaviour change

16 April 2018

Room to fail in digital transformation

2 March 2018

Transforming the benchmark

2 March 2018

Paralysed By Choice - Why Curation is Important

30 January 2018

Next Generation Blend: A Case Study

30 January 2018

Blended Learning: The Next Generation

8 December 2017

Being Agile in Turbulent Times

8 December 2017

Blended Learning: The Next Generation

27 October 2017

7 Key Steps To Blending For Behaviour Change

27 October 2017

10 It's time to strike a digital balance

7 September 2017

Learning lessons from half marathon training

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Virtually there

15 June 2017

10 top tips and essential resources for newcomers to elearning

15 June 2017

Keeping potential locked up: how to find the key

19 January 2017

mind Games - 5 ways that mindfulness can enhance learning

28 November 2016

Who owns learning? 5 reasons to give your learners more control

12 October 2016

how to make best use of your training budget in 3 steps

18 July 2016

The importance of Learning in uncertain times

11 July 2016

A quick guide to behavioural economics and 7 ways to apply it to learning design

7 June 2016

Grand Designs: How to be inventive with your learning design

11 May 2016

The risky business of learning design

12 April 2016

Microlearning - what the devil is it? and 5 things it's good for

31 March 2016

Learning design: what can we learn from creativity in the arts?

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How to be an elearning visionary

28 January 2016

10 lessons from design thinking that can be applied to digital learning

13 January 2016

6 ways to convince your organisation to embrace digital learning

10 December 2015

A decade in elearning - Then, Now and Next

12 November 2015

The Advantages of building curiosity into learning and 7 ways to do it

24 September 2015

How does responsive design impact learning culture?

10 August 2015

How Interactive Should Your Elearning be?

10 July 2015

Learning Technologies Summer Forum Takeaways

18 June 2015

Don’t use the ’G-word’

10 May 2015

How to gamify your learning

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The art of simple design

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