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How to achieve learning impact on a limited budget

How to achieve learning impact on a limited budget

Posted: 20 November 2020 by: Tess Robinson
It now almost goes without saying that learning is vital to organisational survival. 2020 has made it abundantly clear that organisations need to be agile enough to continue operating when faced with

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explorations into VR

Explorations into VR

Posted: 20 November 2020 by: Rob Hubbard
With the mass transitionto working from home; ‘Zoom fatigue’ is now a ‘thing' and the longer we arephysically apart the more we yearn for human contact. Even when the Covid-19vaccines are available; travel will remain greatly reduced and in-person contactless frequent for both health and climate reasons..

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5 things to start doing TODAY to build a learning culture in your organisation

Learning Culture

Posted: 16 October 2020 by: Tess Robinson
Culture in organisations is complex. Most theories on organisational culture agree that is it a long-term endeavour, built over time as a result of a number of influences, Learning culture is often thought to evolve in a similar way i.e. a slow burn over a
number of years.

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Digital Learning Transformation

15 years in - what’s next?

Posted: 16 October 2020 by: Rob Hubbard
I write this in the week of LAS’ 15th birthday. It feels like a long time ago that I first set up as a freelancer, having chosen redundancy rather than the loss of much of what I loved about my previous job (creative freedom and my team). It was a risk; we were planning to start a family and had recently bought a house -another full-time permanent position would have been the safer move, But I'm comfortable taking calculated risks and wanted to spend more time with my soon-to-bw new child, so freelancing it was.
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4 ways to increase learner engagement on a budget

Posted: July 2020 by: Rob Hubbard
I often get asked;  
"How can we increase user engagement in this boring /necessary / mandatory piece of learning content?”
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5 ways to convince your stakeholders to buy-in to digital learning

Posted: 11 September 2020 by: Tess Robinson
Covid has shown us that digital transformation can be done at incredible speed. At the start of the year, who’d have thought it possible for whole organisations to now be working remotely and be doing it effectively?READ MORE...

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Lockdown garden

Lessons from a lockdown garden

Posted: 11 September 2020 by: Abi Fairholm
The Coronavirus has taught us some invaluable life lessons, how much we have, how little we need, and how much human contact means to us.
We all found happiness in the simpler things, such as actually spending quality time with our families, taking a bike ride, or baking some homemade treats.
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Human Centered Virtual working

Human Centered Virtual working

Posted: July 2020 by: Rob Hubbard
LAS are a High Performance Team, and have been for 15 years. We have a human centred approach to all our projects, and we apply the same ethos and ways of working within our successful team.
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5 ways to build your organisation’s culture with a remote workforce

Posted: July 2020 by: Tess Robinson
It’s increasing looking like remote working is set to continue for the foreseeable. This swift and necessary adaptation to the working environment brings with it challenges around organisational culture but also opportunities to strengthen culture and maybe even change it for the better.
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5 Top Tips for developing a growth mindset

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Posted: July 2020 by: Tess Robinson
Turbulence, change and uncertainty are all just part of everyday life at the moment. It feels like one thing after another is being sent to challenge us. Change can be difficult – who hasn’t had their head in their hands at some point over the last three months – but it can also be an opportunity. As we move into a post-lockdown world, it’s time to start thinking differently.
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Weathering the storm

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Posted: 5 June 2020 by: Rob Hubbard
I grew up sailing; first setting foot (or more likely crawling) on board at the tender age of one and able to sail by the time I was strong enough to steer. Sailing has taught me a lot about self-reliance, planning and adaptability. It’s ripe with metaphors that apply to life in general and business in particular; we plot our own courses in life, we largely choose our own shipmates, we helm (steer) our own vessel and are subject to a changing environment of currents, wind and waves

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6 reasons why developing a growth mindset is essential to corporate learning

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Posted: 5 June 2020 by: Tess Robinson
I’ve noticed more and more that people are starting to talk about growth mindset in relation to work and learning. For people with school-aged kids this probably isn’t an entirely new concept. The power of ‘not yet’ has been used in schools for a while now. It’s a relatively recent addition to the corporate vernacular though.

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RAPID Next Generation Blended Learning

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Posted: 24 April 2020 by: Rob Hubbard
Given the impacts of Coronavirus many organisations need to rapidly move away from face-to-face
classroom delivery of training courses and find ways to deliver training remotely. In the rush to get
something in place fast there is a risk that a poor learning experience is produced that simply doesn’t
deliver what the organisation needs.

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The importance of social learning for remote workers

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Posted: 24 April 2020 by: Tess Robinson
10 years ago I became a home-worker with a remote team. It was a huge change for me. My previous job had been in a big, open-plan office surrounded by hundreds of people. My job was very sociable and interactive, I looked after 150k alumni for a university, putting on events, networking, mentoring, communications and working with every department in the place. Going from that to sitting at home on my own was frankly a bit of a shock. It’s a situation that an awful lot of people will be finding themselves in at the moment.

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Why learning is vital in uncertain times 2020

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Posted: 3 April 2020 by: Tess Robinson
I first wrote this article in 2016 in response to the shock result of the UKs referendum on whether to stay in the EU. Although that produced political and economic turmoil on an unprecedented scale, it’s really nothing compared to the current situation we find ourselves in with Covid-19. It feels a bit like we’ve been trapped inside Hollywood movie. It surely can’t be real that the whole world is locked down?! It felt like it was time to update this article as the VUCA acronym (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity) has never felt more apt.

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Five ways Next Generation Blended Learning Can Help When it’s all VUCA-ed Up

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Posted: 13 March 2020 by: Tess Robinson

Well this isn’t an article I expected to be writing. It feels a bit surreal at the moment with countries in lock-down, deserted streets, empty shelves and people wearing masks. Last week we ran a F2F workshop on blended learning in London and lost a third of the attendees to travel bans and emergency covid-19 contingency planning. If only it was a blended programme – oh, the irony! Technology saved us though, as our guest speaker, who was unable to join us in person, presented to the room via Zoom.

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The Trouble with Blended Learning

Posted: 13 March 2020 by: Rob Hubbard

Blended learning has been around for as long as learning has - we have always learnt using a variety of methods. But then came technology and many were seduced by the convenience and relative ease of producing elearning modules. eLearning vendors did very nicely thank you, essentially building the same learning experience - the traditional e-learning module - regardless of the audience or project objective. But this didn’t connect with learners. The trouble was, this approach removed one of the most important ingredients of a learning experience - human contact. As a social species we yearn to connect to other humans. Learners became disengaged and we’re still managing the fallout from this 20 years later.

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Learning at the frontier

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Posted: January 2020 by: Rob Hubbard

In December 2019 it was my great privilege to work with the European Astronaut Centre. This is where all astronauts heading to the International Space Station (ISS) get trained before heading up into orbit, a process that takes around two years. I was working with the trainers to help them make better use of digital learning in their work. These are VERY bright people; scientists and astro-physicists many of whom are ground support staff for the ISS too. When people say something isn't rocket science, in this case it was. Now my background is engineering and I've been a life-long 'hard' sci-fi geek (hard sci-fi isn't Star Wars; it uses fiction to explore physics, philosophy and ethics), so this was basically my ideal gig : ) 

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Becoming blended: A Case Study

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Posted: December 2019 by: Tess Robinson

When the pace of change is moving at breakneck speed, budgets are being cut and people are increasingly dispersed, it’s no longer an option just to carry on as normal. Changing times need a new approach to learning.  

When you mention digital learning, classroom trainers can get very nervous. They naturally see it as a threat to their position. Who doesn’t fear being automated out of a job in this brave new world we find ourselves in? The introduction of digital is often met with resistance for this very reason. But what if digital learning could make their jobs more varied and interesting, more effective and give them new opportunities and skills? Wouldn’t those be great reasons for them to get onboard?

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5 easy ways to put learning into practice

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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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September 2020

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The importance of social Learning for remote workers

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Why learning Is Vital in uncertain times

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The Trouble with Blended Learning

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Becoming blended - A case study

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5 Easy Ways to put learning into practice

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How play can keep humans relevant

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Learning - whats in it for me?

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which is better - a map or a compass?

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Change = The New Normal

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

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