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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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Transforming the Benchmark Report

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Posted: 2 March 2018 by: Tess Robinson

For so many years now I have read the annual Towards Maturity Benchmark report with a sense of impending gloom. Nothing ever seemed to change despite overwhelming evidence that effective use of technology in learning can make such a massive difference to employee engagement, efficiency, performance, ability etc.. etc.. That’s why this year I am so pleased to see TM take a different approach.

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Paralysed by choice – why curation is important

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Posted: 30 January 2018 by: Tess Robinson

In 2015, Dave Lewis, Tesco CEO took the decision to remove 1/3 of products from Tesco shelves. Why? Tesco found their customers were so baffled by the vast array of products

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Next Generation Blend: A Case Study

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Posted: 30 January 2018 by: Tess Robinson

We were approached by a large pharma company to help train a new team on an innovative new drug. Their philosophy has its foundations in a patient-centred approach, so it was vital to put the patient at the very heart of the learning

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Is learning the key to success in an uncertain world?

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Posted: 8 December 2017 by: Tess Robinson

The world feels somewhat unstable in 2017. Whether it’s Trump and Kim Jong-un trading schoolboy insults, the rise of populism in the West, decreases in global cooperation, ongoing lengthy conflicts, extreme weather events or the pace of technological change disrupting labour markets* - the VUCA acronym (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity) has never felt more apt. This is not to say, however, that all is lost. The organisations that will survive and prosper are those who are well-prepared for change and who can focus on it positively.

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Being agile in turbulent times

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Posted: 8 December 2017 by: Rob Hubbard

A term that I hear being used increasingly and in widening contexts is the word ‘agile’. Often used in the context of agile software development, I’m now hearing phrases like ‘agile leadership’, ‘agile workforce’, and ‘agile organisation’

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Blended Learning: the Next Generation

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Posted: 27 October 2017 by: Rob Hubbard

It’s great to see so many people getting on board with blended learning. The Training Industry now really seem to have embraced it. Some are perhaps still a little overwhelmed by the range of possible delivery methods, but they understand that a better outcome can be achieved through mixing things up a bit.

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7 Key Steps to blending for behaviour change

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Posted: 27 October 2017 by: Tess Robinson

Life feels like it moves pretty fast these days.
Technology has changed the way we live, communicate and learn. Knowledge becomes obsolete more quickly - there’s a constant need to refresh, to stay on top. The way that we learn is responding to this. It’s now less about a single one-time intervention and much more about a continual, evolving process. This process is delivered using a range of media and delivery methods and is increasingly consumed in the flow of work. In other words, the blend. Or as we like to call it, the Next Generation Blend.

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It’s time to strike a digital balance

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Posted: 7 September 2017 by: Rob Hubbard

Recently I sat, one warm evening on the veranda of our holiday villa on a Greek island. Nestling in a green valley of olive and cypress trees that meandered down to a small fishing village, it was early evening and the sky was beginning to darken, the moon already visible above the hilltop. It was beautiful and peaceful...and then i got a notification on my phone

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Learning lessons from half marathon training

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Posted: 7 September 2017 by: Tess Robinson

Four months ago, in a moment of madness, I agreed to run a half marathon with 20 of my old school friends to support one of our number who has been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease. Now, I’m no runner - I never thought I’d be capable of doing this, but now, with only 4 weeks to go, I’m starting to believe that I can do it. The journey has been an interesting one and there’s a lot of parallels with learning.

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Virtually there

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Posted: 15 June 2017 by: Rob Hubbard

I took a trip down to London recently for AR VR (Augmented Reality Virtual Reality) World. It was a small
affair with geeks rather than sales people manning most of the stands. They were more interested in sharing their enthusiasm for their products, many of which were at prototype stage, than making a sale.

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10 top tips and essential resources for newcomers to elearning

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Posted: 15 June 2017 by: Tess Robinson

Being immersed in the digital learning world, it’s easy to forget that there are an awful lot of people out there who are just exploring using technology for learning for the first time and boy can it be overwhelming…heres our guide to newcomers to elearners.

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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

7 September 2017

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?

1 March 2016

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

10 April 2015

The art of simple design

10 March 2015

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