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Rob Hubbard to speak at OEB 2017 in Berlin

Rob Hubbard will be jetting off to Berlin for the second year running after being asked to speak at the event. Rob will be hosting a session on Designing Rapid Solutions to Emerging Business Problems at OEB 2017 Thursday, Dec 7 at 16:30

The key to successful change is people. In uncertain times, learning takes on new significance in terms of helping people to adapt to new roles or new ways of working and giving them the skills they need to be successful. Getting learning right at these times can give organisations and institutions an enormous competitive advantage, enabling them to be agile and adapt to new situations quickly. So what does ‘right’ look like? This interactive session will cover how to identify threats, problems or opportunities and how to design solutions that will enable a rapid and effective response. You will be expected to be active and will be encouraged to share experiences and help your colleagues with potential solutions through a series of activities.

Rob says 'I’m really looking forward to another year at OEB – it’s probably the friendliest conference I speak at and I always enjoy feeling European. The theme this year is ‘uncertainty’ which will certainly strike a chord with many people. In the past 18 months we’ve seen how rapidly the world can change and in my session I’ll be exploring what we can do, both as individuals and as learning professionals, to not just cope, but thrive in uncertain times.‘

OEB 2017 Berlin, December 6 – 8- The global, cross-sector conference on technology supported learning and training - Book your place online now

LAS shortlisted for two Learning Technologies Awards

12 September 2017

LAS are celebrating after being shortlisted for two categories in the Learning Technologies Awards. The announcement was made live on Twitter on Tuesday by @LTAwards. Categories LAS are competing in are Best online distance learning programme & Best use of simulations or virtual environments for learning

In 2016, the University of London (UoL) launched its international MSc in Professional Accountancy. An initiative between UoL, UCL and ACCA (the world’s largest accountancy professional body), this programme – the first of its kind – is unique in its virtual availability to students worldwide and the utilising of a complex and highly immersive simulation.

Unicorn and LAS were approached to design and build this simulation. Focusing on demonstrable learner engagement and tangible outcomes required to secure the future of the programme, this project has been an unprecedented success, boasting a 40% uplift on uptake, and 95% student pass rate.

Last call for FREE Learning eXperience Design course starts 6th November

12 September 2017

Over the last 10 years we've refined the way we work based on the best design approaches, hard won best practices and brain science. The LXD course is your chance to learn from our experience in a free 3 week online course, tutored by Rob Hubbard. No catch, no sales pitch - we just like to share for the benefit of the elearning community. *Course date has changed due to a clashing commitment

Rob Hubbard named in premier platinum list of world's most influential people in corporate elearning

21 June 2017

Rob Hubbard is named in the Premier Platinum section of the 2017Corporate eLearning Movers and Shakers List . The list represents the views of a number of key people from the industry. People named on the list are deemed to be influential within the corporate eLearning sector within their country, continent, region and the world. Rob said 'I'm thrilled to be named in the top 50 most influential digital learning practitioners and thought leaders in the world and to be alongside people who I have enormous respect for".

The LAS team is expanding

21 June 2017

Do you dream of being involved in interesting and exciting projects for some of the world's best known brands? Would you like to put your creativity to the test? We're looking for exceptional UX designers and technical project managers to join our happy team. Interested?

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Going to Learning Technologies Conference? Check out these sessions

19 January 2017

Rob Hubbard will be sharing his wisdom on memory and microlearning and will also be chairing two sessions at the Learning Technologies conference in London on 1 -2 February 2017.

Catch him at the following sessions:

Wednesday 1 February

Design Methodologies (13:50 - 15:00)
Gary Spring, Head of Design at Barclays UK will talk about 'Moving to UX Design for Learning' and Martin Sinclair, programme Lead at Health Education England, will discuss 'Growing your content design'.

User Experience (16:40 - 15:30)
Consultant Myles Runham talks about 'What does the web tell us about good learning tools and expeirences' and Laggi Diamadi, Head of Learning and Development at Fosters & Partners, shares his experience of 'The power of simplicity in learning.

Thursday 2 February

Learning and Performance (15:30 - 16:40) - Rob Hubbard
There is an elephant in the room. His name is Hermann. Hermann has known for over 100 years that humans rapidly forget what they try to learn, which makes traditional, preparatory training (in-person or online) largely a waste of time. This interactive session will bust some major myths of memory before identifying proven approaches that do work. It will also investigate how moving learning closer to the point of need will vastly increase the impact it has on learners.  
• The evolutionary advantage of forgetting
• What humans pay attention to and what they don’t
• Making the most of memory 
• Practical approaches for closing the learning gap
• Forms of learning that fit performance support

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Rob Hubbard to Chair at OEB 2016 in Berlin

28 November 2016

The LAS team will be jetting out to Berlin his week to OEB 2016 and Rob will be chairing a session on 'Supporting the Flexible Worker' with Clark Quinn, Geraldine Voost and Snorre Rubin.

As alternative employment arrangements rise and work spaces become ever more global and flexible, how can L&D align work and learning, engage the flexible worker and offer support to the needs and wellbeing of today’s workforce wherever they are? Join us at 2.30pm on Thursday 1 December for a dialogue on how we can adapt what we do, so that our workforces can do even better what they do.

Rob says 'It great to be working with such high calibre colleagues in this session. As a company, we're about as flexible as it's possible to get. This flexible philosophy is something close to our hearts and I'm going to really enjoy chairing a session on it'.

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Rob Hubbard to speak at Learning Live

11 August 2016

Microlearning is everywhere at the moment. In his session at Learning Live on 19 October, Rob will discuss what microlearning is and what it isn't, the key benefits and when to use it. He'll also look at how to design effective microlearning assets and what production tools to consider.

Learning Live takes place as part of the World of Learning Exhibition at the NEC, Birmingham. It's sponsored by the eLearning Network and is free of charge. There are some great speakers this year so it's well worth a visit.

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Next Free Learning eXperience Design Course Starts 3 October 2016

11 August 2016

Improve your learning design skills on us with our free Learning eXperience Design course. Come and learn from our years of experience. 

LXD is a three week part-time online course hosted on our goalgetter platform and tutored by Rob Hubbard, one of the UK's premier learning designers. You will join students from all around the globe working on real life projects. On the course you will learn how to scope the project and how to generate and communicate creative solutions. We'll give you the tools and support that you need to become an excellent designer.

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Rob Hubbard to chair session on 'design thinking for learning' at Learning Technologies Summer Forum

10 June 2016

Rob Hubbard will be chairing a session on 'design thinking for learning' at the Learning Technologies Summer Forum in London on Tuesday 14 June at 15:00. He will share the stage with Sally Spinks from top design consultancy, IDEO.

In this interactive session, they will look at how design thinking can transform the way we approach workplace L&D. The key, says Sally is to start not with a solution, or even with brainstorming, but with observational study – taking note of how people work in practice, not what they say they do in theory.  

Places are free and can be booked online 

Kick-@ss graphic / UX designer wanted

7 June 2016

We are looking for a kick-@ss graphic / UX designer to join our award winning LAS team. The work will be diverse and challenging, for some of the biggest brands in the world. You need experience of designing for web and/or games and/or elearning and/or apps and should be skilled in interpreting design briefs and branding guidelines to come up with killer designs. We would prefer you to be in the same timezone as the UK (more or less) and you will work flexibly from home as part of our expanding team.

Join us at the eLN's 'What Does Excellence Look Like?' event

31 March 2016

We will be at the eLearning Network's  'What does Excellence Look Like?' event on 28 April at University of Birmingham, UK, talking about the Vodafone project that won Gold for 'Best Learning Game' at the eLearning Awards 2015.

The Learning Technologies Awards – formerly the E-Learning Awards represent the best the industry has to offer. At this event, you can see for yourself what it takes to be best in class. Gold and silver award winners will be there to showcase their work, tell their backstories and pass on their experiences for you to apply in your workplace.

The event is free to members (membership is £29 well spent).

Next Free Learning eXperience Design Course Starts 9 May 2016

31 March 2016

Ever wanted to be better at designing learning interventions? Perhaps you're new to it and don't know where to start? Come and learn from our years of experience. We pride ourselves on our design skills and processes. They've won us a lot of awards after all.

LXD is a three week part-time online course hosted on our goalgetter platform and tutored by Rob Hubbard, one of the UK's premier learning designers. You will join students from all around the globe working on real life projects. On the course you will learn how to scope the project and how to generate and communicate creative solutions. We'll give you the tools and support that you need to become an excellent designer.

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LAS MD, Rob Hubbard, named as one of 2016's Top Ten UK eLearning Movers and Shakers 

12 January 2016

Following Rob Hubbard’s 2015 Outstanding Contribution Award at the eLearning Awards, Rob has made it on to the influential Annual Top 10 eLearning Movers and Shakers List for the UK for the first time.

Now in its seventh year, the latest annual lists of the “Top Ten” most influential people in the corporate e-learning sector - in
the World, North America, Europe, the UK and Asia-Pacific - contain the names of 39 people. Of these, 26 are men and 13 are women.

These ‘movers and shakers’ lists are compiled from a corporate online learning perspective, on the basis of a person’s perceived current influence on the online learning industry – as a practitioner, commentator, facilitator and/or thought leader.

Rob Hubbard, says:

‘This list contains many people that I greatly admire and so I’m thrilled to have made it on there for 2016. I am a firm believer in sharing ideas and best practice throughout the elearning industry. 2016 promises to be an exciting year’.

Rob will be speaking at the Learning Technologies Conference in London on 4 February. Don't miss it!

Rob Hubbard honoured with Outstanding Contribution Award

27 November 2015

LAS Managing Director, Rob Hubbard, has been given the top honour of the Outstanding Contribution Award at this year’s prestigious eLearning Awards.

The Award was given in recognition of all Rob has done to promote the elearning industry. Through his work with the eLearning Network and through the free training he has provided to hundreds of elearning professionals worldwide, he has worked tirelessly to raise standards and encourage greater creativity in digital learning. The Awards Ceremony took place in London on 25th November.

Rob Hubbard started life as an Engineer, graduating from the University of Warwick with a degree in Engineering Design and Appropriate Technology. After brief forays into CAD and website design he landed his first elearning role as Head of Online Learning for a training consultancy, sparking a passion for digital learning which has stayed with him ever since. 

After setting up his own company, LearningAge Solutions, now LAS, in 2005, Rob has grown in stature within the industry. He has provided expertise and ideas, raised standards, taken on voluntary roles and offered free support and training to others. He is now seen as one of the leading lights in elearning and is often to be found speaking or chairing industry conferences or judging awards. Never afraid to question norms and take creativity to another level, he relishes being at the fore of learning technologies thinking.

Rob Hubbard, says:

‘Wow, I was overwhelmed to be nominated for this award and I’m absolutely blown away to have won! It is such an honour to have this recognition from industry peers and it really means a lot to me. I thoroughly enjoy promoting interesting and exciting elearning and working with all the students on our free Learning eXperience Design course. My time with the eLearning Network was also very rewarding. They are a fantastic group of people who work very hard in support of the elearning industry’.

http://www.learningtechnologies.co.uk/Content/e-learning-awards-2015-winners

LAS celebrate triple win at the eLearning Awards 2015

26 November 2015

LAS has scooped three awards at the eLearning Awards, including this year's Outstanding Contribution Award for Managing Director, Rob Hubbard. The Awards Ceremony took place in London on 25th November.

LAS won gold for ‘Best Learning Game’. They partnered with Marketing Consultancy, Oxford SM, to create an engaging learning game for Vodafone, which has added energy and realism to their face-to-face marketing workshop on maximising the use of customer data. Used in stages throughout the workshop, the game reinforces learning points, encourages debate and allows participants to try decisions out, resulting in a deeper understanding of the importance of data and how it is used. The game is a fantastic example of how learning games don’t need to be expensive and hand coded to be effective.  

LAS also won bronze in the category of ‘Best Use of Social and Collaborative Learning Technologies’ Sector’ for a project with one of the world’s largest energy companies. LAS helped them to roll out a methodology for organisation design and provide online opportunities for their people to collaborate and share knowledge and best practice. The project has resulted in significant cost savings for the organisation, has boosted their internal capabilities and helped them to develop and connect their staff. It is now in use over more than 50% of the organisation.

Managing Director, Rob Hubbard, says:   ‘We are delighted to have, once again, beaten off stiff competition from the biggest players in the international elearning industry to win these awards, particularly in the categories of social and collaborative learning and learning games, which are at the cutting edge of digital learning.  

As a company, we are celebrating our 10th birthday this year. We have always prided ourselves on being at the forefront of new thinking in elearning. This recognition from the eLearning Awards, our industry’s most prestigious awards, reinforces our position as innovators, as we look to the next 10 years and beyond.  

None of this would be possible, of course, without forward-thinking clients who are prepared to try something different and kudos should go to them for their vision and support.’ 

http://www.learningtechnologies.co.uk/Content/e-learning-awards-2015-winners

LAS and Sara Dunn Associates win Ufi Grant for Social Care Mobile Learning Project

23 November 2015

LAS, in partnership with Sara Dunn Associates, has won one of 16
coveted Ufi Charitable Trust Vocational Learning Tech grants.

Selected from over 180 applications, the Cuppa project, so called because Cuppa resources, or ‘sips’, are bite-sized – a skills boost in the time it takes to drink a cup of tea – focusses on supporting staff in their everyday care work. Sips are rooted in care activities on topics such as how to talk to relatives, write handover notes, and understand a care plan.

As much of the care workforce is dispersed and mobile, the learning will be delivered to mobile phones, enabling staff to learn on the job. Cuppa will be free or low-cost to use, reducing
training costs in a sector where budgets are tight. This project aims to have a huge positive impact on a hard-to-reach sector, improving the skills of care workers and also the lives of the people who they support.

Sara Dunn, Chief Executive, said:
“Care work is so important, and yet so undervalued in our society; this Ufi innovation grant will help us develop a vitally needed performance support service for care workers. We have many years of experience in the care sector, and in teaming up
with LAS for the digital development we reckon we have a really winning combination!”

Rob Hubbard, Managing Director, LAS said:
“We are really delighted to be a part of the Cuppa project. It has great potential to help transform an entire sector and the lives of people receiving care. What better use of innovative learning technologies could there be?”

Funded by Ufi charitable trust:

LearningAge Solutions celebrates 10th birthday with a new image

22 October 2015

Award winning elearning company LearningAge Solutions is celebrating its first decade in business with a new image and a new name - LAS.

Managing Director Rob Hubbard said:
‘LearningAge Solutions was established in 2005, initially as a small consultancy with one consultant. Having experienced strong growth, in what has been a difficult global climate, we now have a much larger team, an array of awards and satisfied
big-name clients under our belts. Our reputation is growing and we’re delighted this year to be celebrating 10 years in business.

eLearning has evolved so much over the past decade and we have enjoyed being at the forefront of that, creating imaginative
and effective digital learning. As the pace of technological change is so rapid, this industry is certainly never dull. We’re learning and adapting our methods all the time in order to maximise the benefits of learning technologies for our clients.

Just as the industry has evolved, our brand must evolve too to reflect our dynamic approach and our commitment to innovation and partnership, so we felt it fitting to mark our 10 year milestone with an image update. We have long abbreviated our company name to LAS informally and the majority of our clients refer to us in this way. It’s snappier and more memorable. The cog represents the way we drive innovation, performance and change. We have a brand new responsive website
www.las-hq.com and are looking forward to a successful next decade and beyond.’

Rob Hubbard to speak at OEB

22 September 2015

Rob Hubbard will be speaking at OEB, the global cross-centre conference on technology supported learning and training in Berlin in December.  OEB is known for pushing boundaries, challenging preconceptions, catalysing new ideas and fostering exchange between the corporate, education and public service sectors. Rob will be running a session on how technologies can capture and enhance collective intelligence across organisations. The conference takes place on 2-4 December.

Rob Hubbard nominated for Outstanding Contribution Award

7 September 2015

Rob Hubbard has been nominated and short-listed for this year's Outstanding Contribution Award at the eLearning Awards
in recognition of all he has done to promote the elearning industry.

Rob was nominated because he has given hundreds of hours of his time, energy and enthusiasm to voluntary work within the sector. Through his work with the eLN and through the free training he has provided to hundreds of elearning professionals worldwide, he has worked tirelessly to raise standards and encourage greater creativity in digital learning. Good luck Rob!

LAS shortlisted for two eLearning Awards

7 September 2015

Here at LAS HQ we are celebrating being short-listed for two eLearning Awards; Best use of social and collaborative learning technologies with BP and Best Learning Game with OxfordSM and VodafoneUK.

LAS partnered with BP to create online learning, resources and social media to support their new organisation design (OD) methodology. Technology was used to create a platform for a community of practice, enabling enterprise-wide collaboration and sharing of best practice to deliver better business outcomes. This has also enabled them to develop internal capability and make the OD process consistent across the organisation. You can read more about it in our ODV2 case study.


The Vodafone CVM (Customer Value Management) Data Game is a fantastic example of how learning games don’t need to be high budget and hand coded with long timescales to be effective. LAS designed this engaging game, in partnership with OxfordSM and Vodafone, to be used in a blend within a F2F marketing workshop. The game has added energy and realism to the workshop, which is on maximising the use of customer data to drive brand value and improve customer experience. Used in stages throughout the workshop, the game reinforces learning points, encourages debate and allows participants to try decisions out, resulting in a deeper understanding of the importance of data and how it is used.

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