I-love learning

Un punto de encuentro para amantes de la formación y de las nuevas tecnologías aplicadas al aprendizaje.

AUTHOR: Martin Belton

Time for some messy holiday reading?

Martin Belton makes his way to the beach and discovers something revealing in a recent business best seller which has implications for the way we create and use elearning content

Personally, my holiday reading usually consists of something nice and light. ‘Not too taxing’ is my favourite review comment. But I know some of you long to catch up with the latest business best seller. If that’s you, then I recommend something from last year titled “Messy: How to Be …

The Hitchhikers Guide to the Learning Galaxy

The late and legendary author of Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams once said, “A learning experience is one of those things that says, ‘You know that thing you just did? Don’t do that.”

Those familiar with his work will appreciate the strange smart twisted logic of his writing. His point is well made here. Sometimes the quickest way to learn new things is to mess up. We’re more careful at a road junction where previously we’ve nearly crashed. …

Resistance is Futile!

You can’t stop the rise of IT connectivity; learning systems are next up to join the Internet of Things

According to a new market research report, the Internet of Things (IoT) Integration market will be worth 3,301 Million USD by 2022.  This figure covers associated IoT devices and platform management, system design and architecture and other advisory services. They forecast the global market will grow from USD 760 Million currently to USD 3,302 Million by 2022. That’s a Compound …

Learning to love Microlearning

Call it bite-sized learning, performance support nuggets or even “micro-assets”, microlearning suddenly seems everywhere. Hitting us in ever smaller more intense bursts, these tasty chunks are leaving us breathless and panting for more knowledge everywhere we go.

But what exactly constitutes microlearning, beyond content delivered in 1-5 minutes bursts?  Microlearning was conceived as a solution for just-in-time training and performance support. But it can also be applied to long term learning programmes. Exponents claim that delivering learning content in bite-size …

A look at the learning systems of the future

During his webinar on next generation learning platforms, UK Director Mike Byrne highlighted some of the key drivers that will shape these systems. Notably he started by spotlighting changing learner needs and consumerisation of learning, issues which are in many ways connected.

That connection is rooted in our ever present, always online mobile devices. Mike rightly points out that the ubiquity, familiarity and capabilities of these devices has helped to ‘consumerise’ learning. By that we mean that learning is …

LT2017: how to be part of learning in the new age

Learning Technologies was certainly bigger and probably better than ever in 2017. Certainly, the stands were bigger. But it was also clear the industry has moved on in terms of innovation and technologies. The exhibition revealed a wider variety of products than ever before with new platforms for gamification, virtual world learning and micro-learning on show. Existing vendors were also not to be outdone with much talk about new integration solutions.

Particularly noticeable was the effect of the new learning …

Making gamification happen (II): Structuring for success

In part one of this blog we revealed the results of a question asked by Mike Byrne at the recent eLN CONNECT Conference. They suggested that, whilst their remains enormous amounts of goodwill towards gamification and a general belief that it is ‘getting there’, for most it has far from actually arrived. Now we turn to making it happen.

It’s not hard to understand why moving to a gamified elearning strategy is a challenge. Most organisations today have plenty of …

Making gamification happen (I): Triggers and challenges

I’ve talked a lot about gamification. Most specifically, how you can use gamification to motivate learners before, during and after learning. And by and large, I meet with a pretty positive reaction. There is the odd doubter of course. But generally speaking, people tend to brighten up when you wheedle the subject into yet another conversation.

But my enthusiasm got a reality check recently at the eLN CONNECT Conference. It was here that Netex UK’s own Mike Byrne’s used …

Much ado about learning

Will Storr’s presentation at i-love learning London was about story building, a less than usual theme for a learning conference but unquestionably appropriate for one at a venue adjacent to Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.

Storr’s assertion, early in his presentation, that the human mind  is a story processor, not a logic processor (originally an observation by Jonathan Haidt), quickly helped us realise that this was indeed a truly relevant subject for anyone involved in the battle to engage …

Is Pokémon Go really revealing new learning horizons?

Gamification has taken a new turn – one which people can hardly have failed to notice – with Pokémon Go. Much has been said about the way it has motivated people to walk in search of the Pokémon rewards. Clear evidence, were any needed, of the power of gamification to persuade people to do things they otherwise wouldn’t.

From a technology point of view Pokémon Go is equally interesting. Its successful use of a form of augmented reality has caught …