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#17 The Performance Problem Canvass with James Finder

The hardest part of developing a plan for your team can be where to begin. James' effective planning tool provides you with a simple framework for crafting business goals and how to carry out meaningful conversations as well as: - Clarify and target the strategic objectives and tactics that will get your org to your annual revenue target - Identify partnership opportunities and other ways to collaborate & divide workload - Pinpoint the determining factors necessary to design content built to...


#16 Scaling Virtual Reality with Sam Watts

In this episode we explore the things to consider if you're looking to scale up your VR projects and my guest is expert Sam Watts. Sam is actively engaged in the immersive technology community, living his passion for VR and games for Make Real. Sam has delivered and supported dozens of digital products at Zynga, NCsoft, Kerb and Epic. Clients have included BBC, Channel 4, EDF Energy, Sky and Sony PlayStation. Sam’s commitment to the VR community means that he is an in-demand panelist and...


#15 Data Driven Learning with Kevin M Yates

Kevin M Yates is a "Fact Finder for Learning & Development". An expert on data driven learning, Kevin provides us with some fantastic ideas and concepts to apply to our learning strategy. This episode follows on from our conversation with Stacey Hatch on the topic of measuring impact ( and it's no surprise that Kevin and Stacey both mention Jack and Patti Phillips' ROI approach as a great way to measure performance improvement. We discuss xAPI, data...


#14 A Digital Learning Partner Reflection with Adam Harwood

Adam Harwood is an experienced L&D professional who’s worked in organisations in both the tourism industry and retail sector. He’s currently working at the fashion brand ASOS, where he is responsible for the transformation and development of the digital learning strategy. When we conducted this recording Adam was close to finishing his time with ASOS and we though it would be a unique time to reflection on his learning experiences so others could benefit from his achievements. Sources and...


#13 Making MicroLearning a reality, Q&A with JD Dillon

Microlearning is a popular topic in learning right now. Some people swear by it whilst others seem frustrated at the notion of a simplistic approach to learning. In this episode JD Dillon - a savant on the topic - answers questions from the podcast audience. We discuss what microlearning is, why some observers of microlearning are not so keen on the term and the need for context when applying a microlearning strategy. Most importantly, we discuss how the principles can be applied to...


#12 MOOCs: Completion VS. Success, with Sheila MacNeill

MOOCs have been around for a little while now with mixed opinions. The average completion rate for a MOOC is roughly 15% and MOOCs are often lambasted with this observation. In this podcast we explore why this might be the case through the perspective of a learner motivations with my guest Sheila MacNeill Sheila is the Vice Chair of ALT, and a Senior Lecturer in Digital Learning at Glasgow Caledonian University. She works as part of the Academic Development team providing strategic...


#11 Gamification Science: Dr. David Chandross

In this episode we have expert Dr. David Chandross answer a range of questions on gamification. We discuss lots of of the research and questions from the audience. David provides tips for everyone to take away and lots of great resources. The show notes are more like a reflection blog and can be found here Sources and resources mentioned in the episode: David Chandross


#10 How Sky are Innovating: A Case Study with David James

Fosway have produced an interesting case study with Sky's Learning and Development teams following their innovative approach to organising their team and solving business problems. For example, instructor led training no longer exists and elearning is limited to specific use cases - e.g. certain mandatory training. David James supported Sky during this journey and offers us further insight from the case study. Sources and resource mentioned during the show: Fosway Innovation Case Study...


#9 ROI and the V Model - Stacey Hatch

In this episode I discuss with V model with Stacey Hatch. Stacey is an expert in the area of return on investment (ROI) and was awarded "Global ROI Practitioner of the Year" in 2015. Stacey provides lots of great tips on how to better evaluate training requirements and explore the need to partner with the business rather than be subservient to perceived needs. Resources discussed: The V model ROI Institute...


#8 Reference List: The Mindchimp Podcast, with Danny Seals

This show is the start of my "reference list" chapter and my guest is Danny Seals and we discuss lots of things including Danny's podcast "The Mindchimp podcast" Danny’s podcast is just great. It’s slightly different to some of the others out there as he explores the person behind the role. The benefit of this is a very rich conversation. Whenever I listen to an episode of Danny’s podcast I find myself being submerged in the conversation that he is having with his guest. This means I usually...


#7 A few things L&D should steal from Marketing: Mike Taylor

The future of learning job roles might well include marketing and employee engagement techniques. In this episode, we explore with Mike Taylor ways to turn this into reality. Share your thoughts on this episode! @LloydDeanUK (Twitter) Sources and resources that were mentioned on the podcast: Twitter: @tmiket Linkedin: Steal from Marketing Conference Slides & Resources:...


#6 Kahoot! and Learner Centred Approaches: Jamie Brooker

The principles of learning should focus on the human experience and pedagogy. This is why Kahoot! has been such a success - it has 70 million monthly active users and over 1.6 billion players since it launched in 2013 to boast. I interview Jamie Brooker about what learner centred approaches really are and how to achieve them with Edtech tools. My take away from all of this episode is to adopt a human centred design approach in learning and development. Where possible, design learning that...


#5 VoiceFirst for Learning: Bradley Metrock

In 2016 Google reported that 20% of all searches undertaken on it’s mobile apps and Android devices were done so through voice. It’s not just Google, Gartner suggests that 30% of all web browsing sessions by 2020 will be undertaken without a screen. Yet despite the increase of VoiceFirst platforms, products and usage there is still a gap in understanding how VoiceFirst technology can make our lives easier; 72% of users say they don’t know how to use all of their smart speaker’s features....


#4 The Learning Ecosystem: Phil Clarke

The “Learning Ecosystem” is a befuddling term and the aim of this episode is to explore: What is a learning ecosystem? So what - why do you need to be considering a learning ecosystem? How could a learning ecosystem work in practice? To provide tangible takeaways that you can apply to your learning environment My guest, Phil Clarke, explores how this could work in practice and what we in learning and development need to consider. Organisations have historically relied on one central system...


#3 What are Digital Credentials? Grainne Hamilton

We explore what Digital credentials are, the differences between them and digital badges, as well as Cities of Learning (CoL). Through digital badges, or credentials, where badges are built around an open standard and used interoperably, there is a unique opportunity for an organisation to utilise competencies as their internal currency. Digital credentials could be aligned to existing competency frameworks as well as for other skills challenge. They might also help your talented employees...


#2 Learning with Artificial Intelligence: Marc Zao-Sanders

Some key terms arise when discussing AI. Lots of people will use words such as machine learning, deep learning, algorithms and AI interchangeably. Not having a rough idea of what each term really means can have consequences when we expect results. So what does each term really mean? Firstly, I’m no expert on this topic and I’d suggest that you seek to understand from those who are - namely through an organisation like Filtered. They’ve created a brief quiz of 7 questions to gauge our...


#1 Using Virtual Reality with Purpose: Professor Bob Stone

Virtual reality is still evolving - despite what anyone else tells you. This is why it is extremely difficult to identify projects in learning and development where VR has had an objectively positive impact. We don’t even have a standard definition. Some focus on the word “immersion” which reflects the association of VR with a headset whilst others highlight that virtual reality is about simulating a real-life scenario as closely possible. So why not call it simulation (we could also branch...


An Introduction - A love for learning and charity

“The Future of Learning Podcast” aims to provide insight and expertise on various topics related to learning and learning technologies. You might be exploring how virtual reality can be used by your organisation and want information on where to start or you might be in a senior position and need to understand how various learning technologies can help you deliver against your strategy. These are specific examples but you can understand more by reading my about page located on...