How to use virtual worlds in your L&D practice – a 4-week introductory online course

START DATE: Monday 9th January 2017 Book your place now! Who is this for? Anyone working in the field of learning and development who is interested in exploring the benefits and opportunities for learning presented by virtual worlds.  It is suitable for learners with or without prior knowledge of virtual environments for learning.  You just…



Bullying at work

This morning’s headline in the Guardian gave us a familiar story: NHS staff lay bare a bullying culture For those of us working in the NHS or with the NHS this is not news but a depressingly often repeated theme about workplace culture.  Delving a bit deeper into this issue I found a podcast from NHS…



4 ways to support learners entering a knowledge community

There is a lot of talk in learning and development about building communities, especially within digital and social learning. Within workplaces there are numerous knowledge communities but it can be quite challenging to find your voice in one of these groups. New members can feel intimidated by the expert knowledge of their peers and their…



Stories at work

More thoughts about using digital story telling in workplace learning Reissner (2011) offers an organisational lens in her work on the use of stories as powerful sense-making tools, which help staff bridge the gap between expectation and experience in organisations undergoing change.   Reissner describes these organisational stories in similar language to Alexandra’s (2008) digital stories;…



Using digital story telling in workplace learning

  There has been a significant amount of research into digital storytelling over the past 20 years. Recent research includes using digital storytelling with marginalised young people (Alrutz 2013), as a counselling tool used with children (Sawyer et al 2011), for student engagement and developing 21st Century skills (Niemi et al 2015), to facilitate organisational…



Using storytelling to engage learners

What makes storytelling a useful medium for work-place learning?  Here are 4 key points for trainers, tutors and facilitators:  Teaching information doesn’t automatically lead to learning (Zunshine 2013 citing Peskin and Astington 2004) But a story can hold our attention and help us to learn.  This is because a story makes us re-think our own…



My song – a learning challenge

  Recently I took part in a learning challenge. The idea was for a group of teachers, trainers and facilitators to learn a new, or improve an existing skill, and in doing so, reflect on what it means to be a learner. For this challenge I chose to have some singing lessons.  I found a…



Play with a purpose

Yes I know, it sounds like some Music Hall joke but purposeful play has been on my mind for a couple of weeks now. Immersed in learning outcomes though I am,  it is still very easy to get caught up with the fun of designing games and forget that in the world of workplace learning…



Drama-based training: can playful learning achieve serious outcomes?

Drama-based learning programmes are sometimes pigeoned holed as ‘edutainment’, a term I prefer to resist. Whilst we certainly want delegates to enjoy our workshops, and we encourage a playful approach, we are very focused on achieving serious outcomes for our delegates and client organisations. And, as this quote, from an email I received this week,…



What can we learn from playing ‘casual’ video games?

Do you play games on your PC, or iPhone or other device?  Do you take a few minutes out of your day to login to Facebook and play a game? And does part of you feel a bit guilty about wasting precious time playing a seemingly meaningless game?  Well you can stop worrying, for you…