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How can virtual worlds be used for workplace learning? A FREE 4-week introductory course for coaches and L&D professionals starting Monday 25th September 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 need an open mind and willingness…



Research project: What are the key digital communication skills demonstrated by effective virtual leaders?

I’m interested in understanding the skills of effective virtual leaders in relation to digital communication.  In other words what are they doing to communicate effectively to their virtual teams who are geographically dispersed, working from home, and on the move? I’ve used the first four of Tracy’s (2010) Eight Critiera for Excellent Qualitative Research to…



The language of EDtech research

Edtech researcher and academic, Neil Selwyn,  lays down the gauntlet: research in education and technology is generally not all it could be: “[it] has grown into a notoriously sloppy area of scholarship – brimming over with lazily executed ‘investigations’ and standalone case studies, while also tolerating some highly questionable thinking. Yet, rather than give up on the topic…



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

**New Group: START DATE: Monday 24th April 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. …



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…