Category: working out loud

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…



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…



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…



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…



Working live and the creative process

Delegates and clients often ask us about how we develop our drama-based training programmes.  We use an approach to developing our scripts which is not dissimilar to the nature of digital texts; that is to say that they have multiple authors and are highly collaborative.  Like the digital medium they are also volatile as the audience make…