Towards a more performance-centric approach: Some thoughts from #learninglive 2017


It was during the panel discussion on day one of the Learning and Performance Institute’s Learning Live conference that institute chairman Don Taylor pronounced that: “We are moving from a learning-centric approach to a performance-centric approach.” What does that mean? Taylor qualified that statement by suggesting the shift is away from learning and learning content […]

Design thinking for learning

##design thinking was mentioned in more than one of the sessions at the Learning Live 2017 conference. Here we share some resources for L&D professionals looking to further understand the approach. Save

LinkedIn opens video sharing

Editor’s note: Will the ability to create and share videos in LinkedIn just add to the showboating noise of the platform? Or will it see the creation and sharing of genuinely useful content? Time will tell . . .

Design Thinking for Learning Innovation – A Practical Guide

Editor’s note: How design thinking was used to rethink compliance training in an Australian bank. Great tips and insights here.

Attention And The 8-Second Attention Span

Editor’s note: Interesting piece debunking the notion that we have very short attention spans (due to the rise of technology). This piece explores attention as well as debunks myths around it.

How to escape personalised algorithms and read more widely

Editor’s note: How good is algorithmic, personalised learning really? It might be stopping us from reading more widely . . .

Tow Center: Platforms and Publishers: A Definitive Timeline

Editor’s note: Columbia Journalism School’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism has produced a timeline of developments at major platforms such as Google, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and so on. It goes back to 2000. This is a good resource for keeping tabs on how what these major platforms are developing.

The Illusion of Truth

Editor’s note: Repeat something enough times and we tend to think it is right. Why? Because of ‘cognitive ease’. Great video on truth or what we create as truth.

Exploring the New Frontiers of Classroom Virtual Reality

Editor’s note: VR is transforming lesson time for children in the US. Could this be the future of classroom-based training in the workplace? Clearly there will be some use cases for technical skills.

The Virtues of Unintelligent Organisation Design

Editor’s note: Researchers at INSEAD have modelled the impact of formal structures on how networks evolve in organisations. It would seem that some form of organisational structure is necessary for networks to evolve and flourish.

What is the state of curation in learning?


It was the talk of conferences four or five years ago and then it went quiet. What happened to #curation in learning? Has it been widely adopted or not adopted at all? These are some of the questions I’ll be exploring in a forthcoming webinar on  curation in learning for the Learning and Performance Institute. […]

Cognitive bias cheat sheet

Editor’s note: Thanks to Stephen Downes, I am sharing this again. The reason – a fantastic infographic. Scroll down to the Cognitive Bias Codex. And yes, it can be bought as a poster.

The enterprise technologies to watch in 2017

Editor’s note: Have you heard of all these technologies? Reading this will make you sympathise with your IT team and especially your head of IT. Maybe the challenges of new technology are everyone’s challenges and should be the catalyst for L&D and IT to work more closely together.

Tutorbots are here – 7 ways they could change the learning landscape

Editor’s note: I can’t help thinking chatbots are the future of performance support. Look at the development of tutorbots (chatbots with a learning flavour) as described by Donald Clark.

We trust strangers more than our colleagues, if technology makes the introduction

Editor’s note: Surely, if humans trust people the have met digitally more than those they have met in real life then we should learn from lessons from the digital experience?