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Author: Sam Burrough

Making Time for Innovation

Innovation is a bit of a buzz word these days, by which of course we mean it’s become pretty meaningless. Lots of people talk about it very few actually do it. MOOC Pro and Curatr have teamed up again to help solve this problem, or rather they’ve teamed up to help you solve this problem with their latest MOOC. Check out the video below to learn more. If you like the sound of it you can sign up for free here: Innovating Your Training Business Share...

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The Learning Technologies Ignite Challenge

11pm Monday night – Google chat pops up on my laptop. It’s Dan. Dan – Bad news someone has dropped out of the Ignite session for day 2 of Learning Technologies. Sam – Hmm, I guess one of us could step up and do a talk, how about we do rock/paper/scissors to decide? Dan – On Google chat? Sam – Sure, you can go first Dan – Ok, Rock Sam – Paper Dan – But Rock always wins??!! Sam – Ok now I feel bad. Wait, I’ve got an idea – An Ignite duet! Dan – Are you crazy? Sam – what if we did a review of the Exhibition and compiled it into an Ignite talk during the show? Dan – You’re definitely crazy, but it might just work. We could crowd-source some of it on Twitter! Sam – so it’s decided we’re going to ignore all the advice we gave everyone else doing the Ignite talks and wing it Dan – When you put it like that it sounds ridiculous Sam – Too late I just tweeted it… So here we are, we need your help to avoid making fools of ourselves at the end of the exhibition on Thursday. We will be delivering the final Ignite talk, unrehearsed on a wing and a prayer, inspired by everything we’ve seen across the two days. There will be...

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Five ways curators can improve user experience

Most people curate for the benefit of themselves or their organisations. What if we considered content curation from a user centered design perspective? What would audience centered curation look like? Here are some ideas 1. Focus on quality, not quantity. It’s ok if you don’t share anything today. Now say it out loud. “I don’t have to share anything today.” Doesn’t that feel better? The world won’t stop spinning if you don’t share anything online today. A lot of the discourse around curation assumes we should always be online. We need to monitor our social media channels all the time. We need to push new content out every day. We need to automate tweets so we can keep visible over the weekend and holidays etc. No we don’t (unless perhaps you actually work in marketing). The perception that you need to commit several hours a day to curation, not only turns normal people away, it’s also wrong. It makes it sound like something only professional curators, consultants and marketers can do. If you build strong networks, effective filters and maintain a discerning eye, you can become a valued source of information without dedicating all your waking hours to it. 2. Find your niche One of the benefits of curation is that it helps people find useful information that otherwise gets missed by search and social media. Let’s face it, most things we like...

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Making room for Serendipity

I’m on the train heading to London to my first ever unconference LnD Connect. Why am I going to an unconference? I think it’s about the unexpected. I think it’s about serendipity. I think that by choosing to take a chance on something like LnD connect I am preparing the way for serendipity. I’m increasing the odds of something interesting happening. Strange things to say for someone who is often perceived as analytical?   How do you tip the scales of serendipity in your favour? In olden days you used to make a sacrifice to the gods. These days it’s less bloody. You have to be curious, you have to embrace opportunities to learn in every way. Scanning twitter for interesting articles or conversations. Starting conversations, meeting new people and exploring ideas together. Reading, reflecting. Especially reflecting. This is the most important part of how we learn. It’s my favourite part of learning because it leads to insight and to revelation. It leads to ideas that can be put into action, experiments that might do something amazing, or that might fail miserably.   It’s a very unbusinessy thing to do isn’t? Where are the results? Show me the data bitch! In a distinctly “left brain” world you’d be forgiven for feeling a little sheepish about even admitting such things. But fuck the left brain world. It’s dominated for too...

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Design thinking – your ticket out of the training ghetto?

If your organisation is changing faster than your L&D team can adapt you risk becoming irrelevant. Don Taylor called this the “Training Ghetto” in his excellent post. I believe design thinking can help Learning and Development teams lead rapid change in any organisation. This September you have at least three opportunities to discover design thinking. 1. Join the free LPI webinar on Thursday 5th September at 11am. What can you expect? Human centered design vs Business focus Adopting a culture of prototyping and feedback loops Using design jams to bring together people with different skill sets and backgrounds I’ll be bringing...

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