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Stella Collins

Creative Director

Stellar Learning

E-learninggy, psychology

and learning

Isn't it funny where life sometimes takes you?

The twists and turns that direct you towards

and away from particular roles, tools or ideas.

I recently spoke to someone emerging from

seven years immersed in the complexities of

organisational L&D. Her role has changed

and she is aware of a whole world outside the

organisation that is changing. She feels the

need to put her head 'out of doors' and

discover new ideas. Like many people in the

field of learning, and particularly where

technology is involved, her path has been

winding with diverse stop off points; now she

wants to bring together different areas of

expertise and introduce more of what's new.

On my journey, I wove a path between

psychology and technology that eventually

led me into the field of learning with a clear

end point; the goal of 'sticky learning' for all.

I've been lucky to have picked up particular

insights because of those shifting paths and

this article brings a few of them together.

In our business we're converting some of our

successful face to face programmes into elearning and virtual classroom sessions

because we have clients who, for multiple,

diverse reasons, want to access learning in

different ways. Technology is enabling that.

With increasing pressure of time constraints,

reduced budgets and the advent of amazing

technologies there may well be less 'face to

face' training than before. But I believe 'people

to people' training will still be a huge part of

effective learning because, as humans, we

are social animals and people like to learn

from other people. Here are some thoughts to

stimulate your thinking about combining

technology and brain science for the best of

all learning worlds.

Huge amounts of time and money goes into

developing great technology but this

investment can be enhanced by additionally

considering the psychology of the people

who use the technology. Who are the end

users and what can you find out about them

that might influence your learning and

technology design?

Cultural differences

For instance, if you're designing a web based

classroom session for a global audience,

what might be different in your design to

account for cultural differences? In the

Spanish culture people appreciate

interruptions because it signals that you're

listening but in other cultures it's respectful to

wait until the person speaking has finished

before responding.

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