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
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