Geoff Stead is one of those people that thinks deeply about learning and technology. I have followed him with interest since his days at CTAD in the late 1990s, as he has always had interesting ideas on the application of new technologies to learning. He is also someone that puts his ideas into practice. Geoff is now the Senior Director at Qualcomm leading on Mobile Learning developments and one of the leading thought leaders and innovators in the area. I caught up with him this week to talk about how mobile is transforming learning.
Recent blog posts (Expert Interviews)
I find it very useful to get different perspectives on trends in the learning and technology market. Many of the key market reports tend to look at things from a US or UK perspective and I am always keen to get different perspectives, such as from Asia or Europe.
I really like data, whilst I am interested in someone’s views I am particularly interested in evidence and insights based on data. Thus I was excited this week to catch up with Laura Overton. Laura is the MD at Towards Maturity and runs one of the largest corporate learning data collection projects. Over tea at the Institute of Directors she took me through the latest data and their findings on high impact learning departments.
I was very lucky this week to catch up with Andy Wooler. Andy is the Academy technology Manager at Hitachi Data Systems and one of the most experienced people I know when it comes to learning management technology. I was keen to get Andy’s take on how learning technology is developing.
Andy is always looking outwards at new technologies and their potential application for learning. What I particularly like about Andy is that he cuts through the hype and has a good sense for what will really work inside large corporates. This is what he had to say about current trends.
I caught up recently with Tony Sheehan, Associate Dean, Digital Learning at London Business School to explore how social learning is relevant to the workplace. Tony’s work in learning and knowledge management has been recognised with a wide range of wards including the Learning Technology of the Year Award (2014), The Online Information Award, andawards for Innovation in Knowledge Management.
You know how it goes. You meet that special someone. It’s all great in the beginning - then they turn out to be an artificial intelligence programmed to respond in a specific way. And worse, they think you’re the robotic one. Boy meets droid, you’ve heard it a thousand times.
I was inspired this week when I caught up with Martin Baker. Martin is the founder and CEO of the Charity Learning Consortium, the Corporate eLearning Consortium, and the not for profit organisation GivebackUK. Martin is passionate about the power of collaboration, and he is also determined to give something back to the learning community. He is also a powerful advocate for the charity and not-for-profit sector.
We caught up with Con Sotidis recently to discuss social learning. Con has been working in learning for over 20 years and knows a lot about social learning having co-founded the popular OzLearn tweet chat.
If you want to talk to a man who stirs it up in elearning, talk to Ryan Tracey. Well, actually you don’t have to - because we did it for you (though you can still talk to him any time).
Blended learning isn’t a new term, but there are new ways of doing it.