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What are the significant innovations shaping the future of learning? How is digital technology and scientific discovery changing the way we learn, train, teach and educate? Join John Helmer in conversation with the people who are visioning and actively creating that future. Published fortnightly (don't forget to subscribe!).

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What are the significant innovations shaping the future of learning? How is digital technology and scientific discovery changing the way we learn, train, teach and educate? Join John Helmer in conversation with the people who are visioning and actively creating that future. Published fortnightly (don't forget to subscribe!).

    LH #021 Out of Lockdown with David Wilson of Fosway

    LH #021 Out of Lockdown with David Wilson of Fosway

     

    John Helmer talks to David Wilson, Founder and CEO of Fosway, Europe’s #1 HR Industry Analyst. Fosway has recently released first findings of research into how COVID-19 is changing learning, and David sees this as a breakthrough moment for learning tech. But do the changes that the research reveal signal broader shifts in the content and platform market, and in particular, has it changed David's generally quite sceptical view of the learning experience platform (LXP) as a meaningful category?
     


    03:09 Skillsoft files for Chapter 11
    10:17 Summary of Fosway Covid 19 research
    16:33 Surprises in the research - content
    20:43 Surprises on platform
    30:50 Marketing hype over LXP
    36:31 Is LXP a change of paradigm?
    50:18 Advice for L&D & vendors coming out of lockdown


     
    Links
    Fosway's Covid-19 L&D research: first take https://www.fosway.com/research/next-gen-learning/covid19-research/
    Fosway's website: https://www.fosway.com/
     
    Contact
    David on Twitter: @dwil23
    David on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dwil23/
     
    John Helmer
    Twitter: @johnhelmer
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnhelmer/
    Website: http://johnhelmerconsulting.com/

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    LH #020 What Are We Playing At? with Juliette Denny

    LH #020 What Are We Playing At? with Juliette Denny

     

    John Helmer talks to Juliette Denny, Managing Director and Ideologist-in-chief of award-winning learning tech company Growth Engineering. Juliet’s life mission is to eradicate dull online learning, ‘It breaks my heart, she says, ‘that something that should be so fun has all the qualities of a beige sock.’ They discuss the controversies over gamification and its basis in brain science and learning theory.


     
    01:50 Her start in learning
    04:13 Does gamification work?
    09:02 How does game psychology work in learning?
    13:32 Tapping into the limbic brain
    19:30 The social dimension of gamification
    25:35 Learning theory and the theory wars
    33:05 How is she coping with the crisis?
    36:27 What should we focus on in the return to 'normal'


     
    Mentioned in the discussion:
     
    Digital Game-based Learning by Marc Prensky https://books.google.co.uk/books/about/Digital_Game_based_Learning.html?id=XBwiAQAAIAAJ&redir_esc=y
     
    Self Determination Theory (Deci & Ryan) https://www.learning-theories.com/self-determination-theory-deci-and-ryan.html
     
    Growth Engineering website: https://www.growthengineering.co.uk/
     
    Juliette on Twitter: @juliettedenny
    Juliette on LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/juliettedenny
     
    Contact John Helmer
    Twitter: @johnhelmer
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnhelmer/ Website: http://johnhelmerconsulting.com/

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    LH #019 AI is the New UI with Donald Clark

    LH #019 AI is the New UI with Donald Clark

    John Helmer talks to Donald Clark, EdTech Entrepreneur, CEO, Professor, Researcher, Blogger and Speaker, about his work in AI for learning. Donald was CEO and one of the original founders of Epic Group plc, which established itself as the leading company in the UK online learning market, floated on the Stock Market in 1996 and sold in 2005. He is now a director of numerous learning technologies companies, and a noted, sometimes controversial speaker and writer.


     
    01:31 State of the art in AI 
    09:42 Challenges in using AI for learning
    16:10 What is Total Recall?
    20:22 How can we use AI in learning?
    24:32 Data issues and L&D
    29:34 Ethics & AI
    37:02 Will AI have a bad effect on learning design?
    40:46 What's next for AI?
    46:03 Are dogs smarter than AI?


     
    Links
    Wildfire's website http://www.wildfirelearning.co.uk/
     
    Donald on Twitter: @DonaldClark
    Donald on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/donald-clark-04553022/
     
    Contact John Helmer
    Twitter: @johnhelmer
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnhelmer/ Website: http://johnhelmerconsulting.com/

    • 48 min
    LH# 018 Learning in a Pandemic with Reda Sadki

    LH# 018 Learning in a Pandemic with Reda Sadki

    John Helmer talks to Reda Sadki, President of the Geneva Learning Foundation about how he is using digital learning to help health professionals respond to the crisis on an international scale. What lessons can be learned from previous epidemics and pandemics? How will the developing world be affected when Coronavirus gets going in earnest there – and can his Scholar programme and Teach to Reach initiative, which connect international health professionals to spread good practice, have an effect in mitigating the ravages of Covid-19?
     

    01:38 The Impact Accelerator programme
    05:34 Lessons learned that can apply to Covid-19?
    08:50 The 2 narratives about Covid in the developing world
    13:09 Relevance to corporate learning
    22:24 Is international co-operation getting tougher?
    33:10 Big ideas or marginal gains?
    39:42 Tensions between the centre and the local hubs
    44:44 The future for the Geneva Learning Foundation


     
    Links
     
    Wikipedia definition of a Skeuomorph: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skeuomorph Website of the Geneva learning Foundation: https://www.learning.foundation/
     
    Anna Petherick writing in The Lancet on Ebola: https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(15)60075-7/fulltext
     
    Reda on Twitter: @redasadki
    Reda on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/redasadki/
     
    Contact John Helmer
    Twitter: @johnhelmer
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnhelmer/
    Website: http://johnhelmerconsulting.com/

    • 49 min
    LH# 017 Passion & Purpose with Steve Dineen

    LH# 017 Passion & Purpose with Steve Dineen

    John Helmer talks to Steve Dineen, Chief Storyteller and CEO of Fuse Universal about the passion and sense of purpose that has driven him in making a success of this innovative company. Steve is a second-time-around entrepreneur, having built up and then sold his previous company Fuel in 2007. Fuse had its genesis in an altruistic drive to bring digital learning to the developing world, and Fuse School still continues to offer free online schooling, with a renewed sense of relevance and purpose in the Coronavirus crisis.
     


    02:10 How did he get into learning technologies?
    05:14 How did he get back into it after the sale of Fuel?
    09:47 Where does Fuse sit in the learning tech landscape?
    19:38 Does Fuse straddle two markets?
    21:58 How is Coronavirus affecting his company?
    25:57 Is the crisis driving conservative buyer behaviours?
    28:15 How is the crisis affecting Fuse School? 32:36
    What will we see from Fuse in the future?
    35:08 Is there a difference between performance support and learning?


     
    Fuse Universal website: https://www.fuseuniversal.com/
    fuseschool: https://www.fuseschool.org/users/sign_in
     
    Contact Steve Dineen
    Twitter: @stevedineen
    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/stevedineen
     
    Contact John Helmer
    Twitter: @johnhelmer
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnhelmer/
    Website: http://johnhelmerconsulting.com/

    • 40 min
    LH #016 Learning Ecosystems with Dani Johnson of Redthread Research

    LH #016 Learning Ecosystems with Dani Johnson of Redthread Research

    John Helmer talks to Dani Johnson, Co-founder and Principal Analyst at Redthread Research, about her work on learning ecosystems. Citing the growth of point solutions as evidence of a change in the learning technologies market away from the 'big suite' solution, she says learning professionals need to intentionalize their ecosystems.
     

    03:19 Intentional and unintentional ecosystems
    04:44 Is ecosystem more than a buzzword?
    06:24 Types of ecosystems
    09:54 How does this affect L&D?
    11:22 Integration is the name of the game
    12:21 Suites vs specialists
    13:55 Redthread's learntech taxonomy
    17:31 How are buyers' views towards their vendors changing?
    20:20 Responsive organisations
    24:50 Current state of the learning technologies market
    26:25 Is the crisis driving conservative buying patterns?
    28:17 What has she seen recently – good and bad?


     
    Redthread Research https://redthreadresearch.com/
    Reports mentioned in the conversation:
    1. The Art and Science of Designing a Learning Technology Ecosystem
    Authors: Dani Johnson and Priyanka Mehrotra
    2. Learning Tech Landscape: The Wild, Wild West
    Author: Dani Johnson
     
    Contact Dani Johnson
    Twitter: @danij2
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dani-johnson/
     
    Contact John Helmer
    Twitter: @johnhelmer
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnhelmer/
    Website: http://johnhelmerconsulting.com/

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