From the Coleface

The antidote to information overload for L&D specialists working in professional services firms. Comment and thought leadership on e-learning and training, relevant to anyone with an interest in L&D. Viv Cole is an independent consultant and instructional designer. He chairs the Professional Services e-learning Forum and is an e-learning awards judge.

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3 learning and development trends that will outlive lockdown

As the lockdown continues without an apparent end in sight, there are three trends in L&D that have accelerated. The longer the lockdown, the more […]

Is the affective context model of memory true?

I’ve enjoyed reading Nick Shackleton-Jones’s book “How people learn” and a subsequent talk by him. Although I like the direction that he’s trying to nudge […]

What do you take away from the Game of Life?

Easter holidays. A great time when we break out the board games in the Cole household. A particular favourite is The Game of Life (published […]

Three things I learned from making it into the UK top 200

The rapidly changing business environment means that increasingly people need T-shaped skills profiles (deep expertise in one or more domains and a broad awareness of […]

Subject matter experts – time for a re-brand?

The last 20 years has seen the evolution of terminology from Computer-Based Learning to e-learning to digital learning (and beyond). One term that has been […]

Three ways GDPR changes life for L&D managers

GDPR is one of e-learning’s hot topics in 2018. Here’s a blog that I co-wrote with Brightwave’s Head of QA on how it will affect […]

Learning objectives are like metadata – useful but best left unseen

An update on a post about learning objectives which attracted a healthy amount of support and debate: refinements to that position and what it means in practice […]

Three essential charts about learners for L&D business partners to show their stakeholders

As noted before, many factors have made it harder for L&D professionals to know their learners really well. This means that L&D initiatives are more exposed […]

Why the time is right for self-managed learning

In 1990 Peter Senge published “The Fifth Discipline” , giving a compelling vision of how companies could transform into learning organisations. The ideas chime with […]

I don’t want “to understand” in my learning objectives

Learning objectives are core tools of the trade in learning design. If you can state “By the end of this course/e-learning/other, a learner will be […]

Five more ingredients for compliance e-learning excellence

Once again I had the privilege to judge the e-learning awards (now called the Learning Technology Awards). When I last judged the compliance category two […]

Let’s focus on the learning (with a little help from Cynefin)

I enjoyed a day out at the Learning Technologies Summer Forum yesterday. Like many conferences, there was no shortage of vendors trying to broadcast how their […]

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