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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12 performance consulting questions for L&D

Whether you use 5Di, ADDIE or another model for learning design, here are the 12 questions I’ve found most important to ask at the start […]

Five valuable benefits that the disaggregation of training risks destroying

Face to face (F2F) training has sharply decreased owing to Covid. The longer that lockdowns drag on, the more that organisations will question if they […]

Save yourself lots of time by not reading self-help books?

Over the years I’ve enjoyed/been guilty of reading many self-help books and the lockdown has been an opportunity to read several more. Chris Taylor distils the […]

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 […]

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