It may seem strange for a learning designer to write an article entitled ‘The Curse of Knowledge’. After all, making knowledge accessible and helping learners to make sense of challenging topics is part of what we do. But..
At Logicearth, we think of ourselves as a learning consultancy. But what exactly is consultancy and how does this work in relation to L&D?
Online learning can – to quote the founding principles of the BBC – inform, educate and entertain, but it doesn’t often attain such heights as helping create the conditions for young people to feel welcome, celebrated,..
What connects the co-founders of Udemy, altMBA and Socratic? They’ve created a cohort-based learning platform called Maven, with millions of dollars of funding from venture capitalists in Silicon Valley. With several..
The new normal is now becoming a little less new; and many of us are tentatively peeking out from a nearly 2-year hibernation of sorts.
As the world adapts to new ways of working and training, we have seen even more..
This might be a little contentious.
We read a lot in the press right now about "the Great Resignation". A massive rise in the number of people leaving their jobs.
Traditionally at this time of year we are inundated by blogs and articles about the new and exciting learning technologies and tools that are expected to be released, discussions on the latest trends in learning modalities..
Recently I’ve been involved in more and more conversations about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and particularly where “training” comes into play in an organisation’s DE&I strategy. Every one of these conversations is..
What does the consolidation of employee technologies (let's call them all EX tech for simplicity's sake) mean for talent?
In my last blog I wrote about the medium of instructional videos in learning. There’s another mode that’s caught my ear recently – podcasts.
For the 8th year Donald Taylor asked ‘What will be hot in L&D?’ in his annual Global Sentiment Survey and this year a newly introduced option went straight to #1. The 3,114 voters from 95 countries all agreed that '..
I have very little memory of a life before easy-access, simple-to-use internet (I was born in the 90s). What memory I do have is fuzzy and certainly rose-tinted; I do not think the dial-up tone could sound like a lullaby to..
‘Twas the week before Christmas and all through the house, we were still working from home, click-clicking our mouse. Our 2020 goals that we outlined with care, were impacted by COVID, and it went downhill from there. Now..
Despite the dramatically disrupted jobs market, many companies still require new staff and hiring hasn’t completely halted. However, in this COVID-19 era, the handshakes, office tours, and anxiety-inducing task of..
There can be many unknowns when embarking on a major new training project and clients will often ask questions like 'What can I get for my budget? How do I know that the final product is going to meet my needs, work on our..
Movers and shakers – they’re usually treated as one and the same: each is a ‘powerful person who initiates events and influences people’. But if you’re involved in leading change in your organisation, wouldn’t you prefer to..
The leadership skills training market has been one of the fastest-growing and evolving segments in the learning and development (L&D) industry over the past decade. Deloitte has found that in this year’s Global Human Capital..
Online learning can feel sterile sometimes; divorced from the reality of actual tasks and interactions. In health & safety training, being told about the dangers of working at height is not the same as actually experiencing..
‘Twas the night before Christmas in L&D land, there was plenty of stir to do all that was planned... It’s that time of year when there’s a mountain of stuff to get through before Christmas – completions, reports, budgets.....
Something’s missing, but you don't know what it is. That something is the precise skill set your business needs to meet your current and future ambitions. How are you going to find out about missing skills, and then find..
Are you struggling to write a personal development plan? It’s always challenging to reflect on ways we could improve ourselves at work. First of all, the pragmatics of it – it can be hard even to find the time to think about..
PwC’s 2018 Global Economic Crime and Fraud Survey describes fraud as “the biggest competitor you didn’t know you had.” For any organisation, this sounds alarming indeed. Like competition in industry isn’t hard enough...
Currently, my computer monitor is teetering upon a very large blue manual called ‘Configuring, Managing, and Maintaining Windows Server, 2008-based Servers - Volume 1’ and I feel sorry for whoever had to read it. It reminds..
In the red with compliance - A few years ago, I was new to the role of a project manager. Still a bit ‘green’ and intimidated when reporting to a very senior steering group on a large content project. One stream of activity..
We are all familiar with the idea of the learning curve. It is a very personal experience that we all go through many times in our lives. Learning to drive a car; to cook a meal; to speak another language.
Even before the pandemic, the workplace was changing; people were already becoming more mobile and increasingly remote. New expectations have changed the rules, and new talent is hard to find, so we need to ensure we can..
What is gamification and how can we implement it effectively for talent development? We examine the evidence surrounding gamification techniques as a way to increase learner engagement and performance.
What is mobile learning? Mobile learning (or mlearning) is the use of mobile devices to access learning content, allowing users to learn at their own pace, in their own time. Mlearning should not to be confused with..
Learner engagement remains a challenge for organisation leaders and talent developers. In LinkedIn Learning’s 2019 Workplace Learning Report, the No. 2 focus area for Talent Development was: Increase engagement with learning..
L&D professionals are challenged to provide multiple services that answers the needs of their diverse workforce and the future skills needs of the organisation. They have to be adept at creating solutions for diverse..
To build a positive, effective learning culture in organisations, you need to understand the level of involvement that managers and employees feel they have in organisational learning.
At the last Learning Live event in London, the reported No. 1 priority for senior L&D and HR managers was ‘Creating a learning culture’. Yet, this terminology seems odd, surely that's a bit like wanting to create a reading..
More and more organisations are investing in improving employee experience and engagement, and this year we’ll see another leap forward in the sophistication and impact of those investments. The benefits of engaged,..
If someone in your office were to succumb to cardiac arrest, would you be confident enough to use a life-saving defibrillator, would you know where to find one? Logicearth has created a free guide for you to share with your..
Virtual training makes sense. When you consider the see-saw of pros and cons, it is hard to get away from. Let’s take a register of all the ways we work today that have pushed virtual training to the front of the queue of..
For many organisations, it's more important than ever to have a comprehensive record of the available skill sets within a workforce. With more employees working remotely and many inevitable changes in our ways of working, it..
We often naturally gravitate towards those colleagues who have the knowledge, experience and confidence to point us in the right direction. And sometimes we can spot high potential leaders even before they begin to engage in..
In organisations with a traditional hierarchical structure, employees would have risen up through the ranks and arrived at each level with the leadership skills they developed over time. Yet in today’s changing workplace..
Virtual teams give employers a unique opportunity to build a team of the worlds best talent, drawing from a hiring pool that spans the globe. All while lowering overheads and boosting productivity. It can seem like a..
When you look at onboarding at a very high level, it's all about creating new relationships. Everyone involved is meeting someone they will potentially be working with for some time to come. Employee retention should be at..
Over the past decade, the global shift towards remote, or virtual teams has been huge. According to the Office of National Statistics, 4.3 million people in the UK are in remote or virtual work. This has increased by almost..
We speak of a ‘born leader’ - but leadership qualities can be learned and cultivated. Also, different qualities suit different times and situations. What would it take for YOU to be a leader in your business NOW?
The word ‘objective’, as used to describe an aim or goal, is a 19th century military term, but the field of learning is not a battlefield, so we should tread carefully (i.e. not jackbooted) in this terrain. We want our..
It’s exciting to watch eLearning evolve over time. New tools and trends are blossoming, while others fade into buzzword-infamy. But one design principle remains stalwart and necessary. It reminds me of my favourite Wuthering..
Inclusion & diversity is about empowering people by respecting and appreciating what makes us all different. These values should be embraced to maximise performance and create a true representation of our society inside the..
I've recently been involved with a project that had two key animations explaining the key concepts of the course. Of all the elements in the course (text, videos, audio conversations, case studies, etc), it was the animated..
Our Learning Experience Designers (LxDs), Anna Dillon and David Cameron, discuss how learning 'just in time' in the flow of work, and life, puts the human element back into elearning.
Microlearning through a TV and movie lens: join us as we take you through 8 key aspects of microlearning, and the benefits of each. Make your digital learning micro – using these aspects as guidelines – and you’ll be well on..
Microlearning is more than just a tool – more than just an initiative. Like any useful method it has principles. While an organisation may have the need and the ambition to transform their workplace digital learning, the..
Have you heard the term ‘Adaptive Learning’? When you get a 5 minute tea break window, do you Google the various notions that have floated in and out of your subconscious since breakfast? How do you decide what to learn..
How can the two big technology trends - chatbots and artificial intelligence (AI) be used for workplace learning? Some organisations are starting to use intelligent chatbots to help them automate all kinds of tasks,..
Data came out as a clear winner in the 2019 Global Sentiment Survey with Personalisation/adaptive delivery in first place and Artificial intelligence (AI) at second place and Learning analytics in third. Logicearth was..
Is data-driven learning driving you to distraction? Don't despair, our Learning Experience Designers, Anna Dillon and Kate Middleton, have distilled the dialogue for you – to deftly differentiate between the drivel and the..
What has changed since we spoke with Donald Taylor about the 'training ghetto' in 2014? The risk he described - that Learning & Development professionals would be marginalised by failing to adapt - is still very much present.
How do you measure the success of your training programmes? Is it by the pages a person has read, the pass mark on their assessments, or an observation of the things they do directly after taking a course?
In the LinkedIn Learning 2019 Workplace Learning Report, one of the four key findings is that learning and development (L&D) should ‘think like a marketer’. Here we explore Logicearth's take on using marketing strategies and..
This month, two of our learning experience designers (LxDs), Niamh and Anna, chat about our new suite of compliance resources, Comply… Suffice to say, your experience of compliance will never be the same again!
The Logicearth team attended the annual Learning Technologies 2019 (LT19UK) exhibition taking place on 13th and 14th February 2019 at the ExCel in London. This event is Europe's leading showcase of the strategies and..
There is a moment of opportunity for learning & development professionals this year. A moment when the profession moves past crisis and confidently states its value to the organisation.
When you’re faced with the question, “what is it you do?” do you grab a swift intake of breath, and ready the room for your elevator pitch? Kate Middleton talks about how her new title of ‘Learning Experience Designer’ over..
Recently we have been having meaningful conversations with a number of our content development clients about the move away from SCORM content courses, to the development of individual learning assets. Here we look at some..
Exploring a world of forward-thinking
Paul, Director at Logicearth, talks about what he’s most looking forward to at #LT19UK and shares his predicted hot topics...
'Learning in the flow of work involves accessing, quickly and easily, an answer or a short piece of learning content while you're working. The phrase was coined by Josh Bersin.
Our Learning Experience Designers (aka the artists formerly known as ‘Instructional Designers’) have been instant messaging again. This time it’s Niamh and David talking about spaced repetition (aka spaced learning or spaced..
Digital learning offers many different ways to train and support staff. From virtual classroom training and collaborative learning events to e learning content libraries, or blended learning solutions that include a little..
The landscape of learning has changed dramatically, with most workplace learning happening on the job rather than through formal courses. Knowing this, our expert Learning Experience Designers (LxDs) tap into the hidden..
We’ve seen very welcome changes in the last couple of years within the digital learning industry, in particular, the catching up of tools and technology that are now enabling us to better deliver on the theories we’ve spoken..
The role of managers in organisations has changed over the last few years. Historically, organisations reduced the number of middle managers and moved towards flatter structures. But recent research highlights the vital role..
One of the biggest challenges for Learning and Development teams is to develop, deploy and maintain learning content that is relevant, accessible and engaging. Learning experience platforms (LXPs) offer a solution.
Learning technology and digital learning content can be used to better support your staff - and to specifically help them with their productivity. Procrastination can come from feeling overwhelmed, and digital learning can..
The LMS has evolved over the years, but many organisations are either unhappy with their initial choice, or down the line, find it isn't flexible enough for them to scale as the organisation grows or changes.
Onboarding matters - it matters to employee engagement and has a huge impact on retention. Research shows that a well designed onboarding process has the biggest impact on employee retention and sets new employees up for..
On average, staff now stay in jobs for four and a half years and skills become half out of date within five years (skill half-life). With careers lasting 40 to 50 years these days, continuous, lifelong learning is vital.
Your body’s own immune system is the best weapon against cancer. That’s the claim behind one of the latest developments in cancer treatment, called immuno-oncology, a specialised type of immunotherapy. Our team of medical..
Earlier this year, Gartner predicted that worldwide IT spending will rise to $3.7 trillion - the highest increase in more than a decade. When you think about digital transformation, though, which areas of your business come..
Training and Development teams have been asked to provide better services and make a bigger impact on their businesses for the best part of 10 years now. Away from work, we have easy and (usually) free access to high quality..
Experimenting with colours and textures is an innate human ability, as our Neanderthal forefathers used a variety of pigments from coal to red and yellow ochre extracted from plants in order to create animal forms. So saying..
How can business leaders and L&D teams better select, train and support managers? Managers have a surprisingly big impact on your business and there are many different ways to train and support managers - but first you need..
If you live on planet earth, then the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will impact you. It is good to know your data rights; to understand how companies store and use information about you. If you work with..
Blended learning is used to describe the way digital learning is combined with traditional classroom training and independent study to create a new methodology for learning. Rather than simply adding one type of learning to..
Our guest contributer, John Strutt, an intelligence analyst and cyber security expert, explains what GDPR risk really means for your organisation. Intelligence analysts are the people most likely to see the consequences of..
Html5 video is used in most eLearning and digital content production. The big advantage of html5 video is that it is a universal standard for different mobile devices and screen sizes. But just because it is easier to use..
What is the difference between usability design and user experience design? How are both important in elearning? At Logicearth, we pride our selves on great UI and UX and have gathered some tips for getting them right.
Our clients are always asking us about how to get started with creating their own eLearning content. Part of this challenge is choosing a digital learning authoring tool. This blogs explains the benefits and features of a..
What to look for in a next-generation LMS?
There are many learning management systems (LMS) offerings on the market today and procuring an LMS is a complex buying decision - if you are new to eLearning or planning to upgrade.
Improve learner engagement by using realistic eLearning scenarios that highlight key decision points in challenging situations.
Once upon a time there was a Learning Experience Designer called Niamh. One day, Niamh's boss sent her to visit a client and told her that she must use her magic powers to convince them that a story-based approach was best..
How can you create high quality elearning content that will challenge and stretch your staff as they learn? We specialise in eLearning of the non-patronising kind, so read on if you want to create better digital learning..
I've recently been involved with a project that had two key animations explaining the key concepts of the course. Of all the elements in the course (text, videos, audio conversations, case studies etc), it was the explainer..
Many organisations use eLearning for compliance training and often, for staff, it becomes a race-to-the-finish, tick box exercise to just complete the course. How can you as an L&D start to change this behaviour? We don't..
Here's how to create responsive elearning - or mobile-ready elearning content. Gone are the days where people were stuck at their desks trying to complete long and tedious elearning courses in one sitting.
Here are 5 visual design techniques to keep your elearning content engaging and impactful. Excellence in design is our thing - we have a design team who are passionate connoisseurs of design excellence.
There are new approaches to learning that your staff now expect - from more flexible ways to learn to create content personalised to them. Blended learning is a way of picking what you want, and I was recently inspired by..
It's time to challenge the elearning industry to offer clients better solutions - and to stop the buzzwords! If you've ever been unhappy with an elearning solution in the past, then this will help you to address the gaps and..
Elearning has been around for a long time - since the early 1990s. Yet many organisations still have a bad impression of it. We're aiming to change that. We look at how elearning can deliver.
How can you design eLearning content that provides enough challenge for the learner? We talk to many clients who complain that sometimes eLearning patronises and can be boring. (Not any of our content obviously!)
What is staff engagement and how can we use modern digital learning to improve it? Elearning has evolved in recent times and your staff need and want better and more flexible options for training and development. But most of..
How do you prepare to work with an elearning provider and start elearning projects with success in mind? Like all business transactions, thinking through what you want is a great place to start. We have crafted our Content..