Prototyping eLearning Ideas

More often than not eLearning designs are harder to describe than to do. Prototyping lets us strip down the crazy ideas to usable and applicable chunks. It’s easier to share with anybody on the team and let the real work start. So what are the ABCs of prototyping? Continue Reading →


Highlights from Behind the Green Door

An event took place at the SOHO center in Sofia this March, which I was initially pretty skeptical about. Not because I don’t have faith in the organizers. In their wholehearted devotion and willingness to help the Bulgarian L&D community evolve and improve, to enable it with even more instruments and methodologies. On the contrary.

BG Trainer Forum has existed since 2008 and is an informal non-business association. Its members joined on good will and solely out of sincere eagerness for their community to work and evolve as a team.

This was about to be the second formal event organized by them and the topic was L&D Innovation. Seeing the agenda I felt intrigued and at the same time puzzled at what could eLearning possibly have in common with suggestopedia and learning through theater, with painting and beauty or with coaching and tango. Continue Reading →


Motivation at Work

You are on your way to designing a new eCourse, or you’re about to implement a new LMS and start reaping the rewards with all the fancy-shmancy features and tools, but there is something missing in the recipe. There is an important consideration that somehow rarely gets a bigger vote when creating eLearning. Still, it could mean the difference between a job-well-done and a John-gets-none. Yes, I’m talking about what motivates us at the workplace. About how impactful the eLearning would be. Continue Reading →


A Brave New World of Sharing

mLearning – it is the next big thing. And it keeps getting bigger. The mobile revolution swarms us with devices from every direction and they truly are the media for transferring content in a whole new way. We carry them around 24/7 and as much as I hate to admit it, obsess about them to a certain degree. Delivering for such a media requires a design overhaul – new screens and resolutions, a plethora of sensors, a shorter attention span driven by context, you name it. Admittedly, there is potential for revolutionizing the way people learn. There is however one not so obvious aspect of making use of mobile devices – they have the precious capability of feeding back all kinds of information that can help us design better mLearning. Continue Reading →


When MOOCs Meet Design

Commuting to work one morning I started wondering what lies at the bottom of my love/hate relationship with MOOCs. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe they are this lovely new kids on the block, or even a David to the-educational-system-of-today Goliath if you wish. A breath of fresh air. A Robespierre of sorts even. Respect and kudos for that. It’s about time. But every dive I do into a course squirting with excitement and tingling with the jolly jitters of a 6 year-old going to school for the first time, I get this lump in my throat. And it’s nothing to do with upcoming testing or anything. Something just picky ticks me off, suffocating my excitement to a point I start attending only because I invested that much time so far anyway and it would be a shame to quit now. I know it might seem grim to you, but you see as biased as I am as a designer, you must admit that something is rotten in the state of Denmark. And it’s in the room. The room for improvement. Continue Reading →


The Switch

When I was managing the training and development team of one of the biggest employers in our country, I remember how often our HR colleagues would think that we’re having a bit too much fun for their taste. Outside looking in, our job was bursting with interesting and exciting tasks. And it was very much so. Communicating on a daily basis with hundreds of employees and taking the training responsibility for thousands more filled our everyday lives with an array of challenges. Successfully hurdling through various working styles and viewpoints was key. We thought we were doing a good job of convincing our internal clients in the benefits of a certain development approach and that we had nearly any tool at our disposal to achieve that, until we stumbled upon a slightly different project. Continue Reading →


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