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‘Hodological space’

There’s a Dutch saying that ‘windmills are placed where there’s wind’. In a similar vein, there will always be places where human beings want to go in order to learn.   This may well be because humans who’ve been exposed to any formal education process have become conditioned to this. So, for example, they’ll want [...]

By | December 20th, 2012|Categories: Learning Technologies|Tags: , , , , , |1 Comment

Learning technology’s benchmark study – and a suggestion for success

Towards Maturity’s latest – its sixth – annual learning technology Benchmark Study reveals that the top companies, in terms of corporate learning, are achieving substantial additional benefits through deploying technology in learning. This includes using learning technology to share good practice; improve talent, staff engagement and performance; respond faster to business change, and speed up [...]

By | December 18th, 2012|Categories: Learning Technologies|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Seven performance management myths

According to Pietro Micheli, Warwick Business School, part of the University of Warwick, leaders and managers in both private and public organisations regard performance measurement and management systems as a key means to implement and communicate strategy, support decision making, align behaviours, and, ultimately, improve performance. Yet his research shows that they often encourage the [...]

By | December 15th, 2012|Categories: Business|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

goFLUENT expands its operations in Britain

Increasing demand for its products globally has prompted goFLUENT, a provider of Business English training which works with many of the Fortune 500 companies around the world, to begin a recruiting drive for British-based native English speakers. They will augment goFLUENT’s existing team of 400 or so trainers, who are based in the USA, Canada [...]

By | December 12th, 2012|Categories: Learning Technologies|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

No laughing matter

Online learning materials developers may shy away from injecting humour into their programmes because one person’s humour may be deeply offensive to others. What starts as an attempt at humour can breach the bounds of political correctness and, far from achieving its learning objective, produces unlooked for adverse consequences for both the programme’s producer and [...]

By | December 11th, 2012|Categories: Learning Technologies|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The benefits of hoarding

The message of Christmas is that it’s better to give than to receive but, by a strange reverse logic, Christmas time tends to make us become hoarders – of all the stuff we receive as a result of others’ gifts.   Now comes news that hoarding is not so bad – and it might even [...]

By | December 10th, 2012|Categories: Business, Environment|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Overpaid and/or over-hyped

The BBC has announced that Forbes magazine has named Eddie Murphy as 2012's most overpaid actor. Murphy’s recent box office flops ‘Imagine That’, ‘A Thousand Words’ and ‘Meet Dave’ mean that for every $1 (62p) he was paid for his last three films, they took an average of $2.30 (£1.40) at the box office.   [...]

By | December 5th, 2012|Categories: Learning Technologies|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments