Posts Tagged "innovation"

Desperately seeking….

…. (nope, not Susan) Innovation That’s my aim for Learning Technologies this year. I’ve spent the last couple of years attending/speaking at the Learning Technologies conference but if I’m honest, I haven’t really taken the time to dig into the exhibition as much as I should have done. This year is different. This year I will actually be participating in the exhibition myself, so armed with that physical immersion and the fact that I don’t have access to the conference upstairs, I will be spending some quality time looking around the various exhibitors in the hope of spotting something ‘innovative’. So how do I define ‘innovative’? Well to be honest I haven’t got a definition, but I have got a gut feeling. A few weeks ago, I was engaged in an exchange of tweets within my network of tweets around what innovation was and it became quite clear that people had very or subtly different definitions – and why wouldn’t they? The sending of automated text messaging to learners ahead of an event may in some people’s eyes seem innovative, however to others it’s ‘old school’. Many of us may see Augmented Reality as innovative, but military aircrew, in particular pilots, will tell you that Head Up Displays (HUDs) have been augmenting their reality for many, many years. I’m definitely more open this year to seeing something out of the ordinary and a few vendors have already made some interesting statements about what they will be unveiling; but I’ll wait until I’ve seen it for myself before giving my post-event thoughts within this blog. What I’m pretty sure of is that another rapid authoring tool, LMS or ingeniously ‘tarted up’ next button won’t be getting a mention. If you’re heading down to the conference, what are you looking for? Tried and tested solutions? A ‘safe’ proposition for your budget holder? Tarted up ‘click next’ stuff? Or something a little different……. Image...

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European Health & Saf..Zzzzzzzzzzzz

….Don’t fall asleep on me; for a change this is going to be something H&S related that was fun, engaging and memorable. (you heard it here first folks) My organisation is understandably H&S focussed and always strives to support initiatives such as the recent European Health & Safety week, despite maintaining a keen focus on H&S, regardless of any external initiative. However this year my boss suggested to our Compliance Department that perhaps we should do something ‘different’, alongside the more traditional email/intranet/poster etc campaigns in relation to the importance of maintaining equipment. This is what he came up with… Whilst the video clip doesn’t show it too well, each of the tricks had an underlying safety related theme such as: Not undertaking tasks you aren’t trained to do (a cash in an envelope trick) Checking equipment thoroughly (using a piece of PPE that went from being serviceable to unserviceable… whilst an audience member was wearing it! along with the guillotine trick that you can see in this clip) Following instructions clearly (a simple hand grasping trick, which didn’t provide the desired (safe) outcome) The feedback from the multiple shows that took place around site (to fit in with working patterns/geography) was very positive with comments such as “refreshing” “memorable” “fun“ being in great abundance with the most obvious sign of approval being that people were arriving ahead of the performance times and were even phoning us to ask why the magician hadn’t been yet….. can you honestly say that your learners have ever had that response to a Health & Safety event? This whole approach fits in with a ‘one liner’ that @larshyland mentioned at the last eLN event “think campaign, not course” Think about it.. Many thanks to Constantia Artiste Management for allowing this footage to be used in this...

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Oxymoron alert!!!!! "Innovation in Compliance Training"…

…. Actually following today’s eLN event ‘Innovation in Compliance Training’ maybe it isn’t an oxymoron! I’d had really been looking forward to this particular event as my organisation is heavily regulated and delivers a great deal of compliance training; to that end I was really keen to discover how other organisations and Instructional Designers have gone about dealing with the dry, uninspiring beast that is Compliance Training. I was so excited about the potential of the event that I invited my organisations Health & Safety Manager along, which he duly accepted… now the event had to deliver…. The day kicked as usual with @RobHubbard welcoming everybody and we were swiftly into the 1st session… Creating a successful compliance culture – Viv Cole This was a great intro session for many reasons, not least of which was that it was a group discussion exercise (so it got us all talking, first thing in the morning) on the subject of our thoughts and opinions on a compliance culture/training. Our particular table recognised the need for a lot of the Compliance Training that goes on, however a consistent thread of discussion was the fact that a lot of organisations adopt a ‘carpet bombing’ approach to compliance training. There was even an example of a financial sector organisation forcing there groundsmen to undertake basic FSA training; talk about ‘LARGE hand, small map’! I was pleased to explain that in my organisation there are only 2 x events that every employee has to undertake: Fire Safety Display Screen Equipment Awareness and that we have adopted an Assess-Train-Assess approach to many of the other compliance events that we deliver, meaning that an individuals competence (or lack of) is the driver for refresher training as opposed to a refresher period expiring. This was something that I had hoped to deliver a Pecha Kucha on at today’s event, but circumstances unfortunately prevented me from doing so. Viv then went on to share a list with us of the crucial ingredients to a successful compliance that had been created during a round table event with a number of compliance managers earlier this year list: Leaders walking the walk clear responsibility mandatory induction regular updates consequence of non-compliance automation of chasing mechanisms 2-way relationship alignment to business drivers Stephanie Dedhar -User focused design to deliver gold-standard compliance training I had been looking forward to Stephanie’s session in particular, as we had been tweeting in the run-up to the event and I was really intrigued as to how she was going to incorporate the Wordle that she had been requesting words from via Twitter. What she did, which I thought was a really clever idea (and one that I intend to steal in  the near future) was to use the responses from eLN members as a TNA tool to determine the content of her session, and here she is in full swing… Stephanie extolled a 3 stage principle of: Making the learners care Showing them that it matters Helping them to live it Like any good speaker, she inspired me to look into a few of her ideas in greater detail/implement a few actions on my return to work; they were: Review this YouTube video on typography Ask our Compliance department to provide facts and figures on fire-related incidents and Display Screen Equipment related injuries. This data would be broadcast over our info-screens to (hopefully) make the learners ‘care’. Review Stephanie’s award-winning piece of compliance elearning (Stephanie has subsequently informed me that she is no longer able to provide access to the content itself, but has directed me here) Laura Overton – How the recession has impacted elearning Laura Overton then took...

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