Apr 15 2015

Recommended video – Chris Berka TEDxSan Diego

Today’s recommendation is from a TEDx talk from Chris Berka in 2013 where she talks about her company’s research into neuroscience, learning and expert performance. She provides examples of how, by understanding neural pathways, they were able to move novices to expert status much quicker than they would have done on their own. This is definitely …

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Apr 15 2015

Free courses currently available on Coursera

Today’s post signposts three MOOCs that are available now or next week. They are: Learning how to learn This is a free, self-paced course run by the University of California, San Diego that uses a blend of video and exercises. It is also available in subtitles in English, Spanish and Ukrainian and there is a certificate available …

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Apr 07 2015

The joy of learning

Every now and then there’s a lesson in daily life that comes along which reminds me how special it is to be human and have such an extraordinary capacity for learning. Yesterday, I was walking along a road in Hove with a few shrubs and weeds growing from the pavements, when I saw two young …

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Mar 31 2015

Recommended video – Brené Brown ‘Listening to shame’

Many of us have watched the famous TED talk by Brené Brown on vulnerability.  In this video she explores the theme of shame and how that underlies much of our vulnerability but is difficult to talk about.  There’s a great story of when she was out shopping and a woman shouted ‘Vulnerability TED’ across the store at …

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Mar 23 2015

It’s official, napping is good for you

Every now and then we write about a fairly random topic that at first appearance is not obviously related to leadership or L&D. Today is one of those examples because I’m going to talk about ‘power napping’. In today’s fast moving world it’s easy to be plugged into work mode 24/7 and I’m sure many …

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Mar 17 2015

The difference between open and closed fishbowls for facilitating group discussion

Yesterday,   I was speaking to my colleague who was off to Europe to facilitate some leadership development and, as part of the programme, they were using the ‘fishbowl technique’. This reminded me of how good this approach is for engaging people in lively debate. We usually use an ‘open’ approach where people come into the …

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Mar 13 2015

How the General Election could impact upon higher education

With the General Election only a couple of months away we thought it would be topical to look at what’s being said about its impact upon higher education. One of the key election messages is about funding and student fees. Labour’s pledge last month to reduce student fees to £6000 has been subject to lively …

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Mar 10 2015

Recommended video – THE Election Hustings for Higher Education 2015

On 2 March the Times Higher Education, HEPI, The Open University and Universities UK hosted a pre-election debate on higher education chaired by Baroness Martha Lane-Fox, Chancellor of The Open University.  On the panel answering questions from the audience were Greg Clark, Minister for Universities, Science and Cities, Julian Huppert, the Liberal Democrat spokesperson and …

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Mar 03 2015

Leadership courses (MOOCs) in February and March 2015

  Today’s post provides an overview of some of the fabulous free MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) available for leaders to help develop their skills. They start in February and March. We’ve looked through what’s out there and found the following which we hope will be of interest for those of you who lead teams, …

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Feb 27 2015

The trends for learning and development in 2015 – Part 2

Last month I wrote about how technology is changing the role of the learner as well as our role as learning and development professionals.  This article is still focusing on the trends for 2015 in L&D but from a different perspective. Since qualifying as a Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) Practitioner my interest in mental health and …

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