A formal qualification, at last.

I am thrilled to announce that I have received my CIPD Level 5 Award in Designing and Developing Blended Learning Solutions.

As those of us working in the learning/instructional and learning experience design sector appreciate, it is more often a case of experience over formal qualification and theory but it still feels good to finally have a formal qualification in learning design under my belt.

Learning Technologies 2019

This year, I was able to attend Learning Technologies, Europe’s leading annual conference dedicated to learning and development technologies, held in ExCel London.

I listened to presentations and attended workshops on topics from designing effective learning to the neuroscience of learning. We were challenged repeatedly to innovate: successful learning and development is not about dumping a lot of information on people and then testing them to prove they can recall it. We need to shake things up, do things differently, and focus on creating memorable, meaningful experiences that really work.

I had hands-on with emerging technologies that have real potential to revolutionise the learning experience for both learners and instructors. Technologies to keep an eye on and experiment with as they develop in the training sector include augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR).

As an instructional designer, working as part of a team in a large company, it can be all too easy to lose sight of the wider training landscape. Learning Technologies allowed me to connect anew with the sector and I came away, bursting with new ideas and itching to integrate new technologies and techniques into my projects.