Do we just have to accept there is no going back ‘to the good old days’?

On many metrics the UK has flat-lined since the 2008 financial crisis, with arguably worse to come. This week London and other cities have seen major protests from environmentalists.  So, do we have to accept that with climate change and other socio-economic crisis there is simply no return to the optimism of the millennium? As… Continue reading Do we just have to accept there is no going back ‘to the good old days’?

The support staff role (again): considering the library role (again)

At a minimum, learners and teachers should collaborate with librarians to design the places, collections and services of the library. Planning with the entire community helps to make the library a welcoming, active space for learning, research, and reflection… It is important that librarians do not find themselves undervalued or isolated from the school community,… Continue reading The support staff role (again): considering the library role (again)

First thoughts on the “UK EdTech Strategy”

I’ve seen quite a lot of comments on Twitter about the lack of ‘learning’ focus in the UK’s announced EdTech Strategy. Well, I finally got chance to look at the announcement today, some thoughts below: Productivity. One of my drivers in work is a dislike for waste and inefficiency. Therefore, I’m glad to see the… Continue reading First thoughts on the “UK EdTech Strategy”

What every Learning and Development professional needs to know about the International Baccalaureate (IB)

Having just recently started to work on IB programmes I have been really impressed, from a learning design perspective, with the intentions of the IB Middle Years (UK equivalent up-to GCSE) and Diploma (UK 6th form/A-Levels) qualifications. A lot of what I have found interesting I’m going to share here – particularly for a Learning… Continue reading What every Learning and Development professional needs to know about the International Baccalaureate (IB)

Learning and libraries: Will efforts to change always be Sisyphean?

A while back I tweeted challenging a view that L&D teams are still behind modern learner expectations: Modern L&D: More than organising and managing (e-)training https://t.co/IQaEI02vNh >> re: "Employees, however, have a very different view on learning" – there is a missing SOME at the start here. In some orgs the focus is about trying… Continue reading Learning and libraries: Will efforts to change always be Sisyphean?