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Ger’s Learning Notes #35 - Learning Experience Design

I bought my first iPad in Chicago in 2010. At that time, the device wasn’t available yet in the Netherlands. During my flight back home, I opened the box and switched the device on. What a magical experience! Never before had a nine-hour flight felt so short. Steve Jobs and Apple changed the world. They moved design, in general, and User Experience Design, in particular, towards the centre of attention and set new standards.

Ger’s Learning Notes #34 - The Learning Technologies London Notes

Do you have any special occasions every year besides Christmas and the summer holidays? Something to look forward to because you know it will be a great experience? For me, such an occasion is the Learning Technologies Conference and Exhibition in London. Late January or early February of each year, this largest learning event is on the agenda. In this episode of the learning notes, you’ll find some impressions of this great event.

Ger’s Learning Notes #33 - Tools, tools, tools (and podcasts!)

‘A fool with a tool is still a fool’. These are the wise words that I learned from my colleague Brant... He is so right, in the sense that a great tool can rarely compensate a professional who lacks some crucial knowledge or skills. But let’s approach it in a more positive way. What happens when a real pro uses great tools. You know the answer because readers of ‘Ger’s Learning Notes’ are all great learning pros! 🙂 A pro with a ‘cool tool’ will be a PRO.

Ger’s Learning Notes #32 - From Classroom Learning to Blended Learning

This episode of the learning notes is filled with practical ‘how-to’ tips to move from classroom to blended or online. There can be a thousand good reasons to choose for classroom training and classroom training can be great, very engaging and very effective. But let's discuss the practical struggles that professionals face when they want to evolve classroom training to a more blended and online version.

Ger’s Learning Notes #31 - Blockchain

Blockchain? No, really, blockchain? Yes, blockchain! Why? Let me tell you. When I started my career in learning and development, the Internet was just entering the workplace. I was proud to have my own personal computer (PC) at work - not everybody did. At first, we didn’t have an Internet connection, so also no e-mail! And then, ‘suddenly’, the Internet was there in every aspect of our professional and private lives.

Ger’s Learning Notes #30 - Social Learning

In this episode of the Learning Notes, you’ll find some of the best resources from experts explaining how to make the best use of social learning. Please use them as conversation starters. Comment, ask, debate and challenge what you read, and more importantly, share! We need all of you to create the best social learning around social learning.

Ger’s Learning Notes #29 - ATD19 edition

Did you ever see 13,000+ L&D professionals in one place? It is possible and happens at the ATD International Conference and Exhibition. This year, the conference took place from May 19 to 22 in Washington DC. It was my sixth ATD conference in the US, and it’s always a unique and kind of overwhelming experience.

Ger’s Learning Notes #28 - Compliance Training

I recently discovered a very exciting topic related to learning: compliance training! You might think I’m kidding but, in fact, it is the truth.

Ger’s Learning Notes #27 - The Learning Technologies 2019

Do you have something you look forward to at the start of every new year? I do. It’s the Learning Technologies conference and exhibition in London. You can get a very good overview of the actual and global landscape of the learning technologies that are available and see how these technologies are evolving.

Ger's Learning notes #26 - Learning Techniques

Practice is hard; it’s about trying to achieve something you haven’t mastered yet. That’s a frustrating process and for a bit of relief, we tend to stop practicing for a few minutes of play: applying something we have already mastered because that is satisfying. Don’t. Stick with your practice until you reach your goal. That’s what is called ‘deliberate practice’. It’s one of the learning techniques of this edition of the learning notes.

Ger's Learning notes #25 - Reflection and Self-Awareness

As learning designers, we can support professionals to learn via reflection and to create better self-awareness. But we have to do it the right way and to give you some input for that, reflection and self-awareness are the main topics of this edition of the learning notes.

Ger's Learning notes #24 - Learning from failure and mistakes

Which mistake that you ever made felt like a catastrophic failure at the time but, upon reflection, was a huge learning opportunity? I remember many of my mistakes very well. Let me share one with you.

Ger's Learning notes #23 - Gefundenes Fressen

Last week, I visited LearnTech Day in Belgium. This wonderful event is an initiative by Mathias Vermeulen. He runs the event based on his own passion for the learning and development profession and his attitude of sharing knowledge and experience.

Ger's Learning notes #22 - Learner Experience Design (LXD)

Apple has changed the user experience with its products; and that’s how ‘user experience design’ became popular. It also pushed the bars of what consumers expect from products and (online) services: they all expect a ‘great user experience’ today. So, how about learners?

Ger's Learning notes #21 - ATD Conference 2018

I had the privilege to be a presenter at two sessions at the 2018 ATD and since Obama was a keynote speaker I now consider myself as having been a direct colleague of Obama for a few days :). Read about Obama and my pick of other wonderful sessions at the ATD.

Ger's Learning notes #20 - Learning Solutions Conference

Have you ever tried to describe ‘a good vibe’ to someone else? It’s not simple but I’m going to try it anyway. In this edition of the Learning Notes, I’ll do my best to share the good vibes and interesting content of the Learning Solutions Conference 2018.

Ger's Learning notes #19 - Content Curation

Curate instead of create. In this episode, we’re talking about content curation for learning and performance support. Do you want a concrete example to clarify content curation? You are very close: how about reading the new learning notes – my irregular content curation attempt regarding all things learning?

Ger's Learning notes #18 - Performance Support

Without realising it, you use a lot of performance support every day. This support comes in various shapes and sizes. You will find more details on this in this edition of learning notes.

Ger's Learning notes #17 - Microlearning

Microlearning, a very relevant topic which hasn’t appeared in my learning notes yet. Why not? Well, I waited a bit to be able to do a live interview with ‘the queen of microlearning’ a.k.a. Shannon Tipton.

Ger's Learning notes #16 - Learning culture

What’s your favorite breakfast food? Do you prefer eggs, cereal, yogurt, bread or all of it together? I’m more of a ‘situational’ breakfast guy myself. What I will have for breakfast really depends on the time, location and circumstances, although coffee comes with it at all times.

Ger's Learning notes #15 - The world of learning

What is the best name for a conference on learning? World of Learning certainly comes close. The 25th edition of the ‘WOL’ event, which I’ve covered in this edition of the learning notes, took place in Birmingham on 17 and 18 October.

Ger's Learning notes #14 - Transfer included?

At airports, you can find many signs and services to support you with your transfer. Are you providing the same to your students? In this edition of the learning notes, you’ll find some ‘signs and services’ to help you with learning transfer. Now, sit back, relax and enjoy the ride.

Ger's Learning notes #13 - Blend it like Beckham

It’s a small step to this edition of the learning notes, which contains many tips to design Blended Learning, and so, the title ‘Blend It Like Beckham’ emerged. I hope these practical tips will inspire you and really help you to create effective blended learning.

Ger’s Learning Notes #12 - Eclectic blended learning tips

'Eclectic', I first learned the word in relation to architecture. If a building can’t be categorised in a specific architectural style because it is a mixture of styles - just call the style eclectic. I've always loved the word and it fits the theme of this edition of the learning notes quite nicely. This week's edition covers topics like visuals, training strategy, starting with online learning and even cat gifs. And yes, besides the fact that they are all dedicated to inspire learning, they are eclectic.

Ger’s Learning Notes #11 - Music and learning

I can image you sometimes put your headphones on when you need to get work done. Or perhaps you see your kids study with those chunky headphones on their heads. Music plays an important role to get work done at the aNewSpring office and we like it! Can we discover the link between music and learning in this edition of the learning notes?Lyrics of different songs can spark new energy. For a while, every time I heard Alain Clark sing ‘push my button’ in his song Blow me away, I felt I small jolt of energy. There are some intriguing sources to explore around the link between music and learning. How about the Mozart effect and the Vivaldi effect? Some lyrics can inspire us as learning professionals or help us focus, like a song by Joss Stone song does for me (included in the notes).

Ger’s Learning Notes #10 - Impact

The 1st of June was a very special day in Rotterdam. We hosted our annual customer conference. The weather couldn’t be more perfect and we had a magnificent turnout. The theme of the day was IMPACT and that is why I chose to use the same theme for this 10th edition of Ger’s Learning Notes.

Ger’s Learning Notes #09 - ATD 2017

You were looking forward to visiting ATD this year but you couldn’t make it? This edition of my learning notes is created based on sessions at ATD 2017 in Atlanta. – Cheers – Ger

Ger’s Learning Notes #08 - Japan

The last few weeks a lot of things related to Japan popped up in different places. What is Ikigai? What does ‘get to your Gemba’ mean. How can you use PechaKucha? And what does it have to do with learning? Find out in this edition of the ‘Japanese’ learning notes. – Ganbatte! Ger-San

Ger’s Learning Notes #07 - Myth busting

Some research suggests that a goldfish has a longer attention span than you do. How do you think you stack up? Find out more in this edition of the learning notes where we’ll be myth busting.

Ger’s Learning Notes #06 - Choosing 'and' over 'or'

Choosing ‘and’ over ‘or’ – When discussions focus on formal or informal learning, on online or classroom training, on performance support or learning, it always triggers me to redefine the discussion and explore ‘and’. How can we find the most effective solution of formal and informal learning, of online and classroom training of performance support and learning? I hope these notes will support your professional ‘and’ approach (and inspire you, and help you get results, and….)

Ger’s Learning Notes #05 - Tips

Best tip, golden tip, ultimate best tip, number one tip, and expert tips. We all like tips. This week a new spring arrived (pun intended) and to celebrate that I thought the best way to do so is to focus my notes on tips. Apply one tip per day and the profit will stay!

Ger’s Learning Notes #04 - Deep and fundamental

Deep and fundamental… I sometimes miss that these days. I feel challenged by the fast paced world to take the ‘quick & dirty’ approach. Do you? Now I can hear you think: hey Ger, how about ‘deep and fundamental’ when it’s about your learning notes? Good question! I’m ready for that, here are 4 new ‘deep notes’.

Ger’s Learning Notes #03 - Storytelling

This edition of the learning notes is inspired by the art of storytelling. In this introduction I used one of my favorite techniques: the ‘Pixar Pitch format’. You can find more cool Pixar Storytelling stuff and other inspiring notes in this 3rd issue of my learning notes.

Ger’s Learning Notes #02 - Learning Technologies

The second edition of my learning notes focusses on resources related to the Learning Technology conference in London last week. My intention is to share relevant and useful resources with you.Please let me know your thoughts, preferences, suggestions or any other kind of feedback.

Ger’s Learning Notes #01: First edition, get started

“In the simplest terms, a first edition is the first commercially distributed version of a book. For the purposes of modern collectible books, first edition is shorthand for the first printing of the first edition of a work.” Welcome to the first edition of my learning notes. The first time (but definitely not the last time) I will share my dose of learning inspiration. I bundle the best reads and share my summary.

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