WillowDNA and the IPA shortlisted in 2012 Peer Awards

We are delighted to announce that the IPA’s Continuous Professional Development programme, the Foundation Certificate has been shortlisted in this year’s Peer Awards For Excellence, supported by The Independent newspaper.  Thanks to everyone at Willow involved in the development of this landmark programme and we are looking forward to the Peer Conference in June. UPDATE: Tickets for the conference are on sale from 16th April.  Visit the Peer Awards 2012 website to book your place.

Get your free guides to creating great online learning in just 5 days

We are very excited about the launch of our new series of guides on ‘5 days to Success: Creating great online learning in just 1 week’. Our first guide is available down for download from our site here.  It is taken from our ‘5 days to success’ workshop so if you like what you read, why not sign up for a place on our next session on 29th March 2012 at Southwark Cathedral.  Places are currently just £99 for those that book in the next 2 weeks, so secure your place today!

Sign up for our 5 free tools for online learning success

In conjunction with our one day workshop ‘5 days to success: great online learning in just one week’ on 29th March 2012 at Southwark Cathedral, London, we are giving away a guide a week over the next 5 weeks.  These guides will help you plan, develop and launch great online learning in just 5 days, using techniques from Willow’s Learning Pathway approach. By taking e-learning out of the box, you can take even the most complex subjects online.  Our free guides will help support some of the most important activities to complete in order to develop a great learning design, create great learning resources and encourage great learner interaction. To get your free guides, sign up here.  You’ll also find more information on our workshop and how to book your place here.

Online Educa publish conference info

Online Educa – one the world’s largest e-learning conferences is taking place at the Intercontinental Hotel in Berlin from Nov 30 to Dec 2 and this week, they have published the details of speakers at their very full conference programme. http://oecms.it-sg.de/programmeOEB-11chair.php Myself and Debbie Lawley are holding an interactive workshop on thursday afternoon on models of cultural and cognitive development, so if you are coming along we hope to see you there.

The alternative to Moodle – decide for yourselves at our October Seminar

Social learning, mobile learning, learning on demand, bite size learning – the buzz words are seemingly endless which can make the search on how to actually deliver good online learning appear seemingly endless too! But here at Willow, we believe in good instructional design delivered in a simple, well designed way. That’s why we developed our own learning support system to offer the best social learning experience without the complexity of open source systems and the bloat of an LMS. If you want to know more about how we do this, then we have an event for you. Meet the team on the 4th October in London, where we’ll be exploring the key issues in moving from traditional training to World Class online learning. We will also take the audience through our unique approach to online learning supported by “Pathway”, the alternative business solution to Moodle. The sessions will be co-hosted by Patrick Mills, Director of Professional Development for the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising who will share their experience of partnering with WillowDNA. These sessions are aimed at Training professionals who wish to move from a traditional training solution to one which incorporates online learning. If you are from a professional body or specialist training company delivering complex or subject specific training, this event is particularly relevant. Some come along, it’s free and you can sign up for the morning seminar or afternoon seminar

Hold the front page!

Many thanks to Rob Moss at Personnel Today for publishing my article on e-learning as this week’s lead opinion piece. It looks at how L&D need to shake off the history of past e-learning experiences and embrace the possibilities great online learning has to offer. Would love to know what you think…http://www.personneltoday.com/articles/2011/07/12/57784/l-and-d-professionals-should-embrace-e-learning.html

WillowTV on YouTube featuring our first Ad!

The Willow Team are delighted with our new movie. We have added it to our website, our new YouTube channel and want to share it with you too. We believe e-learning should not be patronising and we certainly believe that challenging subjects, even complex subjects can be tackled online. What are your views on this? Take a look at the movie and let us know your views.

Welcome to the WillowDNA blog

A warm welcome from the Willow Team and thanks for visiting our blog.  Here you’ll find our thoughts, finds and recommendations on the world of online learning.  You’ll find different voices from Willow posting to this blog, each with their own area of interest and own views on the future of learning.  Enjoy and remember, feedback is always welcome.