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Our preview of this year’s Learning Live conference and exhibition

leanring liveAs we get banners packed, leaflets stacked and ourselves transported to London, we wanted to share with you some of the things we’re looking forward to at this year’s LPI Learning Live event. Video has always been a major feature of our programmes and this year, we are extending our capability with some exciting partnerships powering in the coming weeks.  So we’ll certainly be listening to this year’s keynote speaker with great interest. BBC presenter Spencer Kelly, who is described as a pioneer for new forms of interactive broadcasting, will be exploring the latest in learning technologies and their impact in the workplace will include LiveChats with “celebrities” streamed across the web. As Willow’s roots (excuse the pun) are firmly in knowledge sharing and collaboration, the ‘International Thinktank’, sponsored by our friends at Cisco, promises to be a great opportunity for the learning community to share insights and lessons.  At such a vibrant and exciting time for L&D, these networking opportunities are becoming even more critical in ensuring the profession continues to meet and exceed learner expectations.  Really hoping plenty of people take part and for those of you based in the South West, Willow and Cisco are supporting free networking events for CLOs through our CLONetwork SouthWest initiative.  So come and find us at stand 26 if you want to find out more.

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!

Encouraging results from online delivery of CBT interventions

Very interested to read the BBC News story last week on a paper published in the Lancet recently. It explores the delivery of online therapeutic solutions to teenagers suffering chronic fatigue syndrome. What is particularly interesting is that the intervention used was a form of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) delivered online with access to an expert via discussion boards. With the severe shortage of qualified CBT therapists, it is an exciting way to increase the access to this valuable technique. Being a psychology graduate, it’s really exciting to read, given the proven benefits of CBT as an intervention compared to other therapeutic or pharmacological treatment packages. So if online could provide a highly effective delivery mechanism, this could be very significant indeed.

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.

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.

How good software makes us all stupid!

“Imagine for a moment that you have thumbed a ride in one of London’s iconic black cabs… “Where to, guv?” he asks, in typical cockney-twang. You tell him. “No problem – let me just enter that into my sat-nav…” It sounds unnatural, almost deceitful, that any self-respecting London cabbie would ever utter those words. After all, a taxi driver’s ability to know every twist and turn of the capital’s streets is the stuff of legend.” Read about how the BBC believes software  is making a fool out of all of us.

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.