Rewind 2014 – Celebrate your top contributors

As a huge fan of John Oliver (the UK’s finest satire based export) and a subscriber to the Last youtube rewindWeek Tonight YouTube channel, I noticed that the show features in this year’s YouTube Rewind.  It’s been one of the most successful channels of the year, driving huge amounts of traffic, comments, shares and pulling audiences into the show. Showcasing this year’s biggest YouTube successes gave me an idea – why not do the same for your organisation?  Celebrate those that contribute valuable insights, give of their time to mentor others, run ask the expert sessions, create videos, case studies and content for you, facilitate communities.  It’s a perfect time of year to thank those who are creating the true learning organisation, so let everyone know and inspire others to take up the challenge in 2015. In the spirit of recognising those that have inspired us in 2014, here’s a little montage of some of our favourites…  


The New Learning Universe – selling the vision to stakeholders

The New Learning Universe Part 2 by Sue Rennoldson, Senior Instructional Designer, WillowDNA

Not so long ago, in a galaxy not so far away, embarking on an e-learning project was a giant step for stakeholders in organisational learning. With the prospect of a lengthy, one-way development process, only the most stable subject matter was tackled. Distribution via floppy disk or CD ROM required a military-style operation.iStock_000000353963XSmall

Nowadays, however, the latest authoring tools and online platforms make relatively light work of keeping content bang up-to-date and relevant to learners. By designing a programme with bite-sized resources in a variety of media, it’s much easier to update individual items such as case studies when needed. Better still, post peer-generated case studies and promote a lively debate around them in a discussion forum, to harness the power of social, collaborative learning.

For digital natives who dip in and out of web content, watching a short video on YouTube, tweeting their opinions and networking on Facebook, all of this comes naturally. They switch between desktop and mobile devices in the office and on the move. Learners themselves are setting the pace in the new universe – just go with the flow and the sky’s the limit.