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Dan Roddy
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Talking about learning, bikes, ideas, Bristol, politics and whatever else crosses my mind.
Talking about learning, bikes, ideas, Bristol, politics and whatever else crosses my mind.

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3 mysterious "features" of the LMS experience that ruin them for me
I've been working with LMSs for a long time and with everyone there are some common moans. Here are a couple that leapt out at me today. Remember, my experience is in large corporate LMSs, often from big global providers. Yours might be different. I hope th...
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Robots. Coming to take the work of your missing hand.

See also link to story about exoskeletons on building sites "in five years".

http://gu.com/p/4cc27?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Google%2B
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Elearning. L&D's hard to kick habit?
I was talking about elearning design with a colleague recently and we wondered briefly what constraints we had on ourselves that we ourselves imposed. Scrolling seems so self-evidently the right solution to lots of text, yet lots of authoring tools are pred...
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Drunk at work? No, just resting...
I know I don't get enough sleep. I really struggle with it. There's always so much churning around in my head that it takes quite a long time to fall asleep, and once there, I am prone, like very many, to waking in the middle of the night with the mixer sti...
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I love the singles from this album. Time will tell if the other tracks are as strong. Apparently my friends (that includes you I guess) get one free listen. Let me know what you think.
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I've been thinking a bit recently about how Strava has improved my performance as an athlete and how you might apply the same principles in other areas. 
This article, about measurement of attainment in schools, gives me the vocab to discuss just what it is about Strava that makes it magic. The absolute rankings on segments (timed sections in runs or rides) are fairly meaningless to the majority of users - it's highly unlikely that you'll be anywhere near the top of any of them - but the targeted feedback it gives on your improvements against your own performance are really very powerful.
This is what's known as ipsative assessment. In Strava's case, pushing to get a personal PB over a segment (and the fact that this is very simply and swiftly calculated by Strava on your behalf) is what makes going for any run a chance to see improvement. 
Thanks +Steve Wheeler for that very useful addition to my lexicon.
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Optimism - L&D's vice
With election fever gripping the nation (ahem), I've been thinking a bit about polling and it occurs to me that we are subject to some of the same errors that cause pollsters eggy faces after the election - you know, where the media outlets start their witc...
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We're thinking of running a weelearning event in February/March time. Let us know what you think you might want to talk about!

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I got away this weekend with +Sam Burrough. It was good. South Wales is a top destination for mountain biking, no matter where you are from.
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When social is a taxing problem
One of the projects I've been keen to push on with my current employer is extending our elearning provision beyond the isolated horrors of the self-study elearning "course" to more collaborative social opportunities. In this respect we're quite lucky; with ...
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