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Clive Shepherd
I'm a consultant specialising in workplace learning
I'm a consultant specialising in workplace learning


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E-learning ain't what it used to be
The interactive self-study lesson that we commonly refer to as an e-learning module has a very long history, going back to the late 1970s and the very first micro-computers. For close to forty years we have witnessed little change in the way these modules a...

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Adding the human touch to digital learning content
Learning is a very human experience. To learn successfully,
it requires us as human beings to exchange information, give and
receive feedback, share perspectives, engage together in practical activities,
support each other through the bad times and get toge...

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The changing skill set of the learning professional
Skills define us. They are what make us useful and productive. They are the foundation of our achievements. On our death bed, it is our skills that we will reflect on with pride. These could be physical skills – our ability to knit jumpers, drive vehicles, ...

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Why micro-learning works for me
Over the past twelve months, micro-learning has quietly worked itself into my daily routine. Absolutely every day (I’m on a 360-day streak), I practise my French using the Duolingo app. Not quite so often (because it takes a lot of concentration), but still...

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Skills: The last frontier for digital learning
I’ll cut straight to the point. To most learners and most learning professionals, digital learning is a way to meet requirements for knowledge. Even in its most contemporary forms – responsive, massive, open, mobile, point-of-need, video-based and gamified ...

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The four responsibilities of the learning professional
I have been lucky in my job to spend time with many hundreds of learning and development practitioners over the past ten years or so, in all sectors of the economy and in all parts of the world. Almost without exception I find them to be enthusiastic, frien...

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Today, with my colleagues at The More Than Blended Learning Co, we launch The Four Responsibilities of the Learning Professional, a not-for-profit initiative designed to up the status and credibility of learning specialists around the world. Check it out at

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Time for a clearout of urban myths
At the time of writing, I am on my to speak at the  eLearning Network’s annual conference   in London. While I am looking forward to sharing my views on how learning and development professionals need to skill up to meet new challenges and to take advantage...

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Towards Maturity 2015 benchmark shows just how much we've got stuck
Last week I attended a preview of this year’s Towards Maturity benchmark results, due for public release on November 5th (you can register for the launch webinar on this page ). In case you don’t know Towards Maturity, they were established in 2003 as a gov...

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Compelling content hooks you in and won't let go
We are told that learners are no longer able to concentrate on content that's more than four or five minutes long. And there's no doubt that, when it comes to consuming information, we'd prefer it concise. After all, we want that information to help us achi...
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