AITD Army class recordings

All the recordings can be accessed from here.

Recording #1 – 18th August –

  • I’m creating an audio only version of this recording and will make that available as well.
  • Introduction to the course and Module 1
  • Chat with Andres Jonmundsson (L&D Manager)
  • Talk about the practical component (assignment)

Recording #2 – 25th August

I’ve edited a version to include the slides that weren’t showing in the 2nd half of the session.

  • Recap of the last 1 1/2 weeks
  • Discussion around some of the comments made this week
  • Chat with Maria Daley L&D, HR professional

Class #3 – 1st September

Designing Learning with Neil Von Heupt

The Decisive Dozen

The twelve most important learning factors, as compiled by Dr. Will Thalheimer, PhD.
Based on an exhaustive decade-plus review of research from scientific refereed journals.

Easy A Authoring Design Blog Articles

Articles Neil wrote when he worked at Easy A Authoring

I have a new training project and want to avoid an information dump.

Cathy is an internationally recognized training designer dedicated to saving the world from boring instruction. Her advice and designs have been used by organizations that include Microsoft, Pfizer, the US Army, Barclays, and the US Department of the Interior. She’s the creator of the action mapping model of training design used to improve performance by companies worldwide.

Google Docs of Learning Innovators to follow

Gilly Salmon (Thanks for guest for sharing this link)

E-tivities are frameworks for enabling active and participative online learning by individuals and groups. E-tivities are important for the online teaching and learning world because they deploy useful, well-rehearsed principles and pedagogies for learning as well as your choice of networked technologies.

Neil Shared some questions he asks in the SME consulting stage

Is it:

  • Correct (are there any factual errors in it?)
  • Effective (will it give the learners what they need to do the tasks?)
  • Complete (are there any gaps or missing concepts?)
  • Current (is it up to date with current thought and practice?)
  • Relevant (is there any content that doesn’t need to be in there?)
  • Authoritative (is the content top quality?)
  • Organised (does it flow in an order that makes sense?)

Class #4 – 8th September (RECORDING NOW AVAILABLE)

To make online learning more three-dimensional, let it be bumpy

Teaching isn’t really about what we, the teachers, do. It’s about what our students do. This is as true in the flat world of the digital as it is in the three-plus-dimensional environment of the physical classroom.


  • Intelligence is not fixed. We all have much greater potential for learning than is commonly recognised. Given the right opportunities we can all develop our ability to learn: The human mind is capable of lifelong change and development.
  • Effort is as important as ability. Our actions as learners and as teachers are underpinned by our beliefs. A belief that intelligence is fixed, undermines the learner’s motivation.
  • Learning is strongly influenced by emotion. Heart, mind and body – thinking feeling and action, are inseparable. This is why motivation is so important in learning. If we want learning achievement, we must support people’s physical well being and also their self-esteem.
  • Learning is messy. It does not happen at set times, at set places or in subject compartments.
  • We all learn in different ways. We have different abilities, interests and preferred ways to learn. Good companies recognise the right of everyone to be different, they value all kinds of achievement and recognise that there can be no ‘right’ way to teach and no ‘best’ way to learn.
  • Real learning is an active process. We learn best when we can make sense of what we are learning. The deeper the level of processing, the more likely we are to retain and make use of our knowledge. Processing involves relating new information to what we already know and then changing what we know, by means of that new information.
  • We learn from the company we keep. Although learning is something that goes on inside an individual’s head, at it’s deepest reaches it is essentially a communal activity: we learn most of what we know from and with each other.