The eLearning Podcast — Julian Davis, Digital Learning Solutions

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Tell me if this is familiar to you: Your organization adopts a piece of tech, usually a learning app, with excitement and optimisms. Then they realize it might need more attention than anybody at your team has, and it slowly fades out of everyone’s priorities. As a result, the elearning becomes orphaned.

My guest today is Julian Davis. He describes himself as a Learning Solutions Architect,     although in the story he’s about to tell you, you might want to think of people like him as “EdTech Foster Parent.” This time we have for you a case study, that’s actually the basis for an article Julian wrote called “Soufflé out of mud.” In the article, and this conversation, he sets the scene and walk us through the ways we turned a discouraging technology setup into a “wowing” solution for his client.

In this exciting conversation we talk about:

  • Mudpies! Children love making them, but being given one and expecting to create an amazing learning experience, may not be as fun.
  • And why a mud pie is almost never  just a mudpie. There’s mudpie user, mudpie deliverables, mudpie backwards  compatibility and of course, mudpie stakeholders.
  • Why it’s much better to innovate by trying out, or better, allowing yourself to try new things on your regular work, than waiting for a director with a dozen priorities to give the go-ahead to a groundbreaking idea.
  • But why it’s also important to find the “big button” and make any new development as relevant as possible for the organization and their leaders. Once they’ll get it, they’ll want more.
  • Julian’s thought on various elearning technologies: xAPI of course, Articulate, Learning Locker, CMI5; and is “SCORM” finally becoming a bad word?

And don’t miss Julian’s article, “Soufflé out of mud –  an xAPI challenge” over at his website

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