Learnlets is a blog capturing my reflections, and serves as the official Quinnovation blog. I’m an independent consultant helping companies work smarter by improving their organizational learning experience and performance design processes and infrastructure, e.g. their strategy. I earned a Ph.D. in applied cognitive science, and my interests lie at the intersection of learning, organizational strategy, design, and technology.
Many years ago now, in the early days of the internet, I responded to a request for predictions about the future of computing, and I wrote (and I paraphrase, I can’t find it now) “in the future there will be lots of little interactive and engaging applications that will teach you anything you need to know, including how to make little interactive and engaging applications”. The requester liked my suggestion, and it was included in the published collection (now if I could only remember who, where, and when). Those little interactive and engaging applications are learnlets.
For the purposes here, the learnlets are my learnings about learning (and, occasionally, about life, the universe, and everything).
I work through Quinnovation, and am the author of Engaging Learning: Designing e-Learning Simulation Games, Designing mLearning: Tapping Into the Mobile Revolution for Organizational Performance, The Mobile Academy: mLearning for Higher Education, Revolutionize Learning & Development: Performance and Innovation Strategy for the Information Age, and (forthcoming) Millennials, Goldfish & Other Training Misconceptions: Debunking Learning Myths and Superstitions. I speak and publish regularly in the usual places and some unusual. I was honored to be the recipient of the eLearning Guild’s first Guild Master award.
I have worked at the bleeding edge (and I have the scars to prove it) of technology and learning for over 35 years now in a variety of roles leading design of a number of innovative and yet pragmatic solutions. I’ve been an academic teaching interaction design while researching learning technology design, held several senior management positions in the elearning space, and now consult to organizations on learning technology strategy. Learning technology is my passion (I like helping people, and I like doing it through technology since I can’t resist shiny objects), and I’d be doing it even if I were independently wealthy (and you’re welcome to make that happen).