Hands-Free Learning

Posted on Nov 10, 2017 by Sam Hennessy

Voice interface will power the next generation of learning apps.

We are entering a new era. An era where we can talk to our computers and they understand not only what we say but what we mean. Consumers are flocking to use these cutting-edge voice interfaces. They are also hungry for new apps that use them. Personal learning and self-development is a huge opportunity that is well placed to flourish in this new era.

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Topics: Technology, Learning, Work Technologies

Work Technologies

Posted on Nov 10, 2017 by Marc Zao-Sanders

There's something 'bout that work, work, work, work, work, work

When you a gon' learn, learn, learn, learn, learn, learn

— Rihanna

The relationship between work and learning is close, important, yet bizarrely confusing. People that work in learning technologies are often criticised for developing strategies which are too disconnected from actual work. So the learning doesn’t feel relevant, doesn’t happen or happens poorly. This is the entire basis of the 70:20:10 discussion. Such a simple pair of common words, used by 3 year olds. Why does the work-learn relationship spin us out like this?

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Topics: Technology, workforce, Work Technologies

Patiently pending

Posted on Sep 07, 2017 by Chris Littlewood

We recently got the good news that the US Patent Office will accept our application for a patent protecting our Filtering algorithm. As it was the first patent we’d applied for, both as a company and as individuals, it’s been interesting and a learning experience. I wanted to share some of that with you in case you are on a similar path.

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Topics: Business, Algorithms, Technology, Personalization

globalfilter™ for L&D professionals

Posted on Aug 29, 2017 by Marc Zao-Sanders

Next month, we’ll be releasing a technology hosting a small library of resources exclusively for L&D (and HR) professionals. It’s an online recommender system of high-quality learning to read, watch, practice and apply for our industry: globalfilter for L&D professionals. We’ve spent the past two years developing a patent-approved technology to get the right learning to the right learner. This is the version for our industry. It consists of conversational UI (chatbot) + 125 human-curated learning assets + recommendation system to prioritise and personalize it all.

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Topics: Business, Algorithms, Technology, Personalization, Chat Bot, globalfilter

Language processing, AI, and L&D

Posted on Aug 15, 2017 by Chris Littlewood

Redundancy in language I don't know if you tried to read the image at the top of this article - if not, give it a go now. 

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Topics: Business, Algorithms, Technology, Personalization, Chat Bot

LinkedIn is 92% boring

Posted on Jul 13, 2017 by Marc Zao-Sanders

LinkedIn’s feed is boring and could be improved by toning down promos and likes, and introducing an easy model (User-System-Content) for evaluating recommender systems in general. Like 40% of LinkedIn users, I’m on it every day. LinkedIn has a monopoly on public CVs which are useful for lots of reasons. And many of the articles are interesting. But the rest – epitomised by the activity feed – is dull. No wonder LinkedIn is one of the least sticky social media sites.

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Topics: Business, Technology, Personalization, linkedin

Unsupported L&D, unsupported browsers

Posted on Jun 23, 2017 by Juan D'Achiardi

Fig.1: Desktop Browser Version (Partially Combined) Worldwide Market Share


Our users

From a quick analysis done of our traffic over the past year (May 2016 to May 2017):

  • Chrome clearly comes out as boss with 63% of total sessions.
  • Internet Explorer & Edge follow – not too closely – with 14% (11% IE and 3% for Edge).
  • Non-supported IE versions make up 0.55% of the Filtered total sessions in a year. 


Why even write this?

We hear a lot from large organisations that legacy software and hardware hold them back. For L&D professionals that want to improve people’s working lives, that’s a frustration. During a talk given by Donald Taylor at Learning Technologies, this legacy issue resonated across the auditorium. IT departments don’t always know the full benefits of using certain software or of how up-to-date competitors are. Of course, multi-site setups and high-sensitivity sectors and departments complicate the situation further. This article doesn’t claim to help in all situations!

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Topics: Learning & Development, Business, Technology, browsers

Productivity, skills and intelligent learning recommendations

Posted on Jun 15, 2017 by Marc Zao-Sanders


The system supporting skills and careers development is inept and that costs the world trillions. But the future for learning is bright: higher quality, justified, data-driven, technology-enabled, culturally embedded, more of it. That future arrives sooner with useful, relevant, high-quality, fresh, intelligent learning recommendations.

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Topics: Learning & Development, Business, Online Learning, Productivity, Technology, Critical Thinking, recommendation, Artifical Intelligence

Anatomy of a good recommendation

Posted on May 22, 2017 by Chris Littlewood

We’re working on how to personalise training to optimise productivity. In one strand of that project we are trying to understand the characteristics that make a recommendation useful. The recommendation might be for a book, a course, a video, an article, an experience, a mentor, a conversation, a tool, a tip… anything that’s made a difference to the way we work and the results we see.

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Topics: Business, Productivity, Technology, Personalization

The real problem with learning technologies? "The learner”

Posted on May 18, 2017 by Toby Harris


The most attention I’ve ever received on LinkedIn was not because of a post I had written, but because of a post written about me. It started when my seminar at the Learning Technologies event in London earlier this year more-or-less flopped - hardly anyone showed up. A friend of mine responded to the situation by posting on LinkedIn:

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Topics: Business, Productivity, Technology, Critical Thinking