About Chris Littlewood
Chris's first experience of Microsoft applications was as a PhD student, conducting particle physics experiments in Geneva. Since then he's worked in strategy and rail industry financial planning. From corporates to the public sector, he's found the same simple skills to be key to the presentation of research and analysis. Chris is in charge of the on-going improvement of our courses.

Whose data is it anyway?

Posted on Jun 20, 2018 by Chris Littlewood

A question that has been bubbling away since the early days of the world wide web has been thrown into the open by the Facebook scandal. Who owns our data?

For many years the question has been asked by idealists and internet pioneers. Facebook’s poor decisions have thrown it into the open. The implicit transaction - I give you my data in return for access - is now under explicit scrutiny.

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How do skills affect productivity?

Posted on Apr 17, 2018 by Chris Littlewood

Since the financial crisis, there has been a steady drip of gloomy news on UK labour productivity. Most recently an encouraging rise was overshadowed by better performance in the Eurozone, US and Japan. But why should we care? The national debate concentrates on national actions: improving transport links, extending mobile coverage, or changes to regulation to increase access to capital or foster competition. These are not levers most of us can pull in our jobs and our organisations.

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User Journeys in eLearning

Posted on Feb 24, 2015 by Chris Littlewood

How many roads does a man walk down? The short answer is 4.715 x 10^284, if he’s a student of our Excel course. A more useful answer is: eLearning user journeys can be non-linear. This is usually a good thing – students can access training in a pattern that suits them, personalising not just the pace of training but also its emphasis and direction in a way that would be unaffordable with conventional, face-to-face training. But the degrees of freedom available to a student make it difficult to control or even understand the user experience.

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Topics: artificial intelligence

Filtered online training

Posted on Nov 27, 2013 by Chris Littlewood

Introducing the Filter

This post is a quick introduction to the Filter – the gizmo at the heart of our site that is the means by which we select course content appropriate for you (or for each of your staff).

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