The Speexx Exchange Podcast with Donald Taylor

Speexx Exchange Podcast

The Speexx Exchange Podcast with Donald Taylor

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Episode 15
Learning About Learning in This New Normal

In this most recent episode of the Speexx Exchange podcast, host Donald Taylor has a conversation with Helen Smyth, Group Digital Learning and Design Manager at a leading UK retailer. She shares what she learned about learning during the COVID lockdown period. Donald is nothing short of impressed when Helen details how her organization was able to onboard 25,000 people – online! – during this time. They also trade thoughts on how the pandemic has actually instilled some good learning behavior in all of us. Finally, Helen offers some of her thoughts on what’s to come next in this “new normal” – for instance, that we’ve probably accelerated lots of things in training and development, and actually utilized items in our “L&D toolbox” that we haven’t taken advantage of before.

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 Episode 15

Learning About Learning in This New Normal

In this most recent episode of the Speexx Exchange podcast, host Donald Taylor has a conversation with Helen Smyth, Group Digital Learning and Design Manager at a leading UK retailer. She shares what she learned about learning during the COVID lockdown period.

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Helen Smyth

In this episode of the Speexx Exchange podcast, Donald Taylor has a conversation with Helen Smyth, Group Digital Learning and Design Manager at a leading UK retailer. She shares what she learned about learning during the COVID lockdown period. Donald is nothing short of impressed when Helen details how her organization was able to onboard 25,000 people – online! – during this time. They also trade thoughts on how the pandemic has actually instilled some good learning behavior in all of us.

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Episode 14

Speexx Exchange Podcast:
Derek Mitchell

Donald Taylor interviews analytics consultant Derek Mitchell. They talk about learning data and analytics from the past few months, with workforces adapting to a global pandemic, and also make projections about the skills needed in a post-COVID future. Derek explains why people in the field of L&D and training are historically wary of data and demonstrates the benefits of “experimenting” with data in the field of L&D (providing his own professional experiences as examples).

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Episode 13

Speexx Exchange Podcast:
Dr. Hannah Gore

Donald Taylor and Dr. Hannah Gore – Learning Experience Director at The Canonbury Consultancy Group, discuss developing online content in this “new normal”. Hannah addresses what people are doing wrong when it comes to putting content online during these work from home, learn from home times: specifically – people putting PowerPoints onto SharePoint and calling it online learning. She claims that this is not online learning, but merely some learning that has been put online.

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Episode 12

Speexx Exchange Podcast:
Sarah Sullivan

In this special episode, Donald and Sarah Sullivan – Speexx’ Head of Digital Content & Communications, reflect on the current state of learning, how it’s changed – and will continue to evolve – since the emergence of COVID-19. They discuss the results from Speexx and Donald Taylor’s joint survey, which asked the following question of HR and L&D managers worldwide: What will be the three biggest challenges for corporate L&D in the new age of learning from home?

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Episode 11

Speexx Exchange Podcast:
Kinga Petrovai

Donald Taylor talks to Kinga Petrovai – an educational specialist working at the intersection of research and practice – about how people learn, and the role of learning technologies in various strategies. Kinga points out precisely where the adoption of technology very often stumbles and warns that a lack of technical understanding, coupled with overenthusiasm, can hinder learning, as this might stall an instructor or coach’s adoption of said technology.

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Episode 10

Speexx Exchange Podcast:
Bob Mosher

Donald Taylor chats with Bob Mosher, CEO and Chief Learning Evangelist at Apply Synergies, about the “five moments of learning need.” Donald has Bob walk through these moments, which are: Apply, change, solve, and finally, learn new things, then learn even more new things. The pair share transformational learning best practices and suggestions on how to begin putting learning in an organization’s workflow. Speexx Exchange Podcast Episode ten

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Episode 9

Speexx Exchange Podcast:
Julian Stodd

Donald Taylor chats wit founder of Sea Salt Learning’s, Julian Stodd, about social leadership, social learning, and the importance of storytelling. Julian describes older, more outdated models of learning and contrasts them with the newer concept of “social learning” – when regular people, each with their own understandings of the world, make sense of things together.

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Episode 8

Speexx Exchange Podcast:
Trish Uhl

Donald Taylor chats with Trish Uhl, Founder of Owl’s Ledge, about how to apply AI, data science and advanced analytics to organizational learning. She explores “engineering” learning systems, how to connect training environments to operational environments, and demonstrates how her team is doing this through chatbots.
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Episode 7

Speexx Exchange Podcast:
Megan Torrance

Donald Taylor chats with Megan Torrance, CEO & President of TorranceLearning, about how she helps create custom online, live and blended learning solutions to quickly and cost-effectively meet needs. She shares her expertise on xAPI, a data specification for how we talk about learning and performance experiences, and describes how it does much more than SCORM.

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Episode 6

Speexx Exchange Podcast:
Mirjam Neelen

Donald Taylor talks to Mirjam Neelen, Learning Experience Design Lead at Accenture, about what it means to “design” learning and how she defines the “learning experience.” Mirjam explores what she calls “complex skills,” and designing learning experiences specifically for these types of skills.

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Episode 5

Speexx Exchange Podcast:
Bartlomiej Polakowski

Donald Taylor chats with Bartlomiej Polakowski, CEE Learning Technologies Leader and Learning Methods Manager at PwC, about the most cutting-edge technologies in the learning and development industry, sharing advice on how to experiment and prototype new things in your organization.

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Episode 4

Speexx Exchange Podcast:
Lori Niles Hoffman

Donald Taylor chats with Lori Niles Hoffman – Digital Learning and Transformation Strategist at NilesNolan.com – the pitfalls and pivots of digital transformation, as well as upskilling and reskilling, pointing out one-third of skills will not be viable in three to five years.

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Episode 3

Speexx Exchange Podcast: Steve Wheeler

In this Episode Donald Taylor chats with Steve Wheeler about “connected pedagogy” – how technology allows us to learn on-the-go, at our own pace, while satisfying our human cravings for social contact – as well as crowd-sourced learning and “digital tribes”.

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Episode 2

Speexx Exchange Podcast: Jeff Kortenbosch

In this podcast episode Donald Taylor speaks with IKEA’s Learning Designer at Inter IKEA Systems, Jeff Kortenbosch, about how can you go from feeling like your L&D program is a tedious “course factory” to effectively meet your organization’s learning objectives.

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Episode 1

Speexx Exchange Podcast: Laura Overton

Donald Taylor interviews learning technologies specialist Laura Overton. In this inaugural podcast episode, the two discuss evidence-based learning, the dangers of “analysis paralysis,” AI’s role in the learning industry and what is next for Laura Overton.

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Who is Donald Taylor?

Donald Taylor

Donald Taylor is a recognized commentator and organizer in the fields of workplace learning and learning technologies. He is a veteran of the learning, skills and human capital industries, with experience at every level from delivery to chairman of the board, and passionately committed to helping develop the learning and development profession.

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