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The Learning Hack podcast

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What are the significant innovations shaping the future of learning? How is digital technology and scientific discovery changing the way we learn, train, teach and educate? Join John Helmer in conversation with the people who are visioning and actively creating that future. Published fortnightly (do… read more

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February 22nd, 2024


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LH #95 The Human Moment with Rob Hubbard

February 26th, 2024


In the age of AI, what do we need humans for?

The latest advances in AI are highlighting human capabilities, and particularly shortcomings, in a …

LH #94 The Language of Learning with Peter Manniche Riber

February 12th, 2024


Does the way we talk about learning improve our understanding – or hold it back? 

The language of learning is charged with resonant abstract nouns …

LH #93 Just improvise! with Belina Raffy

January 29th, 2024


Can business professionals perform better with improv skills?

We admire great improvisers in music (Charlie Parker, Jimi Hendrix, etc.) while tending to be suspicious of leaders in business and government who seem to …

LH #92 AI: The Product and the Problem with Egle Vinauskaite

January 15th, 2024


What is the best approach to using AI for learning in an organisation?

My guest this time on the Learning Hack thinks that it’s really important to …

LH #Bonus: Should You Use Podcasts In Learning?

November 6th, 2023


BONUS EPISODE: A talk by John Helmer recorded at the New Learning Conference, Netherlands.

Podcasts are everywhere, and have become recognised as a …

LH #89 The Horses of Instruction with Sarah Ratcliff

October 16th, 2023


What can horses and brain damage teach us about learning?

Sarah Ratcliff is an award-winning Learning Consultant, Speaker, and Ambassador for …

LH #88 Finlandization with Jussi Hurskainen

October 2nd, 2023

'It all started when NASA read our code ...'   Jussi Hurskainen is CEO and co-founder of Valamis, a learning systems company with offices in in the US, India, and across Europe, but headquartered in Finland. In a …

LH #87 The Pirate Code with Lauren Waldman

September 18th, 2023

Lauren Waldman is a learning consultant, educator, and the founder of The Learning Pirate. She is a certified training and development professional …

LH #86 The L&D Detective with Kevin M. Yates

September 11th, 2023


Kevin M. Yates is known in the global training, learning, and talent development community as the L&D Detective. He investigates impact and …

Hack in Ukraine - Ep3: Coming Home, feat. Yuliia Kovach

September 4th, 2023


With their delivery of humanitarian aid to Ukraine accomplished, Andy and John head back home, retracing their tracks across Northern Europe. In a harrowing interview, John talks to a Ukrainian elearning specialist …

Hack in Ukraine - Ep2 Being There, feat. Vladimir Polo

August 29th, 2023


  Arrived in Ukraine, Andy and John deliver their aid to the hospital in Lviv. With the main object of the trip accomplished, they take a walk …

Hack in Ukraine - Ep 1: Getting There

August 15th, 2023


Over three episodes we tell the story of what happened when John Helmer hitched a ride with Andy Wooler, chair of Ukraine Fundraiser 2022, to help …

LH #85 The Sea, The Sea with Raal Harris

July 17th, 2023

  Oceans cover 71% of the earth’s surface, and a huge workforce crews and manages the ships that sail on them. These people all have to be trained. While learntech companies now largely work across business sectors, …

LH #84 Shell in Transition with Jaap Hoogendoorn

July 3rd, 2023


Shell is an organisation in transition. It’s moving from a federated model of training to something more centralized. At the same time it’s bringing together L&D with organizational development, and knowledge …

LH #83 Jobs To Be Done with Ger Driesen

June 19th, 2023

The 'Jobs To Be Done' approach (or framework) encourages a focus on what your end-user is trying to achieve when they access a product, service or experience. As professor Theodore Levitt puts it: 'People don't want a …

LH #82 The Wizard of Oz with Markus Bernhardt

June 4th, 2023

Adaptive learning systems were among the first to use artificial intelligence, creating a subcategory in learntech that has been on a slow burn since the 2010s. With the meteoric rise to prominence this year of AI in …

LH #81 The Great AI Takeover with Kevin Alster

May 22nd, 2023

      This episode is part 2 of a podcast swap with the Video Learning Lab podcast run by Kevin Alster. Kevin is a Learning Strategist at Synthesia, the Denmark-based video learning company, and was previously …

LH #80 The Joy of Ceyx with Matt Wilkinson

May 9th, 2023

    Coming from a background of digital transformation, Matt Wilkinson has created a live elearning company that combines human-delivered and digital learning in a scalable way, stealing a bit of a march on more …

LH #79 BONUS: Video Learning Lab turns the tables

April 17th, 2023

    This episode we're giving the channel over to one of our favourite podcasts, Video Learning Lab. The podcast is hosted by Kevin Alster, who runs an innovative video learning company called Synthesia, which uses …

LH #78 The L&D Handbook with Michelle Parry-Slater

April 3rd, 2023

Michelle Parry-Slater is Learning & Development Director of Kairos Modern Learning, and author of the Learning And Development Handbook. This guide for learning practitioners is realistic about the organizational …

LH #77 Podcasts for Learning with Adam Lacey

March 20th, 2023

    People use podcasts to gain information and knowledge, about a huge variety of things, in their downtime. Organisations and institutions have …

LH #76 Bonus: Donald H. Taylor & David Wilson

March 13th, 2023

    At the Learning Technologies France show in Paris this February, John talked to two of the industry's leading commentators, who both released …

LH #75 Under Thirties Assemble with Dinye Hernanda

March 6th, 2023

    A passion for learning brought Dinye Hernada, she says, from a muddy school field in Indonesia to the boardrooms of Germany's top companies. …

LH #74 Ethical Learning with Alexander Fahie

February 20th, 2023

  Ethical Angel is a company that brings together learners in need of development opportunities with charities and good causes in need of the practical skills they are developing. John talks to the company's founder …

LH #73 The Leading Edge with Gustaf Nordbäck

February 6th, 2023


Leadership learning is perhaps the most prestitigious and well-funded of training staples. In a changing world, it has become democratized in recent …

LH #72 The University in the Future, with Stephen Downes

January 23rd, 2023

  Stephen Downes is a prominent speaker and writer in the field of educational technology and learning, known for his work on open educational …

LH #71 Climate: Will We Ever Learn? with Robert Nicholls

November 28th, 2022

  'We are on a highway to climate hell with our foot still on the accelerator' (António Guterres, United Nations Secretary General speaking at COP 27). Successive COPs have revealed a lack of will among the world's …

LH #70 VR Gets Real with Lynda Joy Gerry, Sophie Costin

November 14th, 2022

    Empathy is a big word in learning. We want to have more of it, so learning professionals are increasingly charged with helping to …

Bonus episode Jane Bozarth - repeat

October 31st, 2022

Learning Hack is on a mid-season break but here's another chance to hear one our most downloaded episodes.   John talks to Dr. Jane Bozarth, Director of Research at The Learning Guild, about how the rise of digital …

LH #69 Does Workflow Learning Work? with David James

October 17th, 2022

  New research says that while workflow learning is thought to be the most effective way of learning by employees, neither L&D or the learners themselves have the time to implement it. What is going on here? To …

LH #68 Rich Talk with Rebecca Rolland

October 3rd, 2022

  Children often ask challenging questions, but according to John's guest this time, we should see these as valuable opportunities for learning. …

LH #67 The Adaptive Edge with Andy Wooler

September 20th, 2022

  Adaptive learning has been bubbling under for a while in learning technologies, but it’s never quite broken through. Now that the technology …

LH #66 Is L&D Too Inward-Looking? with Nigel Paine

September 5th, 2022

Dr. Nigel Paine is co-presenter of Learning Now TV and From Scratch Podcast (with Martin Couzins) and has been involved in corporate learning for …

Bonus episode: The Curious CLO with Stefaan van Hooydonk (repeat)

August 22nd, 2022

  John talks to Stefaan van Hooydonk, Founder of the Global Curiosity Institute. Stefaan has lived, worked and studied all over the world, in a learning career spanning three decades. He has held numerous …

Bonus episode: Dyslexic Tech

August 2nd, 2022

This time the feed is given over to an episode from one of our favourite podcasts, The Death of E-learning. In this episode, the team talk to their …

LH #65 Start Me Up with Serena Gonsalves-Fersch

July 18th, 2022

  In a world where content about almost anything you may need to learn is readily available online, what should be the role of organisational …

LH #64 Changing Jobs with Nick Jones

July 5th, 2022

  With job vacancies at record levels, wages on the rise after having been stalled for many years and the so-called great resignation underway, workers face a labour market changed beyond recognition by the …

LH #63 Georgia On My Mind with Tracy Capaldi-Drewett

June 20th, 2022

  In this episode, John talks to Tracy Capaldi Drewett, Executive Director at International Centre for Parliamentary Studies, about a programme ICPS launched in February 2022 to train Georgian diplomats. The …

LH #62 Can Hybrid Work? with Laura Lee-Gibbs

June 6th, 2022


The return of workers to offices in the UK had stalled for the first time since restrictions were lifted at the start of the year, and may well have plateaued. Hybrid working is with us, it seems, for the foreseeable …

LH #61 Showtime! A Report from Learning Technologies 2022

May 23rd, 2022

  With more than 9,000 attendees from 50 different countries, 200 seminars and 200 exhibitors, Learning Technologies is Europe's leading showcase …

LH #60 Repeat Performance with Guy Wallace

May 9th, 2022

  This episode will be highly relatable to anyone who works in L&D within organizations, but is of more general interest too. Now semi-retired, Performance Analyst and Instructional Architect Guy W. Wallace …

LH #59 Access All Areas with Susi Miller

April 19th, 2022

  Susi Miller is Founder and Director of eLaHub Ltd, the only provider of eLearning accessibility specialised services in the L&D industry. …

LH #58 Learning in the Social Age with Julian Stodd

April 4th, 2022


John talks to Julian Stodd, Captain of Sea Salt Learning, a strategic consultancy that partners on the design and delivery of global solutions …

LH #57 Rising Star with Federico Presicci

March 21st, 2022

  Federico Presicci is Head of Sales Training & Enablement at GDS group, an accredited personal coach (ACC) and a certified Meditation …

LH #56 What's Hot? What's Not? with Donald H. Taylor

March 7th, 2022

  John's guest this time is Donald H. Taylor, Chair of the Learning Technologies Conference, of the Learning and Skills group, of the Learning …

LH #55 Hold Your Horses, Trish Uhl!

February 21st, 2022

  When a car accident brought an untimely end to Trish Uhl's athletic career, equestrian sport's loss became a massive gain for IT and learning …

LH #54 What Rough Beast with David Lockie

February 7th, 2022

  John talks to David Lockie, an entrepreneur and investor in leading-edge web technologies who is Co-chair of the British Interactive Media …

LH #53 The Curious CLO with Stefaan van Hooydonk

January 24th, 2022


    John talks to Stefaan van Hooydonk, Founder of the Global Curiosity Institute. Stefaan has lived, worked and studied all over the world, in a learning career spanning three decades. He has held numerous …

LH #52 Here Comes Summer with Summer Salomonsen

November 29th, 2021


Josh Bersin describes Cornerstone's new platform, Xplor, as a ‘skills-based, AI-powered platform designed as an LXP, talent mobility, career, and skills platform, [with] the potential to change the L&D landscape.' …

LH #51 Ain't Nothing But an xAPI Party with Megan Torrance

November 15th, 2021


John is joined by Megan Torrance, Chief Energy Officer of Torrance Learning, a custom development company based in Michigan USA. With an MBA from …

LH #50 Ask the Analyst with Craig Weiss

November 1st, 2021


  John Helmer talks to Craig Weiss, the straight-talking learntech analyst and consultant. Craig is CEO and Lead Analyst for The Craig Weiss …

LH #49 Intelligence, Autonomy & Morality with Ezri Carlebach

October 18th, 2021


  How is digital technology impacting the way people work, learn and think – and what upcoming technology trends should we look out for? In this …

LH #48 An Audience With the Drama Lama with Tom Hickmore

October 4th, 2021


  John talks to Tom Hickmore, award-winning Creative Director of video learning company Nice Media, about his newly released book Watch & Learn. The book aims to help learning professionals in designing, …

LH #47 Moving the Needle with Laura Overton

September 20th, 2021


    This time John is talking to Laura Overton, an award-winning international speaker, author and facilitator, with multiple institutional …

LH #46 The Learning Skillset with Jane Bozarth

September 6th, 2021


  John talks to Dr. Jane Bozarth, Director of Research at The Learning Guild, about how the rise of digital technology is changing expectations …

Great Minds on Learning: The Cognitivists (repeat)

August 30th, 2021

Another chance to hear the inaugural episode of Great Minds on Learning, which was originally aired back in March 2021 to considerable acclaim.

In this series, Donald Clark – the internationally famous author, …

Great Minds on Learning [TRAILER]

August 25th, 2021


  Internationally respected author, blogger and learning expert, Donald Clark joins John Helmer of the Learning Hack podcast to discuss the history of thought and theorising about learning.   From the Greeks to the …

Behaviour Points with Julie Dirksen (repeat)

August 16th, 2021


  The Learning Hack is taking a seasonal break. In the meantime, here’s another chance to hear one of our most listened-to episodes.   John …

How People Really Learn with Nick Shackleton-Jones (repeat)

August 2nd, 2021


  The Learning Hack is taking a break for the Summer. We’ll be back in September, but meanwhile, here’s our second most listened-to episode of all time, featuring an interview with Nick Shackleton-Jones. John talks …

LH #45 Teaching Machines with Audrey Watters

July 19th, 2021


  Audrey Watters' new book, Teaching Machines, tells the story of how two academics, Sidney Pressey in the 1920s and B.F. Skinner in the 1950s, attempted to develop and market mechanical devices for learning. John …

LH #44 Magic Moments with Bob Mosher

July 5th, 2021


  John talks to Bob Mosher, champion of workflow learning and the Five Moments of L&D Need. Bob has been an active and influential leader in the learning and training industry for over 30 years and is renowned …

LH #43 Learning on the Jab with Reda Sadki & Marc Howells

June 21st, 2021


  This special edition of the podcast features interviews with two people who have each in their different ways played important roles in the …

LH #42 Why Does It Have To Be So Difficult? with Stella Collins

June 7th, 2021


  Cognitive load theory tells us that we have to do our best to make things easier for learners. But Bjork says that 'necessary' (or …

LH #41 Evidently Mirjam with Mirjam Neelen

May 24th, 2021


  John talks to Mirjam Neelen, Head of Global Learning Design & Learning Sciences at Novartis, and a well-known blogger and speaker. She …

LH #40 Either/Or with Lior Locher

May 10th, 2021


John talks to Lior (Christine) Locher, a learning consultant, coach, author, and a director of the elearning network. Lior's experience spans …

Great Minds on Learning: The Cognitivists with Donald Clark

April 26th, 2021


  This time we're featuring the pilot episode of a brand new podcast from the Learning Hack team, Great Minds on Learning.   In this series, Donald Clark, the internationally famous author, blogger and entrepreneur, …

LH #38 No Filter with Toby Harris

April 12th, 2021


John talks to Toby Harris, Product Marketing Manager at Filtered. Filtered is an innovative company that uses AI to help large organizations deliver relevant learning content to the right people at the right time, …

LH #37 E=MC5 with Gregg Collins

March 29th, 2021


John talks to Dr. Gregg Collins, Chief Learning Scientist at NIIT. A Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence from Yale University, Dr. Collins played a …

LH #36 Got Any Other Numbers, Charles? with Charles Jennings

March 15th, 2021


John Talks to Charles Jennings, who is Partner, Strategy and Performance of Tulser / 70:20:10 Institute. Recognised as one of the world's leading …

LH #35 A Brief History of Learning Systems with Donald Clark

March 1st, 2021


'People imagine that technology's a recent thing in learning, [but] it's always been there.' From its earliest beginnings in cave paintings to …

LH #34 Learning Systems with Page Chen

February 15th, 2021


John talks to Page Chen, CEO of Remote Learner; a learntech business leader with a strong academic background. How does she characterise the development of learning systems in the first two decades of the 21st …

LH #33 Behaviour Points with Julie Dirksen

February 1st, 2021


  John talks to Julie Dirksen, a leading expert in instructional design, digital learning and behaviour change. Is it a problem for learning …

LH #32 Beyond Learning with Harold Jarche

January 18th, 2021


John talks to Harold Jarche, blogger, speaker and consultant in the closely adjacent but oddly separate worlds of learning and knowledge …

LH #31 What Are We Talking About?

December 16th, 2020


    Looking back over a year and a half of podcast episodes, John Helmer summarizes the main themes that have emerged from these these fascinating discussions and attempts to draw insights by taking a helicopter …

LH #30 Fantastic Mrs Fox with Laura Lee-Gibbs

November 30th, 2020


John talks to Laura Lee-Gibbs, Digital Learning Consultant & Director of Learn Fox. In her 14 years in the industry she has worked both …

LH #29 Being B.A.D. with Andrea Miles

November 16th, 2020


  John talks to Andrea Miles, CEO of BestAtDigital, about her plans for the new company she is helming, spun out of Cornerstone, and her journey to get to this point. Andrea’s career spans over 20 years in …

LH #28 Collective Intelligence with Gianni Giacomelli

November 2nd, 2020


  John talks to Gianni Giacomelli, Chief Innovation Officer at Genpact, and Head of Design Strategy at MIT’s Centre for Collective Intelligence. …

LH #27 Learning's New Recession with Sharon Claffey Kaliouby

October 19th, 2020


John talks to Sharon Claffey Kaliouby, VP, North America for Learning Pool, an award-winning professional and co-founder of the #women in learning …

LH #26 Decisions, Decisions with Matthew Confer

October 5th, 2020


John Helmer talks to Matthew Confer, VP, Strategy & Business Development at Abilitie, an expert in leadership and decision-making. How do leaders make tough decisions in tight situations? How do they deal with the …

LH #25 Tool Time with Jane Hart

September 21st, 2020


  John Helmer talks to Jane Hart, Founder of the Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies (C4LPT), whose Top Tools for Learning list, …

LH #24 Change and Complexity with George Siemens

September 7th, 2020


As pressure mounts on L&D to get out of its bind on learning analytics and start taking data seriously, John Helmer talks to Dr George Siemens, founder president of the Society for Learning Analytics Research, and …

LH #023 Learning Transfer with Paul Matthews

July 27th, 2020


John Helmer talks to Paul Matthews, Founder and CEO of People Alchemy, about learning transfer, the business of ensuring that what is learned …

LH #022 Rewilding L&D with Myles Runham

July 13th, 2020


  John Helmer talks to Myles Runham, a well respected learning consultant who has held senior leadership roles at the BBC and, about the …

LH #021 Out of Lockdown with David Wilson of Fosway

June 29th, 2020


  John Helmer talks to David Wilson, Founder and CEO of Fosway, Europe’s #1 HR Industry Analyst. Fosway has recently released first findings of research into how COVID-19 is changing learning, and David sees this …

LH #020 What Are We Playing At? with Juliette Denny

June 15th, 2020


  John Helmer talks to Juliette Denny, Managing Director and Ideologist-in-chief of award-winning learning tech company Growth Engineering. …

LH #019 AI is the New UI with Donald Clark

June 1st, 2020


John Helmer talks to Donald Clark, EdTech Entrepreneur, CEO, Professor, Researcher, Blogger and Speaker, about his work in AI for learning. Donald was CEO and one of the original founders of Epic Group plc, which …

LH# 018 Learning in a Pandemic with Reda Sadki

May 18th, 2020


John Helmer talks to Reda Sadki, President of the Geneva Learning Foundation about how he is using digital learning to help health professionals respond to the crisis on an international scale. What lessons can be …

LH# 017 Passion & Purpose with Steve Dineen

May 4th, 2020


John Helmer talks to Steve Dineen, Chief Storyteller and CEO of Fuse Universal about the passion and sense of purpose that has driven him in making a success of this innovative company. Steve is a second-time-around …

LH #016 Learning Ecosystems with Dani Johnson of Redthread Research

April 20th, 2020


John Helmer talks to Dani Johnson, Co-founder and Principal Analyst at Redthread Research, about her work on learning ecosystems. Citing the growth …

LH #015 Some Like It Bot, with Henrietta Palmer

April 6th, 2020


John Helmer talks to Henrietta Palmer, Learning Solutions Manager at a global travel company and joint winner of Gold in the 'most innovative new …

LH #014 The Pool Guy, with Paul McElvaney

March 23rd, 2020


  John Helmer talks to Paul McElvaney, CEO of Learning Pool, one of the fastest growing and most innovative companies in the learning …

LH #012a Skateboarding, Zombie Ideas and Instructional Design

March 9th, 2020


John Helmer talks to Leonard Houx, Director at the eLearning Network and Senior Instructional Designer at Cass Business School. In an age when people …

Learning Hack #012 Showtime! A Report from Learning Technologies 2020

February 24th, 2020


John Helmer talks to visitors, exhibitors, speakers and all-comers to get a picture of why people come to this event, what they get out of it, and what it has to tells this year about the state of the market in learning …

Learning Hack #011 The Content Concierge, with Stephen Walsh of Anders Pink

February 10th, 2020


John Helmer talks to Stephen Walsh, Co-founder of Anders Pink, the company whose digital curation tool helps individuals and teams to stay smart …

Learning Hack #010 Extreme Learning Design, with Sophie Costin and Tom Hickmore

January 27th, 2020


John Helmer talks to Sophie Costin, Head of Learning Design at VR specialists Make Real, and Tom Hickmore, Creative Director at Nice Media, who …

Learning Hack #009 Big Ideas for 2020, with Myles Runham

January 13th, 2020


As we look forward to a new decade, John Helmer talks to Miles Runham about the trends and buzzwords currently dominating the debate in learning. Together they try to distinguish those which are mainly hype and hot air …

Learning Hack #008 That Was the Year That Was, with Laura Overton and Myles Runham

December 17th, 2019


John Helmer enlists the help of Laura Overton and Miles Runham in summing up the year in learning.    Laura Overton was until recently CEO of Towards Maturity, the learning analyst company she founded and led to become …

Learning Hack #007 Work-Based Learning, with Karen E Watkins and Victoria Marsick

December 2nd, 2019

John Helmer talks to Karen E Watkins, Professor and Associate Department Head, Department of Lifelong Education, Administration, and Policy (Adult …

Learning Hack #006 On The Cusp Of Chaos, with Reda Sadki of the Geneva Learning Foundation

November 18th, 2019


John Helmer talks to Reda Sadki, CEO of the Geneva Learning Foundation, about the work he has done to innovate in the field of global healthcare, and …

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