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The Learning Hack podcast

56 EpisodesProduced by John HelmerWebsite

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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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 …

Learning Hack #005 More Dash Than Cash, with Caroline Ford, ex Thomas Cook

November 4th, 2019


John Helmer talks to Caroline Ford, ex Group Head of Learning at Thomas Cook, the 178 year-old holiday company that went spectacularly broke in …

Learning Hack #004: Burning Platforms, with David Perring of Fosway Group

October 21st, 2019


John Helmer talks to David Perring of learning and talent analysts Fosway Group. David is Director of Research at Fosway, an ebullient and popular …

Learning Hack #003: How People Really Learn, with Nick Shackleton-Jones

October 7th, 2019


John Helmer talks to Nick Shackleton-Jones about his book ‘How People Learn’. Nick is an award-winning, influential and controversial thought leader who has held senior learning and development posts at Siemens, BBC and …

Learning Hack #002: Don't Think Like a Marketer, with Cheryl Clemons and Steve Rayson

September 23rd, 2019


John talks to Cheryl Clemons (LearnerLab, StoryTagger) and Steve Rayson (Kineo, Buzzsumo, Anders Pink) to get insights about how learning people can use marketing techniques to help engage learners. They also address …

Learning Hack #001: Virtual Reality Check with Sam Watts

August 31st, 2019


John Helmer talks to Sam Watts of Make Real, who create immersive digital products for learning. You'll hear about the current state of Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, etc. and how VR is being used for behaviour …

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