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May 31, 2016

David Wilson is the CEO of Fosway Group, an independent researcher into Human Resources and learning in business.

With 20 years of research behind him, David Wilson has a unique perspective on how technology can be used to help learners in business.

Listen to hear about the trends that have been revealed over the years of Fosway Group research and where L&D teams can improve the way they work with technology.

You can follow David on Twitter at @dwil23 and find out more about the work that The Fosway Group does on

The questions and their times are provided so you can skip back and forth to learn more on a specific subject:

  • 00:37 - What's your background and approach to elearning?
  • 01:11 - Tell us about The Fosway Group and the research that you carry out?
  • 04:20 - Is there a gap between what people say they're doing or what they aspire to do and what they're doing in practice?
  • 07:22 - What are the recurring trends and new things that you're seeing in your research?
  • 11:03 - What are the encouraging signs coming out of your research?
  • 15:28 - How do you think things are going to evolve over the next few years?
May 17, 2016

Chuck Lorenz is an elearning developer who contributes to the Adapt learning project. We spoke to him to find out why it's one of the most talked about new elearning authoring technologies.

If you're not familiar with Adapt it's a set of free, open source tools that allow anyone to create responsive elearning content.

It means you can create one course that can be accessed on any type of device with a modern web browser whether you have programming experience or not.

You can find lots more information and examples of projects built in Adapt at

Chuck has recently been given a place in the Adapt steering group so we thought it would be a good time to catch up with him to get the perspective of an independent contributor.

"I like beautiful things, I like to help people, I like education, I like technology and that all fits together with Adapt"

Hopefully this podcast will inspire you to check out how Adapt could work for you and how you might be able to contribute to the project yourself in the future.

The questions and their times are provided so you can skip back and forth to learn more on a specific subject:

  • 01:08 - As someone based in the US how do you find working on a project with many team members based in the UK?
  • 01:53 - What’s your background in developing digital learning?
  • 02:34 - How did you first hear about Adapt?
  • 03:25 - When did you first encounter Adapt?
  • 03:38 - Are there any alternative open source authoring tools out there?
  • 03:56 - Do you see the demand for responsive learning content increasing in the future?
  • 05:52 - What was the first thing that struck you about the Adapt project?
  • 07:12 - Where have you contributed the most to the Adapt project?
  • 08:38 - Do you have any advice for developers who want to contribute to the Adapt project?
  • 11:00 - Can you explain what accessibility means in terms of the Adapt project?
  • 12:26 - Is there anything in particular that you're looking forward to in the Adapt project?
May 6, 2016

Julian Stodd is an author, speaker and popular blogger who accompanies his insights into social learning and theory with thoughtful illustrations.

His blog has gained a large following thanks to the accessible way he introduces concepts through everyday events.

We'd recommend subscribing to the frequently updated and colourful blog at

Follow Julian on Twitter at @julianstodd

Find out more about Julian's consulting at

The questions and their times are provided so you can skip back and forth to learn more on a specific subject:

  • 00:45 - What does learning in the Social Age look and feel like for the people at the sharp end, that is the learners?
  • 01:54 - What’s the role of L&D in supporting social learning?
  • 03:27 - What’s the single most important thing you can do to support social learning in your own organisation?
  • 04:44 - Where do organisations go wrong with social learning?
  • 06:10 - What is the role of technology in social learning?
  • 09:07 - Where does curation fit into social learning?