Sponge UK elearning podcast

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Jul 26, 2016

Andy Nock is a Director at the Elearning Network and has worked with augmented and virtual reality in learning.

Andy explains the differences between the two technologies as well as the opportunities that they offer for L&D professionals.

Follow Andy on Twitter: @AndyNock83

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

  • 00:34 – Can you define augmented and virtual reality?
  • 01:50 – What opportunities exist for using these technologies in L&D?
  • 03:08 – Have you seen any real examples of use of Virtual and augmented reality yet?
  • 04:57 – Are there any tools you recommend for L&D people to try out the technologies out?
  • 06:18 – How long do you think it will be before we’re seeing these technologies more regularly in the L&D industry?
  • 07:01 – What do you find most exciting about AR and VR?

Andy recommends the following apps and hardware for L&D professionals looking to experimenting with augmented and virtual reality:

  • Layar – an augmented reality app for smart phones and tablet with a desktop creator studio
  • Unity – a 3d games engine for creating interactive 3D environments for AR and VR
  • Ricoh Theta S camera – a 360-degree camera
Jul 15, 2016

David Patterson is a consultant at Learning Light and the co-author of their report on the UK elearning market.

We asked David about the trends he's seeing in the elearning industry and what members of the industry should be concentrating on to ensure growth continues.

We cover Brexit, learning technology as well as future and current elearning trends.

Find out more about David Patterson at the Learning Light website.

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

  • 00:39 - What is the current direction of travel for the elearning industry?
  • 01:07 - Are people asking about Brexit's impact on the elearning industry?
  • 03:19 - Is there a trend in elearning that's taken you by surprise?
  • 04:23 - Which learning technologies or strategies are creating the biggest impact and making the most difference?
  • 06:04 - Are learners in modern organisations open to learning technologies?
  • 07:00 - What do companies that are seeing success with learning technologies do that gives them an edge?
  • 08:07 - We've seen a rapid pace of change in elearning over the last few years will that continue?