Hi, I’m Barry. I help organisations to make better choices about how they design and deliver learning solutions – particularly if they are digital solutions.
I’ve been involved in Learning and Development since the mid-nineties and I was a trainer, training manager, and learning designer until 2003 when I moved into what we would now call elearning.
Since then my work has focussed on how organisations can make the best use of technology to support learning, communication, and performance in the workplace. As Learning Technology Manager at a large UK corporate, I worked on a number of award-winning elearning and blended learning programmes, and championed the use of emerging tools (we were making use of online collaboration tools and user-generated content long before anyone was using the term ‘social’).
Although I’m always on the lookout for new developments in technology and how they might be used (what Clay Shirky describes as ‘weak signal detection’) it’s always with an eye on how it can enable or enhance learning and how that, in turn, can improve performance.
I’m very much a pragmatist and the question I ask most often is “and so what?”.
Along with Clive Shepherd and Eugénie King, in 2015 I co-founded Skills Journey – a company that helps people and organisations build their capability to design, develop and deliver effective and efficient learning solutions. In 2017 we launched Skills Journey Learning the CPD site for modern learning professionals.
Want to know more? Drop me a line.