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The Blend Podcast is hosted by Tom and Brendan at Blend Interactive Content. Your place for all things e-learning, interactive content and design. Find us at www.blend.training
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This week Blend look at the First Aider as an eLearning case study. How has blended learning been addressed in this project?
This week we talk to Bodyswaps Co-founder Christophe Mallet about soft skills in VR and how VR will disrupt the eLearning industry in future.
This week Blend look at the Problem Solver project with a specific focus on how design-thinking informed this piece of eLearning.
In this episode, Brendan sits down with Mac MacDonald from LAPD Solutions to discuss the importance of Emotional Intelligence training and the impact it has on creating a healthy and productive personal and business culture.
Blend talk about their Key2Enable project which was an interesting eLearning challenge from a UX perspective.
In this episode, Brendan sits down with 7taps CPO Kate Udalova to discuss the power of supplementing your training with microlearning and the tool her team has developed to make authoring more efficient.
This week Blend review their 1st year as a business. What have they learnt? What have been the wins? And where do they think Blend will go in the future?
This week Tom interviews Jade Song from Time to Teach about how mindfulness can be incorporated into eLearning. Can soft skills and emotional intelligence be integrated into digital learning programs? How does Blend integrate this into projects? Have a listen!
This week Brendan talks to sustainability expert Tahir Shah and picks his brains about how this industry will impact our daily lives and the strategic thinking that goes into making decisions that impact both people and the environment. At Blend we are interested to know how industries will grow and develop as there are many parallels between those and the eLearning and Education world. What changes and progress will overlap?
This week Brendan discusses how Community is so important in your work and how it applies to Blend and the eLearning community. Patti Bryant is the special guest as she talks about how she has built her own eLearning community.
What is effective eLearning? What examples are out there? How is it changing and where is good eLearning going. Blend want to be inspired and the boys take you on a journey of eLearning that they love.
The pandemic has changed all our lives. How has it changed eLearning and education in general. Are online learning and the education system as we know it transformed forever? Blend dig into it.
#9 Data-Driven Learning

#9 Data-Driven Learning

2021-03-0301:11:54

Brendan welcomes special guest Anja Hartleb-Parson where they discuss the role of data in eLearning and learning development.
This week Tom & Brendan talk about their motivations for starting Blend and how they and their partners want to use E-Learning as a force for good - and how it can change the world for the better.Find out more at Blend!
This week Tom and Brendan talk about Instructional Design. What even is it? The guys try and wade through the waffle and make sense of instructional/course/e-learning design and what really is important when designing learning for people!Find us at Blend for more information!
This week Tom & Brendan talk about non-linear storytelling and how Blend has been influenced by film-makers such as Christopher Nolan and particularly his most recent film Tenet.The guys talk about non-linear storytelling can be used across various formats, even Twitter, and their use of it in E-Learning.Find out more at Blend.
#5 Design Thinking

#5 Design Thinking

2021-01-3128:05

This week Tom and Brendan discuss how they give themselves the best chance to be creative, how to get over creative dips, and how Design Thinking helps them maximise their creative output.Find us at Blend
This week Tom & Brendan discuss the future of gamification and how it is going to become more and more common to see it in most of the content we consume. Find out how Blend, Netflix and other companies use gamification in their content and what this means for business and users alike.Find us at Blend.
This week the boys talk about the history of gamification, how it has influenced them, and how they use it at Blend. Please get in touch or leave any comments with your thoughts of gamification and how you use it in your business! Find us at: contact@blend.trainingShow notes: - Will Wright Masterclass - Game Design and Theory course from the creator of The Sims  and Sim City- Red vs Blue - Fornite hosts next level community concert in 2020  Travis Scott- Companies using gamification well: Duolingo, Headspace, Nike etc.Find all the boys work and how they implement gamification at Blend
This week the boys talk about the power of storytelling.  What are the main storytelling frameworks used? How the boys use storytelling in their work at Blend? Where do they find their inspiration in storytelling and much more...Links to the show notes and links are below.Nicole papa adverts Nescafe advertsDollar shave club Human brain is designed to be sociable as being part of a community is directly linked to our personal safety (article)David Phillips TED TalkThe Hero's Journey: An ExplanationThe Power Of Moments by Chip and Dan Heath 
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