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My blogs are concerned with the research, structure, authoring, communication, and acquisition of knowledge.


Blogs and 'Article of the Week' are also promoted via my LinkedIn Profile (see top right).

Blogs - 2020

Blogs are listed, most recent first.
  1. The Internet - A Very Disturbing Discovery
    • Not only is our internet experience being conveniently customised, internet experience is being dictated and personal choice is being denied
  2. The Importance of Web Standards Compliance for Information Distribution on the Web
    • With the advent of mobile (cell) phone web access, there has been a proliferation in multiple versions of the same website, to accommodate small format devices. But is this really necessary?
  3. Effects on the United Kingdom Training and Development Industry, Post-Brexit
    • The perceived uncertainties, surrounding arrangements for the post-Brexit era in the UK, are not all justified, in the short-term. However, the appeasement of uncertainties for the longer-term, will largely depend upon three main factors.
  4. Instructional Design and On-screen Legibility - The Font of all Knowledge
    • When the available evidence is examined, critically, it is clear there is little evidence of any significant difference in the ability of readers to read on-screen text in serif versus sans-serif fonts.

Blogs are listed, most recent first.

  1. The Future of Synthetic Training Environments - Acousto-phoretic Volumetric Displays
    • Acousto-phoretic Volumetric Displays (AVD) are also known as Acoustic Holograms. The advantage of AVDs is they can be touched and manipulated.
  2. Identifying Learning Content - What You Don't Know You Don't Know
    • A Training Needs Analysis seeks to identify the learning content for an instructional resource, but how do you identify content you don't know exists?
  3. Task Analysis (The 5 Basic Formats) and Instructional Design
    • Task Analysis, in Instructional Design, ensures a thorough understanding of all performance(s) required of learners in the execution of their roles, which informs the requirements of the instructional resource. There are 5 basic formats of Task Analysis, one size does not fit all.
  4. Education - A Promise of Social Evolution, or Unfair Discriminator?
    • When the expectations of education-for-all were first expressed, some 70 or more years ago, the future was bright. The dream did come true, at least in part. But what now?
  5. Improving Graphical Media Specification
    • How to increase the likelihood of receiving finished media that is right-first-time.
  6. Identifying Content Development Structures for Large Courseware
    • A scenario-based presentation of issues and solutions to developing large courses.
  7. What Are Your Mobile Apps Doing Behind Your Back?
    • Why the use of mobile Apps needs careful consideration, and how they compromise your privacy and security.
  8. Words Words Words?
    • Philosophical and research evidence relating to the importance of personal interaction and debate in learning.
  9. Learning Objectives Were Not Intended For Learners
    • Why learning objectives were never intended for learners, and the issue of cognitive load.
  10. Pervasive Mobile Communication - Pervasive Learning?
    • A historical context for the expectations of mobile learning.


Blogs are listed, most recent first.

  1. Integrating Social Learning and Formal Learning
    • Social Learning - We have experts to learn from, and they have existed for a very long time.
  2. Socrates and Social Learning in the Mobile Environment
    • Socrates' "conceit of wisdom" and how effective Social Learning can address such concerns.
  3. Gamification in Digital Learning Assessment
    • Gamification in assessment benefits from 'Flow', to better represent the assessee.
  4. Knowledge Management - The Risk to Learning Presented by Data Silos
    • Why Data Silos must be replaced by a single set of data structures, able to communicate with each other.
  5. The RACI Matrix and Knowledge Management
    • How a RACI Analysis improves business capacity, organisation, planning, productivity, and training.
  6. The Importance of Research in Instructional Design
    • Why knowledge of the available research evidence, in applying Instructional Design methodology, is crucial.
  7. 5G Natural Apprenticeship and Digital Learning
    • How 5G will fundamentally change the management and distribution of data and what constitutes learning.


Blogs are listed, most recent first.

  1. Your First Meeting With Your Subject Matter Expert
    • Your Subject Matter Expert (SME), and your relationship with them, is crucial to the timely development of learning resources.
  2. Testing e-Learning Templates Is Not Simply Adding Text And Media
    • Very few clients understand what is involved.

Previous Articles of the Week are listed in the order of most recently included, first.

  1. Safety concerns with consumer-facing mobile health applications and their consequences: a scoping review [Published 2019-10-10];
  2. Could legacy fibre networks host the global quantum Internet? [Published 2020-02-05];
  3. Tuned ultrasound selectively disrupts the structure of cancer cells. [Published 2020-01-24];
  4. Electric cars 'will not solve transport problem', report warns [Published 2019-07-05];
  5. Vanadium dioxide shows heat insulation properties with electrical conductivity [Published 2018-02-07];
  6. Salvestrols (found in plants and fruit) cause cancer cell death [Published 2018-08-25];
  7. Engineers develop a new way to know a liars' intent [Published 2019-11-01];
  8. ITER Fusion Reactor. Media and project development [Accessed 2019];
  9. Learn how to programme a Quantum Computer [Accessed 2019];
  10. United Kingdom announces £220m to design a commercially viable fusion power plant [Published 2019-10-03];
  11. JHelioviewer: A new way of looking at the Sun [Published 2018-01-26];
  12. The invisibility of length contraction [Published 2019-08-13];
  13. Heat transport theory goes universal [Published 2019-09-02];
  14. Unique climate change has no natural cause [Published 2019-08-23];
  15. Electricity-free cooling material system shows potential [Published 2019-08-21];
  16. Our Finite World - The Physics of Energy and the Economy [Published 2016-02-08];
  17. The "New Energy Economy" (renewables and more efficient batteries): An Exercise in Magical Thinking [Published 2019-03-26];
  18. Global scale of Earth’s recent warming is unique within the past 2000 years [Published 2019-07-24];
  19. Long vehicle-lifetimes would exacerbate rollback of CAFE fuel-efficiency standards (in USA) [Published 2019-06-27];
  20. Research suggests, rewards used to encourage learning may mask true knowledge [Published 2019-05-14];
  21. Decoder translates brain activity into speech [Published 2019-04-24];
  22. First images of a black hole unveiled by astronomers in landmark discovery [Published 2019-04-10];
  23. Changing snow harms Arctic wildlife [Published 2019-04-02];
  24. United Kingdom's air-breathing rocket engine, Sabre by Reaction Engines Ltd, set for key tests [Published 2019-03-15].
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