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Julian Stodd is a learning and development professional based in the UK, specialising in elearning, mobile learning, social media and learning theory. As founder and co-captain of SeaSalt Learning, Julian is heavily involved the strategic and operational development of learning solutions in a range of areas, working at a strategic level with global clients to understand how their learning needs can be met.
Julian started out volunteering in museums at the age of twelve, doing every job imaginable, from conserving artefacts and cataloguing collections, through designing exhibitions, and into giving guided tours and working with school groups. He loved the opportunities to work with stories, to meet people, and to walk with them along a learning journey.
Via a conservation sciences degree with archaeology, this led him into postgraduate research around educational theory, communication theory, psychology and design. Julian is grounded in understanding how people learn, whatever the technology, and what the barriers are that can prevent them from learning.
Today, he writes widely in his learning blog around various aspects of learning: mainly e-learning, social learning and learning technology. Asked recently what the most important skill was for an aspiring e-learning specialist, Julian's answer was ‘storytelling’. At heart, everything revolves around the clarity and coherence of the narrative.
on Feb. 17, 2014 :
Julian is as accomplished a writer as he is a fluid and engaging speaker. Exploring the World of Social Learning lives up to its title. Through a series of blog posts that have been collected in this volume, Julian documents his investigation and adoption of social technologies as enablers of engagement with other people, communication, collaboration and learning. He takes a two-pronged approach, maintaining his blog posts intact, then adding rich and informative commentary after each one that polishes the nuggets of insight contained in the original material. It's a journey of discovery, and Julian recognises his own occasional shifts in perspective which have resulted from learned behaviour and experimentation. All in all, a fascinating read.
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on Oct. 06, 2012 :
I not only find myself nodding in agreement but better still in Web 2.0 terms I find I keep wanting to pause to explore a thought or theme further, the subject matter embracing learning, social learning and e-learning - while drawing on a professional corporate learning and development background, which makes a valuable change from an academic perspective on social learning in tertiary education.
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