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.
Where to find Julian Stodd online
The Social Leadership Handbook
Social Leadership encapsulates the mindset, skills and behaviours required to be an effective leader in the Social Age.
This book is a guide for organisations looking to develop Social Leadership capability and for individuals looking to become Social Leaders.
It's a model of leadership that is more fluid and relevant than ones based on longevity, situation or hierarchy.
New York - Community, Spaces and Performance
In the Social Age, we exist in many communities, both online and real. The ways we come together, the importance of the spaces we create and inhabit, the ways we co-exist, all of this fascinates me.
In this essay I'm reflecting on three aspects of the New York: 'Spaces', 'Community' and 'Performance'.
Julian Stodd's Learning Methodology - A Practical Tool for Learning Design
Julian has designed and delivered hundreds of learning solutions and, through research and experience, created a six step Learning Methodology:
CONTEXT - DEMONSTRATION - EXPLORATION - REFLECTION - ASSESSMENT - FOOTSTEPS
At each of these stages, Julian explores the key points of what we should and shouldn't do, and asks questions that we can use to shape and structure the learning design.
Learning, knowledge and meaning: the Singapore diary - a book from the blog
In the Social Age, knowledge is no longer enough: our value comes in our ability to create meaning. But how do we do this? How do we make sense of the world around us and use that meaning to take action, to learn? This book, based upon five days of writing in Singapore, is a reflection on learning, knowledge and how we create meaning.
A Mindset for Mobile Learning: A Journey through Theory and Practice
Learning is going ‘mobile’, but this means many things: it's the technology of phones and tablets, it’s the learning we deploy, but above all it's a mindset. In this book we explore the emergence of mobile learning and practical approaches to its design and deployment. We explore how technology can facilitate learning, but doesn't guarantee it. We look at developing a mindset for mobile learning.
The Amsterdam Diary: An Exploration of Learning Culture
Every organisation has its own learning culture, but where does it come from? Is it created by the organisation and inhabited by people, or does the group create the culture?
In September 2012 I took a week to explore learning culture with my social learning network. I talked to a range of people and conducted a pop-up learning event around key questions, producing a narrative of our findings.
Exploring the World of Social Learning
The world has become a complex place. The old divide between the formal workplace and the informal social space is largely gone. Social learning lies mid-way between the two, providing new and exciting ways for us to interact with learners. In this book I will show you how to create dynamic social learning spaces and how to be involved in the conversation as it unfolds.
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