Social Learning is not always what you think

November 30, 2017

In this episode, we chat with Helen Blunden, social learning leader, champion, practitioner and Director of Activate Learning,


Helen shares some wonderful insights on social learning (or better yet - 'how we learn from each other!'), tagging, curating, Snap Chat, building trust online, getting the most from LearnTech Asia, her Harold Jarche learning hook and of course a little on knitting (we hope you follow our advice on this topic).


Join us for a free flowing conversation which was enjoyed by all.



If any comments at all, we would love to hear from you.


In the chat:

Brenden Carter, Creative Director at The Learning Hook 

Helen Blunden, Director of Activate Learning



Storytelling and Learning: Where the Hero’s Journey meets Gagne’s Nine Steps

November 23, 2017


Is there a hybrid model we can create of the Hero’s Journey, Gagne’s Nine Steps, and Merrill’s First Principles? What do classic learning and storytelling models have in common?


In this episode Damala Scales Ghosh and Brenden Carter speak with Peter Allen, an award winning filmmaker and educator with a specific interest in animation, visual effects and early film history. As a lecturer in Film and Television at the VCA, Peter supports the development of some of Australia’s best filmmaking talent, and was our obvious go-to person to speak about the topic.


The podcast discussion starts out considering how we use stories for learning and then goes on to explore the convergence of The Hero’s Journey, Gagne’s Nine Principles of Instruction, and Merrill’s First Principles.


What are these storytelling and learning models all about, what do they have in common, and how we could use these ideas when designing learning experiences? Have a listen and find out – but be prepared for a longish ramble peppered with anecdotes, side topics and a few laughs.


P.S. Our juicy side topics include: Further discussion on the use of podcasts and potential for voice-driven feedback for learners, wearing jackets to do your elearning (ok, we encourage you to give this some google fact checking love and contact us if you know the truth!) … and finally, a fantastic learning hook from Peter. Check out Peter's wonderfully film nerdy blog too:


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HealthXN, Blockchain for Hospitals and Learning and Development

November 17, 2017

In this episode, Brenden Carter interviews Marc Niemes, Executive Producer at HealthXN ( Our conversation covers how Blockchain can be used for learner records (some interesting cross over to xAPI / Tin Can and learner record stores here), the top five challenges in Health, the importance of increasing onboarding and efficiencies in training due to the expense of health (approximately 10% of Australian GDP is spent in this area), along with more on virtual reality, occupational violence training and other learning and development topics. It’s a free flowing discussion we hope you enjoy. If any comments at all, we would love to hear from you.


VR: Immersive Storytelling and Learning Campaigns – Part 2

October 16, 2017

The Learning Hook team discuss virtual reality (VR) and immersive storytelling in Part Two of this VR series. The discussion centres around our own experiences within VR, writing for it and production. We hope there's some practical advice for anyone looking to create VR and particularly use it within elearning solutions or blended learning and general learning campaigns.


If you want to read more on this topic, visit our blog -




VR: Immersive Storytelling and Learning Campaigns – Part 1

October 16, 2017

The Learning Hook team discuss virtual reality (VR) and immersive storytelling. The discussion centres around a VR meet up our team attended and all the thoughts that triggered, ideas and practical ideas on making the most of VR. It is Part One of two on VR and immersive storytelling.

If possible, we recommend you listen while viewing the blog on the same topic on our website, as it provides a sketch note summary of the whole topic which you may find useful. OR see the sketch note here: 


Podcasts in learning campaigns: Are we underestimating their value?

October 16, 2017

In The Learning Hook's opening podcast, we discuss podcasts within elearning. Kind of ironic right? It was inspired by a blog Rhiana Power wrote on this topic which can be found on our website and is perhaps of particular interest for those designing learning campaigns.