Inside Learning Podcast with Nick Shackleton Jones – Revolutionising Learning from Courses to Resources

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Nick Shackleton Jones boasts an impressive three-decade track record of shaping the future of learning approaches for both public and private organizations. Not only is he a winner of multiple awards in people development strategy, innovation, and learning content, but he’s also a cherished friend of Learnovate. To top it off, he is the author of the enlightening book ‘How People Learn’.

In our conversation, Nick sheds light on the flaws of the present education system, stating that it’s “based on an incorrect understanding of cognition and learning.” He delves into the historical circumstances and industrial age requirements that shaped our current system, advocating for an optimal education model that seamlessly integrates learning and work throughout an individual’s
life. His vision emphasizes task-based learning derived from real-world issues, with recognition based on accomplishments that directly influence employment opportunities.

Drawing inspiration from the ancient Greek philosopher Plutarch, who declared in 200 BC, “The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled,” Nick challenges the conventional approach of trying to force content into people’s heads. He discusses the need for a paradigm shift, where education sparks the fire within individuals rather than merely filling their minds.

Nick introduces us to the game-changing “Affective Context Model”, presenting an empirically grounded theory of learning. He explores the fascinating concept that people can share the same experiences yet remember different things, emphasizing that true learning occurs when individuals genuinely care about the subject matter.

Our conversation takes an exciting turn as we delve into the role of AI in learning. Nick Shackleton-Jones shares his insights on how AI can be harnessed to enhance the learning experience, providing valuable perspectives on the intersection of technology and education.

About Nick Shackleton Jones

An industry revolutionary, Nick is responsible for coining the ‘courses to resources’ shift, introducing the affective context model of learning, and creating the 5Di© approach to human-centered learning design.

He has a 30-year track record of shaping future learning approaches for numerous public and private organisations.

Winner of several awards for people development strategy, innovation, and learning content, including the Learning & Performance Institute’s Award for Services to the Learning Industry, 2017 Nick is also the author of ‘How People Learn’ (Kogan Page, May 2019).

Nick began professional life as a psychology lecturer, and working for Siemens, the BBC and BP in roles encompassing learning strategy, culture change, leadership, innovation, technology & multimedia. He established and led the learning innovation client service at PA Consulting, moving on to work as Chief Learning Officer for Deloitte in the UK before founding Shackleton Consulting.

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