Learnovate Inside Learning Podcasts

How do we reach our potential in work and life? The Inside Learning podcast explores the science of learning and the future of work with expert guest speakers and research-based insights from The Learnovate Centre. Hosted by author, consultant and coach Aidan McCullen.

Dr. Helena Boschi

Encouraging creativity in the workplace

Dr Helena Boschi is the author of “Why We Do What We Do: Understanding our brain to get the best out of ourselves and others”. Helena brings the fascinating world of brain science to the business context. In this episode she shares her thoughts on divergent and convergent thinking and encouraging creativity in the workplace.

We are also joined by Learning Lead and Senior Researcher Janet Benson and Corporate Learning Researcher, Ilse White both of Learnovate.

Dr. Nigel Paine

Is learning in organisations the same as organisational learning?

Nigel Paine is a change-focused leader with a worldwide reputation and a unique grasp of media, learning and development in the public, private and academic sectors. He is also a Patron Member of Learnovate. In this episode he joins us to explore the question: Is Learning in Organizations the same as Organizational Learning?

Joined by Head of Membership Services, Dave Farrelly who manages the relationship with Learnovate members and facilitates successful industry engagement with research.

Phylis Fagell

How to navigate the transition from childhood to adolescence

Though the transition from childhood to adolescence can be tough for kids, this time of rapid physical, intellectual, moral, social, and emotional change is a unique opportunity to proactively build character and confidence. Phyllis Fagell, clinical counsellor, journalist and author provides practical advice on navigating this stage of life.

Featuring guest contributor Cormac Noonan of Wolf Academy who inspire and empower young people to live happier and healthier lives.

Art Markman

Smart Thinking: How to think big, innovate and outperform your rivals

“Smart Thinking: How to Think Big, Innovate and Outperform Your Rivals” is the subject this months episode with Art Markman a Professor of Psychology and Marketing at the University of Texas at Austin and Founding Director of the Program in the Human Dimensions of Organizations, he is also the author of multiple books.

Featuring guest contributor Mary Kelly, Academic Dean of Hibernia College responsible for the strategic direction of research initiatives and innovation in academic development.

Jayshree Seth & Prof. Linda Doyle

Pioneering people in the world of science

Jayshree Seth was appointed first Chief Science Advocate at 3M using her scientific knowledge, technical expertise, and professional experience to advance science and communicate the importance and benefits of science in everyday life. She is the author of: “The Heart of Science: Engineering Footprints, Fingerprints, & Imprints” and “The Heart of Science: Engineering Fine Print”

Featuring guest contributor Provost Linda Doyle, Trinity College Dublin.

Nadav Zeimer

How students become co-creators of content

Nadav Zeimer, author of “Education in the Digital Age: How We Get There” discusses how students can become co-creators of their own curriculum, where the teacher moves from a sage on a stage to a mentor or a Sherpa.

Featuring guest contributor Peter Baxter of Createschool.

Annie Auerbach

Annie Auerbach

What is Flex?

Flex is a manifesto for living and working on your terms. It means looking at the established, rigid ways of doing things and asking: ‘Is this really working for me?’ If the answer to that question is ‘NO’ then this episode is for you.

Learnovate Contributor Linda Waters, Senior Business Manager

Elliot Aronson

The Inception of The Jigsaw Method

Listen to the emotional story of Elliot Aronson’s childhood which influenced this creation of the Jigsaw Classroom. He tells us why he strove to help develop empathy and cooperation in children in school to continue throughout their work and life.

Learnovate Contributor Pablo Alvarez Castro, Senior Researcher

Michael B. Horn

How do we address the growing skills gap?

Expert on the future of education Michael B. Horn delves into a a problem that is systemic across the world, how do we address the growing skills gap? Looking at both the role of industry and third level, this podcast is relevant to a very wide audience with practical guidance.

Learnovate Contributor Ilse White, Corporate Learning Researcher

Robin Rosenberg

How VR can help us to “walk in their shoes”

We speak to CEO and Founder of “Live in Their World”, an organisation that demonstrates how Virtual Reality can help immersive training so that participants can not only “walk in the shoes of others” but, “walk in their skin”. 

Learnovate Contributor Bilal Ahmad, Technology Lead

Natalie Nixon

How to build your creative confidence

This episode explores how to change lives through ideas and build creative confidence to amplify effectiveness and impact. Amongst her theories Natalie encourages taking time during our working day to daydream which leads to wonder!

Learnovate Contributor Frank O’Reilly, Corporate Learning Expert

Barry O’Reilly

The Cycle of Unlearning

Barry shares how the Cycle of Unlearning is a new way of thinking and a new way of leading organisations in every industry. It’s not difficult to learn more. What is difficult is to know what to unlearn, what to keep, and what to throw away.

Learnovate Contributor Pablo Alvarez, Senior Researcher

Barbara Oakley

Educating the Educators on the Neuroscience of Learning

This episode explores we have made huge strides in the neuroscience of learning, but often these breakthroughs do not filter down to the way teachers teach. Other topics include diverse friendly learning environments, keeping students engaged in a virtual learning environment, and a small lesson on the neuroscience of learning!

Learnovate Contributor Peter Gillis, Innovation Services Team

Ian Gibbs

4×4 Learning

Have you ever been frustrated to discover you couldn’t remember something you read just the day before? Have you ever thought you understood a new idea but then found it difficult to put that idea into words? Have you ever given up on trying to learn a new skill because when you tried to apply it, the result was an abysmal failure? If your answer to any of these is “YES”, you’re in the right place.

Learnovate Contributor Janet Benson, Researcher and Adult Learning Expert

Michelle Weise

The Future of Workers

In the conversation around the future of work we neglect to look at the wraparound supports needed to promote persistence and completion of education and training programmes including counselling, mental health services and financial support. Michelle focuses on the “future of workers” rather than the future of work.

Learnovate Contributor Richard Harte, UX/UI Specialist

Jeff Miller

The Importance of Unlearning to Learn

This episode explores schemas and mental models and the importance of unlearning in order to learn. We discuss how schemas impact bias and how unlearning is an ongoing process rather than a short-term goal. Insights around how to adapt to a new normal as we return to work after working from home are still relevant today.

Dr Ann Devitt

What are threshold concepts?

Ann and Aidan discuss the idea of threshold concepts and how they challenge the way we think about the world. They also delve into the world of experiential learning and explore ideas on the expertise trap, innovation and immersive learning using Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality.

Edward D. Hess

How to manage the smart machine age

We are on the leading edge of a Smart Machine Age led by artificial intelligence that will be as transformative for us as the Industrial Revolution was for our ancestors. Smart machines will take over millions of jobs. Not only can they know more data and analyze it faster than any mere human, but smart machines are free of the emotional, psychological, and cultural baggage that so often mars human thinking. To stay relevant, we have to play a different game. Our guest offers us that game plan.