More on Mind Myths

The ABC program Big Ideas had an interesting talk on how our perception of time is affected by emotion.

You can access the talk on this link:

The speaker in the talk is Claudia Hammond, a psychologist and BBC broadcaster. She has an excellent program on mind myths. You can access it at the following link:

Instructional Design Programs

Last week (7 and 8 March, 2013), I had the privilege of presenting two programs for the Australian Institute of Training and Development (AITD) in Melbourne: Instructional Design Essentials and Beyond ADDIE: Putting the Design into Instructional Design.

A big “Hello” to everyone who participated in the two courses. I’d love to hear how the material is helping you back in your workplace; and, of course, I’m keen to hear your suggestions for refinements. There are already updates in the pipeline following some of your requests and questions during the programs.

Two new pages added

Since beginning, we have added a page for the Educationalist. The intention is that articles, links and discussion on the page will relate to the facilitation of learning – the page for anyone in a role that aims to develop thinking, knowledge and wisdom.

The other new page relates to change work – facilitating change for individuals, teams and organisations.

Welcome! First Post!

Welcome to Apt Ventures’ Open Learning site.

The inspiration for this blog is to publish ideas that are helpful to presenters, trainers, facilitators, and coaches. Or, any of you who are interested in developing your peak performance by honing your cognitive skills, your emotional intelligence, and your whole body-mind well-being.

Hopefully, the first thing you’ll notice is that I’ve called it an Open Learning site. While it is technically a blog, the intention is to post articles that are generally rigorous in nature, that draw on quality research whenever possible. The aim is to present material that brings new research to a more accessible medium and discuss its implications and applications for those of us in the areas of training and coaching: that is, people who aim to help people learn, evolve and change in healthy ways.

Some posts will be intentionally iconoclastic in nature.  Some will be humorous (I hope). Occasionally, I will post, or link to, some seriously scholarly material. I’ll put it where you aren’t forced to read it;  but, the intention is to offer you the opportunity to benefit from it.

In inviting discussion, the hope is to provide a forum for like-minded people to use quality research to inform their professional practice and their personal evolution, to discuss the ideas, and to develop applications for yourself and your work.

Thank you for joining me,
Peter Thompson