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Latest Research We <3! November 2020

Although we love building learning products, here at Periquest. we also love to learn and with a background in the domain of academic research – we keep up to date with the latest papers in the world of Learning Technology and Instructional Design.

These are the pieces of research that caught our eye this month:

Co-designing tools for workplace learning
Dennerlein, S. M., Tomberg, V., Treasure-Jones, T., Theiler, D., Lindstaedt, S., & Ley, T. (2020). Co-designing tools for workplace learning. Information and Learning Sciences.

Supporting and representing Learning Design with digital tools: in between guidance and flexibility
Pozzi, F., Asensio-Perez, J. I., Ceregini, A., Dagnino, F. M., Dimitriadis, Y., & Earp, J. (2020). Supporting and representing Learning Design with digital tools: in between guidance and flexibility. Technology, Pedagogy and Education29(1), 109-128.

Learner and User Experience Research (Book)
Schmidt, M., Tawfik, A. A., Jahnke, I., & Earnshaw, Y. (2020). Learner and User Experience Research.

For any consultation on instructional design, eLearning or educational technology related fields why not contact us directly to see how we can help your project.

Alternatively, if you would wish to conduct a piece of research with us – please contact us online, or even reach out to our team on Twitter.

Periquest sponsors Rovers Ladies for 2020-21

Periquest Ltd is proud to sponsor the back of the Blackburn Rovers Ladies team shirts for the upcoming season.

Periquest became the Ladies Development Team’s first-ever front of shirt and sleeve sponsors for 2019-20 and will now continue their association with the Ladies setup for the forthcoming season. 

Periquest Director and lifelong Rovers supporter Dr Laura Crane said: “It’s a great pleasure and privilege to sponsor the Rovers Ladies teamPeriquest is extremely passionate about developing both individuals and a team’s potential and I wish the Club every success for the coming season.

Rovers Ladies General Manager Jane Parker commented: “We’re delighted to have Periquest on board with the Ladies first-team this year. It’s great to see local businesses continuing to invest in women’s football during the current climate and we will endeavour to do them proud during the campaign.

For more information on the sponsorship visit Rovers Ladies News. Or alternatively, find out more about us as a company and the services we offer our clients.

Latest Research We Love! July 2020

Although we love technology, we love to learn and with a background in the domain of academic research – we keep up to date with the latest papers in the world of Learning Technology and Instructional Design. These are the pieces of research we love this month:

How a Global Pandemic Affected Instructional Technology (Dunn, 2020)


Identifying Job Categories and Required Competencies for Instructional Technologist: A Text Mining and Content Analysis (Chen, 2020)


Cognitive load theory and educational technology (Sweller, 2020)


For any consultation on instructional design, elearning or educational technology related fields why not contact us directly to see how we can help your project.

Alternatively, if you would wish to conduct a piece of research with us – please contact us, or even reach out to our team on Twitter.

Virtual Onboarding Amidst Lockdown

The main objective when hiring new employees is to ensure the fastest route from training to being trained. Becoming a full-fledged member of the team often entails being tutored and asking questions about your job so as to be properly and thoroughly inducted.

Before Covid-19, this would simply take place in the typical work environment. However, everything regarding work has changed. Bringing our career into our homes might not have felt like the most efficient course of action, but it was a necessary one. Productivity has increased in some cases, and various employers have even taking to hiring new members virtually. However, what will the lack of contact do to that integral induction period?

What will change?

Well for starters, every interaction between you and your employer is online. That means emails, conference calls, or using the ‘Zoom’ or ‘Teams’ applications. Your boss might greet and welcome you aboard, as well as other members of staff, all through the Internet. Most businesses now engage in regular calls and send out email blasts to touch base collectively with the team.

A benefit of this process, however, is the fact there is no physical layout of a building to remember. If you’re needing to discuss something work-related with a colleague, they’re easier to find and talk to.

Online onboarding, as it is referred to, was used even before this pandemic started, just uncommonly. Now, however, it is vital to keep the ball rolling in certain fields of work. It can be simple and effective, especially once the company has worked through any kinks and are happy with the training they have in place. It means that new hires will each be given the same information and there is less chance of human error in forgetting to mention a key part of the hires job.

What to look out for

If a business is in need of creating an orientation course to induct new staff members, it is best for them to keep things brief and engaging so they can hit the ground running. The course would do well to express the intrinsic elements of their work to the trainee without over-complicating matters. Of course, in certain instances, it can be hard to do – thankfully e-learning allows to delve deeper into the complex subjects.

It’s never a bad thing to have a personal effect included in online onboarding. It can make that latest hire feel more comfortable and valued. That is why a small welcome from higher-ups can go a long way.

These new methods of work and business are being put to use all over the UK, and even the world. The new-normal for work has changed. For some, there are no more commutes to and from the workplace, and some are even unable to continue their job. Which is why the Internet is a valuable resource, and many are making use of it to keep economies going.

Onboarding is a vital process, and even now it is used to keep us safe by being transferred to an online state.  With Periquest, we offer whitelabel and custom courses such as employee induction training. Our aim is to help you create a smoother and more reliable course for your new staff.

Simply contact us to find out more about what Periquest can do to help.

Beyond the Virus

We have always been making history. For as long as we can remember as a species, technological and medical advancements have been passed down through generation, after generation. Our youth learn about eras that came before, and how humanity struggled through hardships and found new and innovative ways to make our existence easier.

The Coronavirus ravaging the Earth right now is no different, it’s just that we are the ones living through a time that will no doubt stay with us for the rest of our lives. We’ll have stories on how we coped with lockdown regulations and how we occupied ourselves. No doubt future children will be writing history essays about what life was like during these unprecedented times, and we will readily answer.

To get through this, finding positive notes are key. For instance, the lack of traffic and human presence has given our home a chance to heal and undo some damage wrought on her. Some of us have been given that extra, precious time with our loved ones. The world is more connected than ever before.

The internet has allowed us to stay in contact with the people we miss, as well as keep our countries running. The NHS has worked relentlessly to aid the UK in this pandemic, and as referred to by Matt Hancock, their support staff have been their “backbone”, allowing things to run smoothly behind the scenes. The Pensions staff have been busy with their Stop Awards as retired NHS doctors and nurses to come back to work to face this pandemic.

Companies are even looking at keeping some of their employees as homeworkers even after the events we are living through. This is due, in part, to the cost of arranging for this to happen as well as a productivity increase that has occured in some cases.

There have been remarkable accounts of people in our nation pulling together when it counts, which has been clearly demonstrated during this pandemic. People across the country are volunteering to help NHS on the frontlines, and sewing scrubs for hospitals and doctors surgeries across the UK.

No matter where you are in the world, we hope you are safe and well.