About me

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My name is Ryan Tracey, and I’m the E‑Learning Manager at a well‑known
financial services organisation in Australia.

I am also an Editorial Board Member for eLearn Magazine, a moderator for Lrnchat and a co-organiser of Third Place in Sydney.

I have worked in corporate e-learning for over a decade, following several years in the higher education market.

I hold a Master’s degree in Learning Sciences and Technology from the University of Sydney, I’m a regular contributor to industry magazines, and I’ve won a bunch of training awards.

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63 Comments on “About me”

  1. deb Says:

    Hi Ryan,

    Just stumbled across your blog – glad to see another aussie corporate e-learning professional blogging. I’m adding you to my RSS reader :)

  2. ryan2point0 Says:

    Thanks Deb! I see you write e-bites. I’m adding that to my blogroll.

  3. I love your site. Keep it up !

  4. Manish Mohan Says:

    Stumbled upon your blog. We have similar interests and profession. Adding you to my reader.

  5. Joanne Spain Says:

    I came across your blog this afternoon and have been here reading it now for quite sometime. I have really enjoyed your insights. We have similar thoughts. My work is in Business & Social Media and I have come across some of the challenges you talk about.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experiences.

  6. Brian Balk Says:

    Hi Ryan,

    Just read your excellent article, Art vs. Information Science, in eLearn Magazine. Thank you!

    I train social service case workers, and I work with some of our knowledgebase content. Your observations are spot on!

    I haven’t reserached yet, but do you care to recommend any sources (articles, software, whatever) for generating asset / content tagging links? I don’t know how the Yahoo! directory is generated, but my content is similar – web pages and electronic documents full of mostly text. Can the tagging process be partly or completely automated?

  7. Ryan Tracey Says:

    Hi Brian.

    As I can’t answer your question, I have started a discussion at the Gurteen Knowledge Community on LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Auto-generating-tags-content-1539.S.39529665

    I hope someone in the KM community can help us out!


  8. Hello Ryan,

    I’m a brazilian teacher and I loved your article:


    Can I translate it into Brazilian-Portuguese and publishes in my blog, of course, with credit and link to the original?

    The Brazilian teachers have much to gain with your wonderful text.

    Waiting for your reply.

  9. Ryan Tracey Says:

    You are welcome to do so.

    Thanks for asking, Sergio.

  10. Thanks Ryan,

    As you probably know, the pt-br translation is in http://miud.in/mW8

    thanks so much

  11. Ryan Tracey Says:

    Fantastic! :o)

  12. Hi Ryan,
    Have been enjoying reading your site. Was just browsing Online courses must die! and was thinking some of your ideas here coincide with what we are aiming for with OceanBrowser 3 (a web application my company is releasing this year). In my experience many of the features that bloat the traditional LMS are unnecessary, peripheral to the learning process, while those that are at the core are poorly implemented. I think there needs to be a much greater focus on ease of use (as in, invest in interaction design, testing with users, identifying actual needs). We work a lot with medical educators and students, who are particularly time starved. Application designers need to be thinking about issues like how long it takes to log into a system and get back to where you were studying – when you might have 6 short study sessions of 1/2 fitted into your day.

    rodney at oceanbrowser.com

  13. Ryan Tracey Says:

    OceanBrowser sounds interesting. Best of luck!

  14. Jacky Says:

    Hi Ryan,
    as a “follower” of your blog, I’d like to suggest you a new report called “Learning Technology Trends 2011″. Some e-learning insiders already talked about it, but it would be interesting to me to hear your opinion, expecially on mobile technologies. The report is “free” and downloadable from http://www.docebo.com/cms/page/38/Elearning_report_paper_Gartner.html.

    Thank you! :)

  15. Gday Ryan,

    You heading up to LearnX in Brisvegas in September?


  16. Ryan Tracey Says:

    Indeed. How about you?

  17. elearningguy Says:

    Ryan: I’m following some sage advice to get back to regular reading & writing, so I intend to forge my way through your archive here. Looks like fantastic stuff. Very glad to have you as part of my PLN here and on Twitter. -Mark

  18. Ryan Tracey Says:

    Thanks Mark, I’m honoured.

  19. Katie Says:

    Hi Ryan,

    I’m writing to invite you to an online event celebrating the launch of Mozilla’s new book, Learning, Freedom & the Web. Authored by Anya Kamenetz and the participants of the 2010 Mozilla Festival, LFW looks at how the ideas of the open source movement can help to foster learning, and asks how openness can support the spread of knowledge. We would love you to join us for the launch, and to share both the book and the event with your readers and followers.

    If you haven’t yet seen the book, we hope you’ll visit learningfreedomandtheweb.org, where you can order a print copy, or download the free ebook (built by students here at Emily Carr) or the PDF.

    On January 25th, we’re hosting a 3 hour event that will give you a chance to talk about the themes of the book with the author and innovators who are profiled in LFW. We hope you’ll join us for one or more of the 1-hour chats that day: you can see the schedule, and more details of the event, at http://bit.ly/LFWlaunch

    Your thoughts and questions will drive this conversation, so we want to hear from you! Tweet your questions or comments about the book with the hashtag #mozlearning, or write a blog post and tag it mozlearning. The most interesting tweets, posts and comments will receive a free printed copy of Learning, Freedom and the Web. Part exhibition catalog, part manifesto, the book is a concise, fun-to-read introduction to the future of learning on- and offline. If you’d like to run a version of this contest on your blog specifically, we are happy to provide a copy of the book to your winning reader.
    We hope you’ll join us for an exciting conversation on January 25 at http://mozilla.bigbluebutton.org/ (For “room”, choose “Mozilla Web Maker”, and for a “password”, enter “crossfade”. Enter whatever username you like.)

    Check back at http://bit.ly/LFWlaunch for updates on our line-up and schedule, and please let us know if we can provide any more details for you and your readers.

    Thanks so much,

    Katie Johnston
    LFW project team
    Social + Interactive Media Centre at Emily Carr

  20. Ryan Tracey Says:

    Thank you for the invitation, Katie, but I won’t be available that day. Good luck with the launch.

  21. sampeters1001 Says:

    Greetings Ryan,

    I want to know if you accept articles from guest writers on E-Learning Provocateur?

    My interest is to contribute informative, well-written posts that relate to the topics covered on your site.

    I’d be interested in learning if you have established guest posting guidelines or if you would be interested in receiving compensation
    to review and publish an article that I write specifically for your site. We can discuss the detail of being compensated to publish an article in more detail if you are interested.

    To give you an idea of my writing style and quality, I’d happy to send you over a link to one of my published articles.

    Thanks for considering this request and I hope to hear back shortly.


  22. Ryan Tracey Says:

    Thanks for asking, Sam, but my answer is a respectful no. I’ve decided to restrict my blog to my own work.

  23. Hi Ryan,

    My name is James Huddleston and I am content developer for OpenSesame, the largest eLearning marketplace for buyers and sellers. We have more have more than 15,000 courses from more than 170 sellers at https://www.opensesame.com/

    I was looking at blogs about eLearning in the corporate world and I came across your page and I was very impressed by the posts I saw. I was wondering if you had any interest in writing, or letting me write a guest blog post about courses OpenSesame has to offer? If you have any other ideas, I would be excited to hear those as well!

    I look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Best wishes,


  24. Ryan Tracey Says:

    Hi James, my answer is a respectful no. I haven’t done any of your courses and I restrict my blog to my own work.

    Having said that, I’m familiar with OpenSesame and I think you’ve got a good thing going. I’m active on Twitter, so I invite you to link up with me there.

  25. Hi Ryan,

    I though that you will be interested to use the official eLearning Industry Professional Badge. http://elearningindustry.com/badge

    If I can be valuable to you do not hesitate to contact me.

    Have a wonderful day,
    Christopher Pappas

  26. Ryan Tracey Says:


  27. Thank you so much! If I can be valuable to you do not hesitate to contact me!

  28. Teeny Bikini Says:

    I just wanted to thank you for your support on Twitter. I am not sure how to use it and I am still learning so I do appreciate it. Every time something happens on Twitter I have to Google what it *means* :) And even then, I am pretty sure I don’t get what’s happening. Um… thank you again. Happy holidays to you. Cheers. PS – also thank you for the #ff. That’s a cool thing. Right? ;)

  29. Ryan Tracey Says:

    Sure is a cool thing. No worries about Googling what something means… I call that “learning”. Keep tweeting!

  30. freddyflow Says:

    Hi, I’d like to interview you for an article I’m writing for a U.S. publication for medical assistants. Could you contact me at flenhoff@yahoo.com?

  31. Pieter-Paul Says:

    Love your work, some great learnings and visions on the future of knowledge within the enterprise.
    Keep it up!

  32. Ryan Tracey Says:

    Thanks Pieter!

  33. Meghan Losee Says:

    Hi Ryan! I saw your comment on the elearning uncovered blog about using javascript in Lectora to show either an FLV or MP4. I am wondering if you have time to reach out and explain the steps you took and script you used to make this happen.

    Thanks so much,
    Meghan Losee

  34. Ryan Tracey Says:

    Happy to, Meghan. I’ll be in touch…

  35. Anonymous Says:

    Hello Ryan,

    As a graduate ISD student in the states, stumbling upon your blog has been a refreshing reminder of why I remain in the classroom. Free of the drab and study referenced readings of my coursework, your posts are witty, well examined, and well connected essays that spark my imagination and challenge my beliefs. As I continue to explore this field and appreciate the variety of tools available, I thank you for stimulating my love for this work and my desire to continue evolving.


  36. Ryan Tracey Says:

    Wow, thanks Mike. You have made my day!

  37. Hi Ryan,

    Just discovered your site – great to see an Aussie in the Teach100 list! I am working in the education technology sector and was wondering if you would be interested in learning more about our free online learning platform ExamTime (http://www.examtime.com)?

    Drop me a mail at andrea.leyden@examtime.com if you want to find out more!

  38. Ryan Tracey Says:

    Thanks Andrea. It seems to me that ExamTime is better suited to the school sector. I’ll promote it to my network.

  39. Hi Ryan, thanks for spreading the ExamTime word – we appreciate your help!

    ExamTime is designed to help people improve the way they learn. We’ve had a lot of positive feedback recently from teachers using it in the classroom and for assignments, from students who are collaborating to share their study notes and also from employees who, for example, have been using our Mind Map tool to facilitate brainstorming.

    Thank you again for your help. If you would like to learn more about us, please email me or visit or website.

  40. Hi Ryan,

    Since you own a well respected eLearning blog we would like to inform you about the eLearning Tags – The 1st eLearning Social Bookmarking Site!

    We highly encourage you to submit your articles at the http://elearningtags.com/ where eLearning Professionals discover, share, vote and discuss interesting and remarkable content related to the e-learning field!

    We are looking forward to your submission.

    The eLearning Tags Team

  41. Ryan Tracey Says:

    Looks interesting. Is it like a Digg for e-learning?

  42. Anonymous Says:

    Dear Mr. Ryan Tracey,

    I am a french intern at the Hobart City Council currently working on an e-Learning strategy.
    I would like to know if it is possible to ask you some questions (via email) regarding the strategy I am building.

    Thank you for your time and consideration.



  43. Ryan Tracey Says:

    Of course, Marina.

    Please connect to me on LinkedIn.

  44. Ned Hosford Says:

    Hi Ryan,

    I’m working on a Project that gives kids a chance to make a video time capsule of themselves growing up. It’s a kiosk that gets put in schools. I’d love to share it with you further and get your thoughts and insights. Is the best way to send you a message on LinkedIn, or email?

  45. Ryan Tracey Says:

    Hi Ned, I’ve sent you an email.

  46. Hi Ryan

    I wanted to send you a review copy of:
    OPEN: How we’ll work, live and learn in the future, by David Price.


    If you or anybody on this list would like a copy, please send us an email on hello@cruxpublishing.co.uk



  47. Ryan Tracey Says:

    Thanks Chris. In fact I know David and I already have one :0)

  48. Sam Wight Says:

    Hey Ryan. Just wondering – would you be willing to write an article about a new educational startup? I’ve helped to make one, and we need just a bit of publicity. Thanks!

  49. Ryan Tracey Says:

    Maybe. Connect with me on LinkedIn: http://au.linkedin.com/in/ryantracey

  50. Carlo Says:

    Hi Ryan,

    My name is Carlo and I am the community manager at Filtered,an online MS Office reductive learning platform to improve business technology skills.

    We recently release a continuing professional development (CPD) course certificate that is integrated with LinkedIn and we thought it may be of interest to share this news with the readers of E‑Learning Provocateur. Chris also wrote a related post here http://filtered.com/blog/post/microsoft-excel/how-to-upload-your-filtered-certificate-to-your-linkedin-profile

    In addition to this, if you also would like to review Filtered for E‑Learning Provocateur, please let me know and I will be able to grant you a free and premium access.

    Many thanks for your time and hope to hear your soon

    Kind regards,

    Carlo Pandian ∙ Community Manager ∙ Filtered.com ∙ 07826428494

  51. Ryan Tracey Says:

    Hi Carlo, I’ll share this news with my Twitter followers.

  52. Hi Ryan! I wanted to let you know that my blog moved from http://www.bodylanguageinthebandwidth.com to blog.insynctraining.com. Thanks!

  53. Ryan Tracey Says:

    Updated, thanks Jennifer :0)

  54. Hi Ryan,
    My name is Raunaq Sachdev and I along with a team of colleagues have been working on a math adventure game for students of 3rd to 8th grade.
    We would love it if you could check it out on http://www.wizenworld.com and also share it with your readers. Its accessible for free and also has resources for teachers to make their own class and get daily/monthly/weekly reports.
    Here’s a video link as an introduction to the adventure game : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLXn2FbFZgg

    Thank you for your time and hoping to hear from you!
    Raunaq Sachdev

  55. Ryan Tracey Says:

    It looks like a lot of fun, Raunaq. I’ll share it will my network.

    Respectful feedback: You need a demo without the user needing to sign up. The video promo is good, but I still don’t really see how the game works.

  56. Philip Ellis Says:

    Adding you to RSS Ryan, great work buddy.

  57. Ryan Tracey Says:

    Thanks Philip!

  58. Lauren Says:

    Hi there, we are working on behalf of our client Filtered (https://filtered.com/) and are helping them promote a cool graphic on using e-learning to improve employee engagement, which you can find in this blog post (http://learn.filtered.com/blog/using-e-learning-to-improve-employee-engagement) along with an embed code.

    As someone who has written about E-learning before on your site, we are wondering if you thought this graphic would be of interest to your readers.

    We hope you do consider featuring it, but if not, no problem.

    Thanks for your time.

    Kind Regards


  59. Ryan Tracey Says:

    Hi Lauren. I will share it with my network. Cheers, Ryan.

  60. Cambria Tooley Says:

    Ryan, you have an image for the Taxonomy of Learning Theories that I would love to view better. Do you have the original image to send to me? The one on your blog is small to my poor old eyes, even when I try and enlarge it. I am not using it for anything other than to look at for my graduate work. :)

  61. Dear Ryan,

    My name is Zsigmond Bodnar, and I have been reading your blog for a while, and I really like the way how you think about teaching and learning.

    We have been developing an e-teaching site for 3 years.
    We believe in challenging the way how teachers are teaching nowadays. We think that teaching and learning should not be limited by place or time.
    We have improved teaching by creating an online platform where teachers can teach anything from anywhere at any time. We have created a great easy-to-use online teaching platform, iTeach.world.

    Teachers no longer need to use skype or Google hangouts if they want to teach in live.
    With iTeach.world teachers can create online classes and teach live, up to 10 students.
    It was important for us to give the teachers all the tools they got used to using in a real class, so we basically gave every possible tool to them (breakout groups, file sharing, video/audio control, etc).

    We really would like to work with you in some way.
    We have more than 500 thousand teachers database, and we want to deliver reliable content to them.

    Are you opened to this type of cooperation?

    Best regards

    Zsigmond Bodnar

  62. Ryan Tracey Says:

    Thanks for the offer, Zsigmond, but I am not a teacher.

    I wish you well with the platform.

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