About me

Ryan Tracey

My name is Ryan Tracey and I’m an L&D innovation specialist in the financial services industry.

I’ve worked in the corporate sector for almost 20 years, in addition to stints in the higher education and government sectors.

I hold a Master’s degree in Learning Sciences and Technology from the University of Sydney.

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  1. 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. 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.

  3. 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?

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

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

  8. 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.


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

  10. 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,


  11. 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.

  12. 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? ;)

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

  14. 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

  15. 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.


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

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. 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.



  20. 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?

  21. 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!

  22. 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

  23. 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

  24. 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.

  25. 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


  26. 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. :)

  27. 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

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

    I wish you well with the platform.

  29. Hi Ryan,

    You’ve got some great stuff here on your blog. We have a considerable amount of overlap with you over here at eLearning Brothers in Utah. Let me know if you would be interested in taking a break so we might contribute to your site. We also are looking for eLearning Pros to contribute to our site on occasion. Let me know your thoughts.

  30. Thanks for the offer Jordan, but I politely decline guest posts. Keep up the great work at eLearning Brothers!

  31. Hi Ryan,

    I’m reaching out to you with the aim to arrange an interview.
    Growth Engineering are in the process of writing a book on adult learning in the workplace and a big part of it will focus on how eLearning is a great way secure learner engagement and boost return on investment for organisations.

    We’d love to speak to an expert like yourself to find out what you think the future of workplace learning is (and what role eLearning has to play).

    Do you think is something you’d be interested in? We could arrange a webex call or if it’s easier to squeeze into your workflow we could put together some key questions we’d ask and you can respond in your own time with a podcast, video, or email. We would of course give your comments full credit and include you in our list of experts we consulted for the project.

    You can find out more about us and what we do here: http://www.growthengineering.co.uk/

    I hope to hear from you soon!


  32. Thanks for your invitation, Alice. I have DMed Growth Engineering’s Twitter account to provide you with my private email address.

  33. Hi Ryan,

    Not sure if you read this…tried to contact you privately. Anyways:

    We’ve assembled 6500+ absolutely free icons (commercial use allowed and no attribution required!). Can be used in e-learning courses (among other things). These are native PowerPoint and Keynote icons, which means they can be colored and styled.

    Would love a blog or tweet mention. I think your readers would be thrilled. The website: http://toolda.com/powerpoint-keynote-icons.html


  34. Hi Ryan,

    I’ve just started reading your blog – very interested in your ideas on ILEs. I am curious if you’ve found any tools that adequately address organizations’ informal AND formal learning needs. We (Cogcentric Labs) have developed an open-source platform called Fabric that does just that. We think it’s the bees’ knees of course, but I’d love your opinion on it so wondered if I might be able to send you some info.

    Do you still think the ILE and the LMS should be separate entities?

    I’ve followed you on Twitter as both myself and @cogcentric, and on Google+. Wasn’t so sure on the best way to establish communication.

    Adam Creelman

    PS – love the blog, keep up the good work.

  35. Hi Adam.

    I still think the ILE and the LMS should be separate *concepts* – they may or may not live on the same platform.

    I’m now following you on Twitter… feel free to send me a DM.



  36. Hi Ryan,
    I hope this note finds you well. We are privately launching a course production review tool – zipBoard and would love to get your thoughts and feedback on the product.
    zipBoard is a tool for project managers and the course development stakeholders to collaborate and share feedback on every iteration of an e-learning course. The idea is to be able to share a quick feedback when a course is being developed and help expedite the course production development. The designers, managers, clients can simply upload their e-learning course and start commenting visually. You can find more details at http://www.zipboard.co/elearning.php.

    Would love to know your thoughts on the product and whether it can really help create more usable, beautiful courses, faster. If this seems valuable, would love to demo the product, or share the link for the app.

    Look forward to your thoughts and connecting.

    twitter: https://twitter.com/zingBhavya

  37. Hi Bhavya. This looks like an interesting product, but I can’t say more until I’ve used it myself. Is a trial available? I’m not interested in a demo.

  38. I am Hyojin Jung and an international student in the Master of Strategic Design and Management program at Parsons the New School.
    I am conducting research on the potential value proposition to increase students’ satisfaction and retention rate in online learning program for higher education in our action research class.
    I read your articles in the e-learning industry.
    As you have studied the online learning environment deeply in terms of user’s experience, class operation and technology, I would like to hear your insights and opinions for my research in the online learning for higher education.

    If you let me know your contact point, I would like to send my simple written interview questionnaires and get your input via e-mail.

    I look forward to your response.

    Best Regards

    Hyojin Jung

  39. Hi Ryan,

    My name is Anuj Agarwal. I’m Founder of Feedspot.

    I would like to personally congratulate you as your blog E-LEARNING PROVOCATEUR has been selected by our panelist as one of the Top 100 Education blogs on the web.


    I personally give you a high-five and want to thank you for your contribution to this world. This is the most comprehensive list of top education blogs on the internet and I’m honoured to have you as part of this!


  40. Hi Ryan,

    I’m reaching out to you with the aim to spread our word about educational platforms and getting user feedback on our new platform. If you could DM us at @pacedlearning, we can discuss other details.

    Thank you!

  41. Good Day Sir
    My name is Reham, I have been searching for your e-mail address for a while and unfortunately i could not get it. I really need to ask you about something regarding e-learning this is my email rehamdan@gmail.com, could you please send me any empty e-mail so i could send you.
    thanks for your time
    but i really need to consult you about an idea.

  42. Dear Ryan,

    I have been writing articles in the E-Industry for several years now as my job while I finish my masters. I have really appreciated your content, and was wondering if you might be interested in using this guide I recently finished working on. Its an exhaustive list of all the online learning programs out there with pricing information and school characteristics as well.

    I know you have said you don’t usually post other people’s work, but as I believe this is a powerful resource for any prospective student I thought I would ask anyway.

    Here’s the link if you’re interested: http://www.bachelorsdegreecenter.org/guide-online-bachelors-degree-programs/

    Either way, thanks for great content, and best wishes,
    Jack Kelle

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