Serendipity and Cake – and our Virtual World

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Being denied the perks of the virtual world

When you are stuck on a train and trying to get Wifi frustration starts to get the better of you, and you realise how much your life is controlled by technology. Don’t get me wrong I love being connected to the virtual world and my business depends on it – you’ll see from my next blog how much I love technology.

But this temporary ‘vacation’ from the internet, has given me time to reflect on a few things, for instance… Serendipity and Cake.

Serendipity (n.) finding something good without looking for it.
This could be a person, a thing, a piece of cake, or even a random act of kindness from a complete stranger!

But does technology hinder serendipity (or ‘happenchance’) – do we rely too much on our virtual world? Do we need to move back to face to face contact? And do we have more or less control over a virtual or physical world?

An e-learning designer’s conundrum

It’s an interesting conundrum for an e-learning designer! And even more so considering that I’m off to discuss a face to face training workshop which we are facilitating next week for a global charity. Where does the line between digital learning and traditional learning get drawn? Do we need to draw one?

We talk about a blended solution, like we are taking the ingredients of a cake and mixing them together. But do they work together? The richest part of a face to face workshop is the adhoc, unscripted ‘happenchance’ content that only a really good trainer can use to enrich the learning experience. The ingredients need to be good, and only a good baker will know that the right mix of ingredients are crucial!

This will be the first time that Kiln has delivered system e-learning in a classroom setting. We have good bakers and we have the right mix of quality ingredients. The rest we will leave to serendipity!

Catch up with us next week to see how it tasted…



Louise Cox is a Project Manager and Learning Designer with over twenty years’ experience. She has worked on award winning learning projects. If you want to speak to Louise personally about an e-learning project then call her on 07973 638014 or email