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My profile and my approach to eLearning

The TNA years

During my 24 years running eLearning developer TNA, I was involved with literally hundreds of interesting and diverse projects. Every client’s business was unique, every application highly specific. The very nature of ‘bespoke eLearning’ (especially fixed-price eLearning!) is fascinating and required us as developers to reach out and bridge the void between a client’s subject matter expertise and the eLearning techniques and technologies that we could apply.

While the majority of our work was in the English language we also delivered courses in Mandarin, Russian and Arabic, interactive 3D virtual Academies for sales staff, award-winning game-based challenges, interactive train cabs, simulated workplace challenges, and much more. In most cases, I worked with our clients to ‘brainstorm’ possible solutions and devise effective, interactive material and systems that would be a perfect fit. You’ll find summaries of some of these on the Projects page.

The key to effective eLearning - engage your learners!

My approach to eLearning has always been that people only learn deeply when they feel that the experience is worthwhile, relevant to their role and enjoyable to complete. If eLearning doesn’t meet these criteria and engage your staff then it’s a waste of money. You may as well give them PowerPoint slides.

This philosophy came to life in 2001 at the first eLearn Expo conferences in Paris and Hong Kong, when I delivered a new approach called ‘Passengers Don’t Learn!’.

The ‘Shake-O-Matic 4000’ concept program

Fault-finding challenge with tracked assessment of competence

(Tim Neill, eLearnExpo, Moscow)

This is based on an experience familiar to us all: when we’re taken on a journey that requires us to make few decisions, we learn little. ‘Handing the wheel’ to the learner (for example, to choose and use the correct extinguisher when suddenly faced with a chip pan fire) produces deep, long-lasting understanding and confidence.

And - where possible - this approach underpins my thinking on every project I’m involved with, whatever the subject matter.

eLearning must look great, be fun to use, be easily updated and achieve measurable learning objectives.

Conference presentations worldwide

I have been privileged to present keynote papers on eLearning topics at conferences around the world, from Lima to Shanghai. I am always thrilled by the enthusiastic response from delegates who (expecting yet another PowerPoint marathon!) are treated to cost-effective, interactive techniques and ideas to take away and use themselves.

If you’d like a highly entertaining and refreshingly upbeat conference presentation, packed with practical advice and examples that will delight your delegates, please do contact me.


Professional background ...

Technical consulting

In the 1980’s I ran a company called CAD Source Ltd for eight years, developing training materials and providing Board level consultancy on the subject of Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing (CAD/CAM). I produced training books and videos under  contract to the DTI, ran technical workshops and helped companies including Rolls Royce & Associates to specify systems and select suppliers.

Product Management

Four of my years with Digital Equipment (DEC) were spent in Marlborough, USA as a Product Manager, bringing engineering software to market on the (then new) VAX 11/780 computer system. This included a stint as the company’s principal competitive analyst on Prime Computer.

Sales and Sales Management

I have many years experience in technical sales, first with Digital Equipment in the 70’s selling laboratory data acquisition systems to hospitals and universities and later as UK Sales Manager for Applicon (a Schlumberger company) selling CAD/CAM systems to engineering firms and to the nuclear industry.

In 1981 I sold Applicon’s 3D ‘Solid Modelling’ system into the Nuclear Power Company which was used in the design of the UK’s first two AGR nuclear power stations.

IBM Engineering

An unashamed ‘techie’ at heart, I joined IBM in the late 60‘s as a field service engineer maintaining 360/30 and 360/44 computer systems, and later became European technical support specialist on Array Processors, used by the oil/gas industry for seismic data analysis. In those days you were often expected to write your own diagnostics to track down intermittent faults!

... and Hobbies

I enjoy creative fiction writing, enjoy coastal sailing and have had a lifelong interest in motor sport (we all need our diversions ...) working as an Experienced Flag Marshal at Brands Hatch and Goodwood race meetings.


Flagging at St Mary’s bends - Goodwood Revival, September 2016.


And for those with more of an interest in original expressive art than in eLearning ...

... visit Jenny Neill’s web site here.