What You Need To Know

Andy Houghton

About What You Need To Know

We make short videos which are used as resources for elearning and face-to-face training. We write about what we do, why we do it our way and sometimes have a bit of a rant.

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We put all our videos on YouTube. If you subscribe to our channel, you’ll be able to be notified when we release a new video.

You can watch the complete video on YouTube and in High Definition, but there will be watermarks. Here’s […]

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Learning Objectives – the next big thing?

People always seem to be looking for the next big thing which is going to turn learning around and make everyone fall in love with it. That isn’t going to happen. But it is possible to get a better idea of what you’re trying to achieve by thinking in terms of knowledge, skills, attitude and awareness, […]

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5 Great Reasons to Use Captions on Your Videos – updated

A while back we wrote a short blog about why it’s important to add captions to videos. Here are the five reasons we gave then with more detail.

It’s the right thing to do – it includes rather than excludes people

Sometimes called the moral argument – we should make anything that’s published as accessible as possible. About […]

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What to look for in training videos

There’s been an increase in the number of training videos being produced recently. So here’s a quick overview of what we think is important to consider when you’re thinking of using videos in your training offering.


People often say that training videos should be three minutes or less. However, much of the information on video length […]

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Little and often learning

One of the things we like about videos is that you can use them in all sorts of different ways. You can embed them in elearning, show them as part of face-to-face training or just put them on an intranet or LMS.

Another thing you can do is send a link to them out in an […]

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How elearning can be one tool in the fight against cybercrime

Everyone knows what phishing emails are and how to spot them, right? Well, it might be partly true. I’m sure everyone’s seen the really obvious ones, the ones that are laughably bad, but what about the sophisticated ones, the ones that use real people’s names, real logos and perhaps even have some genuine links in […]

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Spotting Phishing Emails

The other day I was listening to the lunchtime news on the radio. Within the headlines were money laundering (football related), data protection (Morrisons), and information security including hacking into websites (TalkTalk).

It was only a year ago that hackers used phishing emails to penetrate Sony Picture Entertainment and cause massive disruption of their […]

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3.8 million fraud offences … suggesting fraud is the most common type of crime

Every day we hear statistics about how cybercrime is increasing and how it’s a massive threat, however, our attitude towards this threat is often quite cavalier.

Making systems safer is of course important, but many cybercrimes often come about because people don’t follow simple rules. In many ways, we’re just not used to this sort of […]

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One reason why compliance training can be (is) boring

Often people will say elearning, especially compliance training is boring. You probably know that for many it’s seen as a tick in the box exercise. Do the elearning, score 70% or better in the ‘test’ and the job’s done. It’s no wonder elearning has a pretty low appeal amongst many of those who actually do […]

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Mobile Security – Home and Away

When technology’s at its best, it’s invisible. I don’t know who said it first but I think it’s true and we certainly notice it when it breaks or lets us down. We’re getting used to an always on, always connected way of life and we want the internet in our pockets when we go out […]