We take our academic work with UK universities seriously, as it underpins the manufacture of all out tools and keeps us at the cutting edge of what is happening in workplace learning. In 2017/18 our original research has motivated invitations to speak at four international symposiums:

IEEE EDUCON​ Athens​ 28th April 2017

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the world’s largest technical professional organisation, invited LiMETOOLS to their EDUCON 2017 conference, organised by the University of Piraeus, the Hellenic Open University, the Hellenic Air Force Academy, the Technological Educational Institute of Athens, and the Piraeus University of Applied Sciences, Greece. Associate Professor Jacqui Taylor from Bournemouth University​ collaborated with two of our directors, Susie James and John Dale to write an academic paper, ‘Teaching Psychological Principles to Cybersecurity Students’​. The key message was that psychology can help cybersecurity students understand the motivations of perpetrators of cybersecurity incidents as well as how to educate users about risks and how to respond to incidents.

AISB Conference Liverpool Thursday 5th April 2018

The Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation for Behaviour (AISB) conference is the longest running convention on Artificial Intelligence. AISB 2018 was held at the University of Liverpool providing a unique forum for presenting innovative research and burning issues around all areas of AI. Tiffany Skinner and John Dale collaborated with Bournemouth University’s Associate Professor Jacqui Taylor and Dr John McAlaney to submit the paper, ‘The Development of Intervention E-Learning Materials and Implementation Techniques for Cyber-Security Behaviour Change’ into the Digital Behaviour Intervention for Cyber Security Symposium. This is paper drew on psychology theory (e.g. Social Cognitive Theory) and pedagogy (e.g. self-directed learning) to create innovative techniques using interactive learning tools resulting in behaviour change. The aim of the article was to show how we have moved beyond developing materials that change awareness, to those that effectively change digital behaviour.

IAIA18 Conference – Durban, South Africa

The International Association for Impact Assessment Conference brings together individuals from over 120 countries to discuss the practice of environmental impact assessment, including people from the government, industry, and academics providing the most innovative research. The IAIA Conference 2018 was held in Durban, South Africa where Paul Ormerod delivered presentations in the Online IA training session. The presentations included ‘Impactful IA Training in FIs’, illustrating the relationship between social cognitive learning theory and dramatisation whilst engaging in online IA learning. The challenges of using such a method were also demonstrated, such as being able to reach out to 90+ private banks in a distance and implementing interactive measured learning on successful projects with the World Bank and EPA. Furthermore, Paul presented ‘Reflections on IA training platforms for FI’ where recently major players in FI community have aimed to enhance IA related training. The paper reviewed examples of immersive dramatisation in video and audio training interventions to enhance IA training.

BU Global 2050 Film

LiMETOOLS collaborated with BU Global to create a movie style short film about the future of global education in the year 2050.  Working with several undergraduate degree and master’s students as an ‘authentic voice’, the futuristic storyline was written with the feature element of the movie being artificial intelligence. LiMETOOLS used The Factory Studios office in Boscombe for the CGI shoot and shot on location in Bournemouth. The short movie is now available to be shown to academics and universities where they will discuss the future of education with BU 2050 movie being the ‘trigger’ feature.


In March 2018, Innovate UK awarded LiMETOOLS and BU a three-year grant to carry out research into ‘intermittent’ or ‘spaced’ learning. Some of our experiments with short-form learning features of under 10 minutes, when linked together in a form of mobile phone short course programme, actually increases work-based retention levels and strengthens habit change.