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The Future of Learning Technology

Allison Rossett

Allison recently did an interview with Chief Learning Officer ® about the future of learning technology. Please view the video of the interview below. The Future of Learning Technology from Human Capital Media on Vimeo. Media on demand personalization results technology

The best way to strengthen the learning organization is to ….

Allison Rossett

A friend took over a large, far-flung learning organization. His task was to strengthen it. Strengthen it. Two words, hundreds of possibilities. Perhaps my recommendations aren’t what you would expect: Think less about the learning organization and more about the company or agency. Get really smart about the context. What is keeping the executives up at night? Change what? Add what? Fix what?

Invisibilizing Workplace Learning

Allison Rossett

Many learning executives are concerned about visibility. They They lament that they are not included early and sufficiently in the strategic work of the organization. Many seek appreciation and recognition for the learning enterprise, their learning enterprise. measure the learning enterprise against the metrics that matter most to the organization and leaders. There is nothing to argue with there.

Trending in Workplace Learning 2015….

Allison Rossett

Many colleagues have asked what I think will emerge in workplace learning in 2015, “What’s important for 2015, in your view?” ” Or they put it this way, “Have you read anything worthwhile that summarizes trends for 2015?” ” Or this, often this, “I should be assessing my learning organization as we move into a new year. It’s an opportunity. Got a bumper sticker on trends, 2015?” ” I don’t have that bumper sticker. think we’re trending, we are moving towards, making tracks, inclining in particular directions. Not yet.

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Want to go mobile for learning and support?

Allison Rossett

John Park is my guest blogger. invited him to write this when I recognized my lack of clarity about the options for mobile development and delivery. think you will enjoy his tour of our choices. We want to use mobile devices, but which mobile? There is great excitement about the potential of mobile devices for learning and support. It makes sense to look to them. What are the options? Want to go?

Whither higher education? To the opera!

Allison Rossett

I often think about the condition of higher education, but was concerned not at all when I  went to see “La Boheme” in a movie theater at the mall. Opera in San Diego. Opera is very much on the minds of San Diegans. Recently and suddenly,  our local opera announced it was closing. The leader of the opera, Ian Campbell , and his gigantic board, chose to die swiftly at their own hand.

Compliance Training: Doing Something About the Least Popular Training on Earth

Allison Rossett

Compliance training satisfies few who experience it. Not only do we often fritter away this opportunity, I have come to believe that compliance training promotes cynicism about all of workplace learning. Complaining about compliance is not good enough. convened a panel devoted to improving compliance training at the Corporate Learning Summit conference in Chicago. Meet the panel. What does it say?

Performance Support Goes to the Oscars

Allison Rossett

Mike Yonker , my guest blogger, is President of Learner Mobile for SVI Inc. Much of mobile training and development is broken. Few have the patience to go through courseware on a phone or even a tablet. Screens are small and content is long. Mobile can do so much more. Mobile was the buzz at the ASTD International Conference in Dallas in May, 2013. Does mobile advance those goals?

Transform Your Video Strategy for Enterprise Learning & Communication

We sat down with Tom Clancy, former CLO of EMC, to discuss the role of video in the future of enterprise learning and communication.

Instructional Design: Something Old, Something New

Allison Rossett

A few years ago, Jim Marshall and I surveyed workplace learning professionals about elearning. Although we set out to learn about the contours of the elearning terrain, our project revealed much about instructional design practice today. We pursued this question: when doing elearning, what are you doing? Were learning professionals relying on webinars, on podcasts, on mobile learning? What of scenario-based online programs, social networks and communities, discussion boards, or personalized programs? Practitioners inclined towards the familiar in mid 2009. ” Appealing? Realistic?

Instructional Design: Something Old, Something New

Allison Rossett

Tweet A few years ago, Jim Marshall and I surveyed workplace learning professionals about elearning. Although we set out to learn about the contours of the elearning terrain, our project revealed much about instructional design practice today. We pursued this question: when doing elearning, what are you doing? Were learning professionals relying on webinars, on podcasts, on mobile learning? What of scenario-based online programs, social networks and communities, discussion boards, or personalized programs? Practitioners inclined towards the familiar in mid 2009. ” Appealing? Realistic?

Technology sinner

Allison Rossett

That technology sinner is me. sinned this morning. awoke at 5:30 AM to address an elearning conference in Europe via Adobe Connect. By 5:50 AM, with colorful earrings in my ears, and virtually suitable clothing on top, I was ready for the webinar. This isn’t about technology failure. Connect worked like a charm. Or I think it did. And therein lies the problem. tried. worked at it. Not a hint.

Sue describes her online learning as excruciating

Allison Rossett

Sue got caught texting while sitting in her car at a stoplight. She was just sitting there when law enforcement nabbed her. But that’s another matter. We are here to talk about how Sue dealt with the ticket she got. In California, those of us who get tickets may reduce the penalty via traffic school. There are even gay and lesbian training options. She paid up. Then she procrastinated.

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How We Helped Faculty Move Their Courses Online

Allison Rossett

Suzanne Aurilio is my guest blogger. She and our SDSU colleagues have enjoyed some solid successes in bringing faculty to rely on and appreciate technology. Here is her story. I’ve been working with university faculty on teaching, learning and technology for almost ten years. The program had impact. It catalyzed strategic alliances with key units and leaders. ITS is a place. This Wedding?

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How We Helped Faculty Move Courses Online

Allison Rossett

Suzanne Aurilio is my guest blogger. She and our SDSU colleagues have enjoyed some solid successes in bringing faculty to rely on and appreciate technology. Here is her story. I’ve been working with university faculty on teaching, learning and technology for almost ten years. The program had impact. It catalyzed strategic alliances with key units and leaders. ITS is a place. This Wedding?

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Deloitte University— What were they thinking?

Allison Rossett

Tweet When I heard that Deloitte had purchased more than one hundred acres to construct a leader development facility in Dallas, I was stunned. What were they thinking? Then I heard that, in the midst of the great recession, they intended to spend as much as three hundred million dollars in constructing their center. What were they thinking? GTE came to mind. Why, I asked. That rug. Many did.

On the brink with mobile– what learning executives say

Allison Rossett

Words without actions. Words without actions. That’s how I described the status of mobile learning in an article  in eLearn magazine ten months ago. My point then was that mobile offers immense potential for learning and support but that it is not yet making much of a difference in the enterprise. Performance support and mobile devices only rarely appeared in the organizational playbook they described. As we look at more recent data, we find an uptick for performance support, in general, but not yet for mobile delivery. Things, finally, are changing. Now, This is what they said.

Skill based learning – How it drives an organization’s performance

Training and learning organizations today play an active role in contributing to the bottom line of any organization by aligning their objectives to the immediate business objectives. This provides a solid ground for cost justification and encourages businesses to place training groups right where they should be, at the heart of a growing, thriving, learning culture.

The Pulse of Mobile Learning

Allison Rossett

A faint pulse today. Most of what is said and written about mobile learning and support  touts potential and points to the future. Current studies confirm a faint pulse for mobile in enterprise learning today. first noticed this enthusiasm-action gap when colleague Jim Marshall and I  surveyed workplace learning professionals about their learning technology practices. To our surprise, even in this professionally active sample, only 4% said they were using mobile to deliver learning and support in their organizations. ” Most were not. Only a very few hands hoisted proudly. Consider mobile.

Leader development is the question. Is mobile the answer?

Allison Rossett

When you look at the numbers associated with workplace learning and development, the investment in leader performance jumps out. Bersin Associates, now affiliated with Deloitte, wrote this in 2012:  U.S. companies have increased leadership development spending 14 percent over 2011 levels to an estimated $13.6 billion in 2012. The Bersin group notes that this spending is extending beyond senior leaders and to mid-level and even first-level managers. Talent Edge 2020 , a longitudinal study of the matters weighing on executives’ minds called out leadership as their most pressing talent concern.

Why We Need Instructional Design More Than Ever

Allison Rossett

In spite of gripes about relevance, congruence with new technology, and sluggishness, I remain an instructional design fan. ID is not perfect, but it is what we have, and it does tame the chaos that surrounds us– to some extent. I’m one of those people who appreciates the good old days of ID. Now, there are new ID frameworks , welcome additions, in my view.

Colorful Consulting: Lessons from Larry

Allison Rossett

Today I learned about consulting from a surprising source. It began at lunch yesterday, when my usually positive pal Ellie remarked that my hair wasn’t looking so great. think the word she used was listless. The cut was fine. But she wondered about the color. What was up with the color? In order to tell this story I have to admit that I’ve been throwing color at my hair for years. Recently, I’ve encouraged my stylist to use a bit less color, to help me transition to a more real me, a salt and pepper me. But it has been a few steps forward and then about the same number of steps backwards.

Seven Simple Secrets to Off-the-Shelf Course Success

Off-the-shelf elearning is applicable for a wide audience, but it won’t address your organization’s unique situations or distinctive content. So are these courses all that helpful? For sure! Read on for 7 secrets to make off-the-self learning your own.

Webinars are better, but not yet best

Allison Rossett

Tweet From my sunny office in San Diego, I checked into the happenings at CLO’s spring conference in Miami. I did this by tracking the twitter stream, #closym. One tweet grabbed my attention. researcher reported that the keyword, webinar, was searched more often than the keyword, elearning. Think about that. That was the problem we found then. Consider what you have seen or done recently.

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A Training Professional Seeks a Yoga Practice

Allison Rossett

Malinka. My first ever yoga class happened six miles from my house. I was annoyed about the distance, but because Malinka had strong recommendations, I drove across town. Malinka, not her real name, was known as a laid-back teacher, which appealed to me. The last thing I need is a yoga instructor that encourages my competitive streak. These items, I would learn, are called props. gave myself over.

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Deloitte University— What were they thinking?

Allison Rossett

When I heard that Deloitte had purchased more than one hundred acres to construct a leader development facility in Dallas, I was stunned. What were they thinking? Then I heard that, in the midst of the great recession, they intended to spend as much as three hundred million dollars in constructing their center. What were they thinking? harkened back to stays at other facilities devoted to the development of leaders. GTE came to mind. worked there three or four times, soon after they built a wondrous center in Connecticut. Chefs in tall white hats carved roast beef. Why, I asked. That rug.

Instructional designers aren’t ready for their interviews

Allison Rossett

Tweet Often, current and former graduate students ask for advice about how to be successful when they interview for instructional design positions. Yes, I have my opinions, but I wanted you to hear from someone I admire. Let’s Let’s welcome guest blogger, Alice Cutter, who has been interviewing MANY IDs for positions in her firm. Not by a long shot.

Leaving performance reviews behind: Where to start [Guide]

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The Color Becomes Me: More Lessons from Larry

Allison Rossett

You met Larry, my hair color consultant, in my prior post. The big day arrived. The time had come for Larry to work on my hair. It had been eight days since our brief diagnostic meeting. I was concerned that he wouldn’t remember me. But he did. Larry remembered my hair, my problem, and my goals. He urged us to review them together to make certain. He asked me if that was OK. Who is Mariah?

A World Without Objectives– Please NO

Allison Rossett

Here is what a world without objectives might sound like– “I don’t know. What do you think? Last year we covered ice breakers. How about a session on humor this year?” ” “Well, I’m not entirely certain what scenario-based elearning would do for us, but I know our competitors are doing it.” ” “I want to build a great program for the reps, but not sure what to do. Role plays? Job aids? Videos? Drills? All of them? How do I decide?” ” “We got a really good speaker. She is funny, really a hoot. No clue where to start.”

A World Without Objectives– Please NO

Allison Rossett

Here is what a world without objectives might sound like– “I don’t know. What do you think? Last year we covered ice breakers. How about a session on humor this year?” ” “Well, I’m not entirely certain what scenario-based elearning would do for us, but I know they are going to like it.” ” “We got a really good speaker. She is funny, really a hoot. Let her talk about whatever.” ” “Mobile devices are all the rage and I think we should put this on them, so they can check them out whenever.” No clue where to start.”

Webinars are better, but not yet best

Allison Rossett

From my sunny office in San Diego, I checked into the happenings at CLO’s spring conference in Miami. I did this by tracking the twitter stream, #closym. One tweet grabbed my attention. researcher reported that the keyword, webinar, was searched more often than the keyword, elearning. Think about that. People are seeking information about webinars more often than they are drawn to elearning. A few years ago, Colleen Cunningham, Antonia Chan and I examined the webinar phenomenon. The  article , published in CLO magazine, had this snarky title: What Stinks about Webinars. It They are fine.

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Quality Control process for E-Learning

Quality assurance is often reduced to correcting errors in a nearly completed learning product. But creating a quality assurance process that influences decisions throughout production reduces the amount of revisions. This is the final step to ensuring that e-Learning applications are not themselves a barrier to learning

My daughter, poster child for 21st Century learning

Allison Rossett

Tweet. Welcome two guest bloggers, Ken and Darby Hubbell, father and daughter. . First, from Ken– It is my humble opinion (and rather biased, I will admit) that my 8th grade daughter, Darby, is a prime example of what it means to be a 21st Century student. And just how does my prodigy achieve this array of abilities? Is she a savant? Is she genetically enhanced? These children want to learn.