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Loving What You Do: The Unfair Advantage

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Monday mornings are Freakonomics podcast days. This morning, I heard the most interesting and inspiring podcast. The host, Stephen J. Dubner took me along on a magic show and then Steve Levitt spoke about 'The bagel man' and about loving ants. The podcast was titled, ' Think like a child '. To add to this powerful idea, here's something more. Not from the podcast but a related idea.

Learning the Meerkat Way

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For the past several months, I have been a part of a project team where we are designing and developing a Career Map and Self-Assessment Tool for the Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MiHR), Canada. When we started our work with the client, one of the team members, Nigel Llyod, suggested that we call ourselves the “MiHR CATS ( C areer map and self- A ssessment T ool)”. And so do ants.

My Reflections on 'Learning How to Learn'

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This year, I completed my third #MOOC course called ' Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects '. This course is offered by University of California, San Diego through Coursera and is taught by Dr. Barbara Oakley , Prof of Engineering at Oakland University and Dr. Terrence Sejnowski, Francis Crick Prof at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. The course is geared towards anyone who wants to understand how the process of learning works and know more about some of the techniques to learn effectively. But this technique may not be for everyone.

Emptying Your Cup: Unlearning to Learn

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We are constantly learning. We should also be constantly unlearning. Unlearning Unlearning is as important to learning (if not more) than the process of learning itself. According According to the dictionary, unlearning is a transitive verb that means to put out of one's knowledge or memory OR to undo the effect of or discard the habit of. In the cognitive scheme of things, to me, learning and unlearning are two. unlearning learning

Attract, Engage, and Develop Talent using Open Badges: An IBM case study

Companies have an incredible opportunity to use badges to help attract, engage, recognize and develop talent. There have been significant developments around digital credentials and particularly the fast rise of badges and micro-credentials. Learning Professionals need to be aware of what's happening and innovators should be taking a leading role. In this session, David will go through the well-known IBM Open Badge Program to help explain badge programs.

The Design Thinking Mindset

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Design Thinking' is a mindset. It is an attitude towards design and the process of thinking about it. As per wikipedia, "Design Thinking refers to the methods and processes for investigating ill-defined problems, acquiring information, analyzing knowledge, and positing solutions in the design and planning fields. As a style of thinking, it is generally considered the ability to combine empathy. creativity critical thinking instructional design Collaboration Design audience

What Children Can Teach Us About Learning

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I am always inspired by the following quote by Thomas Szasz, an American psychiatrist and academic: "Every act of conscious learning requires the willingness to suffer an injury to one’s self-esteem. That is why young children, before they are aware of their own self-importance, learn so easily; and why older persons, especially if vain or important, cannot learn at all.". This quote, very. learn teaching learning children

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What Makes You An Expert?

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The #lrnchat conducted on 21 May 2015 was a blazing round of thoughts, opinions, and views on ' Authority and Expertise '. As many of us learned, there were variations in how we defined experts (it was difficult to come up with a definition in the first place). Therefore, apparently I’m an IT expert. Scientists have debunked that 10,000 hours of practice does not make you an expert. Socrates.

Why Training Should Be More Like Candy Crush?

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Candy Crush Saga is the most popular game on Facebook, iOS and the Android Play Store. It is a simple match-three puzzle game. But it is more than that. as every Candy Crush player lives to tell. I am far from being a facebook gamer but I started playing the game this December. And I wasn''t disappointed. This candy is addictive! But I wish all training was. If it was, it would have been boring.

New Brandon Hall Group report forecasts major shift in 2016 online learning trends

Companies are increasingly dissatisfied with online learning tools, prompting many to reinvest in technology that supports a modern training approach. Download the report from Brandon Hall Group to see how new investments are bringing real business results.

From Dependence to Interdependence: The Changing Role of Learning Consultants

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In his book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey talks about the concept of the Maturity Continuum. He discusses seven habits that are designed to help individuals move from Dependence to Independence (Self-Mastery) to Interdependence (the highest level of maturity). Internet and easy access to information is changing the role of a learning designer.

Why Do We Need to Assess? My Top 5 Reasons

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A couple of weeks ago, I read an article about why schools in Finland are successful. There There was one sentence in this article that really stuck with me. “We prepare children to learn how to learn, not how to take a test.”  - Pasi Sahlberg, a former math and physics teacher who is now in Finland’s Ministry of Education and Culture. think this sentence captures the essence of why we should. performance learning assessing assess

How Serendipitous Discoveries Make Great Learning Stories!

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I pause the usual programming to share this story and I apologize for the long post. originally posted this on facebook for my family and friends and quickly realized that this is becoming a learning experience. More about that at the end of the story. Since it is a big car, we all decided to head out and make the most of the sunny day. We decided to visit Lynn Valley Suspension Park. Because.

Coaching and Mentoring - What's the Difference?

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Over the last few weeks, I have been reading about coaching and mentoring. The trigger for all this activity was #lrnchat on 07 April where the topic of discussion was coaching and mentoring. Here are some thoughts from the #lrnchat community on the differences between coaching and mentoring: Coaching and mentoring are valuable to both the individual and the organization.

Whitepaper: When The LMS Isn’t Enough

In this whitepaper, you will discover the main reasons why the LMS alone is no longer meeting the needs of the modern learner. More importantly, you will learn what you can do to enhance its value.

Addressing On-Demand Learning Needs

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 The #LCBQ for May is: How do we need to change in what we do in order to address learning/performance needs that are on-demand? In order to answer this question, I think it is important to first identify and understand the nature of learning and performance needs that are 'on-demand'. The way I look at it, only when we apply knowledge, we really learn. don't think we would make an.

Transfer of Learning - Theories and Implications

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Transfer of learning is the goal of all training and learning interventions. We know that the often the learning context is different from the context of real-life application. However, the training objective is not achieved until the learning transfers from one to context to another. So, what is it that makes learning 'stick' and allows learners to use the learning immediately and in the future?

Why I #lrnchat

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Every Thursday at 5:30 PM PST, a bunch of folks get together on twitter and chat about all things learning in our weekly #lrnchat @lrnchat. lrnchat started in 2009 and this is what we are all about. There are several reasons why I #lrnchat. But if I had to sum it up in a single word, I'd say I #lrnchat to ENGAGE. engage with the topic of conversation. What do we chat about? Goldman.

Are You a Manager by Chance or by Choice?

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Are you a manager by chance or by choice? The reason I ask this is because most managers become managers only by a matter of their vertical growth (by chance) in the organization and not necessarily because they can manage people well or that’s what they’d like to do (by choice). believe that most people are not prepared for the transition from managing self to managing others. They are made.

Storyboarding for eLearning

Storyboarding is a very important step for creating eLearning courses. But don’t you feel it’s a waste of time to start creating the courses from scratch and copy-paste text and other objects from the storyboard to the eLearning tool for course development.

Working in Groups

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I regularly participate in #lrnchat. From their website: "#lrnchat is an online chat over the social messaging service Twitter. lrnchat is on Thursdays at 8:30-9:30pm ET/5:30-6:30pm PT. Participants are people interested in the topic of learning from one another and who want to discuss how to help other people learn in formal, informal, social and mobile ways. The official Twitter account is @lrnchat" For the week of February 20, the topic for #lrnchat was "Working in Groups". Here are some of the questions that we discussed as a group and my responses/views about the question.

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What Inspires Me

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I recently reviewed the inspiration channel on LinkedIn. It is called ''What Inspires Me''. This channel is a collection of thoughts on inspiration contributed by 60 LinkedIn influencers. After reading some interesting posts on what inspires others, I sat and pondered about my own sources of inspiration. Inspiration can take various forms. Some get inspired by art and music. Others get inspired by sports. And yet some others get inspired by people. Although each source of inspiration has probably inspired me at some point in my life, I feel most drawn to the inspiration I get from people.

Learning Through Stories

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My father has told me countless stories and continues to be a good storyteller. Whether it is to share his opinion or advice or just generally talk about his experiences, he has always kept a story ready! First it was us, and now it is his grandchildren. And so, I have always liked stories; both telling and listening to them. And I hope to continue my father’s legacy by sharing countless stories. storytelling corporate storytelling learning through stories stories learning story

The 7 Habits of Awesome Consultants

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In my previous post, I wrote about the 7 Habits of Awesome Clients. All relationships are give and take. Therefore, a good client is only as good as the consultant. Here are the 7 Habits of Awesome Consultants : 1. Understand Client Needs - All awesome consultants focus on client needs and existing problems instead of trying to sell ''readymade'' solutions. They use emotional intelligence to empathise with clients and understand things from the client''s perspective to ask the right questions. They are lifelong learners and build varied experience with each engagement.

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.

Interdependence in Learning

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I recently participated in my first #pkmchat on Interdependence for Independent Learners. would like to extend sincere thanks to Bruno Winck for inviting me as a guest and for giving me an opportunity to share my views on interdependence in learning. There was much to learn from the participants who were enthused about the topic and shared deep passion for learning. Why and How? Why, How? Thoughts?

Fear of Consequences

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PlayTrue Challenge Game. The economy has had an impact on how many potential game and simulation projects commissioned. To make matters worse, when government, non-profit or grant funded institutions look to inform and educate using a game stakeholders are often tentative about allowing certain game mechanics. “No, we cannot allow game players to do that.”

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The MOOC Mantra: Top 5 Tips for Success

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In February, I completed my first #MOOC course titled, E-learning and Digital Cultures (#edcmooc). At the time, this was one of six MOOCs being offered by the University of Edinburgh through Coursera. This was a 5-week course with two major themes followed by completion of an artefact to summarize the key learnings from the course. The artefact was evaluated by peers and a median grade was reported to each individual. This post is a reflection of my learning from the MOOC experience and aims to help others who are riding this wave. edcmooc had 40K enrollments. Online : This is self explanatory.

Top 5 Tips to Become a Better Listener

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We cannot underestimate the power of listening skills at any phase of our lives – as children, young adults, and mature professionals. personally believe that success and failure depends on how well we listen to everything around us - the voice of our parents, teachers, leaders and nature.  Here are my top 5 tips to become a better listener: 1) Be quiet  - To really listen, you have to be. engaging conference learning listening listener

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The Performance Management Storm: Four Macro-Trends Driving the Change

Needed: A shift from traditional performance management systems (organized as an annual review process) to newer performance development systems (organized around real-time dynamics). Download part one in a series to gain insight into why this shift must happen and why it needs to happening now

Top 5 Tips for Embracing Change

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Change is the only constant. It is a process of becoming different. As a professional learning consultant, I am always working with “change” – either trying to cause it or helping learners deal with it. love change and thrive on it. Recently, I have had one of the biggest changes in my life. My family and I have moved from New Delhi, India to Vancouver, B.C. Canada. This is a permanent move, learning change

The 5 W's of Project Planning

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I recently attended a 2-day workshop in the context of planning for a big project. It was a good refresher class on the basics of project planning. Here's Here's a summary of what I learned and relearned, different words and some different techniques - but the classic theme - the 5Ws of Project Planning: 1) The WHAT - what are we doing? Other Other questions to ask are what will be the desired outcome of. stakeholders deliverables project planning risks

From a "Social Being" to "Being Social"

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I have been thinking about this for a while and I see that I am not the only one pondering about this. The question on my mind: is social media making us anti-social? Is "being social" changing us from a "social being" to a not-so-social being? Social Social media is a new technology, a new platform to connect and communicate and requires new skills. But is it leading to the loss of some other critical

Starting a Blog in 5 Easy Steps and Keeping at it!

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Recently, Tumblr reached 10 Billion posts mark. Tumblr is a microblogging platform that started in 2007 and went from 1 billion to 10 billion posts in just one year! study by Universal McCann reports that over 77% of Internet users read blogs. In US alone, this 77% would conservatively mean more than 54 million readers. It is also reported that there are 900,000 blog posts posted every day in. blog how-to blogging steps

Workbook: Gamification and Your Enterprise Learning Strategy

This workbook is a response to your need to understand how to strategically incorporate gamification into your learning strategy, in order to drive real business results. It’s designed to be printed, written in and used as a guide.

Diversity and Inclusion: The Road to Cultural Competence

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Read somewhere: " Culture is the software of our minds – and we are not all using the same programs. " As more organizations truly become international, there are more multicultural teams now than ever before. Therefore, there is a need to understand cultural differences and work towards fueling the growth of the business using the power of these differences. Trainers and learning development folks play a key role in identifying, appreciating and incorporating these differences in designing more ''inclusive learning''. But there is more to multiculturalism and diversity than meets the eye.

Top 10 Resources on Instructional Design: Basics and More

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I recently read a blog post by Janet Clarey highlighting the need to go back to the basics. These 'basics' are different for everyone. But like all subjects and bodies of knowledge, there are a few foundational concepts that have been identified and acknowledged as such. Without knowing and understanding these basics, we can't claim to be successfully practicing our subject - the subject of instructional design. This list is a combination of books and sites that offer theory, models, examples, and mentors! My list of top 10 resources on Instructional Design - basics and more : 1.

Have you been MOOC-ed yet?

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I recently enrolled for a MOOC course offered by Coursera called Elearning and Digital Cultures. While I have designed and developed several online training interventions for various organizations, this will be my first 'formal' learning experience as a student of an online course delivered using the MOOC platform. The course officially starts in 2 days. However, the flurry of activities has. online training learn Collaboration MOOC Coursera

Desire Paths to Learning

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Thanks to a tweet by Sahana (#sahana2802), I recently read a post on the concept of desire paths by Tony Baldasaro. The concept is from architecture and is not new. Infact, it was introduced by renaissance-man, Gaston Bachelard. He coined the term in his book,The Poetics of Space. He called these les chemins du désir: pathways of desire. As per wikipedia "A desire path (also known as a desire. learning desire paths design review Design

How the right tech tools for your team can power your sales enablement strategy

A staggering 80% of sales professionals report they don’t remember or implement their lessons from annual sales kickoff meetings.Our new publication, available below, explores how companies can avoid costly mistakes in sales training.