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JANUARY 17, 2009 Alternatives to Kirkpatrick
While the Kirkpatrick taxonomy is something of a sacred cow in training circles—and much credit goes to Donald Kirkpatrick for being the first to attempt to apply intentional evaluation to workplace training efforts—it is not the only approach. Apart from being largely atheoretical and ascientific (hence, 'taxonomy', not 'model' or 'theory'), several critics find the Kirkpatrick taxonomy seriously flawed. Learners work within a system, and the Kirkpatrick taxonomy essentially attempts to isolate training efforts from the systems, context, and culture in which the learner operates.
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AUGUST 27, 2009 Find Your 20%
I see lots of good-presentations-gone bad, often due to the speaker trying to put too much information into the available time. The result: Critical points are lost in the mass of content, or the speaker is rushing at the end to get to what s/he really wanted to say. Here's a model I like to use in developing my own presentations, and in helping others develop theirs.
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FEBRUARY 12, 2009 Sacred Training Cows
I am just home from Training 2009 where, among other things, I offered sessions on "Better than Bullet Points" and "Instructional Design for the Real World". With both these topics I always manage to tip a few sacred cows. While I hope the presentations provoke thought more than ire, I know that I sometimes ruffle feathers -- often, I suspect, by hitting too close to home. Coming right up.")
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NOVEMBER 1, 2009 What I learn from #lrnchat
Every Thursday evening there's a great fun live gathering on Twitter called #lrnchat. It's a fast free-for-all organized around a theme, like instructional design, virtual worlds, social learning, or e-learning myths, structured around 3 general questions. If you're in the training/learning/Ed business, folks you've heard of often drop in, as do many folks you haven't heard of. Once you meet them, you'll want to know them better. recently threw out an idea to organizers of a large conference, saying that I'd like to host a 'Twitter event' during the conference. Warning: #lrnchat is messy.
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SEPTEMBER 23, 2009 Let the Learners Hold the Spoon
I hear a lot of trainers complain about learners wanting to be spoonfed, when in fact it is often the trainers who won't let them hold the spoon. In training -- both traditional and online -- I see lots of missed opportunities to let learners learn. Partly this seems to come from PowerPoint "default thinking": Insert image, insert text, keep the autobullets. We outline "key ideas" for learners.
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JULY 4, 2009 New Skills for Learning Professionals
This month's Big Question asks what new skills learning professionals need going forward in a Web World, "where learning and performance solutions take on a wider variety of forms and where churn happens at a much more rapid pace". don't know that I see 'new' skills so much as further refinement of the ones that we've needed since we first tried to integrate any web technologies into traditional classroom and OTJ instruction: 1. Become comfortable enough with technologies so that you can recognize them for what they really are. Get yourself past the hype and to the possibilities. And it's fun.
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BOZARTHZONE Handy Job Aid 1
| SUNDAY, JULY 26, 2009
Zaidlearn posted this the other day in the context of a longer discussion about Bloom's taxonomy. This item is one of the most useful I've seen, linking objectives to possible activities MORE >>
BOZARTHZONE Tips for Working with SMEs
| THURSDAY, MAY 21, 2009
We had a lively discussion in my VILT session today, "Instructional Design for the Real World". Here's a screenshot of the conversation (click to enlarge it). My own addition: the best SME may not be the one who's been doing the job the longest, but the one who has reached competence most recently. They are the ones more likely to remember what it was like NOT to know how to do the job, and they won't come to the table with years of war stories and one-time exceptions to SOP. Participant Greg Sweet also shared his own SME template. MORE >>
BOZARTHZONE E-Learning and the Panopticon
| SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2009
Bentham developed the idea of the panopticon , a prison design that provided a single central point from which all prisoners/cells/activities could be observed. Many American shopping malls adopted this as a design guide, too.)Foucault Foucault wrote at length of the pervasiveness of the idea -- the need to observe and regulate -- as it extended to other institutions such as hospitals and schools. And it extends to a new realm, now. While the Dean could always drop by the traditional classroom, he/she didn't do it very often, and when it happened you knew he/she was there. That's it. MORE >>
BOZARTHZONE Final Version: E-Learning Buzzword Bingo Card
| MONDAY, JANUARY 26, 2009
Here 'tis, with thanks to all those who contributed (see original post and comments). had more suggestions than spaces (especially loved Bex's "needs more cowbell") so if I compile enough maybe there'll be a Card 2. am scared to think there might be that many buzzwords associated with e-learning, but fear there probably are MORE >>
BOZARTHZONE The Myth of "Best Practices"
| MONDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2009
I get lots of requests for list of "best practices".in e-learning, in the virtual classroom, in instructional design, in classroom presentation. Here's the deal: there's no such thing. A "best practice" is best only in the precise, specific context in which it exists. don't recall who first offered this analogy, but think of it this way: what works in my marriage won't necessarily work in -- and may even damage -- yours. Even if moved from one situation to another very close one, the odds of transfer being made with practice intact is nil. MORE >>
- Better than Bullet Points BOZARTHZONE | THURSDAY, AUGUST 13, 2009
- OMG! Control freak much? BOZARTHZONE | WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2009
- Social Media in Training BOZARTHZONE | MONDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2009
- Bozarthzone - Untitled Article BOZARTHZONE | MONDAY, AUGUST 10, 2009
- Who Owns Information? BOZARTHZONE | MONDAY, APRIL 20, 2009
- Trainer's Evaluation of Workshop BOZARTHZONE | THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2009
- 2009 Top Ten Tools for Learning Professionals BOZARTHZONE | THURSDAY, APRIL 16, 2009
- Can 'Competencies' be Taught? BOZARTHZONE | THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2009
- The Collapse of a Community of Practice (CoP) BOZARTHZONE | SATURDAY, JANUARY 24, 2009
- Monty Python gets it. BOZARTHZONE | MONDAY, APRIL 27, 2009
- Wherefore Failure? BOZARTHZONE | WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2009
- United Breaks Guitars? Training Won't Fix That BOZARTHZONE | THURSDAY, JULY 16, 2009
- Classroom Trainer Resistance to E-Learning BOZARTHZONE | SUNDAY, JUNE 7, 2009
- Pet First Aid iPhone App BOZARTHZONE | SATURDAY, JUNE 6, 2009
- Education v. Training BOZARTHZONE | FRIDAY, JUNE 5, 2009
- Can Your People Pass the Banana Test? BOZARTHZONE | THURSDAY, APRIL 2, 2009
- Wherefore Passion? BOZARTHZONE | MONDAY, MARCH 16, 2009
- State of E-Learning 2009 BOZARTHZONE | SATURDAY, MARCH 7, 2009
- "I'm a Computer Whisperer" BOZARTHZONE | WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4, 2009
- Reality or. Media? BOZARTHZONE | MONDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2009
- Information Skills Needed BOZARTHZONE | TUESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2009
- E-Learning Buzzword Bingo Card BOZARTHZONE | FRIDAY, JANUARY 23, 2009
- The First Help Desk Call BOZARTHZONE | TUESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2009
- Bozarthzone - Untitled Article BOZARTHZONE | MONDAY, JANUARY 5, 2009
- Tony Karrer's E-Learning Learning Community BOZARTHZONE | FRIDAY, JANUARY 2, 2009
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