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Discussing the ASTD Handbook, eLearning, and Published Expertise with Elaine Biech

Web Courseworks

When my copy of the second edition ASTD Handbook arrived at the office this summer, I immediately felt the urge to explore my new resource and see what content made the final cut for an important industry asset. The second edition ASTD Handbook is filled with great insights from industry experts. The ASTD Handbook does just that. When the time was right ASTD made the move.

ASTD ICE Conference Recap, Lessons Learned and Random Events

Kapp Notes

had a great time at the ASTD ICE Conference which recently concluded in Dallas Texas. What a great opportunity to catch up with old friends, make new friends and to stay informed of all the happenings in the world of learning. She and I teamed up to deliver 8 hours of game creation activities, information and ideas for creating a learning game to 30 enthusiastic and smart attendees.


21 Brilliant Resources for Up-skilling Learning Designers (for the Informal & Social Learning Age)


THE JOURNEY: We, like many out there, are of the view that, though most learning designers possess good levels of skills around the traditional training (formal learning) area, their skill levels fall short around the informal or social learning areas. This is mainly because designing informal and social learning experiences for workplaces demands a diverse and unique set of qualities. What are the new skills required for designing informal and social learning interventions for today’s workplaces? Karl Kapp. Quotes/Excerpts. “ The industry and our clients move slowly.

ASTD #TK11 – Opening Keynote Kara Swisher

Learning Visions

5 issues you need to be aware of (if you’re involved in delivery of information): Social Computers have traditionally been hard to use… Google is like giant yellow pages. Information is ever-changing When you apply social tools to information, it makes it more useful Quora as an example of information with social Everybody becomes a producer of content (people make Facebook useful by posting pictures, text, links, etc. People filter it, they provide good information. astd tk11people want to be able to move content around, shift it, recommend it.


ASTD ICE learning game design workshop resources

Knowledge Guru

Karl Kapp and I had a fantastic workshop last week at ASTD ICE. This game offers a great example of this. Rise of the Blobs – this is an example of what NOT to do with rewards and achievements. Play this game for an example of what not to do when designing a learning game. It has a wealth of information. also wanted to post some pics of the game prototypes.

Continuing my Work on ASTD ICE Presentation

Kapp Notes

The goal is to model the concepts in the presentation and serve as an example of what can be accomplished by combining those elements. In the first few go-arounds, he was more of the “dumb” anti-hero who did not have a clue but I couldn’t find a good way for him to learn new information and then to intelligently ask the learners/audience about the new information.

ASTD LearnNow Day 2 notes #ASTDLN

Learning Visions

These are my notes from the morning session of ASTD LearnNow Conference, happening July 25 & 26 on the lovely shores of the Charles River in Cambridge, MA. Keep your sample size manageable. I wish we'd never uttered the words "informal learning" -- it's a really broad brush and how do you put budget on that? This war is won one project at a time?". But there are steps!


Here a Hashtag, There a Hashtag, Everywhere a Hashtag

Learning Rebels

As you may remember I wrote a post for ATD which centered on improving your toolbox , and this year we are going to expand the thoughts to include deeper information and get a little Kaizen in your day! Above I linked the ASTD ICE 2014 conference hashtag (#ASTD2014) into this post. Hashtags are a powerful tool for parsing information. They aren’t just for twitter anymore!

Join OpenSesame at ASTD-Cascadia Chapter's Annual Conference!


The information revolution of the past decade has not only transformed our economy, but how we work, communicate and relate to each other. Companies are being forced to evolve quickly to adapt to these changes, shifting business practices to accommodate the increased demand for access to real time information. eLearning Track: Designing Beyond Page-Turners. Events

The Biggest Myth in Building a Learning Culture

Learning Rebels

There are a lot of people out there making A LOT of money informing organizations that unless they address the “Millennial” population they will soon be at a tipping point of talent drain. Example: “For millennials, make learning part of the organization’s strategic success, learning as a strategic thrust platform.” ” . On all of this we can agree.

5 Reasons I’m Geeky about Learning Design!

Learning Rebels

People do not consume information the same way they did just 5 years ago. Example: A company swore to me their employees needed customer service training – after a bit of digging…you can guess the answer. Accidental Trainer Change Learning Design Motivation Status Quo Tips #ATD2016 ASTD ATD Collaboration Connectivity Geek hearts and minds Positive DevianceYes, you.

Formal Training Vs. Informal Learning: Which Makes More Sense?


There’s been a great deal of discussion over the last few years related to informal learning. Today, just about any training magazine, website, or conference probably devotes significant time to talking about informal learning. My biggest gripe with informal learning is that, like many things, it’s often viewed in terms of absolutes. I like PowerPoint.

Michael Allen – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators


For example, I see people reporting that optimal learning experiences can be no longer than five to eight minutes long, or that blended learning is always superior to either instructor-led or e-learning alone. Research on human learning can be quite informative, but research on instruction is difficult because of the many circumstantial variables that have impact. For example, it’s really helped to note that effective interactive instructional events are constructed of context, challenge, activity, and feedback (CCAF). ABOUT Dr. MICHAEL W. THE INTERVIEW: 1. I hope so.

Here’s Some Background Information for Your Next E-Learning Course

Rapid eLearning

For example, in our elearning workshop we walk through the Hoh Rainforest design makeover. Below is another example. In the example below, the course topic is how an organization monitors Internet usage. In the corkboard example, the background is the corkboard image. Below is another example. The quiz example below is just a picture of a shirt pocket.

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Karl Kapp on Instructional Design Today #TK11

Learning Visions

My live blogged notes from a session with Karl Kapp at ASTD’s TechKnowledge in San Jose: Instructional Design Today: What We Really Need to Know as Practitioners, Researchers, and Designers. Creating muscle memory through repetition – so we have information quickly Word search game – to think about definitions and terms. astd tk11

#TK11 Keynote: Google’s Karen Wickre and Ann Farmer

Learning Visions

These are my live blogged notes from Thursday’s keynote at ASTD TK11 with Karen Wickre (Global Communications Team) and Ann Farmer from Google. Twitter = “an information utility” – mostly use them as a heads up on what’s going on – raising information to a level/surfacing it. Example – organize FAQs for the performance management guide Problem: sorting through long lists of FAQs. astd tk11100 Twitter accts, 20 FB pages…this is all for Google corporate info (how tos product news, etc.) No dedicates editors – no long approval chains. snappy or straightforward?,

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Learning: Playing the Blame Game

Learning Rebels

Participants don’t get it unless the information is spoon-fed.” . Example: jump on an L&D or education based twitter chat and ask, “What’s so bad about classroom style learning, I happen to love it.” When did shaming the learner become okay? I suppose the possibility had always been there, I recently wrote a post “Putting the Human Back into Learning”. Is this what we want?

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Do we really need to design differently for the so called "Digital Natives"?

Kapp Notes

This month, I worked with Tony Karrer to help create the ASTD Big Question (which always seems to be multiple questions under one big theme.) For example, someone born in 1994 was born the same year that Newsweek Magazine named the Internet "Person of the Year." There are differences is uses of technology in attention spans and in processing of information. Let me rant first.

St. Louis ASTD Presentation Resources

Kapp Notes

Louis ASTD Conference. Here is some information on thinking like a game designer. Here is an example of gamification in action. Here is the example we discussed during the presentation. Here is another example. We discussed the power of story and how it can be more impactful than simply listing bulleted information. It was for the Learn St. Books.

Talking eLearning ROI

Web Courseworks

A sample SWOT diagram. For example, consider the strategic objective of “increase member retention.” For example, “increase member retention” might have three strategic strings: - Benchmark member retention programs. Gather as much information as you can so you can make informed decisions on how to build your eLearning business plan.

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ASTD TechKnowledge

Tony Karrer

ASTD TechKnowledge 2009 is coming to Las Vegas in January. Thursday, 01/29/2009 8:00AM - 9:00AM Over the past 20 years, there has been an explosion of information sources, greatly increased accessibility of experts and expertise around the world, and new tools emerging every day. methods to see examples of where and how tools such as social networks, social bookmarking, wikis, blogs, and RSS readers fit into day-to-day knowledge work and larger learning solutions. We will look at adoption trends and examples of eLearning 2.0. Learning 2.0

Selling Social Media for Learning: ASTD Big Question

Kapp Notes

This month's ASTD Learning Circuit's Blog Big Question is "How do I communicate the value of social media as a learning tool to my organization?" Address the need to share knowledge over distances or the value of timely information to sales tactics, don't focus on the technology. ASTD Big Question Web 2.0Here are several ways to help sell Social Media in an organization.

ASTD Follow-Up

Tony Karrer

Last week at ASTD TechKnowledge , I did a keynote on Work Literacy and eLearning 2.0, Part of the beauty of this example is that I believe that through watching what's different with my kids, I can learn a lot about what's different. For example, we still teach Cursive Writing instead of Touch Typing to kids. Knowledge Work Framework Tilde Effect Concept Worker Knowledge Work Not Separate from Learning Tool Set 2009 Search Better Memory Network Learning Information Radar Remote Collaboration Common eLearning 2.0 For example, ditch diggers?from or Learning 3.0

Show Me the Examples! ASTD Big Question for June

Kapp Notes

This month the question is "Where are the Examples of eLearning?" and we are supposed to consider both good and bad examples as well as give some thoughts on why the example should get some attention. Here is an example called Principles of Watershed Management. It has a lot of good interactions and chunks the information well. E-Learning Tutorial for PA DEP.

The Right Place to Find Help: ASTD's Big Question

Kapp Notes

This month's ASTD Big Question on the Learning Circuit's Blog is about Social Networking and finding help and expertise if you have a question or a concern for which you need input and/or advice. when working a network to find information the whole process was severely constrained by time and resources. But, then the question breaks into sub-questions. tools. Let me explain.

ASTD Keynote: “People Lie” Richard Hilleman Electronic Arts #tk10

Learning Visions

This are my liveblogged notes from Thursday, January 28 Keynote at ASTD TechKnowledge 2010 in Las Vegas, NV. Every online game played in John Madden for the past year phones home…it reports button presses, the timing, lots of detailed information. Pay attention to the results iterate for effect Demonstrate and callibrate progress through metrics Pursue new markers and correlations for the insight they provide Example of using technology in a more traditional education environment (teaching kids how to spell better, improve vocabulary). Tags: gam astd gaming

When Instructor-Led Training is No Longer a Sustainable Model

Bottom-Line Performance

We use samples from real projects to help you uncover the best way to meet these challenges in your organization. to be exact, according to the 2012 ASTD State of the Industry report. They simply must be able to prove that they received the information and know how locate it later as, needed. INSTRUCTOR-LED TRAINING CAN EQUAL INFORMATION OVERLOAD. This is Part 1. Email.

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Why Leaders Don't Use Strategic Tools

The Peformance Improvement

In the first of a series of blog posts that Ralph Jacobson and I wrote for the ASTD Workforce Development Blog, we argue that strategic leaders need strategic tools. Examples of these kinds of tools, including Jacobson’s “The Leader’s Map”, can be found at Leadership Organizational Learning ASTD Daniel Kahneman Ralph Jacobson

Show Your Work!

E-learning Uncovered

When we teach our e-learning development courses, our students ALWAYS ask where they can go to see additional samples of a certain technique or authoring tool. The more instructional designers are able to share ideas, high-quality examples, and innovations, the more we can push ourselves and each other forward. But having a wide variety of online samples from a number of sources can be another — sometimes easier — way to get on the same page about what you want. And it makes you a more informed consumer, as well, of what’s available in the marketplace.

Five Ways to Spice Up Employee Training Programs


Example: bring in a speaker that focuses on extraordinary service, then follow up with specific activities around the difference between ordinary and extraordinary, resulting in the creation of a company service commitment statement. For a few examples, check out Martha Beck’s blog on living a great life, or Seth Godin’s blog on marketing and personal accountability.

My evolving learning journey

Jay Cross

ASTD held TechKnowledge in San Jose this year. Dan Pontefract and David Mallon’s presentation on creating a culture of collaboration at TELUS was one of the most useful things I’ve ever heard at an ASTD event, and I was making presentations at ASTD events thirty years ago. Or leaks private information? Informal Learning Meta-LearningI grumbled. Right.

Take the YinYang tool for a spin

Allison Rossett

Tweet Today, the buzz is about informal learning. Are your programs informal? Are they as informal as you want them to be? Are you moving forward to bring informal learning to your organization? Are you certain that you know what informal learning is, how it differs from the formal? Uncategorized Formal Learning Informal Learning instructional design


Seven 2017 Learning Trends: Novel or Norm?

Bottom-Line Performance

I went back and found a 1998 ATD (then ASTD) State of the Industry report. We are seeing lots of examples of machine learning (self-driving cars use machine learning, for example). The newest iPhone, for example, has a very worthy video camera. At the start of a new year – or the end of an old one – we love to read about trends. Do trends really matter? Intranets.

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Online Portfolios

Learning Visions

Thursday, August 02, 2007 Online Portfolios Jennifer Madrell shows us a great example of an online portofolio , which she calls a "svelte and sparkly version of this blog - that is a requirement and capstone project at Indiana University." Shes included samples of wikis and courses she has created, links to podcasts, references and her resume. what samples of my work represent me?