Discussing the ASTD Handbook, eLearning, and Published Expertise with Elaine Biech
AUGUST 4, 2014
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
MAY 29, 2013
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.
ASTD Conference part 1
MAY 7, 2014
In the next few days I will write a blog on the ASTD ICE 2014 conference which is held this year in Washington D.C. He had interesting examples that are already working but one that surprised many people was US+. You will get an advice on how to adapt your behavior in conversations based on the information the app receives. The speaker really challenges you to apply it now.
ASTD #TK11 – Opening Keynote Kara Swisher
FEBRUARY 2, 2011
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.
Informal Learning – the other 80%
APRIL 16, 2013
The start-up stiffed me but the paper morphed into the Informal Learning book. think it’s held up rather well. I’ll be leading a series of master classes on informal learning and working smarter in Europe. Informal Learning – the other 80%. Because organizations are oblivious to informal learning, they fail to invest in it. “Informal Learning.”
Continuing my Work on ASTD ICE Presentation
APRIL 29, 2014
The goal is to model the concepts in the presentation and serve as an example of what can be accomplished by combining those elements. I had a sort of breakthrough this morning when I decided to have the main detective character become more of a teacher. needed him to share insights, not be dumb about learning. Our main characters in stories need to be intelligent. think that is important.
21 Brilliant Resources for Up-skilling Learning Designers (for the Informal & Social Learning Age)
MAY 29, 2014
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. The industry and our clients move slowly. Surveys/Studies. harmon.ie
Top 9 Competencies of an Informal/Social Learning Designer
MARCH 15, 2014
Informal/Social learning is one such major revolution (other than mobile learning and gamified learning) that demands a shift in the mere thinking of ‘learning’. Course design (formal learning blended with the right mix of informal and social learning). Informal/Social Learning Design Competencies. SKILLS: 6. ATTITUDE: 8. Power to the Learners : An interesting read!
ASTD ICE learning game design workshop resources
MAY 29, 2013
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.
The Biggest Myth in Building a Learning Culture
SEPTEMBER 12, 2014
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. I don’t begrudge people who sincerely believe that addressing a subset of the working population will lead to organizational success, I’m sure they mean well. ” . Seriously.
5 Reasons I’m Geeky about Learning Design!
MARCH 29, 2016
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.
An energizing retreat – ASTD 2013
MAY 28, 2013
I spent most of last week in Dallas, Texas for the annual ASTD International Conference – a HUGE gathering of like-minded folks and an excellent professional retreat. Many of the examples I’ve seen of “learning in the flow of work” seem focused on minimizing time and energy for learning, and I have openly worried that we are giving learning a bit of a short shrift. happened to attend Julie Dirksen’s session and came away with new perspectives and new references. I saw Karl Kopp speak on the topic at the Philadelphia ASTD chapter conference just a few days before I left for Dallas.
Here a Hashtag, There a Hashtag, Everywhere a Hashtag
JANUARY 7, 2015
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!
Formal Training Vs. Informal Learning: Which Makes More Sense?
MARCH 28, 2012
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. The most common example is PowerPoint. It’s an excellent resource for learning about informal learning approaches. like PowerPoint.
ASTD LearnNow Day 2 notes #ASTDLN
JULY 26, 2012
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. I’m co-facilitating this event with Bob Mosher (Ontuitive), Conrad Gottfredson (Ontuitive) and Chad Udell (Float Learning). Keep your sample size manageable. This war is won one project at a time?". Don't try to boil the ocean!
Join OpenSesame at ASTD-Cascadia Chapter's Annual Conference!
AUGUST 21, 2014
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
St. Louis ASTD Presentation Resources
OCTOBER 18, 2013
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.
Here’s Some Background Information for Your Next E-Learning Course
FEBRUARY 28, 2012
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.
Karl Kapp on Instructional Design Today #TK11
FEBRUARY 4, 2011
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
NOVEMBER 22, 2008
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
Learning: Playing the Blame Game
AUGUST 20, 2014
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? suppose the possibility had always been there, I recently wrote a post “Putting the Human Back into Learning”. Is this our intent?
#TK11 Keynote: Google’s Karen Wickre and Ann Farmer
FEBRUARY 3, 2011
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?,
Talking eLearning ROI
DECEMBER 23, 2014
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. Karl M.
FEBRUARY 3, 2009
Last week at ASTD TechKnowledge , I did a keynote on Work Literacy and eLearning 2.0, an online Q&A Session for the Virtual Conference and a session on using Web 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. Review the post - Information Radar - and use the information there to set up your radar and start a new blog. For example, ditch diggers?from Tools for eLearning.
Do we really need to design differently for the so called "Digital Natives"?
MAY 1, 2008
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.
Why Leaders Don't Use Strategic Tools
The Peformance Improvement
JANUARY 23, 2014
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 www.Learning2BGreat.com.). Leadership Organizational Learning ASTD Daniel Kahneman Ralph Jacobson
Michael Allen – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators
JANUARY 8, 2015
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. hope so.
Selling Social Media for Learning: ASTD Big Question
NOVEMBER 3, 2009
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.
Show Me the Examples! ASTD Big Question for June
JUNE 7, 2007
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. Learning Tutorial for PA DEP.
The Right Place to Find Help: ASTD's Big Question
NOVEMBER 12, 2008
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 Building Knowledge Management Solutions
In the Middle of the Curve
MAY 31, 2009
The translators themselves are in wooden soundproof boxes near the back corner. -- BTW - slides on ASTD website somewhere (will find it later). We can't put in the newest information. - "Training professionals have typically focused on developing brainpower more than managing it." squirrely mic) Right now.update everyone "before you leave for the day." - Can't keep people informed on a daily basis with "training" - Gotta get them up to speed wherever they are at any time. Information: External. Data is information without context. Why knowledge management?
ASTD Keynote: “People Lie” Richard Hilleman Electronic Arts #tk10
JANUARY 28, 2010
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
#ASTD The Science of Brain-Friendly Teaching
In the Middle of the Curve
MAY 31, 2009
Presentation: Using Your Noggin - The Science of Brain-Friendly Teaching Presenter: Dr. Spencer Kagan Any research information I can pick up on what we do can't hurt. Quiet signal + Raise hand + Stop working, talking + Signal other Example of talking to people. Noticed when I walked into the room he works to create a very positive, upbeat environment. Bright colors on the site.
LMS Vendors: U Can Survive – Innovate, Invigorate and Invent
NOVEMBER 18, 2010
Now, why doesn’t a vendor mention this information to a potential client, at least the first point – I can understand holding off on the second point, for selling purposes. If a potential client comes back with some spin on the downside to social media, you have to remember it is social learning (social media + e-learning), and not just social media. Greater than 90% send out links to information. For example, m-learning with cellphones are used nearly exclusively in Africa, and they have found great success. Perpetuating the Myth. Mouse on the Wheel. Not now.
When Instructor-Led Training is No Longer a Sustainable Model
MARCH 26, 2013
We use samples from real projects to help you uncover the best way to meet these challenges in your organization. We have tons of technology at our disposal, but the majority of companies still use some form of instructor led training (ILT) — 59.4% to be exact, according to the 2012 ASTD State of the Industry report. INSTRUCTOR-LED TRAINING CAN EQUAL INFORMATION OVERLOAD.
Show Your Work!
DECEMBER 16, 2011
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.
Take the YinYang tool for a spin
FEBRUARY 7, 2012
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
Stealing from the Rich…
FEBRUARY 17, 2012
And because the series we did that dissected what the ASTD BEST Award winners did in 2009 had so many hits (and still does), I figure it’s worth our time to look at some other companies, what they’re doing, and what we can learn from them. ” So say Ann Farmer (Information Engineer) and Julie Clow (Manager of Learning & Organizational Development), both at Google. This is an example that supports what the women from Google said in the previous point: democratizing learning — field techs sending problems to other field techs who provide solutions.
Five Ways to Spice Up Employee Training Programs
MAY 22, 2012
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.
Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Online Portfolios
AUGUST 2, 2007
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?
2013 Corporate Learning Trends: Where Are We Now? (White Paper)
JUNE 18, 2013
Based on what we’ve seen through industry conferences (ASTD ICE 2013, Training 2013 anyone?), We’ve been asked to use rapid authoring tools to design iPad friendly courses, for example. For example, one of our largest active projects includes a flashcard app and other mobile performance support component to help sales reps practice what they’ve learned.
A Counterpoint to Ruth Clark’s “Why Games Don’t Teach”
MARCH 12, 2013
” This was actually the second time she has written an article with the same title… the first appearing on the ASTD Learning & Development blog. well-designed game lets people benefit from feedback mechanisms that offer continuous information on how well or poorly they are doing. In February’s Learning Solutions magazine, Dr. Ruth Clark started quite a buzz.
Upcoming webinar: Driving business results with learner-centric programs
JUNE 7, 2016
Discussion topics include: The state of learning technology; Opportunities with social, mobile and informal learning; Creating personalized, relevant experiences; Tying experiences to measureable outcomes; Examples of companies putting these strategies into practice. Webinar: Driving business results with learner-centric programs with Brandon Hall Group. About the presenter.
Book review: Leaving ADDIE for SAM: will agile eLearning development become mainstream?
Challenge to Learn
MAY 3, 2013
I have read the book from Michael Allen ( and Richard Sites) with a lot of interest and it is a book that I can recommend to read, it does explain the why and the how of the approach and it contains a lot of practical stuff like examples and check list that will help you get started. The book contains a huge amount of examples, checklists and even a complete project plan.
A Look Back at E-Learning in 2012
DECEMBER 19, 2012
Authoring Tools – With only a small sample of vendors that are SaaS based, pickings are slim. All that data and information is now within the system and nothing is lost. Best example? This really could be seen at the ASTD International show which has always been known as a true ILT (instructor led training) angle, with materials. . I love the end of the year.