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Learning Rebels and the ASTD (ATD) Guest Blog: Learning through Sharing

Learning Rebels

Learning through sharing. Learning Rebels are always looking for innovative ways to pump up the learning process, and this program is a great way to start!) Good question- I was noticing in my twitter feed a lot of new twitter users with profiles that identify them as Learning Professionals, I remember being new once upon a time and I thought I’d lend a hand and reach out. Our community should be about learning and growing together, right? Learning through comments. Lately I’ve been on a bit of a sharing kick. What prompted this you may ask?

Kirkpatrick Revisited | Social Learning Blog

Social Learning

Level 2: Learning. He says unless one or more of the learning objectives?knowledge, with a post-test to measure learning for the entire program. I can now see how Level 2 can be used to evaluate role-based eLearning and instructor-led training. View all posts by Barbara → ← Brain Rules for Learning: Who Knew? Who’s Building the Social Learning Roads?

How to Save ‘Social Learning’ Before We Destroy It


Social Learning is a term that is rapidly spreading throughout the learning and performance field. Don’t get me wrong; I’m a big believer in the natural learning that occurs through social interactions. also think it’s wonderful that our profession is starting to focus more on the learning that naturally takes place within the day-to-day activity of the workplace.

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


  THE QUOTE: “ Instructional designers need to run, not walk, away from classroom-thinking and get to the point of providing short, quick business focused learning points that are easily accessible when and where our learners need them. 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. Many Senior Executives like to talk the social media talk. Karl Kapp.

Re-evaluating Evaluation | Social Learning Blog

Social Learning

Social Learning Blog Training and Performance Improvement in the Real World Home About Bios Subscribe to RSS Re-evaluating Evaluation by Barbara on March 16, 2011 in Project Management/Project Delivery For years, I have dutifully included a description of Kirkpatrick’s Four Levels of Learning Evaluation in every proposal for every company I have worked with.  But it wasn’t.

Implementing Social Learning (#ASTDLN)

Learning Visions

My slides from my session at ASTD Learn Now in San Francisco. Implementing Social Learning. View more presentations from cammybean

For the Love of Learning

Learning Rebels

The last two notwithstanding (but still – seriously, Halloween & Vegas, who’s not in for THAT ?) it is, for me, all about building my “Personal Learning Network” or PLN. It’s all about the informal learning! That’s a lot of learning and sharing going on. Learning Solutions:  [link]. Interaction works  both ways.). Halloween. Vegas.

Review of ASTD International Trade Expo

eLearning 24-7

With great anticipation I entered the huge expo at ASTD International show earlier this week. Learning has been minimal. Mobile Learning. Some angle to game based learning – either an app or actual product. Social Learning. If you think they used the ASTD app and wrote down some notes, I think you would be surprised. If you are a LMS vendor and they are looking at you – they have some inkling on e-learning and a LMS – hence they are looking at them – so why do some lame pitch about what is a LMS, what is e-learning, etc.


SMBs and Social Learning Technologies

Janet Clarey

SMBs & Social Media (Sum Total). Some notes: Polls: Most attending work in L&D with some HR, IT, and learning services providers. Current learning delivery channels primarily ILT classroom and ILT online as well as a fair amount of self-paced e-learning. Goals pretty evenly spread among rapid e-learning (consumption and development), reduce costs, support informal learning, improve productivity. Other notes: Definition of social media vary among attendees (~160). Noted main difference between main stream media and social media.

ASTD TechKnowledge Wrap Up in Pictures #ASTDTK12

Learning Visions

Back home now after another exciting week in Las Vegas for ASTD’s TechKnowledge 2012 conference and expo. (I took a redeye home Friday night and then went camping with my son’s cub scout pack Saturday night. This year’s TK Chat sessions ran the gamut, with particularly hot topics around Social Learning, Gamification and tools. Thanks to ASTD for letting me play along this year!

eLearning Trends That Will Fizzle, Sizzle, or Simmer in 2014

Bottom-Line Performance

Will social learning be replaced by “isolation learning” (okay, I made that up)? If they can’t track it then people didn’t learn… or so the feeling goes. Experience API allows for tracking of all that stuff that has been so hard to track – use of social media, for example. Our industry is notorious for chasing after trends.

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Social networking & the workplace


What most do not realize is that “some 70% of the extra profit to be made through social technologies has nothing to do with marketing. “We need new ways to filter content, save information and learn from each other and our trusted sources,” write authors Tony Bingham and Marcia Conner. Formal learning. Non-formal learning. On-demand learning.

HPT and Social Learning: David Wilkins via Skype #ISPI -Sharing some key points.

ID Reflections

The session was on HPT and Social Learning: Organizational Performance in the Cloud b y David Wilkins, VP of Product Marketing at keen and passionate believer in the power of Social Networking (SN) in improving organizational performance--not marginally but manifold--this session was an eye-opener for me. We should! ~@ dwilkinsnh #ISPI #ASTD GenY has a tribe.

Accelerated Learning: Where Does It Fit In? | Social Learning Blog

Social Learning

Social Learning Blog Training and Performance Improvement in the Real World Home About Bios Subscribe to RSS Accelerated Learning: Where Does It Fit In? Then I remembered a series of highly successful training programs designed to address the three learning styles at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. But now I wanted to find out more about Accelerated Learning.

Learning Trends, Technologies, and Opportunities – New White Paper by Sharon Boller

Bottom-Line Performance

Sharon Boller , President of Bottom-Line Performance, has authored a new white paper: “Learning Trends, Technologies and Opportunities.” ” Using both quantitative research and anecdotal evidence from our work with Fortune 500 clients, Sharon uncovers both what the learning and development field currently looks like AND where is it headed in the next 12 – 18 months.

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Evaluating Informal Learning

Social Learning

My colleague, Andrea May came back from ASTD International Conference & Exposition (ICE), which was held in Dallas in May of this year, raving about a presentation on “Evaluating Informal Learning.” She knows that I have been blogging about learning evaluation for the past couple of years—mostly Kirkpatrick but also [.]

2013 Corporate Learning Trends: Where Are We Now? (White Paper)

Bottom-Line Performance

In January, BLP President Sharon Boller published a white paper exploring the trends in the corporate learning landscape. Based on what we’ve seen through industry conferences (ASTD ICE 2013, Training 2013 anyone?), recent client work and the latest eLearning Guild research reports, Learning Trends, Technologies and Opportunities remains on track with most of its predictions.

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Steps to Developing a Learning Culture

The Peformance Improvement

As I have argued in previous posts , to be successful in today’s world, companies need to have a culture that values and supports learning. On the other hand, some experts have offered ideas about actions that can be taken relatively quickly to enhance organizational learning. For example, Jane Hart has a five-point plan for increasing social learning.

Learning Rebel Yell for DevLearn Technology: Tom Spiglanin

Learning Rebels

As is the usual modus operandi for Learning Rebels and reflection pieces, I try to gather up opinions not just singing the general praises of an event, but try to gather different insights and perspectives.  In this case, I managed to put Tom Spiglanin in a corner. The post Learning Rebel Yell for DevLearn Technology: Tom Spiglanin appeared first on Learning Rebels. Who knew? .

The Changing Face of Corporate L&D


THE QUOTE: “ Learning & Development needs a makeover…It’s time for a change.” – Clark Quinn. THE JOURNEY: ‘Learning at the speed of need’ is a significant factor that powers up workplaces around the world today. It draws inputs from top performing learning companies in the Towards Maturity Benchmark and insights from thought leaders in the field. The result? Quotes.

An energizing retreat – ASTD 2013

Learning Journal

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. It’s the playing part I want to work on some more (I can be a little too serious sometimes; I know – hard to believe). I am reminded that some of the best learning experiences don’t even look like learning experiences… they look like states of “flow”; they look like play – like fun. Here are some of the topics that rose to the top for me this year along with some resources in case you want to learn more.

MOOCs in Workplace Learning – Part 1: Some Points to Consider

ID Reflections

Having taken the world of higher education by storm (though not everyone will agree), MOOCs are all set to disrupt/re-invent workplace learning. have been writing about MOOCs in the space of corporate learning for some time now. They can probably learn via more informal and social means—both synchronous and asynchronous. Q. MOOC social learning Workplace Learning

30 Days To Go Until ATD International Conference & Exposition 2015 Comes Alive!

Origin Learning

Association for Talent Development, ATD’s International Conference and Exposition (ICE) is a much awaited event for learning professionals across the globe. The event will see thought leaders, industry luminaries and chief executive officers gathering to share best practices and insights about Learning & Development.

Fri April 29: ASTD Conference “Learning 2.0 – Don’t get left behind” #ASTDL20

Learning Visions

But if you’d like to hear from some industry notables on the topic of Learning 2.0, come to ASTD New England Area’s Regional 2011 Conference: Learning 2.0 – Don’t get left behind. It’s this Friday in Westford, MA. I’ll be speaking, giving a Cammy Bean style sightseeing tour of Social Media. Conference Description: The world of learning & development is changing fast. Chances are, if you’re reading this blog, then you’re not so far behind as all that. You can also hear from the likes of Tony Bingham, Dave Wilkins, David Kelly and Gina Rosenthal. astdl20

Starting a conversation about social media for learning

Learning Journal

The first topic we took up was social media learning, since I thought it might be somewhat familiar even if students weren’t able to use these kinds of tools much as yet (entirely possible given the roles they play and the kinds of organizations in which they work). Minds on Fire: Open education, the long tail, and learning 2.0. Social Networking Theories and Tools to Support Connectivist Learning Activities. International Journal of Web-Based Learning and Teaching Technologies , 2(3) (2007)  Download from here. Social Media Basics. Enjoy! 

How Trainers Can Manage Their Social Media ‘Brand’


Social media and social networks, to say the least, have become one of the most common ways for people to communicate. Just about everyone — even your mom, probably — has connected somehow with someone else through as social-media tool. For better or worse, all of your social media entries are out there, publicly, for the entire world to see. Be selective. Participate!

Michael Allen – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators


Michael Allen, the CEO of Allen Interactions, is known for pioneering multimedia learning technologies, interactive instructional paradigms, and rapid-prototyping processes—bringing each forward into leading corporate enterprises. ABOUT THIS INTERVIEW SERIES: ‘ Crystal Balling with Learnnovators ’ is a thought-provoking interview series that attempts to gaze into the future of e-learning. It comprises stimulating discussions with industry experts and product evangelists on emerging trends in the learning landscape. We see that all the time with cleverly designed e-learning.

Learning: Playing the Blame Game

Learning Rebels

Lately, in this writer’s humble opinion, L&D (Learning and Development) professionals have been taking a ride on the Bully Bus looking to create havoc for both their learners and professionals within their own industry. suppose the possibility had always been there, I recently wrote a post “Putting the Human Back into Learning”. When did shaming the learner become okay?

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The Beard @ ASTD #TK11

Aaron Silvers

I am VERY excited for my first ASTD TechKnowledge experience. When I was invited by Cammy Bean (@cammybean) and Michelle Lentz (@writetechnology) to talk SCORM, AICC and Future Learning Experience Project during a TK Chat with Kris Rockwell (@hybridkris), I was giddy.  I love lively discussions, and I had a blast last year at mLearnCon with Michelle and Kris, that this allows me to return the favor. I’m coming with one of my good friends and partners at ADL , Damon Regan (@damonregan) and speaking for both of us, we’re pretty psyched.


Learning Reflections (part one) – The Ups and Downs of DevLearn: Holly MacDonald

Learning Rebels

Before we begin: One of the things I love about being a  “Learning Rebel” is the network of other Learning Rebels which has been built up through this website! There are a lot of Rebels out there, all “Fighting the Good Fight” to bring learning innovation into the workplace.  I hear from you often through twitter, through this site and through email.

The Importance of a Learning Climate in Corporate Training

Social Learning

According to the most recent numbers from the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD), American companies spent over $150 billion on training in 2011 alone. The post The Importance of a Learning Climate in Corporate Training appeared first on Social Learning Blog. With a national [.] Training Development Training Evaluation corporate training

Learning Executives Discuss Social Learning

eLearning Cyclops

Tonight I was lucky enough to attend a Tony Bingham (ASTD's CEO) presentation at University of MD, Baltimore County (UMBC). very engaging presentation about maximizing learning in the workplace and informal learning. Social Media ISDHe also shared several videos including the one below that I would like to share here.

Evaluating Informal Learning

Social Learning

My colleague, Andrea May came back from ASTD International Conference & Exposition (ICE), which was held in Dallas in May of this year, raving about a presentation on “Evaluating Informal Learning.” She knows that I have been blogging about learning evaluation for the past couple of years—mostly Kirkpatrick but also [.] Evaluation Informal Learning

What’s REALLY Going On? 6 Truths About Training in 2012

Bottom-Line Performance

Training’s Top 125 acknowledges the companies whose efforts in learning and development (L&D) stand out from the rest in terms of their impact on the winners’ bottom-line results. The 2012 State of the Industry Report from The American Society for Training and Development (ASTD), the world’s largest professional association dedicated to the training and development field. 59.4%.

LMS Vendors: U Can Survive – Innovate, Invigorate and Invent

eLearning 24-7

In the webinar, I brought up how LMS vendors were themselves perpetuating the myth of the bad things of social media (which is a necessary component of social learning), so, rather than identify the facts and data to potential clients who are concerned about social media and thus social learning, they instead do not include it in their system. Majority of employees access social media sites out of the workplace. Majority of employees access a LMS or Learning Portal out of the workplace. Secondly, it is just not social networking.

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Five Must-Have Skills for Learning Professionals: An Update


The first post I wrote here was Critical Skills Learning Professionals Need Now , back in October 2010. Since then, I’ve been on a quest to help people in the learning and development industry continuously learn new skills and stay current. This is what learning professionals need to learn most urgently: what the business really wants. That’s OK.

Small Changes Make a Difference

Tom Spiglanin

In my previous post, I mentioned how my role in workplace learning and development (L&D) had fundamentally changed this past year. I am now responsible for (gasp) face-to-face, instructor-led, sage-on-stage classes. My optimism ultimately derives from several sources, most profoundly my personal learning network of colleagues around the world. Training isn’t learning.