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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.

Top 9 Competencies of an Informal/Social Learning Designer


It is exciting to be part of the learning revolution happening around us, with new learning paradigms and technologies emerging on a daily basis. Thanks to the inherent quality of learning designers, we find it easy to adapt to most of these changes. Course design (formal learning blended with the right mix of informal and social learning). SKILLS: 6.

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.

Here a Hashtag, There a Hashtag, Everywhere a Hashtag

Learning Rebels

As part of our 2015 commitment to Kaizen and incremental improvements, it’s time to shift the gaze toward improving the “Learning Toolbox for the 21st Century”. Understanding the basics of social media tools such as Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and most of all, twitter – is also understanding the importance of hashtags. Chat2LRN : Chat to Learn. Not true.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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 [.]

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.

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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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.

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


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.

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! 

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.

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.

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

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.

The Evolving Face of Embedded Performance Support


THE JOURNEY: In today’s business environments where: ‘Learning at the speed of need’ is the most crucial factor for success. Learning is largely informal (on-the-job), a little social (peer), and least formal (training programs and courses). Also included are a brief about Ontuitive’s “Just Enough Learning” approach and its benefits supported by a few interesting case studies.

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!

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? .

Clark Quinn – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators


ABOUT CLARK QUINN (Learning Technology Strategist): Clark Quinn, Ph.D., helps organizations align technology with how we think, work, and learn. 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. Learnnovators: You say that ‘survival requires continual innovation, and at the core is learning faster than everyone else’.

2014 – The Year In Review


2014 has been a wonderful year for us, because it was replete with LEARNNOVATIONS (learning innovations). We started our journey of 2014 with a quick review of the previous year and followed it up with the under-mentioned: Completed the first anniversary of ‘Crystal Balling’ Interview Series : If you have been following us, you would have noticed that it’s a year since we started publishing our Crystal Balling interview series with some of the eminent personalities of the e-learning industry. How would people learn in future? Where is our industry headed?

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

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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

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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