Mon.Jul 25, 2011

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Three things all teachers need

Learning with e's

Last night I took part in a 3-way Skype podcast recording for t , which was hosted by Jeff Bradbury, who is based in Philadelphia, USA. My co-panellist was Mark Greentree , who was speaking from Sydney, Australia. One of the scheduled questions which we never got around to addressing was: What should a parent expect from a teacher in the 21st Century? This is vitally important.

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The Smart Worker : learning continuously with social media

Jane Hart

Tweet. In the first of my blog posts on helping L&D department move forward, I want to focus on how we can help others learn continuously using social media. “today’s work environment doesn’t tolerate learners stepping out of their workflow to learn unless it is absolutely vital to do so. 2 – Creating and sharing content. 4 – Improving productivity.

Vague Stories Help Learners to Discover

Vignettes Learning

Synthesis: Uncovering parallel tracks is essential in contextual learning – where the need is to help learners find applications of an idea in a story or feedback. Precision oftentimes kills the ability of the learner to discover multiple real-life applications. In In Praise of Vagueness (Wired Magazine July 21, 2011), Jonah Lehrer writes about studies on the benefits of vagueness versus precision.

Using Social Learning to Encourage Continued Employee Education

CLO Magazine

Continuing education programs appear to be a significant benefit to employees looking for organizations that invest in their talent. Consider this: Sixty percent of U.S. jobs will require postsecondary education by 2018 ( Aslanian , 2011). Furthermore, a recent study by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce reported that the United States will need an additional 20 million postsecondary-educated workers by 2025 to keep up with the current demand, boosting the nation’s GDP by $500 billion ( The Uneducated American , Anthony P. Carnevale & Stephen J. Rose, 2011).

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Start with the Organization’s Goals

CLO Magazine

When launching a new Learning and Development (L&D) group or transforming an existing one, people often ask, “Where should we start?” The answer is always the same. Start with the organization’s goals. Learning and development exists and is funded to support the organization’s goals. It should help the organization achieve those goals. L&D programs or initiatives may not have a role to play in achieving all the organization’s goals but almost certainly will have a role in achieving many of them. Here are some examples of goals where L&D almost always play a role: Increase sales.

Cruella speaks …

Jane Hart

Tweet. The discussion around this summer’s Epic Debate hotted up over the weekend. As Clive Shepherd, who is speaking against the motion points out in his latest blog posting, Give Cruella a chance , the motion has been written in an obscure way in order to provoke such debate. For me, the debate hangs on the interpretation of just a few key words in the motion.

Capturator: Making Self-Directed Language Learning Possible


As we build an international elearning marketplace, we’re always thrilled to feature some of the creative developers selling their elearning content on OpenSesame. The folks from Capturator are doing their best to make you more international, by creating effective and interactive elearning courses teaching Spanish , French , Italian and English. Capturator founders Marie Hédiard, Kurt Röllin and Marco Loche are examples of those magical people - both creative and technical - who love to learn and help others learn. Creating eLearning Courses

Ram Charan to HR Managers: Build a ‘People Engine’ Geared for Results, Not Vision


Last week I had the great pleasure of hearing Ram Charan speak at the Bay Area Executive Development Network meeting. The theme of Charan’s talk was how the Chief Human Resource Officer (CHRO) can add value and build a people engine that will help the business achieve its objectives. Charan has written many books and every learning leader I think should read his works. Results, Not Vision.

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What is Your Training Plan B?

Social Learning

In Minnesota we say that we have two seasons—winter and road construction. Added to that is the extreme congestion during morning and evening rush hours and the building of a light rail system between Minneapolis and St. All of this, of course, adds inordinate amounts of time to my drive between the two cities and to and from the suburbs. A Plan B was called for. Not eLearning.