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My Sessions at ISPI 2014 -- Come Say Hello!

Will at Work Learning

For folks going to the ISPI Conference in Indianapolis next week, here are my session titles. For details, specific timing, and slides, click here. . SUNDAY Speed Mentoring. TUESDAY Special Session The Serious eLearning Manifesto: An Effort to Help eLearning Live Up to its Promise. WEDNESDAY MID MORNING General Session (RTP) The Decisive Dozen--Research-Supported Learning Factors. WEDNESDAY LATE MORNING THRU LUNCH Pit Stop & Refuel: Roundtable & Lunch Discussion Insight Learning: Helping Employees Have Creative Insights

Workshop at ISPI

Will at Work Learning

I''m teaching the following half-day workshop at the upcoming ISPI conference. This workshop goes for $150, which is an absolutely incredible bargain. Click here to learn more about the workshop or the conference. . Radically New Research-Inspired Smile Sheet Design Will Thalheimer, Work-Learning Research, Inc. contact: Workshop Code: WUQ. Research shows that traditional smile sheets are not related to learning results. Given this, we could just ignore smile sheets. The new design involves two meta-improvements.

Let's Get Together at ISPI's The Performance Improvement Conference

Will at Work Learning

Next week, I''m going to be arising from San Antonio''s Riverwalk to learn from some of the most passionate and research-based folks in our industry -- at ISPI''s Performance Improvement Conference. Work-Learning Research ISPI Thalheimer Hello everyone! I''ll also be sharing some of my work. Come join me at the following sessions: Monday April 27 from 3:30 to 5:00 TITLE: Your Smile Sheets Suck! FORMAT: PechaKucha (Performance Art, 20 slides, 20 seconds each). Tuesday April 28 starting at 12:45 TITLE: How and Why to Conduct Learning Audits FORMAT: Roundtable Discussion.

Marc My Words: A Salute to ISPI On Its 50th Anniversary by Marc J. Rosenberg

Learning Solutions Magazine

The International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI) has been a pace-setting, research-based professional organization that has influenced so many aspects of what we do in our work that it is difficult to list them all. Here is a salute to this organization! Instructional Design Professional Development Research

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

ID Reflections

I just attended an #ISPI session hosted by the Massachusetts ISPI chapter (@ MASS_ISPI ). We should! ~@ dwilkinsnh #ISPI #ASTD GenY has a tribe. ISPI "We should no longer teach a man to fish. Tags: #ISPI #ASTD social media collaborative learning Twitter Collaboration communication And Dave (@dwilkinsnh) made getting up at 4:00 a.m. so totally worth it.

Reflections on ISPI 2010

Clark Quinn

Early in the year, I gave a presentation online to the Massachusetts chapter of ISPI (the international society for performance improvement), and they rewarded me with a membership. The ISPI organization gave each chapter a free registration to their international conference, which happens to be in San Francisco this year (just a Bart trip away), and I won! Now, it probably helps to explain that I’ve been eager to attend an ISPI conference for quite a while. A nice gesture, I figured, but little more (only a continent away). To my benefit, I was very wrong.

Next Week: Speaking in Charlotte, NC on Smile Sheets

Will at Work Learning

Next Thursday March 10th, I'll be speaking on Performance-Focused Smile Sheets at the Charlotte, North Carolina chapter of ISPI. Click here for the details

eLearning 2.0 Presentation - ISPI Los Angeles

Tony Karrer

I had a great time this Saturday presenting to ISPI Los Angeles on eLearning 2.0. This presentation was somewhat similar to past presentations, but I've added a couple of new slides and concepts. I'm including my slides (via Slideshare below, but it misses a lot of what the discussions were really about). Oh, and if you are interested in this topic, I will be presenting a slightly different take on it this Thursday at a Free Online Conference - Corporate Learning: Trends and Innovations. There will be a lot more time for discussion in this case as well. and 2.0 Web 2.0 and eLearning 2.0

ELearning Association Local Chapters


International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI) - ISPI is in many ways similar to ATD, but they take a slightly different approach by focusing on performance development over talent development. Many professionals choose to be part of both ATD and ISPI as they are the leading associations in this space. Find local ISPI chapters here. Find out more here.

A Shout-Out for the Local ISPI Chapter

There Is No Chalk

I've been participating for nearly 2 years in the local Arizona chapter for ISPI. We've had some great monthly meeting topics in that time period, as we're looking forward to more this November and December. I wanted to make a special mention of our chapter's new website - or blog, rather - which can be found at (if the redirect is working properly), or

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

Bottom-Line Performance

Sharon has spoken at numerous conferences – including ASTD, ISPI, and SALT on the topics of learning design and game design. Sharon Boller , President of Bottom-Line Performance, has authored a new white paper: “Learning Trends, Technologies and Opportunities.” Click the image to download the white paper! And that’s okay. Oh, and what about Tin Can API ? Sharon has an M.S.

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Left/Right Brain, ISPI, Working Memory, Newspapers, & Cognitive Dissonance

Big Dog, Little Dog

HPT Practitioner Podcast contest for ISPI - Guy Wallace. Guy Wallace has created 21 Video Podcasts for an "HPT Practitioner Podcast" contest for ISPI. Guy also has a couple of posts about the ISPI speakers: Marc Rosenberg and Don Tosti. Split brain behavioral experiments. As a result, his left and right brains no longer communicate through that pathway. Let Computers Compute.

Geary Rummler Tribute at ISPI. Will's Notes and Reflections.

Will at Work Learning

Tonight at the ISPI conference in Orlando, I attended a tribute to Geary Rummler, who recently died after a long and distinguished career in the “Performance-Improvement Field.” Thanks to ISPI for providing this, for all the speakers (who I apologize for failing to capture their names), and for all the people who came to Orlando especially for the tribute. I didn’t know Geary, so I didn’t know how I would react or how long I would stay. I brought my laptop to do emails while I listened. I sat in the back of the cavernous ballroom. Science and sweat. Showed them, had them practice.

What Digital eLearning Trends will Emerge at the Chicago eLearning & Technology Showcase 2014?

Web Courseworks

It is hosted by the Chicago chapters of the ASTD, ISPI, and STC, and at the Showcase speakers will explore cutting-edge advancements in instructional design, development tools, mobile learning, virtual classrooms, and other areas of the industry that continue to evolve in the digital world. The all-day event will be held at the Northern Illinois University, Naperville Campus on August 5 th , 2014. I’m excited to see what new tech trends might emerge from this process and rise to the top of the industry. Getting to Wow! How Are We Going to Get This All Done?

Bob Mosher Workshop on Informal Learning

Learning Visions

Hope to see you there! ** Mass ISPI Fall 2010 Workshop, O ctober 21 Informal Learning: Are We Missing a HUGE Opportunity? Location: Westford Regency 219 Littleton Road Westford, MA 01886 For more information and to register , click: Mass ISPI. Tags: bob mosher ispi informal learning To all of my local Massachusetts colleagues and readers, be sure to put this event on your calendar and then get yourself there! Even with this being the case, most corporations spend more than 80 percent of their training budget and effort on formal training.

5 Essential Qualifications to Look for in an Instructional Designer


In order to be a Certified Professional in Learning & Performance (ASTD), or a Certified Performance Technologist (ISPI), one has to continually take courses to improve and hone their skills… which is good for you! In the past, employers often had a difficult time defining the roles for instructional designers. This is big business. But what specific qualification should you look for?

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How to Avoid These Three Pain Points for Online Learning

Rapid eLearning

And of course, participate in your local ATD , ISPI , and STC chapters. The other day someone asked what I thought the three top pain points were for online training or elearning. I hear lots of complaints and I’m sure that there are many pain points, however if we keep them in perspective, they’re really not as painful as being stabbed or thrown down a flight of stairs.


15 Free Display Graphics to Use with Your E-Learning Courses

Rapid eLearning

If you’d like me to come to your area, the best bet is to connect with a group like your local ISPI or ASTD chapter and have them contact me. November 12: Los Angeles, CA (ISPI)—Articulate Workshop. A lot of rapid elearning content finds its roots in repurposed classroom slides. A great way to get out of the PowerPoint look is to create screens that hold content in different ways.


ADDIE isn't dead; how can it be?

Integrated Learnings

And it's interesting here locally that the March and April ISPI Atlanta and ASTD Atlanta chapter meetings both focus on learning measurement. And the May ISPI Atlanta topic is 'Predictive Evaluation.' By Jay Lambert. There has been a lot of discussion, and an infamous article or two, in our field about the death of the ADDIE model. This came up again in the comments on my recent blog post, Adapting 20th Century Training Models for the Future. As a reminder, ADDIE stands for Analyze, Design, Develop, Implement, and Evaluate. It's sad, but true. As an industry, we must adapt.


7 Learning Industry Websites You Need To Know


International Society of Performance Improvement (ISPI). Much like ASTD, ISPI is a good place to start if you want to read some great content on by some of the fields' most prominent people. You will often see that people in the learning field are part of both ASTD and ISPI because of the great content offered by both organizations. The e-Learning Guild. e-Learning Learning.


The Most Practical Rapid E-Learning Tips from 2012

Rapid eLearning

If you’re interested in a workshop in your area, have your local ISPI or ASTD chapter contact me. I’m always sensitive to the elearning developers who have to work with limited resources and usually by themselves. Because of this my goal is to provide practical tips and tricks that offer real value. Rapid E-Learning Tips & Tricks. How to Create Interactive E-Learning. Free Applications.

7 Free Handwritten Fonts for Your E-Learning Courses

Rapid eLearning

If you’re interested in a workshop in your area, have your local ISPI or ASTD chapter contact me. I like to use handwritten fonts in my courses. They work well when I add them to speech bubbles, callouts, or captions. I also like the contrast a handwritten font adds to a more formal design. It comes across as a personal note—something I need to focus on. But Skippy Sharp isn’t a free font.


More Answers to Your E-Learning Questions

Rapid eLearning

Usually the local ASTD, ISPI, or STC chapters contact me about doing workshops. I’ve just finished a number of workshops and capped it off with a session at Devlearn. It was a great time of meeting many of you and learning more about what you do. As always I get a bunch of questions via email when I travel. Here are answers to frequently asked questions. Is there an easy way to do this?


When Remembering Really Matters: The Power of Serious Games for Learning (Free Webinar)

Knowledge Guru

She has spoken at numerous conferences—including ASTD, ISPI, and SALT on the topics of learning design and game design. How confident are you that learners really remember what they learn from training delivered in your organization? Research has shown time and time again that remembering is hard and forgetting is easy. So how do you combat this all-to-common problem with training?


Video is the New Text.Hmmm!

Will at Work Learning

I first met him at an ISPI conference where he talked about how he and his team created a video for a client learning engagement. For years I've been telling clients they ought to use more video in their learning programs, especially their elearning offerings. My arguments have been as follows: People react to well-crafted videos and audio with increased attention. The storytelling often inherent in video is powerfully seductive. Video is now fairly cheap; you don't necessarily need high production values, expensive equipment, or professional help. Video is the New Text.

3 Ways to Avoid Common Roadblocks When Building E-Learning Courses

Rapid eLearning

Tidbits: If you’d like me to come to your area, the best bet is to connect with a group like your local ISPI or ASTD chapter and have them contact me. November 12: Los Angeles, CA (ISPI)—Articulate Workshop. Building elearning courses is hard enough. Most people are working with limited resources and time. So having to deal with anything that slows down the process is a hassle.


Jay Changes Direction

Jay Cross

Learned every aspect of the training business, from marketing to design to models to costs, from ISA to ISPI. My book Aha! Learn for Yourself challenges readers to consider where they’ve been in their careers and where they’re headed. I feel obligated to practice what I preach. My career in the learning business is at a turning point. My history by type of learning is below.


What are you reading for eLearning insight?

Integrated Learnings

Take a moment to browse the online bookstores of the International Society for Performance Improvement ( ISPI ) or the American Society for Training and Development ( ASTD ), and you’ll likely find a year’s worth of reading ideas. ASTD’s Training + Development magazine and ISPI’s Performance Improvement Journal are both examples worth taking a peek at. Some online articles include a References or Related Readings section at the end – I’ve noticed this consistently with eLearning Guild content and ISPI’s PerformanceXpress. By Shelley A. Gable. What are your clients reading?

Smile-Sheet Workshop in Suffolk, VA -- June 10th, 2016

Will at Work Learning

Sponsored by the Hampton Roads Chapter of ISPI. The best deal ever for a full-day workshop on how to radically improve your smile-sheet designs! Free book and subscription-learning thread too! . Friday, June 10, 2016. Reed Integration. 7007 Harbour View Blvd #117. Suffolk, VA. . Click here to register now. . Performance Objectives: By completing this workshop and the after-course subscription-learning thread, you will know how to: Avoid the three most troublesome biases in measuring learning. Persuade your stakeholders to improve your organization’s smile sheets.

Curate versus Create: Making Sense of Off The Shelf


The initiative is totally free, and backed by the relevant societies (not least ATD, ISPI, Training Industry, and the eLearning Guild). There’s a role for eLearning courses. Not as often as they’re used, perhaps, but the ability to get on top of a particular skill at one’s own pace on one’s own time is clearly a valuable opportunity. Thus, we then need to ask the classic question: build or buy? However, one question to be addressed before that is: when should we use asynchronous eLearning? Developing or purchasing a course only makes sense under certain circumstances. Filling the Need.

25 More Free Display Graphics for Your E-Learning Courses

Rapid eLearning

November 12: Los Angeles, CA (ISPI)—Articulate Workshop. In a previous post, I share 15 free display graphics that are commonly seen in elearning courses. In today’s post, I’m adding a few more. The cool thing is that all of these are created in PowerPoint; so you can learn to build your own. The steps are simple. They’re generally just rectangles with some sort of fill. Flipchart Display.


5 ELearning Career Questions and Answers


Either the CPLP (offered by ASTD) or the CPT (offered by ISPI). As with any profession, it is important to set goals so that you can continue to grow in your skills and abilities as an elearning developer. The answer to these questions can vary depending on the situation, but for the sake of this post, I will share some of my thoughts on some of the more frequent questions. No, it is not.

The Power of Play: How to Use Games for Learning (Free Webinar)

Bottom-Line Performance

Sharon has spoken at numerous conferences – including ASTD, ISPI, and SALT on the topics of learning design and game design. Click here to register. The webinar will be held at two times on Thursday, February 28th: 8 am EST/5 am PST and 11 am EST/ 8 am PST. Join Sharon Boller , President of Bottom-Line Performance, for a webinar that shows you the “why” of games and gamification.


Are Your E-Learning Courses Going to Land You in Jail?

Rapid eLearning

If you’re interested in a workshop in your area, have your local ISPI or ASTD chapter contact me. Whenever I do a post on clip art , I get bombarded with emails and comments about copyrights and whether or not they can use these assets in their elearning courses. It makes sense, no one wants to violate any laws or steal someone’s intellectual property. So let’s take a look at some options.