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Tracy Parish: Actual Rockstar

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I'm just home from DevLearn , always a fun, exciting event.

I'M NOT A BLOGPORTUNIST

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There's really no blog post here. I'm not one of those people who pretend to engage in Twitter conversations while really only looking for ways to spam everyone with an old post. Worst offenders: The ones who manipulate a conversation around to an excuse to blogdrop.

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Everything I Know About HR I Learned From My Corgi

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Ok, I am not necessarily equating animal and human behavior. Except sort of. Tongue mostly in cheek here. Mostly. I have a corgi who’s one of the smartest dogs I ever met. Earlier this year I had a serendipitous meeting with a fellow who owns a small farm, which he uses as a dog training facility.

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Coming to Devlearn 2015?

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Coming to DevLearn 2015? I'll be there with 2 new sessions and a refreshed visit to a fun one from last year. Some has involved extensive new research. Some has involved rethinking something I may have changed my mind about. The best thing?

HR Benchmark Report: How to Recruit, Coach & Develop Teams

Do you really want a team of all-stars? Instead of trying to hire all Type A high performers, research shows it’s much more effective to hire a mix of personalities. In this report, Paycor will explain why and how to go about assembling, coaching, and developing effective teams at work.

9 Critical Elements of Performance Improvement: Devlearn Session Recap

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Session Recap: “9 Critical Elements of Performance Improvement” Devlearn 2015 Session 111: Jane Bozarth & Jeannette Campos In January 2014 my husband, Kent, was diagnosed with a brain tumor.

"Social Media for Learning" meets "Show Your Work": The 21 Day Drawing Challenge

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There''s a fun social learning activity going on via Lynda.com., the "21 Day Drawing Challenge".

Maker Party! Show Your Work

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… so this happened the night of March 4. We were looking for a way to bring our more interesting friends together so hit on this: Kent & Kelly: Birthday Twins! A party with a twist: Makers only!

A Spring Treat: Connie Malamed's New "Visual Design Solutions"

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Much better than a hollow chocolate bunny, my metaphorical Easter basket this year held a review copy of Connie Malamed’s wonderful new Visual Design Solutions: Principles and Creative Inspiration for Learning.

What Did You Learn Today?

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I've written quite a bit over the past few years about a certain disconnect we have with our learners. We tend to think about "Learning" with a capital "L", as some rather abstracted high-minded pursuit, a lifelong systematic interconnected journey of brain enrichment.

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There’s Not a Skills Gap in the U.S… or Is There?

Your search for the perfect candidate has resulted in zero perfectly skilled applicants. What’s going on? Enter… the skills gap. This report, ‘The Employment Skills Gap and What To Do About It,' breaks down the issue with solutions you can apply now.

"Social Technologies in Business"

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Know what happens when a bunch of your friends get together and assemble the best compilation ever of thinking in the social-social media-collaborative learning-knowledge management-narrating work realms? This book.

Social Media for Learning, Part 1: Extending, Including, Supporting

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This month's Nuts and Bolts column is the first in a series updating ideas around using social media for learning. I'm looking especially at the rise of new tools for user-generated images and video: “L&D is great at creating and delivering content.

iSpring 9! Lots of New Features

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I always enjoy hearing from my friends at iSpring, who apart from being excellent humans with a great product are fun companions at minigolf. So I was delighted to get an email asking me to take a look at the newest release, iSpring9.

Punish the Learner

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For those who''ve been keeping up with Project Ukulele, I found a nice local group that has a uke playalong meetup every 1st and 3rd Monday. We meet in a small coffeehouse that hosts small concerts so there''s something of a ''stage'' up front.

The Better Way to Onboard Customers

Speaker: Skilljar Experts

The best onboarding programs have a super power: they’re constantly improving. Here at Skilljar, we’ve learned a thing or two about onboarding, both by crafting our own experience, and by collaborating with the best Customer Education professionals in the world. In our upcoming webinar, we’re going to share these learnings with you.

What Does Social Learning Look Like? Pokémon GO

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This month's "Nuts & Bolts" column examines social learning as it happens naturally, organically, as people go about their day: It’s not about ‘doing social.’ It’s about supporting workers as they work by giving them the time and the right space to talk about it. It’s about listening.

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The DevLearn Mobile App: A Lesson in Motivation and Reward

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One of the components of our upcoming Devlearn "Ukulele Learning" sessions is some conversation around motivation and reward. A great example is happening right now in the DevLearn conference app, available to attendees.

Transforming Classroom to Online: What's the Reality?

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“When you’re looking at ‘converting’ classroom training to an online format, try to actually get to the classroom event. Get clear on what really goes on there, as opposed to what you might hear in a meeting or via document review.

New Job!

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I'm very excited about my new role and, after more than 2 decades in government, am looking forward to exploring the mythical private sector. Watch for monthly research reports and more starting in early 2018

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3 Reasons to Invest in a Learning Culture: RECRUIT, RETAIN, ENGAGE

One of the least explored and most effective ways to drive recruiting, retention, and overall employee engagement is to establish a learning culture. If this is an area where you need help (or if you could just use a refresher) let Paycor walk you through actionable tips and insights on how you can develop the learning culture that works best for your business.

When Social Biz Meets Superbowl

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I spend a lot of my time describing effective use of social media and the need for brands to have a real voice, to show that they are in touch with their customers, and to show that they are acting in real-time.

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Elements of Working Out Loud at a Conference

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DevLearn Blogger Update: Half the fun of a conference is participating in the backchannel, so friends back home, people who chose other sessions, and colleagues everywhere can keep up with the happenings. It's also a nice way of making notes for yourself.

Music is Becoming Social Again

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During yesterday's "Ukulele Learning" session my copresenter Shawn Rosler showed a chart with whole, quarter, and eighth notes and asked who had ever struggled to learn music this way. A lot of hands went up, accompanied by some headshaking and grimacing.

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Designing for Learner Success: First, Do No Harm

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eLearning designers and developers spend a lot of time on assessments, particularly things like quizzes and knowledge checks and tests.

Top E-Learning Software - Recommendations and Pricing

Zero in on the best E-Learning software for your company. Get expert recommendations and pricing comparisons based on your specific needs.

Webinars? About That Whiteboard.

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From this month's Nuts & Bolts column : I’ve been working in virtual classrooms since 2003, back when I first met Insync Training’s Jennifer Hofmann, who pretty much invented using virtual meeting software to support instruction.

What Does Learning Look Like? This.

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3 Birds, One Stone Bird 1: I do lots of workshops on using social media for learning, and I struggle to help participants see the possibilities of using images rather than text-based approaches in their work.

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Keep Up with Your Conference Learning with this Template!

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Devlearn Bloggers Update: The September 24 #lrnchat focused on learning from conferences. Participant @MichelleOckers took away this idea for keeping up with conference learning. It’s a template she’s shared with us as a Google doc.

The Myth of Best Practices: Update

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In 2009 I wrote a post, "The Myth of Best Practices" , that described problems with both context and fidelity. Here''s a great example of what usually happens when "best practices" are transferred from one setting to another

Employee Training Playbook by Lessonly

Strengthen new employees and develop existing teams with Lessonly’s Employee Training Playbook.

"Show Your Work" Event Today

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I publish a lot, and few things have gotten me more response than last August''s Nuts & Bolts column, " Narrating Our Work ". It clearly resonated with readers, so much so that strangers now contact me wanting to share their own examples. (I I am always interested in seeing more, by the way.)

The #Blimage Challenge

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I do love fun, original ideas. My buddy Jane Hart ( @c4lpt ) has just tagged me in the #blimage challenge. What is it? Steve Wheeler ( @timbuckteeth ) says: “You send an image or photograph to a colleague with the challenge that they have to write a learning related blog post based on it.

Blended Learning in Practice

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This month's research report comes from Insync Training's Jennifer Hofmann: Blended learning can be applied in a variety of ways. This report examines some common critical success factors for incorporating blended learning into organizational training and offers recommendations for a successful move towards blending learning.

About that Brain Tumor.

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This month's column takes me into new personal-revelation territory with a story of terrifying surgery, recovery, and the ways training did (and didn't) play into it. Bottom line: Performers are actors in a system. The things L&D so often focus on don't happen in isolation

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A New Segmentation Model for Customer Onboarding

In this eBook, we will show you a new framework for building a customer onboarding program, including how to segment users and drive long-term value and retention through education.