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The OEB Plenary Debate 2020: Is Academic Learning Only for Eggheads?

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This week I am participating in Online Educa Berlin (OEB) 2020 as a participate in the annual plenary debate. I am sad that COVID is keeping us from gathering in person in Berlin this year and especially miss hugging dear colleagues and seeing the delights of the Christmas markets.

Psychological Safety: Critical for Learning?

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 has been a year of uncertainty for many professionals. People were suddenly shifted to working from home and many in-person activities within the training and education field were hastily adapted into virtual ones.

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What Works - and What Doesn't - In Diversity Training

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Organizations implement diversity initiatives for a number of reasons, including a desire to increase representation, decrease workplace conflicts, and teach different individuals how to work together effectively.

Evidence-Based Design for Virtual Classroom Experiences

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In watching events of 2020 unfold I've seen many organizations make a sudden shift from face-to-face training to the virtual classroom.

CFO’s Guide to Building an HR Team with Limited Time, Budget and Resources

Building the ideal HR team doesn’t happen overnight—especially when CFOs have limited time, budget and resources. But our new guide can give you advice on where to start and key focus areas you need to know. Download our guide today!

Tracy Parish: Actual Rockstar

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I'm just home from DevLearn , always a fun, exciting event. This year was especially meaningful for me as I watched one of my best friends, Tracy Parish, achieve well-deserved stardom as she won not just the annual shirt design concert but also the top prize in the 71-entry Demofest event, "Best Mobile Solution" category. I'm guessing I've known Tracy for upwards of a decade now, first online as #lrnchat participants (we're both moderators now) and later as conference buddies.

Designing for Behavior Change: A Conversation with Julie Dirksen

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In this video research report , Julie Dirksen provides an in-depth look at Susan Michie et al.’s s research on how to understand and support behavior change to improve job performance.

More Similar than Different: What the Research Says About Generations in the Workplace

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The topic of “generations” in the workplace has become popular among L&D professionals. Stereotypes exist regarding generational differences surrounding values, work behaviors, and preferences in supervision.

Let Me Google That for You (LMGTFY)

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Let Me Google That for You (LMGTFY) , just out from The Learning Guild, gives me the opportunity to respond to Guild member questions that require answers but not full-length reports. Does everybody really have a mobile phone? What is the optimal length for a training video?

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. His specialty is herding: he provides sheep and ducks and fenced spaces in which to work them, and rents the space and his counsel to area dog owners.

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The Role of Human Resources in Workplace Safety

While it may seem obvious to say that safety is important for any company to embrace, making it a priority as an HR representative will not only be beneficial to your employees but to your bottom line too. Download this whitepaper to learn more!

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? Prepping for these sessions gives me a chance to collaborate with some of my best friends in this business, bright people who bring energy and passion and fun to creating something together.

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. The experience -- from diagnosis to surgery to complications to recovery -- served as an excellent reminder that learning does not happen in a vacuum, that “training” is rarely enough, and that learners are actors in a system with many moving parts.

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.

"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". Led by artist Von Glitschka, the project offers a daily new assignment (like "draw a cat" or "draw a man on a unicycle using only a continuous line") along with a quick overview video and printable reference worksheet. Additional support and participant interaction happen via a Facebook page. There Von Glitschka offers additional tips and sometimes directs participants to tutorials in other courses.

Five Reasons Leaders Invest in Language Training

Communication is the lifeforce of any company. Without it, productivity, employee happiness, and ultimately your business suffers. Investing in language learning better positions global business leaders to see gains in organizational effectiveness as a result.

"Ukulele Learning" Devlearn Session Recap

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“Ukulele Learning” session recap Devlearn 2015 Session Recap: 304 (will be repeated Thursday Oct 1 as session 518) Jane Bozarth, Shawn Rosler, Ellen Wagner Ukulele Learning: Music and the Brain Since so many colleagues of mine have taken up the ukulele recently I wanted to have a uke jam at Devlearn. We could play together and offer introductory lessons to those who wanted to learn to play.

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! We’re inviting friends who create: tie-dyers, artists, writers, musicians, welders, woodworkers, those who have started businesses. People with a passion or interest they have put into practice. PLEASE bring something for show and tell (and to sell, if you like).

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. As a career-long government employee I’m always interested in low-cost solutions so appreciate Connie’s attention to the idea that good design is not necessarily about money or software.

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. Heck, I have a doctorate in that. Don't get me started.) But the rest of the world thinks about "learning" as "solving a problem" or "getting an answer" or "figuring it out" or "looking it up".

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From Surviving to Thriving: Returning to what science says about how we think, work, and learn

Speaker: Clark Quinn, Ph.D., Author and Executive Director of Quinnovation

The pandemic and associated upheavals of 2020 has led to both the need and opportunity to rethink how we think, work, and learn. Being forced to distance, we took emergency steps to build mechanisms that supported remote-learning, with an emphasis on elearning and virtual training. The consensus suggests that our existing elearning and training weren’t as well-received as we hoped. Our efforts to rely on elearning more and translate training to virtual experiences weren’t well-designed. The underlying reason is that we’re not well aligned with how our brains really work! In this session, Dr. Quinn will also go over the implications for learning and working effectively both in general and in this new era. Come see what L&D can, and should, do to help transform organizations to work smarter (and wiser).

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. But emerging and evolving tools give us the opportunity to engage with our learners in new ways, to help move us toward making workplace learning more a process and less an event.

"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. My interest in social learning and working out loud grew from my own wonderful experience as a participant in a vibrant community of practice.

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. In months that have a 5th Monday -- like September 2013 -- there''s an open mic meeting. People come prepared to perform a song or 2, and with the smaller group that shows up it''s a fun time to share and learn some new songs.

Cammy Bean, "Writing Better eLearning Scripts" Training 2015

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I''m in Atlanta for Training 2015. Our friend Cammy Bean so often live blogs other people''s conference sessions, including some of mine, I figured I''d return the favor. How can we write better programs?" -Aim Aim for short & snappy -How do people talk to each other? Write like that. Use a lighter, accessible tone. It''s really critical to know your audience (Form follows function) Comic books are fun and can support the fun affect. -We

The Ins and Outs of Connecting Technologies in a Modern Learning Ecosystem

Speaker: TJ Seabrooks, former CEO at Rustici Software

Have you ended up with a collection of content inputs and data outputs that might be hard to wrangle? If your organization uses multiple LMSs and has content coming from many different places, or you’re heading in this direction, this webinar is for you.

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. Usually when a tool gets a refresh there are a few updates, but this new version of iSpring has advanced the product by leaps and bounds. My two favorite changes: 1.

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.

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. And it’s about using social tools to support conversations and performance already in progress. upporting 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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Social Tools for Learning: Updated Report for 2018

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Social tools have emerged, disappeared, and evolved over time. The question is whether or not these tools are being used successfully in the modern L&D landscape. Are organizations leveraging social tools to support training and performance efforts today? Earlier this year The eLearning Guild conducted a survey with its members on the topic of social tools. Using Social Tools for Learning , by Jane Bozarth, delves into the data collected from the survey and shares key findings.

The Pro’s Guide To Getting The Best ROI From Your New LMS

You need a Learning Management System when your courses and training programs need to be accessible online. Quickly build the perfect business case and easily determine which LMS will provide the best return on investment you need with this how-to eBook!

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. There's a swag shop with stuff like fun tshirts and sunglasses; app users can earn points toward purchases as outlined below. Notice the relative value of posting and filling out evaluations compared to just checking in or tagging something.

Crash Course for New Instructional Designers

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Classroom trainers are often recruited to create eLearning content that is nothing more than a regurgitation of classroom materials.

What's Your Reality? AR and VR

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The eLearning Guild's April research report examines the benefits and barriers of using augmented reality and virtual reality in organizations and how these organizations access and utilize the data derived from the AR and VR systems. The eLearning Guild conducted a survey with its members on the topic of augmented reality and virtual reality. What’s Your Reality? AR and VR for Learning , by Jane Bozarth, explores the data collected from the survey and shares key findings.

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. Talk to the trainers or facilitators who run classroom events, and ask them about any tricks or special adaptations they might employ. Then work on ways to bring the richness—and maybe even fun—to the worker’s online experience.”

6 Ways to Secure (More Of) a Budget for Your Customer Education Program

Whether you’re looking to kickstart or expand your customer education program, you need access to a budget. Learn how you can demonstrate the positive ROI of customer training and make the case for securing a larger budget in our latest eBook!

Creating Significant Learning Experiences

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This month in Learning Solutions I take a look at Dee Fink's Five Principles of Good Course design. A “good course” is one which meets the following five criteria: 1. Challenges learners to higher-level learning 2. Uses active forms of learning 3. Gives frequent and immediate feedback to students on the quality of their learning 4. Uses a structured sequence of different learning activities 5.

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. Problems with auto-scheduling and then stepping away from social media content, or outsourcing social media tasks to inept firms, have time and again proven embarrassing (at best) for companies. But it's no reason to shy away from working in the social space.

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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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. Here’s Helen Blunden’s (@ActivateLearn) “Elements of Working Out Loud at a Conference”. Which ones will you try at #devlearn

[On-Demand Webinar] The State of Customer Education: Trends and Benchmarks Report

Speaker: Sandi Lin & Linda Schwaber-Cohen

In this webinar, Skilljar CEO Sandi Lin shared learnings from Skilljar's recent study and her insights on the state of Customer Education. She dug into key findings so you can benchmark against industry trends and understand how your strategy and metrics compare.