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Indecent proposals

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Another year has flown by, and once again I’m pleasantly surprised by the number of articles I managed to post in-between the trials and tribulations of life. In December I like to review each one with a view to identifying a common theme.

Tree climbers

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I respect Malcolm Gladwell as a thinker, but I’m disappointed by his Grand Unified Theory for fixing higher education that he espouses in an episode of the Revisionist History podcast titled The Tortoise and the Hare.

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Approaching perfection

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I’ve never understood the rationale of the 80% pass mark. Which 20% of our work are we prepared to do wrongly?

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I don’t know

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Despite its honesty, the humble phrase “I don’t know” is widely feared. From the fake-it-til-you-make-it mindset of consultants to the face-saving responses of executives , we puny humans are psychologically conditioned to have all the answers – or at least be seen to.

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The Ultimate Crash Course in eLearning Visual Design

Speaker: Connie Malamed, Founder of Mastering Instructional Design and Publisher of The eLearning Coach

Well-designed materials can motivate learners, improve comprehension, and assist optimal retention. If you need rapid, easily actionable ways to improve your eLearning and slides, join this session to learn the power principles that will have the biggest impact on your designs.

Not our job

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Despite the prevailing rhetoric for the Learning & Development function to be “data driven”, data for the purposes of evaluating what we do is notoriously hard to come by.

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Space invaders

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Sometimes, out of the blue, one of my blog posts really hits the mark. Such was the case recently with Great and small in which I had a go at redefining our pedagogical terminology.

Time pilot

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There was an aspect I omitted from my previous post, Space invaders , in which I covered the spacing effect as a means of maximising long-term retention. Zsolt Olah picked it: interleaving and – ironically! –

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The apex of innovation

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There’s a maxim among pub pool players that the consumption of beer will improve your game, until you reach a tipping point whereby the alcohol flooding your bloodstream diminishes your mastery of the cue. Funnily enough, it’s not just an urban myth.

Supercharge your digital training

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We’ve all been there. The organisation invests an obscene amount of money in a course library, and after much fanfare and an initial spike of excitement, activity steadily dwindles until the platform resembles a ghost town vacated by all but the most enthusiastic of fans.

Using New Trends to Revive Your eLearning Strategy

Speaker: Stephen Baer - Chief Creative Officer, ELB Learning

In this fireside chat, leading L&D expert Stephen Baer will discuss the exciting technological advancements in eLearning and how you can choose and implement the right technology for your company.

Roses are red

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It seems like overnight the L&D profession has started to struggle with the definition of terms such as “capability”, “competency” and “skill” Some of our peers consider them synonyms – and hence interchangeable – but I do not.

Great and small

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English is a funny language. Coloured by countless other languages over centuries of war, politics, colonialism, migration and globalisation, many words have been lost, appropriated or invented, while others have changed their meaning.

Skills of the present

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The meaning of the phrase skills of the future is variable. Like so many other terms in our profession, its definition depends on who you ask. According to my own heuristic, a “skill of the future” is a capability for which demand will grow disproportionately over the next 5 years.

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L&D conferences in Australia in 2022

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Little did I know in March last year that the Learning & Development Leadership Summit would be the only in-person event that I would attend until the L&D Symposium in November! The summit was held in downtown Sydney – immersed in the hustle and bustle of the city, and convenient to boot.

The Next Level of Sales Enablement: Sales Content Management

Speaker: Deniz Olcay, Senior Director of Product Marketing, and Jake Miller, Senior Product Marketing Manager

In this value-packed webinar, Deniz Olcay and Jake Miller will unravel and debunk the top three SCM myths and explain how to get the most from your SCM solution.

The next normal

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The COVID-19 pandemic ushered in a new normal for L&D professionals as millions of people were sent home to work remotely.

Double defence

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In a past life I worked with a fellow named Jim who was very good at what he did. As what I would term a “trainer”, he was well versed in face-to-face delivery and widely respected in the business as a subject matter expert.

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The right stuff

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Well that was unexpected. When I hit the Publish button on Not our job , I braced myself for a barrage of misunderstanding and its evil twin, misrepresentation. But it didn’t happen. On the contrary, my peers who contacted me about it were downright agreeable. (A

Transformers

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It seems like everyone’s spruiking the “new normal” of work. The COVID-19 pandemic is keeping millions of previously office-bound employees at home, forcing L&D professionals to turn on a dime.

Create Engaging Scenario-Based Training on ANY Budget

Speaker: Tim Buteyn - President of ThinkingKap Learning Solutions, Inc.

In this webinar, Tim Buteyn of ThinkingKap Learning Solutions will explore how to optimize learner engagement with scenario-based training. You'll learn what makes up scenarios, how they benefit the learner, and why this is important to your organization. You'll also dive into real-world examples across a wide range of budgets and look at how typical training content can be completely transformed.

Scaling Up

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In Roses are red , I proposed definitions for oft-used yet ambiguous terms such as “competency” and “capability” Not only did I suggest a competency be considered a task, but also that its measurement be binary: competent or not yet competent.

The $100 Hypothetical

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As my home state emerges from lockdown, I reflect over the many months of confusion during the pandemic.

Violets are blue

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When I pressed the Publish button on Roses are red , it capstoned a year of semantics for me which spilled over into this year.

Semantics, semantics

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I dislike grammar jokes, pedants, and Oxford commas. That’s my jovial way to end a year that will be remembered as a tough one for a long time to come.

The L&D Strategy Roundtable

Speaker: Cara North - Learning & Development Consultant, Speaker, & Researcher | Maggie Quigley - Senior Account Executive for US Market Userlane

In this webinar, L&D professionals Cara North and Maggie Quigley will discuss the various factors that affect training and how you can stretch your budget to create an effective L&D program.

The leader’s new clothes

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From $7 billion to nearly $14 billion.

Yellow submarine

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Years ago, I remember taking a tour of what was then one of those newfangled “innovation labs” A hive of Design Thinking , it was crawling with serious young people in jeans and t-shirts scribbling on walls and rearranging herds of post-it notes.

6 more examples of Augmented Reality

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Busted any ghosts lately?

Higher Assessment

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I find it strange when a blogger doesn’t approve my comment. I consider comments the life blood of my own blog, and whether they be positive or negative, classy or rude, they all add to the diversity of the conversation. If your fragile ego can’t handle that, don’t blog.

Drips, Bots, and Blogs: A Non-Traditional Approach to Learning Reinforcement

Speaker: Shannon Tipton, Chief Learning Officer, Learning Rebels LLC

Today's work culture requires giving people the ability to control when and where they participate in their professional development. Learn how you can provide valuable, self-directed bites of learning content (and strategies to make that content stick) in this webinar!

Academic deflation

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I once had a conversation with a man who scared me. It was over 20 years ago, and I remember him being quite a lovely fellow. He was simply proud of his son earning his PhD.

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Unhappy sheets

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Few things in the L&D profession attract as much disdain as the Level 1 evaluation survey.

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5 podcasts every e-learning professional should listen to

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…or should that be “to which every e-learning professional should listen”? Never mind, I can end a sentence with a preposition if I want to. Arcane grammar jokes aside, I’m a late bloomer to podcasts. While everyone else was apparently obsessed with them, they never really appealed to me until I starting taking long trips on the bus. Now I’m hooked. As many of my peers will attest, there’s no shortage of podcasts directed to the L&D practitioner.

More than just a pretty face

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I’ve blogged in favour of digital badges in the past, not because they’re colourful motivators – which arguably they are, at least for some people – but because they represent an achievement.

Discover the Secrets to Creating More Meaningful Training Experiences

Speaker: David Kelly - CEO The Learning Guild & Luke Talbot - Chief Product Officer at Userlane

During this webinar, you will learn how to streamline your software training, boost ROI for your systems, and increase employee productivity.

Micro-learning’s unsung sibling

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Micro-learning is so hot right now. But I’m not going to deliberate over its definition. If you’re into that, check out Shannon Tipton’s Microlearning: The Misunderstood Buzzword and 7 Deadly Myths of Microlearning. Nor am I going to try to convince you to jump on board, or abandon ship. Instead, I’m going to consider firstly how micro-learning might be used in a corporate training context; and secondly, pivot towards something slightly different.

Gold vibes only

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Australia’s performance in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games was impressive, even for a nation that considers barely scraping into the top 10 a national cause for concern. What was surprising this time around was the proportion of gold medals to total medals – a whopping 37% – which of course makes all the difference in the final tally.

20 real-world examples of Augmented Reality

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The 2019 instalment of Virtual Reality Working Out Loud Week kicks off next month. For a couple of previous VR WOL Weeks I’ve collated lists of the examples that the participants unearthed – see 20 real-world examples of Virtual Reality and 25 more real-world examples of Virtual Reality. This time however I’ve decided to do something different. I’ve decided to focus my attention on Augmented Reality.

Digital Learning conferences in Australia in 2021

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Let’s try that again. Just as we were gearing up for another year’s worth of cutting edge insights and showcases, the coronavirus had other ideas. While some of the digital learning conferences I had listed for 2020 went ahead as planned, others pivoted to virtual delivery, while the rest were ironically postponed or cancelled.

Authentic eLearning Localization: Challenges and Best Practices

Speaker: Chris Paxton McMillin, President of D3 Training Solutions

People prefer to learn in their native language, so localizing eLearning helps genuinely engage learners and gives them that much-needed sense of inclusion. In this exclusive webinar with Chris Paxton, learn how to ensure that authentic translation and localization work for your organization!