Tom Spiglanin

Microlearning: Fab or Fad?

Tom Spiglanin

There’s a new buzzword in town, and it’s name is microlearning. Like its predecessors social learning, mobile learning, and blended learning, it’s being tossed around as the new big thing, something we must all get on board with or face extinction.

The State of Instructional Design

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The conversation erupted on social media, as it has before, about the state of affairs in the field of Learning and Development, or L&D.

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Motivated Learners Find A Way

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Let me start by introducing my daughter, Arianna. She’s now seven, and she has cerebral palsy. She’s unable to sit upright or stand and is virtually nonverbal.

It’s Happening…

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For some time now, a number of us in the Learning and Development (L&D) field have predicted and/or feared the obsolescence of our role in workplace learning. Formal training has never represented the preponderance of workplace learning, far surpassed by informal social learning and mentoring.

Content Planning Map: A Template for Training Teams

Are you delivering disjointed feature-based training? Rather than looking at small tasks, focus training content on goals that you want your students to achieve. Download the template to learn how!

I Believe in the Importance of Personal Knowledge Management

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Today we can find virtually anything we need to know on the Internet, whenever we need it, from wherever we are. But how do we sort through all this information, effectively filter content, judge the good from bad, and make sense of it all?

Your Network is Calling

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Much has been said about the benefits of a personal learning network, or PLN. A PLN can help you through challenging times, when creativity is at a low.

I Believe in the Importance of a Personal Learning Network

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When I started using Twitter for my professional growth and development, I didn’t realize that I was also starting to build my personal learning network. I simply found myself tweeting at a learning and development conference using its hashtag and others began connecting with me.

I Believe that Learning is Inherently Social

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Most of us remember many lessons we learned from others in our early childhood, both in the home and outside. We then started school and learned from teachers, but also by watching, playing, and talking with our friends.

Seven Simple Secrets to Off-the-Shelf Course Success

Off-the-shelf elearning is applicable for a wide audience, but it won’t address your organization’s unique situations or distinctive content. So are these courses all that helpful? For sure! Read on for 7 secrets to make off-the-self learning your own.

The Work-Life Balance Myth

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Every fifteen to twenty years, a new generation enters the workplace. This seems always accompanied by a global debate about how the workplace should to adapt to meet the needs of these newest employees in order to attract and retain the best talent.

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I Believe in the Value of Sharing

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As a workplace professional, I believe strongly in the value of sharing.

“Good Enough” in Learning and Development

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The nearly poetic tweet by Marcia Conner appeared at the top of my feed with just the title of a linked article: When “Good Enough” is Good Enough. And it was good enough, compelling me to click and read.

The Demise of E-learning (the brand)

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It was 1996, and many of us in training organizations around the world were just beginning to use the early tools to move training to the personal computer.

The Essential Template for Your Customer Training Strategy

Looking to build your customer training strategy? The process can be overwhelming, if you don’t have a set plan from the start. This template can help.

I Believe in the 70:20:10 framework

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Charles Jennings promotes a 70:20:10 framework for organizational learning, where on-the-job experiential/informal learning and social learning represent the preponderance of each employee’s overall learning. Only 10% is from formal learning activities.

Revisiting 70:20:10

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The Burden to Have an Informed Opinion

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The conversation took place nearly two years ago and it still bothers me. I was taking a stand against accommodating learning styles and cited several online articles supporting my position. Each referenced valid research but were, themselves, blog posts.

I Believe in the Erosion of Hierarchies

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It might be a surprise that I place the erosion of hierarchies as one of my top beliefs about workplace learning.

Take training beyond your LMS: technical considerations for extended enterprise

You know the benefits of extended enterprise. But how do execute the plan? Learn more about the technical considerations that can help you create a strategy to manage the delivery and tracking of product training across a variety of systems.

I Believe in the Many Emerging Roles for Learning and Development Professionals

Tom Spiglanin

The 70:20:10 framework helps to put the work of learning and development (L&D) organizations into perspective within the whole of employee learning ( previous article ).

FocusOn Learning Conference – Day 2

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This is my fourth post about the FocusOn Learning conference that wrapped in Austin, Texas. This video log discusses day 2 of the conference. Thanks for watching! tomspiglanin. This work by [link] is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Ten Things I Believe About Workplace Learning

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For nearly three years, I’ve been exploring social learning, informal learning, and the changing workplace. My beliefs about workplace learning have evolved quite a bit over those years, partly by experimenting with new ideas and learning from the results, both positive and negative.

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I Believe in the Inverse Relationship Between Experience and the Value of Formal Learning

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If Learning and Development organizations (or anyone, for that matter) are going to facilitate learning in the changing workplace, it’s vitally important to understand how employees actually learn.

Aligning Customer Training With Certifications

Want to deliver a cohesive customer training certification program? From strategy to systems to job functions, it's time for us to reassess how learning and certifications are delivered together. Download the guide to see how!

Checking In

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I’m busy preparing for the FocusOn Learning conference that will be taking place 8-10 June in Austin, Texas. I’m leading a pre-conference workshop titled Guerrilla Video Techniques for Beginners, as well as two conference sessions.

Learning and the Changing Workplace – Part 3

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In part 1 of this series , I wrote how the field of Learning and Development* (L&D) hasn’t really changed much over the last decade, despite substantial changes in the workplace.

Are you transparent?

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Do you cringe when you hear the word, “Transparency?” ” I do, and I hear it all too often. We expect our government to be transparent. Managers talk of their transparency in the workplace. Workers complain of a lack of transparency in management.

My First Vlog (video log)

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After studying Casey Neistat’s vlog, I decided I had no excuse to jot just jump in and get started. This is my first effort. It was shot entirely using an iPhone and occasionally a Joby Gorillapod. I’d love to hear your thoughts, but look for more of these from me on occasion.

10 Tips to Take You from Zero to eLearning Hero

Whether you’re a solo eLearning hero or you’re like the Avengers and you have your whole squad, Blue Sky eLearn is counting down 10 tips that’ll help you put some POW into your program and make your eLearning program more successful than ever before!

Learning and the Changing Workplace – Part 1

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I’ve been thinking a lot about the future of workplace Learning and Development* (L&D) or, more specifically, about the evolution of the workplace and the changing role of L&D in it. I’m not alone, of course.

Devlearn 2017: The Future is Here (recap)

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DevLearn 2017 Recap. Through airport security screening, I look for food service near my departure gate. The Chophouse and Brewery it is. I spot the one remaining seat at the bar and squeeze in, order my drink and food, and begin to unwind.

Emergence of the Performance Catalyst

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I’ve worked in the field of Learning and Development (L&D) now for nearly two decades. I’ve been fortunate to have seen and work through some pretty big changes in approaches to workplace learning.

Ten Reasons I Hate Email

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Source Yoel Ben-Avraham on Flikr. I hate email. It’s wasted a lot of my time over the years, and promises to continue. The problem isn’t actually email itself, of course. It’s a perfectly useful communication medium. The problem is in the way it’s used and abused.

2017 Customer Training Benchmarks Study

What are the baseline metrics for a successful customer training program? Find out in Skilljar's inaugural customer training benchmarks study, which includes an analysis of completion rates, course duration, and more. Click to download.

Integrity

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David Kelly recently wrote a post about, “ How to Recognize Snake Oil in Your Personal Learning Network.” ” Seldom do I read a post beginning to end more than once, but I read this one three times through, and then began dissecting the key messages therein.

It’s Not Personal

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I recently witnessed several surprising examples of miscommunication on Twitter and Skype. Tension rose between people I thought were friends and harsh words were typed. How could congenial conversation suddenly turn ugly?

Small Changes Make a Difference

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In my previous post, I mentioned how my role in workplace learning and development (L&D) had fundamentally changed this past year. I am now responsible for (gasp) face-to-face, instructor-led, sage-on-stage classes.

The New Nerd

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100-year-old wearable technology, circa 1915. In a recent post I wrote about the wrist watch as a century-old example of wearable technology. Knowing the time of day was important for people to make meetings on time, to coordinate activities, and so many other things.

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Employee Training Playbook by Lessonly

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