Tom Spiglanin

I Believe in the Importance of a Personal Learning Network

Tom Spiglanin

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. After the conference, I discovered Twitter chats and began participating in them regularly.

The Burden to Have an Informed Opinion

Tom Spiglanin

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 was met with surprisingly stubborn opposition. “Those are just opinions. Anybody can write their opinion. That doesn’t mean it’s right. That doesn’t mean I have to listen to it.”

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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. This begs the question asked of every one of its predecessors: is it really fab and here to stay, or is it just a passing fad?

I Believe that Learning is Inherently Social

Tom Spiglanin

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. As we grew, lessons in school became more complex and required more time for homework.

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5 Reasons CFOs Invest in Talent Development

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The State of Instructional Design

Tom Spiglanin

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. 1 The conversation was generally about how we have all been committed to changing the practice of L&D for years, yet we were having much the same conversation all over again. Less than a week later, Andrew Jacobs wrote very similar thoughts.

I Believe in the Erosion of Hierarchies

Tom Spiglanin

It might be a surprise that I place the erosion of hierarchies as one of my top beliefs about workplace learning. In the last several articles , we focused on aspects of the changing workplace and also discussed behaviors that those of us in the learning and development (L&D) role can adopt to help improve our effectiveness. Still, much of this applies to issues we face today and things we can do to improve our products, designs, and our even approach to workplace learning as an organization.

I Believe in the 70:20:10 framework

Tom Spiglanin

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. The reason this framework works is that it more or less reflects what’s actually true for employees in the typical workplace. Formal education has its place in preparing people for the workplace.

I Believe in the Importance of Personal Knowledge Management

Tom Spiglanin

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? How do we find things we’re not looking for but really need? And how do we make serendipitous discoveries that stimulate new thinking while we face increasing time pressures and an exponentially growing body of content to digest?

I Believe in the Value of Connectedness

Tom Spiglanin

While every organization in the world is unique, most have characteristics in common. Each has its own culture that derives from its mission, vision, values, and the people who work there. Every employee has his or her own roles, responsibilities and work style, but he or she seldom works in isolation, even if working individually. All employees are ultimately connected to one another through a common purpose to succeed and fulfill the mission of the organization.

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The Demise of E-learning (the brand)

Tom Spiglanin

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. Our first products, known simply as Computer Based Training, or CBT, had no inherent dissemination method, instead relying on distribution of diskettes or CD-ROMs. With the advent of the World Wide Web and its Intranet counterparts, our tools evolved to enable network distribution.

Motivated Learners Find A Way

Tom Spiglanin

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. For more than six years, Ari could communicated by visually responding to questions, expressing emotion with her face, or glancing toward something she wants. That changed a month ago when Ari’s school sent home a the “eyegaze” device they purchased for her use.

Perspective Matters

Tom Spiglanin

When you look in the mirror, what do you see? Most of us would instinctively say that we see ourselves, but of course we’re really looking at a reversed image of what others see. We’re so conditioned to seeing ourselves this way, many of us think photographs of us look somehow wrong or even unflattering. Our perspective of our image is inaccurate, but it’s nonetheless how we see ourselves through our mirror.

24 Hours with the Apple Watch

Tom Spiglanin

My Apple Watch arrived a few days ago. While I had been looking forward to its arrival, my enthusiasm was tempered by numerous news reports and reviews declaring the watch both expensive and confusing. So it was with some hesitation that I slit open the packing tape and began unboxing the watch. The packaging itself is classically Apple. Lots of white plastic and custom cut, slightly sticky cellophane. When I finally got to the watch itself, I found it beautiful.

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Bridging the Gap Between HR and Safety

Members of HR are known for taking on different types of tasks. Safety training isn’t always one of them, but in reality, it makes sense that it should be. Learn how safety aligns with the goals of any HR team and how managing it can make your job easier.

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 ). That leaves the question of what, if anything, should L&D do to facilitate the over 90% of learning that takes place outside of its traditional role. Doing nothing, allowing the field of L&D to naturally evolve, may seem a reasonable response.

What is Your Job?

Tom Spiglanin

“So, what do you do for a living?” ” I hate being asked this question, having struggled with a simple response now for over two decades. I feel compelled to offer some reasonable response since it’s usually asked in a social setting, more as a polite inquiry than an interrogation. After an obligatory sigh and a smile, I try to explain, using one of my usual starting points. “I’m a scientist.” ” This one is mostly true. I earned my Ph.D.

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I Believe in the Value of Sharing

Tom Spiglanin

As a workplace professional, I believe strongly in the value of sharing. I’m not talking about the monetary value of a social share (which business people are keen on doing ), but rather the less tangible value that comes from sharing knowledge, making an individual more productive, effective, and efficient. In other words, the value that is manifest in the form of improved personal performance in the workplace.

Devlearn 2017: The Future is Here (recap)

Tom Spiglanin

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. My intent is to stop to reflect after three days of intense thinking among my Learning and Development colleagues from around the world at DevLearn 2017. I have copious notes and tweets that I can analyze later. This is my time to relax.

3 Guiding Principles to Support the Human Dimension in Learning

Speaker: Dr. Amy Titus, Managing Director in Human Capital at Deloitte Consulting

Join Dr. Amy Titus, Managing Director in Human Capital at Deloitte Consulting, for her exclusive session where she will be discussing the 3 guiding principles for the future of learning, and how these can affect the design of work in organizations.

The Work-Life Balance Myth

Tom Spiglanin

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. For example, the 1990’s saw the workplace arrival of Generation X. By all accounts at the time, this would usher in a new kind of worker, one who expects to more equally balance work with home life.

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I Believe in the Value of Working out Loud

Tom Spiglanin

We all remember teachers in early school years insisting that we show our work. Especially in math classes, teachers expected us to show how we solved problems, not just arrive at correct answers. Did they want to see that we were actually applying the concepts being taught? Or were they making sure we actually did the work and not copy answers from the back of the book? Regardless the purpose, there’s no doubt some students hated the practice, especially after reaching a level of fluency.

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

Tom Spiglanin

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. To be clear, I’m not talking about learning styles or preferences, nor am I making assumptions about attention spans or preferences for the format of information.

Microlearning Video on the Go – Tip 1

Tom Spiglanin

I’ll be in Austin, Texas next week to take part in the Mobile Learning Conference and Expo. I’ve become very engaged with video development, particularly short-form videos. These might be called microvideos or microlearning videos, and despite varying interpretations of what constitutes microlearning, there’s little doubt video can be a useful medium for learning.

5 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.

Devlearn 2017: The Future is Here (recap)

Tom Spiglanin

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. My intent is to stop to reflect after three days of intense thinking among my Learning and Development colleagues from around the world at DevLearn 2017. I have copious notes and tweets that I can analyze later. This is my time to relax.

FocusOn Learning Conference – Day 2

Tom Spiglanin

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. Based on a work at tom.spiglanin.com. This work by [link] is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. Based on a work at tom.spiglanin.com.

Finding DevLearn 2017

Tom Spiglanin

It’s a warm morning in Southern California, and temperatures are expected to soar to nearly 100 degrees F as the day progresses. Yesterday we reached 104 degrees in my neighborhood, but it’s a dry heat and a great excuse to enjoy cooking and eating in my outdoor kitchen. Sounds great, but then why am I at the Long Beach Airport heading to even warmer temperatures in Las Vegas, Nevada?

‘Twas the night before DevLearn

Tom Spiglanin

…and all through the hotel room, not a creature was stirring, but me. It may not be the most creative opening to a short story, but it’s all I’ve got at the moment. Travel was super easy, recovering from my deleted presentation was not. Shannon was in town for the Adobe Learning Summit 2017 and happened by as I was checking into the conference. Safe travels home, Shannon. Upon arrival at the Mirage, I beelined to the conference venue and secured my conference credentials.

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.

‘Twas the night before DevLearn

Tom Spiglanin

…and all through the hotel room, not a creature was stirring, but me. It may not be the most creative opening to a short story, but it’s all I’ve got at the moment. Travel was super easy, recovering from my deleted presentation was not. Shannon was in town for the Adobe Learning Summit 2017 and happened by as I was checking into the conference. Safe travels home, Shannon. Upon arrival at the Mirage, I beelined to the conference venue and secured my conference credentials.

Finding DevLearn 2017

Tom Spiglanin

It’s a warm morning in Southern California, and temperatures are expected to soar to nearly 100 degrees F as the day progresses. Yesterday we reached 104 degrees in my neighborhood, but it’s a dry heat and a great excuse to enjoy cooking and eating in my outdoor kitchen. Sounds great, but then why am I at the Long Beach Airport heading to even warmer temperatures in Las Vegas, Nevada?

It’s Happening…

Tom Spiglanin

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.

My Quick DevLearn 2015 Summary

Tom Spiglanin

Last week I attended DevLearn 2015. I learned, I networked, I had fun, and came away stimulated and ready to tackle new challenges. This is my very short summary of the most important take-away I gleaned from the conference. And don’t miss this video by Lisa Minogue-White. She recaps our conversation about the importance of facilitating or catalyzing knowledge transfer between experts in parallel disciplines in complex organizations. Thanks for reading! tomspiglanin.

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

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Microlearning Video on the Go – Tip 2

Tom Spiglanin

Sound is a big deal in video, and recording good sound is especially challenging for live action shots in busy places, whether indoors or outside. This becomes even more challenging when using your smartphone to record the video. One tip, shown here, is to use an external microphone, which makes sound recording more consistent, regardless which direction you’re pointing the camera.