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.

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.

Microlearning: Fab or Fad?

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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.

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.

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Translating Customer Education Success into Business Impact

A strong customer education program can have a huge impact across the business - from increasing customer satisfaction scores, reducing support ticket volume, improving product adoption, to driving lead generation and renewals. Keeping this in mind, how do you choose which initiatives to prioritize?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

LMS Comparison: What Learning Solution is the Best Fit for Your Business?

Explore this detailed guide to see how traditional Learning Management Systems compare to an advanced online learning platform, and find out which type of solution is best suited to meet your learning program needs.

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.

I Believe in the Value of Connectedness

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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.

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.

Perspective Matters

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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.

Learning By Doing With Digital Guidance

With learning becoming a critical piece to success, it is imperative for enterprises to adopt an integrated learning approach that is aligned with employee expectations. Download the White Paper now to get started!

24 Hours with the Apple Watch

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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.

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What is Your Job?

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“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.

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

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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 ).

‘Twas the night before DevLearn

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…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.

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Finding DevLearn 2017

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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.

I Believe in the Value of Sharing

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

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 Working out Loud

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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?

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Developing a Results Driven Curriculum

A well-designed learning curriculum develops and nurtures skills needed to achieve organizational and business goals with the most effective and engaging set of experiences. This ebook outlines 5 critical steps to develop learning solutions that will help you achieve the most ambitious objectives.

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.

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.

Microlearning Video on the Go – Tip 1

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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.

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.

12 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Authoring Tool

Knowing what you need from an eLearning authoring tool can be hard, especially when there are so many options on the market. gomo’s new ebook aims to save you time and hassle by identifying 12 must-have authoring tool features.

Learning Solutions 2017

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This is my video summary of Learning Solutions 2017, held in Orlando, Florida 22-24 March 2017. 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.

My Quick DevLearn 2015 Summary

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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.

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.

Microlearning Video on the Go – Tip 2

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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.

Choosing the Right Technology for External Training

According to Talented Learning, more than 700 LMS vendors compete in today’s learning platforms marketplace. But of course, not all platforms are created equal. Before investing in an LMS, it’s important to understand which type of tool would be a good fit for your use case.