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

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.

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

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.

[Webinar] How Zenefits Uses a Customer Enablement Tech Stack to Drive Adoption

The Education Services team at Zenefits was looking to provide easily accessible and immediately usable education offerings to drive customer adoption and engagement. The company addressed this challenge by connecting the technologies powering its training, support and customer advocacy programs into an ecosystem for customer enablement. This ecosystem has made it simpler for customers to onboard, and for the Zenefits team to maximize and measure the net impact of their initiatives. In this session, Melanie Gallo, Senior Director of Education Services at Zenefits, will team up with Skilljar to share learnings and best practices from their experience in creating this customer enablement ecosystem.

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.

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“Good Enough” in Learning and Development

Tom Spiglanin

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.

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.

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.

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.

State of the Front-Line Manager

It's no secret that front-line managers are essential to your organization's success. They form the base of your leadership development funnel and, most likely, account for over half of all your organization's leaders. Improving how front-line managers perform yields mouthwatering increases in how individual contributors perform.

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?

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.

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.

[Webinar] Driving Customer Health Through Education

How actionable is your customer education data? And are you combining it with other business metrics to uncover the impact of your training program? Innovative Education Services teams are integrating their Customer Training Platform (CTP) and CRM systems to uncover valuable insights, and answer mission-critical business questions. Join Skilljar and Pat Durante, President of the Computer Education Management Association and Senior Director, Technical Enablement at Talend for a Q&A webinar exploring the intersection of customer health and education.

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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‘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.

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.

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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The Secret to Getting Learning Results May Not Be What You Think

Do you struggle to achieve measurable results with your learning solutions? If so, you’re not alone. According to CEB, traditional training only creates 37% learning transfer. This guide explores the causes of poor transfer and concrete steps to achieving better outcomes.

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 ).

I Believe in the Value of Sharing

Tom Spiglanin

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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3 Reasons to Prioritize On-Demand Customer Training

How can you provide a great onboarding experience while keeping up with a growing customer base? By leveraging on-demand training. This guide describes three benefits of adding on-demand training to your onboarding process. Click here to download.

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.

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.

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.

Living up to the Promise of eLearning: Closing the Learning-Doing Gap

It’s well documented that people leave managers – not companies. Download this guide to learn how to shift the perspective from event to journey and how to take learners through Proficiency Journeys to get results.

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

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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

Tom Spiglanin

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

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.

Top E-Learning Software - Recommendations and Pricing

Zero in on the best E-Learning software for your company. Get expert recommendations and pricing comparisons based on your specific needs.

Ten Things I Believe About Workplace Learning

Tom Spiglanin

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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