Can a Workshop Change Behavior?

The Peformance Improvement

Companies invest billions of dollars on half-day, full-day, and multi-day workshops with the hope that these one-time events will somehow make a difference. Vendors, who would rather sell workshops than results, are eager to claim that their product will make a difference. What companies don’t know much about is if these one-time workshops truly change behavior significantly.

Writing & Grammar Workshop: Acronyms Happen

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by Jennie Ruby Nearly every piece of technical writing has acronyms. Yet they can be a barrier to a reader who is trying to absorb technical information or to a learner who is encountering new terms for the first time. Of course most editors know to spell out an acronym on first use and introduce the acronym in parentheses. For

Writing & Grammar Workshop: Mind Mapping

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by Jennie Ruby Circles, boxes, and lines on large paper have long been the tools of writers in search of an outline. Add colors, sketches, faces, and numbers, and you have a writing tool called mind mapping. Mind mapping is a way to get your thoughts, plans, and ideas from abstract and random to concrete and organized. The pressure to write an outline in list form can block your thoughts. Mind mapping allows you to scribble, scrawl, or draw your individual ideas in any order, in any position.

Bob Mosher Workshop on Informal Learning

Learning Visions

I’ll be there with bells on – and not just because the workshop is being held five minutes from my house, but also because Bob Mosher is an amazingly dynamic and engaging speaker with lots of practical ideas for your learning organization. Hope to see you there! ** Mass ISPI Fall 2010 Workshop, O ctober 21 Informal Learning: Are We Missing a HUGE Opportunity?

Writing & Grammar Workshop: The Reverse Outline

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by Jennie Ruby. Essays, narratives, introductions, reviews and opinion pieces can benefit from reverse outlining. In a reverse outline, you take your first draft and label its parts. Every paragraph gets a label summarizing its main idea, or at least its first idea. You can write these labels in the margin of a printout, in a separate screen, or on a piece of paper. Once you have identified the first topic of a paragraph, check the rest of the paragraph to make sure it sticks to its topic.

Writing & Grammar Workshop: One Word or Two?

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by Jennie Ruby. My colleague was writing on his laptop across the room when he asked "Is smackdown one word or two?" " Intrigued as to why a training professional was writing about wrestling or extreme fighting, I walked over to take a look at his document. "Show me how you are using it," I said. "Are you using it as a noun or a verb?" " "Why do you need to know how I'm using it? I just need to know one word or two!"

Writing & Grammar Workshop: Converting Empty Phrases to Gold

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by Jennie Ruby.   It is important to note that empty phrases relate to the reader's amount of interest concerning your topic. Empty words and phrases, such as the ones in bold in the preceding sentence, delay giving your readers the information they want, create a boring tone, and make your material seem vague and difficult.

The Mobile Design Workshop!

Clark Quinn

That’s why I’m pleased that I have the chance to offer a mobile design workshop at the eLearning Guild’s mobile learning conference, mLearnCon. Mobile is coming at us hard and fast. Announcements of changes in the marketplace (HP acquiring Palm in just the past week), and new devices (Google passing on the Nexus One to tout the next gen system), are coming fast and furious.

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Grammar Workshop: i.e. versus e.g. and such as versus like

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by Jennie Ruby Interrupting a sentence to explain a term or give examples of a concept is a way to get your reader to see immediately how the new information relates to the real world. But how to introduce the interruption is something many writers are shaky on. Should I use e.g.? Should I use the words "such as" or the word "like"? Is i.e. the same as e.g.? Where do the commas go with all of these? Here is a guide to simplify your choice of interruption style: i.e. = that is.

Writing & Grammar Workshop: More on Funny. or Not

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by Jennie Ruby I was happy to receive multiple responses to my humor article last week. During my article, I asked whether humor has a place in training materials. One reader wrote that the reason you don't see much humor in training materials is that humor is hard to create, or create well, so that many writers don't even try. Another reader agreed, saying that it was about time "a few brave souls take the risk and thereby encourage others to catch the humor wave."

Writing & Grammar Workshop: Funny? Do You Think That's Funny?

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by Jennie Ruby What role, if any, should humor play in technical and training materials? When writing training materials, I am always looking for new ways to introduce a lesson and keep the tone engaging. The introduction to a lesson needs to draw in the learners and get them motivated to continue the training, and the writing throughout the lesson has to keep their attention. Can the use of humor help? To find an answer, I skimmed some of the writing in my shelf-full of training books.

Writing & Grammar Workshop: Recasting Sentences for Clarity and Emphasis

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by Jennie Ruby Recasting sounds like something a fly fisherman would do, but in writing and editing it means to restructure a sentence. Restructuring is sometimes needed to avoid awkwardness, to give information in the order the reader needs it, or to introduce new concepts in a way that will promote understanding. Take this problem sentence: It is [I, me] who [demand/demands] a change in the rules. The correct grammar is this: It is I who demand a change in the rules.

Grammar Workshop: Can I start a Sentence With "This"?

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by Jennie Ruby When a desperate-sounding student asked me this week why it was incorrect to start a sentence with the word this, I realized I was once again in Bogus Grammar Rule land. This bogus rule was a new one to me, but some editor somewhere was making my student miserable over it. First, let's be clear that the actual rules of grammar, as found in grammar books, do not forbid starting a sentence with the word this.

Converting Live Workshops to an Online Course (Part I)

Web Courseworks

A lot of trainers and instructors have struggled with the question, “How can I take my full day workshop and create an online equivalent?” In this first blog post in a series, we will discuss a main point of contention against repurposing face-to-face (F2F) workshops into eLearning: loss of human contact and interaction. One of the primary objectives of attending a workshop is to gather practitioners together to learn from each other.

Converting Live Workshops to an Online Course (Part II)

Web Courseworks

When you are taking a live workshop and putting it online, you do not have the pressure of designing a sixteen-week curriculum like K-16 educators — All you have to do is cover the equivalent of four to six hours of instruction. I also use an example from Magna Publications, a publisher that developed and markets a completely asynchronous three-hour workshop on campus safety for administrators and professors (Campus Safety 101).

June 2010 Monthly Roundup: 10 Most Popular Posts

Upside Learning

A short summary of an mLearning strategy workshop (from mLearnCon) listing elements that one should consider when creating mLearning strategy. Related posts: April 2010 Monthly Roundup: 10 Most Popular Posts SCORM Cloud- Will It Really Change The Game?

Writing & Grammar Workshop: To Outline or Not to Outline

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by Jennie Ruby In school I had a teacher who insisted on receiving an outline before every writing assignment. I would love to be able to report that the experience made me an outlining fiend. It did not. I found that I could not write an outline until I knew what I was going to say! I had to write my essay, then create an outline based on what I had said. I took from this experience the idea that I was just a person who could not write outlines ahead of time.

July 2010 Monthly Roundup: 10 Most Popular Posts

Upside Learning

This post talks about the three important things from the 2 nd part of the mLearnCon workshop – Planning Framework, When To Use Mobile Learning and ADL Mobile Learning.

August 2010 Monthly Roundup: 10 Most Popular Posts

Upside Learning

Third and final post of the series on creating successful m-learning strategy, based on the mLearnCon workshop, this post discusses about the tools and techniques used for developing mLearning courses.

Top 60 eLearning Posts for October 2010

eLearning Learning Posts

October 2010 did not disappoint! 4 Free Tools to Help Get Your PowerPoint from Good to Great , October 21, 2010 Continuing the recent trend of PowerPoint in the news , I stumbled upon an article in USA Today that provided some tips and advice for designing more engaging presentations. Open Source eLearning Tools , October 13, 2010 I was just asked about trends in open source for eLearning and particularly open source eLearning tools. October 25, 2010 Open for use?

SITE 2010

eLearning Evangelist

I've just returned from the SITE 2010 Conference in San Diego. And also this year at SITE I was part of a pre-conference workshop raising the issue of Ed Schools now incorporating engineering education into their pre-service preparation of K-12 teachers. I found it somewhat disconcerting that the opening keynote was talking about her recent arrival to teaching online.

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Rapid E-Learning Workshop: How to Create a Tabbed Notebook

Rapid eLearning

In this case, it’s a tutorial that I created over two years ago after a rapid elearning workshop I had given. The output of the workshop is an interactive tabbed notebook. Click here to view the rapid elearning workshop. I hope you enjoy the quick workshop and notebook templates.

Writing & Grammar Workshop: Do Training Examples Need to Keep it Real?

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by Jennie Ruby. So I am in the middle of keystroking (reviewing) my way through training materials I'm going to teach on Microsoft Excel. The directions tell me to select January through April values to create a quarterly total. Later, the same materials tell me to select January through March to create a "tritotal." " Now, I'm from out of town, but I think that the tradition for a quarterly total is that it covers three months, or one quarter of the year, not four months.

2010 in Review Part 2: My 10 favourite resources in 2010

Jane Hart

Blog C4LPT Jane Hart Advice Workshops Social Learning Handbook Resources Contact 2010 in Review Part 1: Top 10 C4LPT resources Happy Christmas! 2010 in Review Part 2: My 10 favourite resources in 2010 On December 22, 2010, in Uncategorized , by Jane Hart In this the second part of my Review of 2010 I am going to present my 10 favourite resources that I have posted on my Pick of the Day (JPOD) and Social Media for Working and Learning (SMWL) blogs this year. 

Top 74 eLearning Posts from September 2010

eLearning Learning Posts

Best of eLearning Learning in September 2010. Examples and Samples of Game Design Documents - Kapp Notes , September 15, 2010 Here is a collection of several game design documents and information about game design documents. 10 Unusual Sources Of Inspiration for eLearning - The eLearning Coach , September 29, 2010 We all need inspiration at times. Presentation: “Twitter in Education, what next?” - Dont Waste Your Time , September 10, 2010 As a follow-up to my (successful?)

Writing & Grammar Workshop: The Long Dash—Know It and Love It!

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by Jennie Ruby. The long dash, or em dash, is a piece of sentence punctuation that only editors seem to fully understand, yet everyone wants to use one.  Some writers use a dash when they just don't know what other punctuation to use. In fact, the flexibility of guidelines for dashes encourages this use, because the em dash has several possible meanings. Knowing the meanings of the dash will give you a powerful piece of punctuation to add flexibility to your sentences.

Top 75 eLearning Posts - May 2010

eLearning Learning Posts

May 2010. Performance Learning Productivity , May 28, 2010 Instructional design is not only seen as a core competency for learning and development/training specialists, but it’s a huge industry, too. A Defense of the LMS (and a case for the future of Social Learning) - Social Enterprise Blog , May 12, 2010 For some time now, I’ve seen a growing negativity toward LMS solutions by a pretty wide group folks in our space. LMS Resources - aLearning , May 8, 2010 I know, I know.

2010 in Review Part 4: Top 100 articles of 2010

Jane Hart

Blog C4LPT Jane Hart Advice Workshops Social Learning Handbook Resources Contact 2010 in Review Part 3: My year in reflective blogging The Year of Social Media 2010 Infographic 2010 in Review Part 4: Top 100 articles of 2010 On December 29, 2010, in Uncategorized , by Jane Hart At the end of 2008 and 2009 I produced a list of my favourite 100 articles during the year. 

2010 in Review Part 3: My year in reflective blogging

Jane Hart

Blog C4LPT Jane Hart Advice Workshops Social Learning Handbook Resources Contact Happy Christmas! 1 – Need for change in L&D In January 2010 I gave a presentation at Learning Technologies 2010 Conference on The changing face of L&D.    During the year I shared some of my experiences with Twitter, e.g. I showed how I used Twitter in a face-to-face workshop , and how I used Twitter to deliver a collaborative keynote. 

Welcome social media workshop participants

e-Learning Academy

This post is especially for those who are attending the Social Media Learning Solutions workshop on Monday 9th August. Workshop participants WorkshopWelcome! The two days is going to very activity-focused, and by the end of it you should have a completed performance analysis, learning design, change plan and project plan to go back to the workplace with and begin. [.].

AITD 2010 – spreading good intentions

Janet Clarey

I’m just back from the 2010 Australian Institute of Training and Development (AITD) Conference in Sydney. I facilitated a pre-conference workshop on social media and learning. in·ten·tion, n. Pronunciation: in-?ten(t)-sh?n. ten(t)-sh?n.

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NuggetHead Summary of Learning Solutions 2010


Learning Solutions Conference & Expo 2010 held in Orlando, FL the week of Mar 24-26 was by far the BEST yet! On the flight home I had a chance to compile notes and had intended on writing a complete review of the week to include the “eLearning Foundations Intensive” 2-day workshop.

E-Learning 2010

Janet Clarey

I titled it “E-Learning 2010: Innovation and Implementation.&# I’m also doing a social media pre-conference workshop. (It’s So the workshop is good to go and the ‘2010′ presentation is primarily done. See,the presentation is not about what will be…it’s about what is happening in 2010 and how people are doing it. I will be traveling to Australia for the first time in April and I leave in just two and a half weeks.

eLearning Conferences 2011

Tony Karrer

Past years eLearning Conferences 2010 , eLearning Conferences 2009. December 2010 November 30-December 3, 2010 International Workshop on Cloud Privacy, Security, Risk and Trust (CPSRT), Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA.

Saffron organises social media workshop for charities

Spicy Learning

Saffron is striving to change this by organising a social media workshop in collaboration with the not for profit partnership Time &Talents, the reputation management consultancy ReputationInc and Whizz-Kidz, a charity for disabled young people. Taking place on Thursday 29 July 2010, the workshop has been designed to help charity and community organisations overcome the challenges they face with social media and to learn more about using the various platforms to enhance their services.

63 Great eLearning Posts and Hottest Topics for November 2010

eLearning Learning Posts

Understanding the Tools of the Social Learning Landscape - Free as in Freedom , November 2, 2010I am with Mark Oelhert this morning in his all day workshop about the tools of the Social Learning Landscape. Past years eLearning Conferences 2010 , eLearning Conferences 2009. e-Clippings (blogoehlert) , November 8, 2010**Please use W-A-S-D keys to move through this post, mouse to look around, space bar to jump and left-click to fire. Workshop (57).

21st Century L&D Skills

Performance Learning Productivity

It got me thinking about a piece I’d written for TrainingZone a few months ago titled “What does your ideal L&D team look like in 2010?”. L&D Capabilities for 2010 and beyond So, how does all this impact what the L&D department of 2010 and beyond looks like?

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