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I Believe in the Importance of a Personal Learning Network

Tom Spiglanin

1 “ This encompasses several key aspects of a PLN from my perspective: The real purpose of my PLN is not learning; it’s to improve work and performance. Recognizing this learning and making good use of it requires effective personal knowledge management practices.

The Only Person Who Behaves Sensibly Is My Tailor

Performance Learning Productivity

Effective Metrics for Learning and Development I wonder what Shaw would think if he saw the way learning and development is predominantly measured in organisations today. " The study reported that mandatory training sometimes has a positive effect, but overall has a negative effect.

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I Believe in the Value of Connectedness

Tom Spiglanin

While every organization in the world is unique, most have characteristics in common. All employees are ultimately connected to one another through a common purpose to succeed and fulfill the mission of the organization.

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

Tom Spiglanin

There were organizational accountabilities and performance expectations. It may not have been effective, but it was accessible to a large, geographically dispersed audience. This work by Tom Spiglanin is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0

I Believe in the Value of Sharing

Tom Spiglanin

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.

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

Tom Spiglanin

As a Learning and Development (L&D) professional and strategist, I think about choices for addressing performance needs in the workplace. At others, it’s performance support, coaching and mentoring, or possibly connecting one employee with others.

Small Changes Make a Difference

Tom Spiglanin

Should we consider a performance support alternative? It took about two hours, and I learned enough that I’m confident I could now effect the repair in less than a third the time – I learned that much by just doing the task and meeting the challenges as they arose.

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Video for assessment

Learning with e's

When it comes to supporting a student''s progress, showing them what they can do to improve, or perform better is the key. Finally, above is a video by Rebecca Smallshaw which examines the Pygmalion and Golem effects (self fulfilling prophecy theory.

Design for life

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It can also be present in the design of the objects you use to perform the skill. How it can be applied in education As Norman suggests, when information to perform a task is present within the design of an object, the need to learn it is reduced.

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The drama of Facebook

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The world''s largest and most successful social network, Facebook - celebrated its tenth anniversary in February 2014. One social anthropologist in particular might have had a great deal to say about the Facebook effect.

Flipping the teacher

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For centuries, innovative teachers have been trying to find other more effective methods of pedagogy that can take the place of lecturing and instruction. It can be in the form of a video, or presentation, or role play, or even a blues song (be creative).

The big switch

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If you subscribe to a kind of pedagogy where you believe that facilitating learning is more effective than direct instruction, you will probably recognise the potential. Most teachers by now will be aware of the concept of the flipped classroom.

Could AI really spell disaster?

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Usually, technology performs very well, and we hardly notice it is there, making our lives easier, giving us more time to do other things while it gets on with the mundane stuff that used to be so tedious. He argues that computers could effectively put an end to mankind.

The shape of minds to come

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Deductive reasoning methods can therefore also be applied to good effect in just about any lesson on any subject. This is number 17 in my series on learning theories.

MOOCs In Workplace Learning – Part 2: Designing a MOOC


Coping with content and lots of information is a part of seamless learning because the capacity to do so affects effective learning.”. These require adept facilitation, good design and effective content creation and curation.

New Year Resolutions for Learning and Development

Tom Spiglanin

Every year brings new hope to do things better, more successfully, and more effectively. How will we go about making changes to our daily activities and be a more effective business partner, regardless of our role? All too frequently the response to a performance need is a course.

“Good Enough” in Learning and Development

Tom Spiglanin

Clark Quinn mapped the learning curve against this framework , 4 charting employee’s performance against the totality of their learning over time. Learning (training) is the cause, and knowledge or workplace performance is the consequence.

What is authentic assessment?

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These have their uses, but there is much more available in the assessment repertoire of effective teachers. 2014) Constructive alignment in university teaching.

Teacher Voices: Naomi Hancock

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Here's an interview with Naomi Hancock (@Hancock_Naomi on Twitter), who graduated from Plymouth University in 2014. Live Skypes also have had the same effect giving the children a window of opportunity to immerse themselves in the topic and conversation.

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