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Skills Gap Analysis for the Future of Work

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How do we conduct a skills gap analysis for the future of work, when we aren’t sure what the future of work is? It’s a conundrum, isn’t it?

6 Keys to Build a Culture of Collaboration

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Building a Culture of Collaboration. As the way of doing business has shifted – meeting fatigue has morphed into Zoom fatigue.

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6 Tactics to Successfully Work with Subject Matter Experts

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When it comes to developing a learning program that is not only compelling and engaging but is highly accurate and relevant, successfully working with subject matter experts (SME) can be tricky.

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Curiosity as a Business Practice

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Trying to define curiosity is like trying to define the color blue.

The Real Cost of an Effective Learning and Development Program

Speaker: Cara North - Learning & Development Consultant, Speaker, & Researcher | Maggie Quigley - Senior Account Executive for US Market Userlane

In this webinar, L&D professionals Cara North and Maggie Quigley will discuss the various factors affecting training, and how you can stretch your budget to create an effective L&D program.

Moving from Onboarding to “Warm Welcomes”

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I’ve been doing some research, and the gap regarding the importance of new hire onboarding and how the actual experience is handled is interesting. The Onboarding Gap. Workplace success starts with the employee’s first experience with the business, meaning how the onboarding process is handled.

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ATD 2021 It’s a Wrap: Going Virtual with Jana Chamberlin

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Ever realize that you don’t know how much you crave something until it’s taken away? I think that was all of us who regularly attend in-person events and conferences.

5 Common Virtual Learning Issues and Solutions

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COVID-19 notwithstanding, there are many benefits to consider when making the shift to a virtual learning platform from traditional instructor-led delivery. Consider advanced flexibility, productivity savings, and the ability to make your virtual learning programs part of a blended solution.

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Tips to Level-Up Your Virtual Learning Game

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Time to think differently about your virtual learning applications. COVID-19 has taken over all aspects of our lives and has created a new normal. There is understandable concern about travel and traditional instructor-led training and virtual learning is again a topic of conversation.

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Keys to Hacking Virtual Networking

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Let’s face it – networking is a PAIN in the best of times and when it comes to virtual networking – it’s even more painful. Yet, some people have more talent to make it work than others. What are their secrets?

Building the Foundation for a Modern K-12 Classroom

K-12 looks different these days. But one thing remains the same: you need a reliable learning platform that serves as the foundation for teaching and learning––for all students, in a variety of learning experiences.

5 Steps to a Successful Blended Learning Strategy

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Blended Learning Strategy. This Blended Learning post was originally written for DominKnow.com. Since the beginning of time, companies have relied on instructor-led format for training their employees.

Is Your Workplace Digital Divide Creating “Access Agony”?

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Access Agony. As discussed in part one of this discussion , having a workplace digital divide creates, “Access Agony 1 ”.

How to Ask Better Training Questions

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The time has come to once again to discuss the art of, “How to ask better training questions?” ” (This post ran originally on my blog site for Litmos in January 2018. The content here has been updated.). Picture this: . Director of Well-Meaning Stuff enters your space with a training request. We want people to do “better”, and we want you to create training so the masses do “better” Cue: Head, Bang, Wall.

9 Planning Steps for Your Virtual Learning Program

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Begin with the End in Mind! First posted on Linkedin) As the need for widespread social distancing increases, the need to move from traditional training to a virtual learning program is becoming more the norm.

Discover the Secrets to Creating More Meaningful Training Experiences

Speaker: David Kelly - CEO The Learning Guild & Luke Talbot - Chief Product Officer at Userlane

During this webinar, you will learn how to streamline your software training, boost ROI for your systems, and increase employee productivity.

You Have the Power, Don’t Give it Away

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What is power? Looking at the standard definition we see this: “ the capacity or ability to direct or influence the behavior of others or the course of events “ However, the word, “power” often triggers negative emotions of a person or process leveraging against us. Negative power words surround us. This said I find “power” an interesting concept when it comes to working within organizations.

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The Twitter Chat Conundrum (Part One)

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My name is Shannon and I used to be a twitter chat addict. Seriously, it was nothing to participate on some level in no less than three twitter chats a week. All usually, “learning” related. However, there is something happening with the state of twitter chats that is making me less engaged than in years past, and has put me in a bit of a conundrum. In this two-part post, I am going to tackle the biggest issues I feel are affecting twitter chats today.

6 Stupid Classroom Rules Learning Professionals Still Use

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In any classroom, presentation, webinar, or other formal learning environment – in order to encourage engagement and discovery, it’s all about first reaching the hearts and minds of the people in the session. Which is why the continuous erosion of trust in the classrooms amazes me, and we’re not talking about 8th graders here, we’re talking about adults. We all laugh at the crazy rules and warnings we see on basic day to day items.

The Lonely Training Needs Assessment

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What is it about a training needs assessment that makes learning professionals panic? Jump to the bottom of this post to enter to win this month’s book giveaway). I’ve written many times, on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and on this website about the importance of asking the right questions at the right time. Not every nail needs a hammer, not every problem requires a training intervention. CSI Training Needs Investigation How to Ask Training Questions.

Increasing Equity and Access: A Canvas Case Study of Virtual Arkansas K-12

Virtual Arkansas, a fully online school, had a mission to provide high-quality courses in rural and urban areas throughout the state. How would they simplify content creation while enhancing learning? Discover 3 key insights to transform your classrooms.

Now What? 6 After Conference Tips

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Okay, you’ve just returned from ATD ICE 2015. The glow of the conference is fading as quickly as the warmth of the Orlando sun. Because we are Rebels, we aren’t just going to let all the inspiration and renewed passion sit in the bottom of our abused tote bags. Right? Therefore, here are 6 Rebel tips for after conference follow-up: (Be sure to list your success tips in the comment section below). Create an action list. This is different from a task list, or to-do list.

Why Training Needs Video

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The shift has arrived, and video is King! You may or may not be shocked by this but not enough of us are creating video to help the people in our organizations. We, as educators in the Adult Learning world, have a responsibility to help our organizations move forward and we are not doing enough to practice this craft. The trend seems to be that we are aware video is important and critical, and we even admit that our end-users would probably prefer video to some of other learning methods used.

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Breaking Up with “Yeah, but…”

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In the training world, it is not uncommon to hear: “Yeah, but…” and it’s time to put an end to this unhealthy relationship. It’s a relationship that is holding us back from success. It is holding us back from moving forward. It is holding us back from seeing the future. This “Yeah, but…” relationship is further separating learning and development from the people who need us the most, at a time when our help is most needed.

5 Tips to Re-Energize a Lifelong Learning Mindset

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Click here to jump to the Learning Rebels BIG AUDACIOUS giveaway. For many, the New Year often brings into focus the possibilities of a brighter future. We want to brighten our horizons, learn more, and to be better versions of ourselves. We cheer the New Year and write checks that we might not be ready to cash. Once the reality of January 2nd hits, some of us might not sure what direction to go in and our commitment to lifelong learning falters. Sound familiar? . It does to me.

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Unlock the Power of Formative Assessment

Learn how a thoughtful formative assessment approach can help teachers understand where students are in their learning, inform instruction, and in turn, positively impact student learning outcomes. Get the guide today!

Creating Connections that Matter!

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Those of you who receive my newsletter, know I have been running a book giveaway the last week. The goal is to help us make connections matter. Be “ Super Connectors ” if you will. Jump to the bottom of this post to enter the giveaway). What drove to this book was me taking inventory of the people with whom I surround myself and the realization of the older I get the more I appreciate those people. In our youth, our mindsets are different, we aren’t necessarily in growth mode.

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Why the Workplace Digital Divide Matters

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Originally written for Go1 , “Bridging the Digital Divide” Let’s start with providing clarity around the term “Workplace Digital Divide” The “workplace digital divide” is the gap between those organizations that are at the forefront of technology and those that have failed to invest in technology infrastructure.

Mark Sheppard: Entering the Backchannel of ATD ICE 2018

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Buckle up people, it’s ATD ICE 2018! When it comes to this mammoth of a conference, it’s hard to convey everything that is going on and there is A LOT going on. Therefore, I try to enlist the help of our Learning Rebel village and I have quite the list for you. Peeps who are going to provide us with their unique conference point-of-view: Kassy LaBorie. Heidi Matthews. Kate Pinto . Krissy Richard (First timer, I CANNOT wait to read her perspective!).

Lesson from Edutech Australia? Planned Failure.

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Okay, I’m late. I was at Edutech last week, in glorious Brisbane Australia. Sunset on the Brisbane River. It was a real privilege to have been asked. I had the opportunity to share stories, thoughts and ideas with some people in my network who I have long admired (Harold Jarche, Ryan Tracey, Simon Terry, Michelle Ocker) and met some new FABULOUS people along the way (Constantine Ongarezos, Mairi Thompson, Joyce Seitzinger just to name a few!).

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6 Tips for EdTech Evaluation by Adult Learning Institutions

Many continuing adult education institutions have turned to technology used by higher ed with the following benefits: elevates teaching and learning, scales to address changes in staffing, enrollment and budget, and protects student and institutional data.

Why is Learning So Complicated?

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#Blimage on! How can the Mouse Trap Game relate to learning? Let’s discuss… When I read Steve Wheeler’s #Blimage challenge I knew I had to share and participate. Last week I posted the shout out to all of you to become involved. It is always good to stretch our minds and letting our eyes do some of the work. In this case a conversation with Larry Straining brought the inspiration. MouseTrap, the Game. Perfect analogy for learning today.

2017 – The Year of Progress and Purpose

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Oh progress…oh purpose, wherefore art thou? Head to the bottom to go straight to the Book Giveaway! Well, here we are at the end of 2016. It’s about time for a fresh start. We are all tired of 2016 and the baggage that came with it. Regardless of your political or philosophical mindset; there are many negative words to describe the feelings of 2016: Despair. Disbelief. Tired. Anger.

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If Your Training Doesn’t Stick, You Need Microlearning

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It’s a story old as time… There is a need to roll out companywide sensitivity training, food safety training, or sexual harassment training, everyone must participate and it must stick. Being the good L&D person you are, you put together a training program. You design the program with engaging interactions. You create a powerpoint that will not put people to sleep. You’ve double checked your information with the subject matter expert.

The Twitter Chat Conundrum (Part Two)

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You all KILLED IT! Last week our conversation centered around the twitter chat. How twitter chats, in general, may be improved and I have to say the response was great. I loved having your voices added to the conversation, including those of some of chat moderators; an unanticipated bonus! This from Doug , was my favorite – talk about taking ownership. “People are coming to hang out with me for an hour. An HOUR of their free time. I owe them a lot.

6 Strategies for Using Actionable Data to Impact Student Success

Educators need effective tools to drive student success. The trend to use actionable, comprehensive data—like attendance, assessments, grades, and more—is an effective way to give teachers the visibility they need to make a difference. Videri gives teachers and administrators access to comprehensive, integrated data so they can easily filter, drill down, and analyze data—to get the information that they really need, when they need it, and improve student outcomes. Download the eBook today!

Guest Blogger, Mark Sheppard: Not Attending ATD ICE? The Backchannel Saves the Day

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ATD International Conference and Expo! In Orlando! In just 6 days! I’ll be there! Oh, shucks – you won’t be? I’m truly sorry to have missed you. Cue sad face). A close network friend of mine won’t be there either. Cue another sad face). But won’t he? He will be there in spirit. In the Backchannel. That’s the beauty of technology these days, we can be anywhere and pretty much have a front row seat.

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Why This? Why Now? “Working Out Loud”

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Have you ever started working on a project only to find out that someone else in your organization is working on the same project? Have you ever been stuck trying to research data in your organization only to find out the guy next door did all that research work last year, and all you had to do was go next door for your answers? Been there, done that – and from these experiences, I learned to talk more about projects I was working on.

Workplace Learning: One World, Not Two

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Been buried under a stack of PowerPoint slides? Stuck in meetings? Conducting a training session? Then you missed it. Jane Hart recently posted an OpEd, called, “The L&D World is Splitting in Two” quickly followed by a rebuttal post from Will Thalheimer, “The Two-World Theory of Workplace Learning – Critiqued” If you haven’t read them, I’ll wait here for you to review. Go on. Context with this post will be important.

Read. Learn. Grow.

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Regular readers know how I feel about feeding your curiosity. I’ve written blog posts about it, and I added “Feed Your Curiosity” segments into my new book. Being a Learning Rebel depends on you being innately curious about everything around you. You just never know what is going to spark the imagination giving you a tremendous idea for lifting learning an extra notch. To take a quote from a recent post : .

Content Localization: The Key to Your Organization's Global Impact

Speaker: Zak Haitkin, Localization Manager

Localization is speaking your customer’s language in such a way that they can truly relate to the content, no matter where they're from. Good translation might be what brings people to your eLearning platform, but quality localization keeps them coming back. It's important to identify how you want your eLearning content to come across and decide whether translation or localization is the right approach.