Why Continued Organizational Learning is Critical to your Performance and Culture

WalkMe Training Station

This is the second article in a 3-part series. The first article was “ How ‘Learning Organizations’ Beat Natural Selection” . Organizational learning allows for teams to learn exactly what is relevant to their specific tasks and specialties while other information they do not need is given to the individuals and teams that need it, with some Venn overlap between for cooperation.

The Challenges of Short Training Programs

InfoPro Learning

As professionals who want to provide true skill-building, we’re often challenged to ensure our target audiences achieve learning goals in far less time than in past years. We’re asked to develop “mini” programs, replacing ILT with webinars , eLearning or blended solutions. So how do we ensure that our target audience is truly engaged and receives all the essential learning content? Streamlining learning content is the second challenge.

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The Unexamined Leadership Program is Not Worth Doing

The Performance Improvement Blog

If you’re not going to evaluate a leadership development program, don’t do the program! End-of-program reactionnaires (aka smile sheets) don’t count as evaluation. I’m talking about a systematic, evidence-based look at why it was done, what was done, how it was done, what happened as a result, how it can be improved, and what the organization learned from the process. I would add: Reinforcement of learning.

Weekly Roundup – Top 5 Articles on Employee Training Strategies

WalkMe Training Station

This week’s round up of the most interesting articles from around the web will deal with employee training strategy, rather than tactical tools for improvement, which is something I focused on quite a bit recently. The following articles I found tackle the crucial topics and ideas you have to understand when building your training program, and were written by the best training management experts. How to develop an effective employee training program.

Clive Shepherd – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators

Learnnovators

ABOUT CLIVE SHEPHERD (Founding Director – The More Than Blended Learning Company): Clive Shepherd is a consultant learning technologist. He works with a broad range of public and private sector organisations internationally, helping them to build capability in the application of new media to learning, and to transform workplace learning through the effective integration of formal, informal, on-demand and experiential learning.

Manager Engagement in Employee Learning: More Work or More Reward?

The Performance Improvement Blog

I was asked during my recent ASTD Webcast whether there’s data to show that managers, who are more involved in training and learning, ultimately receive more rewards and recognition than those who aren''t. While I’m not aware of research that ties training-involved managers with their own success in companies, I am aware of very successful companies who value highly the role of managers in training and learning and recognize and reward that involvement. Related articles.

The 18 Most Interesting Articles and Interviews in 2015

WalkMe Training Station

These 18 articles and interviews, written by the best employee training, discuss the challenges training managers today face, upon the shifting world of eLearning, and especially the collision of formal and informal learning. The articles offer great tips and solutions, and inside, you can find insights on topics such as storytelling, marketing styles, and branding, alongside fascinating interviews. 8 Tips To Create A Successful Employee Online Training Orientation Program.

Laura Overton – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators

Learnnovators

Laura Overton is the Founder and Managing Director of Towards Maturity – a not for profit benchmark practice that provides independent research to help organisations deliver improved performance through learning innovation. Her work is based on 25+ years of practical experience in implementing technology enabled learning strategies for business advantage and is backed by her independent research. What are the completion rates of a typical online learning program?

Training Isn't Learning

The Performance Improvement Blog

Companies continue to put substantial resources into employee training programs with the hope that these programs will prepare their employees for jobs now and in the future. In an article for the Wall Street Journal titled, “AT&T’s Ambitious Effort to Retrain More than 100,000 Workers,” Rachel King writes: As AT&T Inc. The problem with AT&T’s approach to change is that training isn’t learning. They need to be very intentional about learning, not training.

Know the Hidden Curriculum of Work

The Performance Improvement Blog

You won’t find it in company training programs, or in an MBA program, or your professional association’s certification workshops. But this learning is more important for survival and success in the workplace over the long term. . Nobody trained you to succeed in this hidden work, and you have to learn how to confront its everyday pitfalls. I think that learning from this "hidden curriculum" requires knowing how to learn.

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Becoming a Learning Culture: Competing in an Age of Disruption

The Performance Improvement Blog

(This article was initially posted on the Hospitality eResources blog on February 7, 2017.). Any company, faced with these kinds of disruptive forces must keep learning. The only thing holding companies back from learning at the speed of change is their organizational culture which, for many, is a barrier to learning. Most companies have a training culture, not a learning culture. This emphasis on formal training is a barrier to learning and change.

This Week on #TalkTech: iBooks Author, “Learnist” Social Learning Platform, and Downsides of BYOD Programs

Bottom-Line Performance

iBooks Author, Learnist (and social learning platforms in general), and the downsides of BYOD are on deck for today’s #TalkTech. Join us at 3 pm EST on Twitter to learn how iBooks Author can replace “click next” eLearning, social learning platforms like Learnist can be used for organizational learning, and weighing the pros and cons of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) programs. Article: Grockit Launches Learnist, a Pinterest for Education.

Learning Culture: A Workplace Environment for Success (Part One)

The Performance Improvement Blog

In a two-part article I wrote for BusinessThinker.com titled, Learning Culture: A Workplace Environment for Success , I start by posing some questions that I think people need to ask themselves about their organizations to determine if they need a stronger learning culture: Do you want employees to care about their work and their customers and go the extra mile? That model of learning was effective for most of the past century.

Aligning Employee Learning with the Organization

The Performance Improvement Blog

Improving employee learning and performance in organizations today means systems change. I wish it were otherwise, but learning is not just a classroom activity anymore, it must be a total system activity that takes into account strategic goals of the organization, the culture of the organization (values, beliefs, artifacts, structure, etc.), and the quality of the learning interventions (formal training, coaching, mentoring, self-directed study, action learning, etc.).

What's Better: eLearning or Classroom?

The Performance Improvement Blog

Also, using elearning programs makes managers feel like they are staying on the cutting edge of technology. Feeding this appetite for online programs is research that seems to support the notion that online is better than face-to-face, classroom instruction. Department of Education found a small advantage for online (blended) programs. I published an article about this nearly 10 years ago in Educational Technology. I was wrong; e-learning is revolutionizing training.

Organizations Don't Learn

The Performance Improvement Blog

The culture of most organizations prevents them from learning. And without learning they are destined to have disengaged employees, high turnover, low performance teams, unproductive workplaces, inadequate responses to competitive pressures, an inability to keep up with the pace of change, and an unsustainable business. What prevents organizations from learning? They write: Why do companies struggle to become or remain “learning organizations”?

SCORM and xAPI LMS in a Learning Culture

The Performance Improvement Blog

A learning management system (LMS) is considered to be a necessary tool in most complex organizations today, especially those industries, like nuclear energy, airlines, and healthcare, where monitoring compliance with government-imposed training requirements is essential. However, I have had my doubts about the value of an LMS for enhancing learning and contributing to a learning culture. However, I have to ask, “Does xAPI do a better job of facilitating learning?”

The Incredible Power of Design Thinking in Learning Design

Learnnovators

Though we had been following some of these discussions with much interest, and also trying out integrating the internal development process at Learnnovator s in a loosely structured way around this approach, a recent article by Clark Quinn prompted us to embark on a quest to find answers to the following questions: Is design thinking a new subject, at least in learning design? Or is it already being followed as part of the learning design process?

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The Changing Face of Work and Workplace Learning

Learnnovators

“You don’t program Watson; you work with Watson” Here is a fascinating video on what Watson can do. Here is an article on Medical implants and printable body parts. The rise of mobile computing in the form smartphones, tablets, and wearable devices accompanied by ubiquitous Internet connection is creating unforeseen change–in how we work, learn, communicate, do business, conduct personal tasks, and myriad other aspects.

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Sahana Chattopadhyay – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators

Learnnovators

ABOUT SAHANA CHATTOPADHYAY (Social Learning & Collaboration Strategist, Performance Consultant Exploring Emergent Learning, Blogger). Sahana Chattopadhyay is a performance consultant and an L&D professional with 15 years of experience in the field of academia and organizational learning. Her passion is to help organizations become learning organizations through social and collaborative learning. What is your vision for the learning community?

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MOOCs In Workplace Learning – Part 1: Some Points To Consider

Learnnovators

Having taken the world of higher education by storm (though not everyone will agree), MOOCs are all set to disrupt/re-invent workplace learning. Just as the advent of e-learning created a shift in training paradigms a couple of decades back, MOOCs are set to create another shift today. With the rise of MOOCs, we are also likely to see social, collaborative learning take root in organizations. can be put together to design a “program”.

Agile Learner; Agile Leader

The Performance Improvement Blog

I have to admit that prior to hearing Elliott Masie talk about “learning agility” last week at the virtual Human Captial Media Symposium for CLOs , the concept was not on my radar. However, aspiring to be agile myself (mentally and physically), I’m willing to learn something new and, maybe, discard some old notions about human development and leadership. It appears that there are at least three definitions of learning agility being used in the field. Related articles.

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Managers Managing Minds: Their 21rst Century Job

The Performance Improvement Blog

Everywhere brains are learning, sharing information, and providing help to other brains. It also includes what they discover, learn from failure, learn from one another, share, innovate, tell each other, and more. A shrinking Corporate IQ is a function of many forces currently at work: Brains need to learn how to learn — Technology has changed the learning equation. Transferring what you learn is always a problem.

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Emergent Workplaces: Learning In The Networked World

Learnnovators

A recent, very brief conversation with @krishashok triggered a few thoughts related to emergent workplaces and what learning in the networked world will look like. Here are two definitions from Wikipedia that captures the essence of Networked Learning: “ Networked learning is a process of developing and maintaining connections with people and information, and communicating in such a way so as to support one another’s learning. This is my area of passion.

The Top Six Things Organizations Must Do to Enable Emergent Learning

Learnnovators

What is common across the learning modes and methods mentioned? Social learning via an enterprise collaboration platform. Mobile enabled learning accessible anytime, anywhere, on any device of the user’s choice. MOOCs which straddle the line between social learning and e-learning with learner communities. These are essentially “pull” and collaborative learning modes and cannot be imposed. But first, WHAT IS EMERGENT LEARNING?

This Week on #TalkTech: iBooks Author, “Learnist” Social Learning Platform, and Downsides of BYOD Programs

Bottom-Line Performance

iBooks Author, Learnist (and social learning platforms in general), and the downsides of BYOD are on deck for today’s #TalkTech. Join us at 3 pm EST on Twitter to learn how iBooks Author can replace “click next” eLearning, social learning platforms like Learnist can be used for organizational learning, and weighing the pros and cons of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) programs. Article: Grockit Launches Learnist, a Pinterest for Education.

This Week on #TalkTech: iBooks Author, “Learnist” Social Learning Platform, and Downsides of BYOD Programs

Bottom-Line Performance

iBooks Author, Learnist (and social learning platforms in general), and the downsides of BYOD are on deck for today’s #TalkTech. Join us at 3 pm EST on Twitter to learn how iBooks Author can replace “click next” eLearning, social learning platforms like Learnist can be used for organizational learning, and weighing the pros and cons of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) programs. Article: Grockit Launches Learnist, a Pinterest for Education.

Bob Little – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators

Learnnovators

Bob Little is a writer , commentator and publicist who works globally, specializing in the corporate online learning industry. ABOUT THIS INTERVIEW SERIES: ‘ Crystal Balling with Learnnovators ’ is a thought-provoking interview series that attempts to gaze into the future of e-learning. It comprises stimulating discussions with industry experts and product evangelists on emerging trends in the learning landscape. There’s lots to be learned! Cloud-based learning.

Re-thinking Learning and Performance from a Business Standpoint

ID Reflections

Yesterday, I wrote a post on Learning vs. Performance – the Dichotomy. It was more of a theoretical exposition on why learning doesn’t necessarily translate into performance, and delved into some of the psychological and behavioral aspects of the same. Why is it that learning and training don’t translate into performance? In today’s post, I have tried to analyze the learning – performance dichotomy from a more practical standpoint. The outcome of the training programs.

The Changing Nature of Workplace Learning

Learnnovators

One was from the field of architecture and the other was by Harold Jarche on workplace and learning. This trust also promotes individual autonomy and can become a foundation for organizational learning, as knowledge is freely shared. ” Read in conjunction, the two pieces shed a lot of light not only on how today’s workplace is changing but also on its impact on how we learn. How do we know everyone has learned?

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Experimentation

The Performance Improvement Blog

But people who don't see their actions as experiments, and those who don't know how to reason carefully from data, will continue to learn less well from their own experiences than those who do. To me, experimentation is an essential aspect of organizational learning. It’s action learning. Instead of thinking about new programs and initiatives in terms of success and failure, we would learn more if we considered them experiments.

Organizational Dashboards

The Performance Improvement Blog

Organizational dashboards have become a popular tool for monitoring performance. BlueAvocado.org , in an article by Jeanne Bell, shows how nonprofit organizations are using dashboards for managing financial performance, program implementation, human resources, Board of Directors accountability, fundraising, compliance and risk management. However, it is the process of creating a dashboard that is the most powerful evaluation and learning experience for an organization.

50 Ways to Lever Learning

The Performance Improvement Blog

In a learning culture , formal training is just one of many methods used to facilitate employee learning. In a learning culture, we start with the performance goal and then select the mix of methods that will help employees acquire and retain the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and beliefs they need in order to achieve those goals. Instructor-centered class (fact to face) – traditional classroom in which instructor controls the content and learning process.

MOOCs In Workplace Learning – Part 2: Designing a MOOC

Learnnovators

@ ignatia (Inge de Waard) describes MOOCs thus in her Master’s Thesis: “MOOC is above all referring to a pedagogical model with independent learners, access to information, opportunity to create emerging, spontaneous, yet not directed learning communities, etcetera. Corporate Learning will be transformed and will take on more importance wrote Josh Bersin in his HR predictions for 2015. There is an urgent need to re-imagine workplace learning for the networked world.

Bad Management Practices

The Performance Improvement Blog

I’m reminded of Chris Argyris’ and Donald Schon’s “double-loop” learning in which we are asked to challenge the underlying beliefs and assumptions of our actions; not simply improve what we are doing but learn from examining the values implicit in what we are doing. In an article for BusinessWeek titled, “Ten Management Practices to Axe,” Liz Ryan identifies ten popular practices of organizations that they should stop doing. 360-Degree Feedback Programs.