The Collapse of a Community of Practice (CoP)

bozarthzone

While the site shows 4,000 members, I would guess that truly active membership -- lots of posting, interaction, some argument -- is in the range of 50-100. Debates have been long and often spirited, and while I have not always found it all useful (too much parsing of semantics, too many side visits to politics last fall) it did keep me informed about current interests in the training field and what practitioners were really working on (as opposed to what the media often report).

Content is a tyrant.

Learning with 'e's

The imminent arrival of widespread 4G broadband and LTE ( Long Term Evolution ) will usher in wider availability to information and push even more data to our mobile devices over the same amount of radio spectrum. Better coverage and faster download/upload speeds would ensure that just about everyone who is connected would have even greater access to online content and services anytime, anywhere. Are we not already swamped by a tsunami of content?

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Are you listing?

Learning with e's

I'm not entirely certain what people will use the new Twitter lists service for, but I can of course speak for myself. In creating this app, Twitter are merely doing what other services have already done quite successfully, including TweepML and Listorious.

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Success Formula for Discussion Forums in Financial Services

Tony Karrer

I received a question this week related to Discussion Forums for Knowledge Sharing at Capital City Bank : I successfully launched a discussion forum for a small group of lending assistants within my bank. I’ve used examples from the lending assistants as well as other benefits of the tool to demonstrate how its use would benefit the bank and these work groups. They see the benefit of the tool in a strict learning environment, but have difficulty seeing its use in an expanded role.

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Maximize Your Professional Development with Industry Memberships

eLearning Brothers

Association for Talent and Development (ATD): ATD is an organization that helps employers, HR representatives, and almost everybody who is in charge of the development of employees. They do this mainly by providing information in the form of research, webinars, conferences, and even educational programs online, on demand and face-to-face. TD at Work (4 digital issues/yr): 16-24 page resource that help in gaining proficiency in a variety of practical topics.

Smarter employee evaluation

Litmos

What do you use as a basis for evaluation of employees? Instead, you should have multiple measures and a clear idea of what ‘acceptable’ is. This requires a nuanced notion of performance, and an associated approach to development. In The End of Average, Todd Rose discussed his experience in overcoming evidence that he was a low-performer. For instance, two different customer service employees might both rate as only average in helping customers.

Want organizational improvement? Adopt a smarter approach to evaluating employees.

Litmos

What do you use as a basis for evaluation of employees? Instead, you should have multiple measures and a clear idea of what ‘acceptable’ is. This requires a nuanced notion of performance, and an associated approach to development. In The End of Average, Todd Rose discussed his experience in overcoming evidence that he was a low-performer. For instance, two different customer service employees might both rate as only average in helping customers.

Podcast 19: Customer Education 101 – With Dave Derington of Azuqua

Talented Learning

WELCOME TO EPISODE 19 OF THE TALENTED LEARNING SHOW! To learn more about this podcast series or to see the full collection of episodes visit The Talented Learning Show main page. EPISODE 19 – TOPIC SUMMARY AND GUEST: On our previous episode , we talked about the increasing popularity of customer success programs among high-growth companies – especially software-as-a-service (SaaS) vendors. So it’s a central point of integration?

Minecraft, Preparing Your Workforce, and Style Tiles:This Week on #BLPLearn

Bottom-Line Performance

#BLPLearn is our way of saving all of the great content our team curates… and sharing it with the wider community. We’ll take the best articles shared by our Learning Services, Multimedia, and Product Development teams in their weekly meetings and include them in the weekly #BLPLearn blog. Now that introductions are out of the way, let’s dive in to this week’s articles: The Secret of Minecraft. There is no articulation of a game goal anywhere in the game.

10 Reasons to Join The eLearning Guild

Web Courseworks

Fast forward to present day, companies and larger national associations now have managers and a staff of course developers, most of which have full bachelor’s degrees or at the very least, a 2-year advanced degree or a certificate in web course design. If you are a professional instructional designer or online course developer, you probably belong to the community of practice called the eLearning Guild.

Contest - Win a Free Copy of Digital Habitats via LearnTrends 2009

Tony Karrer

Nancy has been my go to person for all things Communities and Networks and worked with me to create Communities and Networks Connection. And as a bonus, John will be doing another session with Jack Merklien of Xerox Global Services on communities.

codeSpark and The Foos, SCORM, and Microlearning in Instructional Design: This Week on #BLPLearn

Bottom-Line Performance

#BLPLearn is our way of saving all of the great content our team curates… and sharing it with the wider community. We’ll take the best articles shared by our Learning Services, Multimedia, and Product Development teams in their weekly meetings and include them in the weekly #BLPLearn blog. Now that introductions are out of the way, let’s dive in to this week’s articles: codeSpark and The Foos. What do you think of the rules for success?

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Where is L&D heading?

E-Learning Provocateur

The topic of the evening was Where is L&D Heading? and some questions were posted through by the attendees ahead of time, while others emerged through the discourse. Here is an overview of my answers, plus elaborations and suggestions for further reading, for each of the questions that was (and was not) asked. Is the race to the bottom on time and price for degrees affecting employers’ perceptions of universities? The moot point of MOOCs.

A Global Balancing Act: Firm Gets L&D Going on the Right Foot With Degreed

Degreed

To operate smoothly, one of the world’s top professional services organizations must carefully balance independence with cooperation. . This dynamic creates a natural tension, causing problems for the learning and development (L&D) team. We have a federated model,” the L&D leader said, noting the organization has dozens of firms. That’s one of the reasons why Degreed was so great for us,” the L&D leader said. “We

Top 5 Things Associations can Learn from Corporate Training Departments

Association eLearning

Most associations have provided some degree of member education as part of their mission. And for associations, educational offerings can be a valuable source of non-dues revenue. But with the growth of new learning technologies and with members facing more and more change and a need for continual learning, associations are missing out on an even bigger opportunity. This process is time-consuming, but designed to create an effective learning experience.

Successful Online Employee Onboarding Strategies

TalentLMS

That’s right, most of us remember our first day at work with the “fear of the unknown”. Gone are the days when individuals would feel lucky to be part of a successful organization. With the proliferation of dot com and brick and mortar companies all around us, companies consider themselves lucky when a new employee accepts an offer and continues to stay with them beyond six months! Many of us have been through an unorganized and mismanaged onboarding process.

LearnTrends: Microlearning

Experiencing eLearning

Microlearning – the learning that results from “micro” content published in short form and limited by the software and devices used to view it – offers alternatives to traditional development methods for workers who deal with web-based information as part of their job. Let’s discuss how microlearning might address the realities of learning in a digital age. Microcontent is little bits of digital information in a permanent state of flux and circulation.

The Changing Face of Work and Workplace Learning

ID Reflections

Now that my disclaimers are in place, let me explain the premise of the post title and what I intend to discuss in this post. I am not doing (at least trying not to) today what I did five years back--not only in terms of professional and personal growth but with respect to the demands of the time. Technology has brought about unprecedented changes at a pace that is challenging all notions of flexibility and adaptability. I am not the kind to crystal gaze.

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I Believe in the Value of Sharing

Tom Spiglanin

As a workplace professional, I believe strongly in the value of sharing. 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. In other words, the value that is manifest in the form of improved personal performance in the workplace. The Value of Sharing Outside the Organization.

Re-imagining Work & Learning in a Networked World

ID Reflections

"The nature of work is changing. The changes to society will be vast" by @gapingvoid We are on the eve of 2015! Most of us do a retrospection of the year gone by, and a future-spection of the year to come. These are The Shift: The Future of Work is Already Here by Dr. Lynda Gratton (a book review coming up soon), and The Second Machine Age by Andrew Mcafee and Erik Brynjolfsson. This has wide-ranging implication on learning and the future of work.

7 big opportunities that MOOCs offer corporates

E-Learning Provocateur

Hot on the heels of my 5 benefits of open badges for corporates , I now present my 7 big opportunities that MOOCs offer corporates. Regular readers of my blog will know that I’m quite the MOOC fan. If you can think of any others, please let me know… 1. Quality content, for free, from some of the world’s most respected educational institutions? Participating in a MOOC forms connections with people outside of your organisation.

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The HWB Project in Wales

CDSM

As a Welsh company, and as citizens of Wales, CDSM is very proud to have won the right to supply and service www.hwb.wales.gov.uk – a Welsh Government (DfES) service that enables Welsh schools to exploit learning technologies for the benefit of teachers and learners alike. For the past 18 months, CDSM has been working with Welsh Government (DfES) to design, develop, and license tools and services for primary and secondary schools across Wales.

Who Needs Performance Support on Vacation?

ePath Learning

I recently cruised the Caribbean on one of the world’s largest ships. This performance support solution provided an interactive map; up-to-the-minute information on activities; a schedule of booked shows, mealtimes, spa treatments, and excursions; and much more! Supporting your Moment of Need. Imagine that one of your employees is performing a critical, but rarely performed, task on the job. Let ePath Learning’s Pro Services team throw you a life preserver!

At Healthcare Educators’ Conference, “A Culture of Performance Improvement in Practice”

Web Courseworks

CME and other forms of continuing education in the health professions have been influenced by the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”), and with expected changes to that legislation, educational practitioners naturally wonder about the effects on their field. Regardless of whether the ACA is eventually repealed, reformed, and/or replaced, performance improvement is deeply engrained in 21 st -century healthcare CE. AAPA: American Academy of Physician Assistants.

3 Ways to Level Up your eLearning Games

TalentLMS

G ames in the form of mobile applications or desktop games have successfully merged into the adult learning environment. While eLearning games received a considerable amount of resistance, they have proven their worth through superior learning achievement results. Your car’s GPS trying to get you to become a registered member of the application through badges and icons? Have the learners drag the correct items in the image of the first aid box!

The Changing Face of Work and Workplace Learning

Learnnovators

Now that my disclaimers are in place, let me explain the premise of the post title and what I intend to discuss in this post. I am not doing (at least trying not to) today what I did five years back–not only in terms of professional and personal growth but with respect to the demands of the time. Technology has brought about unprecedented changes at a pace that is challenging all notions of flexibility and adaptability. I am not the kind to crystal gaze.

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eLearning for Travel Agents

TalentLMS

In fact, travel agents are beacons of knowledge on almost any wanderlust routes. Travel agents of today will show you the shortcut to a serene spot. Travel agencies are in a booming business of selling tickets, flight fares, hotel rooms, car rentals, restaurant booking, trekking tickets and much more. Owing to the dynamic and evolving state of data in the tourism industry, the training and instant upgrade can be a challenge.

5 Vital Elements of Engaging Microcontent

Obsidian Learning

Focus on these five things to meet those expectations when you create microcontent for the people in your organization. Learners not only expect but demand that microcontent be easy to search for, easy to access, and easy to run, see, and interact with on their device of choice. For a deeper dive, see 7 Essentials of a Successful Mobile Learning Strategy. ). When you have different audiences with different roles, create separate microcontent for each.

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Proliferating Portals

Clark Quinn

Let’s say you are the Director of a company’s Education/Training department and you want to move more toward information learning. While your department creates online and classroom courses on how to use the company’s main products, you see the need for more advanced-level training. Do you move forward with yet another wiki site and not worry about all of the other internal wiki sites, intranet, and so forth? Tap into the knowledge of your groups.

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50 suggestions for implementing 70-20-10 (3)

Jay Cross

Conversations are the stem cells of learning. Companies need to take advantage of the social nature of learning. Retention will skyrocket, and conversation will mitigate the boredom of most eLearning. Communities of practice. A Community of Practice (CoP) is a social network of people who identify with one another professionally (e.g. designers of logic chips) or have mutual interests (e.g.

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THE CHANGING FACE OF WORK AND WORKPLACE LEARNING

Learnnovators

Now that my disclaimers are in place, let me explain the premise of the post title and what I intend to discuss in this post. I am not doing (at least trying not to) today what I did five years back–not only in terms of professional and personal growth but with respect to the demands of the time. Technology has brought about unprecedented changes at a pace that is challenging all notions of flexibility and adaptability. I am not the kind to crystal gaze.

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Blog Book Tour: Social Media for Trainers--stop #9

ID Reflections

#SoMe for Trainers: Beating the Forgetting Curve This is the 9th stop of the Blog Book Tour for Jane Bozarth's new book, S ocial Media for Trainers. Whether as trainers or performance consultants, we never get to know the results of our labor. Imagine the efficacy of such training!

What the ACCME Is Saying about Tailoring Your CME Experience

EthosCE

Their standards reflect the values of the educator community and respond to the evolving healthcare environment. As a result, clinicians and teams can drive improvement in their practice and optimize care for their patients. They use real-world practices to help build a community of practice that enables CME providers to learn from each other, continually improve their education, and demonstrate how accredited CME measurably improves healthcare.

What is Spaced Learning?

ePath Learning

Ideally, learning sessions are short and focused, incorporate breaks, and are followed by practice at intervals to help maintain and extend retention. However, the glassy surface of the water soon returns—leaving no visible evidence that the event ever occurred. Spaced learning, also referred to as distributed practice, can be likened to skipping a stone. A training approach that supports learners at multiple moments of need. Create your own or use a tool like Nelly.

Social Learning: How to Build Conversations into Your eLearning Courses

Mindflash

One of the major problems with eLearning is that people cannot interact with each other. No matter how interactive you make an eLearning course, it is still a matter of a screen delivering content and a person consuming (reading, watching, listening, clicking, etc) that content. In general, eLearning does not afford the benefit of the follow-up question or leaning over to the person next to you and asking, “What did the instructor mean when she said….?”

Driving formal & informal from the same place

Clark Quinn

However, I’ve been preparing a presentation from another way of looking at it, and I want to suggest that, at core, both are being driven from the same point: how humans learn. I was looking at the history of society, and it’s getting more and more complex. Businesses are now retreating from that point of view, and trying to get flatter, and more networked.

Value of Investment (VOI) vs. Return on Investment

Kapp Notes

Perhaps the constant effort to find the ROI of higher education or even training programs is mis-placed, should we be asking ourselves if an alternative exists? As the competitive landscape of higher education shifts and the training industry changes, using a measurement like Return On Investment (ROI) as the only guide for evaluating information technology investments like an LMS or an audience response system is a mistake. Johnson community college initiative. [3]

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