From Instructional Design to Enterprise Community Facilitation

ID Reflections

This is a long overdue post, the draft of which had been languishing in my dropbox for some time--half forgotten. But finally I felt this needs to see the light of day. I have reached something of a cross-roads in my career, and I wanted to document the process of this arrival. It has been a long and exciting journey so far, dotted with exciting projects, some wonderful clients, and a tremendous amount of learning. The age of Connectivism was truly upon us.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Defining an e-Learning Strategy: Planning the Kickoff

Learning Visions

Thursday, June 14, 2007 Defining an e-Learning Strategy: Planning the Kickoff In the spirit of building a Community of Practice -- sharing ideas and processes -- I thought Id try and share what I can of a current project. Ive done a lot of e-Learning projects, created a lot of courses, but this is the first time that Ive been a part of the strategy itself. I did a lot of research in preparing our proposal and making our sales call.

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Favorite 2009 posts on Informal Learning Blog

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

Here are the most popular posts on the Informal Learning Blog in 2009. Business Impact of Social and Informal Learning. G et Out of the Training Business , my most recent column for Chief Learning Officer, called for the abolition of corporate training departments. Help me write the next installment. I nstructional design was invented around the time of World War II. In these explosive times, I’d like to see more of all forms of learning.

Recommended Reading Summary: A Chapter of “Emerging Technologies for the Classroom”

Adobe Captivate

In October, I posted some recommended reading that complemented one of my classes on gamification. I’ve since started writing chapter summaries (here is the last article ) so people can “preview” some of the great books out there and hopefully end up reading them! Google Scholar features most of the chapter for free. Teaching and learning practices benefit from the collective knowledge that social technology provides.

Are Managers Too Busy to Learn?

The Performance Improvement Blog

One of the barriers to creating and sustaining a learning culture in organizations is the no-time myth. Managers resist attending formal training events and participating in other kinds of learning activities (elearning, mentoring, coaching, action-learning, communities of practice, internal wikis, etc.) In the blog post titled, Are the managers you’re training “too busy”?, In fact, because it is part of the job, it doesn’t add any time at all.

The future of e-Learning, according to Kasper Spiro | Change to learn

Challenge to Learn

Skip to content Homepage Kasper Spiro Change to learn “ On a mission to make EasyGenerator the best and most successful e-Learning authoring tool in the world ” ‹ Ukrainian visit The mission of EasyGenerator according to Kasper Spiro › November 24, 2010 The future of e-Learning, according to Kasper Spiro Two weeks ago, I wrote a blog about starting up my work as CEO for EasyGenerator. A WBT is often part of such a course.

7 Strategies to Facilitate "Working Out Loud"

ID Reflections

I spent the greater part of the weekend mulling over the practice of working out loud , what makes some folks adopt the habit with ease while others struggle, and what could be some of the possible enabling factors that support working out loud. The more I thought about it, the more it seemed to me that it is one of the fundamental blocks of building a community of practice. Take Linux or the GitHub community for example.

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. This is a list of 50 of those methods. Testing knowledge – using results of knowledge tests to facilitate more learning.

Boost your eLearning ROI

eFront

In order to keep pace with the ever-changing market, organizations need to develop and implement best practices in their business strategy. Employee performance is the direct reflection of organizational strategy. The process of converting organizational goals into performance requires the right training content. The cost of the entire process challenges training managers to justify the training in terms of enhanced performance and measurable ROI.

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7 Strategies to Facilitate “Working Out Loud”

Learnnovators

I spent the greater part of the weekend mulling over the practice of working out loud, what makes some folks adopt the habit with ease while others struggle, and what could be some of the possible enabling factors that support working out loud. The more I thought about it, the more it seemed to me that it is one of the fundamental blocks of building a community of practice. Take Linux or the GitHub community for example.

How to use Blended Learning Solutions to Boost Employee Performance

Obsidian Learning

We all know that the purpose of workplace training isn’t just to memorize facts and information or even to practice new skills in the classroom or laboratory. The ultimate goal of workplace training is to change behavior to improve employee performance back on the job as a result of the learning. The idea is that when enough employees change their performance for the better, the performance of the whole organization will improve. Providing safe ways to practice.

4 Blended Learning Strategies that Boost Corporate Training ROI

Obsidian Learning

We all know that the purpose of workplace training isn’t just to memorize facts and information or even to practice new skills in the classroom or laboratory. The ultimate goal of workplace training is to change behavior—to improve employee performance—back on the job as a result of the learning. The idea is that when enough employees change their performance for the better, the performance of the whole organization will improve in the classroom or laboratory.

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Why You Should Adopt Social Learning

EI Design

It is exciting to be part of the new era in corporate learning that leverages on social and collaborative learning. In this article, I will outline why you should adopt social learning ; I will also outline some best practices and ideas on where you can use social learning meaningfully. What are the aspects that most of the popular social networks provide that can be used to learn or collaborate and learn? The learner is not a passive recipient of information.

Informal Learning – the other 80%

Jay Cross

Years ago a start-up commissioned me to write a white paper that would help put them on the map. I’ll be leading a series of master classes on informal learning and working smarter in Europe. It’s all a matter of learning, but it’s not the sort of learning that is the province of training departments, workshops, and classrooms. Formal learning - classes and workshops and online events – is the source of only 10% to 20% of what we learn at work.

Do You Need An Instructional Design Degree?

Rapid eLearning

As always, it’s fun getting to meet the blog readers and Articulate customers. Many of them are working with limited resources and it’s interesting to see how they approach their work. I also get lots of good questions. One of the most frequent questions asked is whether or not they need instructional design degrees. I’m interested in seeing a portfolio of work that represents their technical skills as well as their instructional design skills.

Top Posts from August - Augmented Reality - Social Learning

eLearning Learning Posts

August was a little quiet in terms of traffic numbers and vacations, but there were some really great posts you may have missed during vacation. My e-Learning Don’ts - MinuteBio , August 8, 2010 Here is a list I compiled of things I think should NOT be done when designing e-learning courses. Instead of moving around a computer interface as a mouse, one moves around as an anthropomorphic figure. My list of top 10 resources on Instructional Design - basics and more : 1.

Why Content Curation Should be in Your Skillset

Jay Cross

It can save millions, reduce frustration, and boost the velocity of information in your organization. You expect the curator of an art gallery to know the collection and to: search out the best items. They have the same job but instead of paintings, deal with digital artifacts such as: blog posts and Tweets. Instead of satisfying art lovers, corporate curation saves enormous amounts of time, keeps teams on the same page, and equips everyone with the latest insights.

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Motivating The Instructional Designer

The eLearning Coach

Perhaps it hits you when you’re writing a storyboard to teach a poorly designed and uninspiring software program. We spend a lot of time theorizing and thinking about how to motivate learners. An advocate “pleads the cause of another; defends or maintains a cause or proposal; and supports or promotes the interests of another,&# according to Webster online. Some resources are: The Back of the Napkin and VizThink. Seek out community.

Sometime I Feel Like a Dine-Oh-Saur

The Learning Circuits

I remember my Dad's buddy Tony who - aside from a stint as my Father's shipmate in the Pacific during the Big One - had spent most of his working life in a Pittsburgh steel mill before he was laid off forever. felt like one of them Dine-oh-saurs" I feel like that sometimes lately. I feel like that when I talk to people who develop 'learning' programs or even when I read some of these blogs.

Top 75 eLearning Posts - May 2010

eLearning Learning Posts

Best of eLearning Learning. Some great stuff again this month in the world of eLearning. 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. Many of whom I really respoect. I see it in blog posts, comments, posts, LrnChat discussions, and all sorts of places.

Get an E-Learning Job with these Simple Tips

Rapid eLearning

One of the most frequent questions I get is how to find an elearning job. While the rest of the economy seems to be stuck in mud, this seems to be a good time to consider a career in elearning. Some people don’t like the notion of competition, but it’s real. While you can’t control the qualifications of others, you can control yours. Years ago when I realized I wanted to be in the training industry, I did an assessment of my skills and figured out where I was lacking.

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Instructional Designers with Degrees: Survey Update

Learning Visions

About 27% of instructional designers have an advanced degree in ID. And 73% of us dont. Only 11% of instructional designers without an ID degree have reported that they were denied work due to the lack thereof. As reported earlier , there continues to be a wide range of backgrounds for IDers, mostly in the liberal arts. I have questions: Is this a good representation of the field in general? The program I went to at Pepperdine was outstanding.

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Top 68 eLearning Posts from April - Hot Topics iPad Google Buzz

eLearning Learning Posts

Best of eLearning Learning. The Org Structure of Enterprise 2.0 - trainingwreck , April 18, 2010 I’m lucky to be a member of the 2.0 As a member, I have access to a plethora of sharing, information and intellect as it relates to how individuals are driving Enterprise 2.0 Key Social Learning Roles - Daretoshare , April 4, 2010 Premise : Learning communities or networks thrive because its members possess certain skills and capabilities.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Brent Schlenker: Marketers and Game Developers Know More About Learning Than We Do!

Learning Visions

hosted by Training Magazine Network. ** Disclaimers: “I am not a marketer or a game developer.&# (Although he plays a LOT of games). Point of today’s conversation: talking training, design and development if a marketing person were doing it. We bow to the will of the SME… Little room for creativity New technology gives us new tools. A big part of marketing IS education -- what is the product? Extend what you can do – think outside of your field.

How to Become a Learning Organization (An Interview with Michelle Ockers)

Convergence Training

We’ve written before about what a learning organization is and what are some of their traits, and we’ve even talked about how to integrate safety departments into learning organization efforts (see this Safety & Learning Organizations article or this recorded Integrating Safety into Learning Organizations ASSP webinar ). The video of the discussion is immediately below. Download our FREE Guide to Writing Learning Objectives. Is the pace of change accelerating?

Rethinking conferences

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

I’ve learned a whale of a lot from these events over the last twenty years. Through their presentations at conferences, Allison Rossett, Elliott Masie, Gloria Gery, and scores of other awesome teachers have shaped the thinking of the greater learning and development community of practice. Nonetheless, the patience of those of us who have paid our dues in Orlando, Las Vegas, Anaheim, Chicago, and L.A. of the network era.