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Wither needs assessment?

Overheard at a recent training conference… “I’d be more successful if I didn’t worry so much about needs assessment and just gave them good courses.  The business is moving too fast for a big study  The only ones complaining are the instructional design group” It was a conversation between training managers.  It’s only one conversation...
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It’s the performance, stupid

My recent posts on web/learning 2.0 technologies got me thinking about other technology waves that have rippled through learning and performance over the years.  Since my first mainframe based e-learning project (ouch, that dates me),  technologies from videodisk though PC-based, CD-ROM, client/server, and early web-based learning (web 1.0) have each had their day with associated...
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Using social media to improve knowledge work

Happy New Year!  In my last post (way back in 2008), I mentioned a range of ways Social Media can be used to support formal and informal learning.   One of those methods is to wrap social media tools around a job or workflow and structure them to support informal learning. Here I build on that...
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Supporting Organizational Learning with Social Media

As Social Media and Web 2.0 applications make their way from the public/consumer sphere into organizations, learning professionals are thinking about how it will change the way they design, support and facilitate learning. Some of the trends early adopters are seeing: Control of learning content is starting to shift from the few (instructional designers) to...
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Enterprise 2.0, learning and performance

It’s fascinating to watch technical innovations grow in use from early adopters to the point where they “tip” into mass acceptance (apologies to Malcolm Gladwell).  This is certainly the case for Web 2.0 applications.  Seemingly overnight, web based social media and collaborative tools are everywhere.  (It hasn’t really happened overnight of course.  Amazon.com for example...
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What’s a self respecting learning function to do in an economic crisis?

A few days ago Ron Wilkins referenced a report released from the  Corporate Leadership Council (CLC) asking CEOs which areas in their organizations would suffer the most in response to the current economic crisis.   Learning and Development was tagged as the #1 target for cutbacks at 38% of respondents.  Recruiting was second and IT was...
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