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Minimalist Learning Design: Another alternative to rapid e-learning

In a recent post I mentioned there are alternatives to “rapid” e-learning that can be used to avoid the common present > ask-a-question >click next death march.  Rapid e-learning tools can certainly decrease the time it takes to develop e-learning, but in my experience they dramatically increase the time it takes for an employee to...
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Digital Performance Support: An alternative to formal e-learning

In my previous post I suggested there are better and faster ways to develop some types of skilled performance than full featured e-learning development.  One of those ways–particularly suited to procedural, task based work–is Digital Performance Support. Digital Performance Tools The performance aid has a long history in training and development but in the transition...
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e-Learning templates and standards…at what cost?

The emergence of highly templated rapid e-learning tools and Learning Content Management Systems together with technical standards (SCORM) has been a mixed blessing. Improved efficiency but at what cost? These advances have clearly improved the efficiency of e-learning development (speed) and reduced the costs of development to make it easier for organizations to implement more...
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Geary Rummler and my performance improvement

I just learned that Geary Rummler recently passed away.  Geary was a leading thinker, researcher and practitioner in performance improvement and learning design. His approaches helped me and many others improve the impact of learning solutions and transition to the broader world of performance improvement and process redesign. He is best known for his book Improving...
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Do competency approaches really improve performance?

I’m doing some research on Competency Modeling for a project and I have the same nagging question I had when competency based approaches became the rage in the 90’s.  Do competency based approaches really improve performance? Competency based talent management (training, development, performance management, selection etc.) is now firmly entrenched in corporate HR culture.  The...
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In the beginning…

Hello.  This is my inaugural post in what I hope becomes a useful learning tool for you and for me.  For my part, I hope to share approaches and ideas that I have developed over 20+ years working and consulting in the learning and performance profession.  If I peak your interest (or provoke your disagreement),...
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