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Instructional design
In a Learning 2.0 world, where learning and performance solutions take on a wider variety of forms and where churn happens at a much more rapid pace, what new skills and knowledge are required for learning professionals?” ASTD Learning Circuits big question for July The Learning Circuits big question this month is an important one,...
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The goal of learning in the workplace is performance–individual and organizational.  If we’ve learned nothing else in recent years, we’ve learned that learning is most effective when it is integrated with real work.  What we need are practical strategies that we can to use to make it happen. In a series of following posts I’ll...
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Not long ago I was contracted to manage the development of an e-learning course using the Articulate rapid development tool.  During that time I came across Tom Kuhlmann’s Rapid e-learning blog and used it frequently for ideas and tips on getting the most out of Articulate.   If you’re not aware of it, the blog...
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The 15th annual Advanced Learning: This is IT! conference is taking place this year at George Brown College in Toronto May 20-22.   The conference focus is on advanced learning technologies in higher education and business learning. On Friday at 9:00, I will be presenting a session with Robert Luke (Director Research and Innovation at George...
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Interest in informal learning by the training function is tangible and growing.  The 2008 ASTD State of the Industry report contained a special survey section on informal learning.  The report concluded the following: ” Not only did survey participants acknowledge that informal learning plays a role in today’s workplaces, they also predicted that it would...
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Mobile phones and PDAs (Personal Digital Assistants) now out number computers 3 to 1.  With such a ubiquitous tool the temptation to create mobile learning content is difficult to deny.   The media, interactive and internet capabilities of newer devices have moved mobile learning from the back burner to a highly feasible “just in time”...
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I’ve worked in learning design and management in both business and higher education settings and the differences in how e-learning technology is used in these two worlds is striking.   Business e-learning has focused on short self-paced, independent, interactive learning module typically delivered via an LMS designed to store, deliver and track progress (think Plateau/SumTotal etc)...
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In preparation for a presentation I’m doing on how the learning function can introduce more informal learning services to their repertoire, I’ve been exploring methods that build on the Natural Learning cycle that I mentioned in this post. Action Learning is one such method. It is essentially the process of reflective learning while solving real...
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Knowing and Doing Learning professionals are trained to aim programs at what people should DO rather than what they should KNOW, that training should be performance-based rather than subject matter based. The behavioural learning objective is at the heart of most instructional design approaches.  When done well, a learning (or e-learning) program based on what...
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I just finished an interesting project developing a Knowledge base to support a new graduate certificate program in Research Commercialization and Innovation for a Toronto Community College. The program incorporates a problem based learning methodology where students are assigned problems they must solve collaboratively. The problem based learning method relies heavily on available learning and...
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Popular Posts from the Archive

Here are some popular posts from Tom’s former blog, Performance X Design. Some older posts contain inactive links and unedited formatting while they wait impatiently for him to update them.