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At the session I described in my last post, table groups did a short brainstorming session on how web 2.0 tools could be used in a Management Community of Practice to facilitate learning.   Each table recorded their ideas and left them for me.  I promised the group I would post them here.  So here...
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Henry Mintzberg sees management as a balancing act between science, art and craft. His argument is that effective management requires all three and an overemphasis on any one results in dysfunction. This offers some insight for Instructional Design.  The debate about ADDIE (see my own view here) seem to revolve around the prescriptive, process based...
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This year the Canadian Society for Training and Development (CSTD) and the International Federation of Training and Development Organisations (IFTDO) are combining for a single conference event in Toronto that I’m looking forward to, both as a participant and presenter. Here are some highlights and the dates for my own presentations. I hope some of...
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Here’s an article written in 1944 by Stephan M. Cory (University of Chicago January 1944 edition of Childhood Education).   It is a classic satire written in the first person of a seventh grade student discussing his experiences in elementary school. I think it’s a great example of the contrast of learning in rigid formal environments...
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Here’s a nice example I stumbled on this week that illustrates the transition that training needs to make. A few years ago the UPS driver training unit had a mini-revolt on its hands from younger drivers who were unhappy with the long traditional classroom-based training program required for new drivers.  The program was experiencing increasingly...
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I’m back from some vacation where I read Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers. Even if you haven’t read Outliers yet you probably know that it sets out to dispel myths that intelligence or innate ability are the primary predictors of success.  Instead,  Gladwell summarizes research and provides examples to show that it is hours and hours of...
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This is the fifth and final post in the 10 Strategies for Integrating Learning and Work series.  I appreciate the comments and e-mails in response to previous posts.  This last post focuses on the job (or role).  First,  how jobs can be designed to optimize natural learning (strategy #9) and second, how elements of the...
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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 Learning Design Sprint
August 16, 2018
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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.