Harvesting Learning’s Fruit: A Downstream Training Investment

Nothing beats rave reviews in level one verbatim comments and nothing better than everyone scoring perfection on level two assessments; therein lay the most common criteria for measuring the effectiveness of our training efforts. Unfortunately, the real value of our efforts - confirmation of sustainable performance - is manifest downstream from where we earn our accolades. As such, our greatest opportunity to prove our worth to the organization is found outside of our formal training focus. Without addressing downstream performance, we are limited to crowing about training activity - about…

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Living in Learning is Resource #100 @ eLearningLearning

I'm anxiously awaiting a shroud of balloons and confetti at the news of being number 100. Living in Learning is a new blog that renders rants, raves and ramblings of one who wakes up every day living in learning. Recent momentum centers on the evolution of training departments into business partners who create continuous learning environments. The current of learning matching the flow of business should yield a single velocity where learning and work are part of the same motion. (more…)

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PDR Design Model Supports Shift of Learning Design Into the Work Context

The concept of a learning shift represents a course correction by the USS Training Department. We are under full steam and headed into the shallows, and are in danger of running aground. We are trying to fight an insurgency with an army equipped with tactics and weaponry that do not fit the field of battle. Choose a metaphor of your own; bottom-line is painfully clear – the learning game has changed, and our tactics and methodologies that worked so well in a traditional “training war” are not as effective in…

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The PDR Learning Continuum – Using a New Design Framework

Many of us cut our professional learning design teeth using the long-held tradition of the Analyze, Design, Develop, Implement, Evaluate (ADDIE) instructional design (ISD) model. Trolling many of the learning oriented groups in our blogosphere, I have heard numerous times how “old school”, and in some cases, how obsolete this foundational design model from the 1960s has become. If age denotes obsolescence, then yours truly is in trouble for sure. On the other hand, obsolescence can be averted when there is a willingness to change, a willingness to re-think and re-apply proven…

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The Death of Training: Rumors Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

Chances are good that I have contributed to those rumors, though not with an inkling of anything resembling malicious intent. Several of the professional groups I have joined through LinkedIn yield consistent discussion themes that register concern for the future of training. The concern comes from a cross-section of trainers, designers, training managers, and vendors. You would think tough economic times are a driver behind why this concern exists. I agree, but only in part. We were seeing signs of this before the economy went bust. Tough times have just…

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Training Must Swim to the Current to Survive

Can a training organization be like a river? Believe it or not, there are some amazing similarities, and some shared characteristics require positioning, or re-positioning the organization’s value proposition to remain in the flow. This short post looks at critical need for training organizations to be in the mainstream current or prepare for treatment reserved for flotsam stuck and swirling in the eddies. (more…)

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Training to Learning – The Impossible Shift

Now that title should generate a ripple or two on the pond, especially when I have been so vocal about the need for just such a shift. So…is this post a confession that I have changed my mind? Not quite. Not even. If anything, I am more passionate than ever, but over the years, I have gotten smarter about moving around obstacles that stifle momentum rather than fight through immovable walls of opposition or resistance. My new approach requires the application of marshal arts – judo – to be more…

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The Future of Learning is NOT Now!

I realize this may stretch the pretext of a cute catchphrase, but it seems appropriate this afternoon. The future of learning truly is NOT now because we are not ready for it...nor are we at a state of readiness even if it were now. The catalyst for making this statement about the future of learning stems from my good fortune and honor to participate in a virtual discussion yesterday as a panelist in, “The Future of the Business of Learning”, sponsored by Learn Trends, ISA and Training Magazine Network. The…

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Work Context Drives Learner Intent

I follow several learning-oriented blogs on a regular basis, and I have witnessed numerous conversations about formal versus informal learning. Discussions range from determining impact to defining strategies around integrating informal learning into a formal mindset. In a span of two weeks I read, “Training is Dead!”, and just this morning that “Training is Making a Comeback”. CLO Magazine had a little blurb last week asking if it the time has come for informal learning to go formal(1). Interesting conversations for sure, but underneath the diverse dialog, I have to…

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Learning Think 2.0

Think back to the emergence of e-learning. Pick any date that is conjured in your memory. My first exposure appeared on the scene as computer-based training (CBT) back in the 1980s. Regardless of when you first experienced it or how it was delivered, the shift was on, and a huge transition of traditional classroom training underwent a retrofit to any of several electronic formats. What changed? (more…)

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