Is it Percentage or Performance?

I just read a post on my LinkedIn Group from Steven Oesterreich, Managing Director Asia Pacific – Ark Group, who is launching a few questions about all types of Learning. His first topic caught my eye [captured below]…and the questions he put forth…and the comments they generated… triggered a thought I felt important enough to share. (more…)

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Intentional Design Vs ADDIE

This title sounds like an impending trashing of the traditions of ADDIE, but I believe it simply places entrenched methodology in a more current and responsive context. While it seems that many are trashing old school ADDIE, I would argue that ADDIE is alive and well; in fact, is at the core of any effort to design and deliver a training solution. Agile design is catching a great deal of attention at all the conferences I've spoken at in 2013 but when you get right down to it, what we…

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Step Change Overdue on Our Training Paradigm

At the recent Masie Learning 2013 conference in Orlando, I was sitting at the bar two nights in a row nursing the business end of a decent cabernet. On the second night I found myself sitting next to the same guy, Murray Christensen. Earlier that morning at the General Session, Conrad Gottfredson made a point of introducing us with the instructions to both of us “Get to know this guy!” So I did. After a prompting like that I’m thinking this guy could quite possibly be another Performer Support fanatic.…

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AGILE Is As AGILE Does

It’s Sunday morning, and I’m in Orlando at the front end of the Learning 2013 conference once again. Elliott Masie and his Consortium have a knack for putting on a good conference every November for learning and development professionals, and I anticipate this year's conference being no exception. As with earlier conferences that I’ve spoken at this year, there is once again a lot of buzz around the concept of AGILE. AGILE what? That is a key question to ask because from what I’m seeing, not all AGILE instructional design…

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Using Bass Ackward Design for Performer Support

Can I safely say we agree that task-level execution and business results do not happen during training? That seems a reasonable statement to me. We can certainly simulate task execution during training, but the simulated environment is structured and controlled and no harm is done when a learner screws up. Even when done well enough to pass the training, no business results are generated. However, when the learner graduates from training and simulations and becomes a performer there is no safety net, and flawless execution within the workflow has real…

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Death of an ISD

I can foresee the headlines now, “ISD flattened, impaled by own storyboard while attempting to merge into critical workflow, overrun by high velocity business need!” How is that for a frightening headline? To be certain it is a fictional scenario, but ready or not, it represents a truth rapidly approaching us from behind in today’s workplace. From behind or head-on, it matters not; a collision is imminent. The velocity of business demand is overrunning traditional training department approaches and their linear-learning airbags are likely to deploy at the next opportunity…

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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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