You’ve just put on a terrific training program. The evaluations are outstanding, participants’ comments are supportive, and scores on the post-test prove that a lot of learning took place. You feel great. You and your team believe you have scored a big win and your mission has been accomplished. The…
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Young adults are more likely to say that training and skills development are important.
Learning professionals play a critical role in organizational change, but are not yet considered highly effective at providing change training.
Focus on embedding technology-enabled performance support into day-to-day work rather than delivering traditional training courses.
Future-proofing your job means continuously learning.
Do the words “social media” excite you or scare you? If it’s the latter, then you had better find a way, quickly, to overcome your fears, because if you don’t, the workplace will leave you behind. The ASTD Research report, “Transforming Learning With Web 2.0 Technologies,” highlighted the fact that “Web 2.0 techn…
The learning professional’s role in self-service learning is to help learners make learning more effective, efficient, productive, innovative, and fun.
Compared with other professional occupations, learning and development specialists are well-compensated. But a gender gap still persists.
Bachrach & Associates Inc. (BAI), a professional development firm for financial professionals, recently took a close look at the business results of their advisor-clients. Those results revealed statistical confirmation of tangible ROI attributable to the design of its blended learning and reinforcement approach. BAI’s…
How to use microlearning effectively is the next challenge.
Review of Brilliance by Design: Creating Learning Experiences That Connect, Inspire, and Engage by Vicki Halsey
As evidenced by the ASTD 2012 State of the Industry Report, employees continue to use the learning and development opportunities their organizations offer.
Employers are embracing informal learning as a valuable training tool and social networks as a way to support learning efforts.
Workplace learning and development professionals must gain a clear understanding of how to leverage technology – especially social media tools – to facilitate learning and drive business results. To determine its place in the ASTD Competency Model, ASTD commissioned a study to examine what learning professionals need to kn…
Become a dynamic virtual trainer.
Change can be scary. If you agree, then 2010 has been a “scary” year. Along with the challenges of the economic recession, social media tools exploded onto the scene, five generations in the workforce created a whole new workforce dynamic, and talent retention and engagement concerns became everyday issues. M…
Developments in brain science and technology are dramatically changing how training is offered.
Connectional intelligence and social learning enable employees to teach and learn from one another.
Develop individualized learning plans for employees who want to learn on their own time via mobile devices.
QR Codes can give learners in the virtual and physical classroom immediate access to learning materials through mobile devices.
A medical-devices company adopted a certification program for its salespeople to validate their capabilities.
A review of
The Business of Learning: How to Manage Corporate Training to Improve Your Bottom Line by David L. Vance
When we examine learning and development in 2011, we find two trends that stand out among the many that are trying to find their place in this field. Collaboration and self-service learning.
There are several ways technology can be integrated into sales training to increase sales productivity.
Every day we see articles on building organizational capability. There are also many questions about how to determine learning’s value in an organization. Much of this discussion focuses around return-on-investment (ROI), effectiveness, and efficiency – essentially the connection between learning and the role it plays…
A review of
Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning by Peter C. Brown, Henry L. Roediger III, and Mark A. McDaniel
A proponent of “learning by teaching,” Qing Han changed careers to be able to do just that.
Training is an investment. If your organization is investing money in workplace training, then training and development should be treated like any other investment – goals need to be aligned with business strategies, and accountability needs to be measured. The recession has magnified the need for accountability….
High-impact learning organizations excel at culture, measurement, and content.
Four theories power the personalization behind adaptive learning.
Microlearning and cloud-based options also are predicted to trend upward.
A well-orchestrated training initiative begins with a well-structured facilitator guidebook.
Melissa Milloway got the instructional design bug in college and has been prospering ever since.
To prepare for the future workplace, the L&D function must prepare to make five foundational shifts.
Today’s workforce requires flexible, results-oriented learning solutions and a renewed emphasis on leadership skills development.
My role is to understand your challenges and interests related to technology and learning, and then identify or create resources to meet those needs.
I operationally define Mojo as “that positive spirit – toward what we are doing now – that starts on the inside and radiates to the outside.” We experience Mojo when we engage in activities that simultaneously provide us with happiness and meaning. Mojo is equally relevant for activities at work or outside of…
Recent research reveals the benefits and challenges of mobile learning.
The volume of knowledge that can be shared via informal learning methods is vast, but that doesnt mean evaluation is impossible. Imagine for a moment that you are a sailor on an 18th century Man-of-War, the most powerful sea-going vessel in the British Empires armada. The brisk ocean breeze is stretching canvas until its as hard as cl…
Come gather ’round people Wherever you roam And admit that the waters Around you have grown – Bob Dylan Ten years ago, we had just come out of one of the most costly IT investments of all time – the Y2K scare. Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder of Facebook, was in high…
As the financial crisis of 2008 becomes the recession of 2009, the healthcare industry not only struggles to manage the same unprecedented losses on investments as other organizations, it is also shouldering the financial burden of a rapidly growing population of uninsured and underinsured healthcare consumers….
A confluence of issues, both mitigated and unmitigated, has arisen over the past several quarters. Budget cuts, staff reductions, travel embargos, and facility consolidation have left many chief learning officers and learning professionals clamoring for the emergency brake. Add to this the rising inferno (and demand) of…
Singapore’s United Overseas Bank Limited focuses relentlessly on talent development in good times and bad. Perhaps that’s why the bank stands out from the pack in a competitive financial field.
When you read the first two feature articles in this issue of
TD, there is one common theme: Effective leaders need to learn to lead.
A healthcare services provider customizes its leadership training program to suit leader preferences and needs.
Knowledge sharing successes and challenges.
The following story was described by Sylvia Lafair, president of CEO Inc., and author of Don’t Bring It to Work.
A new ASTD-i4cp study explores learning’s role in creating a culture that supports innovation.
One organization works to retain and engage its employees who survived a recent layoff.
While organizations will continue to invest in e-learning in the coming months, few have a fully adopted learning technology plan in place.
Recent studies find that the scientific research on learning styles is weak and unconvincing.
These training and development departments don’t rest on their laurels. They push the envelope on training, year after year, to find new ways to strengthen their organization’s learning culture.
For more than a year, T+D has been publishing articles about the new workplace analytics, but none has examined in depth the ways to measure the different learning channels that are part of this new workplace. Not until now. The articles in this months issue delve into how to measure the effectiveness of informal learning methodologies, how…
An organization’s ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage.
Smart, web-connected devices are beginning to transform talent development.
Learning is back, and the volume of development is increasing. Yet, as those of us who have been in the field a while know, maintaining that volume and still meeting the quality demand of today’s learners is a big challenge. We are in the generation of learning now – learning available at your fingertips – no…
Throughout his career, Saud Al-Omair has focused on developing core business skills and gaining credibility through ongoing professional education.
Jane Hart’s blog, Learning in the Modern Social Workplace, covers social learning topics, with many reviews of tools and other resources for L&D professionals.
A major manufacturing company in Pakistan gets a learning and development makeover, with remarkable results to the business.
An organization that is learning impaired will have employees who will be hesitant to change their ways.
Skillsoft and IBM research into personalized learning holds major implications for the field.
How the training department can mitigate rising employee stress.
Facing high-risk and turbulent external environments, leaders at all levels make decisions paramount to long-term organizational success, particularly in the U.S. Army. Recently, frequent deployments and decreased opportunities for institutional learning have placed a premium on the effectiveness of multi-sou…
Workplace learning and performance professionals know that training is more than just a nice gesture. It’s a critical part of business. Organizations support training departments so that the departments can do their part to help the organization reach its business goals and objectives. Like any other aspect of bu…
Stretch and job rotation assignments allow employees to develop and build their skills and organizations to retain and engage good talent at minimal cost.
A recent survey by the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) sheds some light on the state of leadership, learning, and talent development in the United Kingdom.
Forming an internal learning advisory group ensures that all stakeholders are invested in and provide strategic guidance for learning initiatives.
A review of Designing mLearning: Tapping Into the Mobile Revolution for Organizational Performance by Clark N. Quinn
To one expert, the future of learning is a kind of workplace community. For another, it’s a new application of social media to an existing business process. Others call it simply “learning 2.0” or “social learning.” Despite this apparent name game, nearly every learning industry analyst and thought leader agr…
Today, there are far too many stories about leaders whose greed and quest for power are so strong that they succumb to unethical ploys to achieve results. Ramalinga Raju, founder and chairman of Satyam Computer Services, was one of those leaders. In January 2009, Raju penned his resignation letter to the board of…
Scenario: Edgar, an instructional designer, has been designing training materials in house for years. Finally, Edgar has been given an opportunity to launch the company’s first international learning product, which will be used by employees from around the world. Edgar eagerly takes the assignment with high hopes of making…
A review of The Mentor’s Guide: Facilitating Effective Learning Relationships (Second Edition) By Lois J. Zachary
With a 10 percent reduction in his company’s workforce in late 2008, Stanley Works Chairman and CEO John Lundgren turned his concentration to keeping his employees “motivated, energized, engaged, and focused on company goals.” The tool maker posted a better-than-expected 2009 first-quarter profit – proving that success…
Few organizations are using training dollars to capture and incorporate informal learning efforts.
Focusing on how the topic is introduced and encouraging participants to discuss what they are learning and come to their own conclusions helps participants to apply and implement learning immediately.
Specifically, cross-generational mentoring is a key strategy.
Art-themed activities can help reinforce leadership concepts.
Using games and gaming in learning is still a relatively new concept. Stephanie Daul outlines a variety of knowledge types, traditional delivery formats, and how gaming might be incorporated to teach a concept.
The opportunity to tackle a new, complex, and costly learning project is exciting, but it also means that the pressure is on. You try to get down to business, but find your senses assaulted by a horde of visual and aural distractions – ringing landlines, blaring cell phones, buzzing printers and faxes, and droning conversa…
A recent report shows global trends in e-learning salary and compensation.
Recent research underscores what learning executives have known for decades – effective communication between learning leaders and executives in the C-suite is difficult to achieve. Even in the most visionary organizations that have complete executive buy-in, engagement, and a considerable budget for training and developme…
In the field of training and development, Web 2.0 technologies have been on the front page of the training news for several years. However, blogs have received little attention in relation to e-learning, mobile, and video. If your organization is considering a blogging channel to increase learning efforts, to share inf…
New ASTD/i4cp report reveals mobile learning trends and strategies.
Your boss wants you to develop a learning solution to help supervisors deal with workplace conflict. But there’s very little budget, and supervisors are based all around the world. The cost of flying them all in to your corporate headquarters for workshops is prohibitive. So what do you do? A series of podcasts may solve y…
The American Heart Associations partnership with SkillSoft to create American Heart University brings learning to every AHA employee. The company: American Heart Association The supplier: SkillSoft The American Heart Association (AHA), the nations oldest and largest voluntary health organization, works to prevent heart disease…
In the field of training and development, we have all heard that mobile learning is the next big thing. It certainly has garnered a lot of press and is a hot topic at many training conferences. But where do you start if you want to try it out or develop some pilot content to see if mobile learning is going to be accepted i…
A new ASTD/i4cp report examines the ways in which high-performing organizations approach the evaluation of learning and link that measurement to overall business performance measures.
From Pie in the Sky to the Palm of Your Hand: The Proliferation of Devices Spurs More Mobile Learning
Not long ago, mobile learning was more fiction than fact, but now that more people access the Internet and connect to one another with a mobile device than with a computer, m-learning is fast becoming the norm.
Some people say that history is doomed to repeat itself; others, that we can learn from our mistakes. In the case of Yapi ve Kredi Bank, headquartered in Istanbul, Turkey, both sayings are true. And these lessons have helped the bank to thrive during a period of vast change, which included integration, growth, and a global…
Want to make your training more interactive? QR Codes can help you to involve and engage your audience.
When it comes to informal learning, a primary role for the learning professional is learning promoter and facilitator. That role entails massively promoting all of the informal learning tools available, as well as their advantages.
Data from a 2008 Bersin & Associates study of more than 800 HR and learning professionals supports the need for informal learning strategies in today’s challenging business climate. The study reports that 80 percent of all corporate learning takes place through on-the-job interactions with peers, experts, and managers….
One health insurance company develops executive training ideal for its busy leaders.