The first post I wrote here was called Critical Skills Learning Professionals Need Now, back in October 2010. Since then, I've been on a quest to help people in the learning and development industry continuously learn new skills and stay current. Fueled by a personal quest to avoid professional stagnation and a desire to see our profession thrive, I've tried to write about useful, practical, and value-added ideas that learning professionals can put to use in their work today.
Most employee training and education programs focus on just a few required, core topics: basic skills, computer systems, and keeping current on industry regulations or changes. That's fine. Fundamentals are important.
Imagine an Angry Birds for teaching sales training. Or a Super Mario Bros. for employee on-boarding. The Sims for sexual harassment compliance training.
When I registered for the ASTD International Conference & Expo 2012 over a month ago, I planned to write a recap post for two reasons: First, it's a chance to share what I learned so people who couldn't attend might learn something from my experience. And second, writing about what I learned forces me to reflect on the ideas and lessons I was exposed to, and really lets them sink in. Jane Hart wrote a really good article on this subject just this week.
Corporate IT is being transformed by the phenomenon known as BYOD, or "Bring Your Own Device." Used to using smoothly functioning, good-looking consumer products at home, the argument goes, workers are increasingly demanding they be able to access these gadgets and tools at work, whether or not IT is totally keen on the idea.
It isn't often that an industry conference comes along at just a time when an organization can send its entire team. But this year, the stars aligned, and we were fortunate enough to be able to send our entire learning and development team to Denver for the ASTD International Conference and Expo.
With the Encyclopedia Britannica abandoning its 244-year-old printed version in response to the dominance of Wikipedia, and Britain's education minister calling for a "wiki approach" to designing the curriculum for schools, wikis deserve a role in employee training and learning. But where, and how to start? Here's a quick overview.
Each year, Training magazine recognizes 125 businesses for their amazing employee training programs. These are companies that have made employee training a top priority and implemented innovative programs. Below, we take a look at some of the 2012 winners to see how they improved their own internal training and find out how other businesses might follow suit.
An emerging trend in learning and development is creating short, specific tutorials that can be created quickly, posted on an internal website, and distributed to employees -- who can use them anytime, anywhere, and used as references when needed.
For as long as Return on Investment, or ROI, has been a prevalent concept in business, it's also been a fixture of workplace learning and performance. But no longer a welcome one. What started as a concept that had value -- namely, the need for the work of trainers to be more linked to business performance -- has in many ways devolved into something more dangerous -- a cliché. Here's a look at the reasons why, and how training and learning in the workplace truly ought to be measured.