- Tips for Creating a Successful Community of Practice – Communities of practice have existed within organizations for many years, usually taking the form of a group of people gathering together to share knowledge, to motivate each other, and build their expertise.
- Here are 24 cognitive biases that are warping your perception of reality | World Economic Forum – Our minds are powerful tools, but they're also very impressionable.
- LearnletsRevisiting 70:20:10 – A key point many of us forget in our ISD: “Another issue, for me, is that 70:20:10 not only provides a push towards thinking of the whole picture, … it serves as a design tool.”
- 6 Reasons Why Corporate Training Programs Fail – While they are all good points, my favorite is: “The fourth reason many programs fail is that they allow the employee to ‘lose focus’ and effectiveness. Courses, learning paths and programs need to be highly coordinated, delivered in a meaningful way, and continued in a reasonable time frame.”
- The End of ‘Learning Style’ Lore? | The Weekly Standard – Oh, please make it so! It would be great to finally put this BS behind us. From the article: "According to some 30 neuroscientists connected to top U.S., British, and Continental universities, the learning-styles approach is bunk."
- ‘Follow your Passion’ is Wrong, Here are 7 Habits You Need Instead – Most people are not fortunate enough to have found their passion and built a carer around it. This list can help you be successful and satisfied, sans passion.
- The Myth of "Micro-Learning" | Bottom-Line Performance – Finally, a voice of reason in all the micro-learning hysteria. I believe it is really only suitable to what we used to refer as "electronic performance support systems" – basically to help you perform a specific task. Many (most) things cannot be effectively taught in micro-doses.
From the article: "The concern I have is that we make an assumption that we can and should winnow down all learning initiatives to fit into this 4.8 minutes per day or 24 minutes per week."
- Why Organizations Don’t Learn | Internet Time Blog – Another insightful post from Jay Cross. The reference HBR article is good stuff too!
- How to Convince Someone When Facts Fail – One of the course I teach is Presentation Skills. Given our new "post-truth" society, I'm going to be rolling a lot more of these concepts into our methods.
- In Learning, Size Matters – An early entry in the realm of microlearning. Very robust including a mention of "synchronous microlearning – a concept that has rarely been included in the microlearning discussions of late.
- Skills: The last frontier for digital learning –
One of my most popular learning programs is a series of four webinars entitled, “Thriving in the Virtual Workplace.” It actually started out as a three day training program for OPM and, over the past few years, has since gone many iterations and updates resulting in four 90-minutes webinars:
- Creating a Remote Work Culture sets the foundation for the program by helping individuals and teams establish “Rules of Engagement” to work better remotely.
- Making Remote Work looks specifically at what research says about working remotely and gives you insights into your work habits and how you can be more productive in a remote environment.
- Building the Virtual Team focuses on how to use technology to maintain collaboration, camaraderie, and productivity as more teammates work remotely more often.
- Virtual Team Management closes the circle on “Rules of Engagement” and introduces Results Based Management.
As the program evolved over the years, I’ve incorporated lots of research and other great resources, but was much too lax on building a single resources page for it. So this post is to rectify that. What follows is an assuredly incomplete and rather scattershot list of some of the resources that went into the design of the program, organized by which webinar they most closely track to:
Creating a Remote Work Culture
- Leading Change by John Kotter
- Drive by Daniel Pink
- The Shallows by Nicholas Carr
- KPCB Internet Trends
Making Remote Work
- OPM’s Telework.gov
- Quiet by Susan Cain
- Lyve Remote Worker Assessment – A free self-assessment about how you work remotely – try it!
- Remote: Office Not Required by Jason Fried and David Hansson
- The effects of telecommuting on productivity by E. Glenn Dutcher
- Does Working from Home Work? Evidence from a Chinese Experiment by Nicholas Bloom (et. al.)
- Is Telecommuting a Good Idea? by Ray Fisman
- Work from Home: 7 Tips for Telecommuting Success by Amy Levin-Epstein
- 20 Working From Home Tips to Boost Your Productivity by Erik Devaney
- 10 Tips For Working From Home by Kerry Hannon
Building the Virtual Team
- Alone Together by Sherry Turkle
- A Manager’s Guide to Virtual Teams by Yael Zofi
- WorkFlex: The Essential Guide… (SHRM: Multiple articles from multiple authors)
Virtual Team Management
- TOTAL Team Management by Curt Buermeyer
- Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Project Management by Gregory Horine
- Getting Things Done by David Allen
- HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Managing People (Multiple articles from multiple authors)
- Rethinking the Relationship Among Monitoring, Evaluation, and Results-Based Management by Robert Lahey & Steffen Nielsen
Well, there is the (spotty) list thus far. I will update this post as I discover (or remember) other resources. If you have any suggestions for things that should be added to the list, please leave me a comment!
- The Future of the LMS – Where Are We Going? – Nice peek at the LMS possibilities. It would be great if an LMS would come along that incorporated mico-learning, but in a way that added little additional access barriers to the learners.
- Psychology of Corporate eLearning: 5 Things to Consider – Good points. I especially like the "Help them overcome the fear of change". Dovetails nicely with the Progressing Through Change work we do (http://csolved.com/ptc)
- Learning Management System (LMS) Category Leaders – The top 25 Learning Management System (LMS) apps based in the cloud
- Unveiling the Hidden Layers of Deep Learning –
- Why Microlearning Works – Are you seeing a trend here. Back in the day, we referred to similar design as EPSS – "electronic performance support systems". They teach you what you need to know when you need to know it and don't overload you with extraneous info.