- 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.
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- 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 –
- 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.
- The Importance of Microlearning in eLearning Design – From the post: "Today’s learners (myself included) are often overwhelmed with too much information. We’re distracted by competing priorities and are impatient to get the information we need. When you incorporate microlearning into your eLearning course design, you’re able to meet the needs of your learners by providing bite-sized pieces of information that are easy to digest."
- How to identify a good instructional designer – Good checklist to use when considering an ISD hire. But I would add they need to be master storytellers and accomplished writers as well. It is rare that you get a project staffed with a dedicated writer and the ISD often has to play that role.