Informal Learning at Training Magazine’s Online Learning Conference

Learning Experience and Performance Plan matrix
Have you given up on Informal Learning because you can’t figure out how to design it? Do you have a larger plan for leveraging all of those microlearning elements you are creating? Do you know what you can safely delegate content to a job aid, e-learning, or social learning? Can we all agree the way we’ve been doing this isn’t working as well as it used to? In other words: Do you know how to extend the learning beyond the classroom in your organization? Simply put, ADDIE works for formal lear...
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A New Look at Learning Technology

Learning Techology tree
Learning Technology is experiencing a bit of a renaissance, with new tools and techniques that leverage both fresh thinking in theory and pedagogy, and rapid advances in brain science’s understanding of memory and learning. A quick look into some of these new tools and techniques reveals some exciting learning affordances for organizations looking to increase performance of seasoned workers and reduce time to competence for new employees. In this case, an “affordance” of learning technology is t...
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LEaP Plan at ATD’s 2016 International Conference and Expo

  I'm thrilled to be selected to present a session at ATD's 2016 International Conference and Expo (http://www.atdconference.org/) on the LEaP Plan, a tool I've been using for some time to design the optimal blend of learning activities and performance support options. The Learning Experience and Performance (LEaP) Plan is part of the Five Moments of Learning Need framework, and I'm excited to share it with my fellow instructional designers and learning architects. A LEaP plan identifies...
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Virtual Facilitation at the SIOP Annual Meeting

Stepping outside of one's professional comfort zone is always a little scary, but often just as rewarding. This is why I'm happy to be a part of a panel selected to present at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychologists (SIOP). I'm on a panel discussion called "Integrating Virtual Facilitation Best Practices into I/O Methods" with several friends and colleagues. I'm on the panel to lend my experience as a virtual classroom designer and facilitator, and live...
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Speaking at eLearning Guild’s Online Forum November 2015

I'm honored to be selected to present at the eLearning Guild's Online Forum “Collaborative, Social, and Informal Learning: Where Do Learning Professionals Fit?” More details to come on the event itself which runs November 17-18, 2015. The eLearning Guild's Online Forum events are two-day, ten-session online conferences on the newest tools, strategies, and trends in learning. Online Forums have been running monthly for many years, logging the delivery of over a thousand sessions. My topic is “...
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Presenting at Training 2016 Conference (Feb 15-17, Orlando)

I'm happy to report that I've been invited to present a breakout session at the Training 2016 Conference (Feb 15-17, Orlando). The session is entitled “Extending Learning Beyond the Classroom: Improving Performance in the Workflow” and I'll be talking about how the Five Moments of Need provides a framework to plan and assess your mix of formal and informal learning. “Informal” does not have to mean “unplanned” and the Five Moments of need shows how to design learning interventions that include t...
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Performance Support and the Hype Cycle

Remember that burst of energy and excitement you experienced as you left the Performance Support Symposium (or really any good conference where you were surrounded by smart people thinking hard about things you care about)? You probably got back to work full of ideas you wanted to try and new techniques you were going to incorporate. Your co-workers probably got tired of hearing about the cool things you saw and did and wanted to try. The world was your oyster, and Performance Support was going ...
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Presenting at Online Learning Conference 2015

Next up, Training Magazine's Online Learning Conference 2015, in Denver 6-8 October 2015. I'm helping to kick off the conference on Tuesday evening with a "Speed Session" entitled "S20: The Secret Sauce for Performance Support Projects: 5 Practical Tips." It's an interesting concept where I'll have three very short sessions to share the secret sauce and raise awareness of Performance Support. Drop by if you are going to be there!
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Integrate Your Performance Support Tool in the Classroom

Need to Accelerate Performance Support Adoption? Start in the Classroom. With apologies to Kevin Costner and James Earl Jones, “If you build it, they will come” is not an implementation strategy. I’ve said it before, and I’ll keep saying it. If you are going to lead your horses to the Performance Support waters, you have to give them reasons to drink it. Can your old dogs learn new PS tricks? (For the record, the guys from MythBusters busted this one). We have to teach our learners to fish in t...
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Becoming an Evangelist: Promoting Performance Support

Okay, you’ve bought in. The Five Moments of Learning Need make complete sense. You understand how the Performance Support Pyramid works. You get how Performance Support is the key to bringing informal learning under your purview. You’re thrilled about all of the possibilities you see where Performance Support can make a difference. You “grok” Performance Support in the way Robert Heinlein originally meant that word. You’re excited, passionate, and ready to go! Only, you’re the sole attendee o...
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