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Trending in Workplace Learning 2015….

Many colleagues have asked what I think will emerge in workplace learning in 2015. Some put it this way, "Have you read anything worthwhile that summarizes trends for 2015?" Or this, often this, "I should be assessing my learning organization as we move into a new year. It's an opportunity. Got a bumper sticker on trends, 2015?" I don't have that bumper sticker. What I do have is enthusiasm about reflecting on emergent directions in workplace learning. I've been reviewing what others (such as Malamed, Deloitte/Bersin, and Taylor) have to say on this matter. Here is where I think workplace learning will trend in 2015. I'm consciously … [Read more...]

Making Evidence-based Decisions

Video: Profiles in Leadership: Making Evidence-based Decisions Click thumbnail to view video … [Read more...]

“Get some coffee and get rid of your guns.”

Guest blogger Jim Marshall could tell this wasn't going to be your typical training class-- not with that segue to a coffee break. Here's what Jim wrote about his experience observing a class with 22 sworn peace officers from municipal, state and federal agencies. The topic for the class: managing an active shooter. The class began with the history of active shooters— starting with Charles Whitman's 1966 Texas clock tower massacre and extending to Monday's Ohio school shooting. The instructor made it clear. The rules have changed. Managing an active shooter requires a quick response.  That differs from the traditional approach … [Read more...]

Tell us about your evaluation practices and priorities, please

Metrics in the Learning Organization A few years ago, I and Dr. Jim Marshall from San Diego State University studied how people are using learning technologies. What we found surprised us, as it will you. In the midst of other less cheery outcomes, it appeared more assessment is happening. That's what respondents reported two years ago. We were surprised because prior studies have found more words about evaluation than measurement activities and habits. Is it possible that things are different now, that new technologies enable more questions, more answers and more evidence-based decisions? Is this really a new era of big and small … [Read more...]