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Teach Them to Fish

Most corporate training programs just aren’t cutting it these days. They are often boring, ineffective, and treat training as an event instead of a process. I would gamble that if you took a poll, asking employees of large corporations whether or not they found value in their company’s training programs, the vast majority of them would say, “No siree!” I think we can agree that almost everyone wants to learn…

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The Forgotten Role of Reflection in Learning

John Dewey, a noted psychologist, philosopher and educational reformer, once said, “We do not learn from experience…we learn from reflecting on experience.” Reflection in the context of learning can be described as linking ideas and constructing meaning from our experiences. As learners, we need to reflect on our experiences in order to incorporate new information into our mental schemas. Recent research has shown that taking just 15 minutes to reflect at the…

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Why Instructional Designers Should Draw

According to graphic designer Von Glitschka, his industry (graphic design) has: “become creatively lazy over the last 20 years when it comes to the creative process… Instead of spending the necessary time working out concepts by drawing out the ideas and thoroughly exploring the visual possibilities in a drawn form, they instead immediately jump on the box.” Hearing Von Glitschka’s assertion made me wonder about the instructional design industry. Certainly,…

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How To Extract Knowledge From Experts Before It’s Lost

If, on his last day of employment before retiring, a man tried to walk out the door with a favorite personal computer he used at work, what would happen? Even if the company appreciated his expertise and commitment, they likely wouldn’t let him leave with a computer. Now, what would happen if that same employee walked out on his last day without sharing any of his expertise? Business as usual…

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Minimum Viable Products Meet Learning and Development: A Match Made in Heaven or Hell?

I am part of an international crew of L&D professionals that organizes and facilitates a bi-weekly chat on Twitter under the hashtag #chat2lrn. Over the past couple of years I have gained many new ideas and perspectives from both the #chat2lrn crew and those who take part in the chats. In our chat last week, we focused on what L&D can learn from start-up culture and methodology. I will admit…

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