Tuesday, 23 February 2016

This Week in Training: Your Favorite Articles

Greetings friends and colleagues! Welcome to the inaugural edition of "This Week in Training" (or #TWIT).

The idea for "This Week in Training" (#TWIT) came about because there are so many great articles and blogs out there related to Training, Learning & Development, e-Learning and so on. So many, in fact, that I'm not finding them all.

I need your help! As they say "all of us are smarter than one of us". Whether you call it "crowd-sourcing", "user-generated content", or "content curation", the idea is the same. I'm sure you've written or read some great articles. I'm asking you to pick your favorite and share it with the world.

Thursday, 11 June 2015

This Week in Learning

Hi everybody. I'm trying out something new today. I've picked some of my favourite posts and articles that I've read recently. I really think you should read them too. Trust me, you won't regret it.

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Observations from a Hospital Waiting Room: The Abilene Paradox

I was at the hospital with my wife on Tuesday. I'm not telling you that for sympathy, though. I'm telling you that so I can tell you a story from our visit. You should know that my wife was at the hospital for day surgery. Trust me, it's a key plot point.

If you haven't had surgery, there's something you should know to fully appreciate this tale. Are you ready? Here it is: you're not allowed to eat before surgery.

Our story begins Monday evening (the night before surgery). We had dinner around 7:00 PM. As you've probably figured out (because all my readers are above average), this was to be my wife's last meal before surgery.

Friday, 30 January 2015

Making an Interactive Org Chart Using e-Learning Software

Org charts! Pretty boring, right? Just a bunch of names and titles laid out in a tree.

Let's see what we can do to spice things up a bit with some e-Learning software.
A (not so) recent challenge in the e-Learning Heroes community tasked participants "to design an interactive graphic to introduce an organization's team members or key players."

That's where we come in today. I'm going to let you behind the curtain to see how I went about tackling this challenge.

The Inspiration
The first thing that came to mind when I thought of "interactive org chart" was the way the characters in The Brady Bunch look at each other during the opening sequence (in that 3x3 grid). It's quite possible that my youngest son was watching the show at the time. 

Friday, 23 January 2015

Performance Support: Don't Memorize What You Don't Have To

Story Time
I’m going to tell you a story – twice. More specifically, I’m going to tell you two different versions of the same story. Afterwards I’ll ask you a few questions. Don’t worry! You won’t be graded on them.

Sunday, 18 January 2015

How to Write Better Tests

Pop quiz!

Multiple choice questions are:
A) Easy to write
B) Kind of a cliché
C) Often too easy to guess (eliminate the obvious and it comes down to a 50/50)
D) Not the best way to test mastery

We've all taken tests. If you’re reading this, you’ve probably even written some yourself. Why is it that so many test questions are so bad?

how to write better tests

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Agile Learning, or How Half a Course is Better than 95% of One

Agile Learning, or
How half a course is better than 95% of one

Greetings friends and colleagues, today I’d like to talk to you about Agile Learning. In particular, I’d like to show you (yes, show you – I have pictures!) why I feel Agile is better for you when you’re developing your courses (e-Learning, facilitated or otherwise).
As an added bonus (at no extra cost to you!), I’ll show you why half a course is better than 95% of one and how you can use half a course to satisfy training needs.
Let’s get started, shall we?