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Before and After: Making a Difference With Pre- and Post-Event Learning Activities

TechKnowledge 2015 Session: W206
Chris Van Wingerden | January 14, 2015 | Video

Have you ever tested spaghetti to see if it's cooked by throwing it against a wall? That's how too many organizations now approach their training programs—throwing standalone e-learning or face-to-face courses at their staff and hoping the learning will stick. But no course is an island, and there are things we can do to increase the odds of making learning stick by augmenting standalone courses. Pre- and post-event activities have been proven to make a dramatic difference in learning transfer rates. Many of these strategies are easy to implement and are very suited to m-learning approaches, giving us a whole new set of tools to improve the effectiveness of learning events. In this session we will provide an overview of what pre- and post-event learning transfer activities are, and review what the research tells us about their effectiveness. We'll also discuss strategies for including these in the planning and design of your learning programs, as well as focus on techniques to take advantage of mobile devices for delivering many of these activities.

Mobile Learning: YouTube Style

TechKnowledge 2015 Session: W108
Sarah Gilbert | January 14, 2015 | Video

Many organizations want to provide small chunks of on-demand, just-in-time performance support that require minimal technical skills to create. Likewise, capturing and sharing tacit knowledge is becoming a top priority. Is it possible to create a solution that will both engage the learner and that can be measured and evaluated? In this session, participants will learn how to create quick, effective mobile learning through YouTube-style videos. Using real examples of successful videos as discussion points, you will learn simple tips to incorporate when developing tutorials using different levels of rapid-development tools. We will also discuss publishing formats and using comments to engage the learner and capture feedback. You'll leave with ideas to develop various types of video tutorials and make them available to learners within your organization. The steps and examples demonstrated will provide practical ideas for implementing video as part of a mobile learning strategy. In this session with, you will learn: better practices for creating YouTube-style tutorials; practical ways to implement video as part of a mobile-learning strategy;  tricks to engaging your learner with video; and reliable, easy ways to make video accessible on mobile devices.

Mastering Mobile Learning: Tips and Techniques for Success

TechKnowledge 2015 Session: W106
Chad Udell | January 14, 2015 | Video

Mobile learning is a popular topic, but one that has a lot of confusion swirling around it. Join an industry expert in demystifying key areas of m-learning and digging into his latest book, Mastering Mobile Learning.

Science of Learning 101: What’s the Point of Instruction?

Patti Shank | January 08, 2015 | Article

Patti Shank discusses why numerous disciplines (neuroscience, psychology, education, computer science, and others) expend enormous energy and resources to figure out how we learn and how to best build instruction?

Harnessing the Power of Personalized Leadership Development

ATD 2014: Session W116
Tacy M. Byham | May 07, 2014 | Video

Personalized leadership development holds great potential to drastically change the learning experience. It taps participant engagement, promotes ownership, and builds independence and confidence, while maximizing the leader's learning potential based on their individual needs, abilities, and preferences. Today, learners have access to diverse content and are making their personal preferences known regarding what is included in their training and the format in which they receive that content. They want to focus on learning that is unique to their current situation taking into account where they are in their careers and in their lives. At the same time, we need to ensure that they are achieving their behavior development goals. In this interactive session, you will learn the five practices for harnessing the power of personalized leadership development: personalized content, personalized insight, personalized practice, personalized performance support, and personalized learning environment. Additionally, you will network with peers to share personalization successes and tips for incorporating the new mixes of face-to-face, social, electronic, virtual, and on-demand learning.

Aligning Learning Strategy to Corporate Strategy

ATD 2014 Session: W308
Lewisa Anciano | May 07, 2014 | Video

With tight budgets it is essential for the internal L&D function to prove its value. That means focusing on our programs' results: how our solutions lead to desired performance and, ultimately, organizational strategy. But our value can be more than the sum of our solutions. Through a case study, we'll explore how an internal L&D function can do more than just align to strategy—it can lead the business to it, while marketing its value along the way. Participants will interact with and be exposed to three levels of strategic planning and value communication: the three-year planning process that links L&D strategy to corporate strategy, execution of a learning solution designed to enable employees and staff to fulfill corporate strategy, and communicating the results and value-add of the L&D function through strategy execution.

Training the World: Using Archetypes to Create a Practical Global Learning Strategy

ATD 2014 Session: TU206
Richard Mesch | May 06, 2014 | Video

Virtually all large organizations are global, and facing the challenges of creating learning interactions that are beneficial and comprehensible to diverse audiences all over the world. Some organizations take the 'pray' approach, by creating learning for one geography and praying other audiences will get something out of it. Other organizations burn through huge amounts of money creating custom learning for every different geography. Isn't there a better way? Can't effective global learning be created in a way that doesn't break the bank? This session focuses on a pragmatic and reasonable approach to global learning design that utilizes archetypes, focusing as much on the commonalities between learning styles as on the differences. The Global Archetype approach adapts well-established cultural preference models and combines them with insightful learning models. The result is three primary Global Learning Archetypes and six secondary archetypes that allow training to be designed once and used around the world. This session focuses on: how the Global Learning Archetypes were created, how the Archetypes can be translated into design specs that any learning team can use, and how organizations are using the Archetypes to deliver globally while controlling cost.

Why You Need a PLN and How to Develop One

ATD 2014 Session: TU112
David Kelly | May 06, 2014 | Video

People do not learn exclusively from conventional sources like courses and classrooms. There's a growing awareness of learning that comes from formal means as compared to informal means. Learning happens all the time in a multitude of different ways and more and more people are realizing that they are networked learners. A large amount of that learning comes via a dedicated group of chosen and trusted resources. This network of resources is commonly referred to as a Personal Learning Network (PLN), and it is one of the most powerful learning tools in a networked world. But what exactly is a PLN? Where does one exist? How does someone build one? How can an organization leverage PLNs across their enterprise? The speaker will explore these questions and more as he discusses the value of personal learning networks, and shares some of the steps and tips needed to build a strong PLN.

The Value of Learning: Gauging the Business Impact of Organizational Learning Programs

ATD 2014: Session TU319
Kevin Oakes | May 06, 2014 | Video

This session will deal with the key findings of the 2013 ASTD/i4cp study, The Value of Learning: Gauging the Business Impact of Organizational Learning Programs. The study combines insights from a blended research approach: Quantitative data from a survey fielded in September and October 2013 of 431 respondents, most with primary responsibility for organizational learning, represented organizations across all sectors and of varying sizes and geographic locations, and follow-up interviews with learning leaders who provided the qualitative input to supplement and illuminate survey findings. The study found little growth in learning functions' ratings of their effectiveness in meeting learning and development goals, supporting organizational business goals, and in measuring their overall capabilities when compared to an earlier (2012) ASTD/i4cp study, Developing Results: Aligning Learning's Goals and Outcomes With Business Performance Measures. Despite this, the study highlights the optimism that underlies both attention and effort. Survey results and interviews with learning leaders confirm that measurement, of both learning effectiveness and learning programs' impact on business outcomes, is on the minds of learning professionals and is in standard practice-albeit to varied degrees-in most organizations.

Becoming a Business-First, Big-Data L&D Leader

ATD 2014: Session TU104
Jenny Dearborn | May 06, 2014 | Video

When it's done right, learning drives business results. The latest research shows that companies with strong learning cultures are 42 percent more likely to be innovative, have 37 percent greater employee productivity, are 35 percent more responsive to customers' needs, and 17 percent more likely to be market share leaders.  Yet many talented learning leaders are still taking direction from stakeholders instead of serving as true strategic advisers to senior management. Find out why and, more importantly, what you can do about it. Learn about global best practices and success stories of top CLOs and business-first strategies you can adopt. And, discover how you, too, can leverage 'big data' and analytics to prove your impact and earn your seat at the strategic table. Join the speaker for statistics, insights, and more on one of the most important topics in the L&D field today.  At this session, you will discover and discuss: the evolving role of the modern CLO, typical barriers to business partnership, and how to overcome them, why and how to employ measurable results using data and analytics, and looking beyond learning to make an impact.

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