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Florida Blue, Florida’s Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plan

2015 BEST Award Winner, #17
ATD Staff | October 28, 2015 | Article

Despite the changes transforming the healthcare industry during the past few years, insurance carrier Florida Blue's talent development team has continued offering an innovative suite of learning and development programs, giving employees something solid on which to build their careers.

Leaders-As-Teachers: The Underused Tool for Developing Current and Future Leaders

Maria Ho | September 17, 2015 | Article


Although leaders-as-teachers (LAT) programs have considerable benefits for both leaders and employees, only 17 percent of organizations have formal LAT programs and another 39 percent have informal programs, according to new research from ATD and the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp). 

Science of Learning 101: The Latest Research on Needs Analysis and Learning Climate

Patti Shank | July 22, 2015 | Article

needs analysisIn “The Science of Training and Development in Organizations: What Matters in Practice,” Eduardo Salas and his fellow authors assert that “decisions about what to train, how to train, and how to implement and evaluate training should be informed by the best information science has to offer.” Specifically, their research examines two steps to be especially critical for pretraining effectiveness: needs analysis and preparation of the learning climate. 

Science of Learning 101: Are We Doing the Right Things?

Patti Shank | June 15, 2015 | Article

continuous learningCurrently, corporate learning and development (L&D) is still skewed heavily toward building courses and content, but this approach is not really in sync with the exponential rate of knowledge change and today’s knowledge-heavy work processes—or the instructional piece work L&D provides.  Consequently, L&D is dangerously close to becoming irrelevant in many organizations.  

Science of Learning 101: Should We Measure Learners or Training?

Patti Shank | March 05, 2015 | Article

This is article three of Patti Shank’s Science of Learning 101 series. This installment examines the question: Should we measure learners or training? Do we really care if people can remember the name of the document? Or do we want to know something else?

Riding Along the Dragon

Wei Wang | February 26, 2015 | Article

In China, talent development leaders are learning to make their function a powerful business partner.

Science of Learning 101: Can We Really Assess Learning?

Patti Shank | February 06, 2015 | Article

This is the second post of the Science of Learning 101 series. This month, Patti Shank delves into assessing learning experiences. 

The Four Levels of Evaluation--An Update

February 01, 2015 | Article

Savvy business professionals and enlightened organizations know that training has no value unless what is learned gets applied on the job, and the subsequent on-the-job performance contributes to key organizational outcomes. This issue of TD at Work will help you create an effective training evaluation plan for any program so that you can show the organizational value of your work. At the same time, an effective plan will ensure that your valuable, limited resources are dedicated to the programs that will create the most impact.

Specifically, this issue of TD at Work will answer the questions:
• Why evaluate?
• What is new about the Four Levels of Evaluation?
• How can I prove my value as a trainer?
• How can I share my story of value?



Action Learning Around the World

Michael J. Marquardt | January 28, 2015 | Article

Companies worldwide are benefiting from the use of action learning to generate business solutions and develop leaders.

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?

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