I was recently asked to contribute to an HR Leader magazine article entitled Putting learning through the mixer. In it I commended upon trends, and listed nine putfalls of blended learning programs. To read the details, click here for a soft copy of the magazine article. Please feel free to comment.
Apr 24th, 2010 by Alison Bickford
I had the opportunity to attend the AITD workshop by Dr Allison Rossett. Based upon her 2009 revised book, First things fast: A handbook of performance analysis, Allison provided the tools, techniques and practice for approaching analysis in a comprehensive and systematic way.
Allison is generous in providing guidance to the questions you may ask when analysing rollouts, performance problems or people development – click here. I won’t outline Allison’s IP here, suffice to say her abovementioned book is worth having within easy reach on your L&D library shelf.
I’m glad to have taken time out to attend the AITD Conference held this year in Sydney. There were mixed reactions to the speakers and new format. It’s impossible for speakers to meet everyones’ expectations. I appreciated the opportunity to network and to see a number of exhibitors in one place; far more efficient than 1:1 meetings. Some of my take-home thinking points were:
Janet Clarey: Examination of E-learning courseware success
- Rich media e-learns – “Education versus Entertainment”
- 3 top e-learning implemenation problems 1. Resize window etc (need to think about the skills of the learner) 2. No time to learn new tools 3. Poor relationship with IT.
- How to achieve success 1. Consider strategy and alignment 2. Need to be able to prove purpose 3. Measurement that lets us know it’s working
- Next big thing: harnessing the social connections that web 2.0 enables.
Michael Soloman: Gen Y in the workplace
- Gen Y have different attitudes in the workplace – different expectations, demands, strong opinions.
- Tell them the truth – don’t betrey their trust & ensure to provide evidence that supports your organisation’s value statements
- Mentor them – not manage them. Give them measureable objectives & the opportunity to deliver
- Give them multimedia & make it interactive
Tania de Jong: Creative thinking
- We can’t support creativity in a highly systematised environment
- Great upcoming Creativity conference
Maverickwoman (aka Annalie Killian): Emerging participatory culture (the social web)
- Old value was scarcity. New value is trust, attention, time, enginuity, co-creation
- Our production lives in the cloud – we create the infrastructure as we go
- We are now both consumers and producers – cheaper & agile
- Examples: 1. The Wuffiebank - where reputation is wealth. 2. Klout - measuring your influence based upon Twitter stats
- Thoughts from BJ Fogg: For people to change they must have 1. The right motivators 2. the ability to change 3. A prompt/trigger for change.
- For more, see Annalie’s PPT here. Organisation (unbranded) initiative – see “Blossom At Work“
Thanks go to Greg Williams of ARUP and Colleen Kavanagh who spoke of the the determination and artfulness required of us as organisational L&D professionals in creating meaningful learning initiatives and making them stick.
Just a quick post to say I have completed my data collection, including 43 interviews, and am currently conducting a thematic analysis. I hope to have an article produced by end April 2010 and my first thesis draft completed by December 2010.
Working research title is Examination of virtual learning spaces within a corporate context: Design and practice implications. The research question comprises two parts:
- What are the design and pedagogical conditions that enable learning activity to occur within corporate, web-based, asynchronous program learning spaces (PLS)?
- How do PLS processes impact upon the professional practice of program owners?
The research methodology is design-based. Research data includes field observation and 1:1 interviews with program owners.
As discussed at the Blended Learning workshop “Shaken not stirred”, please find an opportunity on this blog to continue discussion or ask me a specific question.
I look forward to our conversation. Simply comment in the field below. Thank you.
Mar 2nd, 2010 by Alison Bickford
I will be facilitating the morning workshop of the upcoming Blended Learning Conference March 17-19, 2010. Workshop themes include:
- Content, learning and activity – the when of blend
- Technologies that enhance learning – and those that do not
- Preparing the landscape – managing change
- Ready, Fire, Aim – lessons learned from the field
If you are attending the workshop and would like to get the conversation going, I invite you to post in the comments section below.
- Do you have a question or two burning to be answered?
- Would you like me to prepare some particular content to meet your needs?
- Do you have a story to share?
I look forward to responding to your posts and meeting you in person in a couple of weeks.
And, by the way, don’t forget to bring along a course outline to explore new blends during the workshop.
Mar 2nd, 2010 by Alison Bickford
I’m often asked to run an early strategy workshop for organisations thinking about implementing e-learning. These are seven of my favourite baseline questions to get people thinking prior to the workshop:
1. What has bought you to think about an e-learning initiative? What are your drivers? Consider this from a) business (including commercial), b) human capital development, & c) end user perspectives?
2. What do you like to have achieved from e-learning in 1 yr, 2-3 yrs, 4-5 yrs?
3. How familiar is your culture to 1. Learning technologies, 2. Self-services, & 3. Learning self-directedness/self-management?
4. What is your organisations learning philosophy? Do you have an articulated vision to aspire?
5. Do you have a standard and stable operating environment (IT systems)? What is your bandwidth like?
6. What current & future capability do you have internally to both drive and project manage this initiative? (this may be difficult to answer until after the workshop)
7 Will your e-learning initiative be a centralised , decentralised or federated model? (this will depend upon how your business and learning operations operate)
Got any other questions that you’ve found helpful? I’d love to read them. Thank you.