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Unlocking the Power of the Learning Advocate

The last few years I’ve been focused on what I’d call ‘transformational’ projects or mandates in the learning space.  <I do get that transformation is a bit of buzzword these days, but that’s really what’ I’ve been working on.> The level of complexity of the projects I take on seem to be increasing, which is what keeps things interesting and…

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Building Core Bench Strength: Learning, Technology, Business

I’m participating in Harold Jarche’s (@hjarche) Workplace Learning Workshop (training>performance>social #T2P2S) and it’s almost eerie (but a good eerie) how relevant each topic is to where I’m at in terms of professional development and my current work focus. One of the topics this week focuses on moving from a learning to a performance consulting based organization, which is at the heart of…

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I’m more than a MOOC Statistic

Full Disclosure: I’ve never completed a MOOC. Since 2011, I’ve enrolled in at least half-a-dozen, if not more, MOOCs.  Most of them have been on the academic side of things, but a few corporate as well.  Some of my more memorable MOOCs have included: Connectivism and Connective Knowledge  (2011) (http://cck11.mooc.ca/index.html) (CCK11) <my very first MOOC> Change MOOC (http://change.mooc.ca/) MOOC on…

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So Cool It’s Hot: Pragmatism & Simplicity

I’ve been working with a national not-for-profit client over the last several months to support the modernization and transformation of their learning function. Their programming, except for a recent adoption of webinars, had been delivered via workshops across the country. The benefits of the ILT-based programming is that it allows them to build and maintain strong relationships with national partners and to…

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Learning and the Power of a Good Story

I recently finished reading Sheryl Sandberg’s new book. Before you stop reading, let me start by saying that this post is not about contributing to either side of the spectrum of reviews of Sheryl Sandberg’s (Facebook COO)  Lean In: Women, Work and the Desire To Lead.  What I did want to share, however,  is my respect for Sandberg’s storytelling skills…

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It’s official: The Changing Role of L&D

I thought that title might catch your attention. I’m actually referring to the Bersin by Deloitte press release that came out earlier this week that highlighted increased spend in social learning and the shrinking footprint of L&D. This trend is one sign of the changing role of the L&D function, which no longer is “the place” for learning. Instead, the…

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Musings from Day One of CSTD 2012

The 2012 CSTD Conference kicked of today in Toronto. Today’s focus was on Research to Practice and it was interesting hearing what is new and even not so new in learning. One of the more dominant themes today, at least in the sessions I attended, was informal learning. From the comments and feedback I heard both in and outside of…

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Learnist – I Like It

I know I’m all about “technology” and “social media” but anyone who knows me knows that I’m not a huge FaceBook user. I’ve actually been on the fence regarding whether I really even want to keep my account. For some reason, even for professional use, it just hasn’t made it’s mark on me as much as Twitter. I think the…

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