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  • 27 May 2014 10:45 AM | Deleted user

    "We believe that learning technology offers the possibility for creating uniquely valuable learning experiences.

    We also believe, with a sense of sadness and profound frustration, that most elearning fails to live up to its promise.

    We further believe that current trends evoke a future of only negligible improvement in elearning design - unless something radical is done to bend the curve.

    Finally, we have concluded that in order to elevate elearning to the height of its promise, we need to begin with a personal commitment to a new set of introduction

    This is the introduction to the Serious eLearning Manifesto. Take a look and share your thougts. I think it is great idea, but I hope that I alredy prctice many of these, but the success should rely on action and implementation - until then it is more theory, more process.

    To learn about the Serious eLearning Manifesto, click here.

  • 04 Nov 2013 5:04 PM | Deleted user
    Taken from an article published in T&D Magazine by Justin Arneson, William J. Rothwell, Jennifer Naughton

    The wake-up call

    A closer look at the landscape within organizations and in the training and development field shows transformational changes since 2004, when The ASTD Competency Model underwent its last major revision. Four now-familiar factors triggered the 2013 revisions:
    • the recession and economic uncertainty
    • digital, mobile, and social technology
    • demographic shifts
    • globalization.
    As a result, concepts such as integrated talent management; employee engagement; and crowdsourced, collaborative, mobile, and continuous learningundefinedhave disrupted conventional notions of the training and development function's role and changed the competencies required for success. Training and development practitioners can no longer ignore this wake-up call if they want to maintain their competitive advantage.

    The value of demonstrating new and emerging competencies is now apparent. Some of these competencies include:

    • staying abreast of new and emerging technologies and matching the appropriate technology to a specific learning opportunity or challenge
    • moving beyond the role of deliverer of training to a facilitator of learning, content curator, information manager, and builder of learning communities
    • fostering a culture of connectivity and collaboration around learning via mobile and social technology
    • designing and presenting learning not as a discrete eventundefineda training courseundefinedbut as a process that engages learners in a variety of ways over time through formal and informal channels
    • leveraging the learning styles and preferences of new generations entering the workforce and capturing the knowledge of those leaving it
    • playing a role in integrated talent management so that learning informs all the processes and systems that create organizational capability and understanding the role and contributions of the learning function
    • anticipating and meeting the training and development needs of an increasingly global workforce and contributing to talent development where the organization most needs it
    • demonstrating the value and impact of learning by using metrics that are meaningful to business and using data analysis to measure the effectiveness and efficiency of learning and development
    • continuing to be business partners who align their activities to the organization's business strategies and goals and can demonstrate their return on mission, especially during challenging times.
    How to use The ASTD Competency Model

    Competencies are important for defining any profession. They provide a common language for describing performance and a guide for identifying the knowledge, skills, and behaviors that practitioners need to be successful performers.

    The ASTD Competency Study guides the profession toward the goal of improving organizational performance through training and development activities. It emphasizes foundational competencies, or those that are important to everyone in the field, and specific areas of expertise (AOEs), which are the specialized knowledge and actions required by specific roles (see Competency Model image).

    The foundational competencies are the bedrock on which to build more specific competencies. They are critical regardless of the specific organization, industry, or AOE 
    The AOEs are the variety of specialized knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics that may be needed and performed by a training and development professional.

    To stay relevant and effective in today's dynamic organizations, training and development professionals should ask themselves, "What competencies do I need to focus on, and how do I get started?" It is important to note that the model is both broad and deep. The extent to which each individual needs to master the various competencies depends on a person's current role and future aspirations. For example, functional specialists may wish to focus their development energy on mastering one or two of the AOEs. Business managers or leaders may wish to spend more time mastering a broad array of foundational competencies and ensuring that they have exposure across all of the AOEs. All training professionals need to know a bit of everything in the model, but the extent to which they need to focus and dive deep will vary by individual and the relevance of the competencies to the business in which they find themselves.

    As the training and development field continues to evolve, competency models will be revised to reflect emerging practices. Align your development plans to the current and future models and prepare for the future faster so you can stay agile and ahead of the curve.

    For model-related content, including free job aids and practical tools, visit

    Creating Your Action Plan

    If you are new to the training and development field, a key question is: What areas should I develop and how? ASTD offers the Career Navigator tool at to help you identify strengths and opportunities for development and create action plans based on The 2013 ASTD Competency Model. A free job aid is available at to help with this task. 

    These are the main steps:
    • Review the list of foundational competencies shown in the model and rate their importance to your present job.
    • List your priorities for development of the competencies that are most important for your present job (those that will have the greatest impact).
    • Review the areas of expertise (AOEs) shown in the model and select those that are important to your present job and to future jobs you want to pursue.
    • List your priorities for development of your most important present and future AOEs.
    • Discuss your choices and priorities with your employer, mentor, coach, or supervisor and develop the beginning of an action plan.
    What are some practical applications of this process to identify competencies and AOEs that need development? Let’s say you work in a technical field and have been asked to develop a training initiative for that area. Or you have been delivering training in a classroom for a long time and you want to begin using technology and social media tools to supplement that role.

    In each of these situations, completing a self-assessment based on the model can help you identify the competencies and expertise needed to achieve your career goals. Further, by involving your employer in the conversation, you can align your development in a way that will increase your value and relevance to the employer that you serve.

    Then, using The ASTD Competency Study, you can learn about the specific behaviors required for success in the roles that align to your career path. This information can be the basis of discussions with a mentor, coach, or boss about your professional development and career planning.

    If you are a training manager or supervisor, you can apply the same process to members of your team. You could even use it to guide nontraining managers who are responsible for workforce development in their business units.
    ASTD’s 2013 Competency Model is a lens for viewing the training and development profession from many angles. Use it to guide your own development or that of your team members. Use it to get your bearings in a present job or to plan development for a future one. Use it as a benchmark for identifying strengths and weaknesses in the training and development capabilities of your organization.
  • 04 Nov 2013 4:27 PM | Deleted user
    Please check cost, but most are free with your membership. For more information, click click the titles. 

    Shifting the Performance Curve: A Human Capital Community Virtual Summit
    By: Paul Elliot and Al Folsom
    Thursday, November 7, 2013 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. ET

    From Functional Expert to Organizational Leader–Making A Successful Transition
    By: Bob Hewes and Alan Patterson
    Tuesday, November 12, 2013 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. ET

    Putting Instructional Design in the Hands of End Users
    By: Robert Jordan and Alison Carr-Chellman
    Tuesday, November 19, 2013 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. ET

    Additional webcasts can be explored at the ASTD website.
  • 01 Oct 2013 10:38 AM | Deleted user
    Yes, you heard it right. I recently saw a headline proclaiming this to be the anniversary of the death of ADDIE and the rising up of SAM. 

    I thought it might be nice, especially since our community is exploring the different elements of ADDIE, to bring you some information on the discussion, which actually began prior to May of last year, challenging a fundamental component of our industry.

    One of the most robust and least biased articles I read comes from Tim Riecker. There are several links to other information, which I would encourage looking at it. It will bring you up to speed to make your own determination and to participate in the on-going debate.

    In addition, read the comments. They are compelling and serve as great fodder for discussion.

    Here is the link to the article that sounded the call for change.

  • 01 Oct 2013 10:18 AM | Deleted user
    If you are a member of ASTD then you have free access to a broad assortment of free monthly webinars. The following is just three(3) of the ones I found interesting. To access the whole list of October webinars, click here.

    October 15, 2013 - Performance Development: Using the Logic Model for Improved Training and Development Results at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time - by Jon Desenberg

    October 16, 2013 - Next Generation Learning Strategies at 2:00 p.m. Eastern time - by Steve Parker

    October 23, 2013 - T+D: Rock Your Brand with LinkedIn Networking at 2:00 p.m. Eastern time - by Wendy Terwelp
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