Category Archives: CSTD

Leaving ADDIE for SAM. With a Crossbow?

I got a chuckle out of the reaction from some of my valued PLN members when I shared a photo of a (nerf) Crossbow training aid from today’s “Leaving ADDIE for SAM” workshop. *

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Dear CSTD…why you should stop talking about Learning Styles

While this response is directed to the good folks at CSTD, I leave it as a public artifact for those interested in the whole Learning Styles thing.

There was a time when I admit that I subscribed to the concept of Learning Styles. I also understand why there’s an instinctive sense-making and buy-in when people look at it. Whether you subscribe to Kolb (1984) or to the VAK theory, we generally accept that people tend to learn in different ways.


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My Forecasts for 2012

This post shares the concluding part of my presentation/workshop for CSTD Durham Region Chapter. I was asked to take a look ahead to see what things might be gaining mainstream acceptance for workplace learning.

Dropping the “e”.

Let’s face it, sticking an “e” in front of anything was fine 15 yrs ago, but with the embedding of web-based ‘everything’ in our daily lives it seems a little superfluous. Initially it was applied as a distinguishing factor between ILT and anything computer-based, but then we added “m-learning” to the mix to distinguish between a desktop/laptop device and anything that was “mobile” (smartphone, tablet, PDA, etc.). What about learning that may be supported through a game console?

However, learning is learning, regardless of where it takes place and what’s used to support it. The more we draw imaginary lines between the different modalities, the harder it will be to integrate them right from the concept phase.

Cloud-based learning

The concept of basing things in “the cloud” (e.g. making use of the Internet for available/on-demand access anywhere, instead of closed/internal systems) isn’t necessarily new. But, “anywhere” used to mean being tied to a corporate or internal network.

Telework, distributed workforces, business travel all place increasing demands on network infrastructures, so organizations are turning to internet-hosted solutions to help manage costs and improve access. These solutions also include learning content development and hosting.  Learning access is truly becoming more open and accessible.

The beginning of the end for Flash

Adobe Flash is considered to be the premiere animation/interactivity development tool for the web. Although it wasn’t really intended as an authoring tool for learning it has become a de facto standard. This was all well and good until the advent of mobile devices, especially the iPad, and Flash didn’t have support on a lot of these types of devices.  Now that Adobe has dropped app development for mobile, this opens the doors for things like HTML5 to take content from platform to platform with fewer issues.

Content Curation

Curation: finding, collecting, presenting and displaying digital content around predefined sets of criteria and subject matter.

Content curation is the act of continually identifying, selecting and sharing the best and most relevant online content and other online resources.

These two definitions are important to remember because any information “artifact” requires a level of context and interpretation so that a future consumer can make sense of more than just the content; they can see things like impact, relationships with current issues, and other sense-making information.  I predict that information curation is going to become a critical skill for L&D professionals as they share knowledge and disseminate expertise to their consumers.

Opening the social “gates”

Orgs and individuals will formally and deliberately embrace the technologies & practices associated with Social Media (whether internally or more public-facing.) The difference will be that instead of using them for PR purposes, they will be harnessed for learning.  We all know that learning is a social process, so leveraging the technology should be a no-brainer for smart organizations, but much in the same way we saw the fears of granting internet access at individual desktops, we will likely have to go through another round of fear-mongering before these tools are widely available.  However, I anticipate a few major case studies in the offing that smart organizations will read with interest.

So…there we have it.  My own view of things that are likely to happen for L&D in 2012.  Discuss and enjoy!

A Little Bit Retro

I had a nice throwback moment at my CSTD talk. I actually got to use a chalkboard!!


CSTD Workshop – Tom Gram

(Tom Gram is a Sr. Consultant with Global Knowledge Canada)

Tom’s session was designed to shed some new light on the concept of “practice makes perfect” and bringing along the concept of the “expert” and what role that individual can play in supporting increased proficiency. The root research into expertise was conducted by Anders Ericsson (The Cambridge Handbook of Expertise and Expert Performance).
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CSTD Day 2 Keynote – Steven Berlin Johnson

I didn’t take a lot of notes for this talk because it was a little more of a history lesson on the nature of innovation and how it has evolved over the last few centuries. Content was drawn largely from his book “Where Good Ideas Come From: The natural history of Innovation”.

One of the early threads of his discussion was the evolution of one entity into another wholly unexpected one because of a user-driven innovation (e.g. Lloyd’s of London evolving from coffee house popular with 18th century ship captains to Insurance conglomerate).
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CSTD Day 1 Workshop – Harold Jarche

(Harold Jarche is Chairman of the Internet Time Alliance)

The focus of Harold’s session is on Social Learning and what this concept means to the world of Learning & Development. I’ve already had the opportunity to attend one of his PKM workshops, and I’m already a bit of a practitioner, but he’s always worth seeing. Having said that, Harold’s approach is somewhat eclectic and draws from a variety of disciplines and sources. If you don’t pay attention to what’s going on it might be easy to lose the thread of the discussion. That’s not a criticism, per se, just an observation.
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CSTD Day 1 Workshop – Gary Woodill

I tweeted a lot from this session so I’ll have to do some digging to sort out some of the finer details after the fact, but I’ll add these thoughts in long form here. For context purposes, Gary Woodill is a veteran of the industry, and an author, speaker, researcher, and blogger.

Gary opened his talk by touching on some key points with respect to our access to information and how we deal with the sheer volume. I see this topic as being closely tied to what Harold Jarche talked about in his PKM workshop so I was keen to hear what Gary had to say.
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CSTD Day 3 Keynote – Etienne Wenger-Trayner

Etienne Wenger-Trainer literally wrote the book on Communities of Practice. He describes himself as a marriage counselor for CoP.

These communities exist across sectors even though we may not be aware of them. Knowledge is social and it represents a fundamental human property. In an ideal world, knowledge is the property of a community because knowledge is rarely created in a vacuum.
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Social Media Prism

For those who missed Gary Woodill’s session at CSTD, here is the Conversation Prism, a frequently-updated compilation of Social Technology tools.

Thanks to @wallacedanielle for sharing the link during the keynote.