If you thought 2012 was an action-packed year, get ready for 2013, because it will be more of the same. Marc looks ahead to what he sees as the key trends, offers some advice about what you can do about them, and suggests where you should remember to learn more.
by Jane Bozarth
Concepts sometimes map over from one field of human activity to another, and the result of the juxtaposition can be a better understanding of both fields. In this month’s column, Jane offers her review of a new book about the music business in which she found many parallels to the learning and development business, and the insights she gained.
by Chip Ramsey
Corporate technology buyers and users have learned to expect a host of challenges when installing any enterprise application. Isn’t it time to update the standards for enterprise software from the 1990s to meet 21st century demands for usability and mobile access? A vendor challenges other vendors to help fix what isn’t working.
Imagine a world where the tools we use remove complexity rather than add to it, and are so intuitively easy to use that we can operate them—correctly—the first time, precisely when we need to use them, with minimal risk. The possibilities for this are here. Are you ready for them? Marc talks about performance support, training, and saving lives.
by Jane Bozarth
There is no magic formula for assessing the value of social interactions; no formula like “two hours on LinkedIn + four comments in groups = tangible outcomes for the organization.” So how do you know time spent using social media isn’t wasted? Jane has some ideas you can use.
by Mark Lassoff
Forms are a critical factor in user interaction design, yet they often fail to provide good data (or even to provide data at all). HTML5 offers new ways to deal with the problems of obtaining clean data. Here is an introduction to the new data types that you can put to work today.
Everything from class size to irrelevant curriculum, from lack of involvement to ineffective teaching, all seem to point to a US education system that at best is treading water and at worst is falling behind the rest of the world. Is technology the answer, or is it more lipstick on the same pig? Marc has some insights for all of us, and not just for American readers.