When instructional designers plan to develop content for training or education, they typically consider many elements that can affect the learning outcome. However, it is rare to include what it takes to generate specific data that will help determine the business impact. Fortunately, data science can help identify the data to focus on, as you will see in this article.
by Patti Shank
How critical is informal learning to workplace learning and performance? Here’s some food for thought from the Guild’s August 2012 research report, Smart Companies Support Informal Learning.
by Laura Martin
Retail organizations spend millions of dollars on training, but most are not making huge strides in achieving bottom-line results. Pep Boys is an exception. The full-service automotive aftermarket retail chain is seeing significant reductions in safety incidents and shrink rates thanks to a breakthrough training initiative. Here’s how the company did it.
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.
by Nic Laycock
Faced with a need to develop a wide curriculum on a mobile platform for delivery in Africa, and under severe budget constraints, Steve Dineen and Bronwen McConkey created an innovative approach that has been tremendously successful. Here is their story, and it is one that includes a transition of their methodology to the corporate marketplace.
Most organizations today face a competitive landscape that is constantly shifting out from under them. Within organizations, the groups that are responsible for learning and on-the-job support need to embrace a common mindset that will deliver effective performance at every changing moment. Only then does learning at the speed of change become possible.
by Alan Reid
Integrating social media into academia is no longer a novel idea. But many educators may still wonder why they should do this, and, most specifically, they wonder whether Twitter is helpful. Research shows that, when used explicitly as a tool to improve self-regulation through metacognitive support, Twitter becomes very effective.
by Patti Shank
The eLearning Guild’s new research director asked herself what the Guild could do to best support the research needs of learning and eLearning practitioners. The answer involved making fundamental changes to the way we do things. Here are the four types of reports we’ll be bringing you in the months ahead.
by Bill Brandon
With the emergence of mobile devices and new understanding of the ways that people learn, performance support has become a “must-have” competence for instructional designers. What are the factors that led to this? Allison Rossett offers her insights.
After two decades in eclipse during the rise of eLearning, performance support is returning to become an essential part of business strategy. Marc reflects on the significance of this re-focus in the world of learning and performance.