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Ger’s Learning Notes: #23 Gefundenes Fressen

By Ger Driesen

Two weeks ago, I visited LearnTech Day in Belgium. This wonderful event is an initiative of Mathias Vermeulen. He runs the event based on his own passion for the learning and development profession and his attitude of sharing knowledge and experience. Find below some of the learnings from attending the event.

Posted on July 4, 2018.

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Learning & Development Best Practices from the Top Silicon Valley Companies

(1) Learning & Development Best Practices from the Top Silicon Valley Companies

What’s it about?
This post presents some specific and interesting learning approaches of famous Silicon Valley companies such as Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon and Slack.

Why read it?

  • Learn how these interesting, (very) rich companies look at learning and which principles they use.
  • Find concrete examples and links to more background details to understand some of the approaches in detail (so you might apply them yourself).
  • See where learning approaches might be heading in the near future and check if these approaches can be helpful in your situation (be critical!).

Where to find it?

Learning & Development Best Practices from the Top Silicon Valley Companies

(2) Mel’s Learning Lab by Mel Milloway
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What’s it about?
Here, you’ll find the portfolio and blog of Mel Milloway. She is a Learning Experience designer at Amazon, and you’ll find her rich portfolio and blog on this page. She presented some of it during the recent LearningTech Day in Belgium.

Why read?

  • I suggest you first explore the portfolio and blog to get an overview of the tons of good and very practical stuff to be found here: amazing!
  • Get inspired by a real ‘experience design mindset’ and see how it might be helpful for you.
  • Find lots of ‘how to’ materials and links to resources that can help you learn new, cool and very useful learning design skills

Where to find it?

Mel’s Learning Lab by Mel Milloway

(3) Designing Learning Experiences in an Evidence-Informed Way

by Mirjam Neelen and Paul Kirshner

What’s it about?
Mirjam explains what the term ‘evidence-informed’ means and what the benefits are for learning design. She includes relevant links to what was presented during LearningTech Day in Belgium, in early June.

Why read/watch it?

  • You want to not only base your professional work on insights that are backed up by evidence via science but also keep it applicable (who doesn’t?).
  • The concept of ‘evidence-based’ is very interesting and useful because it creates a bridge between science and praxis.
  • The post also covers a helpful four-step approach, as presented by Pedro de Bruyckere, to get started with the evidence-informed approach he presented at the LearnTech Day conference.

Where to find it?

Designing Learning Experiences in an Evidence-Informed Way

Start with WHO- the Golden Circle for Learning Design

(4) Start with WHO: the Golden Circle for Learning Design

What’s it about?
Simon Sinek’s ‘Start with WHY’ is a popular and inspiring concept. Would it also be applicable within the learning industry? Yes, it is. But when it comes to learning design, ‘Start with WHO’ might be the more effective way to go.

Why read it?

  • Find out how you can apply the principles of user-centred design for learning design.
  • Make your learning design more performance and context relevant via the ‘jobs to be done’ approach as part of the Who, What, Where, How in the Golden Circle for Learning Design.
  • Do you prefer to digest this topic via video instead of reading? Or both? You can watch the video on this topic, which was recorded at Learning Technologies 2018.

Where to find it?

Start with WHO: the Golden Circle for Learning Design

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Ger’s Learning Notes #22 Learner Experience Design (LXD)

By Ger Driesen

Apple has changed the user experience with its products; and that’s how ‘user experience design’ became popular. It also pushed the bars of what consumers expect from products and (online) services: they all expect a ‘great user experience’ today. So, how about learners? They are no different: they also expect, or at least hope, that their learning is a good, or even a great, experience. I hope this edition of the Learning Notes will inspire and help you to create great learner experience design (LXD).

Posted on June 4, 2018.

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(1) Design Thinking: Instructional Design Reimagined

What’s it about?
Brian Melvin explains design thinking and its application to learning design. A clear story of a passionate and experienced learning designer.

Why read it?

  • You immediately discover that this man is a passionate learning professional who wants to move the profession forward.
  • Any better way than to learn from someone who has good experience in application? No!
  • I had the privilege to join Brian at his session at the ATD conference early May. He really loves this theme and keeps on finding and sharing good resources on this topic.

Where to find it?

Design Thinking: Instructional Design Reimagined

(2) Design Thinking for Learning

What’s it about?
From the unsurpassed LearnPatch website! This post presents six resources to explain design thinking for learning.

Why read?

  • Because this post is curated by Martin Couzins. You might not be aware of it, but I’m sure you want to read all posts from the master curator.
  • Listen to the podcast with Sam Burrough (@burrough)—he’s an experienced guy when it comes to learner experience design; he has very interesting things to share.
  • Find different perspectives to get a better understanding of both Design Thinking and Learner Experience Design.

Where to find it?

Design Thinking for Learning

(3) Five User Experience Research Techniques to Borrow for Learning Design

by Mirjam Neelen and Paul Kirshner

What’s it about?
Let’s dive a bit deeper into the tools with Connie Malamed. She shares and explains five research techniques from UX that are useful for LXD.

Why read/watch it?

  • This great post first explains how every technique is used in UX followed by how you can apply it in LXD.
  • For every technique presented, a few links to additional resources are provided.
  • I had the privilege to conduct a one-day workshop on LXD with Conny at a pre-conference workshop at this years’ Learning Solutions conference. She has great experience in this field, so be sure to follow her.

Where to find it?

Five User Experience Research Techniques to Borrow for Learning Design

(4) Personas and Jobs To Be Done: Which Is Better?

by Beatriz Costa

What’s it about?
The use of personas is a popular approach within LXD. Another approach is ‘Jobs To Be Done’. Beatriz compares both to see which one is most useful.

Why read it?

  • ‘Jobs to be done’ is a less popular approach in LXD compared to the use of personas. In my humble opinion, ‘jobs to be done’ might even be more powerful in LXD.
  • It’s good to see both ‘tools’ explained and compared with each other and learn from the clear understanding of the author.
  • ‘Jobs to be done’ brings the performance perspective in a nice way into LXD and complements the traditional Performance Analysis with more empathy.

Where to find it?

Personas and Jobs To Be Done: Which Is Better?

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Ger’s Learning Notes: #21

Ger’s Learning Notes #21 ATD Conference 2018

I had the privilege to be a presenter at two sessions at the 2018 ATD and since Obama was a keynote speaker I now consider myself as having been a direct colleague of Obama for a few days :). Read about Obama and my pick of other wonderful sessions at the ATD.

Posted on May 17, 2018.

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Barack Obama at ATD 2018.

(1) Obama’s Three Leadership Takeaways from The 2018 ATD Conference

by Dan Prontefact @dpontefract

What’s it about?
Dan Pontefract created a good, condensed overview of the three main leadership topics that Obama discussed during his ATD 2018 keynote interview.

Why read it?

  • Of course, you want to know the main topics Obama discussed during the conference.
  • Dan Pontefract covered the theme of leadership in his own books very well, so he is very capable of reviewing and curating what Obama shared.
  • The post covers the atmosphere, the core messages and the most interesting quotes and is concise at the same time – that’s great work.

Where to find it?

Obama’s Three Leadership Takeaways from The 2018 ATD Conference

Marcus Buckingham at ATD 2018

(2) Buckingham to Encourage Attendees To Be Freethinking Leaders

by ATD staff

What’s it about?
Marcus Buckingham, known as the founder of the Strengths Revolution, was the keynote speaker on Tuesday at ATD 2018. The title of his presentation was ‘Love + Work’.

Why read/keep it?

  • It’s so important to be reminded of the Strengths Revolution once in a while and focus more on people’s strengths because our society does not and that is a pity.
  • Marcus suggests that you spend a week in love with your work, meaning that you find those aspects of your job that you love the most. Create a journal of your findings.
  • He shows how the way we organize work is based on lies and that ‘burns us out’. The solution: become a freethinking leader of talent.

Where to find it?

Buckingham to Encourage Attendees To Be Freethinking Leaders

Elaine Biech at adtd 2018

(3) The Art and Science of Training: Solving the Puzzle

By Elaine Biech @ElaineBiech

What’s it about?
Elaine Biech promotes the idea that learning design is both science and art (and wrote a book about it) and suggested how to apply this idea at work during her wonderful session.

Why read/watch it?

  • Elaine Biech is THE ‘Grandmaster’ for the learning profession, writer of many books and engaged in important roles at the ATD for many years
  • First, read the slide deck that you can find at the bottom of the post, and then have a look at the very interesting checklist.
  • Apply, with some colleagues what we did at her ATD session: explore, for each of the scientific facts, how you can implement them in your work situation in an artful way.

Where to find it?

The Art and Science of Training: Solving the Puzzle

Zsolt Olah at ATD 2018.

(4) My Digital Native Millennial Goldfish Story

By by Zsolt Olah @rabbitoreg (and praise for Clark Quinn @Quinnovator)

What’s it about?
Zsolt ‘confesses’ that he’s a ‘Gen X-er’ and not a Millenial and what that means for the way he prefers to learn (fun!)). Inspired by Clark Quinn and the Debunkers Club who gathered at ATD.

Why read it?

  • This post is relevant, funny and has some beautiful GIFs included.
  • The content is based on the new book by Clark Quinn ‘Millenials, Goldfish and other Training Misconceptions’, containing some good Myth-Busting work.
  • Check your assumptions and become a better fact-based learning professional or even join the Debunker Club!

Where to find it?

My Digital Native Millennial Goldfish

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I hope my learning notes will inspire you and keep you craving for more. Have questions or comments? Feel free to drop me an email or tweet (@GerDriesen).

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Ger Driesen
Learning Innovation Leader

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