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Avoiding Cultural Gaffs in Training and e-Learning Design January 31, 2011

Posted by mlongstreth in Misc.
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Catherine Mercer Bing

Catherine Mercer Bing

 Ever worry about offending multi-cultural employees when you are creating training or e-learning modules?  Well you should!  Culture impacts so much in our daily lives that we rarely consider it, even at work.  Catherine Bing is a culture generalist who can point out what we need to consider, where, so that we can be “culturally sensitive.”   Her presentation, at our January meeting,  detailed how to avoid cultural micro-inequities when designing training modules.   CWQ History and Overview (848KB)

About our Speaker:

Catherine Mercer Bing is the CEO of ITAP International, Inc. as well as Managing Director of ITAP Americas.   Catherine Bing has 30+ years in human resources development and a graduate degree in Education.   She spent eight plus years working as an internal corporate human resources professional/consultant specializing in organizational development and learning and development and 16 years as an outside communications, HR and cross-cultural consultant.   ITAP specializes in the impact that cultural differences have on business interactions.

Experience Design: “Experience is the Best Teacher” January 26, 2011

Posted by mlongstreth in e-SIG Presentations.
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Presented by Ken Spero at our December meeting at LaSalle’s Plymouth Meeting Campus.

Ken Spero

Ken Spero

  This is an age old adage that is universally accepted. Unfortunately,  organizations have neither the time nor the budget to allow their people to learn through the “school of hard knocks”. It’s odd, then, that when an organization chooses to invest in building the capabilities of staff to enable them to navigate through the changing environment, the chosen method is often instructional, not experiential. Instructional design has many good tools and techniques and is an important and compelling field. Its focus, however, is primarily on leaning the “what” and the “how” of the required changes not on gaining insight from understanding and practicing the “why” and “when” of things. The “how” and “what” are necessary but not sufficient for bringing about change; they are static and not contextual. A contextual environment is required to ensure that the instruction can be effective. When it comes to demonstrating the “why” and “when,” a more dynamic approach is required, one that takes into account context and inter-relationships. In other words, what is required is a method for capturing experience within a context that provides opportunities to use judgment to make decisions and live with and learn from the consequences of those actions.

Simulations offer the opportunity to capture the necessary experience into a more deployable format and allow participants to gain experience in a safe environment without the ‘bruising’.

If you missed the meeting, here is a link to the slides Ken presented to the group. Experience Design.pdf 182KB

About our speaker:
Ken is a Founder and the Chief Marketing Officer of Humentum. Ken has focused his career on helping organizations do a better job of critical thinking and decision-making. Encouraging mindful behavior with his clients has enabled him to produce measurable improvements in productivity inside many of his clients’ strategic initiatives.

Ken is a Founder and the Chief Marketing Officer of Humentum. Ken has focused his career on helping organizations do a better job of critical thinking and decision-making. Encouraging mindful behavior with his clients has enabled him to produce measurable improvements in productivity inside many of his clients’ strategic initiatives. He has spent the last 21 years developing and deploying learning solutions with computer simulations at their core.

Supercharging your blog! January 18, 2011

Posted by Karen Lubrecht in Blogging, Misc.
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Blogs are one of the main components of our social networking toolbox. During the last several years their usage has changed: now many web sites are completely built in a blog system and a blog can even substitute for a Content Management Systems or a Facebook-style social network. Much of this functionality is enabled through the use of plug-ins, which are add-ons to the original blog.

Dr. Helmut Doll

At the October meeting, Dr. Helmut Doll showed how WordPress, which is the most popular blog engine, can be enhanced to make it even more useful as a tool for education and training. He demmostrated and provided examples of plug-ins that support the creation of content and improve the functionality. If you missed the presentation, the PowerPoint can be downloaded.