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Learning Styles – Learning Skills

Another tool for leadership and management.  Hone your learning skills to effectively handle the information challenges presented daily.

Excerpt:  Once you know where your preferences lie on each of these dimensions, you can begin to stretch beyond those preferences and develop a more balanced approach to learning. Not only will you improve your learning effectiveness, you will open yourself up to many different ways of perceiving the world. Balance is key. You don’t want to get too far on any one side of the learning dimensions. When you do that you limit your ability to take in new information and make sense of it quickly, accurately, and effectively.

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It’s All About Creating Business Results

Good takeaway how-to in the task of “train the trainers” .   Concepts in the design for learning/teaching.  Human resources management and small business owners

Excerpt:  One of the reasons ITSM process improvement projects fail is the lack of achieving demonstrable Business Results. How can HRD help?

In the field of HRD there are excellent tools to design and evaluate the effects of learning processes. Maybe if we approach process improvement projects as a learning process and we would design an improvement project as if it’s a learning intervention we would create more Business Impact.

In this article I will show you how to use the 4 levels of Kirkpatrick to evaluate ITSM process improvement projects.

Let’s go back to the 4 levels of Kirkpatrick:

(4) the evaluation of the business results.

(3) the evaluation of the learning effects in the workplace

(2) the evaluation of the learning results

(1) the evaluation of the learning process

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No Excuse List – Education

There are many of these sources for education that are free or a reasonable cost  —  recommended for all entrepreneurs and small business owners who need “learning” in a particular task or challenge or just business generally.  Kudos to this site owner for keeping up with the listing.  A couple of weeks ago we posted several sites here that were offering education and course work  —  many of those previous posted sources are also on this list.  However, this list also adds sources not previously posted.

Check out this list of links No Excuse List.

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A Taxonomy of Motivation and Game Design

There are small business leadership and management takeaways in this article on the design of learning —  interesting read.  Some of it cites school education but the learning points and processes are transferrable.

Excerpt:  But I think that Habgood’s rules of thumb are important: Don’t design a game with added-on learning components or a learning experience that’s gamified, design a learning game that’s a learning experience because it’s a game and design a game that achieves specific learning goals because these are embedded in the mechanics of the game. I’ll add that these mechanics can certainly include elements of fantasy and that Malone and Lepper’s taxonomy still offers a useful, but non-prescriptive checklist to gauge your engagement levels throughout your design process.

Read full article via A taxonomy of motivation and game design | Instructional Design Fusions.

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Columbia Ideas at Work : Strategy as Learning

Great read  —   establishing learning and training programs.   This is a reprint from 2010 but absolutely worth the read with lots of takeaways in content and the model presented.  Management

Excerpt:  I developed the framework itself out of a sense of frustration. There are a lot of exhortations and slogans like Think outside of the box, You’ve got to be a revolutionary, Make your decisions with the customer in mind. But there are few actual practical business tools or processes to translate these appeals into action. Change doesn’t happen through exhortation. If you want to get anything done in an organization, you have to introduce a business process to make it happen.

I felt we needed to move away from static models and instead create a dynamic process that introduces the idea of strategy as learning. That’s a fundamental shift that businesses must make: from strategy as planning to strategy as learning. So I set out to assemble the right set of underlying concepts that would inspire a highly practical, simple process to put these ideas into action.

Would you describe the model?

It’s a four-step insight-to-action model. To think strategically is to think outside-in and to function strategically is to make decisions based on that outside-in thinking.

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ARCS Model of Motivational Design (Keller) | Learning Theories

Knowing how “learning” is achieved by individuals will help management construct their training programs.  How-to takeaways.  Human Resources

Excerpt:   Summary: According to John Keller’s ARCS Model of Motivational Design, there are four steps for promoting and sustaining motivation in the learning process: Attention, Relevance, Confidence, Satisfaction (ARCS).

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Collaborative Learning Using Social

The basics of where we are now and what are the forward goals, using collaboration and tools now available, such as social ones to enhance our effectiveness.   Leadership and management

Excerpt:  One approach has simply been to bolt social approaches onto existing courses, e.g. by creating a supplementary learning community for course discussions. However, this has tended to mean that the two elements – content and community – are seen as quite separate by learners, and as they often find it annoying having to move back and forth from the content to the community, they usually end up ignoring the community altogether.

A more effective social approach, however, is where the content is well-integrated within the community, and in fact co-created by the community, and where the emphasis is placed much more on the interactions, knowledge sharing and conversations of the participants – than on the content per se.

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Interactivity, Games and Gamification: Creating Engaged Learners

More on learning this morning  —  that, of course, means training from management and sources, yes?    The slides were a presentation on gamification and how interaction can enhance learning slash training.

Excerpt:  Gave a presentation today to the fine folks involved with TrainingMagazine Network. We had over 2,000 people register for the webinar to check out the topic and to learn a little more. Here are some resources I reference and some additional resources as well.

Here are the slides.

See slides here via TrainingMagazine Network Presentation Resources: Interactivity, Games and Gamification: Creating Engaged Learners | Kapp Notes.

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Gagne’s Nine Levels of Learning – Team Management Training

Teaching means understanding learning.   All people do not learn the same way but there are steps that will help to ensure that the components and information is available for everyone’s learning capability.  Teams  Leadership and management

Excerpt: Gagne’s Nine Levels of Learning provide a step-by-step approach that can help managers, trainers, and facilitators structure their training so that their students or teams get the most from their learning opportunities.

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MIT Sloan Teaching Innovation Resources (MSTIR) – Case Studies

Did you know that MIT offers free teaching materials in a lot of business categories.  With the MIT expertise, any or all of these could be very beneficial to the entrepreneur and small business owner.  Limited budgets mean you find the expertise without the heavy cost.  Learning, leadership and management.  I have excerpted their introduction below.

Excerpt: MIT Sloan Teaching Innovation Resources (MSTIR) is a collection of teaching materials, including case studies, industry notes, and management simulations, that MIT Sloan provides as a free teaching resource open and available to the world. Similar to the course syllabi and materials found on MIT’s OpenCourseWare site, these materials carry a creative commons license allowing them to be downloaded, copied, and distributed.

The various materials posted on this site have been developed by MIT Sloan faculty and students. Although the collection covers a wide array of companies and organizations, industries, and geographies, it focuses on areas in which MIT Sloan’s innovative research and teaching are on the cutting edge, including global entrepreneurship, leadership, managing innovation, strategic management, the business of sustainability, system dynamics, and the world economy.

Introduction and access interests via MIT Sloan Teaching Innovation Resources (MSTIR) – Case Studies.

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