Book of the Month

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As workplace learning and development professionals, we spend most of our time improving the performance levels of employees and organizations. However, in order for us to stay current on the latest trends and resources we must continue to read and study on a regular basis.

It is for this reason that I created a book of the month club. each month I will introduce a workplace learning or performance book to read and discuss. A new book will be introduced the fourth Wednesday of each month. During the third Wednesday of each month, I will write a review and hope you join me in sharing your thoughts and opinions on each book. I will also include in future readings books that are both motivational and inspirational.

The first book that I have chosen is the Trainer’s Handbook. trainers handbook2 It is a great book to start with since it serves as a comprehensive book on a variety of training topics which could benefit both new and seasoned workplace learning professionals. This book can be found on Amazon.com. Here is a description of the book on Amazon.com:

The Trainer’s Handbook walks readers step by step through the training process and contains tips on assessing the needs of participants. Keeping training learner-centered, incorporating activities into training, selecting audiovisual aids, and closing sessions creatively. As practical as it is instructive, the guide is filled with worksheets, checklists, and assessments.

I am ready to start reading, How about you?

 

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August Workplace Learning and Performance Improvement Article Links

Performance Management: We Won’t Fix The Problem by Ignoring It.

The Real Test of a Manager? Its Successfully Fighting For Your Team.

Eight Leader Habits of a Learning Culture.

6 Common Networking Mistakes to Avoid.

5 Models to Pull Out of your Hat on a Moment’s Notice.

8 (Mostly) Digital Alternatives to Meetings.

The Message is Clear: Workers Still Want Balance, Growth, Advancement

Become an Expert in Instructional design

The Enormous Cost of Unhappy Employees

Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy Job Aid App

bloom app reviewBloom’s Revised Taxonomy Job Aid (free download on Google Play) by Orion Beadling, is a hierarchical model for classifying learning instructional activities and provides educators, instructional designers, and human performance technologist with a job aid

The app highlights each level and includes the verbs, suggested material, activity  and a citation.

bloom pic1 For example, at the remembering level, the app includes several verbs which can be used for a lesson plan or an instructional design. The arrows on the top part of the app will advance you to the next level. You also have the option of moving from each section by either tapping on the topic such as material or  you can use the right and left arrows.

Overall, it is an easy app to use and provides you with all the necessary information you need to develop a learning objective or lesson plan.

 

 

Using the Correct Action Verb for Learning Objectives

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In 1956, Benjamin Bloom and other educators met  for a second time (the first time was in 1948) at the Convention of the American Psychological Association, where Bloom spearheaded a group to discuss classifying educational goals and objectives. This framework became know as the Taxonomy of Three Domains.

Focusing on the cognitive domain, Bloom developed a multilevel model as a means of classifying thinking based on six levels of cognition. Robert Mager, an educational psychologist would later develop and use learning objectives as a means to describe what the learner is expected to achieve. According to Mager, the learning objectives should include a measurable verb.

All too often, I have either come across or attended a training where the learning objective in the course used verbs that are difficult to measure. Such as:

  • appreciate
  • know
  • learn
  • understand (my favorite)

These verbs are vague and are difficult to measure learning. I included a PDF on action words that can be used when writing learning objectives.

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Workplace Learning and Performance Improvement Articles

 

Why Matching Informal and Formal Learning is in Style

6 ways to Build Atmosphere and Emotion in your e-learning theme

Achieving Worthy Performance in Healthcare Instructional Design

ASTD Reboots with New Name and Logo

Focus- The Forgotten Performance Skill 

Top 10 Signs that You Might be Doing Social Learning Wrong

5 Reasons you Need to be Using Games for Corporate Training

Instructional Design Models and Theories

A Quick No-Nonsense Guide to Basic Design Theory

4 Ways to Make Training More Fun for Repeat Learners

Do Old School Workplace Rules and Hierarchies Still Matter

How to Give Feedback on Assessments 

What Separates Great Trainers from the Merely “OK?”

Your Company Culture Could be Killing Performance