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Weighing In: Banning Devices in the Classroom

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Earlier this week, an L&D industry peer posted the following update on their social feed: It’s demeaning and disrespectful of you as an educator and/or trainer to ban the use of a device in hand during class/training assuming “they’re probably just checking Facebook.” If they actually do access Facebook or some …

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Become a better virtual teammate

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Remote work is a fact of professional life. Thanks, internet! I’ve spent the past 10 years working on and/or managing virtual teams. Whether members were distributed across The Walt Disney World Resort, the continental United States, or the world, many of the same challenges always arose. This is especially true if …

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How Much Shared Knowledge Is Too Much?

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I originally wrote this post for the eLearning Guild’s Twist Blog … If you’ve attended a presentation on workplace knowledge sharing, you’ve probably heard the Mitchell Kapor quote “Getting information off the Internet is like taking a drink from a fire hydrant.” Yes, there is a lot of information available …

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Considering a career in L&D? 3 questions

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Odds are that most people reading this post already decided to go into L&D. After all, that is my target audience. So, if you know someone who is thinking about entering our field, forward this along. But, if you stumbled across this post as part of your career planning, I hope this proves …

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My Top 10 Tools for Learning (2016)

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Its time once again for Jane Hart‘s annual Top 200 Tools for Learning survey. 200? That’s right! This year’s list has been expanded – doubled in fact – to allow more tools to gain exposure. The 2016 list (presentation embedded below) includes votes from more than 1,2000 learning professionals worldwide representing both workplace learning and formal …

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5 things my new Twitter followers should know

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This is a public service announcement for anyone who makes what I think is an AWESOME decision to follow me on Twitter (@JD_Dillon). Everyone uses Twitter a bit differently. Sure, I only have 2,288 followers as of this moment. Those certainly aren’t Jane Bozarth or Justin Bieber numbers. Has anyone …

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How’d you get good at speaking?

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How’d you get good at speaking? That’s probably the best question you can be asked after an 8-hour workshop, right? I’d assume it means you did something right, at least in the eyes of that participant. This inquiry came my way earlier this week during the “any last questions” moment of …

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10 Symptoms of an Unhealthy Learning Ecosystem

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I originally wrote this post for the Mimeo blog … Today’s organizations are more interconnected than ever. Thanks to technological evolution, cross-functional work streams, and considerable value derived from company-wide synergies, our workplaces now closely resemble organic ecosystems. In fact, a single decision made on one side of the organization …