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The Power of Casual Gameplay

In Gamification by JD Dillon

Whenever I demonstrate the Axonify Employee Knowledge Platform for a new audience, someone usually asks about the casual gameplay element. “What does the game have to do with the learning?” For context, a user can choose to play a game as part of their daily microlearning session (example screen below). Games vary in …

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Learning Now Radio – Episode #15

In Knowledge Sharing by JD Dillon

The Learning Now Radio team was gracious enough to invite me to share my thoughts on workplace knowledge sharing and curation as part of their growing podcast series. Check out the broadcast below in which Lisa Minogue-White and I share ideas and best practices on what organizations can do to help …

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Weighing In: Banning Devices in the Classroom

In Technology by JD Dillon

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

In Work Life by JD Dillon

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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Is Ego Limiting the Potential of Your Learning Ecosystem?

In General L&D by JD Dillon

“How will they know we did it?” This question was asked of me by a former peer as I pitched a solution for an ongoing performance problem. Rather than build content and put employees through training, I suggested we curate a collection of best practices that frontline staff could share …

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How Much Shared Knowledge Is Too Much?

In Knowledge Sharing by JD Dillon

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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Enabling a Multi-Technology Learning Ecosystem

In Technology by JD Dillon

How many apps do you have on your phone? I have 196. No, I don’t actually use all 196. But the 20 to 30 I consistently use made me think about the way many people use technology nowadays. One tool simply cannot solve all of our problems. For example, I …

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Considering a career in L&D? 3 questions

In General L&D by JD Dillon

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)

In Technology by JD Dillon

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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Microlearning is A LOT more than smaller content

In microlearning by JD Dillon


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I had the awesome opportunity to join the ATD South Florida Chapter for their Innovative Learning Conference earlier this week. Axonify was one of the event sponsors, and I presented on behalf of the team. My topic: microlearning. I’ll admit it. I’m not a fan of the term “microlearning.” Trendy terms …

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5 things my new Twitter followers should know

In Social Media by JD Dillon

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?

In Personal by JD Dillon

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

In Ecosystem by JD Dillon

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 …