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Saturday, November 29, 2008 Tidbits: Workforce

Here is the weekly sampling from my favorites list. This time I chose the tag "Workforce," which is generally coupled with either the tag, "Development" or the tag "Training." Here's what I found I have:

International Commission on Workforce Development: The International Commission on Workforce Development “ICWFD” is a California based 501(c)3 Non-Profit public charity organization (Tax ID # 20-3097851) that is enabling the workforce of G77 Developing Countries (DC’s) to compete in the current and future global economy. It is run by a committed Board and volunteers passionate about bridging the digital divide and providing access to 21st. century employability skills FREE to the marginalized sectors of the world.

National Association of Workforce Development Professionals: The website of NAWDP. Its mission is to be the national voice for the profession and meet the individual professional development needs of the membership.

Economic Costs of Inadequate Investments in Workforce Development: Testimony of
Harry J. Holzer, Senior Fellow at the Urban Institute and Professor of Public Policy, Georgetown University on the Economic Costs of Inadequate Investments in Workforce Development. Testimony Submitted to the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Committee on Appropriations U.S. House of Representatives.

The Rural Assistance Center: RAC's Workforce Development page.

Workplace Vision: A white paper by SHRM on workforce readiness and new essential skills.

Workplace Learning 2.0: The community page for the Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies (C4LPT), focusing on the implementation of new, Web 2.0, learning approaches and technologies for the personal or professional development of employees in private, public or voluntary sector organizations.

Guide to College Credit for Workforce Training: from the American Council on Education.

National Council for Workforce Education: The organization's website.

Learning Strategy Master Plan: From Kineo, a report by Mark Harrison on ensuring a successful learning strategy by focusing on alignment (to overall organisational goals),
efficiency, effectiveness, and sustainability.

Saturday, November 22, 2008 Tidbits: Humor

Here is the weekly sampling from my favorites list. This time I chose the tag "Humor." Here's what I found I have:

Designing interactive e-learning - a job aid: In Janet Clarey's post, she uses humor to teach appropriate use of humor in creating engaging training. She shares a color coded "e-learning course advisory system" that ranks presentation styles to levels of "risk of boredom."

Supermarket 2.0: A humorous video posted on YouTube that teaches elements of Web 2.0 with a grocery store metaphor.

Fire that (Fictitious) Employee! Unanticipated Consequences of Using Narrative in Instructional Design : From the "Unconventional Instructional Design" blog, a post (and subsequent conversation in the comments) on ideas of how to quickly and inexpensively add humor into online training.

Plagiarism: Pernicious Plague or Preventable Pest: Another fun example of using humorous video to teach. This one is for primarily college faculty, but also students.

Demetri Martin funny chart presentation: Saving my favorite for last, a piece from a Demetri Martin act that provides a great example not only of humor in "teaching", but the use of visual humor and the use of visual aids in general in presentations.

Saturday, November 15, 2008 Tidbits: Subject Matter Expert (SME)

Here is the weekly sampling from my favorites list. This time I chose the tag "SME", an acronym for "Subject Matter Expert." Here's what I found I have:

What Everyone Should Know About Working with Subject Matter Experts: A post on the Rapid E-Learning Blog about how to play (and work) well with SMEs.

Course Outlining with Large Groups: An article from Tier 1Performance Solutions on how to facilitate an instructional design session with a large group of SMEs.

Working with Volunteer Subject Matter Experts: From The Forum Effect, a brief post on the title subject.

Saturday, November 8, 2008 Tidbits: Minimalism

Here is the weekly sampling from my favorites list. This time I chose the tag "Minimalism." Here's what I found I have:

Minimalism as an approach to designing instruction: A module from a "Synchronous Learning Environments" course at University of Alberta. It discusses a minimalist approach to instructional design.

Minimalist Design for Documentation: From Tec-Ed Services, and overview and steps for designing successful minimalist documentation.

Minimalism: From the blog of Hans Van der Meij, a post on the minimalist approach to technical documentation.

Sunday, November 2, 2008 Tidbits: Flexible Learning

Here is the weekly sampling from my favorites list. This time I chose the tag "FlexibleLearning." Here's what I found I have:

Designing for Flexible Learning Practice: A course on WikiEducator developed by staff in the Educational Development Centre of Otago Polytechnic . It is designed to help both formal and informal learners access and interpret models, research and professional dialogue in flexible learning.

Flexible Learning at Heriot-Watt: From Heriot Watt University, an annotated list of links and resources of Web 2.0 tools that support flexible learning.