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Sunday, July 26, 2009 Tidbits: Return on Investment (ROI)

Here is the periodic sampling from my favorites list. This time I chose the tag "ROI," which stands for Return On Investment.

ROI Resources: From the Canadian Society for Training and Development, is a list of articles and websites on a range of topics, including Return on Investment.

How to Measure Social Media ROI for Business: From Mashable, a list of qualitative and quantitative metrics to use.

Measuring the effectiveness and return on investment of e-learning: A model for calculating ROI, including a list of cost elements and discussion of benefits.

How do I measure return on investment (ROI) for my learning program?: A more in depth discussion of calculating ROI for learning, including links to further articles and reports.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Finds: Can We Increase Our Intelligence?

This article in the New York times by guest columnist Sam Wang, a neuroscientist working in the area of memory, discusses the impact of practice and training on the efficacy of working memory and IQ.

Can We Increase Our Intelligence?

There are strong implications for the use of exercises and application of learning for education and training. One of his most interesting conclusions is that:
" modern world, despite its annoyances (or even because of them)
may be improving our reasoning ability. Maybe even multitasking — not the most
efficient way to work — is good for your brain because of the mental challenge."
Now there's a silver lining!

Monday, July 6, 2009 Tidbits: Unconference

Here is the periodic sampling from my favorites list. This time I chose the tag "Unconference."

Wikipedia's definition: "An unconference is a facilitated, participant-driven conference centered around a theme or purpose. The term "unconference" has been applied, or self-applied, to a wide range of gatherings that try to avoid one or more aspects of a conventional conference, such as high fees and sponsored presentations."

This is what I found I have:

The unconference - a new model for better professional communication: A white paper published in Lianza that is both a how-to guide and analysis of the value of and uses for unconferences in professional development.

Event organisation - Unconference: From Interactivecultures, a brief blog post on how to host an unconference.