Wiki Who: What Web 2.0 Can Do For You (and Your Learners)

Here is a copy of the slides I used for tonight’s ASTD Charlotte presentation on libraries, Learning 2.0, and Web 2.0. I spent hours and hours searching for just the right images to get the message across with out limited bullet points.

Here’s a tip. Everytime you come across an image that you think you might be able to use one day for a presentation–tag it, bookmark it, or mark it as a Favorite. It’s nice to have a selection ready to choose from. The quality and range of photos on Flickr with a creative commons license is astounding.

p.s. Thank you Helene and Kevin for sharing.

Get Virtual! Designing Learning for Second Life

My friend and associate Paul Signorelli‘s ASTD Chapter is hosting an exciting event later this month on designing learning for Second Life in Second Life. Details follow.

Get Virtual! Designing Learning for Second Life
Tuesday, Apr. 21, 2009 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM (Pacific Time)

Virtual worlds are proving to be engaging, rewarding and fun ways of delivering learning, with user satisfaction levels far higher than standard e-learning offerings. For the learner, the attraction of the virtual worlds lies in the ability to participate in learning environments that emulate real world scenarios with stunning graphics and storylines. Virtual worlds also open up the possibility for learners to engage in multiple events simultaneously, thus greatly increasing an individual’s learning capacity. And, virtual meetings lower costs by reducing the need for travel or expensive long distance conference call services.

Virtual worlds/realities are becoming essential tools for all learning professionals – even for those who are not simply catering to the interests of the Millennials (Gen Y). And, you don’t need to be a programmer to make it happen. These tools have been created to enable practitioners to easily design and deliver effective learning programs, with just a bit of education and practice. Come and participate in a full-feature session that will redefine your thinking on learning.

Presenter: Mike Abrams is Vice President of Business Development at TBD Consulting, Inc. He is heavily involved in ASTD, currently as part of ASTD National’s Technology Team, and in the past as ASTD Chapter President. Mike also recently presented sessions on Second Life at the 2009 ASTD TechKnowledge® Conference.

Mike focuses on developing strategic partnerships with companies to enhance the learning function. He is an experienced Process Improvement specialist, and has expertise in all aspects of technology in training, such as LCMS, LMS, Online Collaboration, and e-learning. Mike is an experienced coach and facilitator, and is certified in Ken Blanchard’s Situational Leadership II® and Wilson Learning Sales.

Register here:

Wiki Who? What Web 2.0 Can Do for You

If you are in the Charlotte, NC area next Thursday I’ll be presenting a program for the ASTD Charlotte Chapter. I’m really excited about this opportunity because about 10 years ago when I decided I wanted to work full-time in learning & development I joined ASTD. I can’t tell you how much membership in my local chapter has helped me professionally and now it’s my turn to give back.

Wiki Who? What Web 2.0 Can Do for You
Thursday, April 16, 2009 from 6:15-8pm

How do you bring over 500 employees with a wide range of computer skills up to date on the best of Web 2.0—blogs, wikis, RSS feeds, and all the 2.0 tools? More importantly, how do you accomplish this effectively in only two months with a limited budget and only a handful of trainers?

Learn how the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County created and implemented the award winning Learning 2.0/23 Things program that has been replicated by libraries, schools, universities, and businesses world-wide. This unique program focuses on collaboration and group interaction to teach Web 2.0 using Web 2.0. Best of all it’s free and creative commons licensed so you can replicate the program for your organization.

You’ll also learn how to use Web 2.0 tools and free resources available from your local public library to support your own learning and career development.

Details and registration are here:

Webinar: Social & Informal Learning

Social & Informal Learning: The Business Opportunity
Wednesday, March 18, 2009 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT

If learning were an iceberg, then formal training and development would only be the tip. Most learning is “informal” in nature, but this portion lies beneath the proverbial waterline, virtually invisible and, therefore, much harder to navigate.

  • But such navigation is becoming increasingly important. New research from an i4cp survey, commissioned by the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD), reveals social and informal learning opportunities for companies that need to improve productivity and performance in 2009.
  • Social and informal learning already has a strong presence in many organizations and is expected to increase.
  • Very little of most firms’ training budgets are devoted to informal learning
  • Using social and informal learning pays dividends, as there is a significant correlation with reported market performance

Join internationally recognized futurist Elliott Masie and i4cp’s VP of Research Jay Jamrog as they examine this research and provide solutions on how to drive productivity and performance by implementing effective social and informal learning strategies. Takeaways include:

  • What social and informal learning approaches are currently working for organizations
  • Where are the gaps that can serve as opportunities
  • How can organizations put social and informal learning strategies into action sooner rather than later

Register here:

I really wish I could attend this but I will be at training all day. If anyone attends and gets a link to the archive please share it with me! :)

State of Learning at PLCMC

The following is an email I sent out to PLCMC employees at the beginning of January. I thought it might be of interest to other trainers who are interested in metrics and benchmarking.

We at PLCMC have been very busy learning in 2008

In 2008, PLCMC employees attended a total of nearly 13,000 hours of training–and that’s only the hours we track through myHR. This figure does not count on-the-job-training, public computer classes that staff attend, or training outside the library or Mecklenburg County that our staff attend (such as conferences).

This averages out to approximately 26 hours of training per year per employee. This figure is well above the 17 hour average per employee of most organizations, as reported in the American Society of Training and Development’s 2008 State of the Industry Report.

As you can see, PLCMC is devoted to providing learning and development opportunities to all of our employees.

We provide opportunities such as:

  • Professional membership reimbursement
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Scholarships such as Carla Dupuy Scholarship and Friends of the Library David Howe Scholarship
  • Job related and personal development through sessions listed on myHR
  • Staff exchange program (In 2008 we sent two employees to Australia to live and work for a month)
  • Opportunities to attend conferences, training, e-learning, and webinars provided by other libraries and organizations

We will continue to be busy learning in 2009

We are in the planning stages of creating a Learning Advisory Council in 2009 with staff representatives from each of the C.O.R.E. areas. The Council will recommend and help develop training and learning solutions. There will be more opportunities for staff to help train other staff.

In 2009 there will be onsite training at every location to prepare staff for Unified Services.

As you can see PLCMC is dedicated to developing staff including our front line staff who assist our customers each and every day and those who work behind-the-scenes as well. In the coming year, look for more opportunities to learn and develop. If you have a suggestion for training or a specific need please contact me by phone or by email.

Have a safe and happy holiday and make a resolution to learn something new in the new year!