I’m headed to Portland, Oregon later this week to give the keynote presentation at the Northwest Interlibrary Loan and Resource Sharing Conference. I’m looking forward to meeting the conference attendees and talking about learning and leading through change.
President and CEO Tony Bingham announced the change at the organization’s international conference this past Spring stating, “Your work is so much broader than training alone.” He cited the growing references in business to the term “talent development” that describes the breadth of work done by professionals who develop the talent in organizations: their knowledge, skills, and abilities.
This change is much-needed and seems welcomed by the ASTD/ATD Community. Many in the learning and development community had already made the switch to moving from the word “training” to the word “learning.” This name change for ASTD takes semantics a step further by emphasizing the outcome–talent development. After all, what is the result of learning?
Along with the new name comes a new logo and anyone whose been through rebranding efforts can tell you nightmare stories about branding gone wrong. I must say I love the new logo for ATD.
In the ASTD logo it looks as if the trainer is holding the weight of the world which unfortunately parallels the reality for many trainers. There’s also no description of what ASTD stands for. I can’t tell you how many times I told someone, “I’m going to an ASTD meeting” only to be met with a look of shock and/or confusion as what was heard was, “I’m going to an STD meeting.” They’re not the same!
The new logo takes care of this by clearly stating what ATD stands for. The colors are bold and eye-catching. The T looks as if it is reaching across with its arms to the A and the D saying, “Don’t worry. I’m here to help!”
Are you a member of ASTD/ATD? What are your thoughts on the change?
If you are looking for some new tips about using technology for learning or are looking for a refresher you might want to take a look at the free ebook from the eLearning Guild. 129 Tips on Using Technology in Virtual and Physical Classrooms. You’ll need to give contact information to download the ebook, but I’ve never been spammed by the guild and have confidence in recommending this to readers.
In this new, free 32-page ebook you’ll see short tips on everything from low-tech classroom training to using Google Hangouts as a tool for online learning. Topics covered include:
- Using virtual-classroom and virtual-world features effectively
- Instructional design and presentation skills for the classroom
- Pros and cons of virtual classrooms and virtual worlds
- Pros and cons of physical and blended classrooms
- Games for the classroom
- Mobile and social learning for the classroom
Download your complimentary copy from: http://bit.ly/109Ejyg
I’d love to hear what tips caught your attention. Add a comment and let’s discuss!
One tip that resonated with me as both a trainer and a learner is accountability during online training sessions or webinars:
A typical challenge in the virtual classroom is keeping participants from multi-tasking. After all, participants are often taking the virtual course on the same devices they get their email and do other work on. Many instructional designers and virtual trainers build in some level of interactivity (polls, chat, Q&A) to address this challenge. But it’s equally important to build in accountability. For example, assign participants a learning partner, then use the chat feature to allow participants to check in with their partners several times during the session.
~Anne Scott, Training Program Developer, Sodexo
I’ve always tried to incorporate interactivity, but it’s challenging to keep learners engaged even with polls, whiteboarding, and chat. A partner makes accountability less intimidating for the learner and lessens the load on the facilitator.
WebJunction announced that they will begin posting a monthly listing of free continuing education opportunities for library staff. This is a fantastic resource that you will certainly want to bookmark!
From the home page on WebJunction, click Find Training on the main menu, then click View Monthly List of Free CE Events in the drop-open menu or click here: http://www.webjunction.org/find-training/free-events.html
Thank you WebJunction for the awesomeness you bring to the library training and education realm, and thank you to Jamie Markus, Library Development Manager for the Wyoming State Library, for aggregating this list!