2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,300 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 22 trips to carry that many people.

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Social Learning: Making ONLINE graduate classes better!

Let me preface this by saying that I thoroughly enjoy the quality of teaching and project based approach that the Boise State Instructional and Performance Technology (BSU IPT) online program offers.  What attracted me to BSU IPT program was 1 ) the convenience of earning an ONLINE degree that was from a  highly ranked graduate school program, 2)  knowing that Boise State IPT name and degree opened up doors and gave me the credentials to advance my career,  3) completing real-world projects that prepared me for on the job experiences, and having 4) access to  industry experts in IPT and HPT.   However I do have some suggestions that I think could make the online experience better and promote increased learning, social presence, and a sense of community building with fellow geographically dispersed classmates,  After all, evaluation is the key to continually improving our methods. I really started thinking about this after a recent conversation I had with a fellow IPT class member and friend. Here are my thoughts

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An Evaluation Merchandise Unlimited Truck Crew Receiving Process

Merchandise Unlimited (MU, pseudonym), a merchandise distribution company based in the Midwestern region of the United States, had not examined the processes and resources in place to receive inbound shipments for at least a decade. The Director of Operations and the Operations Manager requested a formative evaluation to both establish how well the inbound receiving process (hereinafter referred to as “evaluand.”)should function and discover how well it actually does function.

In the spring of 2011, three graduate students (hereinafter referred to as “evaluation team”) from Boise State University’s Instructional & Performance Technology program were asked to conduct an evaluation of the inbound receiving process. The stakeholders asked for the evaluation team to look specifically at the 10-person truck crew (hereinafter referred to as “UPS Truck Crew”) which offloads and sorts inbound shipments of used and returned merchandise which were delivered via the United Parcel Service (UPS). The evaluation team created assessment rubrics based on industry best practices and the needs of MU, and then examined the practices and resources in place.

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Evaluation Proposal: An Evaluation of the Nuclear Solutions Training Program

This week we submitted our proposals in IPT Evaluation Methodology. Since I am a stay at home mom, my husband’s experiences in training programs or performance problems within his organization frequently become the basis for many of my IPT projects. This is a proposal for the evaluation of the Nuclear Solutions (pseudonym) Shuffler Training Program

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LinkedIn: The Underused Commodity

Website/Blog CHECK. Twitter CHECK (finally). LinkedIn ??..I for one have definitely not maximized the power of LinkedIn.  Why??  Simply put, I had a job and thought I could find a job the old fashioned way (submit resume, call in for an interview, interview, you’re hired). Don’t get me wrong, I always update my resume on LinkedIN but I really didn’t go out of my way to make connections or to join groups.  Well, it’s time to change!!

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Twitter: Yeah, I am behind

I am REALLY late on Twitter (but as they say, better late than never).  The reason I decided to join was after reading an interesting blog on using twittering for social learning, entitled “How to Use Microblogging in the Workplace”.  In it the author, Yogesh Agarwal list how organizations are using these microblogging for workplace learning and performance support.

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Never Deny the Power of Networking

Well as you all know, I have been internship hunting like a madwoman,  and must say my hard work has paid off.  One of the steps in my internship hunting plan  was to contact the local ASTD chapter and see what job opportunities they could point my way.  Can you say “SCORE”!!! Continue reading

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Well, I am half way into my IPT graduate program and realize I NEED AN INTERNSHIP!  I don’t want to be one of those grads who can’t find jobs after they graduate because they didn’t get an internship to get real world experience.  Everyone knows there is vast different between book knowledge and on-the job training.  Doubly, I am a stay at home mom and feel like I am in a “bubble”.  I need those professional conversations (and not just online).  How am I going to find an internship?

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Brinkerhoff’s Success Case Method: An IPTers Dream

The Success Case Method: A Strategic Evaluation Approach to Increasing the Value and Effect of Training by Robert O. Brinkerhoff

” Despite the fact that effective human resource development (HRD) operations are vital to overall organization success,most organizations fail to evaluate the impact and return on training investments that they could and should. Traditional evaluation models and methods, with their focus on simply assessing the scope of training’s effect, do little to help reap greater performance and organizational impact from HRD and, in fact, can even undermine this purpose”

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Kirkpatrick does a 180: That’s more like it

In my last post, I ended with saying Training and Learning departments, just as any other business unit, needs to be accountable for effective and efficient delivery of its services as any business unit.  The Kirkpatrick Framework provides us a rational process determining the value of training.  However as the ASTD reported, most training evaluations start initiatives with Level 1 (meaning,  Level 4 (impact) is rarely used).   In the end, it’s only the last level that really matters (performance impact) and that is the level that is pursued

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