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IACET seeks your input!
The Association for Talent Development (ATD formerly ASTD) has partnered with IACET and commissioned Rothwell & Associates to conduct an Instructional Design Competency study. Under the leadership of Dr. William J. Rothwell, the President of R&A, the research team is interested in obtaining your views on the ever changing nature of the Instructional Designer role and the competencies needed to be successful in the field.

The aim of this research is designed to primarily answer two questions:
  • Have ID competencies changed?
  • What other competencies are needed to be successful in the profession?
Your perspective is important. Please complete the following survey (it will take approximately 15 minutes). To access the survey click on the following link: AOE Competency Research: Instructional Design.
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5 ways to make your training engaging, memorable and unexpected
Training Industry
Engaging. Memorable. Unexpected. Which of those words describes your training? If you had to rank these in order of importance, unexpected would most likely be at the bottom of the list. Why? Perhaps because it sounds very nebulous, feels hard to pin down or seems difficult to execute. Being unexpected in your training is not doing something different just for the sake of being different. The purpose is always relevant to your training. And when done well, it can add a powerful dynamic to your training.
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Nuts and bolts: Blame the learner
Learning Solutions Magazine
Jane Bozarth, a contributor for Learning Solutions Magazine, writes: "A year or so ago I wrote about metaphors of learning and teaching and how they can shape our practice. The designer or facilitator who sees learners (or choose your word: some prefer 'audience' or simply 'workers') as empty vessels, or as blank slates without valid and valuable experience of their own, or as a partner on a learning journey, will likely — often unwittingly — let that play out in their practice. In my career I've seen another branch on this tree: our beliefs about learners themselves, and the ways those beliefs can influence the ways in which we enact our work."
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4 reasons to invite HR to your strategic planning meetings
Fast Company
As companies reflect on the successes and failures of the previous year and plan for the year ahead, upper management is busy reviewing strategies and carefully aligning each to the goals and values of their organizations. But while it makes sense for human resources to be included in these discussions, many businesses are still treating HR as an afterthought rather than an opportunity to attract the right talent to achieve success.
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The rise of e-Learning is set to continue in 2015
Training Zone
After many years in a recession, the U.K. is slowly starting to recover but that doesn't mean that businesses can rest on their laurels. The majority of organizations have a lot of ground to make up in a challenging, crowded and price-centric marketplace. Gaining a competitive advantage in a recovering market will require the application of practical, cost-effective business processes; everything from product and service development to information technology, administration — and training.
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How to get employees to care about their professional development (Fast Company)
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30 great onboarding eLearning resources
eLearning Industry
As soon as someone says "yes" to a job, employers need to be thinking of them as one of their own. So why wait until their first day to get them on their induction or onboarding journey? And why stop there? Let staff access all your great onboarding resources whatever their role and regardless of how long they've been with you. Elearning makes it possible to get all your onboarding resources together in one easy to find place and make them available anytime and to anyone.
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Separating the best professional development from the rest
There are clearly many benefits to online professional development. Yet, with a wide variety of options available, it can be a real challenge to cut through the clutter to find the most effective and high quality solution to fit your needs. As you begin to explore your options, start with some key questions to make sure you are laser focused on your outcomes. What do you or the educators in your building want and need to learn? Which options are aligned with school improvement plans, Common Core State Standards, or specific needs within your district? Begin with a clear purpose for the professional development to narrow down choices, and to allow a clearer path to emerge.
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