Category Archives: Learning Theory

Training Superglue: Design elements that make learning stick

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Are the following statements about learning true or false? The best way to learn from a textbook is to read it over and over. Learning material is retained if it is easy. Practicing a skill over and over leads to successful performance. Creativity is more important than knowledge. Testing is an ineffective learning tool. You might be surprised when you check

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Positive Psychology: Shifting from what’s wrong to what’s right

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In the field of training and HPI, we often spend a great deal of our time and resources finding out what’s wrong with individuals and organizations, but what if we shifted our assessment to also consider what is right? Two clinical psychologists created a movement when they asked psychologists to shift their view of therapy from pathology to potential. The discipline of

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Work Backwards & Define Results First: Measuring Informal Learning Strategically

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by Tom Ford, MATD candidate Informal learning is one of the greatest learning tools of the 21st century and also one of the biggest headaches for the modern trainer to evaluate effectively.   Kirkpatrick’s  4 Levels of Evaluation (Reaction, Learning, Behavior and Results)[1] offers a starting point for tackling this problem but lacks a clear implementation framework.  The problem is further

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My Generation: My Learning?

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by Vince Cyboran Much ado has been made about the differences among generations:  Veterans, Boomer’s, Gen X, and Gen Y (Millenials). Certainly, a cottage industry has grown around capitalizing on what to do with these generations in the workplace, including how to address their training needs. While some authors focus on how to cater to the learning needs across the

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The CPLP: Driving Success

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Celebrating its 16th birthday this year, the CPLP exam has established itself as the certification of choice for workplace learning professionals who meet the testing criteria of five years of experience in training related areas (your MATD counts toward this). The CPLP certification offers training professionals a way to demonstrate and communicate their mastery of the ATD competencies. Even though our curriculum

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Training at the Movies Part 1: What can Patrick Swayze teach us about manners?

BY ERIC HAHN Roosevelt Training and Development Graduate assistant As cases of alleged police brutality garner media attention and ignite protests around the country, it is no surprise that some municipalities have been reassessing how they train law enforcement workers. However, a surprise did come via Larry Celona and Bruce Golding’s February 24 New York Post article about the NYPD

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Coaching vs. Therapy

Coaching is a relatively new field and is undergoing an identity crisis as it seeks to define itself within the broad field of workplace learning, consulting, human resource management, career development and in many cases, psychotherapy. One essential question that is often asked by those seeking coaching services or initiating a coaching practice is how does coaching differ from therapy?

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