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Commencement Goes Hollywood!

The trend to have celebrity commencement speakers, often Hollywood A-listers is going strong. Roosevelt University was an early adopter when Oprah spoke at our graduation 16 years ago. As we look back at last year’s commencement speakers, here are two memorable quotes: I am a pop artist. So my medium is public opinion. And the world is my canvas,”  

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Does Diversity Training Work?

As our workforce becomes increasingly diverse, organizations look to training to increase communication and collaboration and reduce conflict. Diversity training is defined as any program designed to facilitate positive intergroup interaction, reduce prejudice and discrimination, and generally teach dissimilar others how to work together effectively (Bezrukova et al. 2012) But does diversity training deliver? A recent review suggests that the

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Content Curation: A mostly curated blog post

  Back in the day—and by that, I mean 2012—there were rumblings about “curation” or “content curation” within the T&D world. For example, David Kelly wrote a brilliant blog post about it for ATD (then, ASTD). Some T&D practitioners may have dismissed this topic as simply e-Knowledge Management (KM); that is, more stuff with better tools. After all, even backer

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Key Take Aways from Roosevelt University’s Training and Development Program

By the time you reach the last week of your last class, if you’re like me, you may find that many of the facts you’ve learned are only vague memories overshadowed by the focus of graduation and the changes it brings. While it’s still fresh in my mind, let me share with you what I think are the most important lessons I’ve

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What do you know for sure?

Looking back fifteen years to Oprah’s 2000 commencement address at Roosevelt University in a standing room only Auditorium Theater, she told 675 graduates that “change will only come about in our lives when we welcome it.” As students or former students, you have welcomed change into your lives by pursuing your educational goals, making time to learn, and challenging yourselves

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Are MOOCs Doomed to Fail?

By Paulina Merino MATD Graduate Are Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) a revolution in higher education or will they forever be just a form of knowledge sharing? Are MOOCs even a “real” education? Their proponents speak about energy, enthusiasm and change happening in today’s education sector and call it “education innovation” (Boyers, 2013). At the same time, many educators believe

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“Don’t Clap, Throw Money”: Misadventures in Employee Engagement

Is your glass half empty or half full? Having been asked this seemingly innocuous — but heavily coded — question several times over the years at employee workshops, I’ve developed a standard response: “You have a glass?” This generally stops the conversation. At one organization in which upper management realized that low-employee morale was rampant (after three years without staff

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Training and Development for Non-Profits: The Road Less Taken?

by Vince Cyboran, Ed.D. Once upon a time, there was a New Yorker cover entitled “View of the World from 9th. Avenue.” It depicted a map of the United States with the detail of NYC extending to the Hudson River, and then a vast almost no-man’s-land extending west to the Pacific Ocean. Mental maps–or models–of T&D locales are often analogous:

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In Defense of Energizers: Incorporate physical activity into your work, training

It’s no surprise that obesity and sedentary lifestyles are negative by-products of our plugged-in society, but did you know that working and learning at your computer for long periods of time can lead to an early demise? A large body of research links physical inactivity to higher rates of morbidity and mortality (McCrady & Levine, 2013). Compounding this finding are new

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