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Highlights from ASTD ICE 2011

Highlights from ASTD ICE 2011

Last week my colleagues and I traveled to Orlando for the American Society for Training and Development’s annual International Conference and Expo (the cool kids call it ICE). As always, I emerged exhausted from learning, chatting, socializing and making connections with Twitter friends. And, in this case, perhaps also from the 95 degree heat. Building… Read more »

OpenSesame Unveils International Focus and Multi-Language Catalog

OpenSesame Unveils International Focus and Multi-Language Catalog

This week, the OpenSesame crew is attending the American Society for Training & Development’s annual International Conference & Expo. In honor of ICE’s international focus (more than 25% of attendees are here from outside of the U.S.!), we are thrilled to announce that our marketplace is now available in seven languages including English, Chinese, Spanish, French, Russian, German… Read more »

OpenSesame Unveils International Focus and Multi-Language Catalog

Hoodies, iPads & a Meetup: Getting Excited for ASTD 2011

The OpenSesame crew is packing up for our trip (from rainy Portland, OR) to (sunny) Orlando, Florida next week for the American Society of Training & Development’s annual International Conference & Expo (ICE). ICE is the premier international event in the professional training and development industry, featuring more than 8,000 attendees from organizations all over the… Read more »

Talent Development Reporting Principles Part 2: The Three Statements

Talent Development Reporting Principles Part 2: The Three Statements

Last week I introduced the evolving reporting standards for L&D called Talent Development Reporting Principles (TDRP). This week I want to discuss the three recommended statements in more detail. Next week, we will look at the three recommended reports. The three statements are intended to organize and standardize all the important L&D measures just as… Read more »

Empowering All the Voices: Another Reason to Love Social Media

Empowering All the Voices: Another Reason to Love Social Media

For the past few months, we’ve been organizing a monthly elearning meetup in Portland, OR – OpenSesame’s home town. We meet up at the Green Dragon, a local pub, and enjoy happy hour appetizers and everyone’s craft microbrews of choice. From college professors and software designers to technical writers and Second Life architects, we’ve had… Read more »

Talent Development Reporting Principles: The Evolving Standard for L&D

Talent Development Reporting Principles: The Evolving Standard for L&D

There is an effort underway by many leading L&D practitioners and thought leaders to bring reporting standards to our field. We firmly believe that learning and development should have its own set of reporting principles and standard, consistently-defined measures, just like accounting. These standards would provide much needed guidance in defining the right measures to… Read more »

Top Five Free Web Tools I Use – My Toolbox

Top Five Free Web Tools I Use – My Toolbox

A few weeks ago I shared my top apps for productivity, collaboration and learning on the job (and I think there was something about a burrito). This week’s Friday top five is free web tools. Some you might already know, some you might not. Either way, they’re awesome, and rendering many other, more expensive tools… Read more »

Why Learning Matters

Why Learning Matters

Regular readers of this blog will know I’m a Quora devotee. Yesterday, however, my mind was blown in a new way when I read this question: What are the benefits of having an internal training program? Maybe the questioner is just looking for some talking points for conversations with management about expanding internal training, but… Read more »

Engagement Matters: Five Tips on Building Employee Engagement

Engagement Matters: Five Tips on Building Employee Engagement

In a post last week, we studied the experience of Holly Spoth-Torres, an Alaskan Park Superintendent, as she transformed her workforce into a nimble, collaborative, problem-solving team. Now it’s time to apply her lessons learned to workforces in general. Why does engagement matter? The bottom line is that engaged employees are not only good for… Read more »