Entries by Will Thalheimer

Learning 2005 Conference Critique

Learning 2005 was a very good conference, but as is typical in our industry (training & development) this conference still lacked some fundamental elements. Some of the good and bad points of the conference are detailed below. They are provided to encourage changes in all future industry conferences. The Good: High energy and excitement, created […]

Learning 2005 Review of Day 4

Yesterday was the final day of the conference. In the final general session, one of the speakers, Mike somebody (sorry, but there were no overheads to announce the general session speakers), warned the audience not to oversell Extreme Learning, Elliott’s term for pushing the technological boundaries and creating very short and quick learning episodes. Actually, […]

Learning 2005 Review of Day 3

One of the things Learning 2005 is experimenting with is a wiki, ala wikipedia, the citizen-created encyclopedia. The idea is that we can all help each other learn by having one place to comment on a specific topic. The Learning 2005 wiki is available to all. Check it out. I will include some of the […]

Learning 2005 Review of Day 2

The first full day of the conference, and what I wanted to know most was whether Learning 2005 would reach the goals Elliott Masie had set for it. Would it: Enable high levels of audience participation and knowledge creation. Avoid vendor-sponsored sales pitches. Move away from PowerPoint. On all three counts it failed, but I […]

Learning 2005 by Elliott Masie

For the Learning 2005 conference, starting today in Orlando within the movie-set sterility the Disney empire, Elliott Masie of the Masie Center has promised a new type of training-industry conference. No Powerpoints. No exhibit halls. No more conference sessions dominated by vendors and consultants. Instead, Elliott has promised to experiment with the medium, create a […]

Will’s Introductory Message

It’s time for a change. The Work-Learning Research Newsletter is becoming the Work-Learning Journal. In the short term, the content will consist of the same kind of pithy research-based commentary I’ve always aimed to deliver. In the long term, you’ll probably see some additions as well, but those plans will have to remain a secret […]

Why Start a Blog?

I’ve been avoiding blogging. Why? Mostly because I thought blogs were evil—just another contributor to "bad information gone wide." Despite my worries about an expanding universe of vacuous claptrap, I’ve decided to take my own advice and view blogging as just another tool—with strengths and weaknesses. Why am I starting to blog now? Kathleen Gilroy, […]

Training Media Review

One of our primary goals at Work-Learning Research is to help learning-and-performance professionals improve their learning results. As part of this commitment to practitioners, we like to highlight the work of others who provide valid information with a high-integrity mindset. One of the best examples of this high-value, high-integrity approach is TMR (Training Media Review), […]

Learning Audits Discounted

Among the many changes on the horizon at Work-Learning Research, one of the most exciting for me is our new emphasis on learning audits. As the field moves more toward "evidence-based practices" and "evaluation-tested learning" more and more decision-makers are incorporating outside evaluations into their instructional-design repertoires. Before we unveil our learning-audit offerings in their […]

Rewards for Learning? Be Careful!!

Jonathon Levy, currently Senior Learning Strategist at the Monitor Group, tells the story from his days as Vice President at Harvard Business School Publishing. The story is funny and sad at the same time, but it’s very instructive on several fronts. Levy’s client decided that he would award end-of-year Christmas bonuses based on how successful […]