Cognitive Edge announces training courses for 2016 – SenseMaker® courses

Dave Snowden

As we head into the Northern Summer/Southern Winter (delete as applicable), we’re announcing our timetable of new courses for the second half of 2016. Yesterday we announced three more Cynefin and Sense-Making courses with Dave Snowden. Course 3: Online SenseMaker® Signification Design.

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Silly Design

Clark Quinn

Time for a brief rant on interface designs. And, hopefully, we can extract some lessons, because these are just silly design decisions. But there’s one very very silly design decision here. And the 3rd timer, of course, has one. Of course. design

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Cognitive Edge announces training courses for 2016 – Working with Complex Problems

Dave Snowden

As we head into the Northern Summer/Southern Winter (delete as applicable), we’re announcing our timetable of new courses for the second half of 2016. Today we’re announcing practitioner-focused courses on complexity and the Cynefin framework. Course 1: Dealing with Complex Problems.

Design, value & constraint

Dave Snowden

In Whistler earlier in the year we looked at the wider question of design and moved on in Tasmania to examine design in the context of resilience. In the final retreat of the year we continue the theme of design but this time with a wider focus on value. Cynefin News Training

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The game of course

Jay Cross

The largest obstacle holding L&D professionals back from taking advantage of network technologies, distributed networks, social connections, peer interaction, and informal learning may be their bedrock belief that learning = courses. What’s a course? Design Meta-Learning

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systems thinking and training

Harold Jarche

I read an article in New Republic entitled Crash Course by Maureen Tkacic, a former Wall Street Journal reporter, which describes how “ Boeing’s managerial revolution created the 737 MAX disaster” — resulting in plane crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia. The Training Challenge.

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Training Design

Tony Karrer

I've been struggling a bit to capture a concept that I believe represents a fairly fundamental shift in how we need to think about Training Design. Oh, and I called it Learning Design in the diagrams, but I'm afraid that it's really more about Training Design.

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From Courses to Campaigns : using the 70:20:10 approach

Charles Jennings

One of the major strategic objectives for many HR and L&D departments in 2016 and beyond will be to extend their focus and services beyond courses and out into the workplace. Courses may help with the basics, or to refresh our knowledge, but courses alone won’t deliver high performance.

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Refining Designing

Clark Quinn

A couple of months ago, I posted on thinking about designing, calling for designing ‘backwards and forwards’ And it’s continued to percolate, rightly or wrongly. It occurred to me that when you design your resource(s), that has to happen first. design

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A Crash Course in Design Thinking for Network Leadership Skills

Beth Kanter

Last month, I participated in a Design Thinking Lab with network leadership practitioners convened by the Leadership Learning Community. The session was an introduction to design thinking methods and to generate ideas for instructional modules for networked leadership development.

Thoughts on strategy from Training 19

Clark Quinn

So last week I was the strategy track coach for the Training 19 conference. Friend and colleague Michael Allen practiced what he preached while talking about good learning design, as he does. There were good audiences for the talks in a conference focused on doing training!

eLearning Design and Development Training Course

Tony Karrer

Someone on LinkedIn asked: Can anyone recommend a really good e-learning design/development training course? This is for a colleague who is new to instructional design & development so something that covers the basics at an introductory level would be best. link] RPI An introduction to instructional design and course development and guidance on selecting the right design and development tools.

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Levels of Design

Clark Quinn

Kirkpatrick is widely (not widely enough, and wrongly) used as an evaluation tool, but he talked about using it as a design tool, and that perspective made clear for me a problem with our approaches. The point, and this is emphasized by the ‘design’ perspective, is that you are supposed to start with level 4, and work back. And here’s where it can go beyond training: that intervention might be a job aid, or access to a network (which hasn’t been much in the promotion of the model).

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2014 CE training programme

Dave Snowden

As we make our way through week 3 here in 2014 we are working towards finalizing our complete CE training schedule for 2014. Also for those interested in learning more about SenseMaker® in design and analysis in the Australia / New Zealand areas (or those who would fancy a trip to Sydney!),

Flexible Space: The Secret To Designing Powerful Training

Beth Kanter

Join me for a FREE Webinar: Training Tips that Work for Nonprofits on Jan.29th at 1:00 PM EST/10:00 AM PST. I’ll be sharing my best tips and secrets for designing and delivering training for nonprofit professionals that get results.

Education and Training

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

We're reorganizing again and I was recently asked about my education and training.

The Non-Training Approach to Workplace Learning

Jane Hart

The Training Department (aka the L&D dept) has traditionally focused on designing, developing, delivering and managing instruction – in the form of courses, workshops, e-learning and other training events.

3 Design Thinking Facilitation Resources for Nonprofits

Beth Kanter

Almost four years ago, I wrote my experience as a participant n a design-thinking lab to give input on a digital strategy for a philanthropy. The design lab was facilitated by Pete Maher, founder of Luma Institute. The Big Picture: Design Thinking in the Context of Innovation.

the missing half of training

Harold Jarche

The training industry is based on models that were developed for the military. The Systems Approach to Training includes the ADDIE [analysis, design, development, implementation, evaluation] model, with variations used throughout industry.

Bad Course on Instructional Design

Tony Karrer

I just posted about eLearning Design and Development Training Course listing two examples of courses that talked about instructional design for eLearning. The course from MyUdutu ( [link] ) may talk about it, but it is a classic example of what not to do in eLearning. So while it talks about Instructional Design - it hardly is something to review. Later in the course, they used narration much better with a graphic.

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Instructional Design Orthodoxy


I will be dating myself here, but so much of the orthodoxy in the instructional design process was forged back in the late 80’s and early 90’s when the only Computer-Based Training (CBT) tools were Toolbook for the PC, and Hypercard for the Mac. The idea that you might allow scrolling was to many an Instruction Designer taboo. In my blog posts, I’ve been challenging instructional designers to embrace cultural shifts, and evolving technologies rather than brace against them.

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The Smart Worker : needs job aids rather than courses

Jane Hart

In post 2, I suggested liberating courses from the LMS and making them available on the intranet where they were more likely to be accessed and used. But I also mentioned that the materials would need to be provided in a format that was easily searchable so that relevant content was immediately accessible without having to work through the whole course. Marc Rosenberg, in a recent article, When training is not the answer , points out. Tweet.

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An integrating design?

Clark Quinn

In a panel at #mlearncon, we were asked how instructional designers could accommodate mobile. I’ve advocated that we consider learning experience design, but increasingly I think we need performance experience design, where we look at the overall performance, and figure out what needs to be in the head, what needs to be in the world, and design them concurrently. ADDIE designs courses. design mobile strategy

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The Modern L&D Dept requires other skills than instructional design

Jane Hart

Instructional Design is for designing instruction. But in the workplace we don’t just learn from instruction, i.e. by being taught in classroom training or online courses. We learn in many different ways – from information, from working with our teams as well as through our own experiences in doing our jobs. In fact most of the […]. Social learning

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What Does the Training Department Do When Training Doesn’t Work?

Charles Jennings

The global training industry is large and in growth again post-2008. Data provided by the US membership organisation Training Industry suggests annual growth around 6% per year since 2009. And it’s not only efficiencies in the training process itself that we need to look for.

Announcing the first SenseMaker®-specific courses - sign up now!

Dave Snowden

As a friend of Cognitive Edge, you may have attended courses, read the blogs and used the techniques - but wondered about how to take the next step to actual implementation of SenseMaker® with clients or in-house. These new courses are for anyone who has heard about SenseMaker® but needed more detailed knowledge and practical examples before they actually run one. The first courses therefore are: An Introduction to Running SenseMaker® Projects.

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3 Tips to Make Corporate eLearning Courses More Engaging


eLearning technologies like learning management systems and mobile learning tools allow organizational leaders to manage training content conveniently, from a central location. They also make it simple for leaders to design eLearning courses that encourage engaged learning. LMS eLearning and Corporate Training eLearning LMS trainingIn 2014, it was reported that 41.7 percent of Fortune 500 companies utilized eLearning (online learning) technologies.¹

Instructional design: from “packaging” to “scaffolding”

Jane Hart

It also involves putting together formative quizzes and summative assessments to test understanding, and presenting this all in the form of courses, workshops, programmes etc.

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ID - Instructional Design or Interactivity Design in an interconnected world?

Charles Jennings

Instructional design is not only seen as a core competency for learning and development/training specialists, but it’s a huge industry, too. Most learning vendors tout their ‘expertise in instructional design’ as a key reason as to why we should engage them to produce learning content.

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training > performance > social

Harold Jarche

This post looks at resources related to my training-performance-social workshop. Training. “In the training and development field, our five biggest failures are as follows: 1. We don’t provide training follow-through. Thank Goodness It’s Monday!

Musing on Google’s Power Searching Course and marketing

Jay Cross

Today I completed Google’s Power Searching Course. After the course, I treat search more as an iterative process. I spent three or four hours taking the course. Course design. ” I complete the course with even more respect for Google.

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Safety Training Design

Tony Karrer

Some interesting discussions are going on in the Big Question for February The Learning Circuits Blog: Instructional Design - If - When - How Much. I thought I'd take a cut at an answer based on something we've been involved with recent - the design of safety training. The reality is that much of the training on these kinds of topics is rather boring and mundane because it assumes that its purpose is to teach the person the information in the first place.

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How To Think Like An Instructional Designer for Your Nonprofit Trainings

Beth Kanter

Join me for a FREE Webinar: Training Tips that Work for Nonprofits on Jan.29th at 1:00 PM EST/10:00 AM PST. I’ll be sharing my best tips and secrets for designing and delivering training for nonprofit professionals that get results. Design. Training Design

Are Instructional Designers Making Themselves Irrelevant?


This excellent anti-presentation got me thinking about how much training today is actually delivered via PowerPoint. So what does that mean for the poor instructional designer when over 70% of the learning they create delivers poor customer experiences?

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Designing Learning Campaigns and Learning Challenges

Jane Hart

Many believe that traditional classroom training as well as “click-next” e-learning courses are both ineffective and unappealing. Learning Campaigns and Learning Challenges are two new approaches to training that take place over an extended period of time and involve a mix of resources and/or real-world activities. Week 2: How to design a learning campaign or challenge. Next public online workshop runs: 4 – 29 JULY 2016.

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Designing E-Learning 3.0 in gRSShopper - 12

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

So the course website will have a record of all the people who received a badge (note that I could digitally sign each record, and hide the real identity of the recipient, which would give people the choice of whether or not they want to be recognized as having actieved the badge).

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Determinism, Best Practice, and the ‘Training Solution’

Charles Jennings

The ‘Best Practice’ Conundrum However, it seems that the majority of training and development approaches and processes are based on deterministic models. “ As such, Cynefin questions much of traditional management training and development.

Running SenseMaker® projects and Building signification frameworks - new courses announced

Dave Snowden

These courses are new this year - having run them in Europe, North America and Asia and got most of the kinks out, we’re now rolling these out in other regions. If you’re looking to work with SenseMaker®, these courses will combine theory, exercises and examples from the field to increase your capacity to use SenseMaker® regardless of sector, topic or application. The course is running in: Pretoria, South Africa - Tuesday 2nd June 2015. Tailored courses.

New training - March early bird

Dave Snowden

We've finally done the refresh of the training programme to the point where we can publish it with courses up for London and Melbourne , with either Seattle or San Francisco to follow tomorrow when we settle which is best.

Designing Learning

Clark Quinn

Another way to think about what I was talking about yesterday in revisiting the training department is taking a broader view. I was thinking about it as Learning Design, a view that incorporates instructional design, information design and experience design.

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Teaching Online Courses – 60 Great Resources

Tony Karrer

I received an inquiry about resources that would help instructors who are about to move into teaching online courses. If you are going to teach a course online or run an online learning event or an online conference, then there’s even more to being successful at that. It made me immediately think back to my first experience with an online session.

Nonprofit Technology Training: Book List

Beth Kanter

At this year’s Nonprofit Technology Conference, I’m thrilled to be doing a panel on nonprofit technology training and it has a bit of a star wars theme, “ Learn You Will.” When I’m training other trainers, I often get asked “What books should I read?”

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Cynefin: Foundations Training and Retreats – 2018

Dave Snowden

As we accelerate into 2018 we are excited to offer a full slate of our 2-day Cynefin & Complexity Foundations training. This year we will be introducing liminal Cynefin and integrating this significant evolution of the framework into our practitioner course. Here is a listing of our current foundations courses together with booked instructors scheduled for each location: Portland, Oregon – 27 & 28 Feb (M.