How to Create an Online Portfolio

You may not be currently looking for a job, but it never hurts to have an up-to-date online portfolio of your work. And if your work samples are gathering dust in a folder somewhere, all the more reason to get your expertise displayed electronically.
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Top 10 Infographics for L&D

[feat-img-left] Infographics—they’re everywhere. From uncovering sugar consumption in the U.S. to revealing the psychology of colors; infographics run the gamut of subject matter. So what
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The Beauty of Infographics

Infographics have been growing in popularity recently and it’s almost impossible to go a day without seeing a new one. As learning professionals, we’re aware of the effectiveness that visuals add to learning design, but how about including infographics in our designs as a compelling way to convey data and otherwise dry information?
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Design for How People Learn

“That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you’ve understood all your life, but in a new way.” ― Doris Lessing There’s a book that was released in the past year, Design for How People Learn, by Julie Dirksen, that’s becoming a must-read for both novice instructional designers and L&D veterans alike. Few of us grew up dreaming of being an instructional designer, but instead entered the profession in a roundabout way.
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Introverts Get Their Time in the Spotlight

It’s not easy being an introvert in an extroverted world. Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, says that the rise of the Industrial Age in the United States has created a “culture of personality” where people are obsessed with celebrities and performers. Cain, a self-proclaimed introvert, argues that “there’s zero correlation between being the best talker and having the best ideas.”
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Conquer Information Overload with Content Curation

How do you cope with information overload? A recent McKinsey study found that the average knowledge worker spends 28 hours each week writing emails, searching for information and collaborating with coworkers. The authors of the study suggest that when internal knowledge and information is more available on social media, a typical employee could increase productivity by 35%.
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Free Social Media Tools for Content Curation

As community manager for Clarity Consultants, there are a number of tools that I use to help manage the flood of information I encounter every day. Many of these tools that I use for community management can also easily be used for content curation for L&D practitioners.
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Yes You Khan!

Khan Academy grew out of a simple attempt to help. Shortly after graduating from college, Salman Khan, who holds a total of four degrees from MIT and Harvard, began tutoring his 12-year-old cousin in math. He made simple instructional videos, each about 10 minutes long, that focused on a single concept.
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Getting Uncomfortable with Creative Tension

It’s been a few weeks since the ATD conference in Denver, and I’ve had a chance to reflect on the flood of new information and ideas that ensued. For me, the overriding refrain from the conference was “creative tension.”
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Interview with Marcia Conner co-author of The New Social Learning

Social (adj.): Pertaining to, devoted to, or characterized by friendly companionship or relations; seeking or enjoying the companionship of others. Social learning, says Marcia Conner, one of the authors of The New Social Learning (with Tony Bingham, ATD Press, 2010), is almost redundant. “I dare you to find a single example of learning that is not social,” she says. Conner has worked with the world’s largest corporations to create sustainable cultures, which are collaborative and empowering rather than constraining with rules and policies.
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Tuning into Your Team’s Creativity

Springtime, with its budding leaves, colorful blooms, and greening grass—as well as its association with spring cleaning and home improvement—also seems an ideal time to focus on creativity; specifically, on inspiring creativity to blossom in your company’s employees. Whether you’re planning a departmental retreat, a team building offsite, or just an hour-long brainstorming session, there’s much you can do to help your group come up with new ideas.
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Impressions from Bersin 2012

Three themes were brought home to the 400-plus attendees at Impact 2012, a conference presented by Bersin & Associates last month in St. Petersburg, Florida: Transform, Personalize, Glocalize. These themes were highlighted from the kickoff keynote by Josh Bersin and continued throughout two full days of programming that used the themes as tracks for the learning sessions.
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