Happy New Year: Trends for 2013

Training Industry Quarterly spotlights 11 training trends for the new year in its Winter edition

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The big 11 are

  • Corporate Spending: UP
  • Job Growth for Training Professionals: UP
  • Learning Leader Focus: Sustainability
  • Content Curation: Integral to Training Organizations
  • Outsourcing: UP; Complexity of Deals, DOWN
  • Senior Management Engagement: UP
  • Tin Can API: New Standard in Learning Design
  • All Systems: More Integrated
  • Knowledge Repositories: The Foundation Tool for Knowledge Transfer
  • Rapid Application Development: Basis for Custom Content Development
  • Mobile Learning: Major player in Learning Solutions

He looked her straight in the eye and asked, “Do you curate well?”

The Curator

He looked her straight in the eye and asked, “Do you curate well?”

She replied, confidently, “Yes, of course. I’ve been doing it for years.”

“Years?” he questioned. “You’re only twenty-two; I’m thirty-four and I just learned about the importance of web curation a year ago.”

“Too bad. You should have gone to The University of Tennessee-Knoxville and taken Instructional Design Technology with Dr. Miriam Larson. That’s where I learned about Curation.”

And, so did I, as a central aspect of my final design project for 570 Instructional Design Technology. My team’s project objective was to design a training course to introduce university instructors and faculty to the benefits of an online Personal Learning Environment (PLE) to enhance traditional face-to-face courses. To meet rigorous higher-education standards a major component of our project focused on web curation. We wanted to ensure the future PLEs our participants created would epitomize instructional quality and usefulness.

The technological world is a new environment for me so my first take on the word curation was how could a term that denotes an individual whose vocation is related to either religion or a museum find its way into the www lexicon? The editors of Merriam-Webster.com/dictionary, often my go-to source for primary information, are out of the loop on the word’s contemporary meanings. Jessica Backus, a disenchanted M-W reader, Jessica Backuscommented:

Would love for Merriam-Webster to address this: Not only does “curation” refer to concrete practices of digital curation, or a human making a selection (i.e. Gilt Group) as opposed to relying on taste-prediction algorithms a la Netflix, Amazon, etc., “curation” has become the word par excellence to describe a thoughtful selection of inspiration in today’s unwieldy and diverse cultural and media landscape. 

Jessica nailed it. Her take on curation probably stems in part from the 2009 seminal blog post, “Manifesto for the Content Curator” by Rohit Bhargava, a marketer, author, speaker, Rubit Bharavahprofessor, and self-avowed nice guy. The post articulates for the first time the 5 models of content curation. The 43,400,000 results from a Google search of the 5 models of content curation attest to its broad influence. His 2011 follow up blog, “The 5 Models of Content Curation,” Bhargava refines and extends the original concept. This is a graphical rendering/summary of The 5 Models of Content Curation.

Content Curation graphic

  • Beth Kanter, another well-regarded blogger in the field, posts her take on Content Curation. In that article she also posts a table inspired by another contemporary theorist, Harold Jarche. The table, “The Ideal Content Curation Practice,” captures the essence of the field’s overarching mandate: seek, sense, share.

Jarche chart

  • During my own exploration to seek, sense, and share about Content Curation, I stumbled across innumerable sites and blog posts which explore the topic and its implications for the future in great depth. A handful of my favorites are listed below. Those blogs list other sites as well. I have one favorite site. It’s created and maintained by Gretel Patch,

Gretl Patcha Master of Educational Technology student at Boise State University and wife of an American diplomat stationed in Nepal. Gretel’s site is her professional and academic portfolio. It’s a clean, well-designed site with rich content and interesting educational and instructional ideas. The Curation blog features a 15-item Curation Checklist, created Gretel and two of her classmates.  Her post also features an interesting video with interviews with leading Content Curators, produced by Percolate, a high-flying marketing company that “helps brands create content at social scale.”

  • Other blog sites that provide stimulating reading about the burgeoning field of Content Creation are:

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/awake-the-wheel/201103/is-content-curation-the-new-black

http://www.webbythoughts.com/content-curation-tools-resource/

http://engage.synecoretech.com/marketing-technology-for-growth/bid/134987/What-Is-Content-Curation-and-Why-Do-I-Need-It

http://www.searchenginejournal.com/scoop-this-a-comprehensive-guide-to-scoop-it-for-content-curation/38963/

http://www.socialbrite.org/2012/08/27/top-tools-for-content-curation/

http://pinterest.com/nickilincha/curation-tools/

http://www.iloveseo.net/content-curation-definition-and-generation/

http://www.toprankblog.com/2010/06/content-marketing-curation-context/

http://community.paper.li/2012/03/07/why-a-content-curator-is-not-an-editor/

http://www.fastcompany.com/1834177/content-curators-are-new-superheros-web

http://www.rohitbhargava.com/2009/09/manifesto-for-the-content-curator-the-next-big-social-media-job-of-the-future.html

http://curatorscode.org/

http://www.bethkanter.org/content-curation-101/

http://pleconf.org/program/sessions/a10/

http://gretelpatch.wordpress.com/2012/10/08/curation-ponderings/

http://d20innovation.d20blogs.org/2012/07/07/understanding-content-curation/

  • Curation Tools On another pertinent and practical note, the all-important curation tools. Curation tools allow novices to look like pros and bring to fruition any idea they have, and pros, well, to do what they do best. I curated this list from http://www.seosandwitch.com/2012/06/content-curation.html. It’s the most complete list I’ve seen.

1- Scoop.it

2- Curata

3- Curationsoft

4- Paper.li

5- Googlereader

6- Pinterest

7- Mytweetmag

8- Bundlr

9- Netvibes

10- Newspin

11- Utopic

12- Trapit

13- Faveous

14- Collected

15- Kweeper

16- Pinboard

17- Tweetedtimes

18- Iflow

19- Pearltrees

20- Yoolink.fr

21- Retickr

22- Historio.us

23- Shariest

24- Memolane

25- News.me

26- Stribe

27- Getprismatic

28- Zootool

29- Bagtheweb

30- Bonzobox

31- Skloog

32- Crayon

33- Mysyndicaat

34- Mediaheroes

35- Yourversion

36- Pageonecurator

37- Digg

38- Zemanta

39- Chirpstory

40- Snip.it

41- Trailmeme

42- Qrait

43- Sphinn

44- Technorati

45- Flipboard

46- Storify

47- Newsmix.me

48- Diigo

49- Flocker

50- Dropmark

51- Schoox

52- Feedly

53- AtomicReach

and, I’ll add a 54th. Ta-da! WordPress has its own curation tool, called MyCurator http://www.target-info.com/ exclusively for WordPress users.

  • Well-curated sites I’ll leave you with four examples of what others and I deem well-curated sites, There are hundreds more out there. Send me your favorites.

http://pinterest.com/MercedesBenz/

http://www.scoop.it/t/story-and-narrative

http://www.powerlineblog.com/

http://www.elearninglearning.com/kirkpatrick/taxonomy/

Well, that’s all, folks. Happy curating!

Messing “About”

Anna Lea West (http://annaleawest.com/) had a thing about About, “My blog has been held up by my inability to write an “about” page. To stop this ridiculousness, I’m giving myself 5 minutes to tell you all you need to know. Here goes.” Then she launches into 12 bullet points about herself. Anna Lea’s picture is not on the About page but on the home page she’s captured in the passenger seat of what looks like a mini-van. I found Anna Lea on the “Freshly Pressed” Freshly Pressedtab @ wordpress.com. Peregrinating the Web wasn’t held up for lack of About, but without About, it lacked. At least in my opinion. A blog with an unpopulated About is not as welcoming, dimensional, and appealing as blogs that introduce their author. About is about relationship and trust. Just who is this person anyway?

So, the calm Saturday three weeks ago, before the Thanksgiving and end-of-semester rush, seemed to be the perfect time to add a pic and blurb to the About section of Peregrinating the Web. First step: Follow instructions. So, to Wordpress web addressBig lean wordpress screenshotI started at  Tutorials and walkthrough screen shot . The more step-by-step help the better. Only issue, that day I could not find good info about About so I reasoned that if I completed the Profile section that information would automatically update About. Wrong. Nonetheless, the process proved instructive. I learned about adding media through the “Add Media” tool. From the “Choose File” box I found a picture that I could tolerate then clicked “Upload.”Add media screenshotAnd, Voila..

Profile didn't load screen shot 

Failed! How could that have happened? I followed directions. That was enough for one day. A body can only stand so much!

Fast forward to today. A new day. A fresh chance. This time the instructions advised to go to Dashboard    Dashboard screenshotand click on Pages.  A drop-down menu appearedAll Pages screenshot

and I clicked on “All Pages” andPages screenshot

checked the “About” box.

From there it was a piece of cake! My picture greeted me. What a surprise! Evidently, all was not lost from the session three weeks ago. Thankfully, the copy had been saved in a Pages document so that was a quick copy/paste action. (“Pages” is Apple’s word processing program in case you’re not a Mac diva like me.) About was done. Now Peregrinating the Web followers know a little more about its creator.

P.S. It’s always a learning experience. While completing About was much easier than expected, creating this blog taught me another lesson that’s recorded in a post earlier today.

An Unplanned Post; Timeless Advice

“Type a little; save a lot” was the big-picture takeaway my friend Linda shared with me many years ago after she had attended a week-long computer training course. Handicapped with low-vision, Linda acquired marketable computer skills at that workshop which opened a world of opportunity for her. And that sage advice still rings true, especially in blogosphere. At least for me. I confess, I haven’t followed it. In the past several weeks, failure to follow those six little words has cost time and lost content. And, I’m posting this now as a word of warning that I hope you don’t need. I am really talking to myself because the blog that should have been posted nearly three weeks evaporated for the second time today. I was merrily working away, clicking between tabs, gathering information, when, oops! I x-ed the wrong tab and away went a couple of hours worth of brilliant prose. (I’m a slow, picky writer.) Although, this little text at the bottom right of the text pad tells me the draft is saved, it lies. It didn’t save the latest draft of the earlier work and it’s not 10:44:01 p.m. So, my remedy and advice: to create in a word processor then copy and paste to the blog when it’s ready. Not before. Do you hear that, Brenda?

Impressions of Kirkpatrick Webinar

Don Kirkpatrick

Don Kirkpatrick is not the sourpuss the photo, posted to announce this TrainingIndustry.com webinar with the legendary icon, portrayed. Rather, he presented today as a warm, gracious, humble elderly gentleman, more like this photo. His role today was to trace the nearly 50-year history of the evaluation model that bears his name. The Kirkpatrick Levels of Evaluation began as part of his second Ph.D. in education to add to one in business leadership. His key research agenda was evaluation. In 1959 he wrote a series of four articles in which he broke evaluation into four parts: reaction, learning, behavior, and results. He said he never personally identified them as “levels.” In the intervening years, his model gained recognition and renown. One purpose for today’s webinar was to highlight his organization’s current focus. Now run by his son and daughter-in-law, Kirkpatrick Parters is tackling the struggles many organizations experience with Levels Three and Four of the Kirkpatrick Model. They call it “the new world levels.”

Their focus is to demonstrate value of Training Effectiveness. They find that most organizations deal with Levels One and Two well, but shy away from, lack the courage to fully confront Levels 3 and 4. Throughout the webinar the Kirkpatricks emphasized two key elements:

  1. The End is the Beginning. So, they stress beginning with Level 4 to set criteria for success in the ROI, Return on Expectations.
  2. Value must be created before it can be demonstrated. They strongly advise not to let the metrics define value at the end of the project but to make sure it works along the way. Training alone does not get results and must be built with performance checks and drivers.

Their presentation contained specific “required drivers” to support the evaluation process.

The entire webinar is available on-demand at the Training Industry website (www.trainingindustry.com), and resources and materials from the webinar are available at this link. http://www.trainingindustry.com/media/15260939/11_5_12_executiveseminarseries_materials.pdf

Visual Blooms

Visuals speak my language. Peregrinating for information to complete this week’s assignment while contemplating Types of Learning. The TOLs sparked some Bloom’s questions so revisited Bloom’s Taxonomy with a web search. There, I tripped over a blog from a 4th grade Australian teacher, Kathy McGeady, who had posted this graphic on her blog (http://primarytech.global2.vic.edu.au/2009/08/13/blooms-taxonomy-in-the-digital-age/) along with the following details:

“Most teachers are probably familiar with the Bloom’s Taxonomy model which details the six levels of thinking from lower to higher level thinking (remembering, understanding, applying, analysing, evaluating, creating).

Mike Fisher, an American instructional coach and consultant has come up with an interesting revision of the Bloom’s Taxonomy model based on 21st century skills. The model incorporates online tools that can be used to encourage each of the levels of thinking. Mike has created a wiki called Visual Blooms to share ideas on where various online tools could fit into the Bloom’s hierachy (obviously many online tools could fit into different categories depending on how they are used). This is still a work in progress but definitely worth checking out.”

Mike’s Visual Blooms site (http://visualblooms.wikispaces.com/Visual+Ideas) sports several other visual Blooms on its main page as well as several additional representations on the side menu. However, it doesn’t appear to have been updated recently. It’s too bad; it gives new meaning to digital blooms.