ASTD Is Now the Association For Talent Development (ATD)

ASTD Is Now the Association For Talent Development (ATD)

For decades ASTD (formerly the American Society for Training and Development) has been the face of professional development and training in the United States and around the globe.

The latest step, in maintaining its position as the premier professional resource for people engaged in the workforce development arena, was announced at the ASTD International Conference and Exposition (ICE) this month. ASTD is now the Association for Talent Development (ATD).

Association For Talent Development

ASTD continues to work to stay abreast of employee development needs in all types of organizations and industries. It also strives to provide the knowledge and materials necessary for training and development professionals to stay ahead of changing trends related to adult learning and employee development. The goal has always been to help develop and share the strategies and techniques needed to effectively develop a competently qualified workforce.

For more information about this dramatic turn of events, visit the ATD blog where you can read what went into the decision to change directly from the ATD association President, Tony Bingham.

Association For Talent Development

The Creative Trainer – Robert W. Lucas, Awarding Winning Author, and Blogger

Listed in Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the South & Southeast, Bob Lucas is an internationally-known author and learning and performance expert who specializes in workplace performance-based training and consulting services. He has four decades of experience in customer service, human resources development, and management in a variety of organizational environments.

Bob was the 1995 and 2011 President of the Central Florida Chapter of the Association for Talent Development (ATD). Bob has lived, traveled, and worked in 28 different countries and geographic areas.

During the past 40 years, Bob has shared his knowledge with workplace professionals from hundreds of organizations, such as Webster University, AAA, Orange County Clerk of Courts, Walt Disney World, SeaWorld, Martin Marietta, all U.S. military branches, and Wachovia Bank.

In addition, Bob has provided consulting and training services to numerous major organizations on a variety of workplace learning topics. To contact Bob visit his website at www.robertwlucas.com or his blog www.thecreativetrainer.com.

Connect Energizers to Adult Learning Objectives To Enhance Transfer Of Training

Connect Energizers to Adult Learning Objectives To Enhance Transfer Of Training

Connect Energizers to Adult Learning Objectives To Enhance Transfer Of Training

Always ensure that energizers (and anything else that you do in an adult learning environment) have sound purposes tied to your learning objectives. Never have learners participate in an activity simply to entertain or engage them. Doing so may cost you credibility and value in the eyes of your participants. It can also lose future management support and investment in your programs.

Connect Energizers to Adult Learning Objectives To Enhance Training

Instead, develop energizers that challenge learners to think and practice real-world skills that relate to session content and promote the learning outcomes you are seeking.

Like anything else in adult learning, your training design, development, and delivery efforts should be shrouded under brain-based learning research. By applying adult learning theory tenets and using experiential learning activities and games that actively engage your learner’s minds and bodies, you are more likely to affect better learning outcomes and have participants immediately apply what they learn on the job.

For specific creative training ideas related to accelerated learning strategies and how to create a brain-based learning training environment, get copies of The Creative Training Idea Book: Inspired Tips and Techniques for Engaging and Effective Learning and Creative Learning: Activities and Games That Really Engage People.

What Is Accelerated Learning?

What Is Accelerated Learning?

What Is Accelerated Learning?

Accelerated learning (A.L.) (a.k.a. experiential learning) is based on an educational concept called suggestopedia that was developed by Bulgarian psychiatrist – psychotherapist Georgi Lozanov. The goal of the teaching and learning process was to reduce the time it took to learn a foreign language.

What Is Accelerated Learning? – The Creative Trainer – Robert W. Lucas, Awarding Winning Author, and Blogger

In A.L. instructors and educators capitalize on what brain researchers by tapping the knowledge of how the brain best gains, retains, recalls, and uses what it experiences. The goal of learning events is to help learners better assimilate new knowledge into current memory in order to form a better understanding and ability to use what they learn.

In effect, trainers and educators apply A.L. principles as they strive to facilitate learning by using creative learning strategies and techniques based on the manner in which humans learn naturally. A major component of this process is to develop a creative learning environment in which elements, such as, active learner engagement, sound, music, color, light, vegetation, movement, motion, and others are built into program design. Through the use of various types of learning strategies that actively address all three learning styles (visual, auditory, and kinesthetic), engage multiple senses, and use repetition, the brain can more effectively grasp and retain concepts, ideas, and general knowledge.

For creative ideas and strategies for developing your own brain-based learning environment to actively engage your learners and better facilitate knowledge exchange, get copies of Energize Your Training: Creative Techniques to Engage Learners and The Creative Training Idea Book: Inspired Tips and Techniques for Engaging and Effective Learning.

Maximizing Outcomes in Adult Learning Environments

Maximizing Outcomes in Adult Learning Environments

Maximizing Outcomes in Adult Learning Environments

Preparation is the key to success in virtually everything you do in life. Training design and delivery are no different.  If you fail to prepare; your program is likely doomed to failure. It does not matter how smart you are or how much you know about a topic, if you do not take the time to design an effective interactive program based on actual learner needs, your efforts are wasted.

By analyzing the outcomes of brain-based research on how the brain best processes, stores and uses information, you can apply creative strategies to potentially enhance your adult learning environments. Such applications can help maximize learning outcomes. Additionally, planning creative activities, creating brain-based learning environments and using techniques that engage your learners are key strategies for ensuring that your learners get the most from their experience and that they will later be able to recall and use their new knowledge.

Planning creative activities, creating brain-based learning environments and using techniques that engage your learners are key strategies for ensuring that your learners get the most from their experience and that they will later be able to recall and use their new knowledge. Always use an innovative approach throughout the ISD (Instructional System Design) process and add variety so that you can address various learning styles and preferences. Also, remember to think like your learners, have an alternate plan in case you need to modify something before and during the session, and use a variety of learning strategies. By doing these things, you can positively impact the learning outcomes in your session.

For more ideas on applying brain-based or creative learning strategies that can aid in enhanced learning outcomes, get copies of The Creative Training Idea Book: Inspired Tips and Techniques for Engaging and Effective Learning and Training Workshop Essentials: Designing, Developing and Delivering Learning Events That Get Results.