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First Thoughts on Learned Helplessness

By Nick Leffler | October 16, 2014 |
Explore: You're Not Alone

Since reading Mark Britz post It’s All Training Until It Isn’t and related post Learned (Learning) Helplessness many thoughts have been stirring in my head. Before I lost the ideas these posts and the term “learned helplessness” stirred in my head, I wanted to write down a story I was reminded of. It’s a story of how…

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What Will Learning Look Like In 2024?

By Nick Leffler | October 6, 2014 |
Learn Mobile

About a month ago I saw a question from the eLearning Guild asking for people’s input on what learning will look like in 2024. Since that day I’ve been thinking about it and meaning to write down my thoughts. There has since been a discussion on the topic, and several others who wrote down their thoughts.…

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Mobile App Help Overlay – Ultimate Performance Support for Mobile Apps

By Nick Leffler | September 22, 2014 |
Home Depot Mobile Help Overlay

Mobile for Performance There’s plenty of discussion on how you can use mobile devices to improve performance. They’re quite powerful. Learning & Development hasn’t discussed much about improving users performance inside a mobile app. Apps within the organization are becoming the norm. If you don’t know of one, ask around, there’s a good chance something…

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Work Out Loud on Colors Storyline Template

By Nick Leffler | August 25, 2014 |
Colors Storyline Template Compilation

Inspiration Before any project can begin, there has to be some sort of inspiration for it. Nothing ever comes from nowhere. Like Pablo Picasso always said: [box icon=”” border=”rounded”]Good artists copy, great artists steal.[/box] My inspiration came from a combination of a template redesign panel at work and the org chart I created for a…

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The Biggest Fad of L&D

By Nick Leffler | August 20, 2014 |

I recently read a post about Fads in L&D from my good friend Con (aka @LearnKotch). On some of the points of this post I agreed, but others I think needed a bit deeper deconstruction and more seeking of meaning. By this, I’m speaking about MOOCs. I recently wrote about my experience in a Coursera…

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Expand Your Skills

By Nick Leffler | August 14, 2014 |

As an Instructional Designer, it’s necessary to be able to wear many hats. Along with those many hats comes the need to learn new skills and techniques. I’ve learned it’s necessary to look outside Learning & Development. This post is about some of the skills I’ve looked towards to inspire my work and help me…

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How I Got Here

By Nick Leffler | June 30, 2014 |
Long pier on ocean with railroad track on it.

Over the past few months I’ve seen a few stories about how people got into the field of Learning & Development. In the spirit of sharing, I thought I’d share my story of how I got here. I feel I should start with my current role, because that’s where this story is heading. I’m a…

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MOOCs Have a Long Way To Go

By Nick Leffler | June 23, 2014 |

My second MOOC is nearing completion, I’m in the final week. This is my second experience in a MOOC and I’ve taken different approaches this time around. As with the current MOOC, my first one was also on the Coursera platform, both from the same school (Wharton). Gamification was my first experience and it was…

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A Self Imposed Barrier

By Nick Leffler | May 21, 2014 |
Empower Employees With A Wiki - People across the table from each other with a tablet and cell phone on table, taking notes on paper

A lot can go into writing a blog post, but not all that goes in is necessary. Some of it could be detrimental to getting the post out there. Putting less into a post can lower the barriers to getting your thoughts documented and out to the world. Sometimes it can be as simple as…

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Reflecting on the National eXtension Conference (#nexconf)

By Nick Leffler | May 16, 2014 |

In late March I attended one day of the National eXtension Conference (#nexconf) in Sacramento. I went to see Harold Jarche and Jane Hart speak but must say I enjoyed the whole thing. Jane was the keynote speaker for the day and they both ran a workshop afterwards. Since that day, I’ve been meaning to…

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