Do you work in Canada as a contractor? Perhaps you might participate in this study.

Do you work in Canada as a contractor?

Perhaps you can volunteer to participate in this study of how contractors learn within the contexts of their work. The study is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada.

The research team is looking for people in a variety of contract jobs, at various points in their career (early, middle, and later), and in a variety of roles, including skilled, professional, and project manager roles.

As a contractor, you do not work as a full-time employee of the organization where you are placed. You may work for yourself or you might work for an agency that placed you in the other organization.

If you participate, you would:

  • Go through an orientation session, during which researchers would collect some background information about you and show you how to track your learning (about 30 to 45 minutes)
  • Maintain a log of your work-related learning outside of formal training courses over a period of three months (about 15 minutes per week)
  • Participate in an interview at the end of the three months (about 45 to 60 minutes)

This study offers some potential benefits. To you individually, it provides an opportunity to chart your learning journey and gain insights into the informal learning in which you participate and its role in maintaining and broadening your work-related skills. To the training and development community, this study provides insights into how particular groups of workers in different types of jobs learn informally within the contexts of their jobs, and can help training professionals better recognize the skills developed informally.

If you would like to participate in the study or learn more about it, please:

  1. Send an email message with the following information:
    • Name
    • Job
    • Best email address to reach you
  2. Verify that you currently work as a contractor in Canada
  3. Send to me, Saul Carliner, saul.carliner@concordia.ca.
  4. Use the subject line: Informal Learning Study

Thank you for your time. I hope you will consider participating.

By October 3: Last Chance to Participate in Survey about the Marketing of Training Programs, Products, and Services

Training and Development Colleagues.

If you have not yet participated, you can still participate in the Training magazine survey of the ways that training and development professionals promote their programs, services, and products.

Our survey is open until October 3, 2017.

The results provide practical insights for internal and external training professionals who want to effective promote their programs, products, and services.

So whether you work internally or externally, if you are interested in participating in the study, please visit this link before the survey closes:

https://survey.concordia.ca/limesurvey/index.php/838924?lang=en

By October 3. Participate in Survey about Marketing Practices in Training

Training and Development Colleagues.

Last week, you might have noticed my invitation to participate in Training Magazine’s survey of the ways that training and development professionals working both internally and externally promote their programs, services, and products.

The results provide practical insights for internal and external training professionals who want to effective promote their programs, products, and services.

Whether you work internally or externally, if you are interested in participating in the study, please visit this link:

https://survey.concordia.ca/limesurvey/index.php/838924?lang=en

The survey will remain open through October 3, 2017.

I hope that you will visit the link and participate in this survey.

By October 3: Participate in Survey of Marketing Practices in Training

Training and Development Colleagues.

Whether you work internally or externally, promoting the programs, services, and products prepared by your organization plays a role in its success.

But how do training and development professionals actually promote—or market—their programs, products, and services? Do they still publish catalogs and schedules? What role does social media play? How about personal contacts and relationships?

Because no one has studied this issue since the 1990s (that is, a time before email), Training Magazine is conducting a study. We seek participation from all training and development professionals—whether you work internally or externally, as people working in both situations have to make others aware of their offerings.

If you are interested in participating in the study, please visit this link:

https://survey.concordia.ca/limesurvey/index.php/838924?lang=en

The survey will remain open through October 3, 2017.

I hope that you will visit the link and participate in this survey.

Concordia University professor Saul Carliner has been elected a Fellow of the Institute for Performance and Learning (formerly the Canadian Society for Training and Development)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Concordia University professor Saul Carliner has been elected a Fellow of the Institute for Performance and Learning (formerly the Canadian Society for Training and Development), the highest grade of membership in organization and honored at the organization’s annual banquet, November 19. The grade of Fellow provides peer recognition of members of the Institute who have made significant contributions to the field of training and development over a sustained period of time. Carliner is only the third person in the organization’s 50-year history to have received this honor.

At Concordia University, Carliner is an Associate Professor of Educational Technology, Provost’s Fellow for Digital Learning, Graduate Director of the PhD in Education, and serves on the Faculty Senate.  He has 218 publications, including 15 books and monographs–including the just-published Training Design Basics (2nd edition) and award-winning Informal Learning Basics—and 51 peer-reviewed articles. Carliner chairs the Certification Advisory Committee for the Institute and is a past board member. He also serves as Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication and Research Director for Lakewood Media, publisher of Training Magazine. Carliner is a member of the Provost’s Circle of Distinction and has received the Kenneth Rainey Award for Excellence in Research from the Society for Technical Communication (STC), Jay Gould Award for Excellence in Teaching from STC, and the Concordia Alumni Teaching Award. He is a past Research Fellow of the Association for Talent Development and a Fellow and past international president of the Society for Technical Communication.

The Institute for Performance and Learning is Canada’s only not-for-profit, member-based organization representing workforce professionals. For decades the organization has improved the lives and careers of hundreds of thousands of Canadians while helping Canadian organizations excel. The organization has chapters throughout Canada (including one in Montreal) and has the most successful credentialing program for training and development professionals in North America.

For more information,visit http://performanceandlearning.ca/volunteer-awards/

Second Edition of Popular Instructional Design Book Now Available

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—SEPTEMBER 29, 2015

(Alexandria, Virginia) The second edition of best-selling book, Training Design Basics Basics, by Saul Carliner is now available from the ATD Press.

Like the first edition, this new edition of Training Design Basics guides new course developers and instructors, and Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) and others who find themselves responsible for doing so, through the process of designing and developing their first training programs. In addition to explaining how to design face-to-face classroom and workbook-based courses, this new edition also addresses the design of two types of online courses: live virtual classroom and self-study tutorials. After introducing readers to guiding concepts of adult learning and human performance improvement and providing an overview training design projects, Training Design Basics explains how to analyze a project, then design, develop, implement, and evaluate the program resulting from the analysis. This edition of the book maintains the practical approach that made the first edition so popular, with additional insights arising from years of use of the first edition by practicing professionals. For example, unlike other instructional design books that primarily focus on the analysis and evaluation phases, this book continues to emphasize the design and development phases, along with practical guidance to course designers on the implementation of their courses. Worksheets for each phase of the process help readers apply the concepts in the book in their own instructional design projects, as does a companion website with other resources and advice.

Author Saul Carliner is an internationally-known expert on training and communication. He is an Associate Professor of Educational Technology and Provost’s Fellow for Digital Learning at Concordia University in Montreal. Also an industry consultant, Carliner provides strategic planning and instructional design services to organizations in Asia, Australia, Europe, and the Americas to clients such as Alltel Wireless, IBM, Lowe’s, Microsoft, ST Microelectronics, Turkish Management Centre, and several US and Canadian government agencies. His previous books include the award-winning Informal Learning Basics and e-Learning Handbook, and popular An Overview of Online Learning He has received the  Kenneth Rainey Award for Excellence in Research and Jay Gould Award for Teaching from the Society for Technical Communication, and the Alumni Teaching Award from his university.    He is a Fellow and past international president of the Society for Technical Communication, a past research fellow of ATD, and a past board member of the Canadian Society for Training and Development.

ATD Press is the publishing arm of the Association for Talent Development, the world’s largest association dedicated to workplace learning and development professionals. ATD’s members come from more than 100 countries and connect locally in more than 125 U.S. chapters and with more than 20 international partners. Members work in thousands of organizations of all sizes, in government, as independent consultants, and suppliers. Started in 1943, in recent years ATD has widened the profession’s focus to link learning and performance to individual and organizational results, and is a sought-after voice on critical public policy issues.

To order and receive more information about Training Design Bascis (second edition), visit https://www.td.org/Publications/Books/Training-Design-Basics-2. The book is also available from amazon.com, amazon.ca, bn.com, and indigo.ca

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