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Archive for May, 2012

The Winner of this Year’s Case Study Competition: Sapientia Indiana University

The Winner of this Year’s Case Study Competition: Sapientia Indiana University

The competition was held April 21 and 22 at THE Performance Improvement Conference in Toronto, when all three groups presented their research and recommendations before a panel of expert judges. The second day of the competition, the judges participated in a question-and-answer session with the students, delving further into the teams’ work. Evaluation criteria focused on the ISPI 10 Standards of Performance Technology.

First Time Conference Experience

First Time Conference Experience

As THE Performance Improvement Conference has come and gone, the International Society for Performance Improvement is now gearing up for the 2013 conference in Reno Nevada. All the preparation and hard work during the conference by ISPI staff and volunteers pulled things together and made the 50th anniversary of ISPI quite memorable.

A Student’s Perspective

A Student’s Perspective

By: Reece L. Hauf Ask a student if he or she understands needs and training assessment, if he or she has ever heard of a SME (pronounced “smee”), or if he or she knows what ISPI stands for, and you will likely receive a look of confusion. However, if you ask a student to tell […]

A First-Timer’s View of the ISPI Conference

A First-Timer’s View of the ISPI Conference

By Scott Weersing I was looking forward to the 50th anniversary ISPI conference because it would be a chance to hear from the legends of our profession. And it was great to meet with them, but I also benefited from the meeting and talking with attendees from around the world as they shared their perspective […]

A Student at the ISPI Conference

A Student at the ISPI Conference

I was first introduced to ISPI two years ago in a meeting during my junior year at California State University, Chico. The meeting was for the Instructional Design and Technology Society, a club that uses instructional design and performance improvement to provide services for people and organizations that seek performance improvement. Every year ISPI asks CSU Chico for volunteers for THE Conference.

CPT Workshop Goes Public

CPT Workshop Goes Public

By: Gay Bruhn The two-day Certified Performance Technologist (CPT) Preparation Workshop will be offered June 26 – 27 in Alexandria, VA. and September 10-11 in Phoenix AZ. For more information or to register on line The CPT Preparation Workshop has been offered for years at ISPI’s Annual Conference and as an in-house workshop for organizations. […]

From the Board: Memories, a Celebration, and a Call to Action: A President’s Reflection on the 2012 Conference

From the Board: Memories, a Celebration, and a Call to Action: A President’s Reflection on the 2012 Conference

By now you should know that 2012 is ISPI’s 50 anniversary. It is also the 20th anniversary of our handbooks and the 10th of our certification. A lot has happened in the last 50 years and I’m delighted at the opportunity to share my reflections on how the 2012 conference honored our past while providing direction for the future.

TrendSpotters: Where Were You In ’62?

TrendSpotters: Where Were You In ’62?

Where were you in 1962? We took a quick survey here at TrendSpotters Central to answer that question. Roger was working at Teaching Machines Inc. in Albuquerque, New Mexico, while he figured out where to go to college and what to study. Carol was in her junior year at Bayside High School in New York City. She had never heard of human performance technology (HPT) or performance improvement.

Tales from the Field: A Summative Evaluation of the Adventure Scouts Program

Tales from the Field: A Summative Evaluation of the Adventure Scouts Program

How do you conduct a robust evaluation with insufficient data? A team of graduate students from Boise State University recently confronted this problem during a summative evaluation of Adventure Scouts, a non-traditional Scouting program currently offered in select Northeast Illinois communities. In this case, the evaluand was a fairly young, rapidly-growing organization, funded solely by donations. Because of its limited resources and lack of maturity, record keeping was often inconsistent or non-existent, which made it difficult for the evaluation team to acquire extant data.

Chapter Corner: Chapter Ambassadors, New CPC Chair, Global Chapter Community, & CLW News

Chapter Corner: Chapter Ambassadors, New CPC Chair, Global Chapter Community, & CLW News

At THE Performance Improvement Conference, about 30 chapter leaders met to learn, network, and find out about chapter news. James Craumer facilitated the workshop with Dick Handshaw, 2011-12 CPC Chair, and Rose Noxon, 2011-12 CPC Deputy Chair.

Organizational Spotlight: Top Resultant Management Consulting Company

Organizational Spotlight: Top Resultant Management Consulting Company

Top Resultant Management Consulting Company was newly built in 2010 in China. It serves small and medium Chinese Enterprises with learning and people developing solutions. Coaching, Change Management and Leadership Development are their core products. The company takes their mission as to Bring true and consistent value to our client. They have the insights to local companies needs, rich knowledge and practice of advanced management methodologies and the ability of bridging them up. Learning and human performance improvement will be their focus in next 3 to 5 years.

Book Review: Performance-Based Certification–How to Design a Valid, Defensible, Cost-Effective Program

Book Review: Performance-Based Certification–How to Design a Valid, Defensible, Cost-Effective Program

I reviewed this book through the lens of more than 37 years in emergency services, specifically the fire service. Certifications are a significant part of the fire service, as opposed to degrees from institutions of higher learning. Hale’s book hits a home run by providing us with a long-awaited reference book about the nuts and bolts of performance-based certification.

The CEO’s SOB

The CEO’s SOB

It is probably politically incorrect to endorse obsession. But CEOs and boards favor organizations that are vision driven, future driven and leader driven; and driven is not exactly non-obsessive. Perhaps the wisest course is to find a model that at least somewhat redeems or softens the edge of being driven and yet maintains its ruthlessly singular and intense focus.