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Bridging Our Past & Future: 25-Year Viewpoint  From the National Society for Programmed Instruction, to Performance and Instruction, to ISPI

Bridging Our Past & Future: 25-Year Viewpoint From the National Society for Programmed Instruction, to Performance and Instruction, to ISPI

By Roger Addison, CPT, PhD In the spirit of the 2015 Conference theme, Bridging Our Past and Future, I thought I would take a look at what was happening 25 years ago and then bring us to a current view of ISPI. In 1990, world events included the reunification of Germany, the beginning of the […]

<em>Performance Improvement</em> Journal: August Issue

Performance Improvement Journal: August Issue

This issue opens with an essay on performance improvement by Carol Haig and Roger Addison that explores the initiatives that organizations use to improve workers, work, and the workplace. We then explore an article that is very direct, “Pragmatism: Making the Most Out of Training,” by Jodi Bueder. In the next article, we had the […]

Knowledge Workers: Thinking about Performance Engineering

Knowledge Workers: Thinking about Performance Engineering

By Fred Nickols There is no better instance of knowledge work than that done by the performance improvement professionals who are members of ISPI; namely, performance engineering. My goal in this column is to lay out what I see as the heart of the value proposition offered by ISPI; that is, developing, documenting, disseminating, advancing, […]

Multiple-Choice Tests–Doomed or Redeemed?

Multiple-Choice Tests–Doomed or Redeemed?

Although widely used, multiple-choice tests are commonly frowned upon. They are held in contempt by education pundits, looked down on by subject matter experts, despised by test-takers, and even seen as dubious by training decision makers. Why do multiple-choice tests seem to have taken a permanent seat on the accusation bench? The overall claim is that multiple-choice testing does not measure, and cannot be a good measuring scale of, learning,

What Works: Invitation to Present at THE Performance Improvement Conference

What Works: Invitation to Present at THE Performance Improvement Conference

THE Performance Improvement Conference will focus on “What Works”. If you have performance tools, models, programs, case studies, or interventions designed to change paradigms that make things cheaper, faster, better, you’ll want to submit an educational proposal to present.

ISPI Launches Performance Improvement Success Stories Video Competition

ISPI Launches Performance Improvement Success Stories Video Competition

Are you an amateur filmmaker or a smartphone enthusiast? Have a creative flair? Or maybe you just have a webcam and know how to use it. Then listen up, because this competition is for you! Starting August 1, ISPI is launching a new video contest, PI Success Stories. Help us share the achievements, challenges, and our passion for results by showing others what we do best!

Congratulations to July’s Share the Gift of ISPI Winner!

Congratulations to July’s Share the Gift of ISPI Winner!

Congratulations to Karen J. Merry of British Petroleum, winner of July’s Share the Gift of ISPI Member-Get-A-Member drawing. Karen won a free registration to the CPT preparation webinar hosted by Judy Hale, CPT, PhD, on July 31.

Interview with Lisa Toenniges

Interview with Lisa Toenniges

In one example, three hours of training was required to learn how to complete a form because of its complexity and poor design. Once the form was redesigned, no training was required. This example illustrates the importance of exploring the instruments cell of Gilbert’s model rather than defaulting to training to improve performance.

Training in Small or Rural Fire Departments

Training in Small or Rural Fire Departments

Training is a primary mission function of all small or rural fire departments. It is essential that all volunteer members responding to emergencies be trained to safely and effectively carry out the mission of the department. Training, with evening or weekend drills, helps to reinforce proper skills of the job.

From the Board: Why Apply for Awards of Excellence?

From the Board: Why Apply for Awards of Excellence?

Many work teams–and through them the institutions that sponsor the effort–can be a bit shy when it comes to singing their own praises. Be it because of a lack of time, a lack of self-belief, or a lack of self-confidence, there are occasions where professionals miss out on opportunities to promote themselves or gain recognition through awards.

Tales from the Field: Making Service Standards Real for Families in Need

Tales from the Field: Making Service Standards Real for Families in Need

By Stephanie Clark, Amanda Collins, Julie Kwan, and Allison Sesnon Tales from the Field, a monthly column, consists of reports of evidence-based performance improvement practice and advice, presented by graduate students, alumni, and faculty of Boise State University’s Instructional and Performance Technology department. Introduction In the fall of 2011, the Lean on Me Charity (LoMC; […]

Chapter Programs: What’s Happening in Your Area?

Chapter Programs: What’s Happening in Your Area?

Whether you are a chapter member, ISPI member, or just someone looking for professional development opportunities, our chapters are a great source for quality professional programs.

Organizational Spotlight: FITC [Financial Institutions Training Center]

Organizational Spotlight: FITC [Financial Institutions Training Center]

FITC is a special purpose not-for-profit professional services organization, established in 1981 in Nigeria, and owned by the Nigerian Bankers’ Committee. FITC provides professional services in matters relating to the acquisition, management, and development of the human capital to the operators and regulators in the Nigerian Financial System.

From the Board: Why ISPI Chapter Members Attend THE Performance Improvement Conference

From the Board: Why ISPI Chapter Members Attend THE Performance Improvement Conference

In April, ISPI will celebrate our 50-year anniversary by convening in Toronto, Canada, for THE Performance Improvement Conference.