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| || Interview with Steve Blane, I4PL Member and Program Director for the I4PL Certificate Programs|
Who are you and what do you do?
Hi, I'm Steve Blane. I'm the Managing Partner of Darn Clever Design Collective, a boutique digital learning agency in Toronto. I'm also the Program Director for the I4PL Certificate Programs.
What is your history with I4PL?
I've been a member of I4PL for close to 20 years. I've won several design awards, including the Learner Impact Award in 2017. That one was pretty special as it was voted on by I4PL membership. I've also spoken regularly at Conference and the symposiums out west. I still talk about the time we had 125 people sign up for our Storyline session at the Conference in 2012!
What are the courses offered?
The certificate courses for the Master Certificate in Performance and Learning Competencies (MCPLC) are straight from the Competencies body of knowledge; Assessing Performance Needs + Evaluation, Designing Learning Experiences, Facilitating Learning, and Partnering with Clients.
We cover the Designing Curricula and Supporting the Transfer of Learning competencies during the Designing Learning Experiences course.
Who are they for?
The easy answer is anyone who is in performance and learning! I usually breakdown our typical participants into five segments:
1. People new to the industry. We have a lot of people who are either brand new or have minimal industry experience. The courses provide a solid foundation of skills and knowledge to jumpstart people's careers.
2. People in transition. We have a lot of people who are looking to move from a facilitator role to designer, or vice versa, or people looking to move into the industry. They can leverage their existing experience while adding new skills from the competencies.
3. People in management. We have a lot of managers come through so they can have a better understanding of what their team should be doing day-to-day. What they learn during the program helps them better support their team and helps them perform better overall.
4. People who continually learn. We see a lot of people that we refer to as the "paper chasers." They're experienced, but want to get the certificate to solidify their CV. Often these people could probably teach a few of the courses; they tend to be the people who value the learning experience the most. For them, it's about sharpening their skills.
5. People getting certified. We see a lot of people who are considering their CTP or CTDP come through the program. The hands-on approach of the courses is a great way to prepare for the exam and skill demonstration.
How were the courses designed?
First and foremost, we designed the courses to be as hands-on and practical as possible. We use real cases to make the learning relevant (the key to making it stick). There's not a lot of sitting and listening in the courses, it's all about trying and applying. We've designed the courses to be "learn today, apply tomorrow (on-the-job)".
I also really like the fact that each facilitator team designed the courses they facilitate. They live and breathe the content every day; their passion and expertise shows in their execution of the course.
What outcome/experience do you want the participants to have?
We want people to feel confident and prepared to work on their next assignment when they go back to work. That's why we've built takeaways to use, whether a design job aid or project management tools so people can apply what they've learned right away.
Read more of Steve’s interview here.
Pricing for Individual Courses
I4PL Members: $1,150 + HST
Non-Members: $1,250 + HST
Complete Master Certificate Program (all four courses)
I4PL Members: $4,100 + HST
Non-Members: $4,500 + HST
Use promo code Early15 at check-out and save 15% by registering before August 31st!
| || 2019 Awards of Excellence — Frequently Asked Questions |
Frequently Asked Questions
When are applications accepted?
Applications are accepted from August 16th - September 30th, 2019.
Can only I4PL Members apply for the Awards?
Yes, only I4PL members in good standing can apply for the I4PL Awards. If you are not a member yet, join here.
What is the period of eligibility?
Projects that have been completed in the past five years are eligible to apply for an I4PL Award.
What does it cost to enter an award?
There is a $350 fee for each award type.
When will applicants be notified of their status?
All applicants will be notified of their award status after November 15th.
When is the I4PL Awards ceremony?
The virtual recognition event will take place in January 2020.
Will my submission automatically be considered for both the Standard of Achievement Award and the Award of Excellence?
If you wish to apply for the Award of Excellence in addition to the Standard of Achievement, you need to attach an abstract to your PDF, following the abstract instructions in the workbook, and possibly another relevant document, e.g., an endorsement received or learner testimonials.
How do I submit a video for the Learner Impact Award?
You can submit the video through www.wetransfer.com and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org, making sure to reference your own name and unique submission number (obtained when you click to make the final submission).
Detailed instructions are in the Awards Submission Workbook.
Information on how to apply and the full rubric can be found here. The 2019 Awards of Excellence will provide opportunities to showcase excellent work from our members in all areas of the L&D industry.
For full details and to apply, follow the link below.
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| || Performance & Learning Month|
How to Take Part
Performance & Learning Month Materials
- Go to a Chapter Event
- Organize an event in your workplace, like a lunch and learn
- Nominate a Learning Leader (see below for details)
- Suggest a book, podcast or article that you’ve found meaningful for your professional practice and email us to have your recommendation included in the newsletter
I4PL has created a toolkit and a variety of graphic elements to help launch your events and brand as part of I4PL’s Performance & Learning Month. Find the toolkit and graphic elements here.
Nominate a Learning Leader
Is there someone you consider to be a superstar in your workplace or someone who has been a mentor? Email us and let us know who they are and why you consider them to be a leader in your field, and they will be featured in the newsletter.
Interested in Sponsoring Performance & Learning Month?
Our sponsorship kit is available here with some exclusive opportunities that are sure to bring value to your organization! Please email us for more info on sponsorship opportunities.
| || 2019 Conference — Speaker Spotlight|
We are pleased to announce that Lindsay Leese and Lee Smart are presenting at I4PL’s National Conference.
Track: Managing Change for Results
Session Title: Improvisation for Leading Through Change
Session Description: A series of exercises introduces participants to the core principles used by improvisors for good communication and collaboration both on and offstage. Key concepts explored include: Staying Others-Focused, Gratitude for Information, Active Listening, Follow the Follower, and our fundamental tenet of Yes And — the cornerstone of improv philosophy.
With a foundation of improv philosophy in place, focus shifts to how improv can specifically help when navigating uncertainty and how leaders can establish environments that foster a positive outlook on change. Key areas of focus include: becoming comfortable being uncomfortable, taking responsibility for the message, using Yes And in the face of No, leveraging insights and resources from fellow ensemble members, and creating a risk- tolerant environment that accepts small failures as crucial steps on the path to greater success in the process of adapting to change. In Ensembles, we say, “Got your back.”
National webinars are always free for members and $50 +tax for non-members.
These events count towards 1 credit
hour each for certification maintenance.
Please note that there are two steps in the registration process. First, you are required to register on the I4PL website and then the second step is to register on the ZOOM platform. The second step will be sent to you 48 hours before the webinar that will then send a confirmation email with the dial-in instructions. For questions, please contact email@example.com
To view complete event descriptions, please go to the Events Page.
| || Performance and Learning in the News|
Teaching social and emotional learning (SEL) skills is just as important as discipline and academics in the classroom.
Not only are kids with strong SEL skills better behaved in class and can communicate well with their peers, they are also learning how to become more capable adults in the future.
To create and sustain learning as a continuum, organizations need to opt to create a learning environment (rather than discrete training programs) — a Learning and Performance Ecosystem. Personalization of learning can play a very significant role in creating this culture of continuous learning.
Training Industry Magazine
Imagine two preschool students: One sits at a table in a classroom of peers and learns basic arithmetic via teacher-led instruction and individual completion of a workbook. The other student learns the same lesson but collaboratively: Children roleplayed the buying of items from a shop where the teacher was the clerk and helped each other figure out a budget and total costs.
Learning Solutions Magazine
What stops workers from sharing or contributing their experiences and knowledge when colleagues are problem-solving? In "'Figure it Out!' — A Practical Framework for Workflow Learning" and "Conversations on Real-Work Issues Ignite Workflow Learning," I emphasized that workers fix and improve their work and solve problems — in the workflow. In this process, they participate in conversations that lead to productive results.
Mobile apps have become an essential part of our everyday lives. Be it for music, social media, banking and more; it seems we can't get enough of them! When you consider that the average iPhone user has 60-90 apps installed, it's easy to see why that is. Whether it's an app for mastering a different language or an app teaching the intricacies of quantum physics, wherever there's a thirst for knowledge, there's a learning app. Some learning apps can be used to drive behaviour change in the workplace. But are they effective enough? And how can they be used to maximum effect?
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