ISPI Performance Digest
Jul. 31, 2012

Metrics, schmetrics
i4cp
The debate about standardization of human capital analytics is kicking into high gear as SHRM forges ahead with its initiative to standardize HR and human capital metrics. Critics — including the lobbying group HR Policy Association — take shots at the plan, which includes the development of a template with which companies would report information to shareholders. The ball on this initiative began rolling back in 2009 when American National Standards Institute designated SHRM as a Standards Developing Organization.More

Performance management: an innovation imperative
Compensation Force
Performance management: What could be more critical to organizational success than guiding, aligning and — yes — assessing the performance of people relative to key goals and priorities? And yet, look at the levels of debate and angst that continue inside as well as outside the HR profession about how and even whether it should be done. More

Front-end analysis: Improving performance
Dashe & Thomson Social Learning Blog
Barbara Camm writes, "As I straddle the line between performance improvement and instructional design, I have been mulling over the use of front-end analysis and thinking about whether it would apply to the performance problems that we so often see associated with implementing ERP systems. Front-end analysis is actually part of the Human Performance Technology model, which is a systematic approach to improving productivity and competence. More specifically, it is a process for cost-effectively influencing human behavior and accomplishment."More

Mimicry, innovation and building corporate culture 1 face at a time
Fast Company
Hiring a single person whose motivation detracts from your company culture can have a dramatic effect, because of the way our minds are programmed. Emotions are contagious. The more people we see expressing a particular feeling, the more likely we are to adopt it ourselves, amplifying it in the process. Mimicry is just one of the many unconscious tasks our mind performs while we're busy attending to other things. Like a mental app running in the background of our consciousness, it's designed to serve an important purpose.More

HUD, VA test revamped performance management system
Federal News Radio
The Housing and Urban Development and Veterans Affairs departments are making slow but steady progress toward deploying a new employee performance management system that could one day set the bar for all federal agencies. Both agencies are piloting the system, called Goals-Engagement-Accountability-Results, or GEAR, which aims to link employee performance more directly with agency goals.More

'Tin Can' and SCORM: How does it affect training?
Impact Instruction Group
Why should learning designers care about this new concept known as Tin Can (or sometimes, next-generation SCORM)? Well, consider what happens when a client asks you to report on the use of a mobile learning app as part of a larger performance initiative. Or what about when learners use social media tools like Twitter and Facebook to connect and share insights? Right now, there's no way to capture those activities or draw conclusions about their relevancy to learning.More

New TOUT certificate to be offered
Daily Herald
The new Teaching Online Utilizing Technology (TOUT) certificate at College of DuPage in Illinois will provide hands-on training for educators, trainers, managers and students who want to incorporate the latest technology into their curriculum. Recently approved by the Illinois Community College Board, the 16-credit-hour TOUT certificate will help students design and implement online course materials within a learning management system. Students will focus on instructional design, visual literacy, online assessments and current collaborative and multimedia practices. More