ISPI Performance Digest
Feb. 18, 2014

Early bird deadline: THE Performance Improvement Conference
THE Performance Improvement Conference 2014 in Indianapolis will be bold, mind-blowing, game-changing — and you'll want to be part of it! The event, April 13-16, features new half-, one- and two-day workshops as part of its unbeatable education, along with standout keynote speakers Aubrey Daniels, Tracey Wilen-Daugenti and David Maxfield.

Don't miss the early registration deadline Wednesday, Feb. 19. Register today!More

Infographic: What is the role of a mentor in online education?
eLearning Infographics
Online courses are a flexible way to acquire new skills from anywhere in the world, via a Web app. But in practice do they really empower you with the drive and motivation to change your direction? Take a look at the stats, and consider how a mentor could help you further your career.More

Be an employee retention rock star with tips from this ISPI SkillCast
The rich literature on organizational socialization and employee turnover is often neglected in human performance technology. In this Wednesday's SkillCast, Don Kirkey, EdD, Director of Leadership Development at a major retailer, will share lessons learned learned in improving retention and lowering turnover. These tips are readily applicable by those working in business or the social sector with similar populations. The SkillCast takes place from 1 to 2 p.m. EST (UTC-05:00) this Wednesday, Feb. 19. Register online.More

Cross-cultural communication and international e-learning
Distance Educator
Communication is an indispensable part of international cooperation, and it requires managing different cultures. Being prepared to see and understand different values or trying to understand contrasting views in a consortium can decrease the potential of misperception, which otherwise may act as a real barrier to cooperation. This is why international cooperation necessitates negotiation across cultures.More

Research suggests professional development delivers better student scores
T|H|E Journal
When teachers participate in professional development, students do better in assessments. That's the conclusion of "Multi-State, Quasi-Experimental Study of the Impact of Internet-Based, On-Demand Professional Learning on Student Performance," a study undertaken by researchers at the University of Utah and Brigham Young University.More

The business of instructional design: Career tips beyond the storyboard
Learning Solutions Magazine
What's the difference between an instructional designer and a lead or senior instructional designer? It's more than simply having more knowledge of design principles and learning theory. To advance in the profession, you need to develop basic business skills such as collaboration, innovation, consultation and leadership.More

Case Study No 3: A course doesn't solve every problem
Learning in the Social Workplace
In the third of three case studies that show how courses are not the solution to every learning or performance problem, Jane Hart examines one company's lack of promptness in onboarding created unnecessary retention and productivity problems.More

City launches performance improvement portal to boost engagement
The City of Houston
Houston Mayor Annise Parker recently unveiled a new website to advance her vision for a more transparent and efficient government. The Performance Improvement Portal is the hub for all of the city's performance and open data resources. From this website, the public can access the city's new quarterly performance management report — Performance Insight — and stay current on a series of projects designed to improve operations and services. More