Magazine article Talent Development

The Silver Lining of 2009

Magazine article Talent Development

The Silver Lining of 2009

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"An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves."

I'm sure a lot of us will feel like Vaughn's "pessimist" on December 31st, when the end of the first decade of the 21st century comes to a close. But while most of us would like to see 2009 and the economic recession leave and never return, there is no denying that this year was a monumental year in workplace learning for technology, informal learning, and employee performance.

Web 2.0 technologies--blogs, wikis, and social networking sites--exploded onto the scene, but not without some questions and hesitation from workplace learning professionals. These collaborative tools don't fit into the traditional delivery models, but they are the future and must be welcomed if learning executives expect to succeed.

Many experts think social media will change even more in 2010. David Armano, on the Social Media in Learning blog, says that "social media will get more popular, more mobile, and more exclusive--with groups, lists, and niche networks becoming more popular, networks could begin to feel more 'exclusive.'"

Although the year has been difficult--with budget cuts and reductions in force--it has forced all learning departments to explore new and less expensive methods of delivering learning, including e-learning, simulations, and other online options. …

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