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Agility: Realizing the Promise of Informal Learning Technologies to Deliver Accelerated Business Results

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT  
Host: Association for Talent Development
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Nimble. Flexible. Agile. Winning organizations today are those who are able to respond to dynamic market conditions and rapidly seize opportunities. This requires professionals wired to continuously learn, apply, innovate, and share their wisdom. Old models of learning are failing to keep up with the accelerated realities of business today--speed of change, shrinking cycle times, disruptive technologies, heightened uncertainty, and more. New models of agile learning that leverage informal learning technologies are required to augment and extend formal learning.

As learning professionals, what are we to make of the explosion of new user technologies that show so much promise to enable informal learning? How do we tap the potential of technologies such as collaboration tools, social networks, cloud computing and more into effective learning solutions that achieve tangible results? Today, we are inundated with a panacea of new technologies and the promise of the next great tool that will revolutionize business and learning. Learning professionals must understand how to leverage new technologies in the context of business and social trends to make an impact in their organizations. What we are missing is a way of thinking about new technologies and business trends that allows us to integrate them effectively into holistic approaches that enhance learning and drive performance.

In this session, the speaker will share informal learning research, trends, and examples that learning professionals can apply to their business environment. Next, the speaker will share an example business scenario and corresponding informal learning solution, and introduce an exercise with another business scenario. Finally, the speaker will introduce a model for designing an effective technology-enabled informal learning strategy designed for business agility. The session will encourage conversation, dialogue and learning agility in practice!

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the connection between business agility, learning agility and informal learning
  • Apply technology-enabled informal learning research and trends to your business challenge
  • Apply example user scenarios and solutions, and a best practice model for designing an effective technology-enabled informal learning strategy for your organization


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Sam Herring is co-founder of Intrepid Learning and leads the company’s strategic direction. With partners, he started the company in 1999 with a focus on learning research and best practices, and grew the business to become a market leader in learning consulting, outsourcing and technology. Today the company works with leading global companies to help them improve performance, and achieve their most promising business opportunities through innovative learning solutions.

Sam is immediate past Chairman of the American Society for Training and Development’s (ASTD) Board of Directors, and is recognized as a “Who’s Who” training industry thought leader by TrainingIndustry.com. Sam regularly speaks and consults with clients on topics such as innovation, business agility, learning trends and best practices, enterprise learning strategy, and more. He is published on BigThink.com, and in Fast Company and T&D magazine, and is a frequent keynote speaker at leading industry conferences, seminars, universities, and global corporations.

Sam holds a Master’s degree from Harvard University, where he studied ethics, religion and public policy, and a Bachelor’s degree in history from Yale University. In 2008, he was recognized as a top business leader through the Puget Sound Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” awards. He is a past director of New Futures, a Seattle area children and family services agency. Sam lives in Seattle with his wife Lynn and children Anneka and Malcolm.

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