Dear Kirkpatrick’s: You Still Don’t Get It

In the February edition of CLO Magazine, I had the opportunity to write an editorial entitled “Time’s Up – Learning Will Forever Be Part Formal, Part Informal and Part Social”. Suffice to say I’ve caused a bit of a stir in the Kirkpatrick camp. Specifically, I received an email from Wendy Kirkpatrick, Manager of Kirkpatrick […]

Time’s Up – Learning Will Forever Be Part Formal, Part Informal and Part Social

Originally posted to Chief Learning Officer Magazine, February 2011 Edition. Reprinted here with permission. (original link here) By Dan Pontefract The magnetic vortex known as the Four Levels of Evaluation, utilized pervasively and at times blindly within the learning industry, has run its course and is in need of an update, if not a replacement. Since 1959, […]

Call it Collaboration, Not Enterprise 2.0 or Social Business

Colin Powell once said: “Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate and doubt, to offer a solution everybody can understand.” Background The meme forest fire of Enterprise 2.0 and Social Business is blazing wildly across all geographies of opinion. We’ve got Enterprise 2.0 in one corner with no shortage […]

Fish & Chips and Malt Vinegar (inseparable organizational pieces)

Truth be told, I love fish and chips. Maybe it’s the English in me, but I can’t get enough of it, despite its rather unhealthy background and 150 year history. In fact, the industry is worth today an estimated £1.2bn in the UK as reported in The Independent earlier in 2010. I liken Enterprise 2.0 […]

Standalone LMS is Still Dead (rebutting & agreeing w/ Dave Wilkins)

Last year, I wrote a piece entitled “The Standalone LMS is Dead”. Last week, Dave Wilkins of wrote a piece entitled “A Defense of the LMS (and a case for the future of social learning)”. Let the fireworks begin. But before striking my match, I must first state that Dave is a professional; both […]