PDG Featured in Learning Solutions Magazine

April 9, 2013

Performance support is a great way to drive learning to on-the-job application. Traditional approaches to training and eLearning just aren’t enough to support today’s multi-generational, multi-tasking, and multifaceted workforce. In this month’s Learning Solutions Magazine, get 16 performance support tips, strategies, and tactics from some of the top minds in the industry,  including PDG’s Senior  Director of Customer Engagement, Rich Mesch. You’ll also get a sneak preview of the upcoming eLearning Guild Online Forum, Learning at the Moment of Need: Connecting Learning to Performance.

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Mobile Learning with PDG at eLearning Guild

March 19, 2013

RichMesch_001Rich Mesch, Senior Director, Customer Engagement, Performance Development Group, is presenting at The eLearning Guild’s program, Learning at the Moment of Need: Connecting Learning to Performance Thursday, 11 April 2013 from 10:15—11:30 am.  His talk is entitled, Getting Past Mobile Learning to Mobile PERFORMANCE.

Mobile learning is on many learning organizations’ to-do lists, and why not? Who wouldn’t want to provide learning that follows your learners everywhere? But, like so many emerging technologies, we need to look past the gloss of the possible to the reality of the useful. When we deliver learning to a mobile device the same way we deliver it to a desktop computer, we miss the point of having a mobile device to begin with. People “learn” from their mobile devices all the time; they just don’t call it training. We need to look not at what we can teach people on a mobile device, but rather how we can use mobile devices to provide information to help them perform better.

Participants in this session will move past the hype and misinformation surrounding mobile learning, and focus on how this technology can help the workforce become more effective. You’ll explore why most mobile learning is ineffective, and why mobile content needs to be rethought based on how people use mobile devices. You’ll then examine how performance-support best practices adapt extremely well to mobile devices, and review three mobile performance-support solutions already in use.

Participants will learn:

  • How to create a mobile strategy that supports performance rather than learning
  • Why adapting conventional learning paradigms to mobile devices is ineffective
  • How adults use mobile devices
  • How you can use mobile technology effectively for performance support
  • Reusable strategy and design models for creating effective mobile performance

Talk Mobile Learning with PDG at Training 2013 in Orlando!

February 4, 2013

Join PDG’s Rich Mesch at the Training 2013 Conference in Orlando, FL  on February 18, 2013 at 2:00pm  as he presents “Mobile Learning is SO 10 Minutes Ago… Mobile Performance is Now!” Click here for details and registration info.

Mobile learning is on everybody’s to-do list, and why not? Who wouldn’t want learning that follows you everywhere? But like so many emerging technologies, we need to look past the gloss of the possible to the reality of the useful. When we deliver learning to a mobile device the same way we deliver it to a desktop computer, we miss the point of Imagehaving a mobile device to begin with. People “learn” from their mobile devices all the time, they just don’t call it training. Whether they’re pulling sports scores, GPS-ing the next leg of their trip, or sending some quick texts, people use their mobile devices to gain knowledge–and we need to leverage the methods our audience is already using. They use mobile devices:

  • In short intense bursts
  • In down-time, such as between appointments
  • To retrieve information that may not be at their fingertips, or
  • To get information that may be so current or time-sensitive, there’s no other way to get it other than right now.

We need to look at not what we can teach people on a mobile device, but rather how we can use mobile devices to provide information to help them perform better. The goal of this session is to overcome the hype and misinformation surrounding mobile learning, and focus on how this technology can help the workforce become more effective. We’ll explore why most mobile learning is ineffective, and why mobile content needs to be rethought based on how people use mobile devices.

Participants in this session will learn:

  • How to create a mobile strategy that supports performance rather than learning
  • Why adapting conventional learning paradigms to mobile devices is ineffective
  • Relevant research on how adults use mobile devices
  • How mobile technology can be used effectively for performance support
  • Reusable Strategy & Design models for creating effective mobile performance

Talk Mobile Learning with PDG at ASTD Philadelphia!

December 10, 2012

Join PDG’s Rich Mesch at the ASTD Philadelphia e-Learning SIG on January 17, 2013 at 6:00pm in Plymouth Meeting, PA  as he presents “Mobile Learning is SO 10 Minutes Ago… Mobile Performance is Now!” Click here for details and registration info.

Mobile learning is on everybody’s to-do list, and why not? Who wouldn’t want learning that follows you everywhere? But like so many emerging technologies, we need to look past the gloss of the possible to the reality of the useful. When we deliver learning to a mobile device the same way we deliver it to a desktop computer, we miss the point of Imagehaving a mobile device to begin with. People “learn” from their mobile devices all the time, they just don’t call it training. Whether they’re pulling sports scores, GPS-ing the next leg of their trip, or sending some quick texts, people use their mobile devices to gain knowledge–and we need to leverage the methods our audience is already using. They use mobile devices:

  • In short intense bursts
  • In down-time, such as between appointments
  • To retrieve information that may not be at their fingertips, or
  • To get information that may be so current or time-sensitive, there’s no other way to get it other than right now.

We need to look at not what we can teach people on a mobile device, but rather how we can use mobile devices to provide information to help them perform better. The goal of this session is to overcome the hype and misinformation surrounding mobile learning, and focus on how this technology can help the workforce become more effective. We’ll explore why most mobile learning is ineffective, and why mobile content needs to be rethought based on how people use mobile devices.

Participants in this session will learn:

  • How to create a mobile strategy that supports performance rather than learning
  • Why adapting conventional learning paradigms to mobile devices is ineffective
  • Relevant research on how adults use mobile devices
  • How mobile technology can be used effectively for performance support
  • Reusable Strategy & Design models for creating effective mobile performance

Talk Mobile Learning with PDG at Society for Human Resource Management!

September 6, 2012

Join PDG’s Rich Mesch at the Delaware SHRM Meeting on October 9, 2012 at 6:00pm in Newark, DE  as he presents “Mobile Learning is SO 10 Minutes Ago… Mobile Performance is Now!” Click here for details and registration info.

Mobile learning is on everybody’s to-do list, and why not? Who wouldn’t want learning that follows you everywhere? But like so many emerging technologies, we need to look past the gloss of the possible to the reality of the useful. When we deliver learning to a mobile device the same way we deliver it to a desktop computer, we miss the point of Imagehaving a mobile device to begin with. People “learn” from their mobile devices all the time, they just don’t call it training. Whether they’re pulling sports scores, GPS-ing the next leg of their trip, or sending some quick texts, people use their mobile devices to gain knowledge–and we need to leverage the methods our audience is already using. They use mobile devices:

  • In short intense bursts
  • In down-time, such as between appointments
  • To retrieve information that may not be at their fingertips, or
  • To get information that may be so current or time-sensitive, there’s no other way to get it other than right now.

We need to look at not what we can teach people on a mobile device, but rather how we can use mobile devices to provide information to help them perform better. The goal of this session is to overcome the hype and misinformation surrounding mobile learning, and focus on how this technology can help the workforce become more effective. We’ll explore why most mobile learning is ineffective, and why mobile content needs to be rethought based on how people use mobile devices.

Participants in this session will learn:

  • How to create a mobile strategy that supports performance rather than learning
  • Why adapting conventional learning paradigms to mobile devices is ineffective
  • Relevant research on how adults use mobile devices
  • How mobile technology can be used effectively for performance support
  • Reusable Strategy & Design models for creating effective mobile performance

PDG Introduces iPad Apps

April 13, 2012

As more and more organizations take advantage of the flexibility and convenience of the iPad, PDG has placed a major focus on creating a real iPad capability. While some organizations focus on just moving their existing courses to the iPad, PDG is focusing on getting real value from the affordances of the iPad, delivering on-demand training and performance support in a format that’s uniquely tablet-based. We recently helped a client move a cumbersome reference manual onto the iPad, putting a wealth of easily searchable information at every employee’s fingertips. Read our case study here:

Case Study – Repurposing Assets for the iPad


Talk Mobile Learning with PDG at ASTD in Denver!

March 20, 2012

Join PDG’s Rich Mesch at the ASTD 2012 International Conference in Denver, CO on May 9, 2012 at 10:30am as he presents “Mobile Learning is SO 10 Minutes Ago… Mobile Performance is Now!”

Mobile learning is on everybody’s to-do list, and why not? Who wouldn’t want learning that follows you everywhere? But like so many emerging technologies, we need to look past the gloss of the possible to the reality of the useful. When we deliver learning to a mobile device the same way we deliver it to a desktop computer, we miss the point of Imagehaving a mobile device to begin with. People “learn” from their mobile devices all the time, they just don’t call it training. Whether they’re pulling sports scores, GPS-ing the next leg of their trip, or sending some quick texts, people use their mobile devices to gain knowledge–and we need to leverage the methods our audience is already using. They use mobile devices:

  • In short intense bursts
  • In down-time, such as between appointments
  • To retrieve information that may not be at their fingertips, or
  • To get information that may be so current or time-sensitive, there’s no other way to get it other than right now.

We need to look at not what we can teach people on a mobile device, but rather how we can use mobile devices to provide information to help them perform better. The goal of this session is to overcome the hype and misinformation surrounding mobile learning, and focus on how this technology can help the workforce become more effective. We’ll explore why most mobile learning is ineffective, and why mobile content needs to be rethought based on how people use mobile devices.

Participants in this session will learn:

  • How to create a mobile strategy that supports performance rather than learning
  • Why adapting conventional learning paradigms to mobile devices is ineffective
  • Relevant research on how adults use mobile devices
  • How mobile technology can be used effectively for performance support
  • Reusable Strategy & Design models for creating effective mobile performance