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  • May 15, 2015 4:48 PM | Ann Battenfield (Administrator)

    ISPI (and its chapters) has been asked to help with an important project for the U.S. Department of Labor called O*NET (Occupational Information Network, Research Triangle Institute, the non-profit research company conducting the data collection on Training and Development Managers for the DOL, is eager to have your input to ensure the information published at the O*NET Database remains current and accurate. Will you please help with this initiative?

     O*NET is a free resource accessed by millions of employers, veterans, job seekers, educators, and students each year for career exploration, workforce development and writing job descriptions for hiring and training. A random sample of occupational experts responding to this request will be invited to complete questionnaires in 2015.

    Eligibility Criteria:

    In order to participate, you must meet the criteria described below for the classification of Training and Development Managers: Plan, direct, or coordinate the training and development activities and staff of an organization. (Full summary available at

    • Do you have at least one year of practice as a Training and Development Manager at any point within your career?
    • Do you have at least 5 years of experience with the occupation of Training and Development Managers which includes any one or combination of the following: practicing in the occupation, teaching, training or supervising those in the occupation? 
    • Are you still active in the occupation, either practicing, teaching, training or supervising?
    How You Can Help:

    Please email or call Traci Davis at the O*NET Operations Center at RTI International (  or 877-233-7348 ext. 109) and provide the following:


    Daytime Phone number: 

    Mailing Address/State:  

    Email address: 

    Years of experience with the occupation:

    Your area of focus, role or specialty: 

    The information experts provide about the occupation will be combined with responses from other professionals across the country and become the government reference for the work on Contact information submitted by experts will be kept strictly private and your name will not be associated with the aggregate results published at O*NET.

    Thank you very much for your participation to increase the knowledge available about our work.

  • April 26, 2015 1:29 PM | Anonymous

    Are you looking for an expert in measurement or research, for example, who would provide a workshop or presentation that would help your team members learn, grow, and create new skills?

    Look no further! In the next few weeks, ISPI is launching a Website that allows you to search for presenters in the performance improvement arena. Everyone on the list is fully vetted, so you can be sure that they are qualified and you can search by geographical area and within practice areas.

    More information coming soon!

  • April 22, 2015 4:49 PM | Ann Battenfield (Administrator)

    Do you have expertise on how technology can be used to create, enhance, or manage elearning initiatives? Would you like to share your knowledge at an event that draws over 400+ people? Then submit a proposal for a full 50-minute breakout session or a 5-minute Learning Spark presentation. click here for more details. The call is open until May 15th.

    Not ready to present but want to help? Volunteers are essential and help keep the costs reasonable and create an event that the coordinators--Chicago ISPI, ATD-CHI, and STC Chicago--are proud of. Help shape the conference and receive a discount registration!

  • April 20, 2015 10:09 AM | Anonymous

    The Chicago State University Information Studies Department is pleased to announce a new Masters of Science in Technology and Performance Improvement Studies (MS-TPIS) online degree program which starts fall 2015.  

    This program is aligned with the published standards of the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI). Program participants will gain insight that allows them to authentically apply ISPI standards through the integration of applied practices in the areas of human performance technology (HPT), information and communications technology (ICT), and quality management.  During the course of study, students can apply for additional professional certifications from ISPI, CISCO, CompTIA, and the American Society of Quality (ASQ). The program prepares professionals to systematically evaluate the current work environment and implement appropriate solutions in order to improve performance across disciplines. 

    The MS-TPIS degree is ideal for individuals interested in advancing in their current position or preparing for new positions such as managers and directors of information technology, performance improvement specialists, educational technologists, trainers, eLearning specialists, consultants, network administrators, systems analysts, and a variety of other professions.  

    This fall we will be offering the following online courses if you simply want to take a course or prefer to do a test run before committing to an entire degree.

    • TPS 5060 - Fundamentals of Performance Improvement
    • TPS 5300 - Fundamentals of Instructional Design
    • TPS 5510 - Network Fundamentals for Information Specialists
    • TPS 5610 - Wireless Security Design

    For more information visit our website, Master of Science in Technology and Performance Improvement Studies, contact the Information Studies Department at 773.995.2598 or email us at

  • April 16, 2015 10:18 PM | Anonymous

    Carol Haig, longtime ISPI member and volunteer, sent out this link, An Illustrated History of Tex-Mex, to some fellow ISPI members. Whether you plan on attending the conference or not, the article is well worth a read, especially if you enjoy Tex-Mex food.

    According to the article, "The cuisine grew out of the Rio Grande Valley but came into its own in San Antonio." From the format--rice, beans, entree--to Fritos to fajitas, it all started there.

    Here are some other links to help you prepare your culinary excursions:

    1. 10 best foodie spots in San Antonio

    2. Local San Antonio restaurants that serve the best pancakes

    3. Best Bbq, San Antonio

    4. Where do the locals eat? (TripAdvisor)

    5. Best Mexican in San Antonio? (ChowHound)

    6. PAX SouthTour Guide Pt 2 - Where the locals eat and drink

    And, if you're looking to play hooky one afternoon or stay and extra day or two, try this: Pax SouthTour Guide Pt 1 - I'm in San Antonio, now what?

  • April 13, 2015 11:15 PM | Anonymous

    Confused about whether learning styles are important in instructional design? Look no farther than a page at The Training & Development World: The Complete And Utter Myth Of Taking Into Account Learning Styles In Design And Delivery of Training And Teaching.

    This page lists many sources that will help you make up your mind. From an audio piece originally from National Public Radio to a link to the Association of Psychological Sciences where it is asserted that there is no evidence to support auditory and visual learning styles, there are at least fifteen links. If you only have a few minutes, read this one, by Peter DeWitt.

    Unfortunately, there are likely thousands of links on the Internet that make the opposite case! If you search on "learning styles in teaching" on Google, you will find link after link of sites, companies, and organizations exhorting you that you must take into account learning styles when you develop any type of training.

    Here's to standing strong against ideas whose time has passed.

  • April 10, 2015 9:57 PM | Anonymous

    It may be because of how your brain works. Researchers measured connections between parts of the brain as the learners played a new, relatively simple game. The neural activity was different in those who learned the game more quickly than it was in those who learned it more slowly.

    According to an article at, "Their analysis provides new insight into what happens in the brain during the learning process and sheds light on the role of interactions between different regions. The findings, which appear online today in Nature Neuroscience, suggest that recruiting unnecessary parts of the brain for a given task — similar to overthinking the problem — plays a critical role in this important difference."

    Click here to read the whole article and learn how the study was conducted and more about the findings.

  • April 02, 2015 6:00 PM | Ann Battenfield (Administrator)

    Now in its eighth year, the call for speakers went out today. Proposals are due on April 23rd; click here for more details. 

    Not ready to present but want to help? Volunteers are essential and help keep the costs reasonable and create an event that the coordinators--Chicago ISPI, ATD-CHI, and STC Chicago--are proud of. Help shape the conference and receive a discount registration!

  • March 31, 2015 2:58 PM | Deleted user

    We first announced in August of 2014 that we were moving from a more traditional meeting model to one aligned with community of practice principles. Our goal was to build on what many of our members already felt: Chicago ISPI is a special community. An Implementation Team took many months to create our new model, along with the effort of 25 to 30 of some of our most ardent contributors.

    It all paid off last week, as our first community meeting launched March 25th. A true community effort, the meeting was a reflection of how smaller contributions are magnified when everyone works together. Approximately 25 people attended and everyone contributed throughout the evening.

    After some casual networking and dinner, the meeting began with a fun icebreaker activity that reminded everyone that the strength of the community, in part, comes from the connections made by its members. Claire Beck, the meeting facilitator, then provided some varied and detailed announcements and asked if anyone had any to add.

    Ranya Verson, board member and key member of the Implementation Team, shared an overview and history of the community meetings to provide context and let everyone know what would happen over the next year. Next, Lee Johnsen, a key member of the Implementation Team, discussed norms--why they are important to the community and the norms identified to date. He invited everyone to add their ideas and comments to the discussion thread about norms. If you haven't visited yet or added your comments, please do.

    A presentation format was used for this meeting; Claire facilitated a one hour interactive presentation about performance improvement basics as related to the ISPI standards. Subsequent meetings will likely use additional meeting formats, such as discussion or practice.

    Toward the end, Mike Frasure explained the process to offer, advocate for, and choose upcoming meeting topics. Contributors offered feedback and shared their expectations. As the meeting came to a close, Charmin Olion facilitated the debrief and evaluation of the meeting.

    A shout out to Claire Beck, facilitator and Kay Schumacher, backup facilitator; Maurina Patton, scribe; Charmin Olion, evaluator; Mike Frasure, content manager; Liz Osika as the greeter/registrar; and Ranya Verson, Andy Buzinski, and Lee Johnsen as the functional team leads. Their work demonstrates just how much value each contributor brings to the community and that it's truly all about the community. The community both creates and reaps the value.

  • March 29, 2015 5:23 PM | Anonymous

    Why Should I Attend the Launch Series?

    Participation in the first four meetings ensures your voice is heard, allows you to help create the meeting format and ensure that the process meets your needs. In many ways, this is an opportunity rarely afforded to members of professional associations. Usually the association decides when, where, and what you will learn and how you will participate. We are offering you the chance to create the types of meetings that best help you in your career.

    Why Should I Attend Community Meetings?

    Networking and professional development is an essential practice. Of course, you can do this in many ways. What makes the community meetings different is that they allow you to focus on exactly what matters to you and to have a say regarding your community’s focus. The communities are smaller than the meetings at some of the larger professional associations, allowing you to get to know your fellow contributors in a more meaningful way.

    What Happens at the Meetings?

    The meeting topics are determined by the contributors at the meetings and the topic could be facilitated in one of several ways. For example, a speaker from in or outside the community could present about a topic. Or a member could bring a problem to the community and ask for help solving the problem. Contributors could all share their approach to a particular task. Each community will have a list of the types of meetings they could conduct and are welcome to add to that list.

    The facilitator leads the meeting and creates an agenda. Each meeting consists of multiple components, such as:

    • Open time for networking
    • Announcements
    • Topic facilitation
    • Group process work
    • Evaluation

    The meeting scribe will take notes and transfer relevant information to the Website so discussions can be continued and that other members can participate if they were unable to attend. At the end of each meeting, the evaluation contributor will conduct a short evaluation and review.

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