Author Archives: fkaadmin

Focus on Performance

Performance Improvement

The Learning and Development (L&D) profession continues to undergo major structural changes, one of which is to the transition away from a focus on learning as the output and toward a focus on performance improvement.

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Neuroscience Part 2: Spacing Effect

Spacing Effect versus Spaced Learning

There is a lot of new terminology being used when talking about neuroscience and how it’s research can be applied to increase learning. Two terms you often hear—and should be clarified— are: ‘Spacing Effect’ and ‘Spaced Learning’.

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So who is SAM?

Successive Approximation Model (SAM) is an agile development model created by Michael Allen, a recognized pioneer and leader in the design of interactive multimedia learning tools and applications.

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Diary of a Road Warrior: A Week in the Life of Presenting at Conferences

What a terrific week of Learning and Development. I traveled from the East to West Coast and back to deliver four amazing sessions at TRAINING 2017 in San Diego, California and HRPA’s 2017 Annual Conference and Trade show in Toronto, Ontario. Here is brief play-by-play, that I know most Road Warriors have experienced, along with some Best Practices for Success, and a couple of recommendations to a few great dining establishments.

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AGILE Instructional Design

Can a 45-year old ISD methodology keep up with the changes?

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How Learning Contributes to Organizational Success


Friesen, Kaye and Associates is celebrating 50 years in the learning and performance improvement field. This is what we have learned about how effective learning programs can greatly increase the success of any organization.
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Neuroscience Part 1: What Was Old is New Again

FKA celebrated its 50th anniversary this past year. Paul Friesen started the company in 1966 and, along with Joe Harless and Bob Mager, was part of ushering in a formalized approach to training in the business world. In his book, “Designing instruction: A systematic or “systems” approach using programmed instruction as a model” published in 1971, Paul documented FKA’s Systematic Learning Process.

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Do you Need ISD (Instructional Systems Design) to Support Informal Learning?

A previous post, Coached Informal Learning discussed the 70:20:10 model of learning and development which suggests that 90% of learning is achieved through informal learning and only 10% is achieved through formal learning. Effective L&D organizations use an instructional system design (ISD) methodology to ensure the formal learning developed and delivered aligns with the performance needs of the organization. Read More

Coached Informal Learning

The 70:20:10 model of learning and development states that 70% of learning comes from on-the-job experiences; 20% comes from getting feedback, observing others and developmental relationships; while only 10% comes from formal learning events. Read More

Millennials

Gen Y or the “millennials” are becoming the dominant demographic in the corporate learning
population. Born between 1982 and 2004, millennials are the under 45’ in the work force.
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