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About Karen Carleton

Author photoKaren Carleton is a learning and performance specialist who has worked with all sectors and with diverse groups. She develops custom training and performance solutions based on evidence-based practice. Karen holds a Masters in Instructional and Performance Technology and a Masters in Workplace Learning. Her passions: problem solving, partnerships and performance improvement. Karen is a member of the Canadian Society of Training and Development and the International Society for Performance Improvement. View Karen’s Google Profile.

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Needs Assessment – Essential Step One

Submitted by Karen Carleton on October 19th, 2012

Just as with training to get physically fit, a well-conducted needs assessment is essential if your workplace training programs are going to see real results.

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Feedback: Performance Improvement’s Low Hanging Fruit

Submitted by Karen Carleton on October 10th, 2012

Providing timely and accurate feedback is an often underestimated tool for lifting employee motivation, raising performance and building trust.

Posted in Communication, Performance | Comments (3)

Instructional Design Logic

Submitted by Karen Carleton on September 27th, 2012

Instructional Designers are often undervalued. It is only when competent Instructional Designers work hand-in-hand with Subject Matter Experts that organizations produce workplace training programs that have a real impact on employee performance.

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Motivation and Learning: Ties that Bind

Submitted by Karen Carleton on September 17th, 2012

Getting employees to learn at work requires much more than dangling a carrot and waving a big stick. People learn – really learn – when what they are learning is of deep significance to them personally. Take a leaf out of the books of social scientists to find out how you can invigorate your learning programs.

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Quality Online Learning vs. E-Junk Training

Submitted by Karen Carleton on September 6th, 2012

Much of what passes for online learning ends up as useless waste for organizations. Online learning can be highly effective if designed in accordance with good instructional design principles.

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Generations at Work, or Stereotyping?

Submitted by Karen Carleton on August 24th, 2012

Are differences between generations of workers and learners a myth? And are we doing more damage than good by highlighting differences? Karen Carleton provides us some provocative thoughts.

Posted in Communication, Training | Comments (5)

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