our favorite links

     Listed below are websites that our associates have found to be especially useful in their work in performance improvement. Click on the category link to visit the website. Most provide access to free materials; others require payment.
 
Category Brief Description
Accelerated Learning Center For Accelerated Learning - free on-line tips and articles
Appreciative Inquiry Appreciative Inquiry Commons - - A portal site dedicated to Appreciative Inquiry. Includes tools, models and case studies.
Blended Learning An article describing three strategies to increase the effectiveness of virtual learning. There is a great chart delineating the best ways to ask and answer questions for maximum effectiveness.
Brainstorming An article that explains how to conduct an effective brainstorming session.
Case Study-Based Questions A how to article describing the best ways to improve exam questions by basing exam questions on a modified case study.
Case Studies Cranfield House (UK); Case studies publishers for management development topics.
Case Studies …available to order from IMD, the Institute for Management Development.
Creativity Provides several methods for generating creativity within the workplace
Creating Surveys A concise, how-to document for creating surveys from the American Association for Public Opinion Research.
Critical Thinking The site itself is not particularly useful, but the Institute is a highly respected source for information on critical thinking
Data Collection This site from Scotland provides a variety of instructions and hints for data collection, learning activities and evaluation. What they call their “Evaluation Cookbook” is their metaphor for planning and assessment at the individual learner level.
Distance Learning on the Internet A good starting kplace for eLearning providers.
eLearning LineZine: An online magazine with numerous thought-provoking articles on e-learning.
eLearning eLearning Post: A weblog devoted to eLearning. Worth checking on about once a week.
Emotional Intelligence The Emotional Intelligence Consortium is one of the better agencies for research and publications. Research reports and business cases may be downloaded for free.
ETS Test link An easily searchable database of all tests available for sale from the Educational Testing Service.
Evaluation - formative Good series of slides covering formative evaluation in some depth.
Force Field Analysis Contains a detailed article on how to conduct a Force Field Analysis
Glossary Good definitions of ID and O/D related terms
Glossary Good definitions of ID and O/D related terms
Graphics for Distance Learning Very basic, but contains some good tips for designing display materials that will be used in a distance leanring environment.
Harvard Case Studies When most people think of case studies, they think of Harvard. You can search and buy their case studies online.
HRD Press Easy-to-use for locating specific training and HR books and products.
Human Resources The inteThe internet home of Human Resource Executive Magazine. Excellent articles of a practical nature. Includes an HR related news feed organized by categories that is updated daily.
Instructional Design Free online manual - Covers analysis, design, development, and evaluation.
Instructional Design Competencies A short basic list of the competencies for an Instructional Designer, by Analysis & Technology, Inc.
Instructional Design Models University of Colorado – Denver, School of Education Thorough presentation of ID theories and models. Links to greater detail. An easy to navigate Cliff Notes of ID.
Instructional Design Theory Greg Kearsley’s site: Explorations in Learning & Instruction: The Theory Into Practice Database. Intended to make learning and instructional theory more accessible to educators. Contains brief summaries of 50 major theories of learning and instruction.
Instructional Media A good summary of the most common instructional delivery media
Instructional Systems Design A step by step manual to ISD, including a nicely flowcharted model. Don Clark is one of our favorites
Leadership Fast Company. This is one of the best business sites on the web. All content, including archives, is free. Check out the guides section: FC has thoughtfully grouped together useful articles on Leadership, HR and Strategy, among other topics.
Leadership Contains a good manual for leadership
Learner Characteristics A database-type site that covers sereral aspects of learner characteristics. Stresses how design works with characteristics. Well organized and easily navigable.
Learning Activities This site from Scotland provides a variety of instructions and hints for data collection, learning activities and evaluation. What they call their “Evaluation Cookbook” is their metaphor for planning and assessment at the individual learner level.
Learning Style Learning style assessments.
Learning Theories Describes 12 common learning theories; includes problem based learning and right/left brain thinking.
Management Development Lists leaders in the field of management/executive development
Management Development Latest research projects from the Institute of Management Development.
Management Topics A portal to a huge library of free on-line topics ranging from business to law to communications to career development. You can find almost any management topic here.
Management Topics Harvard Business Review Online. Provides synopses of their publications, all of which can be ordered for a fee.
Message Design Basic guide to online message design. The 4 principles described are contrast, alignment, proximity, and repetition. For 3 of the 4 principles, visual are provided on the page itself.
Mind Mapping A good overview of the problem-solving technique of mind mapping.
Mind Mapping Free download of sample mind mapping software.
Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) Explanation of NLP with a useful NLP portal.
Performance Measurement If you are interested in implementing a 360 Degree Feedback program, this site provides a good tool. Free demo to see how their process works.
Project Management An introduction to project management covering the most popular tools and tecniques of project management.
Research Corporate University Exchange: A consortium of corporate universities. While there is not a great deal of free information on this site, CUX is a major player in training research and their benchmarking publications are excellent.
Strategy Fast Company. This is one of the best business sites on the web. All content, including archives, is free. Check out the guides section: FC has thoughtfully grouped together useful articles on Leadership, HR and Strategy, among other topics.
Stress Management Detailed article on managing stress; includes a burn-out self assessment.
Time Management Detailed articles on time management skills and techniques.
Training American Society for Training and Development (ASTD): selected full text from journal.
Training and Education Portal While there is no single satisfactory index site to available training programs, TASL is better than most. You can search for classes and seminars by subject, product, providers, and location.
Training Plans An excellent framework for an individual training plan.
Virtual Meeting Assistant Online Tutorial for creating good meetings, Differentiates between types of meetings.
Virtual Research Assistant A beginner’s guide to qualitative social science research. Very basic.
Web Based Training Web based training information centre.
Workplace Issues Workforce: An HR magazine, free on the web. Registration required. One of the features is great articles streaming to your email about once a week.