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Over on the Leading Learning blog we’ve launched our Stream of Conference™ video series (SoC), a collection of brief, informal videos that will provide content related to the Leading Learning Symposium. While we don’t plan to publish those here going forward, I thought I would share the first one, partly because we are we’re also using SoC to announce the first of our Emphatically Recommended Readings – Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning


We think Make It Stick is one of the best books available for summing up the most important research on how we learn – and making useful suggestions for how to create better learning experiences.

Naturally, learning is at the heart of the Leading Learning Symposium – in addition to being part of the name it’s also one of our four threads – and creating effective learning is at the heart of delivering high value learning experiences to drive your education business.

So, this seems like a great reading to start us off, and I felt the key concepts I cover from it would be of value to Tagoras blog readers. These are:

  • Prior Knowledge
  • Elaboration
  • Effortful Retrieval
  • Spaced Practice
  • Interleaving

We’ll continue to talk about Make It Stick and also introduce other Emphatically Recommended Readings™ and Stream of Conference™ videos over on the event blog – that’s part of our strategy for applying the concepts emphasized in the book. We hope you’ll join us over on the Leading Learning blog, and if you are a learning leader at the director level or above, at the Leading Learning Symposium in October.


5 Practices to Emulate from MSAE’s Third Thought Online Learning Initiative

June 16, 2015

I had the pleasure of keynoting at the Michigan Society of Association Executives’ 2015 OrgPro conference recently and along the way I was fortunate to learn about the organization’s efforts with online learning. Given that we’re aiming to offer more examples and case studies on the Tagoras site, it was a timely connection to make. While […]

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Global Learning Trends and What They Mean for Organizations in the Business of Lifelong Learning

June 3, 2015

A month ago, we held the Leading Learning Spring Summit in Washington, DC, and we took our own advice and treated the event like a production event, capturing the comments made by the presenters. Now we have videos from the summit to share with folks who couldn’t attend in person. You can access them on […]

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What Are the Opportunities and Challenges for E-learning?

May 26, 2015

E-learning opportunities and challenges are precisely what we’ll dig into during Thursday’s Leading Learning Webinar, “E-learning for Executives.” It’s geared for executives and the staff and board members who need to collaborate with organizational executives to launch or grow e-learning initiatives. The world of e-learning has evolved at a breathtaking pace. That’s left many organizational […]

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Would You Like to Improve the Reach, Revenue, or Impact of Your Education Business?

May 14, 2015

Reach. Revenue. Impact. Three words sum up what most organizations with a market-facing education business are looking for. Reach, revenue, and impact are what we help the organizations we consult with to improve. When we do research and publish reports and white papers, we’re looking to discover and document: how organizations are making sure they’re […]

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Are you leading learning? 7 questions for reflection

May 5, 2015

On Friday we held our Leading Learning Spring Summit in DC, a lunch event for leaders in the business of continuing education and professional development. The event marked yet another occasion for reflecting on what it means to lead in the current market for lifelong learning. The following are seven questions I think are worth […]

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Acquisitions highlight the potential for learning to enhance member value

April 13, 2015

Celisa and I had the opportunity recently to speak to members of the Association Executives of North Carolina on the topic of leveraging online learning to enhance member value. Serendipitously, at about the same time, LinkedIn closed a $1.5 billion deal to buy Lynda.com, a highly popular – and profitable – online education company. It was […]

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Are You Asking the Right Questions?

April 9, 2015

One of the things we emphasized in our March 26 “Developing a Compelling Strategy for Your Education Business” Webinar was the importance of asking questions when setting strategy—but they have to be the right questions. The day before the Webinar, on March 25, the Supreme Court issued a ruling pointing to the importance of the […]

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What drives the decision to learn?

April 6, 2015

What drives decisions to participate in your organization’s educational programming? There’s one major factor that was highlighted years ago, and I’ve been getting the sense lately that not enough organizational leaders know about it. As a result, their strategy for growing (or reviving) their education programs may be significantly less effective than it could be.

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