Foo Foo – in Instructional Design and Performance Improvement

There Is Too Much Foo Foo

Here are links to Pages on this site with links to research findings off this site – on each of the various types of Foo Foo found often in Instructional Design and Performance Improvement, including:

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Good general online Sources for your self defense:

Foo Foo Fighting In the Online Trenches:

Check out these sites/pages for more on various topics…
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Farrington, J., & Clark, R. E. (2000). Snake oil, science, and performance products. farrington_clark_snakePerformance Improvement, 39(10), 5-10.
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Dale Brethower – Sense and Nonsense in HPT – Sense and NonSense in HPT – Dale Brethower
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Harold Stolovitch – – on the following topics:
  • Feedback leads to improved performance.
  • Immediate feedback is more effective in improving performance than delayed feedback.
  • Job satisfaction generally leads to improved performance. 
  • Successful performance during training usually results in improved post-training performance.
  • If you want to learn how to do something, go to the expert.
  • Physical capital generates a significantly higher return-on-investment (ROI) than human capital.
  • Technology advances since 1970 have consistently accelerated an overall increase in work productivity.
  • Common sense is a friendly ally of science.
Harold writes: Most research methodology books warn research students that “common sense” presents one of the greatest dangers to scientific truth and is frequently an enemy of science.
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Professor Wallace Hannum (UNC) – has a two-part article in ISPI’s Performance Improvement Journal in February and July 2009 (available for free to ISPI members) – see the following links to the abstracts and to download the PDFs:
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Don ClarkBig Dog Little Dog web site – on the following topics…check his current listings…
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There Is Too Much Foo Foo 

What’s on your list of Foo Foo?

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Also fighting Foo Foo…


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ibstpi® issued competencies and performance statements for Instructors, Instructional Designers, Training Managers. All of these competencies have been updated and globally validated.
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Is Your Crowd Averaging You Up or Down?

But But
Don’t follow the crowd when the research suggests otherwise.
Be wary of those who Dabble or Preach these dis-proven approaches to instruction and broader performance improvement.

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