Taruna is a Learning and Development professional with over 23 years of experience in adult education, workplace training, competency development, and performance improvement. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Science specializing in Community Resource Management and Education, an MBA in Marketing and Human Resources, and a Certificate in Adult and Continuing Education from the University of Victoria, Canada.
Before moving to Canada, Taruna was Lead Analyst – Learning Design with NIIT Ltd., New Delhi, India for 10 years during which she led the design and development of custom-learning projects for Fortune 500 companies including classroom, learning, and blended learning programs in the areas of IT, sales and communication skills. For the last 12+ years, she has been working with North Pacific Inc., in Vancouver, BC, Canada where she is actively engaged in designing qualification frameworks and competency standards/program standards for professional and technical occupations and competency-based provincial assessment programs and industry consultation projects for several Red-seal trades and technical occupations. More recently, she has been engaged in designing innovative, competency-based approaches to recognize and assess prior learning in order to create alternative career development paths.
Taruna strives to design workplace learning experiences that align with business needs and impact real-life work performance. She is a trusted partner to her clients and aims to provide innovative solutions for some of the most challenging problems. She is a champion of recognizing all types of learning and nurtures curiosity, autonomy, and authenticity in learning.
Taruna is an instructor with the University of Victoria and teaches courses in Instructional Design as a part of the Certificate in Adult and Continuing Education (CACE) program. She is passionate about volunteering and has written articles for United Nations Volunteers, served as a volunteer judge for multiple peer-reviewed benchmarking programs, and has been a Mentor with immigrant and refugee serving organizations. She currently serves as a Board Director at Immigrant Services Society of BC (ISSofBC) and volunteers with the IEEE Standards Association on the “Defining Competencies Working Group.”
Taruna is a life-long learner, an active participant in industry events, and a speaker at local events. She is a reflective blogger and enjoys exploring the outdoors and nature photography.
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Guy’s HPT Video Series
The HPT Video Series … formerly known as the HPT Practitioner and HPT Legacy Video Series … was started by Guy W. Wallace in 2008 as a means of sharing the diversity of HPT Practitioners, and the diversity of HPT Practices in the workplace and in academia.
The full set of videos – over 150 – may be found and linked to – here.
HPT – Human Performance Technology – is the application of science – the “technology” part – for Performance Improvement.
As the late Don Tosti noted, “All performance is a human endeavor.”
Whether your label for HPT is that, or Performance Improvement, or Human Performance Improvement, it is all about Evidence-Based Practices for Performance Improvement at the Individual level, the Team level, the Process level, the Department level, the Functional level, the Enterprise level, and at the level of Society/World.
HPT Practitioners might operate at any of these levels, as this Video Series clearly demonstrates.
Although ISPI – the International Society for Performance Improvement is the professional home of many HPT Practitioners – the concepts, models, methods, tools and techniques are not limited to any one professional affinity group or professional label.
ISPI just happens to be where I learned about HPT – and has been my professional home since 1979.
This Series Has Evolved Since 2008
These videos were first posted on Google Video, then they were moved to Blink, and now they may all be found on YouTube. And my name for them has changed as well…
HPT Practitioner Video Podcasts and HPT Legacy Video Podcasts
– Practitioner Series – short 2-10 minutes, following a script. Intended to show the diversity of HPT and HPT Practitioners. (2008-2018)
– Legacy Series – longer 15-40+ minutes, also scripted, with added stories of other NSPI/ ISPI’ers from the earlier days of the Society or others who were of great influence. Intended to capture the stories of the people who influenced us. (2008-2018)
– HPT Video Series (2019+) – is a continuation of the first two types of videos in this series, but with less focus on capturing NSPI/ISPI members – and expanding out to any and all who use Evidence-Based Practices in Performance Improvement regardless of any affiliation with ISPI or not.