OXO Tower (London, England)

imageMy favorite restaurant in London!  It’s south of the Thames River the OXO Tower serves up excellent cuisine and wonder views of the city and the West end.

From the bar, terrace and sometimes your table you can see Buckingham Palace, Parliament, St. Paul’s cathedral and the City.  There is a brassier section but I have only eaten in the Restaurant

It’s a creative blend of European and British Modern cuisine and I’m never disappointed – you can expect traditional dishes with an innovative twist like:  blueberry mousse and iced earl grey tea.

The restaurant is an elegant dining experience in an art-deco decorative ambiance, making it pleasantly informal.  The wine list is impressive, with of over 800 wines from around the world the wait staff are professional and knowledgeable.

I recommend this great little gem to anyone living or passing through London!

The OXO Tower Restaurant
OXO Tower Wharf
Barge House Street
South Bank
London SE1 9PH

+44 (0)20 7803 3888

August 1, 2009 at 9:08 am Leave a comment

Dans Le Noir – London

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I was reminded today about a fun restaurant in London that I wanted to share with you.  I have been there several times but most recently I was there with our software development team to learn more about accessibility! 

This restaurant provides an unbelievable experience: eating in the pitch darkness. For sighted people it is a little strange but this restaurant provide an experience that everyone can enjoy. 

With the help of blinded guides you will completely re-evaluate your notions of taste and smell. 

Dans le Noir

30-31 Clerkenwell Green
London EC1R 0DU, UK 
+44 (20) 7253 1100

August 1, 2009 at 9:03 am Leave a comment

Learn, Qualify, Perform

This original article was enhanced, after feedback from customers and colleagues in the industry, around the concept of “Performing”.  I updated this article and will repost to save confusion.

imageI wanted to share some work with you on how to logically organize assessments and came up with this simple model which seems to resonate with the people that I present it to.  You might also be interested in my previous article on Types Of Assessments (Formative, Diagnostic, Summative, and Surveys)..

There are assessments for learning and assessments to qualify people for certain activities or job roles; then they perform tasks. Throughout the process of learning, qualifying and performing, we accumulate evidence and feedback that help us make decisions. 

The definitions and distinction of the various assessment types that I refer to in this article are documented within the Assessment Maturity Model at http://assessmentmaturitymodel.wikispaces.com/Assessment+Solutions:

Learn

image Assessments Through The Learning Process can be distinguished and linked together by thinking of:

  • Pre-Learning Assessments
  • In-Learning Assessments
  • Of-Learning Assessments

Pre-Learning Assessments

The following assessments are used prior to learning events:

  • Job Task Analysis
  • Needs Analysis Surveys
  • Diagnostic assessments
  • Pre Tests
  • Placement tests
  • Self-diagnostic tools
  • In-Learning Assessments
  • Of-Learning Assessments

In-Learning

The following assessments are used within learning events to assist the learner learn:

  • Formative assessments
  • Quizzes during Learning
  • 360 Learner Peer Review
  • Practice Tests

Of-Learning

The following assessments are used to detect what a learner has learned:

  • Level 1 Surveys
  • Course evaluations
  • 360 (Level 3) Surveys
  • Post Course Tests
  • Graduation Exams
  • Internal exams
  • Open exams
  • Licensing exams

Qualify

image I struggled with this for a long time on whether qualify should be its own category but finally I came to the conclusion that it should because it provides sufficient distinctions on its own and could be separated from learning experiences. 

There are three basic categories of Assessments To Qualify and these have various styles of assessments associated with this:

  • Academic: Graduation Exams
  • Pre-Employment: Pre-employment Screening, Pre-employment Skills Tests, Personality assessments, Psychological assessment
  • Certification & Licensing: Graduation exams, Internal exams, Open exams, Licensing exams

Perform

image After learning and qualifying we end of up performing manual and intellectual tasks. And as we do things evidence surfaces that can be referenced to help us make decisions about more learning, more qualifications and our performance.

This evidence can be used and assessed within an organizations’ Performance and Talent Management processes to help people become more successful in their work 

Performance and Talent Management

imagePerformance Management is a method used to influence and manage behaviors and results with the goal of bringing out the best in people.  Talent Management refers to the phases of finding, developing and retaining people to perform activities. 

Within these phases people engage in learning and qualifications and their activities tends to accumulate evidence that assists them and others assess their performance.

Talent Management assessments can be categorized with the three phases of Talent Management:

  • Talent Acquisition – finding and employing the right people
    • Job Task Analysis
    • As per Pre-Employment assessments i.e. Pre-employment Screening, Pre-employment Skills Tests, Personality assessments, Psychological assessment
  • On-Boarding – orienting new people to the workplace
    • As per Assessments Through The Learning Process
  • Performance, Talent and Team Management – to help people be successful
    • As per Assessments Through The Learning Process
    • Appraisal (360s)
    • Employee Attitudes
    • Opinion Surveys

I hope you have found this posting useful in showing how the types of assessments relate to Learning, Qualifying and Performing as well as getting things done!

July 28, 2009 at 12:15 pm Leave a comment

Assessment Solutions – Vocabulary

I have recently brought some work on Assessment Solution vocabularies into the public domain and enhanced it to be useful in the context of the Assessment Maturity Model.

You can reference this work from http://assessmentmaturitymodel.wikispaces.com/Assessment+Solutions

Please feel free to comment here, on the AMM wiki or email me directly. 

Thank you for all of your comments so far!

Eric

July 28, 2009 at 11:59 am Leave a comment

Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology “SIOP” discussion of the US Supreme Court case Ricci v. DeStefano

I wanted to share some well informed points of view around testing in the workplace and commentary on the recent Ricci v. DeStefano case from the SIOP web site.

SIOP is a well respected Division of the APA with a mission to enhance human well-being and performance within work settings by promoting the science, practice, and teaching of industrial-organizational psychology.

Industrial-organizational (I-O) psychology is the scientific study of the workplace. Rigor and methods of psychology are applied to issues of critical relevance to business, including talent management, coaching, assessment, selection, training, organizational development, performance, and work-life balance.

Excerpt from article by Clif Boutelle and Stephany Schings:

With its recent narrow 5-4 decision in the Ricci v. DeStefano case, the Supreme Court ruled that results of a valid, job-related test cannot be thrown out simply because the test may result in adverse impact. The decision has underscored the importance of valid, job-related tests, and for many I-O psychologists, it has reaffirmed their status as central and vital players in the testing process.

Read the complete SIOP Article here

My original blog posting on the Ricci v. DeStefano

July 16, 2009 at 4:26 pm Leave a comment

Questionmark Tokyo, Japan Briefing

Questionmark 2009 Tokyo Briefing

With Questionmark Live being released in Japanese last week we saw an increase turnout for the Japanese briefing in Tokyo with 80 attendees.

July 12, 2009 at 9:53 pm Leave a comment

Wikis and Social Constructivism: “Learning is best when learners collaborate to create…”

I wanted to share an article with you, that is short, meaningful and useful, on how wikis not only provide the benefits of knowledge sharing but also assists learners learn: Practical Applications of Research: Wikis for learning – what to expect by Dr. Irene Boland

From Dr. Boland’s research the key learning benefits of wikis appear to me to be:

  • Receive immediate feedback from others
  • Curiosity about how others are responding to, or modifying, their work causes learners to return to the wiki and refresh their memory regularly.
  • Learners can chart their own course for learning based on their interests.
  • Learn by reading other’s postings even if the leaner does not post.
  • Develop their own methods of classifying content in ways that make sense to them, rather than using existing systems of classification.
  • Help their peers find relevant content by assigning tags or keywords to pages

Enjoy!

July 6, 2009 at 9:24 am 1 comment

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