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SIOP 2013: Day 2

2013 April 15
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by Richard N. Landers
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Day 2 of SIOP 2013 was a bit busier for me. After an early breakfast, I headed to my first session of the day at 8:30, a discussion of social media in selection, which ended up really being a discussion of LinkedIn in selection. Like Day 1, this was a bit depressing. Although there was a lot of talk about social media, there was not much data, which is what I was really hoping for.  I did hear a few interesting tidbits in this session that I had not heard before. For example, a lot of managers look up job candidates on LinkedIn, where many pieces of information are shared that would not be part of a job application, like profile pictures and affiliated religious groups.  Once a hiring manager sees such information, their judgment has potentially been irreparably affected – or more critically, the possibility that it has been so affected creates a substantial legal risk. How can an organization prove that manager wasn’t influenced by the job candidate’s race, skin color, national origin, gender or religion once they have been exposed to it?

The next session on social media was a little better, data-wise, but it wasn’t perfect. One of the presentations provided some data on the criterion-related validity of LinkedIn profiles for predicting job performance, as an extension of a previously published paper doing the same for Facebook profiles. As it turns out, LinkedIn profiles can provide valuable information to hiring managers.  But I asked a question of the speakers: Aren’t we just setting ourselves up to redo this same study for every social media platform of the moment? If we seek a scientific understanding of the useful information provided by social media, don’t we need a better way to do it? Everyone seemed to think that was a great idea, but alas, I didn’t get any specific recommendations on how to go about it.

Next, I headed to a symposium on online simulation, which was absolutely packed. Much in line with what I noticed from Day 1, practitioners are hungry for data on how these technologies have and should affect their practice – and yet again, data was a bit light. They presented some interesting assessment tools, but they seemed like relatively small advancements over what we already have – for example, the use of branching video-based simulations rather than branching text or static video assessments.  The practitioners did bring up some interesting issues they faced in launching these technologies globally.  For example, when they tried to launch their video-based simulation in another country with poor Internet infrastructure, they discovered that bandwidth was not the guarantee that it is in the US – their client couldn’t view the videos at even quasi-decent quality. This resulted in some rather last minute changes to meet client needs.

After this symposium, I headed over to the poster session on training – in an hour, I got through only about 75% of the room.  Hopefully I’ll have a bunch of papers incoming to my inbox in the next few days so that I can revisit them in more detail than a 3′ x 5′ poster can provide!

Finally, at 5PM, in a symposium with my colleagues at ICF and ARI on emerging training technologies, I gave my presentation on gamification, which was by a large margin the most successful presentation I have ever given at SIOP in the 9 years I have attended.  In it, I presented a theoretical model of gamification providing two specific mechanisms by which gamification can affect learning in the context of education/training, and I tested one of those processes empirically, providing several practical recommendations for those wishing to gamify their own organizational learning. I had literally 25 minutes of questions and comments after the session ended!

All in all, an exceptionally successful Day 2! Day 3 is a bit lighter, and I suspect tonight will be a bit more intense, so Day 3 may also start a bit late. But I am still hopeful for some great learning and some great conversations.

13:13Hangovers and spotty session attendance… so starts Day 2 of #siop13… Although many of the hangovers won’t start for hours yet!
13:41Yet another session on social media for selection… Some data in this one, I hope? #siop13
14:05Information on protected classes may be more common on LinkedIn than in resumes… Greater legal risk (managers cannot unsee!) #siop13
14:06@ChrisWieseIO The speakers seem to be mixing selection predictors and selection methods… Seems a very jumbled approach to me. #siop13
14:10I’m getting a little tired of hearing “maybe we’ll have some empirical research later” in these social media symposia #siop13
14:26@ericknud I’ve got several running right now… Just sad there are not more here #siop13
14:34I am sad when people count the number of stat. significant relationships in their results as an indicator of result stability #siop13
14:47@ericknud Open for now! Stick around, will probably head up front
15:17@ericknud was talking to Don until just now, out in the hall now for a bagel
15:17Discovered I was hoarse from last night’s activities while asking a question at a symposium… whoops #siop13
17:12Full house, standing room only at innovations in online simulation #siop13
17:29To practitioners, video-based virtual assessment center apparently = long-form video SJTs with open ended responses #siop13
17:36Cultural issues within orgs can be unexpected and tricky for innovative assessment: “our org doesn’t use email” #siop13
17:55Online assessment center design with branching reminds me of game design process #siop13
19:02Did not even get all the way through the training poster session in an hour – too much interesting stuff! #siop13
19:03RT @sandyfias: It makes me sad that about 8/3800 I/O psychologists at #siop13 r tweeting. And we ask how we can be more visible and rele …
19:03@sandyfias I’d suggest we have a tweetup, but it would just be depressing! 😉 #siop13
20:22Hope you’re attending my session at #siop13 on serious games and gamification in Room 339AB at 5PM today! (Room change!)
20:25@BelindaK04 @PsychoSoAnt @sandyfias Are there enough people? I’ve got 3-4:30 tomorrow #siop13
21:55Starting in 5 mins, session at #siop13 on serious games and gamification in Room 339AB!
22:05Standing room only at the session! #siop13
22:37RT @jsnread: Gamified learning results in longer time spent on task, thus greater learning. Wish I could have gamified my dissertation. …
22:38@neilmorelli thanks – got a little rushed at the end but hopefully it made sense! #siop13
23:27Wow – 25 minutes of questions about #gamification research after session! Thanks everyone! #siop13
23:27@jsnread ha, why not!?
23:50#siop13 Day 2 is over! Now to the ODU alumni dinner (where I entertain) and the Minnesota alumni event (where I am entertaining)
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  1. Paul Thoresen permalink
    April 16, 2013

    I would love to get materials from your symposium!
    Have you loaded up on the my.SIOP portal yet?

    If not, please consider sharing there.


  2. Paul Thoresen permalink
    April 16, 2013

    Found it! Thank you!

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