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THE E-LEARNING “NO-NO’S”

October 16, 2017

In previous posts, I have listed the salient features that are most often found within effective e-Learning designs.  I have, also, emphasized learner-control and increased retention as important goals of properly designed e-Learning. Now, let’s look at the other side —- the e-Learning design elements you should avoid when buying or producing e-Learning.  The following items are some of the “no-no’s” to avoid when committed to improved on-the-job performance and retention.  Unfortunately,...

GETTING A GOOD EDUCATION

October 11, 2017

Why is Education So Important in Our Life? “It helps us build opinions and have points of view on things in life. People debate over the subject of whether education is the only thing that gives knowledge. Some say education is the process of gaining information about the surrounding world while knowledge is something very different. They are right.”  (by Kafoumba Doumbia, Columbia University EdLab BLOG) Skill acquisition is important to a...

DON’T PUT THE CART BEFORE THE HORSE

October 4, 2017

Those organizations that desire to get the most out of their training initiatives will routinely begin with an appropriate Skills Assessment! Unfortunately, few organizations commit to that practice — and, that is to their detriment. If you don’t start every training initiative with a valid skills assessment, you are seriously wasting your organization’s money.  Some of the trainees you are forcing into a “one size fits all” training approach, already possess many...

IS TRAINING REALLY NECESSARY?

October 2, 2017

No one wants to spend money on training!  That’s not a purchasing decision that is very popular with corporate management. Why should it be?  Shouldn’t the company’s workforce already be equipped with the necessary skills — ready to perform their assigned tasks? So why, then, do you have to develop or purchase training programs for your workforce? The answer is not very complicated. We only purchase training programs when we want to...

BRIDGING THE NEW LEARNING CULTURE

September 28, 2017

The shift from teacher-led to media-rich, learner-centered instruction may well be forced upon the American education system in the upcoming years.  In case one hasn’t been paying attention, there are big changes on the horizon for education in this country that will result in opportunities for well-designed, media-rich on-line courseware.  We all know that a significant trend in education today is toward competency and accountability.  Clearly, competency-based on-line courseware, with integrated measuring...

OUR LEARNING CULTURE HAS CHANGED

August 30, 2017

Before getting into today’s post, I need to make a personal observation. I’ve spent twelve August days in hospital and, during that time, became reacquainted with the uniqueness and promise of our great country.  America truly is a Melting Pot. During my lengthy stay, I was taken care of by literally dozens, men and women, of the most professional of Nurses.  Those Nurses represented at least a dozen ethnicities —- and, all...

SKILLS ASSESSMENT: A BETTER WAY

July 31, 2017

 “The most common test items for both pre and post-tests are multiple choice, true/false and short answer. It is important to keep in mind that these item types must be consistently used in both tests. Pre-tests should always have very similar, yet different questions from the post-test, and cover a wide range of topics.  It is important that test items in both the pre and post-test focus primarily on the training objectives....

COMMUNITY COLLEGES & LOCAL INDUSTRY

July 26, 2017

Community College enrollment is at record highs.  More significant is the increase in employment opportunity for many of those graduates. “Globalization is driving changes in our economy, and the need for an educated workforce has never been greater. The majority of new jobs that will be created will require some postsecondary education. In addition, the demographics of the workforce are changing. As a result, employers increasingly rely on the very students who currently...

COLLEGE: WHAT OTHERS SAY

July 24, 2017

We’re now in the middle of summer.  The Class of 2017 has graduated and been sent on their way.  Those graduates are now exploring the labor market and beginning their professional journeys.  Almost none of those graduates are looking back on the academic part of their young lives with either appreciation or scorn.  If they even reflect on their recently completed “college days,” likely it’s about certain social events or athletic victories....

LEARNING DESIGNS MUST EVOLVE

July 19, 2017

We are somewhat closer today to realizing the dreams that will be made possible by online learning.  However, the need for the required new learning designs to catch up with the evolving digital technologies is greater today than it’s ever been.  But just what are those goals and challenges facing us — and by extension, our companies, our co-workers, and our society? Certainly, the training requirements of today’s workplace are intensifying.  The...

BETTER SKILLS ACQUISITION TODAY

July 17, 2017

Training differs from education in many ways.  Its aim is to improve the skills necessary for a better life through increased job performance.  And, rightfully, the emphasis today for both training and for education has shifted from the provider to the receiver — allowing us to now focus our attention on learning and the learner. The philosophy and aims of an educational institution are concerned with the education of the whole person...

SKILLS & KNOWLEDGE EXIST OUTSIDE COLLEGE

July 5, 2017

Robert Jacob Samuelson is a journalist for The Washington Post, where he has written about business and economic issues for four decades.  Several years ago he wrote a column that appeared in The Commercial Appeal which contained two paragraphs that succinctly hit two nails right on the head. Samuelson’s initial paragraph serves as an introduction: The college-for-all crusade has outlived its usefulness. Time to ditch it. Like the crusade to make all...

IMPROVING WORKFORCE TRAINING

June 28, 2017

We must begin planning better education and training tracks for our future industrial workforce. Instead of sending everyone into the same college track, we must recognize that interests, talents and innate skills vary from individual to individual.  It’s that recognition that must guide us. With that thought in mind, let’s concentrate on the most forgotten members of our population — our emerging, and critically necessary, industrial workforce. Keith Nosbusch, recently retired Chairman...

SAGACIOUS DESIGNERS ARE KEY

June 26, 2017

 Learning is not merely memorization of information.  Learning is the mental response to informational stimulation, which turns into reflection and new awareness. Meaningful learning initiates action and change, which results in heightened values and skills. Very few individuals will possess the gifts necessary to create meaningful instructional design.  And that fact, coupled with high production costs, is why the “do-it-yourself” purveyors will fail. Today, learner-controlled e-Learning is the best answer for effective...