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SO, YOU WANT TO BUY e-LEARNING?

June 21, 2017

(additional considerations) Before finalizing your e-Learning purchases, in addition to the general considerations we pointed out on Monday, you should also pay close attention to some specific criteria: Is the navigation through the course simple, consistent and intuitive.  In other words, are the screens user-friendly and obvious to the learner? Is the instruction both meaningful and interactive.  In other words, are the individual units of the instruction performance-based and do they require...

SO, YOU WANT TO BUY e-LEARNING? (A Few Considerations)

June 19, 2017

The purchasing process becomes the key that can open the lock-of-possibility for the potential success of the media skills training you provide your workforce! More “live to regret it” decisions are made during that buying process than you can probably imagine.  Worse, the wasted money that your company will spend — and, the wasted time your workers will invest in ineffective training initiatives — will do far more harm than good, if...

IN PRAISE OF LIBERAL EDUCATION

June 14, 2017

“The objective of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives.” – – – Robert Maynard Hutchins Hutchins was the great American educator of the twentieth century.  For much of his exceptional career, he served as President of The University of Chicago (1929-1945 and Chancellor, 1945-1951) and is often remembered for his championing of “The Great Books.” Today, St. John’s College of Annapolis is most often associated with...

VISUAL-MEDIA TRAINING

June 12, 2017

After an unexpected three week absence, I’m happy to be back posting again.  And, I’d like to start with a bit of history. To understand the power of visual-based e-Learning, it is instructive to look at the visual learning technologies that preceded it. The first generic industrial training video course was produced by NUS Corporation (Rockville, Maryland) in 1973.  It was produced for the nuclear power industry and was in black and...

BRINGING BACK THE APPRENTICE

May 24, 2017

Before I get into today’s post, here’s a brief report on this week’s ATD EXPO in Atlanta.  From friends and business acquaintance phone calls, they believe that two subject areas stand out this year:  1) LMS-like technology (no surprise) and Microtraining (which has been on the horizon for some time and is now beginning to explode — and, in my opinion, all for good reason.  Today’s learner demands it and rejects the...

ATD WEEK

May 22, 2017

This is the week (May 22-24) of the ATD International Conference & Exhibition.  ATD is expecting in excess of 10,000 attendees to gather at the Georgia World Conference Center in Atlanta.  Better than a quarter of that number will be international visitors (a remarkable percentage that indicates how global the appeal of training has become). ATD (Association for Talent Development) is the largest training society in the world and hosts the largest...

MULTIPLE SUCCESS TRACKS

May 17, 2017

I have had several varying careers in the training business, professional theater and in higher education.  More importantly, I have watched many things change within the culture of our country.  But, the change that bothers me most is the over-emphasis parents place on grades today — an emphasis they mistakenly associate with future success. Unfortunately, what those parents mean by future success is almost always equatable with money.  “Make straight ‘A’s’ in...

THAT IMPOSTER E-LEARNING

May 15, 2017

“ .   . .  So to conclude my brief glimpse into the difference between PowerPoint and eLearning… They can both be full of amazing graphics and engaging interactions, but they are different tools with different aims. My point is, many of us may have used a knife to loosen a screw, but sooner or later we come to the conclusion its far more effective if we take a little more time and...

INVOLVING THE PARENTS

May 10, 2017

“Poverty, undereducation and disconnectedness to society beget exactly those same things — a problem that has stymied policymakers since the advent of public education, which was supposed to be the solution. Four centuries of publicly funded schools in America have taught us, definitively, that education is much more than schooling.  All receive schooling, but in large part, those of the educated class get educated and those not of the educated class do...

AESTHETICS & E-LEARNING

May 8, 2017

“No matter how brilliantly Science has understood the mechanics of the material world, it is a remarkable ineffective tool for deciphering the mysteries of human misery.  Even with thousands of ‘experts’ telling us what’s wrong, and measuring it, self-knowledge is on the decline.   In America, the most technologically advanced country on earth, one has to be oblivious not to hear a din of sorrow and private disappointment just below the gabble of...

CHECK THOSE WEBSITES

May 3, 2017

I have observed during the time that I have been a training consultant (having left ITC in 1998) that American-produced e-Learning courseware has tended to move away from learning values and, instead, has focused their efforts on the initial cost of online training technology. For me, that has been a big step backward.  And, from a true ROI view, I’m relatively certain that the economic equation comes up on the negative side. ...

STATE OF AMERICAN EDUCATION

April 24, 2017

  From a QUANTA Magazine interview with Freeman Dyson, “A ‘Rebel’ Without a Ph.D” by Thomas Lin, we find an arresting introduction to today’s subject: Dyson, the world-renowned mathematical physicist and now 90, when asked, “You became a professor at Cornell without ever having received a Ph.D.  You seem proud of that fact?”         “Oh, yes. I’m very proud of not having a Ph.D. I think the Ph.D. system is an abomination. It was...

MATH/SCIENCE = MANUFACTURING

April 19, 2017

I’m sure it’s no secret to any of you who work in the process and manufacturing industries that science and mathematics are inexorably linked to what you and your organization do on a daily basis.  Of equal importance is the fact that the American economy is hinged, to a large extent, on the contributions science and math make to our industrial complex. Manufacturing has the largest multiplier of all sectors of the...

ADVANCES IN SKILLS TRAINING

April 17, 2017

While the following results are a couple of years old, they undoubtedly still apply today: “Lack of training is the biggest obstacle to manufacturing quality success today, according to the 2014 Manufacturing Training Trends Survey recently released by Seminars for Engineers. According to the report, 27% of respondents cited lack of training, 20% cited outmoded equipment, 16% cited poor quality control and 14% cited company morale. While 89% said their company offers opportunities...