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EFFECTIVE LEARNING FOR ALL

July 9, 2018

“Big Jay”, as he was known in the community, dropped out of school in the tenth grade.  He decided that school had failed to serve his needs, and felt that getting out in the world and earning money would be more of a help to his mother and younger brothers and sisters.  “Big Jay” had to weigh his career options, and turned to what he found to be the most expedient choice: ...

IGNORANCE WITHOUT REASON

July 2, 2018

A couple of years ago, a colleague asked me to research a particular skills training provider —- a vendor that was previously unknown to me.  I always enjoy those research tasks as it allows me to keep up with the new directions the skills training world might be taking. So, I happily went about that assignment and started my google search. Imagine my surprise when I accessed that vendor’s website and discovered...

SUCCESS — OR, FAILURE

June 27, 2018

Periodically, you should step back and objectively evaluate your e-Learning initiatives.  From a design point of view, there is an excellent set of criteria listed in an article, “eLearning Course Evaluation: The Ultimate Guide For eLearning Professionals,” by Christopher Pappas in eLearning Industry:  “In order to effectively evaluate your eLearning course at all stages, you need to check 7 elements:   First of all, you need to identify your eLearning objectives. What...

TRAINING TODAY

June 25, 2018

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 main purpose of training is to ensure that all employees have the technical...

BOTH ARE IMPORTANT

June 20, 2018

We must start planning better training and education tracks for both our workforce and for the thought leaders needed in our subject-matter disciplines.  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 in mind, let’s first examine the most forgotten members of our population — our emerging, and most...

E-LEARNING’S FOUR CHALLENGES

June 18, 2018

As practiced today, e-Learning, too often, fails to meet current and evolving business considerations. Why?  Four major reasons.  First, because of the re-purposed PowerPoints being passed off as e-Learning.  These pseudo courses are never even completed by two-thirds of the trainees assigned to take them.  They are full of lots of words and information — but have little training value.  Consequently, the skills needed for the shop floor are not readily acquired....

SKILLED TRADESPEOPLE & MAINTENANCE WORKERS

June 13, 2018

I was encouraged a couple of years ago to discover an article in the OMAHA WORLD-HERALD by Janice Podsada, “Community Colleges, Local Unions Offer Apprenticeships, Programs to Train for Jobs Increasingly in Demand.”  Here’s an excerpt: “ .  .  .  The demand for skilled tradespeople — from plumbers to electricians to diesel mechanics to auto mechanics and welders — is on the rise. An older generation of skilled workers is retiring and,...

THE BUYING PROCESS (revised)

June 11, 2018

One of the problems in BLOG-writing is that some of the most important ideas are written about once and then never seen again.  Such is the case with our “buying process” discussion, which I try to revise and reprint every few years.  So, because it is such an important subject, here are the salient steps (with revisions) you should undertake in “The Buying Process.” More “live to regret it” decisions are made...

SKEWING TRADITIONAL EDUCATION

June 6, 2018

We’ve touched on this topic before but, unfortunately, the movement is growing.  And it’s becoming scary as our nation is beginning to lose sight of the traditional intent of a university education and, instead, perverting that purpose toward a job-skills bent. Don’t get me wrong.  Community Colleges already exist for just such a reason and I strongly applaud them.  But, I am interested in the universities that provide majors that introduce our...

SUCCESS HAS MANY DEFINITIONS

June 4, 2018

I have had multiple careers in business, training and education while successfully living through the many societal changes that have occurred.  But, the change that bothers me most is the current over-emphasis parents place on their children’s grades — an emphasis they mistakenly pair with success. Unfortunately, what those parents mean by success is almost always equatable with money.  “Make straight ‘A’s’ in school so that you will be admitted to a...

THE BEST e-LEARNING

May 30, 2018

More and more is being written about the growing importance of e-Learning.  And, in terms of future potential, those opinions are essentially correct. At this moment in training’s continuum, however, much that passes for e-Learning has little actual training value.  That is because much of e-Learning today is either PowerPoint adaptations or written procedure adaptations – neither of which teaches anyone much of anything.  At best they are examples of e-Information! The...

INTERESTING/INFORMATIVE READS

May 23, 2018

A few times each year this blog is used to introduce you to a variety of interesting/informative articles I’ve recently encountered and that you might like to read.  Since we’re now close to the Memorial Day weekend, it seems like a good time to do just that. “BETSY IS AT IT AGAIN” :  (“Betsy DeVos knows little about public education. And she doesn’t want to learn” by Helaine Olen, The Washington Post)...

AESTHETICS FOR BETTER LEARNING

May 21, 2018

A leading e-Learning authoring system provider lists four reasons for using their authoring tool.  Here are three of those reasons:  “Save time creating courses” – “Scale your learning program quickly” – “Everybody can create e-Learning now (this one makes me cringe).” Did you notice?  None of the three have anything to do with learning! All three have to do only with time and money.  Shame! There are, however, many important factors that...

THE “IF” IS BIG

May 17, 2018

So, why do you invest time in training your company’s workforce?   And, for that matter, why does your organization commit dollars to training initiatives? Those answers seem obvious, don’t they?   “Our workers will acquire the skills necessary for improved performance and that will result in a better bottom line for our company?’ In a perfect world, those answers are completely valid.   ‘nuff said. But, it’s not a perfect world and...