Posts from July 2010

DESIGN: THE KEY!

July 29, 2010

Today we’re going to look at the “Design Requirements for Effective On-Line Learning.” There are five essential requirements: • Navigation through a lesson is simple, consistent and intuitive: o The graphic interface (GUI) is attractive, inviting and meaningful. o The components for learning appear in a consistent and logical location. o The components for learning are always visible to the user and accessible with a single click of the mouse. o Individual...

RUINING OUR SCHOOLS

July 27, 2010

Writing for the online publication, SALON.com, last week, Mary Elizabeth Williams engaged in some brilliant reasoning in her article, “How Nationalized Education Standards Ruin Schools.” National Standards testing began under President G. W. Bush and has been expanded by President Obama. The unintended results will include a decline in thinking, reasoning and individual achievement. Why the federal government continues to believe that all problems can be solved with new regulations and additional...

FROM THE HORSE’S MOUTH!

July 22, 2010

We’ve discussed the values and benefits associated with multi-sensory media many times in previous BLOGS. We’ve seen the real positive results that are making a real difference in education and training. Today, however, I’d like to share some factual results that individual businesses have been achieving: a) A leading energy corporation had a training need in their pipeline division. Their challenge was to disburse training to over 100 individual sites, some of...

LEARNER-CONTROL

July 20, 2010

Multi-sensory media is part of the informational and instructional evolutionary process that has taken us beyond storytelling, the printing press, and radio wave transmission. Multi-sensory media is a communication tool. It makes possible more efficient information transfer and more effective learning. Who then, among us, must we look to — to lead us forward? Certainly not the producers of the various technology platforms. By their very nature, those producers must remain “box...

CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN

July 15, 2010

As a friend of mine has recently observed: “Today all the moons are in alignment for the very first time.” How right he is. But I am not convinced that many of us who work with the new e-Learning technologies really understand the opportunity that’s out there. Suppose that once every five hundred years or so, you find yourself handed a set of keys which can help advance society and personal living...

CATCHING UP

July 13, 2010

More than forty years of research clearly shows that greater family involvement in children’s learning is a critical link to achieving a high-quality education: • What PARENTS do to help their children learn matters more to their children’s achievement than family income or education. • What SCHOOLS do to encourage parents to participate in their children’s education matters more to parental participation than parent income or education. • What COMMUNITY GROUPS (including...

THE FILLING

July 9, 2010

A headline in “The New York Times” last week said it all, “FACTORY JOBS RETURN, BUT EMPLOYERS FIND SKILLS SHORTAGE.” The article by Motoko Rich confirms many of the issues we’ve been examining over the past year and a half. “ . . . manufacturers who want to expand find that hiring is not always easy. During the recession, domestic manufacturers appear to have accelerated the long-term move toward greater automation, laying...

THE CC SOLUTION

July 6, 2010

As the United States continues an uphill battle to reform its education system and to re-establish its manufacturing dominance, many educators are seeking new and innovative programs to better prepare workers and students. Tomorrow’s students need more effective training solutions and today’s workers need upgraded skills in order to cope with the ever-changing technologies of today and tomorrow. Both multi-sensory based e-Learning and networked, digitized CD-ROM are uniquely capable of providing those...

SOLVED!

July 1, 2010

For decades, decentralized companies have had to cope with training challenges that included lack of standardization, inconsistency, and facilitation challenges. An absence of centralized record-keeping has also negatively impacted their efforts. We’ve seen how modern LMS’s have addressed the latter issue and, today, e-Learning is effectively solving the other challenges. One such multi-national company has commented publicly about the positive impacts made on their organization by a corporate-installed LMS and, most importantly,...