Posts from September 2010

TAKING INVENTORY

September 30, 2010

Do your training initiatives pass muster? Or, do you too often implement some new training program without, first, running it through a critical evaluation? If so, take the time to review the following examination questions that each of your training initiatives should pass before implementation. It will save you several headaches and it will save your company much time and money. • Have your training initiatives been directly tied to your company’s...

YOU ARE NEEDED!

September 28, 2010

If you work in a facility that is part of a large corporation, the workers at your site need YOU more than they ever have! Why?!? Because you have knowledge of the procedures necessary to your plant’s operations and you have knowledge of the training gaps that exist within your facility. Gaps that are hindering outputs of more and better products! Gaps that result in increased scrap and lost revenue for your...

THE ULTIMATE TEST

September 23, 2010

One of the key characteristics you should examine when choosing your e-Learning courseware is “usability.” Wikipedia tell us that, “In human-computer interaction and computer science, usability studies the elegance and clarity with which the interaction with a computer program or a web site is designed.” When examining an e-Learning course, one of the ways you can define “usability” is in terms of how user-friendly or appealing that program is. In practice, usability...

THE BULLSEYE

September 21, 2010

Confused by the myriad training technology choices and their associated sales pitches? If so, let’s blow away some of the smoke and get quickly to the bottom line measurement that you should aim for when evaluating your myriad training choices. And to do that you must ALWAYS keep in the forefront of your mind that the ONLY training initiatives that have positive impacts on an organization’s performance — and, future — are...

YOUR VIDEO CHOICES

September 16, 2010

Today, you have two effective ways to deal with your training challenges. One, of course, is to adopt video-based e-Learning, a slowly emerging learning solution. It is slowly emerging because of internal bandwidth limitations within most organizations. The video may be PDA-sized right now — but, full screen video is not far from becoming a practical reality. However, your second option is even better in today’s wired environment. As you know, many...

FOR BETTER LEARNING

September 14, 2010

Unfortunately, the passive “lecture/reading” method of instruction — mistakenly — remains the norm for teaching far too many in our working-adult population — while continuing to ignore the fact that nearly 40% of our workforce does not well comprehend above a 4th Grade reading level. Does that surprise you? It shouldn’t! There is a large population group out there that believes, “if it was good enough for me, it’s good enough for...

YOU’RE THE BOSS!

September 9, 2010

YOU — THE CUSTOMER !!! — should always drive the “selling/buying” process! Training vendors that ignore your dominant position should be shown the door. Their sales representatives who exclusively pitch “only what they’ve got” are not potential partners for you and your organization. You make the buying decision! You are the “party in power” during any sales discussion! From personal experience, a couple of decades ago, as a long time educator I...

THE LEARNING OBJECTIVES

September 7, 2010

Far too often, we forget the primary reasons behind any training solutions we choose to offer our workforce. We spend too much of our time enchanted by the bells and whistles associated with technology. We, mistakenly, believe that all training solutions offer the same benefits just because the title of the program fits our needs and the content is accurate. However, the truth lies in the learning objectives associated with any training...

ARRIVING & IMPROVING

September 2, 2010

As more and more companies and government agencies continue to adopt e-Learning for much of their training, a major new development effort needs to keep pace by marrying the best of instructional design with the power of on-line learning. Appropriate content, communicative design, integral multi-sensory media components, and recognition of varying facility IT environments will, eventually, become the winning combination for e-Learning. This new courseware must be designed for “Learning Excellence.” Consideration...