Posts from December 2010

THE HURDLES!

December 29, 2010

As trainers coming to the end of another year, it’s time to take stock of what needs to be done in 2011 in order that you can successfully upgrade the results of your current and future training initiatives. So, you may either be thinking about starting an E-Learning initiative in 2011 — or, you are experiencing disappointing results with the E-Learning initiative that is already underway in your organization! Not to worry!...

IT’S HERE! — MAYBE!

December 21, 2010

I’m sure we’re all familiar with the hype surrounding E-Learning. It is touted everywhere as “the answer” — just as was videotape in the 1970s and was Interactive Laser Videodisc in the 1980s. And, in many ways (but, not all!) E-Learning potentially brings more benefits to organizations than any previous training medium. Today, E-Learning is singularly poised to positively impact all aspects of one’s business. It is uniquely capable of making significant...

WILL THE PROMISE BECOME REALITY?

December 16, 2010

E-Learning has hastened the development of a new business model — and, the results promise more profitability for American business and industry! Instead of formal classroom instruction and formal learning labs, with their prescribed media courseware curriculum, E-Learning has allowed a demand-based approach that has effectively replaced the “everyone takes everything at the same time” regimen. Combined with the cost savings inherent in on-line assessment tests, the rapid development and changes in...

LET’S TALK TRAINING!

December 14, 2010

Why have so many American’s forgotten the real meaning of “Training?!?” Information-only programs are beginning to blur the lines. And, unfortunately, the real losers are those employees who need to Learn-through-Training — both for themselves and for their organizations. The distinction between Education and Training has been clear for centuries. While “Education” is difficult to pin down, the accepted definition revolves around the acquiring of Knowledge for one of a variety of...

Continuing to Run Behind!

December 9, 2010

The 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) released a document in November that indicated a modest rise in achievement for 12th-graders since 2005. However, the key fact released indicated that, “The scores mean that 38 percent of seniors demonstrated proficiency in reading and 26 percent reached that level in math.” (The Washington Post; November 19, 2010; page A9) This follows an earlier NAEP study, issued by the Department of Education, that...

INVESTING IN VALUE

December 7, 2010

If you are responsible for the training initiatives within your organization, you’ve sure got a lot of choices. Videotape, DVD, CD-ROM and lecture/reading classes are all the older choices you can make — and, while one can make a case for the first three, the fourth (lecture/reading) is so far removed from today’s learning culture that you do your organization a disservice by even offering that approach. However, if you are going...

THROWING DARTS!

December 2, 2010

So you want to buy a training program from one of a cadre of vendors. What could be easier! Just pick out an appropriate title in a catalog or on some courseware vendor’s website — and, order it. Piece of cake! Really?!? Is that the way to make your informed choice? Not likely! Assumptions are being made here that may cost you much bigger bucks than the money you spend to buy...