Posts from January 2012

“MULTI-SENSORY LEARNING”

January 31, 2012

Multi-sensory media instruction is rapidly invading the world of learning – and, with positive results. Today, we see excellent examples in games/simulations as well as with the more traditional platforms of CD-ROM and certain E-Learning programs. Much data relating to multi-sensory media instruction is available, and this data can illustrate the reasons behind the success of multi-sensory learning. More than anything else, the body of multi-sensory training developed for business and industry...

“HARNESSING CHANGE”

January 26, 2012

From time to time it is a good idea to examine the other companies competing with your organization in the same market segment. By carefully making an unbiased assessment of your competitors you can learn a lot. What force separates the winners from the losers in your market space? The same force that has shaped survivors throughout history — their response to change! Since the beginning of time, it has been those...

“AT LONG LAST!”

January 24, 2012

With last week’s announcement by Apple, I can safely predict that education has taken a giant step forward in the deliverance of better learning to many more students: NEW YORK—January 19, 2012—Apple® today announced iBooks® 2 for iPad®, featuring iBooks textbooks, an entirely new kind of textbook that’s dynamic, engaging and truly interactive. iBooks textbooks offer iPad users gorgeous, fullscreen textbooks with interactive animations, diagrams, photos, videos, unrivaled navigation and much more....

“THE NECESSARY FOUNDATION SKILLS”

January 19, 2012

In order to stay competitive, today’s organization has to realize maximum productivity from each and every employee. While investing training dollars exclusively in specific task skills training (i.e., “Centrifugal Pump Maintenance”), too often, the company ignores the basic skills knowledge gap that exists throughout their organization. Unfortunately, when they take the time to examine that basic skills gap, many find that their employees simply don’t have the necessary basic skills knowledge to...

“LEARNER CONTROLLED INSTRUCTION”

January 17, 2012

Media instruction has always been a designers’ medium. That was true with videotape, interactive laser videodisc, DVDs and CD-ROMs. And, so it is today with online learning. In fact, the only applicable phrase for effective E-Learning instruction — “instructional integrity” — does not belong to the new Merlins with their magic technology. That phrase is the province of flesh and blood human beings — the instructional designers of yesterday, today, and tomorrow....

“CHEATING AMERICA & OUR CHILDREN”

January 12, 2012

Unfortunately for both our children and our country’s future, public education has morphed from a “culture of learning” into a “culture of testing.” Regurgitation of facts and information has become the nearly sole emphasis of our nation’s public school systems. Ridiculously, the value of our public schools is judged almost exclusively by standardized test scores. And, our children lose — as does the future strength of this nation. Creativeness, lateral thinking and...

“E-Learning Pitfalls”

January 10, 2012

It’s a pretty safe bet that most of you have moved at least some of your training initiatives into an E-Learning environment. An equally likely assumption is that most of you have been experiencing some disappointing results with those initiatives. Let’s look at the typical hurdles that must be overcome if your E-Learning initiatives are going to provide the positive returns your organization expects. First, and foremost, for E-Learning ultimately to prove...

“INDUSTRIAL SKILLS TRAINING”

January 5, 2012

Industrial Skills Training is a branch of training designed to develop the skills and knowledge required of workers in the process and manufacturing industries. Working in industry today requires a solid background in learning fundamentals: safety, work practice, tool use, computer familiarity, mathematics, plus reading and writing. These are all critical elements in any modern industrial training program and particularly for those employees working in electrical maintenance, mechanical maintenance, operations, and instrumentation....

“E-LEARNING IN 2012”

January 3, 2012

Welcome to my first blog of 2012! I hope that each of you enjoyed your very special holidays! With the New Year in mind, let’s kick it off with an emphasis on the continuing — and, growing — emphasis on the training technology of choice! Throughout this year, E-Learning is singularly poised to positively impact all aspects of one’s business. It is uniquely capable of making significant contributions to employees, management, shareholders...