Posts from March 2013

e-Learning is NOT PowerPoint

March 28, 2013

In an article by Thomas R. McDaniel and Kathryn N. McDaniel the authors convey the possible downfalls of PowerPoint use in pedagogical pursuits. They enumerate five criticisms: 1) It’s Inflexible 2) It’s Risky 3) It’s a Crutch 4) It’s Boring 5) It’s Style without Substance In my opinion (as it relates to training), PowerPoint has distorted the potential learning values of e-Learning. It has turned off millions of individuals who would otherwise...

LEARNING THROUGH INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN

March 26, 2013

Unfortunately, at the present time, far too much e-Learning courseware creation resides with technical writers and programmers. The garbage we see with converted PowerPoint presentations and converted written procedures results in an on-line experience that turns off almost all trainees (nearly 70% never complete such counterfeit programs). Yet knowledgeable instructional design is more important than ever. And, to be knowledgeable, would-be instructional designers must exhibit mastery in those components that make for...

THE CBT CLICK’—A DINOSAUR

March 21, 2013

In an article published in “Personnel Today,” they publish a quote from Peter Phillips, chairman of Unicorn Training: “Ironically, the birth of the internet caused e-learning to take a giant step backwards. From delivering rich multimedia solutions on CD-ROM, we were faced with delivery via slow dial-up modems, with no audio or video and serious limitations even on the quality of static images.” “It has taken a long time for the bandwidth...

CHANGE THROUGH LEARNING

March 19, 2013

“To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.” – – – Winston Churchill “If you want to make enemies, try to change something.” – – – Woodrow Wilson We all know that change is inevitable. It’s guaranteed. Your organization goes through it all the time. They have to respond to changing business dynamics — or, perish. The questions you must ask are, “How will I react to the...

IMPLEMENTING GOOD IDEAS

March 14, 2013

We’ve all heard the expression, “Good ideas are a dime a dozen!” And, so they are! But, too many of them prove of little value, simply because the premises behind them are not thoroughly examined. If the more important questions are not asked –- the more important answers are never found. Therefore, it is not the “good idea” but the execution of a good idea that can bring results. Effective implementation is...

TEACHERS & INVESTMENT

March 12, 2013

We’ve got a new word in our lexicon — “sequestration” — which literally means “seizure” or “confiscation.” It is not my intent to get into the politics surrounding that word. I am concerned today only with the adverse “lost investment” opportunities — IF sequestration means that our country will lose more teachers. For further losses in that profession will have harmful effects on our children’s future. I grew up in South Dakota...

“Better Vocational Training”

March 7, 2013

In a New York Times article by Alina Tugend, “Vocation or Exploration? Pondering the Purpose of College” she quotes Alex Tabarrok, author and associate professor at George Mason University: “At least 40 percent of students drop out of four-year universities before graduation, and it’s even higher out of community colleges,” he said. “We have the highest college dropout rate in the industrialized world. Everyone recognizes that something is not quite right.” Mr....

TEACHERS & TRAINERS

March 5, 2013

When talking about the challenges facing both education and training today, one size no longer fits all. Stand-up instruction, videotapes, distance learning, books, desktop delivery of networked computer-based instruction, and multi-sensory e-Learning may all have a place. Equally important is the support we all must give education and training professionals in dealing with these increasingly complicated challenges that effect learning. And, we must remember that the challenges facing trainers and educators outstrip...