Posts from September 2013

INSIGHTS INTO BETTER LEARNING

September 30, 2013

September 30, 2013 In the past few weeks — two very important, and lengthy, articles have appeared — both of which touch on issues we have referenced in previous blogs. Reading each would be well worth your time as they are both thoughtful and important challenges for those of us committed to better learning for everyone. The first is an excerpt taken from THE WILSON QUARTERLY, “Getting Real About High School” by...

IMPROVED SUCCESS FOR TRAINERS

September 26, 2013

September 25, 2013 Like most of us, trainers want to excel in their profession — both for the benefit of their organization and for the individuals they are asked to train. Sometimes, like all of us, they fail to take stock of the effectiveness of what they are doing and simply fall into the rut of doing things the same way over and over again without re-thinking organization goals and the results...

FATAL ASSUMPTIONS IN LEARNING

September 23, 2013

September 23, 2013 Learning is often defined as, “the acquisition of knowledge or skills through experience, study, or by being taught.” Not sure I agree with all aspects of that definition — but, regardless, let’s deal with the subject as it relates to both education and training. And, we’ll start with education. The philosophy and aims of an educational institution are concerned with the education of the whole person — mind, body,...

CENTRALIZING LEARNING

September 18, 2013

September 18, 2013 Until the last couple of decades, corporations with multiple locations had to cope with difficult training challenges. Their individual plants had near-autonomy in training plans and purchases and, because of inconsistencies in training curricula, it was difficult to reassign personnel from one location to another. Without uniform curricula and centralized purchasing many organizations were continually challenged by a lack of standardization, inconsistency, and facilitation. An absence of centralized record-keeping...

FULL-MOTION VIDEO PAYBACK

September 16, 2013

September 16, 2013 I’ve written many a blog extolling the near-necessity of using full-motion video for the bulk of your training initiatives. (And, for those of you who can afford them, fully animated gaming programs are nearly as good.) Why?!? It’s the learning culture of the vast majority of your trainees! Plus, it gives them a near-simulation experience (as close to hands-on training as one can get — at a fraction of...

PREPARING FOR e-LEARNING

September 11, 2013

September 11, 2013 “’How much will it cost?’ It’s one of the first questions asked by anyone looking to start an online program. The answer, of course, is neither easy nor straightforward. E-learning is a business activity. It has a value to the business, a start-up cost, and running costs. The costs must be managed if the program is to stay within budget and yield an adequate return on investment.” (excerpted from...

e-LEARNING: ACCENTUATE THE POSITIVES

September 9, 2013

It’s easy for us to find the faults in new technology. We read about them whenever a new technology product is introduced. Funny how that works! I guess it’s because it is much easier for us to see the negative than it is for us to embrace the positive. Time for a gut check when we talk about e-Learning! Do we all realize that e-Learning is singularly poised to positively impact all...

EDUCATION’S PARTICIPATION GAP CHALLENGE

September 4, 2013

September 4, 2013 “The digital divide mostly referred to the gap in access to technology in American schools and libraries. The goal over the last two decades was to provide every student access to networked computing. That challenge has largely been met — most American young people have access to the Internet through schools and libraries. The participation gap takes it to the next level. When developing cultural competencies, there is a...