Posts from January 2014

COMPETENCY-BASED APPLIED LEARNING

January 29, 2014

January 29, 2014 The Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act defines vocational-technical education as organized educational programs offering sequences of courses directly related to preparing individuals for paid or unpaid employment in current or emerging occupations requiring other than a baccalaureate or advanced degree. Programs include competency-based applied learning which contributes to an individual’s academic knowledge, higher-order reasoning, problem solving skills, and the occupational-specific skills necessary for economic independence as...

BLENDING WITH MULTI-SENSORY MEDIA

January 27, 2014

January 27, 2014 Wikipedia defines, “Blended learning is a formal education program in which a student learns at least in part through online delivery of content and instruction with some element of student control over time, place, path or pace.[1] While still attending a “brick-and-mortar” school structure, face-to-face classroom methods are combined with computer-mediated activities. [2] A similar definition can apply to training in a plant or office setting. Two introductory points...

TRAINING & CHANGE

January 22, 2014

January 22, 2014 “He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery.” (Harold Wilson, former British prime minister) “Successful businesses have always adapted readily to change, but at no time in living memory — and likely at no point in history — has adaptability been a more desirable business trait than it is today. Given our recent economic difficulties, in combination with...

THE WAR ON PUBLIC SCHOOLS

January 20, 2014

January 20, 2014 Laying the groundwork for this blog was a recent article (“What’s the Matter with Kansas Schools” by David Sciarra and Wade Henderson) that appeared in THE NEW YORK TIMES and from which I include only the opening paragraphs: KANSAS, like every state, explicitly guarantees a free public education in its Constitution, affirming America’s founding belief that only an educated citizenry can preserve democracy and safeguard individual liberty and freedom....

TRAINING THAT REALLY WORKS, Part 4

January 15, 2014

January 15, 2014 (continuing from the January 6th, 8th, and 13th blogs) The fifth essential quality for truly effective e-Learning is a course design that exhibits “Efficient Sentence Use per Screen” — composed with reading-level-appropriate vocabulary. If longer term retention is the ultimate aim of your training program, the emphasis of individual teaching screens should be on the visuals while the sentences/phrases may be included as an enhancement. These visuals should be...

TRAINING THAT REALLY WORKS, Part 3“ (continuing from the January 6th & 8th blogs)

January 13, 2014

January 13, 2014 Training Challenge Number Six: “the failure to recognize effective e-Learning (specifics)” Recognizing that “Content Accuracy and Completeness” plus “A Real-time Environment” are the universal requirements of any valid training program, “Full Motion Video” (or animated graphics, as found in the best of gaming programs) plus “Optional Word-for-Word Audio Capability” are the first essential qualities that make up effective e-Learning. You want your people to learn, retain, and apply the...

TRAINING THAT REALLY WORKS, Part 2 (continuing from the January 6 blog)

January 8, 2014

January 8, 2014 Training Challenge Number Four: “the failure to measure longer term retention” The only training initiatives that have positive impacts on an organization’s performance and future are those programs that generate longer-term retention and positive applications of the initial training. Almost every vendor of training software or standup instruction refers to the wonderful statistics that trumpet the improvement made by most participants in their proprietary solutions. They claim that the...

TRAINING THAT REALLY WORKS, Part 1

January 6, 2014

January 6, 2014 Four years ago, I wrote a lengthy series of blogs intended to help the trainer sift through the noise and settle on an understanding of what training choices succeed and those choices that fail to deliver the desired results. So, for the first two weeks of 2014, I’m going to revisit, refine and edit those blogs, broken into four parts, as their message is as true today as it...