Posts from April 2014

e-LEARNING: FACT OR FICTION

April 30, 2014

April 30, 2014 All provided training is not equal in result. All courseware titles are not equal in scope or production design. All trainees do not come to you from a single learning culture. Many studies have proven that traditional “lecture/reading/testing” training programs no longer give the payback in skills acquisition and ROI that they once did. For individuals born after 1960, their learning culture has become grounded in television and/or gaming....

LEARNING & AESTHETICS

April 28, 2014

April 28, 2014 “Visual imagery has an important role to play in global entertainment, communication, and education. Images can convey complex concepts in a succinct manner, and visual tools such as video and Web 2.0 and 3.0 technologies can improve understanding and foster peer collaboration. Design and aesthetics have a profound impact on how users perceive information, learn, judge credibility and usability, and ultimately assign value to a product. To dismiss design...

ANOTHER FED TRAINING INITIATIVE

April 23, 2014

April 23, 2014 Last week, Business Week reported on a new government training initiative: “. . . The first initiative is a $500 million competitive grant program for community colleges that are linked with businesses to teach the specific skills needed for open jobs. The second is a $100 million apprenticeship program, in which businesses, unions, community colleges or non-profit organizations would form partnerships to teach skills for hard-to-fill jobs, such as...

THE TRUE & FALSE OF e-LEARNING

April 21, 2014

April 21, 2014 “ . . . Funny enough, it seems like most elearning courses can be traced back to PowerPoint in some capacity. Heck, most of them allow you to import PowerPoint. But does using PowerPoint as the base for our learning pigeon-hole us into thinking about learning from a PowerPoint perspective? You know what I mean: Linear. Bullet points. Display mode. Slides. Clipart. It just seems … lacking. This industry...

PAYBACK & PREP FOR A GOOD EDUCATION

April 16, 2014

April 16, 2014 A recent article in “Inside Higher Ed” by Allie Grasgreen gave us some surprising news: “Liberal arts majors may start off slower than others when it comes to their postgraduate career path, but they close much of the salary and unemployment gap over time, a new report shows. (The report, “How Liberal Arts and Sciences Majors Fare in Employment,” includes U.S. Census data from 2010 and 2011 and is...

EFFECTIVE e-LEARNING CREATION

April 14, 2014

April 14, 2014 E-Learning has a critical need for Instructional Designers today — designers who understand the unique potential of the medium. Currently, e-Learning is not part of the videotape/videodisc/CD-ROM continuum. No — at the present time, e-Learning courseware creation resides with the technical writers and programmers. And that, unfortunately, gives us the garbage we see today with converted PowerPoint presentations and converted written procedures which results in an on-line experience that...

IT’S LEARNING — NOT TECHNOLOGY!

April 10, 2014

April 10, 2014 Many years ago, in a speech delivered at ASTD’s 1999 “Interactive Multimedia Conference,” I described some of the negative fallout that has accompanied the then emerging digital networking technologies. I cautioned that, “Today’s learner, all too often, is being left out in the cold. Talking about technology from the learner’s point of view, rather than the digital, seems to be an antiquated discussion packaged away with a box of...

FAMILIES & TECHNOLOGY LEARNING

April 8, 2014

April 7, 2014 Today, I’m going to shift the focus away from formal education and training. Through a single example, I want to describe how technology learning can be made successfully available to “the family,” and can help liberate the adult members from poverty while increasing parent/child involvement in the school setting (the single most important determinant in a child’s educational progression). The success-example with which I am most familiar is the...

EROSION IN AMERICAN EDUCATION

April 2, 2014

April 2, 2014 In the current QUANTA Magazine a segment of a lengthy interview with Freeman Dyson, “A ‘Rebel’ Without a Ph.D” by Thomas Lin, provides an arresting introduction to today’s blog. Dyson, the world-renowned mathematical physicist and now 90, when asked, “You became a professor at Cornell without ever having received a Ph.D. You seem proud of that fact?” “Oh, yes. I’m very proud of not having a Ph.D. I think...