Posts from June 2014

BRIDGING THE WORKER LEARNING GAP

June 30, 2014

June 30, 2014 We all know that a significant trend in training today is toward increased competency and accountability — with the net result being better on-the-job performance. Clearly, competency-based on-line courseware, with integrated measuring capabilities, will be recognized and used as one of the tools for reaching those goals. Another change is the impending fall of the wall between business and post-secondary education. That wall has separated the two sectors for...

THREE KEY ISSUES FOR TRAINERS

June 25, 2014

June 25, 2014 Today’s blog will address a success strategy for trainers and will focus on three major factors necessary for that accomplishment. In order to be successful as a trainer-leader, your first task is to recognize that too many training investments are unrelated to company objectives. Therefore, it should come as no surprise, that management, too often, regards training costs as superfluous. So, how can you assure that your training efforts...

TRAINING’S BETTER CHOICE

June 23, 2014

June 23, 2014 Training that results in increased on-the-job performance through greater retention has recently taken a significant step forward. For decades, decentralized organizations have had to cope with training challenges that included lack of standardization, inconsistency, and facilitation challenges. In addition, an absence of centralized record-keeping also negatively impacted their efforts. We’ve seen how modern LMS’s have addressed the latter issue and, today, multimedia-based e-Learning is effectively solving most of their...

AN INCOMPLETE ID DEGREE

June 18, 2014

June 18, 2014 More and more individuals are graduating from university with an undergraduate or graduate degree in instructional design (ID). Yet, instructional design is so much more than the formulae taught today in universities. ID, in order to be effective, combines creativity and analysis that, ideally, places the profession into an interpretative arts category. And, we all should know by now, that higher education — dominated by its Enlightenment-influenced academic departments...

BUILD IT AND THEY WILL LEARN

June 16, 2014

June 16, 2014 As I’ve posted many times, e-Learning rooted in full motion video, animations, simulations and optional word-for-word audio offers the worlds of Training and Education the best opportunities for learning. Without doubt, multi-sensory media is part of the informational and instructional evolutionary process that has taken us beyond storytelling, the printing press, and radio wave transmission. Multi-sensory media is a communication tool. It makes possible more efficient information transfer and...

THE MEDIUM HAS BECOME THE MESSAGE

June 11, 2014

June 11, 2014 Those of us involved with industrial skills training have two big advantages in the Learning World today. First of all, our test results can successfully measure the knowledge acquisition of our training initiatives. Unlike Education, which mistakenly bangs its head against the Common Core State Standards myth, industrial skills training tests actually measure the knowledge acquired for on-the-job performance. In contrast, standardized testing merely measures memorized academic skills —...

MY e-LEARNING PRESCRIPTION

June 9, 2014

June 9, 2014 By now you know that I am a big proponent of e-Learning that: a) Uses a multimedia instructional design (full-motion video-based) for maximum communication in today’s learning culture. b) Avoids written language as the primary communication tool (no converted PowerPoints). c) Includes an optional word-for-word audio button to facilitate learning for both fluent and non-fluent readers. If you question these requirements, please take a moment to examine the following...

LESS HOMEWORK/LESS TESTING

June 4, 2014

June 4, 2014 Yesterday, in the HUFFINGTON POST, (“How a No-Homework Curriculum changed my Parenting,” by Karri-Leigh P. Mastrangelo”), we find our introduction to today’s blog: “It seems like just weeks ago that we attended Back to School Night. . . . After a great amount of research and consideration (blah, blah, blah), the kindergarten through fourth grade curriculum would no longer include daily homework assignments. Once in fifth grade, the practice...

DELIVERING LEARNING TODAY

June 2, 2014

June 2, 2014 Training differs from education in many ways. Its aim is to improve the skills necessary for a better life through increased job performance. And, rightfully, the emphasis today for both training and for education has shifted from the provider to the receiver — allowing us to now focus our attention on learning and the learner. The philosophy and aims of an educational institution are concerned with the education of...