Posts from August 2014

DESIGNED LEARNING OBJECTIVES

August 27, 2014

August 27, 2014 When selecting your courseware solutions from a vendor, you should look for: a) content accuracy and completeness; b) the course’s designed learning objectives; and c) the production values (which should be rooted in full motion video and optional word-for-word audio). Today I’m going to a concentrate on the middle one of those criteria: the designed learning objectives. There are three primary considerations you must initially take into account when...

SKILLS ASSESSMENT COMES FIRST

August 25, 2014

August 25, 2014 According to the Free Management Library, the “Overall Purpose of a Training Needs Assessment and Analysis” is described as follows: A training analysis is conducted ultimately to identify what areas of knowledge or behaviors that training needs to accomplish with learners. The analysis considers what results the organization needs from the learner, what knowledge and skills the learner presently has and usually concludes with identifying what knowledge and skills...

e-LEARNING EXAMPLES TO AVOID

August 21, 2014

August 20, 2014   In previous posts, I have listed the salient features that are found within effective e-Learning designs.  I have, also, emphasized learner-control and increased retention as two important goals of properly designed e-Learning. Today, however, I’m going to reverse that story.  I’m going to list the more important elements you should avoid when buying or producing e-Learning.  The following items are some of the “no-no’s” — if you are...

TIME FOR THE TRAINING REVOLUTION

August 18, 2014

August 18, 2014 Five days ago I was privileged to witness a dynamic keynote at the SALT Conference in Reston, Virginia. The presenter was Glenn Bull, Founder and CEO of Skilitics, “ . . . the creators of the world’s first adaptive training development platform designed for building measurable learning content. “ The agenda description of Glenn’s remarks reads: “ While other industries have leveraged technological advances and surged ahead, the training...

KEEPING UP WITH THE INDUSTRY

August 13, 2014

August 13, 2014 The Society for Applied Learning Technology (SALT) Summer Conference begins today in Reston, Virginia. And, this year, I have the privilege of being the Session Chair for the “New Technologies” Track. That particular track will include sessions on cloud computing, virtual conferences, exercising the brain and wearable technology. SALT holds two conferences each year: one in Orlando in February and the other in the DC area in August. While...

BROADENING THE DEFINITION OF LITERACY

August 11, 2014

August 11, 2014 From https://www.dosomething.org/facts/11-facts-about-literacy-america we find the following facts re: literacy (citations referenced): 1.  2/3 of students who cannot read proficiently by the end of 4th grade will end up in jail or on welfare.  .  .  . 2.  1 in 4 children in America grow up without learning how to read. 3.  Kids who don’t read proficiently by 4th grade are 4 times likelier to drop out of school.  . ...