Posts from August 2015

TESTING TWO WAYS

August 31, 2015

August 31, 2015 As you know, most media courseware includes a final exam. The courseware that has truly meaningful exams has a randomized bank of questions and asks at least one question for each of the learning objectives. As I’ve commented in previous postings, if measuring learning as retention is the goal, only meaningful results can be obtained by administering that final exam a second time —- six months or more after...

HIGHER EDUCATION HAS LOST ITS WAY

August 26, 2015

August 26, 2015 For most of us, the word “Education” conjures up a positive response. Yet, I would maintain that higher education, as currently practiced in our country, is seriously flawed. Unfortunately, our colleges have become quite similar to successful business operations and have, largely, turned away from their traditional roles. But, it’s not the obscene cost of today’s college education that this post will address. Rather, it’s the loss of purpose...

A BETTER e-LEARNING MODEL

August 24, 2015

August 24, 2015 When we examine technology training today, the prevalent e-Learning courseware does not measure up to its previous analog predecessors (CD-ROM and IVD). Full motion video and graphic animations, combined with optional word-for-word audio, have proven to be the best way to communicate with our Generation X and Generation Y workforce. Current e-Learning models do not meet that standard . But, knowledgeably-designed interactive technology training can incorporate it all. It...

ALTERNATIVES TO FORMAL TRAINING”

August 19, 2015

August 19, 2015 While most of us think of training in terms of the classroom, learning center, or from-anywhere WEB access, below are a few other possibilities you should consider in order to get the maximum value from your training initiatives (courtesy of G. H. Kaiz, co-Founder, ITC Learning). • Engineer Training • All too often, new graduate engineers are strong in theory but lack practical application experience. Yet these people are...

EXCITING TIMES IN LEARNING

August 17, 2015

August 17, 2015 Imagine a system where learners meet clearly stated, performance-oriented goals, acquiring skills and knowledge that are relevant to real-life problems. In this system, designed to enable high performance, learners of all levels meet the objectives with the aid of flexible programs that accommodate varied learning styles and abilities. Learners leave the system with all the skills needed to become a world-class workforce that can respond to changing consumer tastes....

VISUAL LEARNING

August 12, 2015

August 12, 2015 To quantify the value of visual learning, we can cite the following: ♦ Learning occurs 38-70% faster than with traditional (classroom lecture/reading) instruction. ♦ Course content is mastered 60% faster than with traditional instruction. ♦ Participants increase understanding by more than 50%, resulting in greater learning gains than with traditional instruction. ♦ Participants also demonstrate 25-50% higher content retention and 50-60% greater consistency in content understanding than with classroom...

VISUAL LEARNING

August 12, 2015

August 12, 2015 To quantify the value of visual learning, we can cite the following: ♦ Learning occurs 38-70% faster than with traditional (classroom lecture/reading) instruction. ♦ Course content is mastered 60% faster than with traditional instruction. ♦ Participants increase understanding by more than 50%, resulting in greater learning gains than with traditional instruction. ♦ Participants also demonstrate 25-50% higher content retention and 50-60% greater consistency in content understanding than with classroom...

MAINTENANCE MANAGERS ARE KEY

August 10, 2015

August 10, 2015 Does any business truly want to pay for training?!? Why should they? Shouldn’t their new hires be already equipped with the necessary skills — and prepared to perform their assigned tasks? Shouldn’t their experienced maintenance personnel already know how to “fix anything?” Why, then, do you have to develop or purchase training programs for your workforce? The answer is not very complicated. We only purchase training programs when we...

BIG JAY

August 5, 2015

August 5, 2015 “Big Jay”, as he was known in the community, dropped out of school in the tenth grade. He decided that school had failed to serve his needs, and felt that getting out in the world and earning money would be more of a help to his mother and younger brothers and sisters. “Big Jay” had to weigh his career options, and turned to what he found to be the...

e-LEARNING THAT FAILS

August 3, 2015

August 3, 2015 What makes e-Learning so unpopular with trainees today?!? Why do almost two-thirds of trainees fail to complete most e-Learning programs?!? Why do repurposed PowerPoint adaptations lead the list of ineffectual e-Learning?!? The following will give you a good idea of the answers to those three questions: 1) Page-turning programs are the ultimate killer. If people want to learn by reading, a book is a far better way to go....