Posts from September 2015

USABILITY & LEARNING

September 28, 2015

September 28, 2015 A major characteristic that requires your examination when choosing your e-Learning courseware is “usability.” Wikipedia tell us that, “In human-computer interaction and computer science, usability studies the elegance and clarity with which the interaction with a computer program or a web site is designed.” When analyzing an e-Learning course, one of the ways you can define “usability” is to examine how user-friendly or appealing that program appears to be....

RE-TESTING THE ‘OLD WAYS

September 23, 2015

September 23, 2015 Too many organizations blindly repeat the “old ways” of doing things year after year. They seldom revisit decisions made long ago and, instead, just keep plodding along the same tired path. There’s a better way! Periodically, we should all take an inventory of our training initiatives and objectively evaluate how they meet the following tests: • Have your training initiatives been directly tied to your company’s business objectives? •...

RETENTION BEATS WINNING

September 21, 2015

September 18, 2012 Some of us may get rewarded for introducing the latest advances in technology learning into our organization. Some of us, who produce our own e-Learning courses, may even enter our latest examples into national “best in learning” contests. And, some of us might even win those prestigious awards. However, you’ll be well served if you keep the following statement indelibly etched in your mind: “Don’t judge yourself by the...

DON’T BUY TITLES

September 16, 2015

September 16, 2015 Simply put, “A title is not a title.” Just because a vendor’s catalog lists a course entitled, “Centrifugal Pump Maintenance” does not mean that the course described will actually train anyone in how to perform maintenance on a centrifugal pump. It is simply a title until the innards have been examined by someone who knows the subject, understands instructional design principles, and is aware that multiplemedia presentations are the...

WE NEED MORE THINKERS

September 14, 2015

September 14, 2015 Robert M. Hutchins, former President of The University of Chicago, said it best: “Ideal education is one that develops intellectual power. It is not one that is directed to immediate needs; it is not a specialized education, or a pre-professional education; it is not a utilitarian education. It is an education calculated to develop the mind. . . . without the intellectual techniques needed to understand ideas, and without...

METAMORPHOSIS IN LEARNING

September 9, 2015

September 9, 2015 “The world of education is currently undergoing a massive transformation as a result of the digital revolution. This transformation is similar to the transition from apprenticeship to universal schooling that occurred in the 19th century as a result of the industrial revolution. In the apprenticeship era, most of what people learned occurred outside of school. Universal schooling led people to identify learning with school, but now the identification of...

THE IMPORTANCE OF TRAINING

September 3, 2015

September 2, 1915 “. . . according to Paul Golden, founder and managing partner of Schilling Ventures, LLC., the biggest obstacle facing the manufacturing sector today is the lack of skilled training. . . . Employers are struggling to find individuals who are skilled and mechanically adept. ‘Workers don’t know enough trade skills. This is compounded by many school districts failing at the basics of education for individuals headed to the shop...