Posts from January 2016

E-TEXTBOOKS & THE FUTURE

January 27, 2016

January 27, 2016 It’s been four years now since Apple made their “iBooks textbooks” announcement: NEW YORK—January 19, 2012—Apple® today announced iBooks® 2 for iPad®, featuring iBooks textbooks, an entirely new kind of textbook that’s dynamic, engaging and truly interactive. iBooks textbooks offer iPad users gorgeous, fullscreen textbooks with interactive animations, diagrams, photos, videos, unrivaled navigation and much more. iBooks textbooks can be kept up to date, don’t weigh down a backpack...

INVESTING IN CHANGE

January 25, 2016

January 25, 2016 “ . . . the main purpose of Training and Development is to anticipate change and respond proactively to it. Changes include a wide variety of occurrences: ▪ The changes in the organization due to mergers, acquisitions, growth and downsizing; ▪ The changes or advances in technology requiring new skill-sets; ▪ New competitive pressures requiring more efficiency; ▪ New rules or regulations that change how the organization runs and/or...

REAL PEOPLE CONFIRM

January 20, 2016

January 20, 2016 In Monday’s post, I cautioned: “ . . . many find that their employees simply don’t have the reading and math skills necessary for effective job performance. While readily investing dollars in task skills training, too many businesses ignore the basic skills knowledge gap that exists throughout their organization. And that means specific training in reading and math skills!” Today, I want to share with you a few of...

READING, MATH & e-LEARNING

January 18, 2016

January 18, 2016 While readily investing dollars in task skills training, too many businesses ignore the basic skills knowledge gap that exists throughout their organization. And that means specific training in reading and math skills! Unfortunately, when they take the time to examine that skills gap, many find that their employees simply don’t have the reading and math skills necessary for effective job performance. “Well-designed programs using the latest technology could be...

IT’S THE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT!

January 13, 2016

January 13, 2016 The “Great Books of the Western World” and its companion collection, “The Great Ideas Today,” were published more than a half-century ago. Their introduction was designed to stimulate thinking and their publication was an attempt to bring the best of education to Americans everywhere. Unfortunately, education has slid backward from that earlier promise. Even in the time of their original publication, the naysayers were attacking “The Great Books,” “by...

e-LEARNING: a self-examination

January 11, 2016

January 11, 2016 It’s a pretty safe assumption that most of you have moved at least some of your training initiatives into an e-Learning environment. An equally likely assumption is that most of you have been experiencing some disappointing results with your e-Learning initiatives. In the introduction to “The Illusion of e-Learning: Why We Are Missing Out on the Promise of Technology” by Frank L. Greenagel, Ph.D we find a summary of...

THOUGHTS FROM THE HOLIDAYS

January 6, 2016

January 6, 2016 Like they were for me, I hope your holidays were full of good times and reflection. I even managed to do some “holiday reading” and came across a few articles that I’d like to share in this first 2016 posting. Arranging the articles in the order I discovered them, the first excerpt comes from “American higher education is a house divided” and was written by syndicated columnist George Will....