Posts from June 2016

AN HONEST EVALUATION

June 22, 2016

June 22, 2016 Are you offering e-Learning courses to your trainees as part of their assigned training? If so, you should periodically step back and objectively evaluate the effectiveness of your e-Learning initiatives. In doing so there are several criteria you need to examine: 1)  Have your enrollments increased, decreased or stayed relatively flat? (Your learners are, subjectively, telling you something about your offerings.  Word of mouth is communicating to you in...

COMPANIES ARE MISSING OUT

June 20, 2016

June 20, 2016  While still reflecting on last Wednesday’s blog, ““VIRGINIA STEPS INTO THE FUTURE“ I was reminded of the fact that while serving as CEO of ITC, I had first hired (and, later promoted to VP) two of the smartest and contributive employees the Company enjoyed in its long history.  Both were sans college degrees. One of those individuals had gone from high school directly into the blue collar work force...

VIRGINIA STEPS INTO THE FUTURE

June 15, 2016

June 15, 2016 Finally!  —-  Somebody gets it! “Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed legislation Thursday that will lead to an overhaul of the state’s high school graduation requirements, aiming to make high school more relevant to the working world and giving students who want to start a career after high school more alternatives to fulfill requirements.   .  .  .  McAuliffe said that the state’s schools generally have been too fixated on preparing...

E-LEARNING & BUSINESS VALUES

June 13, 2016

June 13, 2016 As practiced today, e-Learning has failed to meet the ROI requirements of business. Consequently, e-Learning is being successfully challenged by streaming video, games and simulations as the training media of choice. Why?  Three major reasons. First, because re-purposed PowerPoints — are being passed off as e-Learning.  These pseudo courses are never even completed by two-thirds of the trainees assigned to take them.  They are full of lots of words...

CULTIVATING THE MIND

June 8, 2016

May 27, 2010 I sometimes wonder if it’s too big a stretch to compare the decline of a thinking education to the increased popularity of “opinion media.”  Is there a connection between this “dumbing down” and the audiences for obviously-opinionated “news” networks like MSNBC and FOX News? Have we regressed so far that we are exclusively interested in our own embryonically-formed opinions being reinforced by equally incompletely-informed “talking heads?”  Have we stopped...

WHY A LIBERAL ARTS EDUCATION

June 6, 2016

June 6, 2016 “The objective of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives.”  (Robert Maynard Hutchins, President of The University of Chicago, 1929-1945 and Chancellor, 1945-1951) Today, St. John’s College in Annapolis is most often associated with a continuing commitment to many of Hutchins’ ideas, particularly his emphasis on “The Great Books.” And interestingly, an article in The Washington Post by Daniel de Vise featured Christopher Nelson,...

NEWER IS NOT ALWAYS BETTER

June 1, 2016

June 1, 2016 With the introduction of Interactive Laser Videodisc (IVD) in the 1980s, the opportunity for increased learning and retention for the 40% of our workforce who do not assimilate anything written above a 4th grade reading level had become a reality! The emphasis was on the learning-design while the technology was secondary in importance — instructional branching was the key.  (With the plethora of current e-Learning examples that are merely...