Posts from July 2016

MEDIA IS THE MESSAGE

July 27, 2016

July 27, 2016 We’ve come a long way down the technology trail in the past four decades.  The training challenges for our industrial workforce have been immense.  And, the trade-offs involving instructional design, production values, plus cost and efficiency issues have complicated the entire process. Maintenance and Operations training for our workforce has never been more necessary.  And, the opportunities for more effective learning have never been greater. E-Learning has made more...

UNDERSTANDING VISUAL LEARNING

July 25, 2016

July 25, 2016 Regular readers of these posts know that I spend a lot of time praising the virtues of visual-based e-Learning.  I think that it is the master key designed to fit most effectively into today’s dominant learning culture. What do others say? Here’s a couple of examples: “We are now in the age of visual information where visual content plays a role in every part of life. As 65 percent...

THE LEARNING WORLD MOVES ON

July 20, 2016

July 20, 2016 There’s a long standing definition of an academic lecture that goes something like this, “That which passes from the notes of the professor to the notes of the student without engaging the minds of either one.” If one listens to opinion-radio or watches the opinion-cable news networks one might restate that definition this way:  “That which passes from the mouth of one person to the ears of another without...

WIIFM

July 18, 2016

July 18, 2016 “What’s in it for me?” —- WIIFM! “When confronted with change, most people tune in to their favorite internal radio station: WIIFM—What’s In It For Me? That’s not to suggest that most people are selfish. It’s simply a fact that personal context is usually the first filter we use to evaluate our environment. It’s especially true when we’re asked to participate in some sort of change.  Change is movement...

MOTIVATION!

July 13, 2016

July 13, 2016 An e-Mail I received from a reader of Monday’s post, “TRAINING & EDUCATION CAN HEAL“ brought my own thinking back to earth: “Having to deal with plant technicians now in my job – most of the blue collar stereotype, started in late 70s environment and worked here since – I see the extent we go to provide instruction on how to do certain operations. The level of detail is...

TRAINING & EDUCATION CAN HEAL

July 11, 2016

July 11, 2016 The news today is reflective of a nation divided.  It includes stories of disillusionment, anger and frustration.  People keep talking past each other.  And, failures in our educational system are partly to blame. When science and factual knowledge are rejected by many Americans, something is terribly wrong. And when the rhetoric of politicians is designed to incite fear and anger about one, or more, of our many minorities our...

DON’T IGNORE ‘BIG JAY’

July 6, 2016

July 6, 2016 “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...