Posts from December 2016

TEACHING CRITICAL THINKING ???

December 14, 2016

December 14, 2016 Today, there is a rapidly growing movement to emphasize the teaching of “critical thinking skills” in our public schools. Just what is it? — and can it be successfully taught?  The opinions expressed by Carl Hendrik in an article published in AEON, “Why Schools Should Not Teach Critical Thinking Skills,” make a strong and reasonable case against such teaching when detached from context: “.  .  .  Since the early...

e-LEARNING & DESIGN

December 12, 2016

December 12, 2016 Whether you buy or build e-Learning courses, design elements must be the focus if you want your workforce to engage with the training. “Instructional Design Elements EVERY eLearning Course Should Include” by Christopher Pappas in eLearning Industry gives us an overview: “Designing an eLearning course is not an easy task. .  .  . this article features the 10 most important Instructional Design eLements that your eLearning course should have....

THE ESSENTIAL READABILITY TESTS

December 7, 2016

December 7, 2016 Ever hear of the Flesch-Kincaid readability tests?  (They’re both freely available as part of MSN’s Outlook and Word.) “The Flesch-Kincaid readability tests were named after a talented Mr. J. Peter Kincaid and his team of developers. The tests were originally developed under contract with the US Navy and were designed to assess the difficulty of understanding in technical manuals around the year 1978. Within a few years, the tests became...

BUY CONTENT, NOT TITLE

December 5, 2016

December 5, 2016 “Establishing training content means focusing on what the job actually entails. Task analysis methods are important for this. These methods were developed within occupational psychology to ensure that what is trained is what is required. This is one of the most important areas in the psychology of training. If performance requirements are not identified, then training judgments may be inappropriate.  .  .  . Left to their own devices, training specialists cannot...