Posts from July 2017

SKILLS ASSESSMENT: A BETTER WAY

July 31, 2017

 “The most common test items for both pre and post-tests are multiple choice, true/false and short answer. It is important to keep in mind that these item types must be consistently used in both tests. Pre-tests should always have very similar, yet different questions from the post-test, and cover a wide range of topics.  It is important that test items in both the pre and post-test focus primarily on the training objectives....

COMMUNITY COLLEGES & LOCAL INDUSTRY

July 26, 2017

Community College enrollment is at record highs.  More significant is the increase in employment opportunity for many of those graduates. “Globalization is driving changes in our economy, and the need for an educated workforce has never been greater. The majority of new jobs that will be created will require some postsecondary education. In addition, the demographics of the workforce are changing. As a result, employers increasingly rely on the very students who currently...

COLLEGE: WHAT OTHERS SAY

July 24, 2017

We’re now in the middle of summer.  The Class of 2017 has graduated and been sent on their way.  Those graduates are now exploring the labor market and beginning their professional journeys.  Almost none of those graduates are looking back on the academic part of their young lives with either appreciation or scorn.  If they even reflect on their recently completed “college days,” likely it’s about certain social events or athletic victories....

LEARNING DESIGNS MUST EVOLVE

July 19, 2017

We are somewhat closer today to realizing the dreams that will be made possible by online learning.  However, the need for the required new learning designs to catch up with the evolving digital technologies is greater today than it’s ever been.  But just what are those goals and challenges facing us — and by extension, our companies, our co-workers, and our society? Certainly, the training requirements of today’s workplace are intensifying.  The...

BETTER SKILLS ACQUISITION TODAY

July 17, 2017

Training differs from education in many ways.  Its aim is to improve the skills necessary for a better life through increased job performance.  And, rightfully, the emphasis today for both training and for education has shifted from the provider to the receiver — allowing us to now focus our attention on learning and the learner. The philosophy and aims of an educational institution are concerned with the education of the whole person...

SKILLS & KNOWLEDGE EXIST OUTSIDE COLLEGE

July 5, 2017

Robert Jacob Samuelson is a journalist for The Washington Post, where he has written about business and economic issues for four decades.  Several years ago he wrote a column that appeared in The Commercial Appeal which contained two paragraphs that succinctly hit two nails right on the head. Samuelson’s initial paragraph serves as an introduction: The college-for-all crusade has outlived its usefulness. Time to ditch it. Like the crusade to make all...