Posts from January 2018

TECHNOLOGY LEARNING THAT WORKS

January 31, 2018

Digitized learning technologies (full-size, just-in-time and bite-size e-Learning, along with games and simulations) have hastened the development of a new business model — and, the results promise more profitability for American business and industry! Instead of formal classroom instruction and formal learning labs, with their prescribed courseware curricula, many of the new learning technologies have allowed a demand-based approach that has effectively replaced the “everyone takes everything at the same time” regimen....

PUBLIC SCHOOL & AMERICAN VALUES

January 24, 2018

Once in awhile, a document, or an article, comes along that strikes the chord of truth.  Someone, or a group of people, makes a statement that brings eyeopening perspective to what, on the surface, appears to be a controversial issue. Clarity ensues!  And, so it did for me when the Arlington County (VA) School Board clearly restated their purpose last week:  “.  .  .we believe it is important to reiterate and reaffirm...

TRAINING AMERICA’S WORKFORCE

January 22, 2018

Training is teaching, or developing in oneself or others, any skills and knowledge that relate to specific useful competencies. Training has specific goals of improving one’s capability, capacity, productivity and performance.  (Wikipedia) Let’s narrow this definition down to training in the process and manufacturing sectors where the term, industrial skills training, is the accepted moniker. Working in industry today requires a solid background in learning fundamentals:  safety, work practice, tool use, computer...

QUESTIONING HIGHER EDUCATION

January 17, 2018

While vacationing on a very cold North Carolina island last week, I reflected on my university experiences:  as an undergraduate, a post-graduate and as a faculty member.  More than two decades of my early adult life were connected with universities. Universities in those decades were looked on with admiration and respect.  They had been, and were, the gateway to learning that propelled not only the individual, but also our country, to greater...