Posts from May 2018

THE BEST e-LEARNING

May 30, 2018

More and more is being written about the growing importance of e-Learning.  And, in terms of future potential, those opinions are essentially correct. At this moment in training’s continuum, however, much that passes for e-Learning has little actual training value.  That is because much of e-Learning today is either PowerPoint adaptations or written procedure adaptations – neither of which teaches anyone much of anything.  At best they are examples of e-Information! The...

INTERESTING/INFORMATIVE READS

May 23, 2018

A few times each year this blog is used to introduce you to a variety of interesting/informative articles I’ve recently encountered and that you might like to read.  Since we’re now close to the Memorial Day weekend, it seems like a good time to do just that. “BETSY IS AT IT AGAIN” :  (“Betsy DeVos knows little about public education. And she doesn’t want to learn” by Helaine Olen, The Washington Post)...

AESTHETICS FOR BETTER LEARNING

May 21, 2018

A leading e-Learning authoring system provider lists four reasons for using their authoring tool.  Here are three of those reasons:  “Save time creating courses” – “Scale your learning program quickly” – “Everybody can create e-Learning now (this one makes me cringe).” Did you notice?  None of the three have anything to do with learning! All three have to do only with time and money.  Shame! There are, however, many important factors that...

THE “IF” IS BIG

May 17, 2018

So, why do you invest time in training your company’s workforce?   And, for that matter, why does your organization commit dollars to training initiatives? Those answers seem obvious, don’t they?   “Our workers will acquire the skills necessary for improved performance and that will result in a better bottom line for our company?’ In a perfect world, those answers are completely valid.   ‘nuff said. But, it’s not a perfect world and...

REDEFINING INDUSTRIAL SKILLS TRAINING

May 14, 2018

In case one hasn’t been paying attention, there are big changes taking place in industrial skills training today.   One significant trend is toward competency and accountability.  Clearly competency-based courseware with integrated measuring capabilities will be recognized and used as tools for reaching those goals. Another change is the impending fall of the wall between business and education. That wall has separated the two sectors for many years, but the pressure of...

OTJ & UNDERLYING KNOWLEDGE

May 9, 2018

Some time ago, I received two newsletters advocating the same thing:  On-The-Job (OTJ) Training. One newsletter pointed out, “. . . you can learn about forklift safety, but eventually learners will need to drive one before true learning takes place.”  The other observed, “. . . when you ask a dozen workers in almost any organization about how they learned their job – most will point to On The Job Training.” I...

THE TIME IS NOW!

May 7, 2018

Now is the time to recognize all the many advantages media-based online learning offers you, your trainees and your organization! Yes! 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 and production values, combined with cost and efficiency issues, have complicated the entire process. Maintenance and Operations training for our workforce...

THE E-LEARNING THAT DOESN’T WORK

May 2, 2018

The majority of your workforce learns very little from reading the printed words.  They are part of the growing majority that learns best from the multiple media they engage every day on their smart phones, tablets and computers.  And PowerPoint is a prime contributor to their disconnect. “ .  .  .  Funny enough, it seems like most elearning courses can be traced back to PowerPoint in some capacity. Heck, most of them...