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SOME POSITIVES OF e-LEARNING

October 3, 2018

It’s easy for us to find the faults with any newer technology.  Funny how that works!  I guess it’s because it is much easier for us to see the negatives than it is for us to embrace the positives. Time for a gut check when we talk about e-Learning! Do we all realize that e-Learning is singularly poised to positively impact all aspects of one’s business?!?  It is uniquely capable of making...

THE PURSUIT OF EDUCATION

October 1, 2018

The term, “to be educated” is well defined by Steve Denning in his ‘What Does It Mean To Be Educated?’ piece that appeared in Forbes Magazine: “In recent posts, I have been suggesting that being educated includes (to give a short answer): a demonstrated ability to listen carefully, to think critically, to evaluate facts rigorously, to reason analytically, to imagine creatively, to articulate interesting questions, to explore alternative viewpoints, to maintain intellectual...

INDUSTRIAL SKILLS TRAINING TODAY

September 26, 2018

Let’s take a look at some of the unique training challenges faced by American process and manufacturing companies today.  While many of the observations are also applicable to all organizations, process and manufacturing plants rely heavily on in-house skills training as central to their success. Training methods vary widely — from traditional classroom instruction, with hands-on practice, to the latest in technology-based training options.  But, which method is best? For training a...

LESS FORMAL TRAINING WORKS, TOO

September 24, 2018

While most of us think of training in terms of the formal classroom, learning center, or controlled WEB access, below are a few other uses for e-Learning that will help you get the maximum value from your training initiatives. (courtesy of G. H. Kaiz, co-Founder, ITC Learning).                                               Engineer Training...

TECHNOLOGY & VALID SKILLS TRAINING

September 20, 2018

Several years ago, I was invited to review several e-Learning courses marketed by a Midwestern vendor.  This particular vendor had a large number of offerings targeted at many industries.  And, their catalog described their solutions as “skills training.” As we shall soon see, that catalog description could not have been further from the truth! What I saw astonished me.  It was like traveling backward in time!  Looking at those courses returned me...

CHANGING THE METHOD OF LEARNING

September 18, 2018

Several years ago in a New York Times column by Virginia Heffeman, “Education Needs a Digital-Age Upgrade,” she reviewed a book, “Now You See It,” by Cathy N. Davidson.  The arguments still apply today: “Simply put, we can’t keep preparing students for a world that doesn’t exist. We can’t keep ignoring the formidable cognitive skills they’re developing on their own. And above all, we must stop disparaging digital prowess just because some...

HUTCHINS & ST. JOHN’S COLLEGE

September 12, 2018

“Have I got a college for you. For your first two years, your regimen includes ancient Greek. And I do mean Greek, the language, not Greece, the civilization, though you’ll also hang with Aristotle, Aeschylus, Thucydides and the rest of the gang. There’s no choice in the matter. There’s little choice, period.  Let your collegiate peers elsewhere design their own majors and frolic with Kerouac. For you it’s Kant. You have no...

WHY PURCHASE TRAINING?

September 10, 2018

Question:  Who wants to pay for training?  Answer:  No one wants to buy training!  Why should they?  Shouldn’t their new hires be already equipped with the necessary skills — and ready to perform their assigned tasks?  As you well know, that only happens in Utopia.  So why, then, do you have to develop or purchase training programs for your workforce?  The answer is not very complicated.  We only purchase training programs when...

DESIGN “NO-NO’S’

September 5, 2018

I have written many times regarding the attributes of well-designed e-Learning.  I have, often, listed the salient characteristics that are found within effective e-Learning designs.  And, I have emphasized learner-control as a key design feature of properly produced e-Learning with its resultant increase in learner-retention. Today, however, we’re going to reverse the process.  We’re going to examine the characteristics you should avoid when buying or producing e-Learning.  The following items are some...

MORE ON HIGHER EDUCATION

August 29, 2018

A few years ago an excellent book by Naomi Schaefer Riley, “The Faculty Lounges: and Other Reasons Why You Won’t Get the College Education You Paid For” elicited an apt book review by Stanley Fish.   In his New York Times review, Fish described Riley’s book as bringing together “two subjects that are usually treated separately in the literature.”  “The first is the increasing tendency, on the part of students, legislators, administrators and...

CALAMITY OR EDUCATION

August 27, 2018

So much ignorant discourse is taking place in our country today.  Purposeful lying by our nation’s elected leaders and their blindfolded followers are the soup du jour. I’m 85 and have witnessed such a shameless time once before.  When I was 21, we gathered around our small b&w televisions watching the Joe McCarthy hearings.  A scary time for America. So, here we are again.  A dark time to live through.  And, yet,...

IMAGINATION IS KEY

August 22, 2018

“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”  ― Albert Einstein Imagination is the single catalyst that drives creativity.  One of twentieth century America’s leading scenic artists, Robert Edmond Jones, defined that process most appropriately when he wrote, “Imagination is the faculty for realization.” No one can create anything meaningful unless their imagination can already...

LEARNING BY WATCHING

August 20, 2018

Training in the process and manufacturing industries has grown in importance as equipment and processes within the plants have become more and more complicated.  Consequently, the training necessary to meet these new challenges usually falls into one, or more, of the following three broad categories: Total Training — an in-depth approach, from basics to advanced topics, covering the “why’s,” as well as the “how to’s.”  An apprentice program would be an example....

PRIVATE SCHOOLS

August 10, 2018

An article (“Private Schools are anti-democratic. Can they be redeemed?” by Jack Schneider) in a July issue of AEON caught my attention as it dealt with an education subject that is certainly out of the mainstream. Schneider is a scholar of education history and policy at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and the author of several books.  In addition, he is a regular contributor to The Washington Post and The Atlantic.  Here...