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EDUCATION & FAIRNESS PLAY THEIR PARTS

October 29, 2018

When I was in public school “Civics” was a required course while American History courses accompanied that requirement.  I still remember the major point my Civics teacher emphasized over and over again:  “Vote for the man (sic) and not the party!”  (As a point of interest, in the first twelve Presidential elections in which I was eligible to vote, I voted six times for a Republican and six times for a Democrat. ...

LET’S GET IT RIGHT!

October 24, 2018

My career in visual-media training goes back a long way — to the earliest days of videotape instruction (the “black and white days”).  In addition, back then there was no profession called “Instructional Design.”  Rather an SME prepared the content (all factual with only the uniqueness of the camera work and rudimentary hand-drawn graphics to provide the motivational elements) and, then, the SME became the on-screen talent. Later, the beginnings of Instructional...

THE AYES HAVE IT!

October 22, 2018

I’ve posted countless times extolling the near-necessity of using full-motion video, graphic animations and, where appropriate, gaming for the bulk of your training initiatives. Why?!? It’s the learning culture of the vast majority of your trainees!  Plus, it gives them a near-simulation experience (as close to hands-on training as one can get — at a fraction of the cost)! In addition, long-term retention is significantly increased and a more productive transition from...

PHONICS IS STILL THE ANSWER

October 8, 2018

When I entered the first grade in 1939, learning to read had its bedrock based in phonics.  Skip forward to the early 1990s when ITC decided to produce an interactive reading/writing series of Interactive Laser Videodisc instruction.  We surveyed a number of universities that were actively involved with teacher training and quickly discovered that “Phonics” had become a “dirty word” and that “Whole Language Learning” and “Balanced Literacy” were now the new...

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...