Founders Blog

TAKING STOCK

August 6, 2018

According to the latest Speexx Exchange survey findings:  “Just 8% of L&D (Learning & Development) professionals believe their vision and mission are fully aligned to and actively contribute to long-term company strategy.” As trainers, we often spend an inordinate amount of our time with implementation.  Yet, choosing the “right training” for our trainee population should be our major focus. With that thought in mind, today’s blog will examine a series of “planning...

REDEFINING LITERACY

August 1, 2018

The majority of current “reading tests” are primarily constructed to measure vocabulary recognition.  But, does vocabulary recognition mean very much? Of course not!  The ability to form opinions from what individuals read is the only valid test of reading ability — and, that depends upon reading comprehension. What are the facts today?  Only about one quarter of this nation’s fourth graders are able to form opinions from what they read, and only...

eLEARNING & THE MULTI-NATIONALS

July 30, 2018

For decades, decentralized companies have had to cope with training challenges that included lack of standardization, inconsistency, and facilitation challenges.  An absence of centralized record-keeping has also negatively impacted their efforts. We’ve seen how modern LMS’s have addressed the latter issue and, today, e-Learning is effectively solving the other challenges. One such multi-national company has commented publicly about the positive impacts made on their organization by a corporate-installed LMS and, most importantly,...

TECHIES & FUZZIES

July 25, 2018

For several years now I have been singing the praises of a liberal arts education.  (A liberal arts education is generally accepted as covering the following fields:  the Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences and Formal Sciences.) Recently, however, I have been writing in defense of liberal arts as more and more universities are not only emphasizing a STEM education but, more disturbingly, reducing the importance of the Humanities in their offerings. This...

THE FALLACY OF PRE-TEST PLACEMENT

July 23, 2018

Some courseware vendors promote their pre-tests as prescriptive tools.  If a trainee passes certain sections of the pre-test, she will be automatically taken only to those learning units she did not pass.  She will not be directed to the other learning units. There is a real danger with this practice and having produced more than four hundred training courses as co-Founder and former CEO of ITC, I steadfastly avoided this process (with...

EFFECTIVE LEARNING FOR ALL

July 9, 2018

“Big Jay”, as he was known in the community, dropped out of school in the tenth grade.  He decided that school had failed to serve his needs, and felt that getting out in the world and earning money would be more of a help to his mother and younger brothers and sisters.  “Big Jay” had to weigh his career options, and turned to what he found to be the most expedient choice: ...

IGNORANCE WITHOUT REASON

July 2, 2018

A couple of years ago, a colleague asked me to research a particular skills training provider —- a vendor that was previously unknown to me.  I always enjoy those research tasks as it allows me to keep up with the new directions the skills training world might be taking. So, I happily went about that assignment and started my google search. Imagine my surprise when I accessed that vendor’s website and discovered...

SUCCESS — OR, FAILURE

June 27, 2018

Periodically, you should step back and objectively evaluate your e-Learning initiatives.  From a design point of view, there is an excellent set of criteria listed in an article, “eLearning Course Evaluation: The Ultimate Guide For eLearning Professionals,” by Christopher Pappas in eLearning Industry:  “In order to effectively evaluate your eLearning course at all stages, you need to check 7 elements:   First of all, you need to identify your eLearning objectives. What...

TRAINING TODAY

June 25, 2018

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 main purpose of training is to ensure that all employees have the technical...

BOTH ARE IMPORTANT

June 20, 2018

We must start planning better training and education tracks for both our workforce and for the thought leaders needed in our subject-matter disciplines.  Instead of sending everyone into the same college track, we must recognize that interests, talents and innate skills vary from individual to individual.  It’s that recognition that must guide us. With that in mind, let’s first examine the most forgotten members of our population — our emerging, and most...

E-LEARNING’S FOUR CHALLENGES

June 18, 2018

As practiced today, e-Learning, too often, fails to meet current and evolving business considerations. Why?  Four major reasons.  First, because of the re-purposed PowerPoints being passed off as e-Learning.  These pseudo courses are never even completed by two-thirds of the trainees assigned to take them.  They are full of lots of words and information — but have little training value.  Consequently, the skills needed for the shop floor are not readily acquired....

SKILLED TRADESPEOPLE & MAINTENANCE WORKERS

June 13, 2018

I was encouraged a couple of years ago to discover an article in the OMAHA WORLD-HERALD by Janice Podsada, “Community Colleges, Local Unions Offer Apprenticeships, Programs to Train for Jobs Increasingly in Demand.”  Here’s an excerpt: “ .  .  .  The demand for skilled tradespeople — from plumbers to electricians to diesel mechanics to auto mechanics and welders — is on the rise. An older generation of skilled workers is retiring and,...

THE BUYING PROCESS (revised)

June 11, 2018

One of the problems in BLOG-writing is that some of the most important ideas are written about once and then never seen again.  Such is the case with our “buying process” discussion, which I try to revise and reprint every few years.  So, because it is such an important subject, here are the salient steps (with revisions) you should undertake in “The Buying Process.” More “live to regret it” decisions are made...

SKEWING TRADITIONAL EDUCATION

June 6, 2018

We’ve touched on this topic before but, unfortunately, the movement is growing.  And it’s becoming scary as our nation is beginning to lose sight of the traditional intent of a university education and, instead, perverting that purpose toward a job-skills bent. Don’t get me wrong.  Community Colleges already exist for just such a reason and I strongly applaud them.  But, I am interested in the universities that provide majors that introduce our...