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The Power of CD-ROM

August 12, 2009

Let’s talk digitized CD-ROMs today. This is important to the e-learning community as it allows full motion video to be accessed through a training-dedicated LAN, along with full record keeping. It is a proven alternate to the typical e-learning courseware so prevalent today. The full motion power of this digitized medium is markedly superior to other choices and its only limitation lies in that exclusively behind-your-firewall requirement. Knowledgeably designed digitized CD-ROM courseware...

The Truth About Visual Learning

August 11, 2009

To quantify the value of visual learning in our schools, we can cite the following findings: 1) Learning occurs 38-70% faster than with traditional (stand-up and lecture) instruction. 2) Course content is mastered 60% faster than with traditional instruction. 3) Studies show that participants increase understanding by more than 50%, resulting in greater learning gains than with traditional instruction. 4) Participants also demonstrate 25-50% higher content retention and 50-60% greater consistency in...

Your E-Learning Checklist

August 10, 2009

What should you look for when making your e-learning selections? The following is a checklist that should help you through that process. First of all, we know that knowledgeably designed e-learning can save you money: 1. It takes 25-60% less time than traditional classroom instruction 2. It achieves 50-60% greater retention than traditional classroom instruction 3. It allows more employees to be trained in a shorter period of time 4. It empowers...

Big Jay’s Story

August 7, 2009

“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:...

Evaluating Your Initiatives

August 6, 2009

Periodically, you should step back and honestly evaluate your e-learning initiatives. In doing so there are several results you should examine. Have your enrollments increased, decreased or stayed relatively flat? Your learners are telling you something about your offerings. Word of mouth is communicating to you in a positive or negative way. People will endorse your selections if they feel that those offerings have value to their future success, and the attendant...

Why (Some) E-learning Falls Short

August 5, 2009

E-learning as a term has been with us for about a decade now but has failed to meet the high expectations of American business and industry. Clearly, at this point in time, it has fallen short of its promise. Why? Two major reasons. First it has failed to meet the ROI requirements of business. Much of the e-learning hype has been directed at eliminating the classroom and its attendant personnel and space...

How To Do PowerPoint (If You Must!)

August 4, 2009

Some of you have asked that I address PowerPoint presentations as many of you are assigned the task of preparing them for your own organization. As I have stated previously, PowerPoint presentations are NOT training tools. At best, they convey information, although their effectiveness in doing even that is limited. Its most favorable characteristics are its ease of use and the short learning curve required. Unfortunately, those same characteristics result in questionable...

Training . . . It Ain’t What It Used To Be!

August 3, 2009

Let’s start our week with a brief overview of media training in the last three decades – an evolution that allows us to confidently say, “Training . . . It Ain’t What It Used To Be!” First came the videos. Less expensive and somewhat more efficient than text book/one-on-one instruction. Most importantly, the videos spoke to learners in their own learning culture, a giant leap forward. Videos, however, demanded a classroom and...

The Two Traits of Good Vendor Reps

July 30, 2009

Let’s talk partnering today. As I’m sure you know, technology solutions for training are multiplying almost monthly. New vendors are appearing almost as fast, along with countless new products and services. No one can keep up with it all. Reading the training journals and finding knowledgeable people among the many vendors who are trying to sell you something are the best ways to fill in your own knowledge gaps. So what should...

Know Your Learning Styles

July 29, 2009

Historically, an organization has focused certain time and money on educating/training when either some process or function within the organization has gone awry or an edict to train has come down from high up in the organizational structure. It is at this point that the trainer or educator has had to focus on the “who-to-be-trained” and the “what-to-use” components. Far too often today, the “who” is overlooked because of the rush to...

Today’s Best Answer To Learning Challenges

July 28, 2009

Today let’s talk CD-ROM solutions. And, I don’t mean CD discs that have to be loaded, unloaded and stored. I’m talking about the CD-ROM solutions that have been fully digitized and installed on a training-dedicated server. No more discs to load, unload, store and lose. At this moment in time if your interest is solely to offer your workforce the very best learning media, digitized CD-ROM technology will win hands down. We’re...

The Wisdom of ‘Ol Charlie

July 27, 2009

Last week 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 am in total...

Reading Elitist? Time to Step Aside.

July 24, 2009

What are the true “reading literacy” facts today? Only 24 percent of this nation’s 4th graders are able to form opinions from what they read, and only 34 percent of our high school seniors can. The majority of our working adult population cannot comprehend beyond a third- or fourth-grade reading level. Opportunity knocks! And that knocking your imagination should hear is for the full-motion, optional audio, fully branched, multiple learning-style accommodation programming...

Giants vs. Giant Wastes

July 23, 2009

Yesterday afternoon, I received a newsletter advertising a new publication that analyzes “Authoring System” choices. They even included access to a short section that addressed a specific company’s offering – and, which I began to read. Shortly thereafter, my few remaining hairs stood on end and my stomach muscles began to tighten as an angry growl escaped my mouth. Here’s the “Description of Authoring process” section that did it: 1. The author...