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Posts from July 2009

What’s On The Menu?

July 10, 2009

Training Challenge Number Six: “The failure to recognize e-learning that truly works” The second essential quality for truly effective E-Learning is a “User-designed Interface” that has been created for ease of navigation. For the individuals who will be taking your e-learning courses, much of their initial motivation will be blunted if they have to spend excessive time paging down or up in order to get the information they are seeking. In fact,...

The #1 Criterion to Evaluate E-learning

July 9, 2009

Training Challenge Number Six: “the failure to recognize E-Learning that truly works” Today we’re going to elaborate on yesterday’s discussion where I listed those characteristics one should expect from any knowledgeably designed e-learning solution that you either purchase or develop internally. Recognizing that “Content Accuracy” and “A Real-time Environment” are the universal requirements of any valid training program, “Optional Word-for-Word Audio Capability” is the first essential quality specifically necessary for effective e-learning....

Knowing what works – and what doesn’t

July 8, 2009

Training Challenge Number Six: “The failure to recognize e-learning that truly works” Corporate trainers should run – not just walk – away as fast as they can when they encounter adapted PowerPoint presentations, adapted written procedures, converted CD-ROMs and converted videos posing as e-learning. When someone tells you that these things actually teach in an e-learning environment, just ask them if they’d like to buy the Brooklyn Bridge. At best, what those...

Retain, Retain, Retain!

July 7, 2009

Training Challenge Number Five: “the failure to measure longer term retention” The only training initiatives that have positive impacts on an organization’s performance and future are those programs that generate longer-term retention and positive applications of the initial training. Almost every vendor of training software or standup instruction refers to the wonderful statistics that trumpet the improvement made by most participants in their proprietary solutions. They claim that the post-test scores are...

The Power of ‘Single-Minded Focus’

July 6, 2009

Training Challenge Number Four: “The failure to provide focused e-learning that is designed to meet the learning culture of the twenty-first century” The first thing we must acknowledge is the amount of garbage being disseminated today under the guise of e-learning. Page-turner programs, PowerPoint presentations and reconstituted written procedures all do much more harm than good. In fact, they almost totally ignore most modern workers and their needs. They lack the winning...

Why Corporate Training Fails – Final Post

July 2, 2009

We’ll wrap this topic up today and get ready for the three day weekend. Training Challenge Number Three: “The failure to provide training that is designed to meet the needs of the 21st Century Learning Culture.” The shift from teacher-led to media-rich, learner-centered instruction may well be forced upon the American education system in the upcoming years. In case one hasn’t been paying attention, there are big changes on the horizon for...

Why Corporate Training Fails, Continued

July 1, 2009

Training Challenge Number Three: “The failure to provide training that is designed to meet the needs of the 21st Century Learning Culture.” We are sensory beings. The more of our senses that can be involved, the more completely and enjoyably we learn. Even better, the more of our senses that become involved with the learning experience, the greater our retention. Nobody is trying to exclude the one-third of us who are comfortable...