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Posts from November 2010


November 30, 2010

Instructional Design has a long and successful history with media training. First with videotape — then with Laser Interactive Videodisc — and followed by CD-ROM production, designers effectively utilized all the powerful learning components afforded by media into the most effective learning lessons the world had ever known. Payback was amazing. Trainees learned faster and more successfully than at any time since the days of “ol’ Charlie” with his one-on-one hands-on instruction....


November 23, 2010

This month I attended the “Solutions 2.0” Conference in Bonita Springs, Florida. That event took me back in time — to almost two decades ago — when Maintenance personnel regularly gathered together to discuss Maintenance challenges and solutions. “Solutions 2.0” featured “Reliability” issues, a term I believe has evolved from the “Predictive Maintenance” and “Preventive Maintenance” terms of earlier times. Regardless, “Reliability” is one of the critical components in manufacturing and process...


November 18, 2010

Don’t pretend there is a better training choice than multi-sensory instruction! There isn’t! Multi-sensory learning, with an emphasis on full motion video, is the best way to train — hands down! If you want your trainees to learn necessary skills and, even better, retain that learning for a longer time, full motion video is the “winner and still champion!” Why? Because the learning culture for the past half-century has evolved around the...


November 4, 2010

Too often, training expenditures are made as a reaction to some internal operating problem: repeated packing failures; increasing waste; lubrication errors, etc. Reactive training is not the way to address most training issues. It is often piece-meal and is a “horse is already out of the barn” solution. The key to successful training is to make it an integral part of an organization’s business objectives. Up-front planning helps ensure that your investment...


November 2, 2010

Much is being written these days about the workforce that America will need in order to compete in the 21st Century. Apparently, the jobs of today and tomorrow will require a workforce that is better educated and better trained than the workforce of the 20th Century. No doubt, that’s all true. However, it will be a gigantic mistake to ignore the basic knowledge skills required of every worker. That mistake will be...