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Posts from July 2013

LEARNING & TECHNOLOGY

July 24, 2013

July 24, 2013 Real education and training must be more than the organized instructor-led group environment we know today. It must be a process that fully accommodates the uniqueness of individuals. And it will only achieve that goal when “intimidation,” a natural by-product of group instruction, has been erased. Video-based (with optional full audio) media instruction is uniquely positioned to serve as that ultimate eraser. Students are either self-motivated for learning and...

TRAINING FOR FUTURE JOBS

July 22, 2013

July 22, 2013 In a recent Forbes Magazine article, Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry has speculated that, “The Jobs of the Future Don’t Require A College Degree”: http://www.forbes.com/sites/pascalemmanuelgobry/2013/05/07/the-jobs-of-the-future-dont-require-a-college-degree/ . . .A key point here: The jobs of the future are only “low skilled” if you define “low skilled” as not requiring college. Being a good carpenter (56% growth, Jesus is still with us) or, for that matter, a good medical secretary (41% growth), takes smarts...

TRAINING FOR TQC & JIT

July 17, 2013

July 17, 2013 IEEE defines JIT/TQC as: “Just-in-time/total quality control (JIT/TQC) is a proven, practical process that attacks waste. Any activity which does not add value to the product is considered wasteful. Reducing waste increases customer service, reduces costs, and improves quality. When a company has installed an aggressive, ongoing ability to improve its operations, it has created a competitive weapon. It is pointed out that JIT needs TQC. The major thrust...

SKILLS TRAINING & IMAGINATION

July 15, 2013

July 15, 2013 “The Possible’s slow fuse is lit By the Imagination.” ~Emily Dickinson Imagination is the single catalyst that drives creativity. One of America’s leading scenic artists of the twentieth century, Robert Edmond Jones, defined that process most appropriately when he wrote, “Imagination is the faculty for realization.” No one can create anything meaningful unless their imagination can foresee that created object or concept already realized in their own mind. And...

IF THEY CAN’T SEE IT – THEY CAN’T LEARN IT!

July 10, 2013

July 10, 2013 Training in the process and manufacturing industries has grown in importance as processes within the plants have become more and more complicated. Consequently, the training necessary to meet these new challenges usually falls into one, or more, of the following three broad categories: Total Training — an in-depth approach, from basics to advanced topics, covering the “why’s,” as well as the “how to’s.” An apprentice program would be an...

RE-TRAINING: THE BETTER WAY

July 8, 2013

July 8, 2013 There are close to fifty tax-supported job training programs administered by nine different agencies in the federal government — and, yet, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has acknowledged that “little is known about the effectiveness” of the programs because half haven’t had a recent performance review. Economists generally agree that a well-educated and skilled workforce is one of the key factors in economic growth. While nearly one quarter of...

TESTING YOUR TRAINING

July 1, 2013

July 1, 2013 As you know, most media courseware has an exam at the end. The courseware with meaningful exams has a bank of questions that are randomized but, at the same time, asks at least one question for each of the learning objectives. (We’ll discuss the correct placement of the final exam in a later paragraph.) In addition to formal testing, it would be wise to follow up the formal training...