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Posts from January 2017


January 30, 2017

“Yesterday was a tough day for Betsy DeVos, President-elect Trump’s nominee for education secretary. There were many notable moments during her contentious Senate confirmation hearing, but one exchange was particularly shocking. When asked by Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) how she preferred to measure student progress—by using either proficiency or growth standards she had no answer. It’s one of the most basic issues related to education policy and she clearly didn’t understand the...


January 25, 2017

A quote from the article “A Picture is Worth 1000 Words: Visual Design in E-Learning” by Shevy Levy and Jim Yupangco in Learning Solutions Magazine kicks us off today:  “We have all heard the expression “A picture is worth 1000 words.” But what does this mean, especially in e-Learning design?  Using a common canvas, game and Web designers, as well as online marketing experts, take advantage of the 1,000,000 nerves connecting the...


January 23, 2017

 It’s a pretty safe bet that most of you have moved at least some of your training initiatives into an e-Learning environment.  An equally likely assumption is that most of you have been experiencing some disappointing results with some of those initiatives. Let’s look at the typical hurdles that must be overcome if your e-Learning initiatives are going to provide the positive returns your organization expects. First, and foremost, for e-Learning (or...


January 19, 2017

Today’s blog was actually intended for publication during the week prior to Christmas.  However, because ITC’s beautiful new website was under construction, it was postponed. Anyway, here it finally is.  I want to share a couple of December’s “interesting to read” items that expanded my awareness on issues currently facing American training and education.  Manufacturing jobs and industrial training (by implication) is the subject of the first piece: “The nation shed manufacturing...


January 18, 2017

While readily investing dollars in task skills training, too many businesses ignore the basic skills knowledge gap that exists throughout their organization.  And that means specific training in reading and math skills!  Unfortunately, when they take the time to examine that skills gap, many find that their employees simply don’t have the reading and math skills necessary for effective job performance “Well-designed programs using the latest technology could be our best hope...