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Posts from February 2019


February 25, 2019

A few years ago, the “Harvard Alumni Magazine” published information on their graduates that call into question some of the values we are teaching our kids. “Among those who graduated around 1970, 22 percent of the men were in finance or management 15 years later.  Among those who graduated around 1990, the figure was 38 percent.  The proportion of male graduates working in finance alone increased from 5 percent to 15 percent...


February 20, 2019

Today, many would-be instructional designers attend colleges and universities in order to attain their Bachelors and/or Masters degrees in that field. Of course, higher education has a place in preparing our next generation of trainers and instructional designers.  Theoretical understanding is important.  However, when it comes to teaching “templates of learning design,” higher education seriously misdirects the student. Cookie-cutter solutions are never the answer.  Every training initiative undertaken has specific — not,...


February 13, 2019

“In “The Future Computed: Artificial Intelligence and its Role in Society,” Microsoft president Brad Smith argues that “as computers behave more like humans, the social sciences and humanities will become even more important. Languages, art, history, economics, ethics, philosophy, psychology and human development courses can teach critical, philosophical and ethics-based skills that will be instrumental in the development and management of AI solutions.” Likewise, arts and humanities students who can effectively marshal data...


February 11, 2019

Making your training choices should be a careful process.  If you’re going to reach all of your trainees, you know by now that the training choices you make must be multi-sensory in design.  We have discussed many times the absolute necessity for full-motion video, graphic animations, and or gaming plus optional word-for-word audio if you hope to train the 40% of your workforce who do not assimilate anything written beyond a 4th...


February 6, 2019

It seems fitting, once again, to reflect on the educational differences between testing and the SOLs held in the one hand while the other hand holds out the promises of questioning and learning. The “Great Books of the Western World” and its companion collection, “The Great Ideas Today,” were published more than a half-century ago.  Their introduction was designed to stimulate thinking and their publication was an attempt to bring the best...


February 4, 2019

There are a plethora of training delivery choices available to you today.  In addition to the print and lecture choices you can make, several technology choices are available.  It’s the technology choices that make the most sense since we know, without argument, two big things today:  1) more than 40% of our workforce does not assimilate what they read if the material has been written at a greater than 4th grade reading...