• Sep 24
    2012
    In our last blog post, we talked about the factors that gave rise to the prevalence of the virtual classroom in a business setting. Now let’s take a look at how new developments in web conferencing enhance traditional classroom methods in the virtual employee training program environment; enabling its continued growth and popularity. Organizations that traditionally provided instructor-led employee training programs in a traditional classroom training environment have found that ...
  • Sep 17
    2012
    Training solutions budgets in many companies appear to be on the rise, and that’s wonderful news. As business slowly rebounds from the recession of recent years, corporate funds can more readily accommodate (and rightly so!) a more substantial employee training solutions budget. That’s not to say that the economic downturn hasn’t left its mark on the corporate training solutions department. These organizations have had to do more with less; struggling ...
  • Sep 13
    2012
    What makes for the best self-paced eLearning business training program? As an instructional designer and multimedia developer, this is a question I’ve considered many times over the years. Of course, there are different ways to measure excellence, so there really isn’t a single answer to that question. In short, I try to create the most effective and satisfying learning experience that I can, given the constraints of time, budget, and ...
  • Sep 10
    2012
    As personal devices infiltrate offices around the globe, Generation Y’ers feel right at home. They record meeting notes on their tablet, collaborate with colleagues from their Smartphones and share ideas on social media… all in the course of a single afternoon’s work! In the classroom, they expect the same technology-driven conveniences. Why not access the syllabus from their laptop, submit homework from their email account and work on a team ...
  • Sep 05
    2012
    If you were a fly on the wall of any corporate conference room, what would you see? In today’s company meeting, managers carry personal tablets− not paper file folders. Employees share documents on the fly as they discuss the latest project developments. Personal devices have become indispensable for most professionals; it would only follow that they could be invaluable in the classroom as well. Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is ...
  • Aug 30
    2012
    A few years ago, the famous magicians Penn and Teller gained some notoriety by sharing seven basic techniques that most magic tricks are based on: Palming – Holding an object in an apparently empty hand Ditching – Secretly disposing of an unneeded object Stealing – Secretly obtaining a needed object Simulating – Giving the impression that something that hasn’t happened actually has Loading – Secretly moving an object to a ...
  • Aug 24
    2012
    As I’ve traveled North America (at the moment I’m in Calgary, Canada as the lead instructor on the LogicalCHOICE Learning Experience Tour) I have come to a somewhat unexpected conclusion: people give Instructors way too much credit for their brilliance. Hear me out. I think people in general underestimate the ability of a good classroom facilitator to work miracles on delivering professional courses. We do it every day. We revive ...
  • Aug 21
    2012
    In recent years, workforces have become increasingly disperse due to globalization, mergers and acquisitions, and the dramatic rise in virtual offices. Employee training and development organizations are challenged to provide flexible instructional training solutions that address the fundamental changes in client/employee geographies. In order to remain competitive, meet customer requirements, and build long-term customer relationships, employee training and development organizations and instructors today look for ways to accommodate the changing ...