• May 12
    2014
    A 1971 book by the late Allen Tough, The Adult’s Learning Projects, was probably the first published recognition that “about 70% of all learning projects are planned by the learner himself, who seeks help and subject matter from a variety of acquaintances, experts, and printed resources.” Not all learning is a “learning project,” of course, but Tough’s insight was a kick in the pants for corporate training, which traditionally relied ...
  • May 05
    2014
    Here's a story that may seem familiar for anyone who has undergone ineffective information technology training. When I was in seventh grade, our algebra teacher told the class that a minus times a minus equals a plus. I raised my hand and asked why. He said this wasn't the kind of proposition for which you ask why, and he pointed out that it was in our textbook as plain as ...
  • Apr 28
    2014
    I recently did a Google search on "brain game benefit," and got over 60 million hits. To date, most of the benefits of brain games have been either anecdotal or based on very small studies. And the studies seem to focus largely on children or the elderly. I think that’s because children and the elderly are where brain-game improvements are likely to be the most dramatic. They are the low-hanging ...
  • Apr 21
    2014
    "The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing," is a translation from a fragment of an ancient Greek poem by Archilochus. Philosopher Isaiah Berlin used the metaphor to title a book about Leo Tolstoy's view of history that was published in 1953. The advent of mobile learning seems to require that we all become foxes. Mobile learning is well adapted to the kinds of skills you ...
  • Apr 14
    2014
    More than 30 vendors - ranging from Apple to VMWare - offer certification programs in their software and systems. But there are also more than 25 independent or third-party IT certification programs for IT professionals. You can be certified in anything from project management to network support to application development for specific platforms. But the most rapidly growing area for professional IT certifications is no doubt mobile technology. This stands ...
  • Apr 07
    2014
    At Logical Operations, one of our fields of emphasis is Information Technology Training, so we try to keep tabs on the technology skills that are getting the most attention. Right now, that means the skills associated with Big Data. Everybody wants to get in on this booming field. In a blog post last December, we reported on a survey that suggested the top five skills in big data analytics are ...
  • Mar 31
    2014
    I was driving south on the New Jersey Turnpike, and I stopped at the Vince Lombardi service area. The Vince Lombardi service area is a windswept carousel of access roads, on-ramps, and off-ramps frequented by seagulls, oversized semi-trucks, and dazed motorists. It's not the kind of place I do my best thinking, but it may be comparable, in terms of stress and the environment in which the participants in your ...
  • Mar 24
    2014
    At Logical Operations, we believe deeply in instructor-led training as an effective path to training solutions. This is partly because instructor-led training is so well-adapted to our market. When your company has a need for training, it's rarely the case that you need new expertise. You almost always need to extend the expertise you already have. Well-crafted instructor-led training lets you use your own experts as instructors. It's a fast ...