• Mar 17
    2014
    The economy is finally on the rebound, so a blog post that exhorts you not to cut training solutions in a recession may seem to be badly timed. But I know if we were just starting the panic phase of a recession, that advice would have no effect. So I want to tell you now, while business is growing and you presumably have the luxury of paying attention. Don’t cut ...
  • Mar 10
    2014
    The talent war is over. and the talent won. That's a paraphrase of something I read in a recent research report, Predictions for 2014, written by Josh Bersin and published by Bersin by Deloitte, a research and strategy firm advising Fortune 1000 companies. Bersin questions whether training solutions are an effective weapon in the talent war. From 2008 to 2014, according to the report, most businesses have concentrated on restructuring ...
  • Feb 24
    2014
    Social learning is as old as work itself. Even when an employer provides formal training for a job, employees still rely on tips, advice, and various types of informal training from those who work next to them. It is difficult for training professionals to plan such interactions and more difficult still to measure their effectiveness. Traditionally, social learning is not among the formal training solutions of business organizations. But an ...
  • Feb 17
    2014
    Most teachers and trainers will tell you that there is no better way to learn a subject than to teach it. Can this concept be harnessed to provide effective training solutions? It turns out this is not a new idea. In fact, it dates from Seneca the Younger (c. 4 BC–65 AD), a Roman stoic philosopher and playwright who wrote in a letter to a friend and colleague, “docendo discimus.” ...
  • Feb 10
    2014
    Social media in the office? Hmmph! So says the HR Director, with visions of employees chatting on Facebook to eight of their closest friends on company time. While social media is surely frowned upon for its capacity to impinge on employee productivity, there is a place for social media in the classroom. How’s that? Social media is a wonderful collaboration tool, and savvy instructors are hip to its merits. Here ...
  • Feb 03
    2014
    Semester after semester, the “Circuits and Electronics” course at MIT had a student failure rate of 40% or more. It had a reputation for being a hard course. Then the people at edX, the nonprofit joint online venture between MIT and Harvard, reworked it as a blended learning course, and the first time it was given – at San Jose State University in California – the failure rate was 9%. ...
  • Jan 27
    2014
    In his TED talk last November, Peter Doolittle, Professor of Educational Psychology, Virginia Tech, concluded some very entertaining remarks on working memory by saying, “What we process, we learn. If we’re not processing life, we’re not living it. Live life.” The literature of psychology offers up several models of working memory, and a considerable amount of research has been invested in it by psychologists and neuroscientists. But you don’t need ...
  • Jan 20
    2014
    In a 2012 blog post on training course development, we suggested that you examine your business training programs in light of Penn and Teller’s magic techniques. By taking the magic out of the delivery process, you can reduce confusion and increase clarity. It may belong more in the “delivery” category than the “development” category, but we want to make a point of telling you about useful training tips when we ...