• Jan 13
    2014
    Peter Doolittle, Professor of Educational Psychology at Virginia Tech, gave a TED Talk in November in which he said people can typically keep 4 things in working memory for 10-20 seconds. At the end of the 10-20 seconds, the content is either transferred to a more permanent type of memory or it’s lost. Because we are in the business of training course development, at Logical Operations we think a lot ...
  • Jan 06
    2014
    According to the Kirkpatrick Model, there are four levels of training evaluation: Reaction – how the learners feel about the trainingLearning – how much mastery the learners have achieved of the skills and knowledge at issueBehavior – how well the learners applied the training back on the jobResults – how well the training achieved the business objectives it was supposed to address (i.e., the difference between training programs and training ...
  • Dec 30
    2013
    Early in December, I wrote in this blog about a crisis in education: “In the U.S. since 2005, the number of introductory computer science courses offered in secondary schools has declined by 17 percent. The number of advanced placement computer science courses has declined by 33 percent.” According to the projections of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, we have an annual national deficit of about 70,000 bachelor’s degrees in ...
  • Dec 23
    2013
    CIOReview has named Logical Operations as one of its “20 Most Promising Education Technology Solution Providers of 2013” based on our dedication to innovation in information technology training. CIOReview had this to say about us: “Their professional training solutions are adaptable to the way in which today’s technology-savvy students learn. Whether learning takes place in the classroom or virtually – using laptops, tablets and smartphones to follow along, submit work ...
  • Dec 16
    2013
    A survey of 789 business leaders by the American Management Association and the Institute for Corporate Productivity finds that the era of big data is upon us (note: the link is a PDF, and the site requires free registration for access). More than a majority of respondents (58%) say big data analytics are important to their organizations now. But an overwhelming majority (82%) say they will be important five years ...
  • Dec 09
    2013
    Last week, the monthly report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed a slight drop in unemployment, from 7.3% to 7.0%. It was 7.8% last year at this time and 8.6% the year before that. The economy is in recovery. Having said that, I think it makes sense to remind ourselves that the economy is not a thing. It is a concept. Our minds are incapable of comprehending all the ...
  • Dec 02
    2013
    Microsoft’s Allyson Knox testified before the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade this month. Knox is Microsoft’s Education Policy and Programs Director. Microsoft sees a serious STEM skills shortage creating a drag on our economy, and it has deployed Knox to set up educational programs and partnerships to do something about it. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Knox is focused primarily on education, but her remarks ...
  • Nov 25
    2013
    I am continuing to monitor developments in BYOD because of their implication for online learning. So I was interested to see what appears to be the rise of the third phase in employer BYOD policies. In the first phase of BYOD policies, companies allowed employees to use their own smartphones and tablets for work and online learning under guidelines that were either overly simple and vague or nonexistent. Vague and ...