• Mar 04
    2013
    Wayne Turmel, president of Great Web Meetings and a recent webinar guest presenter here at Logical Operations, tells the story of the early days of MS PowerPoint, when he asked his trainers to utilize the application for their classrooms instead of the 35mm slides they had been using. Many balked. What, 35mm slides weren’t good enough; now they were expected to learn how to use a computer, projector and a ...
  • Feb 25
    2013
    In today’s über-competitive, ultra-lean business world, many organizations have embraced virtual learning as the answer to training their teams while keeping costs down and minimizing time out of the office. VILT (Virtual Instructor Led Training) allows training centers to expand the training options they offer to clients, providing more flexibility to businesses that have remote workforces, variable schedules; the same organizations that may have put off training in the past. ...
  • Feb 18
    2013
    The events of September 11, 2001 will stay forever etched in the memories of anyone old enough to remember that fateful morning. For the business community, it marked the end of an era of carefree business travel. Gone are the days of arriving at the airport 10 minutes before the plane took off. Now we have to check in 90 minutes before the flight. There are less travel options, and ...
  • Feb 11
    2013
    This month we’ve been talking about how social media adds value to professional training, allowing training organizations to deliver more robust and lasting learning experiences for students. There are many ways to leverage online communities to foster engagement and further your training objectives. We’ll devote today’s post to some specific ways to accomplish this. The trainer’s goals in utilizing social media should be to: Extend the training experience to provide ...
  • Jan 28
    2013
    A full 80 percent of U.S. firms (that’s 4 out of 5!) use Facebook. The numbers are 45 percent for Twitter, 48 percent for LinkedIn and 31 percent for YouTube. No one would argue that social media has forever changed the way in which companies interact with customers, prospects and employees. What you may not know is that the social media explosion has altered the fabric of professional training as ...
  • Jan 14
    2013
    When a student prepares to participate in a training engagement, they probably think of the experience in terms of two things: how much time they will spend in the classroom (or at the computer), and how they might possibly benefit from what they will learn. In this age of lean operating organizations, it’s usually difficult for an employee to take time away from their job to partake in the training. ...
  • Jan 07
    2013
    If you’ve ever tried to train a class on a software application or technology utilizing a simulated software environment, we totally feel your pain. Issues spring up nearly every time you’re demonstrating software to the class, or when your class is doing a practice exercise in the software simulation environment. Invariably, a learner asks a question for which you can’t demonstrate the answer, because the simulator has limited functionality and ...
  • Dec 31
    2012
    In an era of shrinking budgets, the Army Reserve recently made the switch from traditional drill weekends to simulators and long-distance digital learning. These newfound efficiencies now free up funds for other new training efforts abroad, all important to keeping soldiers and civilians safe around the world. Banks, especially smaller ones, have embraced digital training as increased regulation has forced employees to relearn banking – and fast. A recent article ...