Category : e-learning

Should We Change The Language of Training?

When I speak with my peers in the field of organizational learning and performance, either in person or virtually, I'm always amazed at the amount of time we spend discussing, debating, and examining the language of our profession.

Language is a fascinating thing: It's how we communicate our thoughts and develop relationships, but used ineffectively

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#TrainChat Wrap-Up: Separating 'Social Learning' from 'Social Media'

On Friday, we hosted our weekly Twitter #TrainChat with Mindflash blogger and training expert David Kelly, to discuss his recent article on how "social learning" and "social media" differ, and how they can work together. We've condensed the responses into a sort of linear narrative. Please excuse any Twitter-ese grammar.

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Are Your Training Methods Outdated? Survey Says: Yes

Like a carton of milk that's past its sell date, the concept of something being "out-dated" means it's been superseded by something better, and can safely be discarded. But according to a new survey, many training managers in the U.K. may have missed this very basic point.

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How to Learn from a Conference You Aren't Attending

Continuous professional development is a critical part of a trainer's work. We often think of it from the perspective of our learners, but need to think of it from our personal perspective as well.I think of this now as I prepare to attend the ASTD International Conference and Exposition next week in Denver. Conferences are
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Four Ways to Ensure Your Training Fits Every Learner

I distinctly remember a classroom program a colleague and I presented to our corporate office several years ago. We were sharing ways for the corporate support staff to work more closely with the field service operations — to make their contact an “event.”

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Future of Vocational Training Likely to Be Online

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on Thursday announced a White House proposal to significantly reform the way vocational training is funded and run — a move that's likely to rely heavily on online training and e-learning.

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#TrainChat Wrapup: What Trainers Can Learn From Angry Birds

On Friday the Daily Mindflash once again hosted a Twitter chat with contributor David Kelly, in which we discussed his latest article, “What Angry Birds Can Teach Us About Instructional Design.” Once again, the chat was a success, with hundreds of questions, comments, and opinions pouring in to the hashtag #TrainChat related to the topic.

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How to Use 1-on-1 Training Without Breaking the Bank

When you hear the words "one-on-one training," your first impulse is probably to throw your hands in the air and explain about your squeezed budget. But fear not. We understand resources are tight. But even in today's era of less-than-luxurious learning and development spending, there's still a case to be made for tailor-made, personalized training.

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Three Ways to Promote Continuous Learning

Last week I participated in an all-employee meeting during which I shared our philosophy about creating a culture of continuous learning. I was frank when I told everyone that the “training department” will not be able to provide everything people need to be great at their jobs and that each one of us need to make a commitment to our own development. However, even though training cannot be the main solution to our development needs at work, the “training department” can make available resources to help people-development skills. I shared with the group a simple, three-part model for how each one of us can constantly develop our skills and prepare for the next stages in our careers.

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What the 'Draw Something' App Can Teach Training Designers

A friend of mine introduced me to "Draw Something" last month and I must admit — I'm addicted. I've always been a doodler but this app really ups the ante by challenging me to illustrate a wide array of concepts — everything from simple words like "cow" to people like "Lady Gaga" or "Madonna" — so they can be guessed by a friend who's also drawing words for you. You earn coins for correct guesses and successful rounds are celebrated.

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