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. The proposal seeks to reauthorize — and beef up — the Perkins Act, in which the government pays for vocational

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Three Myths About How We Learn

If you were to stroll back into your old elementary school today, you’d probably find that the classrooms look pretty similar to the ones you studied in, and the kids are still learning to read and write the same way you did. Schools change a lot more slowly than other industries. So do we still

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How iPhone Apps Fit Into Online Training

M-learning — mobile learning — is a hot new topic among training professionals, but what, exactly, is it? And who uses it? We know the idea is to tap into the immense power and popularity of smartphones and tablets and to deliver training on-the-go. But, as new as the concept is, most training pros still

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What’s in a Letter? Thoughts on Dropping the E from E-Learning

Instructional designer Melissa Venable posed an interesting question this week on OnlineCollege.org that any training professional ought to consider: Should we drop the “e” from “e-learning”? It’s more than a question of semantics. The “e-” frenzy (e-mail, e-commerce, e-books, etc.) began as a way to differentiate products and services offered electronically from their analog predecessors.

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A Review of 2011 and the Future of Workplace Learning

Yogi Berra once said, “Predictions are hard, especially when they are about the future.” So instead of writing a 2012 prediction post, I decided to review the topics I wrote about in 2011 and rediscover what topics really resonated with people. During my review, I discovered four themes that popped up based on activity from

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Four Ways to Keep Education Alive and Profitable

A quick question. Why do you pay your employees? My answer: You pay them to provide the best, most efficient and most profitable response in the moment – then to do it again in the next moment, then the next.  We pay our employees to think through each situation, using their best information (what they

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