Adding Trainees to your Mindflash Course
You know the expression -- "We only hear what we want to hear." I usually attribute this phrase to others, but I admit that last week at the ASTD TechKnowledge 2011 Conference, I only heard what I wanted to hear -- all about e-learning practices in organizations. Perhaps the other explanation is that so many speakers were talking about e-learning, I couldn't help but hear a constant echo.
My mom recently retired and for her last two weeks she was asked to train her replacement. I've always thought this was an odd idea. Sure, it works in theory; the employer is more or less confident that you won't be slacking off, and they get a worker who's ready to go when you leave.
As the economy regains some momentum, and hiring appears to be making a comeback, managers should keep a close eye on their most talented people -- who might be looking to leave. According to a recent Corporate Leadership Council survey, 25 percent of "high potential" employees in 2010 reported they planned to leave their jobs within a year -- compared to just 10 percent of the same group in 2006. It also revealed that 21 percent of these highly-valued individuals consider themselves “highly disengaged” in their work.
PowerPoint is one of the most common tools trainers use to design their online courses, but if you don’t have much experience using it, it can be tricky to produce a professional-looking presentation. The tips below should help you make sure your course is polished and ready for your audience.
I read a lot, and I am often asked by my friends (you know who you are), "how I do it?" In a recent conversation with a friend and colleague, we discussed this very topic. He has just finished his masters degree, and has not had time, in a long time, to keep current on learning industry trends and technologies. He asked me how I keep up, and how I manage to read so much. The answer lies in the premise that staying current in any field is a vital part of the job, not a luxury to be indulged on occasion. I told my friend that my job is not just to do my job, but to prepare for my job of tomorrow, whatever that is. For me, reading is as necessary is brushing my teeth, eating vegetables, and exercising.
Converting your Training Content for Online Delivery
The verifiability and practicality of IQ tests is hotly debated in academic and popular circles: Does it really measure intelligence? Is it racist, sexist, and/or ageist? What kinds of people benefit from them? What's a modern-day genius, anyway?
With debt levels soaring, tuition costs on the rise, and record unemployment rates for recent college graduates (4.4% -- the highest in since 1970), are college degrees becoming less relevant? Here's a surprising look at the state of higher learning:
Training teams are somewhat notorious for their focus on feedback. Between user test groups, program pilots, smile sheets and evaluations, we’re a bunch of feedback junkies. Where I think we fall short is in how we seek and interpret negative feedback. All too often we focus on asking trainees for superficial feedback and then dismiss negative feedback as “venting” or an “isolated incident.” In some cases that may be true, but what about the times when the trainee has a good point and we’re too put-off by their language to acknowledge it?