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Workforce of the future? Bipartisan bill would overhaul job training.
The Christian Science Monitor
The nation's workforce development system would receive a long-awaited overhaul under a bipartisan bill announced Wednesday by key committee leaders in both houses of Congress. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act is the result of months of negotiations. It would finally reauthorize — for the next five years — a law passed in 1998 that has been getting by with year-to-year appropriations since it was originally due for reauthorization in 2003.
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Using problem-based learning for effective workforce development
Given the increasing workforce demands for skilled workers who manage critical systems, the need for highly effective training has never been greater. The traditional model of instruction, practice and testing, while adequate for some educational goals, cannot be fully relied on for complex problem-solving tasks. The ability to understand complex systems, identify and understand problems, identify solutions and then enact those solutions requires more than a purely academic understanding.
5 steps to evaluate and select an LMS: Proven practices
If an organization is to evaluate learning management system products and vendors effectively, what should it do? Finding the LMS that best meets your organization's needs is not easy. There are hundreds of LMS products available. The investment of time and cost that organizations make in learning management systems and related technologies is significant, as are the risks of disruption from selecting the wrong solution.
Roll the dice: Learning with board games
Games have the ability to drive behavioral change that could ultimately boost workplace performance. Board games allow hands-on learning, while reinforcing concepts and giving players the opportunity to apply what they have learned.
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Revelations from ASTD/ATD ICE
Steve Kapaun, a contributor for Training Pros, writes: "At the annual, international training conference in Washington, D.C., I came away with two realizations. First, as you hopefully know by now, The American Society for Training and Development is changing its name to the Association for Talent Development."
5 critical components of safety leadership
Successful companies strive to utilize every tool possible to ensure their projects are safe, on schedule and within budget. New methods are developed and "piloted" each year in an effort to constantly improve project execution and satisfy customer expectations. However, all too often the safety program is one that has not been updated for years and their safety performance is often more the result of luck than reproducible results. Many companies understand the need for OSHA compliance and work to enforce regulatory requirements as their safety program.
Virtual learning environments are on the rise
Online training and virtual learning environments, or VLEs, have been around for a decade or more. Why should you pay attention to them now? Over the past year, their capabilities have increased significantly, with new features and benefits that improve your ability to present, manage and evaluate learning, as well as provide strategic input for your organization.
Adult learning across cultures
Who is educated, rich, and used to make sweeping generalizations about human behavior? Any guesses? The college aged students who make up the bulk of psychology study participants. The typical person in psychology studies tends to be part of the WEIRD demographic — Western Educated Industrialized Rich and Democratic (Heinrich et al. 2010). Many of the behaviors and beliefs taken as normal based on studies done on these populations are actually not normal at all when one considers that people from this demographic only constitute a mere 12 percent of the world's population (Heinrich et al. 2010).
Learning and development: Charting the course for informal learning
The era of personal learning is upon us. With more and more learners taking control of their own learning experience, employees are essentially turning into digital pirates, charting their own course through the vast sea of informal learning. When employees can't find answers internally and turn to external networks for solutions, this can pose significant risks to the organization.
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Knowledge workers influence the work-life balance concept
In parallel with the development of "work-life integration," we have seen the rise of "knowledge workers": people who work mostly with their minds, who think about work, receive emails and consume information 24/7. This important change for the way our generation works has huge ramifications for the way we interact with colleagues, friends and family. In the past, work hours have dictated a lifestyle involving eight hours on, eight hours off and eight hours sleep. Without mobile devices or modern connectivity, this formalized pattern made sense in structuring the working day. However, it was not conducive to productivity.
Using Kirkpatrick to move beyond training order-taking
There is no question that a universal challenge for learning and development professionals worldwide is to tie training efforts to organizational results. A commonly voiced problem is obtaining information related to business objectives, and getting time with the business to create an integrated plan.
8 tips for training virtual workers
Business 2 Community
Technology has made it possible for an entrepreneur or small business owner to have a top-notch app developer from Ireland, a travel agent from India, a copywriter from Colorado, and a customer care person from the Philippines. Working with a virtual staff has many benefits. There are cost-saving benefits, especially if working with overseas staff. You can hire without geographical restraints. It's quick and easy to hire for one-time jobs. And having a virtual staff cuts down on physical office requirements.
How do we adapt to virtual work?
The decision for your organization to move toward more virtual work should be an easy one since there is clear, compelling and scientific evidence about the myriad benefits of what used to be called telecommuting. When organizations look to the future, the most innovative and successful leaders realize the potential that virtual workforces have to change the face of business. Increasingly, leadership and organizations are viewing work as something you do, rather than somewhere you go. As organizations expand across the nation and the globe, remote labor forces are becoming vital to business success. Currently, 82 percent of Fortune magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For" have virtual work policies. That number is expected to rise as time and technology advance.
Announcing our 2014 Content Development Watch List
As part of our commitment to continuously monitor the training marketplace for the best providers and services we announce the 2014 Content Development Companies Watch List. This list recognizes thirteen companies from all over the globe that provide content development services.
How trainers can market themselves
Learning and development is becoming an increasingly competitive marketplace. With the austerity of the past few years, budgets have tightened and businesses have looked to jettison costs that they believe they can do without. When it comes to training, it's tough to quantify its rate of return. Therefore, it's often an area that gets the heave-ho in the budget meeting at the first sign of troubled financial waters.
10 skills for the modern manager
Whether you employ one person or 1000, there are ten skills that no employer or manager should be without. If used appropriately they will enhance your work environment and make your team happy.
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