The CET Connection
Jan. 1, 2014

How to deliver better training
Administrate
Administrate has assembled a massive collection of tips and resources designed to inform, inspire and elevate your teaching. This collection of select articles, which originally ran throughout 2013. Covering topics like assessment, classroom management, marketing and learning styles.More

Continuing education issues
Structure Magazine
Although continuing education is known by a number of different acronyms, — CEU (Continuing Education Unit), PDH (Professional Development Hour), CPC (Continuing Professional Competency), CPD (Continuing Professional Development), and CE (Continuing Education) – the purpose of requiring licensed professionals to obtain it is the same: to assure an engineer's ongoing competency in order to safeguard the life, health, property and welfare of the public.More

Winning the heads and hearts of leaders
Kirkpatrick Partners
The ultimate goal of training is to contribute to the execution of strategic initiatives. But how do you do this? This case study looks at how an extensive leadership program at an open cast mine in New Zealand is contributing to strategic execution by applying the Kirkpatrick Model to create and demonstrate value.More

Throwing the baby out with the bath water: Should instructor-led training be tossed?
TrainingIndustry.com
Bobby Butler, a contributor for TrainingIndustry.com, writes: "The problems inherent in using traditional instructor-led training today are pervasive and impact all stakeholders. However, given its long-tenured utility, I contend that before we get rid of ILT (throwing the baby out..., if you will), we fix the problems and make ILT much more workable and impactful for today's workplace by making revolutionary changes."More

Applying the 7 principles for good practice to the online classroom
Faculty Focus
Dr. Oliver Dreon, the director of the Center for Academic Excellence at Millersville University, writes: "Almost 25 years have passed since Chickering and Gamson offered seven principles for good instructional practices in undergraduate education. While the state of undergraduate education has evolved to some degree over that time, I think the seven principles still have a place in today's collegiate classroom. Originally written to communicate best practices for face-to-face instruction, the principles translate well to the online classroom and can help to provide guidance for those of us designing courses to be taught online."More

The 6 ways Generation Y will transform the workplace
The Globe and Mail
More than 12 million strong and representing more than one-third of Canada's population, Generation Y is the largest demographic cohort to come after the baby boomers. Born between 1981 and 2000, members of Generation Y, also known as millennials, are already stirring things up in the workplace, according to their boomer bosses.More

8 brilliant minds on the future of online education
Harvard Business Review
The advent of massively open online classes is the single most important technological development of the millennium so far. First, for the enormously transformative impact MOOCs can have on literally billions of people in the world. Second, for the equally disruptive effect MOOCs will inevitably have on the global education industry.More

5 techniques to deliver an effective virtual class
Cindy Huggett, CPLP
What do master trainers do when delivering online classes? What techniques do they use? What skills do they have? And most importantly, how can you do the same? There are 5 things that master virtual trainers do to deliver effective virtual classes. This white paper outlines each one of them, as well as offers suggestions on how you can immediately apply the techniques to your own virtual training delivery. By preparing relentlessly, engaging an unseen audience, multitasking effectively, making the most of your voice, and handling unexpected challenges, you can be a rock star in the virtual classroom (or at least be a better online facilitator).More

The 6 habits of highly effective mentors
The Huffington Post
Thanks to movie characters such as Mr. Miyagi in "Karate Kid" or Robin Williams' engaging teacher in "Dead Poets Society", the prevailing mentor archetype hews closely to the word's dictionary definition: "a wise and trusted counselor or teacher" or "an influential senior sponsor or supporter." However, it's almost an antiquated notion that a mentor is an omniscient adviser. No doubt, entrepreneurs can certainly benefit from experts who have successfully grown a business and overcome obstacles. But the relationship is far less one-sided than the traditional definition implies, writes Amy Errett in Wharton magazine: "The mentorship relationship is unique in that the mentor doesn't just 'give advice,' but is also part of personal trusted relationship between two people where questions, advice, knowledge and discussion flow back and forth openly."More

Can job training trump a degree?
International Herald Tribune
China and India, Asian giants with a staggering 2.5 billion people between them, have a big problem with their youth. No matter how much they increase education funding or how quickly they build universities, there is no way there will be enough places for everyone. Even if there were, the reality is that not every young person has the academic background, motivation or desire to complete a four-year university education.More