The CET Connection
Feb. 25, 2015

Have you read IACET's latest blog — The importance of IACET CEUs: Why your students should care
IACET
When my students ask me about what IACET is and what being an Authorized Provider means I usually start with a conversation about transparency. IACET providers intentionally inform students about several key aspects of a course before ever setting foot in the classroom. Sometimes, awarding IACET CEUs is attractive to students who are looking to apply their CEUs to an advanced degree program as well as those who just want the peace of mind that the course they are paying to attend issues CEUs recognized by a governing third party. In reality, at least with regards to our students — who are mostly degreed professionals seeking professional development — these two factors are rarely ever encountered. In our experience, it does not seem that students seeking professional development find our status as an Authorized Provider to be critical, in other words, it's not a deal breaker for them, although it should be. What I tell students, as consumers of education, is that IACET accreditation provides transparency from the provider to the student and demonstrates a high quality continuing education program that meets the IACET standard for professional training. Click here to read more by Charles A. Zona, vice president and dean at Hooke College of Applied Sciences, LLC.More

How to create a leadership development program
Inc.
What kind of magic does the Walt Disney Company use to keep its large and sprawling staff of smiley, friendly, and competent workers all on the same page ... and keep them all smiling? Contrary to popular belief, it's not the pixie dust. What's actually responsible is a robust and internationally recognized leadership program that aims to carry on the virtues first established by Walt and Roy Disney 80 years ago.More

Should women and men receive the exact same coaching and success training?
Forbes (commentary)
Kathy Caprino, a contributor for Forbes, writes: "As a career coach, writer and speaker, I work in the space of helping women advance in business. That's my keen focus, passion, and mission in my work. But throughout my 18-year corporate career and my 10 years as a therapist and a coach, I've also worked with countless men, and have coached male leaders, entrepreneurs, business owners and executives."More

The rise of personalized learning
eLearning Industry
During online learning a student leaves a trace of his progress and success. By following the student's steps, a teacher can get a lot of useful information for further analysis and future benefit to other students. Today, many companies already know how to analyze such data and provide forecasts of a students' further learning. Such systems can tell which students need help and in which topics they should be supported.More

How to test e-Learning across multiple devices
Training Zone
E-Learning development is not the same as it was a few years ago. Flash used to be the default development environment, which insulated your e-Learning from the vagaries of browsers and operating systems. However, now you need to cater to all types of tablets and smartphones as well as the traditional desktops and laptops. Different browsers, device sizes and operating systems make designing, testing and delivering of e-Learning content a complicated task. Ensuring error-free, high-quality learning projects that run consistently across the plethora of devices and operating systems is a key challenge.More

The gender riddle in learning and development
Learning Solutions Magazine (commentary)
Koreen Pagano, a contributor for Learning Solutions Magazine, writes: "I like to think of myself as an example of a successful woman, both in business and in my personal life. I like to think that I'm teaching my kids that women are just as smart and strong and capable as men. So imagine my disappointment when none of my six children nor my extremely supportive husband could solve this riddle: 'A father and son are in a horrible car crash that kills the dad. The son is rushed to the hospital; just as he's about to go under the knife, the surgeon says, 'I can't operate — that boy is my son!' Explain.'"More

Games: Make learning fun
Training Industry
While best practices in education have seen some dramatic shifts over the last century, the basic format of learning has been surprisingly resistant to reform, despite gigantic leaps made over the same time period in areas such as technology. The use of games in learning has been around for a long time, but is only now being widely received as a mainstream fundamental of teaching for any subject or context. Once seen as a useful tool to break up the drudgery of school lessons or keep children engaged, games are now credited with much more learning power than as a mere distraction or motivator. For the first time in history, games are also starting to be used prolifically in adult corporate education.More

How to get the most out of group work
Administrate
For some of us, the thought of participating in group work can bring us out in a cold sweat. However, it is something that we've all probably had to experience, and most likely more than once! While you may not favour the thought of working with other people over completing the work on your own, group work does have a lot of benefits when used correctly. Not all types of teaching or training lend themselves to group work, but if it is something you're asked to participate in, you should look at how you can get the most from the situation. Just because it may be out of your comfort zone doesn’t mean it won't help you in your educational journey.More

Online learning market continues to boom
ELearning
According to Bersin by Deloitte, the corporate training market is worth $70 billion in the U.S. alone. And 44 percent of corporate trainers that Bersin surveyed say they are experimenting with MOOCs (massive open online courses). People across the globe are recognizing the power of online learning to fuel their personal and professional lives at an unprecedented rate. The operators of these MOOCs — including edX, Coursera and Udemy — are tapping into this market with a cadre of courses aimed at executives. They are positioned as an alternative to business schools and customized corporate programs that are developed in collaboration with universitiesMore