The CET Connection
Jul. 16, 2014

Call for 2015 IACET Connection Webinar Presentations
IACET would like to invite you to submit a presentation proposal for our monthly Connection webinars. IACET's Connection webinars are available free of charge to Authorized Providers and individual members, and covers topics ranging from leveraging MOOCs for social learning to best practices in continuing education and training. Submission deadline is Friday, Aug. 29! More

Why leadership development for millennials matters
Training Industry
There is a higher education crisis in America. U.S. News reports that the price index for college tuition grew by 79.5 percent (outpacing the Consumer Price Index nearly threefold) between 2003 and 2013. This led to an unprecedented increase in student debt with outstanding student loans totaling $1 Trillion, with the average balance across all age groups being $24,301.More

Do you offer more than training?
Kirkpatrick Partners
Wendy was once approached by a sales manager who seemed to know exactly what kind of training her salespeople needed. This is how the conversation began: Sales manager: "Wendy, we would like to have you do some prospecting training at our upcoming sales meeting." Wendy: "Sure. What's the problem?" Sales manager: "Our salespeople aren't bringing on enough new customers. In fact, we are losing customers faster than we are finding new ones. The sales team must not know how to prospect. Can you share some ideas with them?"More

Using differentiation in the classroom to support all students
Differentiation is a hot topic in education these days. It is frequently misunderstood, which leads it to become a controversial issue. Often teachers feel that the need to differentiate is one more thing to do, when in fact they are probably doing it already! We'll walk you through the basis of teaching with differentiation and three simple steps to help you apply it in your classroom.More

Mobile learning trends in developing economies
Training Zone
In 2012, the International Telecommunication Union published a report which stated that 90 percent of the world's population has access to cellular networks. Combined with over 6.5 billion mobile phone users, the ratio of phones-to-individuals is fast reaching 1:1, indicating that, despite often a lack of basic utilities like running water or access to electricity, many still have a mobile phone. In Europe and Central Asia, populations in the high income bracket see almost 1.5 mobile phones for every person; whereas, in Sub-Saharan Africa just over 50 percent of the population has a mobile phone. With such importance placed on this device, it's no wonder it is being highlighted as an excellent tool for increasing education and quality of life in developing nations.More

Can a development plan reduce turnover?
HR should be a key leader in helping to get turnover under control. Often, a department with high turnover thinks turnover is a necessary evil, or "just the way it is." If they do not realize the cost of turnover, you should point out the real impacts of losing talent, including the costs of recruiting, the costs of training new hires, lost productivity while the position is vacant, inefficiencies while people are in training, the tarnished company reputation caused by turnover, as well as the stress on remaining workers who must fill the void while the position is vacant. These negative forces can make it more difficult to attract quality talent, and have a negative impact on company profitability.More

2014 Workforce Development Top 20 List
Training Industry
As part of our commitment to the industry and as a service to our community members, is pleased to announce our third annual Top Workforce Development Providers. continuously reviews companies and community colleges that provide customized corporate training services and conducts an annual assessment to determine suppliers' experience and capabilities. More

Nuts and bolts: Reflective practice
Learning Solutions Magazine
Jane Bozarth, a contributor for Learning Solutions Magazine, writes: "I won't get into the old argument about whether an L&D person (designer, developer, trainer or producer) needs a specialized degree. I will say that one of the most interesting and useful grad courses I ever took had nothing to do with L&D in general or the technical aspects of my work in particular. It was a course for new doctoral students called Reflective Practice, and it was one of the most wonderful learning experiences of my adulthood."More

The importance of emotional intelligence in training
Emotional intelligence is defined as the "ability to monitor one's own and other people's emotions, to discriminate between different emotions ... and to use emotional information to guide thinking and behavior." EI is a quality that is being increasingly valued in organizations around the world. The reasons are not difficult to understand. An awareness and understanding of our own emotions enables us to recognize the same in the others. It forms the basis of empathy, which is a crucial attribute in a leader, a manager or more pertinent to our point, a trainer.More

Empowering employees: 5 ways to get the most of your workforce
Product, processes and people may be the most important elements of a business. So if one-third of that equation — the people — aren't engaged, your business may not be living up to its full potential. A study conducted by Dale Carnegie Training found that 71 percent of employees are not fully engaged with their work and $11 billion is lost annually due to employee turnover. Don't be a business that is loses momentum and money by lack of employee drive. Use these tips to create a more engaged, productive and empowered workforce.More

Organizational change through applied learning
Training Industry
Learning and development plays a key role in successful organizational change by providing oversight and structure for real-world learning opportunities. On-the-job learning experiences engage employees in critical thinking and prepare them for change. In turn, learning efforts should focus on facilitating knowledge management and community development through applied activities.More

Is HRD at the crossroads?
Training Journal
Jeanette is a HR manager with a traditional approach to HRD. She refers to staffing matters as human resource matters; her training budget is almost entirely spent on technical and competence-based training. She wants employees to learn, follow, and be accountable for sticking to the organizational manual. In fact, she judges her success by how compliant people are in following organizational systems and processes. When a dilemma arises, she wants them to refer to the comprehensive manual she calls "The Bible," and follow policies and procedures to the letter. Jeanette has been described as a transactional leader, and she is proud of that description.More