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Creating and delivering engaging presentations
In mid-April, after paying my taxes (ugh!) ... I needed a boost. How did I get that boost? By focusing on something I love. I presented an IACET webinar on the topic of "Creating & Delivering Engaging Presentations." We all hate to sit through boring Power Point presentations, right? I know I do. I figure if there's something I don't like, there's no point in complaining about it. So, I got going, and created something to help. I can't help it, I'm a helper — it's what I do.
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Skilled-trades talent gap stymies growth
As manufacturers reshore operations and baby boomers retire, the U.S. is seeing a surge in manufacturing jobs, and employers are finding that applicants lack the necessary talent to fill the positions. This trend is forecasted to continue through 2020. In order to maintain manufacturing operations, employers will need to anticipate the skills gap by developing their internal workforce, modifying current work models and tapping into outside talent sources.
Develop me: A personalized approach to learning
Investing in talent is essential to the development and retention of employees. A one-size-fits-all learning strategy is not a viable solution for employee growth. That's because learning is a personal experience: one that should be cultivated and nurtured by organizations.
Is there any difference between competency-based education and mastery-based learning?
Michelle Weise, a contributor for ComptencyWorks, writes: "I smiled as a young research assistant asked me this because many higher education leaders who work on competency-based education (CBE) have been grappling with this same knotty question. Because there is now legislation for a CBE demonstration project on Capitol Hill as well as a call for experimental sites in CBE by the Department of Education, it is becoming clear that from a movement perspective, the terms CBE and competencies are sticking. Nevertheless, there remains quite a bit of anxiety or fluidity around the distinctions between mastery, proficiency, fluency, and competence."
The mindful approach to e-learning
Chief Learning Officer
To take advantage of the many perks inherent to e-learning and to implement various virtual options in the marketplace, learning leaders must approach technology mindfully. "We can't avoid powerful, technology-enabled learning platforms, and in fact they're getting better and better each and every year in terms of their ability to engage learners," said Mary Campbell, assistant vice president of talent and organizational effectiveness at the University of Southern California. "But we need to enable technology, help it evolve and figure out as an organization, as a group of co-workers, how to get better and better at this."
Is good old ADDIE really dead?
Training Education Management, LLC
You may have seen the obituary; it's been all over the training landscape — ADDIE is DEAD; long live ADDIE! As someone who was educated on the ADDIE model and has used it successfully for over 30 years, I was skeptical, I admit. But I have always believed in the power of an open mind, so I signed up for a recent webinar about the need to abandon ADDIE in favor of more modern approaches.
Learning when you need it
Learning Solution Magazine
Classroom training, education and e-learning don't really accomplish what we'd like them to accomplish. If we're attempting to teach someone how to perform a task, then after the class or the training we'd like them to be able to perform the task on their own. So we load them up with all the information we think they'll need in advance of needing it, by which time they've forgotten half of it. Ideally? It would be better if we could look over their shoulder and prompt them what to do, when they need to do it.
How e-learning helps training companies manage delivery
Late registrations are a fact of life in the world of training today. Gone are the days when course providers could refuse anyone who applied less than a week before the start date. Now companies have to be more flexible. Today when time is of the essence for business, they need the flexibility of late registration. After all, it's now an accepted inevitability that many students will delay their registration or have their registration delayed by budget challenges to go on training courses. We are now seeing student registrations very late in the sales cycle of a typical course, perhaps even on the day before a course starts.
Contributing factors to successful e-learning design
Have you ever considered the "love connection" to e-learning in terms of the chemistry that leads to a lasting relationship between learners and online learning? Consider how easy it is to love someone when they are at a distance, and one can imagine why e-learning can be an effective tool. But not every e-learning program is loveable.
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5 tips on how e-learning professionals can create an effective online presence
Creating an effective online presence is essential for all professionals, regardless of their industry or niche. However, it is particularly important for e-learning professionals, either e-learning freelancers or not, who are trying to stay competitive in today's tech-centric world. Clients and potential employers will be venturing online to get a closer look at your experience, portfolio, and reviews. So, creating an effective online presence is crucial, but at the same time you'll also need to know how to properly manage it.
How to improve your memory
A huge part of the learning process is being able to remember all the things you have been taught throughout your course. While studying for your exams and final assessments is obviously important, you want to be able to retain the information you have learned well past the end of your classes, so you can use and apply this knowledge going forward. While cramming for your exams last minute may seem tempting, it's not an effective way to learn, and you won't retain the information for a long period of time. It's important to build up your knowledge as you go along, to make sure you remember as much as possible.
The value of training
Top performing companies not only recognize the importance of their people but also the need to provide the right skills to enable their people. Seventy-one percent of CEOs cited human capital, ahead of products, customer relationships and brands as the leading source of sustained economic value. In addition CEOs ranked "People Skills" in top 4 "External forces impacting the enterprise." Eighty-Four percent of employees in Best Performing Organizations are receiving the training they need compared with 16 percent in the worst performing companies.
Start flipping out! Changing professional development
When we first issued laptops to each of our high school students in 2011, we knew teacher training would be an essential part of a successful implementation. If done right, we had an exciting opportunity to model technology integration and engage our teachers as active learners. Together with our principal and the curriculum coordinator, I was able to implement our flipped professional development model — here's how it worked.
Incorporating emotional intelligence in training
As trainers and facilitators, our continual focus is on developing and equipping people with the skills they need to be more effective at work. To accomplish this, we utilize various approaches and methods to ensure that our training resonates with participants, including thorough analysis, design, development and follow-up. However, while these basic tools of our trade are necessary, they are not sufficient for delivering truly transformational training.
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