The CET Connection
Jan. 15, 2014

To flip, or not to flip? Your classroom, that is.
Karen Niles
If you have children in elementary or high school, you may have heard of the "flipped classroom," a current trend in K-12 education. What's flipped is a certain paradigm of homework and classwork. Instead of students listening to lectures in class and working on problems at home, in a flipped classroom students listen to lectures (often short teacher-created videos) as homework and use class time for problem-solving activities, group work or projects.More

Congratulations to our IACET Authorized Providers
The following organizations were accredited in December 2013.
Auburn University Food Systems Institute Auburn, AL
Early Learning Coalition of Duval Jacksonville, FL
Education Center of Saxon Retail Chemnitz, Germany
G&H International Services, Inc. Washington, DC
POWER Engineers, Inc. Hailey, ID
Tri-Tech Energy Services, Inc. Cumming, GA
Volunteers of America — Greater New York New York, NY

eLearning in the real world: Rising to meet the challenge of a global workforce
Business 2 Community
When a top five Fortune 500 company set out to elevate its internal performance by ensuring strong core skills for new hires, Technology Transfer Services was up to the task of creating a large pool of global-ready training resources. Our company was identified as the prime training vendor — tasked to coordinate project delivery, help design visual guides and instructions, and to provide software training — all on top of producing a bulk of the training material, including approximately 160 elearning modules.More

Learning gets a higher degree of attention at workplaces
Investments in employee training are inching up following several years of stagnation. Experts say the trend should continue in 2014 as companies try to regain their footing in a turbulent global economy. Organizations spent more than $164 billion on employee training in 2012, up 5 percent from 2011, according to a November 2013 report by the American Society for Training & Development.More

Indulge a passion or learn new skills at adult classes
The Tennessean
Going back to school after the Christmas break may be more fun for adults than the kiddos. Just think — no homework, and you get to pick the classes that look interesting to you! Yes, the winter lineup of affordable adult education and lifelong learning classes has some mighty good stuff for us grownups to sign up for. How about a pottery class where you get a hands-on session with award-winning potter Tom Turnbull, who will offer instruction and work with you as you make your own piece of pottery to take home?More

33 best eLearning posts of 2013
The list‚ broadly divided into 3 categories — Mobile Learning‚ Learning Management System and Learning & Technology‚ comprises blog posts that trended on Twitter and other social channels that were loved by our readers. This is your chance to catch up on some interesting stuff you might have missed out on. More

Nearly 90 percent of associations use tech to enhance learning — Most see revenue increase
A new report released by Tagoras, a consulting firm specializing in the global market for lifelong learning, provides detailed data and insights on how trade and professional associations are using technology in their continuing education and professional development programs. Findings show that 88.7 percent of organizations now use technology to enhance or enable learning; 51 percent these have seen an increase in overall education revenue as a result. More

4 tips for effective on-demand training
Training Industry
Today, e-learning strategies are more popular than ever. This is particularly true for B2B and B2C organizations that are looking for more convenient, cost-effective ways to keep their staff updated and informed. e-Learning is not a "one-size-fits-all" initiative — it comes in a variety of different flavors. Some companies invest in a fully functional learning management system, while others opt for a more informal learning approach. There are also organizations that take advantage of blended learning, where they incorporate both online and in-person training sessions as part of their overall strategies. And of course, e-learning itself can be conducted both live and on demand.More

Make training succeed
Susan M. Heathfield, a contributor for, writes: "For effective training, know your audience's needs and prepare methods and practice that will help participants transfer their learning to the workplace. I attended a national teleconference training session recently that violated the three cardinal rules of training. It took me a couple of days to reach this conclusion because my initial reaction to the training session was not positive, but I was reminded of several important factors in dealing with people at work. And, I learned a new approach to thinking about building trust. So, I did find some value for the time invested."More

How gamification can revolutionize the workplace
Gamification @ Work. Seems counterintuitive? Think again. Case Studies have been good learning tools, but they're always post-facto. And, merely reading about them is so boring. Role plays — yes, they can be exciting and effective where appropriate. However, getting a bunch of amateur actors to perform frequently on corporate drudgery and routine job matters is not a sustainable and practical idea. What's next? Games! Well, who does not enjoy playing games? And, if you can play games as part of your on-the-job assignments, that's a home run!More

Top 10 workplace trends for 2014
U.S. News & World Report
With the new year underway, it's the perfect time to assess the current work environment for themes, tips and trends. To this end, who better to ask than China Gorman, U.S. and Global CEO of Great Place to Work Institute? Gorman provides an exclusive interview that offers a sneak peek into the 2014 FORTUNE 100 Best Places to Work list, which launches Jan. 16. In doing so, she addresses the top 10 workplace trends for this year, of which every employee and employer should take note: Millennials make their mark. Some shifts have been on the horizon for the past few years and are now in full force, Gorman suggests while also noting that companies that have not yet made the changes that allow them to thrive going forward will certainly rush to do so.More

The year of the employee: Predictions for talent, leadership and HR technology in 2014
In 2014 the world of Talent, Leadership and HR will undergo dramatic change. Global economic growth will create a new level of competition for people. People will change jobs. HR organizations will shift their focus from cost reduction to retention and engagement. Technology will continue to make the world a smaller place, forcing companies to improve their employment brand in every possible way. Data will become a new currency. Leadership will continue to be in short supply. And HR organizations will have to innovate to stay ahead. More