The CET Connection
Apr. 23, 2014

2014 Call for Nominations for IACET Board of Directors
IACET is seeking qualified, dedicated and energetic members to serve on the 2014 Board of Directors. This is your opportunity to promote high quality and value in the continuing education and training field, as well as to give back to the industry that you serve. You are eligible to nominate yourself or others to the open positions on the IACET Board of Directors. We ask for your input to fill our upcoming Board of Directors vacancies.More

Training for results: Implementation of the IACET standard
There's still time to register for the IACET Symposium on April 30, 2014 in San Diego, Calif. More

6 essential qualities training manager need
The training and development of employees is crucial to any organization's performance. For businesses, the aim is to gain a competitive advantage. For other organizations you'll want to improve how you work or obtain better outcomes. Ultimately, all organizations are looking to optimize their human resources by honing the skills of their workforce.More

2014 IACET Call for Awards Nominations
IACET awards honor deserving individuals, innovators, projects, and programs that have significantly contributed to the field of continuing education and training. IACET members are invited to submit self-nominations or nominations for other individuals and/or AP programs.More

Go back to school with these continuing education programs for adults
am New York
This summer, school is in session. For adults looking to expand their employment prospects or change careers entirely, there's no better place to be. New York City is home to dozens of universities and colleges, many of which have summer programs for technical and professional certificates geared toward adult education.More

Improving adult education will help the US catch up with Slovakia and Estonia
The Huffington Post
Conversations about education reform and America's global competitiveness are often hand-in-glove. National benchmarks, such as the Common Core State Standards, aim to lift learning from the basics to higher-order thinking such as creativity, problem-solving and synthesis. Increasingly, it is recognized that it is just not what you know that is important to securing a good job, it is also what you can do with what you know. Leadership skills, adaptability, wisdom and humility are paramount.More

The flip side of professional development
It seems like the word "flipped" is everywhere in education today. There are flipped classrooms of all sorts, from Kindergarten to dentistry. By looking through a "flipped" lens, we can rethink any traditional learning environment, including professional development. Flipped Professional Development has the potential to disrupt the way teachers learn and will accelerate innovation in education.More

3 must-learn lessons for training teams
Training Industry (commentary)
Paris Law, a contributor for Training Industry, writes: "One thing I have noticed is that public relations and marketing professionals are constantly absorbing and responding to new information. When I spent a year as a digital marketing manager, I was able to pick up some lessons from marketing that I apply in running my department today. I currently work for a company delivering marketing services to some of the top brands and organizations in the world. Running a training department amongst marketers is not the easiest task. In fact, it is not easy for any industry."More

NIACE supports move to help adults improve digital skills
Training Journal
The National Institute of Adult Continuing Education has praised the government for the steps it is taking in supporting millions of adults to be able to confidently and safely use the internet, but would like to see an increase in funding for specific projects to make progress more quickly. The government's new strategy which aims to get 2.7 million more people online in the next two years gives important recognition to the need to address low levels of literacy as one of the most entrenched barriers to internet access. More

MOOCs: What's in it for you?
Training Zone
Jon Kennard, a contributor for Training Zone, writes: "I am just about to wrap up my third MOOC in six months. I'm not boasting, promise. It feels like we (ok, I) talk about MOOCs a lot on TrainingZone — in blogs, features and all over the rest of the site too. That shouldn't be an issue. After all, it's just learning. I was spurred into action to write this after reading a short post by Jane Hart, the workplace learning expert. Far be it from me to argue with someone as experienced as her, but in that post, even though she doesn't directly attribute these views to herself, she repeatedly refers to quotes that MOOCs are part of the old 'education as acquiring stuff' model."More

The new lifelong learners
College enrollment fell nationwide in 2013, for the second year in a row, as the pool of 18-year-old high school graduates continues to shrink and fewer adults are returning to campuses to earn credentials. It seems everyone is concerned about the numbers for different reasons. College officials worry about filling beds in empty dormitories; policymakers fret about producing enough college graduates to remain competitive in a global economy. But do the numbers of students in college really tell us that we're on our way to living in a less educated country? Not at all. The official higher-education enrollment figures fail to capture a shift in how more of us are locating educational opportunities every day in short spurts, online or face to face, and for hundreds of dollars or at no cost.More