Tip #566: Classroom Training is Still Tops

On April 27, 2015, Posted by , In curriculum design, By ,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #566: Classroom Training is Still Tops

“Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it.”   Samuel Johnson

The Association for Talent Development recently published Instructional Design Now: A New Age of Learning and Beyond (March 2015).

What is interesting about this report is that it found that traditional classroom training is currently used by 92% of instructional designers.

I consider this finding both surprising and gratifying.

There are a number of reasons why this surprises me:

  1. There seems to be an ever increasing emphasis on the more technical learning modalities, such as: e-learning, mobile learning, social networking, web 2.0 applications, web-based learning, gamification, and massive open online courses (MOOCs).
  1. Every open training position (for instructional
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Tip #500: When Classroom Training is the Only Way

On January 13, 2014, Posted by , In learning, By ,, , With Comments Off on Tip #500: When Classroom Training is the Only Way

“You learn more quickly under the guidance of experienced teachers. You waste a lot of time going down blind alleys if you have no one to lead you.”  W. Somerset Maugham

A client recently made a suggestion that a classroom business management training program for the owners of small private medical practices in Africa be made available as online e learning and/or written self-study instruction. On the surface, the two additional modes of delivery made sense in terms of increasing access to the training, which was the client’s intent.

However, there were so many reasons why this was not a good idea, both in terms of the impact on the quality of the learning, as well as on the … Read the rest

Tip #379: In Defense of Classroom Learning

On June 13, 2011, Posted by , In learning, By ,,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #379: In Defense of Classroom Learning

“Technology is fine. . ., but that popular vision of the future, where you plug somebody in and leave them there and they don’t get out and interact with actual flesh-and-blood humans — you know the answer before I say it — that’s not good.” Dennis Miller

With all of the focus on using social media and e-learning for training, classroom training may seem less attractive and cost effective. However, there is certain learning that can only occur in a classroom, particularly skills that require face-to-face interaction. These include the variety of interpersonal communications, including interviewing, presenting, training and negotiating.

There are six reasons for this:

1. It creates a supportive learning environment.

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