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 #535: M-Learning Doesn’t Appeal to Me

On September 15, 2014, Posted by , In learning, By ,,,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #535: M-Learning Doesn’t Appeal to Me

“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

I was recently introduced to the concept of m-learning, which stands for mobile learning. Wikipedia defines it as “learning across multiple contexts, through social and content interactions, using personal electronic devices.”

M-learning is touted as being convenient and accessible, as well as being collaborative.

I use my smart phone to look up information all the time. Yes, it is very convenient. If knowledge is knowing where to find the information, my smart phone … Read the rest

Tip #532: A Learning Manifesto

On August 25, 2014, Posted by , In learning, By , , With Comments Off on Tip #532: A Learning Manifesto

“I am a man of fixed and unbending principles, the first of which is to be flexible at all times.”   Everett M. Dirksen

I recently saw an article concerning a “serious elearning manifesto,” so I explored further,

Here is a list of the Supporting Principles for the Serious eLearning Manifesto created by Michael Allen, Julie Dirksen, Clark Quinn and Will Thalheimer. For more information, please go to http://elearningmanifesto.org.

See if the Principles sound familiar. More importantly, see if it is time that we had a Serious Learning Manifesto!

1. Do Not Assume that Learning is the Solution
2. Do Not Assume that eLearning is the Answer
3. Tie Learning to Performance Goals
4. Target Improved Performance
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