December 20th, 2010
In his great On the Job Training (OJT) piece, Elliot Masie encourages companies to once again look to OJT as a vital part of training an efficient workforce. Indeed, in today’s challenging economy, when job responsibilities are being combined into new or hybrid positions and employees are expected to tackle more responsibility and new duties at a rapid pace, it seems imperative that OJT once again takes center stage.
So, how as an organization do you do that? How do you move beyond the basics of a day or two of orientation and then the inevitable initiation by fire? How do you bring learning theory and best practices to OJT, and empower the staffers involved to teach? How do you help employees learn their jobs in a dynamic, useful manner? read more »
December 19th, 2010
The current economic climate has prompted many companies who were only considering eLearning before to pursue it now. Providing eLearning opportunities can save companies money by allowing employees access to training 24 hours a day, seven days a week, across all office locations and divisions, even internationally. Companies can reduce the travel and infrastructure expenses for educators and staff to attend face-to-face training workshops. At the same time, organizations will continue to provide the training that ensures best practices, reduces errors and cycle times, as well as fulfills compliance expectations. The universality of eLearning makes it an efficient and cost-effective way to share and distribute ideas and best practices across the organization. read more »
December 15th, 2010
Since the beginning of time, humans have been storytellers, weaving yarns to not only delight (or frighten) children, but to shape moral codes, educate, and inspire. Storytelling has a place in every culture and society, and is often an intersection of commonalities and seemingly impossible coincidences of time, place, and station in life. Storytelling is a great equalizer, and has the powerful ability to speak to the listener’s heart, as well as their mind. read more »
November 16th, 2010
Let me let you in on a little secret: your “students” are already engaging in learning with or without you. Daily. In creative and interactive ways.
Thanks to ever-evolving social media tools, people have become experts at personal and social learning. Every day, millions of people access information that furthers their education in an informal, but powerful manner. Podcasts, blogs, free webinars, articles, Wikis, and on-and-on it goes. This happens when they want it, and how they want it. read more »
October 25th, 2010
Editor’s Note: If you missed last week’s blog – the first in our On the Job Training (OJT) series, give it a quick read.
Why is it that when we translate an organization’s need for employees to gain understanding of a topic or job function, there is often little credence paid to educational research but ample attention paid to the bottom line? Or, did that clever turn of a phrase just answer the question? I actually meant bottom line, as in the basic info that must be conveyed, versus bottom line as in spending, money, budget. read more »