The iPad is here, Now What?

The iPad provides us with both challenges as well as opportunities. What are the Challenges? Difficult to connect to the corporateintranet, and maintain security, requiring a mobile enterprise application platform (MEAP, provides cross-platform compatibility). Screen is smaller (9”) than a normal laptop or desktop (15” – 21”) Digital keyboard is smaller than standard size keyboard and no more mouse. Consider external keyboard. The browser does not support Adobe Flash which most eLearning and websites currently use to provide...

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Do Organizations Learn?

Do Organizations Learn?

People question the concept of organizational learning by arguing that people learn, not organizations. However, the evidence, based on nearly 60 years of research, suggests that organizations do learn as a result of people learning within the organization. (Argyris, 199), (Argote, 2011) Let’s first consider a definition of learning. We can simplify it by categorizing learning into two types, (1) knowledge or cognitive based learning, and (2) behavioral learning. A person can be very knowledgeable on a topic but not have the ability to...

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Selecting an LMS

Selecting an LMS

While sitting in an ASTD local chapter meeting this past week, a very common question was asked of the panel, how do you select a learning management system (LMS)? This is a relatively complex question. Vendors of learning management systems began to merge in the late 90s and it seemed like the selection was going to be easier. Now it seems like there has been another explosion of companies offering smaller solutions, many of which can be used for a monthly fee. Large organizations, larger then 25,000 employees, face challenges that smaller...

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Consider Adult Learners

Consider Adult Learners

In nearly every job description for a learning and development professional, the following competency is listed: Knowledge of adult learning theory. However, in my 17 years in the learning and development industry, I have rarely seen adult learning theory applied in corporate training programs. Let’s take a look at the assumptions of the andragogical or adult learning model and you can analyze your own learning programs. Adults Need to Know Why: Before an adult will put any effort into a training program, he or she wants to know why...

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First Build a Strategy

First Build a Strategy

“One of the biggest mistakes organizations make is leading with technology before a strategy is established.” M. Rosenberg. (2006), Beyond e-Learning, Pfeiffer, 20 There are three categories of online learning strategies and unfortunately most fall into the first category which has the lowest impact on learning in terms of changing behaviors and improving performance. Shovelware Strategy (1) Online Interactive Documents: These engage learners by having them read text on the slide or in hidden pop-ups and listen to narrations. Then...

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