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The Importance of Continuous Learning

Every once in a while, the universe conspires to give business leaders reminders that they need employees who are fast on their feet when encountering new challenges and new problems. We’ve all had plenty of those reminders during the Coronavirus pandemic. Along the way, we’ve all been tasked with learning myriad new communication platforms, new […]

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Mind the Gap: Learning vs Training

When the doors open on a London Underground train, a computerized voice reminds you to “Mind the gap.” This polite British reminder is actually telling you, “Watch out! Danger!” as you cross the gap between train and platform. There’s a less obvious but important danger in the gap between how we use the words “training” […]

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Virtual Learning – How to Transform Your Training for Maximum Effectiveness

In a previous article, I discussed how the coronavirus crisis is forcing organizations to rethink their approaches to training. In particular, moving to a virtual learning model. But you can’t simply convert existing classrooms into virtual instructor-led training (vILT). Instead, organizations need to transform their programs. Transformation means not only duplicating but improving the learning […]

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Transformation vs. Conversion of Virtual Learning

If there is one thing the coronavirus has taught us all, it is that training, as we know it, is neither resilient nor flexible. Classroom training that requires facilitators and participants to fly to various locations and pack shoulder-to-shoulder in a classroom is no longer an option. But as organizations consider replacing their current programs […]

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The Interactive Classroom: It’s Not Lecturing

Much of today’s traditional classroom training is focused on boring lectures and PowerPoint presentations containing as much text as the slide will permit. “Mastery” of materials is tested by multiple-choice questions that only support the ability to memorize. Think about the likely results of such training this way: Can you imagine getting on an airliner […]

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eLearning: Old Wine in New Skins

I once gave a speech I titled “Old Wine in New Skins.” The concept: If you were a winemaker with a batch of bad-tasting wine and you were trying to change consumers’ impressions, introducing a new label or fancy bottle wouldn’t change the taste. Learning is no different. Yet most training is like bad wine. […]

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Don’t Forget How People Learn

Much of the traditional training we see in corporations is neither engaging nor effective. Why? Because in most cases, the individuals designing the training know little, if any about how people learn and retain knowledge. So, they add games, audio and other various media in hopes that these will overcome the lack of instructional design […]

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