Archive for the ‘Training’ Category

what-great-trainers-doIn What Great Trainers Do, Robert Bolton and Dorothy Grover Bolton target the underlying need for trainers to energize and motivate individuals to enact relevant change in their workplaces. They present an approach to attaining well-run training programs that ultimately drive future business for clients. Using time-tested techniques, trainers can deliver dynamic workshops that ultimately help boost profits and positively generate personal growth. From PowerPoint presentations to the effective management of group dynamics, this book offers no-nonsense advice to trainers seeking to create lasting and valuable learning.

Businesses spend upwards of $60 billion each year on training for employees. Despite this, studies have shown that scantily more than 10 percent of teaching material is incorporated into participants’ work environments. The ultimate task for an effective trainer is ensuring lessons learned during training translate to the workplace. This can be achieved by:

  • Creating a framework for training. To build a successful training program, a trainer must integrate content with how the group operates as a whole.
  • Developing a dynamic workshop. Effective trainers are enthusiastic, open-minded, and focused, and they maintain a conversational style.
  • Debriefing to gather the learning. Trainers attain feedback and learning from individuals when they debrief after activities, practices, or presentations.
  • Making presentations interactive. Great trainers involve participants early and often to create learning environments where thoughts are exchanged in a meaningful way.
  • *Evaluating and ending the workshop. Dynamic trainers have evaluation processes where sponsors and participants understand the degree of satisfaction.
  • Serving as a facilitator. Good trainers battle personal and group resistance by intervening when trouble arises.
  • Maturing as a trainer. First-rate trainers redesign failing workshops in real time, should groups feel that coursework is off the mark.

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On September 26th, EBSCO Publishing’s Jerry Eonta will be joining Saul Carliner, author of Informal Learning Basics, to present a webinar on informal learning. The webinar will be hosted by the Human Capital Institute.

Informal learning can represent as much as 70 percent of workplace learning. During this webinar, the presenters will seek to answer the following questions: What is informal learning? What forms can it take? When can it make a difference in workplace performance and when might it actually detract from it? Should you divert resources from formal training to facilitate it?  And how do you evaluate it?

To participate in the webinar, just click the link below and register.


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Tablet computers, smart phones, and mobile technology in general is permeating our personal and professional lives. These devices have made working professionals more productive on the go, but they also have the side effect of making many of us less focused and less able to sustain prolonged attention to any one task. With this in mind, many learning professionals are beginning to favor shorter learning exercises and courses over the more traditional full-length courses in order to ensure learners are fully engaged for the entirety of the learning exercise. Chief Learning Officer magazine recently released an article relating to this “bite sized” approach to learning.

As working professionals become more adept at multitasking, attention spans are likely to continue decreasing, and learning professionals must be ready to adapt their learning programs in order to cope with this new reality. Shortening learning courses and allowing professionals to access learning materials on their schedule are two ways in which learning can continue to offer value to companies and employees alike.

Related book summaries in the BBS library: Tailored LearningHold On, You Lost Me!, The Mobile Learning Edge

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With Generation Y, or “Millennials,” coming into the workforce in greater and greater numbers, many companies are now recognizing that old teaching and learning techniques do not necessarily work for younger employees. Millennials are much more apt to learn when a company’s training initiatives take advantage of the technology they use every day. This technology includes PDAs and other mobile devices, apps, and social networking sites. Younger generations also prefer content presented in video or audio format.

While many companies have implemented the above technologies in their learning initiatives, one form of technology remains on the fringes of learning: video games. This article from ZDNet speaks to the increased interest in games-based learning for e-learning providers. The aim of employing video games in training programs is to help employees learn in an engaging way. The hope is that games will appeal more to younger workers and help them absorb information better than the typical assigned reading.

I think it is great that companies are starting to experiment with new media to see what it can do to aid their learning initiatives. As technology advances, learning must follow suit, and games seem the perfect vehicle for presenting learning content in a new and engaging way.

Do you think games have a place in corporate learning strategies?

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The ASTD 2011 International Conference & Exposition will be held May 22–25 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, and EBSCO Publishing will be there. If you planned on attending the conference, please stop by booth 1209 to learn more about our company and what we have to offer the corporate learning community.

About the conference:

“Held each spring, this premier event for workplace learning and development professionals welcomes 8,000 attendees from more than 70 countries. These professionals manage all aspects of learning in their organizations. From CEO to specialist, from dean to student, ASTD 2011 welcomes people from across the globe.

Learning is a key driver in companies big and small. At ASTD’s International Conference & Exposition, we typically bring Fortune 500 companies like Wal-Mart, Exxon Mobil, General Electric, Bank of America, and AT&T together to share what they are doing in learning to help grow businesses of all sizes.”

Please visit the conference website to learn more.

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In the education community, a useful body of research evidence related to training development and delivery has emerged only in the last 20 years. With that evidence, training practitioners now have a better idea of how learning occurs in the brain. In Evidence-Based Training Methods, Ruth Colvin Clark summarizes the most current research that relates to the decisions training professionals face on a daily basis. She explains techniques that maximize learning, provides evidence about the best ways to use examples and practice, and discusses how to organize content.

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