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What This Report on Academic Learning Means for Your Corporate Training Program

Posted on June 23, 2017 By Jake White

A report by the U.S. Department of Education published in 2009 concluded that after accessing 99 studies done over 12 years, “On average, students in online learning conditions performed better than those receiving face-to-face instruction.” These studies presented quantitative comparisons of the performance of students taking the same course online or in a face-to-face learning environment across a variety of disciplines. The combined evidence pointed towards a slight but statistically significant benefit to those using the online learning software. […]

How to Fully Utilize Your Business LMS and Update Your Training for 2017

Posted on June 08, 2017 By Jake White

It’s becoming increasingly evident that traditional employee training methods (the kind that involves scheduled seminars and classes) are outdated and ineffective. Many businesses Learning Management Systems (LMSs) lack the tools and ease of use to make online learning more than the same tired principles applied in a digital setting. That doesn’t have to be the case. […]

Employee Training: Three Reasons to do More Training

Posted on May 15, 2017 By Jake White

Workplace training & development is more important than ever. Jack Welch once said, “An organization's ability to learn and translate that learning into action is the ultimate competitive advantage.” We will look at three ways organizations can increase their competitive advantage through employee learning & development. […]

LMS Training: How Much Do Employee Training Programs Cost?

Employee training is an important part of running an effective company. But it can get expensive. How expensive? The Association of Talent Development estimates that the average is about $1,208 per employee. If you’re part of a smaller organization (less than 500 employees) that number increases to $1,888! […]

LMS Training: Why Do My Employees Need LMS Training?

Posted on March 16, 2016 By Jake White

Employee training is an important part of the onboarding process, as well as keeping your staff up to date on how to do their job. However, this process can often be frustrating, time-consuming, and even ineffective. In light of this, many new technologies have been created to improve the way we deliver employee training. The Learning Management System (LMS) is one such that helps you take control of employee training and makes it easier for your staff to get what they need from it. […]

Training & Development: One of the Best Investments Your Company Will Make

Posted on March 21, 2015 By Jake White

By Jake White, CPLP - Torch LMS […]

Training Tools: Indispensable Classroom Training Tools

Posted on April 03, 2013 By Jake White

Great instructor-led training requires participant attention and engagement. Over the years, I have found three classroom training tools that I consider to be indispensable. Each of these tools significantly increases learner engagement. I. Audience Response Technology There are a number of good audience response tools out there. My preferred solution is TurningPoint response cards, by Turning Technologies. Response cards allow the instructor to measure learning throughout training session. Trainers can display questions, surveys, opinion polls and games that allow everyone in the audience to select a response via their wireless response card keypads and transmit and display the data immediately into the presentation slide. You can even have competitions, including team competitions with points. There are many advantages to using this tool: Participants are actively engaged in the training material, which increases knowledge retention. Trainers can conduct on-the-fly polls at any point during the training session; this can give feedback to the instructor about how well the learners are processing the course information. Trainers can run reports with the test/survey data—thus measuring learning with virtually no data entry outside of the training event. I like TurningPoint because your company can download the PowerPoint plug-in for multiple users without additional cost. So you are essentially just paying for the response cards that can be used by more than one trainer without extra costs. Response cards provide a fun and interactive way to engage learners while also giving trainers a tool to measure level 1 (response to the training) and level 2 (knowledge learned) training data (i.e., level 1 & 2 of the Kirkpatrick ROI model). II. Movie clips: I am a huge movie buff, so I love using movie clips as illustrations in instructor-led training sessions. One of the problems with using movies clips, however, is that you need to get permission to use the clips. Here are a few simple steps to effectively, and legally, use movie clips in your training sessions. Contact the Motion Picture Licensing Corporation 800-462-8855; get a license for the movie (or an “umbrella license” for many movies). If you want to download a YouTube clip to show, you can use this YouTube downloader: To learn about ways you can use movies in training, take a look at Becky Pike Pluth  book on this topic: "101 Movie  Clips that Teach and Train."  See also Mark S. Carley's July 1999 article in Training & Development magazine, "Training Goes to the Movies." Use a video editing tool like iMovie or Windows Live Movie Maker to make the clip start/end where you want it, or to convert a clip into a wmv format so you can embed it in a PowerPoint slide. I recommend spending enough time to set up with clip with appropriate context, and also give learners something to look for in the clip. Leave yourself enough time to debrief after the clip. […]

Employee Training: Strategic Tuition Reimbursement

While there are many potential benefits of tuition assistance programs (or TAPs), the challenge for business leaders is to manage investments in employee education in a way that maximizes returns--both for the employer and the employee. Not only does a TAP need to encourage the development of specific skills in your workforce, but it also needs to empower employees to pursue their educational goals. […]

Leadership Development: Leadership Development that Works

Posted on March 27, 2012 By Jake White

There are thousands of books and articles on leadership development. Most of them are subjective fluff. If you are looking for a leadership model with research rigor and practical application, I recommend Zenger|Folkman. Their book, The Extraordinary Leader, may be the only leadership development book you'll ever need. […]

Learning & Development: How to Become a Learning Organization - Lessons from the U.S. Military

Posted on February 07, 2011 By JWhite

A learning organization is an organization that can change quickly, adapting to the new rules that the market environment has created. Businesses that know how to learn and develop swiftly and efficiently will thrive; those that do not, will not survive. It is easy to think of newer companies like Apple and Google as being the best learning organizations. Some of the best examples of organizational learning practices are found in more mature organizations, such as the U.S. military. […]

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