About: Sherman Morrison

G. Sherman H. Morrison is a writer and editor based in Keene, New Hampshire. He holds a Master of Science in Management from Antioch University New England where his studies focused on effective leadership and management of any organization’s single most important resource – it’s employees. The talent management and human resources landscape is evolving rapidly in the brave new digital world of the 21st century, and Sherman keeps track of it all for people and companies who want to stay up-to-date on the latest developments. Sherman writes for a variety of sites, including Talent Management 360, eLeaP (learning and training in the corporate context), and Healevate (alternative health topics) to name a few. When not clacking away on his laptop, Sherman can typically be found performing and directing with a variety of theatre groups in the Monadnock region of New Hampshire.

The Learnability of Your eLearning Courses

There are lots of different ways to evaluate the effectiveness of your eLearning efforts, which is essential to making sure your learning department can document robust return on investment (ROI) and stay in the good graces of your company’s upper management and leadership. While evaluation can run the gamut from simple to complex, one concept that has appeared recently is a dimension being called learnability. I think it’s worth taking a closer look at it to see if it’s something you should work into your eLearning evaluation process. Continue reading

Boosting Workplace Engagement with eLearning

You know on some level your eLearning efforts provide real value to your company, but it can also be easy to lose sight of this fact when you’re in the day-to-day slog of making it happen. It’s always good to remind yourself of just how valuable your work is. One aspect many learning professionals don’t often consider is the vital role their efforts can play in workplace engagement and retention. This is important, so hear me out. Continue reading

The Promise of Virtual Reality Learning in Corporations

There is a certain amount of frustration people might feel concerning various technologies. It seems like the driverless car technologies have been in the news for a long time now and yet we’re still waiting to see it become a widespread reality that makes a real difference in people’s day-to-day lives. I think there’s a similar frustration when it comes to virtual reality, and especially as it applies to corporate eLearning and training efforts. Will virtual reality learning have a role to play in companies looking to boost their learning programs? Continue reading

How to Write a Training Outline: Putting it All Together

In the first two articles of this series on how to write a training outline, I covered the six steps you should follow to make sure your training is well organized and complete. In this final part of the series, I present how my leadership training outline might look as a fully developed training outline. Continue reading

How to Write a Training Outline: Steps 4-6

In the first article of this series about how to write a training outline, I explained how useful the process is in making sure your training sessions are well-organized and well-received. I covered the first three steps of the process, including training basics, defining objectives, and nailing down both the purpose of the training and how you’re going to engage participants from the start. In this second article of the series, I’ll cover the last three steps of the process: Clarifying key topics, related concepts and timing; presentation techniques and materials; and evaluation, assessment and reflection. Continue reading

How to Write a Training Outline: Steps 1-3

Why bother to put together a training outline if you feel you already know what you’re doing? Here’s what you want to avoid: Forgetting to cover some key content points, then trying to go back and cover those points after you realize you left them out, then running out of time for participants to ask all the questions they wanted to ask because you had to backtrack to cover what you missed, and then afterwards wondering if your audience really got what they needed out of the training. No matter how good you think you are, making sure your training is well organized and thoroughly planned is the ultimate key to success, and a training outline serves as a roadmap to get you there. Continue reading

How Secure is Your Company’s Information?

You’ve no doubt seen at least one of several different versions of Microsoft’s recent cybercrime television commercials. In it you’ll hear a variation of these words: “Every day you read headlines about businesses being hacked and intellectual property being stolen. That is cybercrime, and it affects each and every one of us.” Behind those words are lot of startling statistics that should give every business reason enough to pause and consider just how secure their company’s information may be, and whether they should be doing more to protect it. Continue reading

The ROI of Blended Learning in Corrections

The promise of blended learning rests primarily in its alleged ability to provide better learning outcomes than either face-to-face or eLearning can deliver on their own. But it begs the question of return on investment (ROI), which will inevitably come up somewhere along the line if blended learning is pursued in a substantial way. Continue reading

Blended Learning at Xerox, EMC, and WOW

Even though face-to-face learning remains the preferred modality for training throughout much of corporate America, accounting for 51% of all corporate learning hours delivered, the numbers related to learning retention are downright depressing. According to one Corporate Executive Board study revealed that seven days after a formal training, learners had already forgotten 70% of the content. Follow-up again in four weeks and they will have forgotten 87% of the content. What to do? Blended learning might just be the answer. Continue reading

Blended Learning Takes Root in the Public Sector

The Federal Government has been making a concerted effort to do better by its public sector workforce. After years of pay freezes and furloughs forced by sequestration’s automatic reductions, morale among federal employees has taken a deep hit. But President Obama’s 2015 budget represented, among other things, an attempt to turn the situation around and focus on attracting and retaining better talent. Continue reading