The Evolution of Games and Training

As discussed in several recent posts, gaming continues to impact education and training on a myriad of levels. Indeed, gaming is not only seen as a way to introduce learners to key concepts and hone technical skills but also as a way to keep our brains in top shape, making us better able to grasp and apply new concepts in context. The growing applicability of gaming in the training field has much to do with the evolution of digital games over the past decade and our growing understanding of the role imitation and simulation play in education and training.
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Training Essentials for the Manufacturing Sector: Part 2

In the manufacturing sector, training was once primarily carried out informally and on the job. Often with little guidance or oversight from managers, new workers were trained by more experienced workers in a model that might be best described as an informal apprenticeship. Today, across the manufacturing sector, formal training programs are being established, often in partnership with other local colleges. In other cases, manufacturers are creating company-based schools to ensure that training is part of their organizational culture. In short, the manufacturing industry is not only formalizing its training programs but also undergoing a cultural shift with regards to training. As part of this shift, a growing number of manufacturers are also adopting learning management platforms. In our first post on training essentials for the manufacturing sector, we examined three key reasons why training matters in manufacturing. In this post, we examine three additional training essentials for manufacturing: Job Safety Analysis; Machine Guarding and Operation Safety; and Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC). Continue reading

eLearning Authoring Tools

How do you author your eLearning content? Do you use a collection of different tools such as PowerPoint (storyboarding), Audacity (audio), Snagit (capturing pictures and videos), Photoshop (image manipulation), or do you draw upon one main authoring tool from the many that are available? This article will cover some of the authoring tools and how to choose between them. Continue reading

Training Essentials for the Manufacturing Sector: Part 1

In the manufacturing sector, training was once primarily carried out informally and on the job. In short, it was a sector where new workers were often expected to learn the ropes from experienced workers on the shop floor, often with little guidance or oversight from managers. Today, a growing number of manufacturers are developing formal training programs and in some cases, even developing company-based schools and/or formal partnerships with local technical colleges. The manufacturing sector is also increasingly embracing new models of delivery, including the adoption of learning management platforms. Below are three reasons why training is essential for the manufacturing sector.
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Closing the Digital Divide One Step at a Time

Recently, President Obama announced plans to connect thousands of low-income Americans to the Internet with the roll-out of a new program designed to bring Internet access to Americans living in public housing. ConnectHome is an extension of the government’s already established ConnectED initiative.

President Obama’s announcement coincides with the Council of Economic Advisors’ new report on the digital divide. Recognizing that at this point in time the digital divide is likely a cause and consequence of existing economic disparities, the report states:
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eLearning TrendWatch: APIs

One of the most important and challenging situations facing learning professionals today is the integration of the LMS with other systems, applications, and platforms. This is typically achieved by utilizing an API or application programming interface, a set of tools, routines, and protocols that can be used to facilitate communication between applications as well as allow programmers to come up with new applications that work within the context of the platform in question. Continue reading

eLearning TrendWatch: Automation

In this edition of eLearning TrendWatch, the topic is automation. We are all painfully aware of how time-consuming sometimes downright tedious the learning content creation process can be. It should come as no surprise that learning professionals often find themselves wishing that content creation could somehow be automated. Continue reading

eLearning TrendWatch: Augmented Learning

In this latest edition of eLearning TrendWatch, it’s time to see what the latest developments are regarding augmented learning. If you haven’t kept up with it, augmented learning is a kind of learning that is both on-demand and one in which the environment adapts to the learner. There are all kinds of ways to make this happen incorporating a variety of augmented reality tools and techniques. Continue reading