Company Sponsored Schools: Training Future Workers

Since the 1970s, the demand for skilled technical workers has increased across sectors. In 1970, only 25% of jobs required postsecondary training. Today, an estimated 70% of jobs require additional training. The demand for skilled workers is particularly dire in STEM professions. Unfortunately, high-tech and manufacturing companies often continue to find college and university graduates under prepared for the real world of work. Continue reading

The Virtual Worlds of Critical Care Physician Training

Critical care medicine is arguably medicine’s most high-stress area of practice and an area in which practitioners must be able to work effectively as members of a team. Due to the high stakes and unpredictable nature of critical care medicine, however, bringing trainees into real life situations is not always desirable or even possible. Fortunately, virtual worlds are opening up new opportunities for critical care trainees to hone their responsiveness and collaboration skills in highly realistic simulated environments. Continue reading

Gamification, 3D Printing and Wearables in Education

There is nothing new about education evolving to accommodate new information mediums and platform. Despite the initial resistance from a few skeptics, philosophers in ancient Greece quickly recognized that writing was a technology that would ultimately serve rather than undermine their educational mandates. Continue reading

Media Production Part 1: eLearning Leaders

There’s really no way around it: Being an eLearning professional in the 21st century means at least knowing a good deal about media production. Why? Because corporate learning resources need to be available to employees not only when they need it, but also in the most conducive media format to the situation at hand. In this first article on the topic, I’ll focus on various forms of video production in the eLearning environment. Continue reading

Bringing the Right Soft Skills into eLearning’s Focus

In previous articles such as eLearning and Soft Skills: What Went Wrong? and New Directions in eLearning Soft Skills, I covered the historical challenges encountered in trying to figure out how to teach soft skills in the eLearning environment, and how such new approaches emphasizing speed, thin-slicing, and coaching orientation are overcoming those historical challenges. But those articles also raise an additional important question: What are the soft skills that are most important for an eLearning focus in the 21st century? Continue reading

Conducting an eLearning Tech Audit

Getting all the different technologies working together seamlessly to support your eLearning efforts can feel like a daunting task, but it’s far too important to let it slip off your radar screen. When things don’t work well, it causes stress, anxiety, unnecessary complications, and inefficiency. That’s why a periodic eLearning Tech Audit should be on your to-do list. It will help you not only figure out what you need, but also come up with an effective plan for introducing needed new technologies. Having clarity on all of that will drive the business results you’re looking for. Continue reading

When Should eLearning Happen?

If you want your eLearning efforts to really pay off with big impacts, employees need to be able to engage it when they’re at their most focused and productive. Obviously, that can’t always happen because we also want employees to devote their most productive times to the important work that needs to be done in organizations. Continue reading

eLearning’s Hang-Ups

If you’re a regular reader of my articles, then you know how often I point out that although eLearning is one of the hottest topics out there, it’s utilization rate still remains surprisingly low. You’d think that in today’s digital era that more than 27% of instruction and training delivered to employees would be all online, but that percentage, which is well under one-third, has held fairly steady for several years. So where are the hang-ups around eLearning? Continue reading

Is Emotional Intelligence Really Valued? The Case of Women Leaders

While women continue to gain ground in leadership positions across sectors from politics to business, in reality, women still occupy far fewer leadership positions than men in countries around the world. In 2014, for example, women occupied only 4.6% of Fortune 500 CEO positions. Research on the subject of gender and leadership consistently shows that despite the fact that women now often constitute half or more than half the workforce in many sectors, they continue to lag behind men in leadership positions. Continue reading

De-escalating Anger in the Workplace

Most contemporary workplaces—even those where employees are free to dress down and skateboard around the office—are high stress and complex environments. As a result, no matter how “chill” the work environment may be, people are bound to lose their cool from time and time. Anger may arise when a worker doesn’t feel like their ideas are being taken seriously or when a worker feels excluded. At times, anger may be displaced—for example, a stressful situation at home may make a worker more agitated and easily angered on the job. Whatever the source, however, anger is never productive and knowing how to de-escalate an angry employee or co-worker quickly and effectively is essential. Continue reading