Play at Work: Learning from Commercial Game Design

From the training of surgeons to pilots to educators, video games continue to appear in classrooms and often in lieu of classrooms. But are we ready for this serious play? The idea of using video games for education and training remains difficult for many people to accept. After all, when most people think about video games, the first thing they imagine is a teenager addicted to World of Warcraft. Beyond the negative stereotypes, however, some educational theorists insist that games have much to offer children, teens and adults in educational and training contexts alike. More surprising, however, is that increasingly educators are looking to commercial video game producers for design solutions. Continue reading

Training Change Managers and Change Leaders

In the past, tradition often trumped change. In most professions, people chose a career at a young age, entered their chosen profession and often stayed with a single employer for life. In the 21st century, fewer workers than ever before work for a single employer throughout their career and fewer organizations believe that tradition is necessarily better than change. Continue reading

Training the Interviewer

While many job candidates do mock interviews to prepare for the “real thing,” few managers charged with hiring have ever done a mock interview to prepare to conduct an interview. Indeed, it is often assumed that anyone who has gone through an interview is already qualified to interview job candidates, but this is by no means the reality. Not surprisingly, then, stories of job interviews gone wrong are not difficult to find, and bad and even disastrous job interviews are a phenomenon that appears to cut across nearly every type of organization and industry imaginable. Continue reading

Leadership in Creative Industries

Historically, creativity and industry were rarely words uttered in the same breath. Creativity has even been seen as the antithesis to industry. In the 21st century, however, the concepts of the “creative class,” “creative economy” and “creative industries”—in large part due to the influence of business leaders, like Richard Florida and Richard E. Caves—continue to gain currency both in and outside the business world. While some members of the so-called “creative class” are artists in the traditional sense, many others are people whose work is simply contingent on being creative thinkers and in this respect, creative industry workers include everyone from designers to engineers to educators. But with the rise of creative industries and the creative class, leadership models are also evolving. Continue reading

eLearning Career Guide #5: Graduate Certificates

If you want to really nail down the best credentials to launch or enhance your career as an eLearning professional, you’ll want to get either a graduate certificate or master’s degree in instructional design and technology. Not all of the programs out there with those words in their titles have as much of a focus on eLearning as you want, and there are some other things to keep in mind when choosing a program. The focus in this article will specifically be on certificate programs. Continue reading

eLearning Career Guide#3: More Portfolio Tips and Examples

In this current series of articles, I’m providing some guidance to those who want to launch or enhance their eLearning careers. In the last article, I highlighted the importance of developing your eLearning portfolio – an essential self-marketing piece that can really make or break your efforts. I’d like to continue to with portfolio development by walking you through three more examples of portfolios, all of which have their good points and their less good points. Continue reading

eLearning Career Guide#2: The Portfolio

An essential step in launching or enhancing your career as an eLearning professional is to put together a stellar portfolio of your past work. This can and should take a significant amount of time and effort. You want the world to see what you’ve done, and you want to present it in as compelling a way as possible. That’s what this article is all about. Continue reading

eLearning Career Guide #1: Nailing the Interview

If you’ve decided that you want to make a career in corporate eLearning, good for you. The industry is poised for significant growth that shows no signs of letting up. I think it’s important for those contemplating the corporate eLearning career path to know a few things about what’s in store as you try to break into the field. In this article, I will focus on the kinds of questions that are likely to come up in eLearning job interviews. If you are prepared to answer these questions, you’ll have a much easier time nailing your dream job. Continue reading

The (Unfulfilled) Promise of mLearning

mLearning is hot. If you Google corporate mobile learning, you get 114 million results, but only 416,000 if you Google corporate mLearning, which only goes to show that the nomenclature is still in the process of changing and settling down. There is a lot of writing going on all around the Internet related to corporate mLearning. And yet, according to the Association for Talent Development (ATD), the amount of training delivered to employees through mobile devices is a thoroughly underwhelming 1.47%. How can something so “hot” still be so underutilized? Continue reading