The Ins and Outs of Internship Programs

Interning is a major step in the career path of many young people. Indeed, some young people even choose a college or university in a large urban center, like Chicago, New York or Los Angeles, in order to increase their internship opportunities. While some internships can be used for college credit and others provide a small amount of compensation, many more are arranged informally and carried out without college credit or compensation and often with no external checks and balances. Continue reading

Creating a Culture of Assessment for Creative Workers

While they may not recognize it, most educators and trainers are constantly assessing the impact of their course delivery. This may take place in a conversation with a colleague over coffee after teaching a class or facilitating a workshop. This may take place when they ask students or workshop participants for feedback using informal methods (e.g., a conversation on a break or after class). And it may take place in a journal used to reflect upon course or program delivery. Despite the fact that most educators and trainers are engaged in these activities, they may or not consider such activities part of their assessment work. Continue reading

Recruiting and Training Transit Workers in the 21st Century

While some transit jobs, such as train operators, continue to go into decline, the demand for bus, rapid rail and subway operators, especially in urban areas, continues to rise. The growing need for urban transit workers is driven by two factors. First more people are moving back into city centers and as a result, they are trading their cars for more convenient and cost effective modes of public transportation. Second, at the same time, a growing number of people in cities and suburban areas are opting for public transportation as an environmental sustainable option. Continue reading

Cross-Training – Not Just for Athletes

Anyone who runs on a regular basis is likely already familiar with the benefits of cross-training. In running, cross-training is promoted as a way to improve over all fitness and strength, increase power, add flexibility, and even increase one’s motivation. Cross-training recognizes that over indulging in a single activity (in this case, running) is never beneficial, even if one’s goal is to become the fastest runner on the planet. Continue reading

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