Aug 222012

Learning Research: Pile on the Learning, Easy on the Technology

Learning Research: Published in Concepts, Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Learning Research: By Frank Sarr

Much has been written about the technology of training. The story-line is often the same: companies are champing at the bit for the opportunity to exercise the latest training technologies in an effort to reach employees effectively while reducing costs.

This trend is understandable. Technology has made training much more convenient, an essential factor for global enterprises that need to train employees across the world. Instead of supersizing the travel budget to bring employees to the home office or other training center, technology can help trim their bottom line by pushing training out into the regional offices.

But are their employees better trained as a result of this technological boom? With companies fast abandoning traditional instructor-lead training in favor of tech-based training, it is increasingly important to ensure that technology remains the training messenger rather than becoming the message.

Regardless of whether a training system is a high-ticket technological wonder or a simple bound paper manual, the quality of the training results should be the same.

All training methods should:

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Tom McDonald’s Comments:

This is a great article that appropriately reflects that the appropriate, brain based, research driven, classroom proven, pedagogy must come first. This can be integrated into the instructional design and delivery, or it can be seamlessly integrated into web based, truly personalized learning technology and then delivered to individuals over cool technology. Without the appropriate pedagogy, advanced learning outcomes will not occur, nor will the resulting, advanced, individual performance improvement outcomes.

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This article shows how instructor facilitated, truly personalized learning technology, provides long term, individual learning of critical must know information:

Where individual, long term, critical must know learning, = Appropriate, Professionally Facilitated: initial understanding, ongoing reinforcement, fluency/mastery, recall (eliminating forgetting), application, stick/behavior change, adaptive reasoning skills, in the most effective and most efficient way possible



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