As we have entered into a new year, here is a quick review of the most appreciated training blogs in the year 2010.These blogs focus on tips to strengthen training and make it more effective.
Stories are an inseparable part of growing up. How many stories have we heard in our childhoods? As children, we all loved to listen to stories that people told us. Even as adults, we love listening to others’ stories, only this time we call it ‘experiences’ or informally, “the grapevine.” It is definitely an experience that most of us have gone through. But, is storytelling an effective training method?
Motivation comes in many forms and directions. You push yourself to finish a task because at the end of it you will get a reward; or perhaps you get punished in case you fail to do so in a specific time period; or because you love doing it or the prestige that is attached to its accomplishment. All these are different types of motivation. The former two are termed as external motivation and the latter internal motivation. As for learners, which is more influential? Who motivates learning: trainer or learner?
If the gap between the present capacity and the required capacity to fulfill the target widens, it will cost you and your team dearly. It will drain your team’s energy as your team members will have to expend extra energy to cope with the new requirement. If this continues for long, it can adversely affect your team’s productivity. How to enhance your own and your team’s capacity to meet such tough challenges?
Today, most learning is by personal experiences rather than the bookish knowledge we gain. It’s important to understand that what we learn today may not hold value 10 years down the line. Experiential learning is what holds the maximum importance these days. But, why is learning not so effective at the organizational or corporate level. What hampers the learning process?
It’s a human tendency to like someone to take us through at times, whether in one’s personal or professional life, because this makes things easier for us to be guided and to learn new things. This is applicable to us all, children or adults. And, in the case of e-learning, it is an advantage if we have an avatar to make our learning effective. Avatars are the characters that guide learners through a course. How to use an Avatar? What are the parameters that need to be considered while using Avatars in elearning?
Not all positions in an organization require a fresher. Some positions demand experienced new hires. Many newly hired experienced employees expect to start right away in to their new job as they feel that their experience and knowledge are more than sufficient. This is true to a certain extent, but many companies ask its new hires, fresher or experienced, to undergo induction training. Which approach of training is best suited for them?
Basically, there are two types of assessments, formative assessments that help build learner knowledge and summative assessments that help to assess learning at the end of the topic. What are the other types of assessments that can help to better judge the level of understanding of the learners?
The adage, ‘Change is the only constant’ is true since most people resist change. They prefer to live their lives, professional or personal, dictated by a routine. Though change is inevitable, people fear it because of the reasons like, incapability to understand change and its implications, consider changes to be irrelevant and inappropriate, the feeling that this would impinge on their family time, Lack of faith in their ability to learn new skills and feeling of too much happening too soon.
Soft skills or “people skills” are characteristics that influence an individual’s personal and professional relationships, work performance and career prospects. Technical skills are specific skills, tasks or activities that you need to be proficient in to be eligible for a particular job. But, which is more important, soft skills or technical skills?
I thank all the people who shared their views and experiences. Your suggestions and feedback are huge encouragement that helped me in covering interesting topics in the field of learning and training. I look forward to your continued support and encouragement in the year ahead.
Wishing all a Happy, Prosperous and Peaceful New Year 2011!
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