Long Live Instructor-Led Learning - Saul Carliner in eLearn MagazinePast performance suggests no change in the level of instructor-led training, at least, according to the most recent ASTD State of the Industry Report . Despite a steady climb in the availability of e-learning, the overall percentage of instructor-led training is nearly unchanged: 71.97 percent in 2003 and 70.58 percent in 2008 (the most recent year for which statistics are available). What has changed, though not as significantly as one might expect, is the percentage of instructor-led training offered online, rising from 2.92 percent of all training in 2003 to 6.39 percent in 2008.
More flawed than the analysis of the numbers is the proposition that formal classroom learning will be replaced by informal learning, which will primarily occur online through blogs and social computing tools. Although it sounds exciting at first, and certainly appeals to the emotions, several practical issues - all of which are ignored by the contributors to the ASTD 2019 discussion - limit the likelihood that organizations would primarily rely on informal learning.
Authoring Tool Tips and Tricks - Paul Schneider in ASTDWhile there is a plethora of authoring tools available to you as a developer, this article focuses on three common options: Articulate, Lectora, and Captivate. Although I'll focus on these tools, the principles and concepts covered here will generally apply to other authoring tools, though the buttons may be a different color, shape, or size!
It has long been thought that propensities for visual or verbal learning styles influence how children acquire knowledge successfully and how adults reason in every-day life; however, there was no empirical link to this hypothesis from cognitive neuroscience.
When Knowledge Management Hurts - Harvard Business SchoolProfessors Martine Haas from the Wharton School and Morten Hansen from INSEAD, for example, examined the use of internal knowledge systems by teams of consultants in one of the big four accountancy firms trying to win sales bids. They measured to what extent these teams accessed electronic documents and how much they sought personal advice from other consultants in the firm. They figured that, surely, accessing more knowledge must be helpful, right?
But they proved themselves wrong; to their surprise they found that the more internal electronic databases were consulted by these teams the more likely they were to lose the bid! Likewise for seeking advice from colleagues. This effect was especially pronounced for very experienced teams. These consultants were much better off relying on their own expertise than trying to tap into experiences by others, whether it was in the form of electronic assets or external advice.