The brain & learning - what bit does what? 1.0: Introduction: Without diluting the importance of the concepts involved in this article which would be discussed in a scientific manner as they demand, we would start it in a lighter vain with a story. The story may apparently look like a little disjointed but a reflection on it would bring out its relevance as this article relates to the brain and it may be necessary understand the unpredictable ways it functions. Chemical balance in the … [Read more...] about The brain & learning – what bit does what
Lozanov on learning "double plane" exploring the thoughts of one of the fathers of accelerated learning 1.0: Introduction: Two chief impediments identified by both educational scholars and trainers of Human Resources to learning are inattention of the learners and passivity of the teacher/trainer. In the words of accomplished American Psychologist William James, W (1890), 'the faculty of voluntarily bringing back a wandering attention over and over again is the very root of judgment, … [Read more...] about Lozanov on learning "double plane"
In many professional fields like Accountancy, Human Resources, management etc it is common for professionals to take qualifications. These qualifications may be essential to become registered with professional associations, institutions or just because they are expected in the job market place. Many of us spend thousands on these courses over several years. They are a significant investment in both time and money. We often buy valuable resources such as books and other tools to help us … [Read more...] about Post graduate education and books – are we throwing away knowledge?
So what can Learning & Development learn from children's education and the use of virtual reality? Recently I attended one of Europe largest exhibitions for technology in education. The show is called BETT and took place in London's ExCel Centre. In my last blog I wrote about the robots I saw in the education space and explored how they could be used in the business world within the future of work. VR was everywhere And before as a reader you start thinking these things cost … [Read more...] about What can Learning & Development learn from childrens education part 2 #VR #hrblog #edtech #learningtechnologies
So what can Learning & Development learn from children's education? Recently I attended one of Europe largest exhibitions for technology in education. The show is called BETT and took place in London's ExCel Centre. BETT describes itself as being for: If you’re a Learning and Training Professional, come to Bett to discover how technology can improve and enhance learning, from school to Higher Education and workplace learning. Although I saw little directed at workplaces directly. That … [Read more...] about What can Learning & Development learn from childrens education part 1 #hrblog #edtech #learningtechnologies
Competencies – are they dead? Are competencies and how HR (and managers/ professional bodies) often relate to them irrelevant in today's business world? Do we actively ignore true core competencies? I was at a training workshop recently, and the trainer was talking about competencies. He was talking about the fact that the core competencies had changed in that profession. That new course materials were being developed all the time to ensure. We see this is every profession and industry. … [Read more...] about Competencies – are they dead? Or are we ignoring the true 3 core competencies?
Twitter: your CRM & marketing channel. It's about more than just followers... Over the past 12 months in my twitter contributions I have often included tips to help those involved in using twitter for their business (marketing). I often get requests to publish a full set - so here is a list of my current thinking about using twitter as a tool for building relationships for future business. In no particular order (other than alphabetical)... Add value - share interesting or useful … [Read more...] about Twitter as a marketing & CRM tool
Sales Learning & Development, is it a "thing"? In the past, there has been recognition for trainers working in IT, Health & Safety and general soft skills. This week I was introduced to the world of sales training (Through Sales Learning and Development Conference), and it's one to watch. A few months ago a twitter connection Alex Moyle contacted me. He asked if I had come across the National Sales Conference before. He then mentioned a side conference called Sales Learning and … [Read more...] about A new place to learn for learning & Development people in business #SLD17 Sales Learning & Development
For many sectors, autumn and winter are peek exhibition and conference season. But is it all about sales or can we learn from these too? Can professionals learn at conferences or they just a waste of time? In almost every sector there is a relevant trade show and conference. Trade Exhibitions Often these exhibitions are free to attend. But the cost is to have people try to sell to us as visitors. Well, the good ones do. The bad ones just sit or stand and seem to avoid eye contact at all … [Read more...] about Can professionals learn at conferences and exhibitions? #sld17 #hrblog
As I sit on the train going to what is potentially is one of the best general learning events of the year, I started thinking about what I learnt and did differently since last year. What will I learn at the conference? #cipdace17 (to see a list of the free learning sessions click here) Since then I have been on several substantial training courses building up my awareness in a range of different areas. But what did I learn last year? What have I done with that learning? What will I learn … [Read more...] about Learning at conferences & exhibitions – why people fail to benefit #cipdace17 #hrblog What will I learn at the conference?
Using Technology based platforms to support learning - does it work? Increasingly the use of technology to support or in some cases to deliver learning is on the increase. While reading a post on one of the forums this morning I came across a debate about the willingness for "trainers" to adopt technology to support or deliver learning. The author of the piece (Martin Addison from VideoArts) cited the following: Trainers don’t have the stomach for more preparation Here, the allegation is that … [Read more...] about Technology based learning – does it work (e-learning)?
Action Learning & Action Learning Sets - Reg Revans Introduction to Action learning So what is Action Learning? A definition of Action Learning What are Action Learning Sets? Who is in one? A 'Set' Meeting Action Learning Projects Participating in an Action Learning Set Structuring your time Introduction to Action Learning and Action Learning Sets What are action learning sets? When devising a management development programme (or leadership programme), it is important to … [Read more...] about Action Learning Sets
Is the fast food approach to learning and development working? Last week I was at the annual CIPD conference for Learning and Development professionals. Whilst much of the content of the paid for conference sessions was about ensuring training and learning activities were effective, the mood on the exhibition floor was different. Off the shelf or bespoke? Every provider that offered off-the-shelf learning solutions also offered bespoke solutions. But the emphasis for may was the off-the-shelf, … [Read more...] about Is the fast food approach to learning and development working? #hrblog #cipdLDShow
Pecha Kucha or how to get your point across in less than seven minutes? Do you want your audience to be hooked from the off? Then this is a presentation technique to explore Pecha Kucha (pronounced peh-cha ku-cha) is a presentation technique especially for those that love PowerPoint, and this method ensures it is fun, fast and interesting. The approach limits the presentation to 20 slides and 20 seconds per slide - a maximum of 6 minutes 20 seconds. A unique structure for a presentation. … [Read more...] about Pecha Kucha or the 20×20 presentation technique
Following my presentation to the BCS special interest learning group last month, I was involved in a discussion about the use of visuals in learning. The question was posed - What techniques are 'in' and which are 'out' ? My immediate reaction was nothing and everything - it's not what you do but the way that you do it - anything works as long as it is congruent with the style, context and learning need. But this got me thinking in the wider sense. In a classroom the 'screen' pr … [Read more...] about E-learning – making to transition from classroom to electronic learning
The team at RapidBI are often developing resources, often these are put up as pages on our site, other times they are turned into downloadable products. If you are looking for PowerPoint resources for management or leadership training or coaching then look at our powerpoint set. If you are involved in team development then our card and communication exercise may well hit the mark. Remember you can also download and start using our Employee Engagement Survey or our Business Diagnostic … [Read more...] about Training and educational resources
How to use Twitter as a training & learning tool In the last couple of weeks I have written a number of articles on the use of Twitter (micro-blogging platforms) which have proved of interest. Now is the time to take this further. Before we even look at how twitter can be used for learning, training and education, we need to understand the context before the content. While at a conference this week #iitt09 I was amazed at the number of 'trainers' that did not appear to understand the … [Read more...] about Twitter as a training and learning tool – some examples
Learning beyond university to informal learning using micro-blogging Twitter can be used as a great aid to learning, but is it a replacement for traditional learning strategies? Following the publication of a recent post Why Twitter is good for learning we have received a significant amount of supportive feedback. However some academic based sites have criticised the piece without understanding some of the fundamentals of learning and what Twitter and other micro-blogging platforms are capable … [Read more...] about Twitter as a learning aid – learning beyond university to informal learning
Twitter the real brain friendly approach to informal learning Can Twitter be used as a training tool? The traditional approach to learning is to identify end to end learning that is required to achieve a new task. While this works for structured learning it is not very effective for informal or personal learning. The human brain does not think in large logical 'articles', instead it thinks of information in small chunks, of which they form the whole picture. the process is not logical. indeed … [Read more...] about Why Twitter is good for learning
'Lite' version of an AVK style learning instrument Learning Styles Questionnaire – AVK As human we have preferences for the way we prefer to communicate information. We use language based on our senses in varying ways. When we can understand our preferences and those of others around us we can be more effective communicators. Please tick the white box if the statement is usually true for you. Statements: VL VN AL AN KT When I make things for my studies, I remember what I … [Read more...] about Learning Styles Questionnaire – AVK