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How to decide between virtual or classroom learning

In Development, Effectiveness, Instructional Design, Leadership, Learning, Performance Management, Strategy, Team, Training on April 28, 2016 at 6:07 am

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Deloitte’s Human Capital Trends 2016 identified that:

“… the ubiquity of always-connected mobile devices makes learning potentially available everywhere and accessible to everyone at any time. Employees can now take a course on nearly any subject online, search for an expert video or podcast to learn a quickly needed skill, and even earn a college degree in a new topic like data science without leaving their desk—or a couch or coffee shop. This new world of consumer-centric learning puts employees, not L&D departments, in charge.”

Indeed, one of the benefits of online and virtual learning is its cost effectiveness and ubiquitous presence. The fact that it allows for easy deployment, administrative tracking and consistent roll out of content to a mass group of learners, is certainly very tempting for organizations pressed to complete training on large scales. With online and virtual learning, induction and compliance training seem a breeze.

But what about how online and virtual learning effects a business’ return on investment? And how do online and virtual learning effect learning objectives and behavioral shifts?

To consider this, we first need to explore a few avenues.

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Good to great communication

In Branding, Communication, Development, Effectiveness, Inspire, Language, Leadership, Learning, Personal Branding, Philosophy on May 27, 2015 at 4:38 am

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Have you ever thought about how the way we communicate can be aligned to the way we learn?

It occurred to me the other day when I was asked my thoughts on webinars.

And it got me thinking.

According to the VAK learning styles of visual, audio, and kinesthetic learners, I fall into the kinesthetic category. Perhaps a little visual. But mostly I learn by doing. I love jumping right into the heart of things and by trial and well, error. In fact, of the three styles, audio is not a preferred option for me. At all.

I can’t imagine sitting through a forty-five-minute webinar session, especially if not accompanied by visuals. In fact, I don’t even enjoy talk radio. Or talking on the phone, for that matter. It is not my preferred form of communication. Nor learning.

So I won’t function well in a webinar. It’s also no surprise that I don’t particularly sit well through lengthy teleconferences. Even though I have had to do so, they are a struggle for me. So to remain engaged and animated, I try to take notes.

But what does all this say about my communication preference and learning style? And what has that got to do with the person or persons communicating with me?

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The art of listening

In Communication, Development, Inspire, Leadership, Learning, Personal Branding on February 9, 2014 at 1:06 am

I used to think I’m a pretty good listener. I think this because I’ve been told that I am. And I actually believe that I am.

Chances are, a lot of us think we’re good listeners.

But are we?

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The learning journey

In Creative, Inspire, Learning on November 14, 2013 at 12:47 pm

The first critical step in the learning journey is to park the ego at the station before we jump on that ride. Only then can we embrace the adventure completely.

Think about it.

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Word of the day: awareness

In Branding, Inspire, Learning, Personal Branding, Word of the day on October 3, 2013 at 3:25 am

Awareness is a powerful thing. To be self-aware is to know self through self-reflection. And through the eyes of others. How do we see ourselves? How do others see us? How do we want to be perceived? What is our footprint? And what is our presence?

Awareness is the first step of growth and learning. Only by being aware do we know what we know, what we don’t know, and what we need to learn.

Once we are self-aware, we can then be aware of others and those around us. It’s all about the world in you. Then you in the world. And what you do with that awareness, well, that’s entirely up to you.

Yes. Awareness is a powerful thing.

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Word of the day: knowledge

In Branding, Communication, Copywriting, Creative, Grammar, Inspire, Language, Learning, Personal Branding, Word of the day, Writing on September 8, 2013 at 10:34 pm

They say, ‘The pen is mightier than the sword’ and that is true power. Knowledge is power. As they say.

But sharing knowledge is even more powerful. It marks a true leader.

I think. Don’t you?

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