Internet of things – “… the extension of Internet connectivity into physical devices and everyday objects. Embedded with electronics, Internet connectivity, and other forms of hardware, these devices can communicate and interact with others over the Internet, and they can be remotely monitored and controlled.” (Wiki)
It’s fairly well opined that the internet gave us the Third Industrial Revolution. It not only transformed the way we work, but both culled and created whole new sectors of employment.
I started my grown-up working life in the mid-90s and I can – just – remember life before the World Wide Web. Working for an advertising agency one of my (hated!) regular tasks was physically carrying a huge bulky mock up of an advertising hoarding across London to the offices of the Advertising Standards Authority for approval. Can you imagine someone actually doing that now? Obviously, you’d just email it.
Some of love it, some of us loathe it, very few of us are ambivalent.
I must admit that, when I attend training sessions as a delegate, I’m not a massive fan of group work. Generally I find it quite stressful and prefer to just listen to the training and learn what I’m there to learn.
But we’re all different and some people really enjoy it. They find it a good way of getting to know new people and picking up useful first hand information in in relation to specific shared interests.
From a professional trainer’s point of view, I’m undecided about the merits of group work. I completely see the value of asking delegates to practise, in groups, a specific skill I might be showing them. I can also see that group practise and pair-sharing is very useful if we’re working towards a test or exam. But for general information gaining or knowledge building type talks or training sessions, I’m less convinced of its value – other than to allow the trainer a short break, obviously.Continue reading “Group Work – Great or Gruesome?”
5 ways to get the best out of your employee training programmes and staff development plans.
This is probably the single area I get asked about more than any other. Most employers know that an employee training plan is important. As well as being a given expectation for Millennial employees, it is an effective way of creating employee engagement. But what exactly is a proper employee training plan (ETP)? And how do we make one? Here are some ideas to get you started:Continue reading “5 Top Tips for Terrific Employee Training Plans!”
Despite e-learning having been around for approximately two decades, this a question which I still get asked. People know that it is ‘something to do with your PC and …’ well, what … ?
L&D practitioners commonly understand e-learning (the ‘e’ = ‘electronic’, though I’m sure you knew that!) as any type of self-directed learning away from the traditional classroom setting. So, on this basis, making some notes from Wiki about the stock market is a piece of perfectly valid business focussed e-learning. You could also have looked at a website and online discussion such as Money Saving Expert, or even joined a themed Facebook or Linkedin group. It all amounts to the same thing, which is learning from computer based sources. Continue reading ““So What Exactly is E-learning, then?””
The Guardian published an article a few weeks ago about how Doncaster, once a coal mining heartland, then a waste-ground, has now reinvented itself as a hub for distribution centres. Fittingly, it has three of the beauties just for Amazon – the website which has been accused of destroying high street retail. Continue reading “Plus ça Change, Plus ça Doncaster”
As professional educators, we L&D types spend a lot of time telling our learners, “there’s no need to be scared!”, “a big journey starts with a small step”, “you can do it!” and so on.
We generally work on the philosophy that very few things are impossible, and that people are all equally capable of the same things but just haven’t been party to the right type of practice or teaching. Or perhaps they just have a mental block that needs to be overcome. We tell ourselves, and our learners, that people talk themselves into failure by declaring, “oh, I’m no good at maths” or, “I just haven’t got the skill/aptitude/patience to learn how to use Excel”. We believe it because, by and large, it’s true. We can each do anything if we just apply ourselves, feel the fear, and do it anyway.