09 Oct 2012

Will they come if I publish it?

“Let us give them something to talk about” crooned Bonnie Raitt. But what exactly in a corporate setting?It is a lot easier to write or publish articles on topics that one is familiar with. Then hope that people are interested. This does not always work. Of course, we have assumed that getting your article or … Continue

24 Sep 2012

YouTube videos are suffering from LSIC syndrome.

There are three distinct pieces of information and I am trying to make sense out of them. First, training industry says organizations are moving to more user generated content (UGC). More UGC means more uncontrolled content and someone has to find gems out of lot of average stuff. As a consumer, this is what we … Continue

06 Sep 2012

Engaging the online learner.

When people hear about online education and training, they sometimes fear that learners will be missing a great deal of interaction and participation.  It’s a misconception that needs to be addressed so that people begin to appreciate the advantages of online training and what it has to offer.  This can be made possible by detailed … Continue

27 Aug 2012

“Prepare more but still save time”.

Bad economic times are just not going away.  Executives, who were used to spending 200 days a year on road till 2008, are spending 300 days with family.  Good for them.  It looks like more marriages would survive the corporate travel grind now!  But business has to continue so more and more executives have moved … Continue

20 Aug 2012

Does face-to-face training work?

The title questions an age-old practice firmly established everywhere.  In fact, we are all used to being asked ‘does on-line training work?’ more often.  Our real intention here is answer this: ‘How can face-to-face training be enhanced?’  This blog has articles about flipping training and viability of classroom-based training.  As we interact more with end-users who need technology for … Continue

08 Aug 2012

Consistency in live training.

Big Business Process Outsourcing organizations (BPOs) have dedicated accounts departments.  They hire fresh graduates in large numbers to handle billing or sales; each of whom needs training in handling confidential company data and processes.  A number of trainers are also hired for this purpose.  However, there is no consistency in the training messages each batch … Continue

01 Aug 2012

Improving online learner’s motivation.

Motivation is one of the most important elements of learning.  In classrooms, poorly motivated students can benefit and build their interest and motivation through teacher intervention. On the other hand, keeping students motivated is critical for successful online education, where they take more control over the learning process. Let us divide the learning process into … Continue

24 Jul 2012

Biggest opportunity for higher education lies in going online.

Did you know the annual turnover of the coaching industry is a staggering $100 million, totally spent by parents?   Fast emerging as a parallel education system, the country’s multiplying coaching schools have become one-stop shops catering to every need of students from diverse backgrounds. Today almost all the students attend private tuition from higher secondary … Continue

02 Jul 2012

Information at your fingertips.

The training function is typically a tradition-bound operation scattered throughout an enterprise. Its reliance on instructor-led training results in time-consuming classes that require expensive travel, money and time. Today technology has radically enhanced the ability of companies to connect with their employees and customers. For e.g. every organization, big or small hires interns and temps … Continue

13 Jun 2012

Has classroom-based training had its day?

Picture a traditional classroom with rows of students and a knowledgeable expert at the front of the room. It is becoming increasingly difficult for people to find the time away from their work to attend such trainings. Moreover the expert isn’t available when you get stuck with something later. Ergo, there is no long-term shared … Continue