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The Wisdom of Experience: Simplifying Complex Learning Targets

In recent months, I’ve been working on a project to redesign a national training program for bulk plant employees in the propane industry. The material is being written at an 8th grade reading level and, for the most part, the training content is pretty straightforward. It covers topics like filling and emptying propane containers, and federal codes and regulations as they relate to the training tasks.  And, of course, safety considerations…

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The Return of the (Digital) Native

In recent years, we’ve all heard a lot about digital natives.  These precocious youths, born after or during the general advent of digital technology, have an inherent understanding of its concepts in a way that their forebears cannot hope to achieve.  What’s more, they are beginning to use it at an increasingly young age – a recent study from the Joan Ganz Cooney Center and Sesame Workshop (producers of Sesame…

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Online Academy Helps to Keep Lectures Where They Belong: Out of the Classroom

Where do the most innovate ideas in learning come from?   Until recently, the debate over this question had two primary camps:  academia and corporate America. Now, there’s a third possible answer:  Khan Academy.  This YouTube-based learning environment was founded in 2004 by former Boston hedge-fund manager Salman Khan, and today contains more than 2,200 lectures on more than 100 topics (mostly math related). From a recent article at Knowledge@Wharton called…

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Moving from Teacher to Facilitator

As a leader and teacher in the classroom and online for over 15 years, I still face the challenge of making content “real” for learners. Even with the help of the newest technology tools to communicate and educate including social media, wikis, and Google, we still need to transform our ILT classrooms and training sessions into integrated blended learning environments. So how do you keep it real? Move from being…

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