Today we are witnessing the steady adoption of technology training solutions by America’s business community. With the emergence of e-Learning, business and industrial corporations are beginning to make significant investments in the many advantages offered by multi-sensory training.

Yes, there are still some “covered wagon” holdouts — organizations that stubbornly hold onto the old lecture/textbook classroom instruction. Fortunately, there are fewer and fewer of them — organizations that remain blind to the fact that close to half of their workers do not comprehend anything written above a 4th grade reading level.

So, what force separates the winners from the losers in today’s marketplace?

The same force that has shaped survivors throughout history — change!

Since the beginning of time, it has been those who have learned to adapt to change that have prospered.

A successful company needs managers and planners who can grasp the potential associated with the changes taking place both within, and outside, the organization — and, then, be able to utilize that potential to accomplish company goals.

And, a successful company needs skilled employees at many levels to implement changes, operate new technologies, and keep systems operating.

There is no longer a question of whether to train. Today, the question is how to provide training that is both effective and efficient. And, all the answers point toward the use of multi-sensory learning (rooted in full-motion video and optional word-for-word audio) as the centerpiece in effective instruction.

Training should be results-oriented. It starts with a company’s goals and works through the organization to define and construct a system that delivers the desired results.

Selecting a quality training program requires both knowledge of content and an understanding of how to communicate that content to a workforce that has grown up in a media-based learning culture. There is no longer any doubt. If it’s not multi-sensory based, you’re missing the window of opportunity.

As we noted in the first paragraph, technology training has evolved and the result has been a renewed focus on learning rather than on an insistence to remain wedded to the old lecture/reading classroom instruction. What works now is dramatically different than what most of us encountered when we began our own education many years ago.

The new learning technologies are here to stay. Ignore these advances in training and you will be left behind. Worse still, your organization and its employees may never catch up.

More on Tuesday – – –

— Bill Walton, Founder, ITC Learning
www.itclearning.com/blog/ (Tuesdays & Thursdays)
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