We’ve all heard the expression, “Good ideas are a dime a dozen!”

And, so they are! But, too many of them prove of little value, simply because the premises behind them are not thoroughly examined. If the more important questions are not asked –- the more important answers are never found.

Therefore, it is not the “good idea” but the execution of a good idea that can bring results. Effective implementation is far more important to an organization than is “the good idea.”

Within training departments, success or failure of a good idea resides in the ability to understand, motivate, and adapt the learning initiatives to the workforce to-be-trained — and not in the technology!

Who are these people you’re asked to train? How do they best learn? What motivates them? Etc., etc.

Your training initiatives, if successful, must fit inside their dominant learning culture — and, today that learning culture is video and gaming-based.

E-Learning — the latest and greatest learning technology — is the current example of a good idea. Yet, why do more than 65% of learners never complete most e-Learning courses?

Because too many of our current e-Learning examples are not designed to match our modern learning culture. Most of the presently available e-Learning courseware fails to embed multi-sensory media (full motion video and optional word-for-word audio) within the content — but, instead, are built around words, sentences and paragraphs (i.e., converted PowerPoint presentations and adapted written procedures).

No wonder that most of the current e-Learning examples fail to do their job! PowerPoint presentations are not examples of training. At best, they are merely examples of information transferal. They are mostly bereft of learning and contribute little to retention.

Good ideas are a dime a dozen — we need to examine the premises upon which they are based.

More on Tuesday – – –

— Bill Walton, Founder
ITC Learning (Tuesdays & Thursdays)