October 24, 2016

Imagine a system where learners engage with clearly stated, performance-oriented goals, acquiring skills and knowledge that are relevant to real-life challenges.

In this system, designed to enable high performance, learners of all levels meet their objectives with the aid of flexible programs that accommodate varied learning styles and abilities.  Learners leave the system with all the necessary skills required by both a world-class workforce and as better educated citizens who can respond more intelligently to the never ending needs of a vibrant democracy.

This can be the face of American training and education — but only if we take advantage of the already-real advances technology has achieved.

And, that all depends.

Because, until both training and education can reverse their current emphasis on rote learning and, instead, refocus their attention on understanding and retention will we see that dream come true.

To fulfill that goal we must first comprehend the metamorphosis that has taken place in the new learning culture.

Brought to the forefront by the highly competitive global economy, the changes afoot can result in both opportunities and responsibilities for today’s best platform for learning — media-based training and education.

Media-based learning does indeed offer the world more potential than we have ever known.  Courseware providers that treat knowledgeably-designed media as another communication tool capable of delivering better retention and increased performance —- while, at the same time, is multi-sensory, measurable and more consistent —- is the key.

Advocates of better learning must acknowledge that today it is necessary to communicate with the learner’s senses through the effective application of video, graphic animations, gaming and simulations.

Plus, in all cases, optional word-for-word audio will be essential for a nation with so many less-than-fluent readers!

If they will do all that, they will discover that today’s leaners are best served by a media-based curricula.

Learning will, then, win!

And, so will those wise organizations that will experience marked increases in on-the-job performance and corporate earnings.

More on Wednesday –  –  –

    — Bill Walton, co-Founder, ITC Learning  (Mondays & Wednesdays)

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