Creativity Techniques – Brainwriting – Rapid Idea Generation

Creativity Techniques – Brainwriting – Rapid Idea Generation

Individual brainstorming sometimes loses out on the “chain-reaction” that group brainstorming thrives upon. Brainwriting is a technique that has the benefits of both. Let us start with a brief introduction to the structure and process of Brainwriting. Remember that brainwriting quite like brainstorming focuses upon generating quantity and not quality. Here’s what you’d be doing to organize a successful...

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Sloth & Froth Comics – Teamwork Training and Decision-making.

Sloth & Froth Comics – Teamwork Training and Decision-making.

Sloth is found on the bank of a river – bound and unconscious… Morale of the Story: Every once in a while, you’ll bump into an audience that is smarter than you are.       Blog this! Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Buzz it up Share on Linkedin Share via MySpace share via Reddit...

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Creativity Techniques – Brainstorming – Group vs. Individual!

Creativity Techniques – Brainstorming – Group vs. Individual!

What is Brainstorming? It is one of the techniques that organizations use to generate fresh or “creative” ideas. A brainstorming session generally consists of the following activities on part of the organizers: Manage to get people together in a room, if possible, of their free will. Prepare problem statement and the required props. Record the minutes of the meeting...

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e-learning for Corporate Skill-building – The Possibilities

e-learning for Corporate Skill-building – The Possibilities

We all know that in the long run e-learning is less expensive. It is less expensive because of the following reasons: Multiple Roll-Outs No Distribution Costs Reduced Trainer Time Reduced Trainee Time Standardization of Quality I accept it, you accept it, and we all accept it; so let us set it aside, and look at what else e-learning can...

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The IDEAL – Topic: Criterion Referenced Instruction (CRI)

The IDEAL – Topic: Criterion Referenced Instruction (CRI)

Criterion-referenced instruction is built around the premise that a learner should be able to fulfill the criterion of meeting the learning objective. So it focuses upon designing a training program or a course in a way that it enables all the learners to achieve a specific level of skill or meet the pre-defined learning objectives. The concept of criterion-referenced...

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Comic Strip/Cartoon – Sloth & Froth – Sloth attends an awesome Train-the-Trainer Program, but…

Comic Strip/Cartoon – Sloth & Froth – Sloth attends an awesome Train-the-Trainer Program, but…

Sloth has returned from an intensive Train-the-Trainer (TTT) program on “How to Design Effective Trainings for a Diverse Audience.”  He appears to be a happy, satisfied learner. The question is – is he? ID/Training Terminology Used in the Comic Strip: TTT Program: Train-the-Trainer Program WIIFM: An acronym for “What is in it for me?” First made popular by Robert...

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Flash Fiction – Coffeebeans’ Dilemma – A Micro-story about the Challenges of Behaviorism

Flash Fiction – Coffeebeans’ Dilemma – A Micro-story about the Challenges of Behaviorism

Why won’t she learn, wondered Coffeebeans. I must’ve gone wrong somewhere. She sat down to think some more. Froth, the woman who had adopted her, appeared to be nice. She cared for her. She fed her the best food, and got her the best accessories, yet she failed to understand the basics. Coffeebeans had tried Classical Conditioning and then...

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An Instructional Analysis of the Short Story, “When Life Comes a Full Circle.”

An Instructional Analysis of the Short Story, “When Life Comes a Full Circle.”

Adult Learning Principles and Keller’s ARCS Model of Learner Motivation Before you begin, read the Short Story “When Life Comes a Full Circle”. Adult Learning Principles The three adult learning principles (Please refer Knowles’ Andragogy) that shine bright in the story are: Immediate Need, Application Orientation, and Collaborative Learning. Vicky experienced an immediate need to learn about the historical...

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Corporate e-Learning – Mythology, Ideology, and Reality

Corporate e-Learning – Mythology, Ideology, and Reality

The last two decades saw many organizations jump on the e-learning bandwagon expecting  that it would help set them on a fast track towards their goal of training cost reduction. We all know that training departments have traditionally been seen as “overhead departments” or departments that incur costs but do not “directly” contribute to revenue generation. The training department’s...

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The IDEAL – Topic: Constructivism

The IDEAL – Topic: Constructivism

Constructivism, a theory by Jean Piaget, explains the process of learning as a highly personalized experience, in which a learner forms or constructs one’s own interpretations of any new event, which are based on prior experiences. According to Constructivism, you learn anything new either through assimilation – adding the new information to the existing schema (when the new information...

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