Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Dr. Faulkner: Training in the World of Work


I’ve quoted previously from the publication Training.  I subscribed to this magazine several years ago and continue to receive it because I believe there are many similarities between what corporate trainers do and what we do as educators.  It also provides insight into what is happening in the work world where our students will be functioning.  Here are some insights from the Sept/Oct issue:

-“On the delivery front, not surprisingly, online SAP (Systems, Applications, and Products) training now is the most common type of training with a combined total of 37 percent. . . . Traditional instructor-led classroom training continues on a downward trend with 28 percent. . . . which supports the idea that as more people gravitate toward the online space for information gathering, they also are using digital media to further their professional training.”

-“In terms of preference for SAP training, more than 60 percent of respondents said they prefer online SAP training to all other forms of SAP training.”

-“Most smartphone users check their phones a whopping 150 times a day, 100 hours of video per minute are uploaded to YouTube and tablet shipments surpassed desktop PCs, and notebooks in the fourth quarter of 2012. . . .”

-“Some 61.5 percent of organizations built their training programs based on specified competencies . . . “

-“The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) uses a virtual world developed by BreakAway Ltd. to improve financial auditors’ risk assessment skills.”

-“When the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago move to new facilities in June 2012, it used a 3-D virtual simulation of the new hospital to help its staff and physicians learn their way around the multi-story building before they had to care for patients.”

These are just a few examples of how our students will need to function in the workplace once they complete their studies with us.  If students will need these skills to succeed, shouldn’t we be using them in the classroom?

-Dr. Jerry Faulkner

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