Today's Time Challenge for Training

Recently, Gena Taylor from maestro e-learning, interviewed me for her Training blog, Training Spotting (which is a nice take-off on the title of a UK film called Trainspotting).

In the structured interview that she conducted, Gena sought my perspective on the greatest challenges facing providers, and customers, of Training nowadays. In my view, that greatest challenge is Time. Here is an excerpt from the interview:

Gena: What have you found to be the greatest challenges in the training profession today?

Terry: Time is so precious, and in such short supply, that people do not have time for training. Even those who admit they really need the training, can’t break free to attend a class. Because of the time issue, as well as the issue of having workers deployed in many different locations, some companies are turning to e-learning as a solution. E-learning is an important new channel for delivering some types of training...

In this fast-paced world, people need to learn things on-the-fly when they need it. Training departments are seldom agile enough to turn on a dime like that. The answer? Informal learning. Self-directed learning that goes on at the work site, driven by the learner.

Training is going to be a mix of formal and informal. We need to re-think how we do training and develop new paradigms. For example, we need to move to workplace coaches who are there whenever you need them for on-the-spot learning.

To read the entire article, go here.

Posted by Terrence Seamon on Tuesday July 19, 2011.


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