Using Technology to Improve Employee Training

by Allacyn - Feb 23, 2011


Whether you are an employer or employee, think of your workplace – you probably have computer programs that make your job much easier. Maybe you use Microsoft Word to create letters and proposals, or maybe you use Google Docs to collaborate and share documents between your various offices. Technology is often implemented to make work more efficient, but what about decreasing the time between the hiring and starting work? What about the training?

Training can be difficult to find time to do in the workplace. When you get hired at a new job, they hired you because there was a position that needed to be filled, which means often times they need you to start right away. This can sometimes make it difficult to find time for training. That’s where a flexible, training program that is available 24/7 comes in.

(By the way, LearnKey’s online training platform is being implemented in businesses and schools all over the world – check out learnkey.com to see what we have to offer!)

In an article by Margery Weinstein “Technology Keeps Training on Track” she discusses the challenges a retail store faced with training employees. The main challenge was the amount of time available to train. This was solved by implementing a training program that was available online all the time, and the lessons were divided into short modules of 5-10 minutes. This new program proved to be more successful for the retail company.

So, think of your workplace again – you’re currently using various technologies to make your work easier. Where else could changes be made? Could your business benefit from an online training program?


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Laws Against Bullying Put Pressure on Schools

by Allacyn - Feb 15, 2011


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More than 42 states have laws against bullying and many other states are working on legislature, putting pressure on schools and teachers to address these issues and start programs to prevent bullying. The fact is that the change has to take place at the school level and that starts by educating students.

Bullying is serious and it can lead to a lot of serious problems in schools. Bullying has been attributed as the root of suicides, school shootings, and many other violent actions. There have been a lot of high profile cases lately dealing with bullying in schools and this has also added to the pressure being put on schools to make changes and make them now.

If you are interested in this topic or your school is looking for resources to help stop bullying, LearnKey does have training courses available. If you would like a 5 day free trial of our Bullying: You Don’t Have to Take it Anymore course, just fill out this quick form and we will get you set up within the next couple of weeks.


College for All?

by Allacyn - Feb 09, 2011


A recent article by Catherine Gewert, Harvard Report Questions Value of ‘College for All’ featured in Education Week discusses a major issue in the American Educational System. In the report that was released by a group of Harvard Scholars, they point out that education is too focused on classroom-based academics with four-year college as a goal. The fear is that this is not serving all students – some have different needs and skills that a traditional education doesn’t cover.

In the report they looked to European systems of vocational education, arguing that we need this in America. This would include providing apprenticeships, internships, and involving employers more. This would also include career counseling from earlier on, and allow students to focus on a particular area of interest. This change is also being called upon because of job forecasts that show there will be a gap between jobs available that require associates degrees or vocational training, and the number of people who acquire training and associates degrees to fill those jobs. Basically, schools will be preparing people for the real world by taking the traditional route, while the real world will have a lack of people who are prepared for the job needs that are available.

I think this change makes complete sense; we all excel at different things, and we don’t all fit into the same box. So to try and force everyone to take the four year college route doesn’t seem logical. I think the way things have been going, we have been neglecting students who might have talents and interests in other areas. What do you think about this proposed change in education? Could we be missing out on educating many students because they don’t fit into the mold? Or is the traditional education system a tried and true method because it works the best?


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JavaScript Fundamentals Course Available!

by Allacyn - Feb 03, 2011


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If you read the recent post about Dice.com’s jump in ITIL requests, you should definitely finish reading this. JavaScript skills requests jumped by 98% to nearly 7,919 postings. In a recent article on Dice they talked about how there were 1,100 positions availble for people with JavaScript experience in the Silicon Valley alone.

If you are looking for a new career path to follow, with so many positions available, this may be the one! LearnKey has just released our newest JavaScript Fundamentals Course – for more information visit the product page at www.learnkey.com/js_fundamentals.


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The New and Improved OnlineExpert v6

by Allacyn - Feb 01, 2011


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LearnKey is proud to unveil our newly remodeled learning platform, OnlineExpert v6. We listened to all of the great feedback you gave us and after countless hours of hard work we have finished the remodel. The process began with the idea of making a few additions to OnlineExpert and then it morphed into a full remodel. Of course we kept the strong fundamentals characteristic of OnlineExpert, but added to it to make it even better. Hopefully you join us in our excitement!

It has always been a top poriority for us to create and maintain a learning platform that serves your needs and provides you with an enriched learning experience.

To accomplish this some great new features have been added:

  • One click to training functionality designed to simplify the navigation process
  • A new, user friendly dashboard
  • Expandable training view capability
  • A redesigned GUI

To tour the new features visit onlineexpert.com/v6 – a site built to showcase the new version and explain any questions you might have. You will also find contact information for LearnKey representatives in case your question is not answered in one of our resources.

To view the press release about the launch of OnlineExpert v6, click here


Moving Sideways Instead of Up?

by Allacyn - Jan 20, 2011


Companies are having to be creative these days in order to keep employees engaged and excited about doing their jobs. One way to accomplish this is to move employees around laterally. For example you discover that one of your sales representatives has a passion for and past experience in marketing and would like to move to that department when an opening becomes available. This kind of movement can be benficial for both employee and employer; employees feel greater satisfaction for what they are doing and employers retain their talent.

In an article Lattice vs. Ladder in Human Resource Executive author Maura C. Ciccarelli points out that “It’s all about retention and engagement. Lateral moves have become the new ladder to success.” Here are some suggestions if your organization wants to implement a “lattice” model.

  • Help employees build profiles that include their interests, hobbies, experience, and education.
  • Keep an ongoing conversation going with employees about their goals professionally and personally.
  • Look at the technology that is available to help develop these programs.
  • Make sure the managers and employees work together for the greater good of the organization as a whole and not just their departments.
  • Help employees build an individualized career plan that fits their goals and meets their needs.
  • Work to change your companies culture from ‘moving up’ to ‘moving around’.
  • Direct employees to resources available to them to meet their goals.
  • Be patient. This kind of change will take time.

Do you like this idea of moving around as a way to feel successful? Think about your workplace – are there other departments you would be interested in working in?


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20 Dying Technologies

by Allacyn - Jan 18, 2011


These days, It seems like there are new advances in technology every day – and then the next day there is another one making the one before it obsolete. Bloomberg Businessweek recently came up with a list of 20 dying technologies and some were very surprising. Read the list below and let me know what you think. Are these technologies really going to die? How long will it take for them to become completely obsolete?

Combustion engines

Oil spills, rising gas prices, pollution – all reasons for a push for new, cleaner technology. There have been a lot of options that have been played with as replacements for combustion engines. One of these taking off will require the infrastructure to support the idea – think charging stations instead of gas stations!

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Top Tech Questions at Your Holiday Gathering

by Allacyn - Dec 23, 2010


If you are the go to tech person in your family, you might be dreading the upcoming holiday gatherings because you will undoubtedly be cornered by a few of your family members about their technology questions. I recently read an article “How to survive Holiday Family Tech Support”, that is a survival guide for the tech questions you will be asked at your family gatherings.

The questions you will get will most likely be very vague, and without more information you will not be able to give good answers. Here are a few of the common problems you will encounter:

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How to Delegate

by Allacyn - Dec 17, 2010


I came across an interesting article “The Right Way to Delegate Your Next Big Project” by Mike Michalowicz about delegation and I wanted to share with you some of the tips to make you a successful delegator.

Delegation is something we all have to do whether it is at home or at work and well we don’t always do it successfully. For example I often delegate household chores to my husband, but often times I find myself frustrated with the outcome or taking over completely because I have a hard time letting go of control.

We struggle with delegation because it means letting go of something we will still be held responsible for, but if done right delegation can mean accomplishing a lot more and giving each project the time and effort it requires. Here are the tips-

Champion

Find one person you trust to assign the project to. Make sure this project will be the only big project on their plate. Let your champion have room to make decisions related to this project.

Reward

Offer a reward. This will provide additional motivation and incentive to make the project a success.

Publicize

Make it public that you are assigning this task to your champion. This shows your support for your champion and the project, lets other people know who to turn to, and motivates because everyone will know who is responsible if project fails. Always point people back to your champion.

Do you have any personal examples of how you delegate? What about when a lack of delegation resulted in a project not going as planned? Tell us your stories in the comments!


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Project Based Learning Gains Momentum

by Allacyn - Dec 10, 2010


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Although you might still recall feelings of dread when you were told that you had to work together with a group of peers on a project for a class assignment, they are the projects you remember the most. In the fourth grade I worked with a group of my classmates on a book report and although I dreaded the task before, I had a lot of fun completing the assignment and I still remember exactly what it was about. This leads me to believe in the idea of project based learning for students.

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