Friday, April 26, 2013

What Is Conceptual Training?

A good friend asked me to send him my thoughts on "conceptual training," and to include three examples of effective conceptual training. Here is what I sent him:

1: Conceptual training is that which focuses on the theory (concepts) rather than practical application of concepts. A conceptual training event must be carefully targeted to deliver the right training to the audience. You have to clearly identify and iterate your training objectives to match the audience's training needs and expectations.

2a: Lecture presentation, followed by discussion (synchronous, then asynchronous)

2b: Reading and/or video assignment, followed by discussion (synchronous, then asynchronous)

2c: Role-play scenario, followed by discussion (synchronous, then asynchronous)

As you can see, I'm a big fan of student discussion as an integral part of the learning process. Live discussions, followed by online discussions are proven to greatly enhance learning and retention.

My friend didn't tell me this, but I bet he's angling for a new job. Good luck, George! Don't forget us little people!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

CIA's Social Networking Tools

A panel of Social Media Experts discusses various well-known Social Networking tools that the CIA is using to spy on us. Fact or fiction?

Thursday, April 11, 2013

"We Have Lost Our Republic…"

"All of us must act to get it back."

There is a corruption at the heart of American politics, caused by the dependence of Congressional candidates on funding from the tiniest percentage of citizens. That's the argument at the core of this blistering talk by legal scholar Lawrence Lessig. With rapid-fire visuals, he shows how the funding process weakens the Republic in the most fundamental way, and issues a rallying bipartisan cry that will resonate with many in the U.S. and beyond.

Lawrence Lessig has already transformed intellectual-property law with his Creative Commons innovation. Now he's focused on an even bigger problem: The US' broken political system.

"The Second Amendment is only about hunting…"

Said no informed American ever.

Tuesday, April 09, 2013