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Strategies For Success: Onboarding Games and Simulations

Training magazine taps 2013 Training Top 125 winners and Top 10 Hall of Famers to provide their learning and development best practices in each issue. Here, we look at onboarding games and simulations and social learning strategies.

The Tech Factor

In this fourth installment of the Skills Gap series, we look at how technology can help bridge skill gaps, available technologies and how to choose the right ones for your organization, and how to determine the training budget for these technologies.

How-To: Conduct CBT for a 
Non-Computer-Based Workforce

By Stephen Evans, Director, Training, Cardon Outreach, LLC From 1996 to 2012, employees at the Tooele Chemical Agent Disposal Facility (TOCDF) in Stockton, UT, worked to destroy the nation’s largest stockpile of chemical weapons. Due to the nature of our work, we had a significant training footprint, which included a series of technical operator training; compliance or regulatory training; and dozens of courses on safety, health, environmental, and security-related topics.

Training Today: 5 Gamification Pitfalls

By Whitney Cook, Account Manager, Inward Strategic Consulting (http://www.inwardconsulting.com) Top companies all over the worldare adopting gamification into their core business strategies in order to drive engagement for employees, customers, and partners. But there are some unexpected pitfalls. Here are the Top 5 to watch out for

World View: Focus on Egypt

By Jean Abinader, Senior Associate, Global Dynamics Inc. Egypt’s future at the center of regional Arab and European business activity based on its large domestic market and critical geographic position is in transition. Although the Muslim Brotherhood-led government is bullish on business, there is a vocal minority distrustful of Western companies with previous regime connections.

Have You Achieved Your 2013 Goals?

By Jason W. Womack, MEd, MA We’re about to start the fourth quarter of 2013, and I need to ask: Are the goals you set at the beginning of the year on track for success?  The other day I was on the phone with one of my mentors and he told me, "You need to build more pauses in your life."

Best Practices: Flipping the Classroom

By Neal Goodman, Ph.D., President, Global Dynamics, Inc. Is it possible to provide the learning and development that usually would take place in a classroom environment and flip it so the content is provided before the class ever meets? The value of classroom instruction is the spontaneity and serendipitous learning that cannot be replicated in an online e-learning classroom. But it is possible to use online tools for their maximum benefit and still retain the value of interpersonal interaction.

Training Today: Social Media for Leaders

Development DimensionsInternational, Inc. (DDI) recently surveyed 181 HR executives to learn more about how they were using social media for leadership development. The survey revealed that about one-half of responding organizations are not yet using social media as part of their leadership development initiatives. And those who are utilizing tools aren’t using them in a blended manner.

Learning Matters: Digital Darwinism

By Tony O’Driscoll, Executive Director, Duke Corporate Education

Learning Just in Time

By Bruce Tulgan How does anyone learn faster than the accelerating obsolescence curve nowadays? “Just in time,” of course, fueled by the latest and greatest technology:

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