Adult Learners – Hidden Realities

This post is provided by guest blogger, Michele Cote, graduate student at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, MS in Training and Development program.

David Housel (2020) brought to light challenges some adult learners face that can be overlooked by educators. Although measures exist to help children with difficulties while they are in school, the same is not true for adults. Background, interruptions in Continue reading

eLearning, Strategy and Design

This post is provided by guest blogger, Brandon Rinker, graduate student University of St. Francis, MS Training and Development program

Omer (2016) begins by giving the basic definition of strategy.  She then transitions to strategy in pedagogical terms and its use in accomplishing objectives for a course.  As an instructor, clear goals need to be determined so actions can be applied to meet these Continue reading

Strategies to Remember

Provided by guest blogger, Stefanie Gardner, graduate student University of St. Francis, MS Training and Development program

A strategic approach to online teaching should be considered essential for a successful e-learning experience for both the instructor and learners.  Understanding different strategic approaches will allow the instructor to effectively create a learning Continue reading

Skillful Transition or Sinking Like the Titanic?

This post is provided by guest blogger, Sue Dumford, graduate student at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, MS in Training and Development program.

Teachers around the world have been thrown into the deep end with having to rush to put their classes online due to COVID-19. How can they use technology to survive this perilous transition and keep their head above water instead of sinking like a rock? In this article, Youki Terada (2020) discusses the SAMR Model of technology integration to help keep educators afloat. Continue reading

Social Media Framework for E-Learning

This post is provided by guest blogger, Angelica Brodeur, graduate student University of St. Francis, MS Training and Development program

There is notable interest in incorporating social media in higher education e-learning courses but there is currently little research detailing how social media can most effectively be integrated as a learning strategy. Recently, authors Mnkandla and Minnaar  (2017) documented their meta-synthesis on social media in e-learning through their peer-reviewed qualitative research approach of various e-learning articles. Continue reading

Your LMS is Keeping Score

This post is provided by guest blogger, Callie Surber, graduate student at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, MS in Training and Development program.

Sarah Fister Gale (2018) writes from the human resources perspective for many in-depth articles and reports for Workforce. Her sector report from 2018, “Your Training Program Is Not Enough” details the collective skills businesses need to implement within their learning management system (LMS) to ensure workers of all ages and skill level continue their learning in the workplace. Gale’s sector report highlights the fact that the LMS points employees to curated content in bite-sized chunks, but then the employees ultimately do not apply what they have learned. Maddening isn’t it? Continue reading

Holograms: Training and The Future of Education

This post is provided by guest blogger, Brandon Rinker, graduate student University of St. Francis, MS Training and Development program

Hologram or augmented reality (AR) is a computer-generated environment from real world surroundings.  Because of the design, it is helping educators and training instructors use this technology in the classroom and workplace environment.  Holograms can be used in the classroom to help students with all topics from history to science.  Continue reading

Online Learning Support

This blog post is provided by guest blogger, Carol Sheetz, graduate student in the online Master of Science degree program in Training and Development at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois.

The Association for Talent Development (ATD) reports that supporting online learning efforts is crucial to the success of the learner and the organization.  Learning and development administrators can support the learning initiatives in an organization by

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Testing That Matters

This post is provide by guest blogger, Dianna Doyle, graduate student at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois, MS in Training and Development program.

According to Phillips (2018) test questions can have a huge impact on the reputation and efficacy of a trainer and program. Questions that are too easy or give embedded clues are easily passed but when the test taker does not really measure up to expectations of competency the validity of instruction is questioned. Questions that are too difficult where few pass the test may lead to the shut down of programs since it would appear no learning actually took place even though time and resources were invested into the instruction. An instructor may know the content of a subject but may have very little to no training in creating test questions that truly measure if and what training took place.

Phillips (2018) recommends using Criterion-Referenced Test Development written by instructional design professors Sharon Shrock and William C. Coscarelli. Three test item statistics are discussed to evaluate the quality of test items: 1) difficulty index, 2) p-values, and 3) point-biserial correlation. To apply these statistics, you first need to create your test and then administer it to a group of at least 25-30 program participants.

The article defines and discusses each of these test item statistics as well as how to go about developing a quality test that measures up statistically as valid. This article and recommended resources would be an excellent tool for test designers and e-learning professors. This information should be incorporated into all programs training trainers and instructors. A quality measurement of such a course should include creating a test that meets the criterion outlined.

References

Phillips, K. (2018, August 1). Write test questions that actually measure something.

Association for Talent Development. Retrieved from https://www.td.org/insights/write-

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On-the-job training in the classroom: Authentic Assessments

This post is provided by guest blogger, George Skerritt, graduate student of the University of St. Francis, Joliet, Il., MS Training and Development program.

How many times is student achievement measured – with a test?  Isn’t there a better way?  Yes!  There is!  It’s called authentic assessment, which “measures not only what students have learned from course content, but also their ability to apply that knowledge

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