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98 - Rapid Development of Training Programs

1. Rapid Development of Training Programs: In a recent conference call with senior training managers at six large companies, the topic of speed of training program development became a hot issue. All six training officers placed rapid development at the top of their list for a needed change in capacity in their organizations. "We try to buy as much of our training from the marketplace as possible. When we develop our own training programs, the crunch is on. These are usually high profile and high need cases. I can't wait six months or even 12 weeks to get a solution. When will we get new models of curriculum development and tools to support rapid creation of high quality learning programs?" This was the summary perspective from the group.

When drilling down, it became clear that the group was looking for a stronger "template based model" of learning design. They wanted to be able to populate formats or form factors with their own content, developed using basic tools, close to the workplace. The other issue that came into focus was the desire to build an enterprise wide pool of content that could be drawn upon for specific training programs. There are lots of technologies that are targeting these aims and objectives, yet this group didn't see their frustration directly addressed by the current offerings on the marketplace. This is a prime issue for discussion within our industry. How do we create rapid development without giving away the quality of great instructional design?

2. Learning Quotation: Eric Hoffer: Today's quote is from Larry Ecton, Summit Electric Supply in Albuquerque, MN:

"In times of change, learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists."
- Eric Hoffer

3. Missing Prediction: Reader to the Rescue - When we posted our end of year prediction, my mind seemed to have lost its numbering function. We left out a number 4. Several readers caught the snafu, but one came to the rescue with a suggestion. Joel Courtemanche, from Lockheed Martin, suggested this prediction, which I fully support:

"I would like to suggest that INTEGRATED TRAINING SOLUTIONS serve as Prediction #4. As a Developer of Training, but also a Purchaser of Training, I believe that the trainers who integrate CBT with EPSSs (Electronic Performance Support Systems) all in a browser-based environment will be the ones that I will recommend we purchase. No longer will a developer just develop CBT, or convert paper to on-line format. I need that integrated solution. I believe the developer who offers an integrated solution will be offering me the relational or object oriented database that I desire so I can have many development teams using the same material instead of me paying each developer to create the same graphics that another development team has developed."

Thanks Joel!

4. Y2K is Already Here! One thought. Almost every software package that you use in 1999 is already using some 2000 dates. From financial to manufacturing software, the date of 1/1/2000 is already in widespread use. This does not mean that we won't have some mild to serious glitches in the months ahead, but let's not think that the first time a Y2K date is used is on New Years Eve.

5. Email Usage Survey Results: We have the results from the latest TRENDS poll on email usage. More than 1,600 readers responded. Highlights: Average emails received per day: 32. Time spend on email per day? Check out the results at

6. Miami to Host The Road to On-Line Learning LAB & Seminar: We are pleased to announce that the next Road to On-Line Learning LAB and Seminar will be held in the popular city of Miami, Florida. (Also the home of Dorothy Masie, my mom on the internet). We will be conducting this two day hands-on class there on Monday and Tuesday, March 3 and 4th. If you want to get a complete view of the steps that organizations need to take as they ramp up to on-line learning delivery, this is an ideal class - for details. (In addition, the class will head for a special South Beach Party on Monday night).

Upcoming MASIE Center Events: (Details at
* Skills for On-Line Trainers (Washington, DC - January 25 and 26)
* The Road to On-Line Learning LAB and Seminar - (Miami, FL - Feb. 8 and 9)
* Busine$$ of On-Line Learning Conference - (Seattle, WA - March 3 and 4)
* TechLearn '99 - (Orlando, FL - Oct. 31 to Nov. 3)

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