Today’s Many Training Options

There should be an image here!If you’re thinking about taking some sort of training, you have many different options to consider. From classroom training to job shadowing, there is sure to be an option that best meets your learning requirements and schedule. So let’s take a look at some of the many training options that are available.

  • On-the-job training — this may be in the form of job shadowing or coaching, both formal and informal.
  • Self-paced, e-learning — many companies specialize in e-learning and offer hundreds of courses to choose from. The nice thing about e-learning is that it is usually self-paced so you can work at your own pace when time permits.
  • Training books written by experts — don’t rule out books and manuals as a form of training. For some people, reading a book is their preferred way to learn. Many books now come with CDs that offer additional learning tools such as simulations.
  • Online simulations — many Web sites offer online simulations where you can gain practical experience as you work through lab simulations.
  • Classroom training — you always have the option of taking short workshops which are anywhere from one to five days in length. There are many training vendors out there who offer short training courses recognizing that many people cannot be away from work for more than two or three days.
  • Extended training — Most universities and colleges offer training in the evenings and on weekends. These courses tend to last several weeks or even several months.

[Photo above by Joshua Rappeneker / CC BY-ND 2.0]

Using Virtual Communities To Enhance Learning

There should be an image here!Organizations with their own internal social networks can use the technology in many different ways to enhance the professional development of staff. One way is to create virtual communities of learning for key training programs. The virtual communities become almost like extensions to the training programs.

So what would staff do within a community of learning? If you built a virtual community around a specific training program/course, individuals participating in the training could use the community to engage in dialogue and discussion with peers about any pre-work that needs to be completed in advance of the training. More importantly, after the training, participants can continue to discuss their learning, share ideas and real experiences as they relate to the training, and discuss practical application their learning. In some cases, this is where the real learning happens.

[Photo above by Joshua Rappeneker / CC BY-ND 2.0]

Today’s Many Training Options

There should be an image here!If you’re thinking about taking some sort of training, you have many different options to consider. From classroom training to job shadowing, there is sure to be an option that best meets your learning requirements and schedule. So let’s take a look at some of the many training options that are available.

  • On-the-job training — this may be in the form of job shadowing or coaching, both formal and informal.
  • Self-paced, e-learning — many companies specialize in e-learning and offer hundreds of courses to choose from. The nice thing about e-learning is that it is usually self-paced so you can work at your own pace when time permits.
  • Training books written by experts — don’t rule out books and manuals as a form of training. For some people, reading a book is their preferred way to learn. Many books now come with CD’s that offer additional learning tools such as simulations.
  • Online simulations — many Web sites offer online simulations where you can gain practical experience as you work through lab simulations.
  • Classroom training — you always have the option of taking short workshops which are anywhere from one to five days in length. There are many training vendors out there who offer short training courses recognizing that many people cannot be away from work for more than two or three days.
  • Extended training — Most universities and colleges offer training in the evenings and on weekends. These courses tend to last several weeks or even several months.

[Photo above by Joshua Rappeneker / CC BY-ND 2.0]

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Using Virtual Communities To Enhance Learning

There should be an image here!Organizations with their own internal social networks can use the technology in many different ways to enhance the professional development of staff. One way is to create virtual communities of learning for key training programs. The virtual communities become almost like extensions to the training programs.

So what would staff do within a community of learning? If you built a virtual community around a specific training program/course, individuals participating in the training could use the community to engage in dialogue and discussion with peers about any pre-work that needs to be completed in advance of the training. More importantly, after the training, participants can continue to discuss their learning, share ideas and real experiences as they relate to the training, and discuss practical application their learning. In some cases, this is where the real learning happens.

[Photo above by Joshua Rappeneker / CC BY-ND 2.0]

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Training Roadmaps For Office 2007

If you’re responsible Office 2007 training, you may be interested in Microsoft’s Office2007 training roadmaps. Each roadmap shows you what online courses are available for each Office application and what each course covers. You can use the roadmaps to map out a path to efficiently and effectively develop the necessary skills.

Furthermore, although each course is available online, you can download shorter PPT versions of some courses and use them as training material for users.

The Office 2007 training roadmaps are available here.

Training Roadmaps For Office 2007

If you’re responsible Office 2007 training, you may be interested in Microsoft’s Office2007 training roadmaps. Each roadmap shows you what online courses are available for each Office application and what each course covers. You can use the roadmaps to map out a path to efficiently and effectively develop the necessary skills.

Furthermore, although each course is available online, you can download shorter PPT versions of some courses and use them as training material for users.

The Office 2007 training roadmaps are available here.

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Want To Fly A Drone? Get A College Degree In UAV

The University of North Dakota is now offering a 4 year degree in UAV technology.  UAV [unmanned aerial vehicles] also known as drones are being used by both the military and civilian use for such things as monitoring the weather. UAV’s such as the Predator and Reaper are gaining in popularity by the military for counter insurgency use. The UAV industry is expected to explode to about $10 billion in the next decade, and pilots will be at a premium.

In a recent news article it also stated that:

A decade ago, there were about 50 UAVs in service; today there are more than 2,400. Civil and commercial applications include weather monitoring, private security, border monitoring, search and rescue and perhaps someday even cargo delivery and other service-oriented tasks.

A tech-savvy generation of students is stepping up to fill a pilot shortage in the field, and if things continue on their current course, in four years time the program’s first graduates should find themselves quite employable. That is, at least until the drones become autonomous.

For those who are looking for a future job that will be in high demand, taking a course in UAV could reap many future benefits. A generation of texting youth could find this an exciting job since controlling the drones can be done any where around the world from any location right here in the U.S.

So what do you think? Are you a potential pilot for drones>

Comments welcome.

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India Now Outsources Its Own Outsourcing

Are you a recent college graduate and looking for some additional programming training? Well many are now heading to India for a six months and then returning to the US. India is now a world model of outsourcing and other countries are standing in line to get their people trained from what may be considered the worlds best. Here are some of the finer points as presented in an article by TheStar.com:

MYSORE, India–Thousands of Indians report to Infosys Technologies’ campus here to learn the finer points of computer programming. Lately, though, fair-skinned foreigners have been roaming the manicured lawns, too. Many are recent college graduates from the United States, and some have even turned down job offers from employers like Google. Instead, they accepted a novel assignment from Infosys, the Indian technology giant: fly here for six months of training, and then return home to work in the company’s U.S. back offices.

India is outsourcing outsourcing.

One of the constants of the global economy has been companies moving their tasks – and jobs – to India. But rising wages here, a stronger currency, a demand for workers who speak languages other than English, and competition from countries looking to emulate India’s success as a back office – including China, Morocco and Mexico – are challenging that model.

Many executives here acknowledge that outsourcing will increasingly sprinkle tasks around the globe. Or, as Ashok Vemuri, an Infosys senior vice-president, put it, the future of outsourcing is “to take the work from any part of the world and do it in any part of the world.”

To fight on the shifting terrain, and to beat back their emerging rivals, leading Indian companies are hiring workers and opening offices in developing countries themselves, before their clients do.

It sounds like a great plan to me. What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Full article here.

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Garmin International ForeRunner 205 GPS Training Center – $151.19

There should be an image here!Check out Garmin’s next-generation, sleek and stylish line of personal trainers, the Forerunner 205 Portable Navigator. This taskmaster will continually push you to do your personal best.

In addition to its new look, the Forerunner 205 Portable Navigator includes a high sensitivity GPS receiver and new courses feature for optimal performance. It continuously monitors your speed, distance, pace and calories burned so you can train smarter and more effectively.

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Ubuntu – Hartley Style!

Man, I can hardly wait until tomorrow! As promised last month, I will be posting the first in a series of articles that will quite literally get you running Ubuntu or one of its derivatives like a pro. Stand back and be amazed as I introduce an Ubuntu-based distro that not only has the following installed by default: better wifi support than anyone else, the ability to beat down any .cab or .exe that is keeping you from using Ndiswrapper to extract hidden Windows Wi-Fi drivers, Flash 9 beta 2, every codec you would possibly need, and a real network manager (lacking by default in traditional Ubuntu), but does so with one simple installation.

UbuntuThen in an effort to nuke one of the biggest headaches when dealing with USB Headsets in Linux, I am going to share a home grown recipe that will allow you to take back control over multiple sound cards in Ubuntu Dapper Drake. Yup, remember those times when you were trying to toggle between that USB Headset and your on-board sound card, only to discover that nothing in your sound settings ever sticks? You head off to the forums, but all they tell you to do is hack your .asoundrc file!

Well guess what kids, I am going to show you how to create your own “clickable” switch to toggle “sudo asoundconf set-default-card” anytime you want – no rebooting required. It’s easy and it is coming up tomorrow.

Later on, I will show you where you can find any hardware imaginable including Wi-Fi cards, modems, all-in-one printers, Web cams, and a whole lot more – working out of the box, no excuses, no compiling, no BS.

Parental controls in Linux? With true GUI access? You had better believe it and I will be showing you how to install it in just a couple of very simple steps. And no, you do not need to change your Ubuntu distro “type” in order to do it, either.

Stay tuned!
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Week 4 With Vista RTM – Update

I continue to explore Windows Vista during week #4, again looking for features that are not available in other versions of Windows.

Tired of using your mouse and keyboard to create documents and emails? Would you like to create these documents and emails using voice commands? Well Windows Vista now offers Speech Recognition to increase your productivity. If you are like me, a two-finger typist, using voice is a godsend.

How it works. Speech Recognition supports multiple languages and includes a new human-sounding speech synthesizer. It kind of sounds like Hal from the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey – at least to me it does. But that just shows my age. Anyway, with Windows Vista’s Speech Recognition, you are taken through guided setups including an interactive training application that familiarizes you with key concepts and commands. This takes some time, so be patient.

One nice feature that I found was that during dictation you could fix incorrectly recognized words from a list of alternatives, similar to the spell check feature in some word processing programs. You also have the option to spell the word again when a mistake is made.

How well does it work? It’s hard for me to judge. I speak fairly fast and have a tendency to mumble some. At least that is what my wife says. So I am still playing with this new toy and may need some further implementation before I can pass judgment on this feature.

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