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124 weeks ago, by James
Gamification
As we head towards the end of 2014 we can look back on some of the buzzwords that were predicted to be important this year.

Has anyone seen any evidence of 'Gamification' in training?
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127 weeks ago, by James
BYOD
'Bring Your Own Device' is becoming a buzzword in training. This may be an iPad or even a smartphone. mLearning is another current buzzword - mobile learning using your devices.

One the plus side people are intuitively connected to their own devices and they are potentially more likely to follow up on learning. The downsides include different platforms and unreliability; if people are told to BYOD and don't what is the effect?

Is mLearning viable?
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123 weeks ago, by Pj
The downside is that the variables increase and with that so does the risk. For example, if a device has a lot of apps and photos on it then it will perform less well than a cleaner device. If performance is an issue then it's not a good idea. You can scale back costs in training in all sorts of ways but sometimes you just have to ask if it's worth doing it at all if cost is such an issue.
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129 weeks ago, by John
Training and Wearable Tech
Wearable tech can measure a whole host of biological functions - heart rate, brain waves etc.

There must be an opportunity to measure the real-time engagement achieved during a training session to provide instant feedback to the trainer, showing instantly who is listening and interested and who is on the verge of falling asleep.

Imagine the potential hours saved by putting a stop to employees wasting their time ineffective training.

Even better idea: introduce it to school classrooms...
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123 weeks ago, by John
Good point, although too often participants go beyond the alpha state into full sleep. Perhaps your electric shock collar could also be employed to jerk them back into awareness?
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132 weeks ago, by James
Services sector provides hope this month
I get a bit fed up with the short term measurement thing that the media seems obsessed with. The Purchasing Managers Index 'jumped' from 59.1 in July to 60.5 in August which, apparently, confounded forecasts of a small retreat.

Small movements over short periods of time are utterly meaningless. One day of rain in a month of 20 working days might be accountable. Even so, you still get headlines like 'Services Sector Gives Hope'.

The only possible use of all of this is work for forecasters.
123 weeks ago, by John
Investigation, analysis and meaningful interpretation are too difficult and expensive to provide, especially considering that many consumers of media are drawn to surface level feelgood output which will confirm their hopes and aspirations...
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135 weeks ago, by James
Dry marker pens
This is my first repeated rant because it really does drive me up the wall. You stand at the flip chart, pen poised and start to write, only to find out that it's all dried out and doesn't work.

How hard is it to check this, particularly when you're charging £500 plus VAT room hire? It should be one of the things that hotel inspectors check when they give out star ratings.
129 weeks ago, by Jackie
Agreed. That's why I always take my own pens. Special big thick ones.

After attending a 'graphical visualisation' session, I now draw an outline around the edge of each flipchart page too. This 'frame' makes the content seem more important.
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136 weeks ago, by Pj
Be boring during the week
Eat well, sleep well and get plenty of exercise if you want to get the most out of a working week. Is this boring? Easier said than done?

This sort of thing is certainly a question of making sure that you create the right habits.

You've got the whole weekend for play, so why not be a bit boring during the week?
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140 weeks ago, by Pj
MTa Kit
Does anyone have experience of MTa Kit. It's the plastic kit that can be used for team building and other sorts of facilitated events.

I'd love to have a chat if you do. Contact me through my profile.
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141 weeks ago, by James
Let's hear it for yawning
Have you ever felt concerned when you see someone yawn while you're training? Dr Gordon Gallup, a psychologist at the University of Albany in New York says that yawning is a reflex action that cools the brain which helps us to remain alert. A study found that paratroopers often group yawn before a jump.

What about the contagious effect of yawning? Only around half of people are susceptible and that half are generally more empathetic.

So, there's a lot to suggest that yawning is a good thing.
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