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Training and skills development

Achieve a higher ROI in training interventions

Sibongile is a resource manager with a dilemma. She has to select one training initiative from a variety of training offerings from the HR department that will best enable her staff to perform better. The challenge here is that the HR department is not necessarily there to achieve a higher ROI for her unit, yet Sibongile’s performance bonus is directly linked to achieving higher returns. How does she tackle this challenge?


The classroom - learning's ICU?

When e-learning was initially implemented by managers, it was considered to be a classroom replacement medium. It took a while for the learning community to realise that a blend of all the types of learning media was the way to go.


South Africa’s learning technology trends

Tumi Maseko* works for a learning academy and has to develop training and learning materials. As the technologies of the 21st century mature and change - she has become the beneficiary of multiple approaches for the designing of learning experiences. With the convergence of informal and social media learning, combined with the explosion of smartphone and tablet use – the landscape for how she thinks about training and education has converged into a new frontier.


The balancing act continues

Last month I spoke of the balancing act of learning that most managers have struggled with in order to continually offer value to the organisation through focusing on both learning activities and concurrently, human performance activities. It was only whilst percolating on these thoughts that I realised that finding the balance is actually quite a strong theme in the daily life of the learning team that extends across the entire workplace learning and performance operation. This month, I will discuss the balance you have to find between making training a five star event with bells and whistles versus a learning opportunity that has just what is needed for learning to occur optimally, all within a specific organisational context.   


Developing e-skills for a knowledge based economy

With an e-government readiness rating of just 0.237, Africa lags behind the rest of the world considerably. As mentioned in the recent World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Competitiveness Report 2011-2012, "African economies must continue to develop economic environments that are based on productivity enhancements. This means keeping a clear focus on strengthening the institutional, physical and human capital prerequisites for a strong and competitive sector-led development."