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Written by Systems Go Wild!, Zerry Lanar, M. Ed Learning & Technology on Wednesday, 16 January 2019. Posted in Learning, Simulation

The Next Level of Intellectual Curiosity

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Thanks for stopping by! Visit the ZL Blog to gather intelligence from myself and other professionals. I will be posting ground breaking and thought provoking research open for discussion from serious professionals. Let's keep it professional to professional. Thanks

From Training to LEARNING

Written by Zerry Lanar, M. Ed Learning & Technology on Monday, 04 March 2019. Posted in Learning, Simulation

What type of instructor | trainer | professional are you?

From Training to LEARNING

Due to the dynamic environment of transit properties, resource utilization, and the training environment, it is difficult to schedule and maintain consistent and effective training. The safety –sensitive employees are not receiving critical defensive driver skills which has  compromised mandatory safety and compliance requirements. Furthermore, unsafe incidents and conflicts have increased due to sufficient skills in interpersonal relations and conflict resolution. Maintaining a consistent schedule for classroom, live, and virtual simulation instruction is effective in reducing or eliminating the number of preventable accidents and incidents . Jerram (1994) notes that "A branch of the U.S. Military estimated that their technicians’ ability to diagnose faults with helicopters increased by 90 percent after the adoption of simulation and multimedia training. Over a period of five years, they expected at least a 20-fold return on their investment.

Now this should sound sweet to any organizations ears. Or is it? There is a training method your agency should never use. I call it "Check list" training. For compliance, it is common to conduct training while neglecting learning. Somewhat of the cattle approach. "shuffle em in, shuffle em out, check off the list". Understanding, learning transfer, or class feedback? Well that's for people with too much  time on their hands. 

 So what does this accomplish except compliance? As an professional, you owe it to any person, group, or organization to give the best you. What is that best you? The best You in any profession is the professional with so much genuine concern for a person's success, that participant has an actual "learning experience". It's is the professional that is prepared and equipped with knowledge and strategy from private passion for learning. That's what separates the professional from the average. Are you a "Checklist Trainer (CLT)"? Checklist Trainers develop Checklist Employees (CLE). It may or may not be a new concept for some. Perhaps the symptoms of low morale, degraded performance, and high turnover are a result of CLT's. Lastly, CLT's eventually become CLM's, Checklist Managers, CLM's (Checklist Managers), CLD (Checklist Directors), and eventually CLCEO's (Checklist Chief Executive Officers).

The result? Bad organizational performance, poor communication, high turnover, poor financial management, low morale, and eventually catastrophe depending on the organizational type.

The solution? It's a simple lesson we learned as children. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Would you want a CLBS (Checklist Brain Surgeon). Ahh just did enough surgery on you to meet his time requirements. Of course not! Why would you do that to those that sit under your command? (as said in the military). Give the best you. Don't be lazy? Do avoid the hard or inconvenient task. A CLT can be the difference between death and life in some cases.



When Systems Go Wild!!

Written by Zerry Lanar, M. Ed Learning & Technology on Saturday, 05 January 2019. Posted in Learning, Simulation, Music

When Systems Go Wild!!

When Systems Go Wild!!

When Systems Go Wild”

     Many years ago, many of us migrated online learning to "Flash technology" platforms.  It offered so much flexibility and interactivity we couldn't stop using it in intros, test, quizzes, or just to be cool and flashy! Spin-offs of flash software made it easier and easier to look proficient. What seems like a present trend or standard can totally change from a moment of "basement inspiration". Looking at the new technology on the horizon is both exhilarating and promising.  For 2018 and beyond...."Technology is the extension, not the replacement of the mind'. Anyone that knows me, is sure of my unusual attraction to technology. It is fundamental to the present world we live and work in. Well, until it goes rogue. What is rogue technology? With the introduction of AI, machine learning, and many other cutting-edge solutions, it really isn't the technology, but our understanding (or lack thereof) of the implications of bad use. GIGO. We all heard of it before, garbage in, garbage out.

    Let's take it a step further. Intellectual garbage in, intellectual garbage out. Systems whether human or technology can be broken become inefficient in a few ways. When core system goes rogue, all the peripheral devices either fail to operate, take shortcuts, or operate very inefficiently. What happens when a wireless optical mouse has a weak battery (it's power management)? If you've ever experience this, it's a hit a miss deal. The cursor doesn't move as well, it stutters, fails to track (data), and creates more work. What if the optics (The Vision) is dirty and can't sense changes in position (times and seasons)? The mouse will basically stay where it is or randomly show up to do the job. It has no direction and a bad power supply. Similarly, staying true to your core work, values, and evaluating the systems and technology around you is priceless. I now make it a routine to turn off my systems and blow the dust out. I check the power and replace the batteries. I chose the mouse for a simple reason. When it doesn’t work it’s a nightmare. Technology is the extension of you. We all have a story but honestly look at the implications of keeping with the trend? They come, they go. Technology is not the replacement of the mind.  As much as it’s desired, technology can’t replace bad thinking, bad habits, or bad leadership. Technology can’t produce good decision based on bad data. The newest gadget or process can’t replace bad customer service. A great speech can’t get work done. “When Technology Goes Wild”, it is purposeful. Technology is amoral, you use it to map DNA, falsify records, or send flowers to a love one. It only obeys your command (-line-).

~Zerry Lanar~


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