After decades of pushing bachelor’s degrees, U.S. needs more tradespeople

WorkersThe United States has 30 million jobs that pay an average of $55,000 per year and don’t require a bachelor’s degree, according to the Georgetown center. People with career and technical educations are actually slightly more likely to be employed than their counterparts with academic credentials, the U.S. Department of Education reports, and significantly more likely to be working in their fields of study.

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Learning Never Ends

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E-book or real books? Why not both!

Today’s tip is obvious to most of you: Learning never ends. And reading is one of my favorite ways to learn.

I’m a voracious reader, and while I own a lot of eBooks (perfect for travelling), I find I prefer my non-fiction books to be real, physical books. My collection of books on learning and training design is ever increasing—because, hey, you can never have too much knowledge—or books!

When I go to learning conferences, I love to scan all the books on instructional design, research on learning and brain science, and the latest on design tools. So of course, when I see other instructional designers post their list of books I have to check them out—how many do I already have (a little validation never hurts) and (oooh shiny!), that looks like a good one, maybe I need to order that one too.

So be warned, I will be posting a few book reviews in the coming weeks, but until then, check out this list 40+ Books from an instructional designer, Christy Tucker.

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Mid-West and Eastern Multi-regional WIOA Employment and Training Conference

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Our President, Terri Leisten, will be presenting with local Oklahoma Project Directors, Tom Summar and Kyle Smith at the National Indian and Native American Employment and Training sponsored Mid-West and Eastern WIOA Regional Employment and Training Conference through the American Indian Centers of Arkansas November 6-8, 2017. Workshop sessions include Dynamic Futures for WOIA Youth, Hiring Your Dream Team, and Leveraging Technology to Better Serve WIOA Customers.

More information about the conference can be found here.

OLC Accelerate

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DWI Team Members, Gena Leisten and Sharon Calvin, are presenting at the Online Learning Consortium Accelerate Conference November 15-17 in Orlando, FL!

The OLC Accelerate conference is devoted to driving quality online learning, advancing best practice guidance and accelerating innovation in learning for academic leaders, educators, administrators, online learning professionals and organizations around the world.

More information about the conference can be found here.

 

Barrier-Free Design

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One of the most important questions instructional designers need to answer when developing online courses is: Do we design barriers that create disabilities?

As we design our online courses we take care not to create barriers to learning. What if I want to review an online course while I’m on a WIFI-enabled plane but forgot my headphones? Shouldn’t I be able to disable the sound and still access and learn all the material? What if I have limited vision and have a difficult time reading that script text that you thought made the otherwise boring list look more engaging? Do these thoughtless designs create barriers for learners?

Dynamic Works is looking at their course designs with an eye toward usability for all. We are ensuring users can navigate through lessons without a mouse. Audio narration can be turned off or on, and closed captioning or text of the narrated lessons is always available. Alternate text labels describe images and graphs for screen readers and we can provide accessible PDF documents of course scripts if needed.

Along with our goal to avoid barriers, we want our courses to be easy to navigate and understand. Buttons and hyperlinks should be easy to spot and just as easy to use. We make sure to define terms and acronyms and use headings and titles for our onscreen text. When appropriate, we combine shapes with color to distinguish differences, such as a green checkmark or a red X.

Do you, or your users, have a special need? Contact Dynamic Works Institute to discuss how we can remove barriers to your learning!

3 Reasons Why You Need To Use Scenario-Based Learning For Sales Training

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Scenario-Based training has proven time and time again to produce greater customer satisfaction and an increase in sales. Check out this article to see why you need to use scenario-based learning for your sales training.

Ayesha Habeeb Omer, Ph.D – (2017, October 5). Article: 3 Reasons Why You Need To Use Scenario-Based Learning For Sales Training. Retrieved from elearningindustry.com