training and development in a recession

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on January 28, 2009 by ruyoung

in the midst of downsizing, layoffs, and stimulus packages the training industry needs a reminder of just how crucial the right kind of training is necessary to survive the current downturned economy.

the canadian management centre will host a free webcast titled training and development in a recession: what smart organizations do to survive in challenging times. 12:00pm to 1:00pm est.

the free webcast, promising prescriptive wisdom and proactive actions, will focus on:

  • Results of AMA and Ken Blanchard Company research on the effects of downsizing and the impact of training upon organization performance
  • “non-negotiable” skills/competencies that are critical to organization survival
  • Key insights into successfully managing through difficult change
  • Justifications for increased spending on training in lean times

though this is free, registration is required.

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training a large portion of federal budget

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on January 27, 2009 by ruyoung

the canadian federal budget was tabled by jim flaherty today. between training and employment insurance there is about $1.8billion earmarked, laid out as:

Enhancing the Availability of Training

Budget 2009 will create more and better opportunities for Canadian workers through skills development by:

  • Increasing funding for training delivered through the Employment Insurance program by $1 billion over two years.
  • Investing $500 million over two years in a Strategic Training and Transition Fund to support the particular needs of individuals who do not qualify for EI training, such as the self-employed or those who have been out of work for a prolonged period of time.
  • Providing $55 million over two years to help young Canadians find summer jobs.
  • Supporting older workers and their families with an additional $60 million over three years for the Targeted Initiative for Older Workers and expanding it to include workers in small cities.
  • Responding to skilled labour shortages with $40 million a year to launch the $2,000 Apprenticeship Completion Grant.
  • Providing $50 million over two years for a national foreign credential recognition framework in partnership with provinces and territories.
  • Investing an additional $100 million over three years in the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Partnership (ASEP) initiative, expected to support the creation of 6,000 jobs for Aboriginal Canadians.
  • Investing $75 million in a two-year Aboriginal Skills and Training Strategic Investment Fund.

now, the majority of that is for EI, which i won’t deny is necessary, however, they only program in this list that isn’t exactly new is the strategic training and transition fund. this is key so that self employed individuals and others who do not qualify for EI can get some support, and $500million is a fair chunk of change.

the entirety of budget has come under scrutiny by the members of the pending coalition government. the next few weeks will be key to whether this funding for training and small businesses will surface in time to make a difference in our economic slump – or at least a difference that doesn’t leave very deep scars.

making face time while learning

Posted in video with tags , , , , , , , on January 26, 2009 by ruyoung

though this advert is for the nokia nseries, the message is well appreciated.

it talks about how we’ve used various screens overtime to watch, entertain, learn, and play, and what that meant to us as social beings.

the power of mobile technology has allowed us to go back out into the world, and the power of mobile learning expands the classroom beyond brick walls to learn where we want to or need to.

for the better part of 3mos a local university has been on strike. the school year could be in jeopardy, and even if the school year is extended to allow the students to finish their studies appropriately, the summer jobs that these studens rely on could go by the wayside.

let me be clear that this post does not take any side of the issue other than the potential of education that the students are missing out on. this is not the place to debate who is right or wrong or what strike issues are most important. i hope the strike ends soon and learning resumes.

but what if it were a different scenario? what if there was an emergency at the school that shut it down for those same 3mos? or kept the instructors physically away for those 3mos for other positive reasons? what if mobile learning was in place so that the students could learn wherever they were and have it be accepted as part of their studies and credits, even if it was a brief interruption into the way things were supposed to be? i’m not talking about full e-learning courses, which are wonderful in their right, but rather the ability to switch from in-person analog learning seemlessly to streaming digital learning so that it would not only continue the learning process despite what is happening (or not happening) in the physical institution, but would exercise a lesson in preparedness for both students and faculty. students could still gather wherever they wanted (home, cafe, library, park) to learn from eachother while learning from an instructor. the learning stream becomes uninterrupted, the way i think it should be.

that’s the power of mobile learning.

training and development in lean economic times

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on January 21, 2009 by ruyoung

the canadian management centre announced today that they will be hosting a free webcast to address training in these lean economic times.

Training and Development in a Recession: what smart organizations do to survive in challenging times
Jan 28, 2009
12:00pm to 1:00pm EST

ken blanchard, scott blanchard, jim kirkpatrick, and edward t reilly will be poised to have a sincere conversation and q+a session to discuss the issues on every trainer’s mind.

What you’ll learn:

Join us for this energizing discussion which will focus on prescriptive wisdom and proactive actions, including:

  • Results of AMA and Ken Blanchard Company research on the effects of downsizing and the impact of training upon organization performance
  • “non-negotiable” skills/competencies that are critical to organization survival
  • Key insights into successfully managing through difficult change
  • Justifications for increased spending on training in lean times
  • And much more

this webcast is complimentary but registration are required. more info on the event listing.

meeting the demands of a new age

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on January 20, 2009 by ruyoung

“And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age.”

these words, spoken by us president barack obama in his inaugural speech, show hope for the future of education. with change comes possibility.

upcoming industry conferences (2009)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 19, 2009 by ruyoung

eek! i haven’t been blogging for a month due to the holidays, personal injury, family emergency, and job hunting, and then just as i was compiling this blog post, we were among the 100,000 people in toronto that lost power and heat thu night. now with power, here’s a list of upcoming industry conferences, including some great online events in the next few weeks:

google search for your school
jan 21, 2009
ONLINE

educon 2.1
jan 23-25, 2009
philadelphia, pa, usa (virtual attendance available)

2nd annual forum on e-learning excellence in the middle east
jan 26-29, 2009
dubai, united arab emirates

adult students: meeting market demands both online and in the classroom
jan 27, 2009
ONLINE

college & university performance conference 2009
jan 28-30, 2009
arlington, va, usa

designing a learner assisstance program for students with disabilities
jan 29, 2009
ONLINE

ten steps to building a successful retention and graduation program
feb 5, 2009
ONLINE

new learning technologies
feb 18-20, 2009
orlando, fl, usa

student symposium on african education: interrogating quality within the african context
feb 27, 2009
new york, ny, usa

mcgill 8th annual education graduate students’ society conference
mar 13-14, 2009
montreal, qc, canada

6th international conference on informatics, education technology and new media in education
mar 28-29, 2009
sombor, yugoslavia

elearning and software for education conference – else 2009
apr 9-10, 2009
bucharest, romania

teaching english in multilingual contexts: current challenges, future directions
apr 18-19, 2009
karachi, pakistan

theatre pedagogy: teaching the art form
apr 23-26, 2009
new york, ny, usa

engaged teachers, engaged learners
apr 29-may 2, 2009
edmonton, ab, canada

elearning africa 2009
may 27-29, 2009
dakar, senegal

solstice 2009 – it’s all in the blend? innovation, research and development: enhancing learning with technologies
jun 4, 2009
ormskirk, uk

8th international language & development conference
jun 23-25, 2009
dhaka, bangladesh

the 2009 international conference on e-learning, e-business, enterprise information systems, and e-government (eee’09)
jul 13-16, 2009
las vegas, nv, usa

the 2009 international conference on frontiers in education: computer science and computer engineering (fecs’09)
jul 13-16, 2009
las vegas, nv, usa

international conference on imagination and education
jul 15-18, 2009
vancouver, bc, canada

international conference on the role of universities in hands-on education
aug 24-29, 2009
chiang mai, thailand

knowledge, work and class
oct 22-24, 2009
detroit, mi, usa

the iasted international conference on global education ~ge 2009~
nov 2-4, 2009
cambridge, ma, usa

if anyone would like to guest blog from any of these events, please contact me.

professional development courses

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on December 17, 2008 by ruyoung

a few weeks back bschool.com posted a list of 100 free business and entrepreneurship courses from ivy league schools such as mit, columbia, and berkley. among them are:

these courses are a great place to start for general information, whether for professional development or to be well versed in various topics that may come up at the next neighbourhood mixer or an industry networking opportunity.