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We’ve all been behind drivers who fail to notice when a light turns green, even worse when it turns red,  or who cross several lanes of traffic, seemingly unaware of the squealing brakes in their wake. What might cause drivers to make these potentially deadly mistakes? Distractions.  According to the U.S. Department of transportation, 18% of traffic accidents in 2010 were all caused by distracted drivers.  Distractions are cited as a major cause of human error across many arenas. In 2009 the New York Times reported that a commercial pilot flew 150 miles past his destination. When asked by a controller about what happened, the pilot cited “cockpit distractions.” A study published by MedPage revealed that surgery residents committed eight times as many errors during simulated procedures when faced with realistic distractions than when they completed procedures without distractions. E-learning training programs and distraction…  As much as we might like to … Continue reading

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With so many organizations turning to e-learning to provide training, it’s easy to get caught up in the prospect of saving money and being more efficient. By converting face-to-face training programs into e-learning formats, organizations can offer training 24/7 to audiences in any location. This is certainly an attractive option for providing a cost and time-saving benefit. Unfortunately, this allure can lead to rapid course development, also known as dumping PowerPoint presentations into online training sites with little thought into best design practices. E-learning, as well as any training, requires careful planning. Once you determine that e-learning is an appropriate delivery mechanism for the type of training you are doing, ask yourself these questions: Does the training optimize the potential for learning? Does the training either develop or maintain expertise? Does the training transfer to the job? If you can’t answer “yes” to all 3 of these questions, or if … Continue reading

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