Training Industry Quarterly - Spring 2013 - (Page 31)

adult Development: Predicting Learning Success BY michael lamport commons & terri lee roBinett C orporations spend billions of dollars each year to train and develop their employees, yet post-training surveys tell us that a majority of trainees who participate in a typical corporate training program do not effectively use their new skills and capabilities on the job. Researchers point to a number of reasons why training programs fail to take root in the corporate environment, including lack of reinforcement and practice, the training content or modality itself, ineffective instruction, or too little time spent on understanding employee training needs. In fact, many training companIes are becomIng aware of the lInk between employee development and cognItIve abIlIty professionals today believe that technology is the answer to the problem. Online learning, mobile applications, computer simulations, video training and distance learning are all prominent methodologies in many corporate learning cultures meant to make training programs more effective and accessible. It is not that these factors have nothing to do with learning success or that these technical applications should be abandoned. There is no argument that all of these factors have an impact on employee learning. However, the focus of this article is to discuss a critical factor that has been missing when explaining the shortcomings of our corporate training programs. Worldwide, companies are becoming aware of the link between employee development and cognitive ability. In many cases, they are discovering that learn- Training Industry Quarterly, Spring 2013 / A Training Industry, Inc. magazine / 31

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Training Industry Quarterly - Spring 2013

Training Industry Quarterly - Spring 2013
From Where I Sit: Back to the Basics
Table of Contents
Ad Index
Guest Editor: A Brave New World
Extracting Learning From Work
Poor Behavior: Your Brain is Partly to Blame
How to Design Engaging Training Programs
The Missing Link in Learning
Don't Let Training Be Half-Baked
What the Latest Brain Research Tells Us about Designing Learning that Sticks
Motivation: The Key to Learning Transfer
Improving Learning Outcomes with a Bite-Sized Strategy
Adult Development: Predicting Learning Success
From One Brain to Another: What We've Learned about Learning
Formalizing Informal Learning
Tracking Trends
Tweet Suite
Company News

Training Industry Quarterly - Spring 2013