Unlocked: the OpenSesame eLearning Blog

As new technology saturates the world, old skills are forgotten or lost. We stopped learning the typewriter because we have the computer; we moved away from the telegraph and towards the telephone. But with the introduction of new technology, we often forget to practice and master traditional, basic skills. We are all too willing to jump on the new tech is better bandwagon, which isn’t a bad thing, but forgetting to practice our base skills is. ... [more]

Generation Z—typically described as those born after 1995, who can’t remember life before the internet—are reaching maturity. The oldest of the generation are starting to enter their 20’s and the workforce. An enormous amount of research has been done on generational traits, and below we'll highlight five of those traits, as well as what they mean for the workplace. ... [more]

Generation Z

Old-school educators may despise educational technology because they are used to conventional teaching methods, but teachers who have tried using modern tools cannot deny that they enable them to connect with their students better than ever. If you are a teacher who hasn’t started using educational technology tools, then you need to do something about it. You surely want to connect with your students on a higher level, and the following selection of tools will enable you to do that! ... [more]

Teacher and Classroom

Last month, I shared why becoming a values-based culture is good for business. But knowing something is the right thing to do and accomplishing it are two different steps. Once an organization realizes they want to focus on building and cultivating a values-based culture, they need to put an action plan in place to accomplish the goal. ... [more]

To most safety professionals the process of assessing workplace risk involves hazard analysis: hazard identification, selection of controls, and audit to assure the controls are in place and adequate, etc. In fact, in the latest edition of On The Practice Of Safety, by Fred Manuelle, when I was scanning the index for “risk assessment” content it refers you to “hazard analysis”. So what’s the big deal and what does this have to do with human performance? ... [more]

As “the science of happiness” becomes increasingly popular, best practices grounded in these findings are becoming more readily available. This is great news for the workplace, since happy employees are often more collaborative, productive, and create an overall more positive working environment.Here are six helpful tips for leveraging science and incorporating more positive psychology to spread the cheer throughout your workplace. ... [more]

The way in which learning occurs in organizations has changed tremendously and with this evolution comes a new focus for Learning & Development professionals. In many organizations the role of the training professional has transformed; no longer focused on delivering training, today’s L&D professional is now a facilitator of learning who also serves as an information manager, a content curator, and a builder of learning communities. ... [more]