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The Learning and Development Dilemma

I want to be upfront so here goes. Most of the stuff I write is for free. But this brand new ebook is not free. It’s a whole $9 AUD (including GST ). It took quite a bit of time and effort to find the research, make sense of it, digest it and put it into a user-friendly, easy-to-read , downloadable ebook. I’m proud of it.

It’s performance ‘on the job’ that counts.

The ultimate goal for many ‘learning and development’ programs is for the learners to perform to a certain standard or better than they did before, when they’re back ‘on the job’ – in the workplace, on the sporting field or wherever.

So it’s no surprise, most of these programs contain activities for the learner to practice their skills.

What types of ‘practice activities’ work best?

This ebook looks at what type of practice activities (those based on the more common and popular ‘blocked learning’ or those based on ‘mixed learning’) helps the learners perform best when they’re ‘back on the job’.

And similarly, looks at the value of programs with these sorts of activities when they’re delivered ‘all at once’, as in a one-day workshop, compared to when they’re spread out over a couple of days or even weeks.

If we really want our programs to be the best they can, and to deliver the best possible results, we need to know the answer to these questions.

But there’s a dilemma.

Unfortunately, as it turns out, the sorts of practice activities and delivery modes which give the best results ‘down the track’ where it really counts, are the least commonly used.

Instead, most programs use practice activities and delivery modes which are not doing as good a job as they could be. And we know why.

Hence, we have what I call “The Learning and Development Dilemma: Use what works best, or go with what’s popular?”

The book is an easy read. And at time, entertaining. Yet it’s stacked with some mind-blowing information. If you buy it, it might just change the whole way you deisgn and deliver your ‘learning and development’ programs (or, if you prefer, your ‘education and training’ programs).

To buy this fabulous ebook, just follow this link.

If you’d like to have a chat about the book, please go to the contact page of my website. There are several ways there to get in contact with me.

All the very best,

Mark.

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