About Learning Styles or Why Inventors are Always Bothering an Organization

At ABN AMRO I was responsible for one of the biggest training projects ever started. The complete IT-Staff and their customers had to be trained in “the ABN AMRO-way-of-working” after the merger took place.   We were able to use the most advanced people and tools to accomplish this aim. It made it possible to meet “the best minds on earth” and to learn about their vision and experience. Later we used this knowledge in every part of the bank. One of the major targets we wanted to accomplish was to minimize training. People with IT-Skills are very expensive and … Continue reading About Learning Styles or Why Inventors are Always Bothering an Organization

About Learning Styles

E-Learning is one of the results of the E-Commerce Bubble. During the E-Commerce Bubble everything you can imagine would be changed into a booming business if it was combined with The Internet (a Website). When you would use the Internet you could learn Everywhere at Every ]]><![CDATA[place at Any time. Every "old-fashioned" system that was supporting an Educational Institution was E-ed. It was provided with a "web-site"-interface. Behind this interface nothing changed. The "old-fashioned" E-Learning packages were designed to automate a professional educational environment. The only thing that changed was that the books (or the PPT's) were put on a … Continue reading About Learning Styles

About “Just-in-Time”-Learning or Why we are still Waiting for Educational Simulators

Learning is an autonomous process. Human beings (and other organisms) respond to a change in their internal or external environment. We are not able to adapt to every change but small and gradual changes are implemented without noticing. When you play the piano and pay attention to the notes your fingers are playing, your fingers will remember the notes they are playing. After some time you are able to find the notes by “letting your fingers go their way“. Education is forced learning. We want somebody to acquire knowledge or a practice in the timeframe we have defined. Some people … Continue reading About “Just-in-Time”-Learning or Why we are still Waiting for Educational Simulators

Why the Education Factory is Producing Products Nobody Wants to Buy Anymore

I have been involved with the Education System in many roles. I have been responsible for the education of children and adults and I have advised many companies and institutions (including the Dutch Ministry of Education) about education.I want to write a few blogs about this issue. This is the first one. The first issue I want to write about is the System itself. I think the System is at the end of his life-cycle. It is dying. The current System was created just after the war to handle many children (now called the baby-boomers). It’s focus was efficiency. To … Continue reading Why the Education Factory is Producing Products Nobody Wants to Buy Anymore