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The Better Way to Learn by Yourself

women writing and learning1. Self-directed learners never surrender their dream. Many people fail to set and achieve goals because they’ve lost the ability to inspire themselves. Dreams create direction. How many people do you know who’ve quit dreaming and stalled unhappily, stunted by the practical conditions of their lives? How many are resigned to quiet desperation because there are bills to pay, kids to put through college, too many years invested in getting where they are….

2. Self-directed learners focus on their gifts. They know that attempting to become all things leads to mediocrity at best. Ask top performers about their success and they will emphasize having focused on doing what they do best. Oliver Wendell Holmes once observed that “Most people go to their graves with their music still inside them.” The self-directed are life’s music makers.

3. Self-directed learners see themselves as volunteers, not victims. At the core of self-direction lies an internal locus of control. The self-directed take responsibility for their choices. They understand that any change must begin inside themselves. They respect the external forces in their lives but refuse to be controlled by them.

4. Self-directed learners act despite their fears. Uncertainty and change are inevitable, but being immobilized by them is not. Initiating action – any action – sets into motion events that don’t happen without the courage to begin. 6. Self-directed learners thrive on interdependence. All the benefits of self-direction can be lost in an organization or team unless self-directed learners master this art. It’s essential to trust and rely upon others. Success is impossible without interconnections.

Can this stuff be bottled? Can it be taught? I’ve concluded that a better strategy is to think of uncorking what already exists.

We trainers need to help people tap into their invisible assets. For some, that means identifying their sense of purpose, dreams and gifts for the first time. For others, it means cutting through the fog that “working for a living” can create so they can once again see these characteristics clearly within themselves. With that clarity will come the courage and commitment to grow and learn.

In 1923, Kahlil Gibran wrote in The Prophet: “No man can reveal to you aught but that which already lies half asleep in the dawning of your knowledge. The teacher who walks in the shadow of the temple, among his followers, gives not of his wisdom but rather of his faith and his lovingness. If he is indeed wise he does not bid you enter the house of his wisdom, but rather leads you to the threshold of your own mind.”

If we bring people to the threshold where they can see their invisible assets, they’ll do whatever else it takes.

Great terms for online educators

Performance support

Gives workers the assistance they need to complete a given job task while they’re performing it, rather than asking them to apply what they’ve learned later on. The purpose is to help the person perform a real task in real time, rather than to teach some broader set of skills and knowledge for future use.

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The learners may or may not be working through a real-life job task, but learning (as opposed to completing a particular task) is here the primary intended outcome; participants are expected to enhance their knowledge and skills. Online training comes in two basic forms. In the first, the learner interacts only with an instructional software program; that is, a computer-based training (CBT) program that could be popped into the learner’s computer on a diskette or a CD-ROM is delivered online instead. In the second form, the learner interacts online with other people – an instructor, some classmates or both. If the interaction is synchronous, that means you’re sharing ideas in “real time,” with one person responding as soon as the other contacts him or her; examples include a chat line or videoconferencing over the Internet or a “virtual classroom” that brings instructors and students together in real time on what amounts to a shared, interactive Web page. In asynchronous formats, participants can retrieve messages at their leisure and respond whenever they like; e-mail, online bulletin boards and listservs all operate asynchronously. Some online courses offer both CBT components and human-interaction components. Thus, Web-based training or WBT (i.e., any kind of training delivered via the World Wide Web) may refer to CBT or to person-to-person interaction or both.

Collaboration

Online collaboration occurs, of course, whenever people interact with one another via computer. But the term is used here to describe a particular kind of activity that is different from the person-to-person interaction that occurs in an online training course. In this sense, collaboration refers to people working together online to accomplish a particular job’s task. As with performance support, the primary goal is to complete the task; learning is viewed as a byproduct. As with the interaction in online training, this collaboration may be either synchronous or asynchronous. It can include the kind of troubleshooting situations in which the computer jock at the other end of the phone can see what’s on your computer screen and fix what you’re doing wrong – or working on a “virtual team” with people in different locations around the world.

TECHNOLOGY

The hardware and software that allow you to create online-learning materials and deliver them to all those learners out there.

Development tools

The software you use to create online-learning materials. With authoring systems (e.g., Asymetrix’s ToolBook, Allen Communication’s Quest or Macromedia’s Authorware), you can create a computer-based or Internet-based learning module, complete with questions, graphics and test scoring. And you can add materials (like video) created in other software programs. Protocols are sets of standards that define how traffic and communications are handled on computer networks. Their common use ensures that computers, modems, printers and videoconferencing equipment made by different manufacturers can communicate with each other. “T120″ is the standard for dataconferencing; “H.320″ is standard for videoconferencing over ISDN lines; “H.323″ is standard for LANs and intranets; “H.324″ is standard for what computer jocks like to call POTS, or “plain old telephone service”; and “TAPI” is standard for Internet telephony (using the Internet lines to transmit real-time audio). Programming and authoring languages let you build a software program and instruct it to perform specific tasks. Useful ones for online training are Visual Basic, Java, and the ubiquitous HTML (the World Wide Web’s formatting language).

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Hardware and software that let learners see, hear, or otherwise interact with your training materials. Examples of transmission technologies include satellites (which bounce data, images and sound over vast distances, say, from your corporate headquarters in Chicago to your Tokyo branch, using electromagnetic waves); cabling; Internet telephony; whiteboards (twin electronic blackboards that are sort of like visual walkie-talkies: what one person writes on her whiteboard, the other can see on his); video cameras; and “streaming” of audio, video and data (“streamed” meaning broken down so that large digital files can be piped through a computer network without taking too much bandwidth). Networks are the hardware and software that connect one computer to another. Ten years ago, you heard a lot about LANS (local area networks) and WANs (wide area networks). Now the major players are: the Internet, a global system of microwave links and patched-together telephone lines that’s run in a common language (TCP/IP) by a mostly volunteer army of gurus and enthusiasts; the World Wide Web, an Internet application that such point-and-click “browsers” as Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer give users access to; intranets, corporate networks that use the same technology as the Internet but put the linked computers, and their sensitive information, behind virtual “firewalls” to repel unauthorized visitors; and extranets, “intranets” that have been expanded to include, say, a company’s key outside vendors and customers.

Media

Video, text, animation, graphics, sound – anything that affects the audio or visual presentation of training material. And there’s plenty of software available to help you create, track and store all these.

User interfaces

The face your computer presents to you when you turn it on. Old DOS-based programs gave you a blinking cursor and the chance to use a lot of arcane commands like “alt-F5″ and “cd\”; the “graphical user interface” (GUI, pronounced “gooey”) of Macintosh and Windows give you icons and a “desktop.”

PROJECT ISSUES

These roots should look familiar to any trainer – they’re the basis for any good course, whether via online learning or in the traditional classroom.

Analysis

Doing a needs assessment, determining the learning objectives, assessing the trainees’ capability (which can include what equipment is available to them for online learning).

Evaluation

Determining how learners are responding to the online environment (What do they find accessible? What’s hard to use?), as well as pursuing the classic questions of training evaluation: Did they master the material? Are they using new skills back on the job? If so, is it helping the business?

Learning management

Tracking students’ performance (Who completed which course and when?) and their future needs (Who ought to take which course next?). Depending on the type of online training being offered, you may also need to do some facilities management: Make sure the equipment is up and running on the day of class, everybody’s Internet connection is working and so on.

Project management

Overseeing a training project up to the moment it reaches students: budgeting, generating reports, and performing other administrative functions.

Teaching techniques

Elements that efficiently tailor a course to the kind of skill being taught and to the style and level of the learner. Simulations, games and role-plays are all teaching techniques. So are responding to trainees’ learning styles and anticipating reactions.

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5 Tips for Accurate Shooting | Archery Lessons

The answer is very simple. It’s simply practice.

There’s no substitute for practice. You’ll find that there’s no way that you can cheat in archery. Practice, practice practice. The whole secret of archery is being consistent. The word accuracy does not apply to the bow, it applies to the person.

The person shooting the bow becomes accurate. A bow is always accurate. It has no variation. A person has variation. In order to become accurate, you have to practice.

Consistency is the answer. To start off with your archery experience, do not by any means, move too far away from the target. The further you move away from the target, the less apt you are to hit the target. Start close. Five yards would be a good starting distance from the target.

As you improve, as your accuracy improves, then you can move back gradually. Even five yards at a time would be a limit to move back until at each distance, you achieve the accuracy that you want. Eventually you’ll move back to the distance that you want to shoot. In archery, you can actually move back to 100 yards from the target. That is a legitimate Olympic distance that you would be required to shoot at if you were going into that type of shooting.

Start from five yards and always be consistent.

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3 Smart Tricks to Solve Daily Problems

Technology cannot always solve your problems. You need to think smart to come up with a quick solution to your problems. This way you will be able to get out of difficult situations easily. Here are some smart tricks to some of the problems we face everyday.

Add shelves to make space in kitchen

Our kitchen can get really clumsy with packs of things. One smart way to solve your storage problem is to add shelves to your kitchen space. Vertical storage space like these shelves won’t take up any extra kitchen space and will help you to keep your kitchen organized.


Use duct tape to open cans

Sometimes cans and jars can get jammed making it difficult to open. You can use a wide duct tape, place it on the mouth of the can and pull it with your hand. You will be easily able to open the can or jar.

Fixing clothes

Suppose you are at work and suddenly you have some outfit crisis. Not all of us carry safety pin with us all the time. You can use the paper clip in your desk, bend it and turn it to a safety pin to fix your outfit problem.

These simple tricks can save you from many problems and awkward situations that you face everyday. You should always think of coming up with something creative to solve your everyday problems. Learning how to act smart can actually save your day.

4 Smart Ways you can Avoid the Traffic Jam

Traffic jam is an everyday problem that we face. It hampers our work and gives us stress. We waste a considerable time on the traffic jam everyday. If you are concerned about traffic jam, then these are some smart way you can avoid your everyday traffic jam.

Learn about additional routes

You should know about multiple routes for going from point A to point B. This way if one of the roads is jammed with traffic, you can easily take an alternative route and get to your destination on time.

Find out traffic updates while moving

Nowadays, many radio stations provide real time traffic updates. You should tune on your radio while you drive to know the latest condition of the road. You can also check on the Internet and find out what lies ahead.

Use your GPS device

GPS is an essential device for your car. It can calculate the shortest distance for reaching your destination. It will guide you through the entire journey, so you won’t be lost taking alternative routes. It will show you different route options from every point.

Use bike instead of car

Bikes are smaller in size and can pass through traffic jam faster than a car. If you are traveling alone, it’s better you take a bike instead of a car.

Use smartphone apps

There are lots of apps available now that will give you traffic details. You can easily download these apps on your Android or iPhone and use them to avoid traffic jam.

You need to be smart in decision making while driving. There will be times when you will need to make quick decision to choose a certain route in order to reach your destination quickly. These smart moves will help you to avoid traffic jam every day and you can drive without any stress.

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3 Technological Innovations that Have Solved our Everyday Problem

Technology has made wonders and improved people’s lives to an extent we have never imagined before. Our lives are much comfortable now because of technological innovations. Every day we encounter some common problems that have been solved smartly by technology now. Here are the 5 technological innovations that have solved our daily life problems.

Untidy home


We no longer need to use a brush to clean our carpets. Vacuum cleaner had made our work much easier. As people are busy now they don’t get time to clean their house except weekends. So, the house can be pretty messy by the end of the week. iRobot has been invented recently that can help you with house cleaning works. So, you won’t have to live in a messy home day after day. They can mop and vacuum your home very quickly.

Remote working

Because of wi-fi technology, it is now possible to do many works from home. You can do your office work while you are traveling. It has solved problems for parents as they can take work home in case they needed to attend their children at home. Works can be done much quicker because of this technology as you don’t have to wait to come to your workstation to work. You can work from anywhere.

Security issues

When we leave home every day for work, we often worry about the security of our home. Now smart home technology lets us monitor our home from the office. You can lock the door from a remote location, in case you forgot to lock it or you can switch off your stove in case you didn’t do so when leaving home. In the case of burglar attacks, the security people will be informed immediately because of the smart technology.

These technologies have helped us solve some of the critical problems we face in our daily lives. We are now able to do things much easily without any stress. In future, our lives will become even more comfortable with more technological innovations.

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