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Training in Tough Times

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Donald Clark's presentation entitled Training in Tough Times delivered at the Edinburgh Breakfast briefing on 23 September 2010

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Training in Tough Times

  1. 1. Training in tough times<br />Donald Clark<br />Clark<br />
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  5. 5. Baby Boomers Gen Y<br />
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  7. 7. Millenials<br />
  8. 8. Barnett formula (1979)<br /><ul><li> higher per head funding for Scotland</li></ul> (117% of UK average)<br /><ul><li>£1,644 more spent per head in </li></ul> Scotland<br /><ul><li>Lords inquiry 2009 ‘arbitrary & unfair’
  9. 9. change soon</li></li></ul><li>John Swinney MSP<br />Crawford W Beveridge CBE (Chair), Sir Neil McIntosh CBE <br />Robert Wilson<br /> "We are in for a long hard financial winter, which will require very difficult choices to be made about priorities."<br />Robert Black, Auditor General for Scotland<br />
  10. 10. Scottish Government Expenditure<br />
  11. 11. Recommendations<br />Fraser of Allander Institute ( FAI)<br />Scenario 1<br /> "up to 126,000 economy wide job losses by 2014-15 comprising up to 90,000 in the public sector and 37,000 private sector job losses." <br />Scenario 2<br /> “reduce jobs in the public sector by the slightly lower number of just under 78,000 while private sector employment rises by nearly 14,000.”<br />
  12. 12. Local Government<br /> Frozen council tax – rapid thaw<br /> “The Scottish Government and Parliament should consider the option of discontinuing the current council tax freeze, which does not appear sustainable in the projected economic environment.”<br /> “find savings… new approaches need to be considered, including service redesign, more joint working and collaboration“<br /> Audit Scotland<br />
  13. 13. Recommendations<br />"The 32 Scottish local authorities run virtually identical back office services - finance administration, HR, payroll, procurement, revenues & benefits etc.”<br /> “Despite much talk of shared services, there has been only modest progress towards any sharing of significant back office services between councils"<br /> COSLA<br /> SOLACE <br />
  14. 14. Recommendations<br /> “The Panel believes that the challenges arising from the projected financial outlook should act as a stimulus for the public sector to review its current delivery models, including consideration of alternatives.”<br />
  15. 15. Recommendations<br /> “The Panel believes that any reduction in the level of absence has the potential to contribute to greater public service efficiency …………..<br /> ………should identify clear targets for reducing absence, ultimately to a level equivalent to the private sector average.”<br />
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  17. 17. 7 evils of training delivery<br />1. Cognitive overload2. Tyranny of time3. Tyranny of location4. Low retention5. High cost6. Non-scalable <br />7. LOW USE OF TECHNOLOGY<br />
  18. 18. 7 principles of training delivery in recession<br />1. Achieve more with less  optimise limited budgets and time2. Fast access to learning  available 24x7 at point of need3. Flexible  respond quickly to organisation’s needs4. Raise productivity  skills & knowledge when needed5. Reduce carbon footprint  reduce travel & meeting costs6. Scalable learners/resources/experts<br />7. EMBRACE TECHNOLOGY<br />
  19. 19. From here to there……<br />
  20. 20. Great divide<br />Identify and develop champions<br />Adopt blended learning<br />Simple and small steps<br />Easy access to shared content<br />Explain the benefits<br />Provide training<br />Share successes<br />Involve everyone<br />
  21. 21. Change management<br />Kotter’s 8 steps<br />Urgency<br />Guiding team<br />Vision<br />Communicate<br />Empower<br />Short-term wins<br />Build momentum<br />Nurture new culture<br />
  22. 22. Change management<br />Kotter’s 8 steps<br />Urgency - CUTS<br />Guiding team – COSLA, SOLACE<br />Vision – COMMIT TO COST SAVINGS (ROI)<br />Communicate - <br />Empower – COLLABORATION<br />Short-term wins - ABSENTEEISM<br />Build momentum - COMMUNITY<br />Nurture new culture – BURN BRIDGES<br />
  23. 23. 7 scientific reasons for using technology<br />1. Motivation<br />2. Timeshift<br />3. Self-paced/cognitive overload<br />4. Media mix: episodic/semantic<br />5. Learn by doing<br />6. Spaced practice<br />7. Collaboration<br />
  24. 24. 1. Motivation<br />
  25. 25. 2. Timeshift<br />Tyranny of time:<br />1. Agricultural timetable<br />2. Hour of learning<br />3. Fixed length courses<br />4. No recording and distribution<br />Timeshift don’t timetable<br />
  26. 26. 3. Cognitive overload<br />
  27. 27. 3. Self-paced (personalised)<br />
  28. 28. “better to see a first class lecture on video than a mediocre one in the flesh”<br />
  29. 29. Recording lectures<br />
  30. 30. 4. Media mix<br />Media sharing<br /><ul><li> YouTube
  31. 31. Flickr
  32. 32. iTunes</li></ul>Timeshift<br /><ul><li> DVD
  33. 33. iPlayer
  34. 34. VOD</li></li></ul><li>5. Learn by doing<br />1. Specific tasks<br />How to tie a tie<br />How to solve a Rubik’s Cube<br />How to draw<br />2. Sexual<br />How to kiss<br />How to have sex<br />How to flirt<br />3. Health<br />How to lose weight<br />How to deal with allergies<br />How to get fit/do a sport<br />4. Wealth<br />How to make money<br />How to get bargains<br />How to manage debt<br />5. Computer skills<br />How to get rid of a virus<br />How to remove software<br />How to use software<br />6. Careers<br />How to get a job<br />How to get promotion<br />How to careers advice<br />7. Education<br />How to pass a test<br />How to choose a course<br />How to teach<br />8. Food and drink<br />How to cook<br />How to buy wine<br />How to entertain<br />9. Home & garden<br />How to fix things<br />How to grow things<br />How to build things<br />10. Complex skills<br />How to write a book<br />How to manage a team<br />How to get a divorce<br />
  35. 35. 5. Learn by doing - context<br />
  36. 36. 6. Spaced practice<br />
  37. 37. 7. Collaboration<br />
  38. 38. 7. Collaboration - learningpool<br />
  39. 39. Transformation research<br />Carol Twigg<br />$8.8 million Pew grant<br />30 community colleges, colleges and universities<br />Is it cost-effective? YES<br />Are we seeing better learning? YES<br />Can drop-out rates be reduced? YES<br /> <br />
  40. 40. Transformational success:<br />1. Concentrate on large enrollment courses<br />2. Improvements apply to many types of courses<br />3. Don’t fiddle, redesign the whole course<br />5. Don’t stay with unaltered concept <br /> of classroom instruction<br />4. Don’t bolt on new technologiesto existing system<br />6. Move students from passive, "note-taking" role <br /> to an active-learning orientation<br />7. Move from an entirely lecture-based <br /> to a student-engagement approach<br /> <br />
  41. 41. Email<br />donald.clark@hotmail.co.uk<br />Blog<br />http://donaldclarkplanb.blogspot.com/<br />Twitter<br />@donaldclark<br />Facebook<br />DonaldClark<br />

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