Focus of the Final Paper
Students may choose a final paper topic of their choice, or one from any one of the topics/questions listed below:
1. Discuss how employee training needs to evolve due to immigration and related cultural changes.
2. In what ways has technology impacted the way(s) we train employees?
3. How might employee training differ from one country to another on a global basis?
4. How can managers assist employees with their career development?
5. Discuss the future issues that will impact employee training both negatively and positively.
Students may make a recommendation for a topic not listed subject to the approval of the instructor.
Each paper will contain the following elements:
1. A discussion of the issue(s) at hand.
2. An explanation of specific rules and regulations relating to the concept (i.e. laws and/or policies).
3. Provide an analysis of the situation (the analysis can include historical information leading to the current
situation as the student sees it). What is your response to the content, either positive or negative? Defend your position. If multiple options/alternatives/positions are present and are being rejected you must also defend the reasons for rejecting an option.
4. Draft a conclusion (give your thoughts and opinions about what changes may/should occur on the basis of
current conditions and the research you have found).
Future Technology and Its Impact on Training
Over the next decade, advanced technologies will put education within the reach of many more individuals around the world, and will allow greater specialization in curriculum and teaching methodologies than ever before.Globalization, economic pressures, and work-life concernshave combined to create a business environment that demands innovative, flexibletraining solutions. However, technological advances have helped to positiontechnology-based training applications as practical tools for addressing thesedemands.Technology does and will continue to allow learning to become a more dynamic process. The trainers become more of a coach with the majority of instruction will be delivered through technology such as online learning, PDA’s, and virtual academies. With these benefits comes the challenge of ensuring that infrastructures and operations are in place to support the adoption of technology on campuses and in the corporate office. More than ever, administrators will need to weigh carefully how budget funds are spent, decide what emerging technologies show the most promise, and determine how best to support these technological advances while avoiding the always present risk of becoming obsolete.
“Studies indicatesweeping technological changes will effectively change the skill-sets of the future workforce, as well as its approach to work in general. As a result, societies around the world will need to consider how to make the most of these new opportunities and thus ensure that they remain competitive in the global marketplace. (21st Century Skills, 2009) Re-training of trainers may be necessary to capitalize on all the new technologies. Repurposing refers to directly translating an instructor led face-to-face training program to an online format. Remember that just putting text online isn’tnecessarily an effective way to learn. “Effective online learning takes advantage of the Web’s dynamic nature and ability to use many positive learning features, including linking to other training sites and content through the use of hyperlinks, providing learner control, and allowing the trainee to collaborate with other learners.” (Noe, 2010) The online classes offered at universities such as Ashford, use discussion boards to allow students to not only learn from the material presented, but to learn from each other.