You're havin' a laugh with me, aren't you?

Labrow, Peter
June 2003
IT Training;Jun2003, p30
Trade Publication
It is well recognized that making learning enjoyable makes it far more effective. Yet many electronic learning, instructor-led or self-paced information technology (IT) training courses totally lack humor. Using humor to enforce teaching points, build rapport and keep learners motivated is a recognized instructor skill that enhances the learning experience. With self-paced and electronic learning courses, information flows one way, so there is no chance of humor. Humor is difficult to write. It is far easier to be dry and factual. Some recent research from IT Skills Research finds that far more organizations would use electronic learning if it was more enjoyable.


Related Articles

  • Supporting your LMS. Clarke, Peter // e.learning age;May2003, p25 

    Discusses the practicalities of implementing and supporting a learning management system (LMS). Issues that have to be considered in the light of risk assessment of LMS supplier; Skills needed for LMS implementation; Reasons for taking out a maintenance contract with LMS suppliers.

  • New accreditaion scheme for open learning centres.  // IT Training;May2003, p58 

    According to Tony Moss, the Institute of IT Training's (IITT) director of professional services, the open learning centre is “a primary venue where the individual learner and the learning vehicle come together, where the learner can be guided, educated and tested. But there are no...

  • Information Technology Education in Industry. Molyneux, Eric // Journal of Information Technology (Routledge, Ltd.);Jun86, Vol. 1 Issue 2, p30 

    Examines the practice of information technology (IT) education in industry in Great Britain. British performance in industrial training; Concern with the education of IT users rather than IT providers or specialist IT employees; Areas that need to be addressed by those involved in training...

  • Discussion.  // Journal of Information Technology (Routledge, Ltd.);Jun86, Vol. 1 Issue 2, p31 

    Presents a panel discussion on information technology (IT) training of employees in Great Britain. Importance of training to make work more effective; Use of training to get people more involved in designing their own jobs; Level of technical knowledge that managers should possess; Cultural gap...

  • A black belt in IT. Rapoza, Jim // eWeek;9/11/2006, Vol. 23 Issue 36, p51 

    The article argues that only experience and knowledge can truly create an Information Technology (IT) professional. Honors, accreditations and certifications mean nothing within the real disciplines of the IT profession. An IT professional can gain IT wisdom only by practicing and striving...

  • France carves its own niche. Overby, Stacey // IT Training;May2003, p20 

    The French spend more time learning about IT than their British counterparts. According to The European eLearning Market Report 2002, by Bizmedia, the French undertake 78 hours of IT training each year, compared to 68 hours in Great Britain. To some degree, the extra time spent by the French in...

  • CBI demands better access to SME training.  // IT Training;Jun2003, p13 

    The CBI has called on Great Britain government to make information technology (IT) training more accessible to smaller firms. According to the CBI, formal training costs are disproportionately higher for smaller companies, and courses are rarely flexible. The CBI wants a Michelin-style Great...

  • Leading firm ends cancellation fees. Donovan, Tristan // IT Training;Jun2003, p15 

    Leading information technology (IT) training firm Learning Tree has surprised the industry with news that it will no longer levy cancellation fees on its scheduled courses. The policy applies even when customers do not sign up for another Learning Tree course, although customized courses will...

  • Training has evolved - so must managers. Malam, Richard // IT Training;Jul2005, p13 

    The article discusses the development in the field of training for information technology professionals. Several years ago, managers rolled out a new operating system and version of the Office package to their workforce at Centrica. It was a phased approach, dealing with one group at a time, all...


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics