I’m preparing for one of those momentous milestones—my 25-year college reunion. I know what you’re thinking: “He’s way too young looking to have a 25-year reunion!” All kidding aside, it is something I’m looking forward to, and I can’t wait to reconnect with everyone at St. Olaf College.
Many memories flood back as I think about those days. One of those thoughts is about what it was like to learn back then. We went to the classroom for lectures and labs, read books back in our dorm rooms or at the library, and wrote our papers on those enormously clunky word processors. Today we can learn anywhere and we can do just about everything on our smartphones. I’m sure many of you are reading this blog right now on your smartphone! Technology has sure come a long way in 25 years.
It makes me think about how we at CPI are also adapting to stay current with today’s changing technology. We have thousands of people who visit our website each month via their smartphone or tablet and who communicate with us through our CPI and DCS Facebook pages, and via our Twitter and Google Plus accounts. You’re also watching us on YouTube, and “pinning” things on Pinterest.
As of January, we’ve also added something new to the Instructor’s Kit that Certified Instructors receive after completing training—an eReader, to help them in the delivery of training to their staff.
Another thing I’m excited about is that our Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® program now offers hybrid training, which is a blended option of both classroom and computer learning. This allows organizations greater flexibility in planning both initial trainings and refreshers.
We’ve also been busy re-filming some of our DVDs that offer a unique feature in that you can choose the scenario based on your job setting—whether you work in health care, education, mental health, juvenile care, human services, or general business, you can choose the scenario that’s right for you.
The Prepare Training® program has recently released Electronic Presentations to go along with four of their Topic Modules, and Dementia Capable Care just updated some of their assessment tools.
We strive to provide training programs and resources that help you and those in your care stay safe. We will always provide the best one-on-one training programs for you, but we are always looking for ways to enhance learning. Who knows what technology will be developed over the next 25 years that we will be able to use to continue making learning convenient and accessible.
For those of you going back for the reunion, see you on the Hill!
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