April 6th, 2016 Training

I have a confession to make: I am a sucker for history.

Growing up history courses were always my favorite in school though I never really understood why.

Perhaps it’s because we can learn from people who were just like us who have faced similar challenges that we face today.

That being the case, it should come as no surprise that the infographic above peaked my interest.

First, it has to do with history.

But secondly, it is related to an industry I am very passionate about.

I’m somewhat skeptical about the starting date of this infographic. I mean, how can you really say when training and development started? I think humans have been learning, training, and developing for a very long time 🙂 .

That said, it’s still fun to have a look into the past of this every growing field.

I’m not surprised to see that some of the more formal training and development initiatives mentioned are relating to the military. It seems that (for whatever reason) war brings out a degree of ingenuity that we don’t see in other fabrics of society.

The graphic puts an emphasis on the 1900s, and probably with good reason. This was really a “boom” period for training and development.

During this time we start to see organizations dedicated to the subject outside of the standard university setting. Methodology for evaluation also started to take off with Kirkpatrick leading the charge.

Fast-forward to post-2000 and elearning starts to highly influence the training and development industry with gamification and MOOCs.

The infographic stops there. It would have been interesting to see a few predictions.

One thing is for sure: this industry is here to stay and constantly evolving along side the technology available.

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Hi, Justin
I found this piece of work a great one! What an interesting way to show how training has developed through the years. this is exactly what I was looking for while preparing to teach a class regarding training and development.

Avatar Zeila Valaski

Hi, Justin, a great work from a great mind for a great community of learning, training and development (LTD) practice! Knowledge is power and knowledge shared like this is powerful indeed . I will appreciate a little bit of detail of this historical account to enrich my work in a pending book on LTD. Congrats for such insightful historical perspective of a noble profession – LTD.

Avatar Ola Azeez

Hi Justin, this was great information as I am writing my research paper. My research question:What factors contribute Job satisfaction for Child Protective Employees. I had to utilize two policies that relate to my research. I chose to use Training Development Policy and Promotional Policy. I had to give historical background on the policies I chose. Your article was awesome! Thanks. Now do you have article on the history of Promotional Policy?

Avatar Zoey Ashley

Hi Justin

its a great effort for those who are interested to know the history of training and development process from the early age. Being a head of Training and Od department of a large corporate organization i need to gather clear and concise knowledge about it. I have learned a lot. Thanks for your hard efforts.

M. H. Ali
Dhaka, Bangladesh

Avatar Md. Hatem Ali

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