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Corporate Training Consultants, Inc.

Since 1992, Corporate Training Consultants, Inc. has provided training and learning consulting services to organizations in the fields of business and higher education. Services included:

  • Design and development
  • Needs assessments
  • Training Audits
  • Strategic training plans
  • Program evaluation

Recipients of these services included organizations in the following industries:

  • Retail
  • Manufacturing
  • Financial services
  • Transportation
  • Utilities
  • Non-profits

As president and founder of CTC, Dana Skiff has seen significant enhancements in the quality and the nature and scope of professionally developed and administered corporate training programs. Not surprisingly, one of the most significant areas of improvement has been in the area of technology, which has enable training to be more varied in terms of learning modalities, timeliness and reality.

Despite these significant enhancements, however, learning in the corporate sector continues to be challenged by budgetary concerns, availability of overall resources and, most frequently, keeping employees productive while enabling them to continue learning. Dana feels there is one remaining untapped area that stills holds potential for moving corporate training to a new level. That area is self-directed learning (SDL).

Self-Directed Learning

As a term, self-directed learning is not new to the corporate world. Unfortunately, as commonly used by corporate trainers, SDL reflects only a tiny fraction of it true meaning and potential.

In its full and true sense, SDL is a notion that guides the implementation of a new way of approaching learning, that requires a paradigm shift in one’s thinking and conceptualization of employee learning in terms of responsibility and accountability. In turn, this drives a modification in the infrastructure for implementing and nurturing SDL.

Dr. Skiff has personally wrestled with this paradigm shift while completing his graduate work in adult education at Boston University. Dr. Skiff learned firsthand what the essence of SDL was really about while studying under Malcolm S. Knowles, one of the first pioneers of SDL concept and its application in higher education. Understanding SDL is not only a paradigm shift, it also involves the retooling of one’s learning skill sets from passive to active. Research has indicated that this is one of the biggest challenges in adopting and implementing SDL in any sector.

The purpose in creating this website was twofold. First, it is devoted to the corporate community as a place where trainers could obtain information about SDL. Secondly, it is to serve as place for interested parties to sharing information, experiences, and opinions about SDL in the corporate world. Please make use of this website for learning and sharing about SDL.

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