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BRAINSTORMINGRecently, there's been a lot of discussion about how brainstorming doesn't work. Forbes, Fast Company, and the New Yorker have all weighed in with articles (see references). I agree that what they term as brainstorming doesn't work, but that doesn't mean brainstorming doesn't work.

So, what is brainstorming?
The concept of brainstorming is that we get more people involved in thinking of alternatives to current issues or challenges. This is good for two reasons. First, we want alternatives when we have problems to solve, we want new ideas when we're innovating, and so on. Second, when we tap into more people, the solution is nearly always better.

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5 must have qualitiesAs the training and development field evolves and attracts a different pool of professionals with diverse skills and experiences, new questions arise: Have the competencies of instructional design (ID) changed? Should they change? How has ID evolved over the past few decades? Are trainers' competencies keeping up with the pace of change?

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myth factAncient peoples invented colorful stories about powerful gods expressing themselves through the physical world. They were trying to make sense of their world, using the only tools available at the time.

Similarly, educators have developed many theories about the learning process over the years. However, now that science has developed tools to test these theories, some of them are proving to be false. Learning styles is one of those former "truths" that many in the field now classify as "myth.

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