Author Archives: Pertrain Pen

Horses for Courses


There are always different ‘Horses for Courses’. In terms of training tools this may mean choosing eLearning or whiteboard animation over traditional classroom training.

Blended learning caters for different learning styles

blended learning

We all know that we learn in different ways. The acronym VARK (visual/seeing, aural/hearing, read/write, kinaesthetic/doing) has been around for nearly 30 years.1  But often the best way to learn, and therefore to train, especially in a group situation, is a combination of methods – or a blend. Blended learning includes various training delivery methodologies […]

You are never too old to learn

learning and training styles

So just when you think you know it all, something comes along to remind you that learning is a life-long pursuit. For Pertrain Pen it was the word Asynchronous. Pertrain has been writing training materials for well over 30 years. We have been developing eLearning packages for nearly a decade. But in all this time […]

Everybody’s doing it!

Training Log Book

Muscle builders do it.  Obstetricians and Gynaecologists do it. Some seventeen-year-old drivers do it too. What is ‘it’? Maintain a training log book. A training log book is used to record informal training and operational experience obtained in situ (the workplace, on the road, etc).  This training/experience usually comes after the person has received formal […]

Recipe for learning (Part 1)

Recipe for Learning

Recipe for learning Ingredients 1 need to pass on important information 1 topic at a time 1-10 learners A dash of learning difficulties A sprinkle of different training tools to suit experience, attitudes and learning styles. Method Place all ingredients into a suitable learning space and mix well. If only it was that easy… Training and […]

SCORM: It’s a jungle out there

Many companies use a Learning Management System (LMS) to manage learners, present training material and track results.  But with so many software solutions and systems out there, how can you prevent leading your eLearning projects down a digital dead end? In 2000 Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL), part of the US Defence Department, developed the Shareable […]

Does a picture really paint 1000 words?

Who cares!  Do you really want to convey 1000 words with one image?  Probably not. But what you probably DO want to convey is something that is hard to explain, or something that needs extra emphasis. Graphics play an important part in information sharing.  Photos and technical drawings are great, but sometimes a cartoon is […]

Typos and workplace health and safety don’t mix

Click here for a FREE presentation on proof reading and quality control that you can adapt and use for your organisation. Typographical errors, or typos, are a fact of life.  Luckily most of the time they don’t result in devastating or fatal outcomes.  But when people’s health and safety is on the line, you can’t […]

Moe-ning tea for mens health

Magnums, moe-iced cakes and frothy, moustache making milkshakes will be the order of the day at Pertrain’s moustache-inspired moe-ning tea, to raise money for Movember. Pertrain has been a proud supporter of Movember for a number of years and this year we are aiming to raise at least $1000 to support prostate cancer and men’s […]