LOS ANGELES – Medical mysteries and mental lapses blindsided several celebrities this week as click-bait links informed them of deep secrets unknown to everyone, including him or herself. Experts debate the dangerous implications for users across the web.
Leonardo DiCaprio found some troubling yet exciting news this week when a Buzzfeed list of little-known Hollywood facts pointed out that actor has actually won two Oscars. Tom Garoppolo of the Academy explained in a press conference this week that the mistake took place when asking Orlando Bloom to present the award for best actor in a leading role in 2007. Garoppolo assures the media that the name on the winning card was not misprinted.
When asked about DiCaprio’s newly confirmed award for best actor in a supporting role in 1994, the academy declined to answer any specific questions but offered the following statement: “Our bad.”
DiCaprio admitted he never got around to watching his 1994 acceptance speech due to a distracting link to see twenty-seven duck-sized horses.
More news surfaced this morning regarding another famous actor while friends have noted his recent lack of smiling during social gatherings and photo shoots. George Clooney’s family released a statement today after discovering the fact that George has no teeth at all and apparently never has. “We are truly devastated,” said Clooney’s recently married spouse Amal Alamuddin, “I was always so impressed that George’s dentist never found any cavities or gingivitis.”
Clooney discovered the deformity while following up on celebrity gossip online. Lazing around in the tub with his trusted iPad and rubber ducky, George came across a link exclaiming “You won’t believe this shocking secret!” After sifting though several dozen pop-up ads, he was blindsided by the shocking revelation that all his life he never grew a single tooth. Clooney tweeted later that night “OMG now I know why my favorite food is mashed potatoes!”
The acting community has reached out to provide medical aid in this time of crisis. The ADA and Gary Busey have joined together to attempt an innovative dental donation.
Others plan to convince Clooney to keep his natural, creepily smooth and moist feel. Gerber offered a contract for 4.7 million dollars to refuse any donation or implants along with a two-year marketing campaign for Gerber’s new teen-focused product line “Posh Peas.” No official decision has been released.
Elsewhere in the sporting community, Nascar recently stripped current Sprint Cup points leader Brad Keselowski of all accomplishments and trophies within the motorsports world – most notably his 2012 Nascar Sprint Cup Championship trophy.
The news surfaced when Brad perused the Fox News front page and found an article on the right column titled “LOL Worst Driving Fails of All Time!” At number 6 on the list behind Meg Ryan pulling out a map while driving Sleepless in Seattle, the story broke that Brad had unintentionally hit a cone during the parallel parking section of his drivers test fourteen years ago.
The thirty-year-old professional driver then called officials in his hometown of Rochester Hills, Michigan who confirmed that the instructor failed to mention the error and that Keselowski’s driver certification must be ruled invalid along with any accomplishments within the motorsport community.
Brad was reluctant to speak with reporters this afternoon, but when asked how he plans to handle this situation, he replied “I’d just like to thank my sponsor Miller Lite for always being there for me” before stumbling into a cab.
These shocking stories are leaving many thinking “If it could happen to George Clooney, it could happen to me, right?” Drew Stinson, a sociology expert at Harvard specializing in the effects of modern media, stated in an interview that more people are learning about themselves through the Internet. “It’s fascinating to see that an unprecedented sixty-seven percent of women have been informed through click-bait that they totally should not have texted him last night.” Waves of regret have swept the nation eliminating any hopes that maybe his phone was dead and that he totally would have responded.
The increasing population of fearful viewers has led to a conflict of trust in what site editors publish. At any point, users could encounter life-changing information previously unknown to themselves and their loved ones. This leads some to wonder how creators of click-bait links have access to this information.
Xavier Cespedes, head of public relations for the National Security Agency, denies any involvement from the agency with this recent divulgement of information. He continued his statement by explaining that “We are currently focused on identifying the true location of Steve Jobs, or as he is currently known, Esteban Trabajos.”
CHICAGO, IL – OkCupid one of the largest free online dating websites, has introduced a new feature that all dating websites are soon to follow. With over 3.5 million users on OkCupid, it’s extremely difficult to determine who could possibly be that perfect match. Now they have solved this problem with a brand new idea. Christian Rudder, President of OkCupid, publicly announced the arrival of the “Cupid’s Quiver” feature. Rudder claims this new feature is the final step in finding that perfect partner.
The “Cupid’s Quiver” is a brand new feature developed by the team at OkCupid. The Cupid’s Quiver essentially lets the user put certain people into a special group that makes it easier to connect and find out more information about them. Rudder told us, “Many people have been complaining that it’s too difficult to keep track of the people that possibly could be ‘the one’. So we fixed that problem and added some brand new functionality to our site.” Users are allowed to put up to twenty different profiles in their Cupid’s Quiver. Once in the quiver, users now have additional options other than to just message and find out simple information.
The best feature about the Cupid’s Quiver is the new CupidResearch feature. CupidResearch allows users to see previous history reports on the people in their Cupid’s Quiver. They can see who they have messaged, how judgmental they are, and who else they have dated. So if a user doesn’t like someone’s history they can avoid this person with ease.
OkCupid user Samantha who goes by DreamerGirl463 recently told us, “CupidResearch is now an essential tool I use to decide if I could possibly date a certain guy. When I see that a guy fits all my criteria I’ll put him in my Quiver. I can also check to make sure he doesn’t go on dates with a bunch of people. If he dates a bunch of different people he is probably a womanizer or maybe just socially awkward.” This new feature gives users more confidence when finally asking that certain someone on the first date.
If a user purchased Cupid’s Quiver and finds someone who they are extremely attracted to they can now send them one of ‘Cupid’s Arrows’. This feature will alert users if someone has a strong physical connection with them. Rudder said, “Sometimes it’s hard to determine if someone is physically attracted to you online. The Cupid Arrow will make sure that person knows you find them attractive.”
Along with CupidResearch, there is now also Aim-Assist. This feature is included with the purchase of the Cupid Quiver and ensures certain types of people are deleted from your searches. This allows the user to be assured they won’t waste one of ‘Cupids Arrows’ on someone who isn’t a good match. If a user dislikes people who have brown eyes, they can have their search modified to ensure people with brown eyes never don’t appear. User BigArms101 told us, “If a girl doesn’t have tattoos I just can’t like her. That made Aim-Assist so handy because it has narrowed my search for love to a smaller number of people.”
We got the chance to interview Marcus Smith an OkCupid user since 2012. He claims the new Cupid Quiver is the last ingredient that was needed to find love online. Smith said, “After having bad luck on all of my dates, I am finally confidant I will find love with this new feature. I have met many great girls who I easily could have had a great relationship with. But there were certain little things that I disliked in the girl that would never let me seal the deal. Now I can filter out those little things, like long fingernails, or allergies to pollen.” Marcus has currently thirteen women in his Quiver and he plans to take many of them out on that first date. He is extremely excited and confident because the new features have led him to new women that met his exact standards.
Currently as a free member, users can see possible matches on the side of the web page. With the purchase of the Cupid Quiver those matches are now based off certain filters that the user can select. Certain filters can be attractiveness, similarity in interests, based off your previous purchases online, and many more. This makes your search for love that much easier.
Cupid’s Quiver is now available on their website for a low fee of ten dollars a month. OkCupid has taken the next technological step in online dating and guarantees that all their users will find love. Love is rare and hard to find, so why not let the OkCupid team help guide you there for a small price.
This is the collaborative responses from project group 8: Matthew Campbell, Victoria Nguyen, Aileen O’Hearn, and Ashley Cheatham
1. What kind of training does this video describe?
-The video describes live training also known as face-to-face or one-to-one training
2. Discuss how the basic learning principles are represented in the instructional practices demonstrated in this video.
-There are three basic learning principles in both the book and the video. Those principles are contiguity, the law of effect, and practice. Contiguity occurs when subjects are learned to be associated with each other and help aid in the process. The video represents this when the instructor describes context in relation to training. If context for a person’s job and significance of that position is expressed, they may have a much easier time piecing together the information and utilize that knowledge to excel in their position for a longer period of time. The map example from the video is a good representation of this concept. The second learning principle is the law of effect, and it states that when an act occurs and is immediately followed by a positive or pleasurable response, that behavior is much more likely to be repeated. The video expresses this by emphasizing the importance of complimenting a trainee on what they are getting right and what a good job they are doing after each task. The third and final principle is practice. Practice is simply having the trainee repeat the steps necessary to do the job multiple times. Practice, practice, practice, was a very emphasized concept because the repetition increases knowledge and association. Hence the saying practice makes perfect. This was expressed in the video, and they gave a short poem to remember this concept: “I do it normal, I do it slow. You do it with me, then off you go.”
3. Describe how the instructional practices in this video are related to needs assessment and task analysis
-Needs assessment is the process by which an organization’s HRD needs are identified and articulated. It determines and addresses the gaps between current conditions and what the desired conditions are. It highlights the needs that are desired within an organization and develops a plan to achieve them. This is best displayed in the video by the section where it talks about as someone gets higher in an organization, effective training is important, because to be a good leader, you have to rely on those that you lead to support you. So to have an effective staff to lead, you must identify what sort of training is required to make that ideal staff come into fruition. Task analysis is collecting data about a specific job, and identifying what knowledge or skills must be taught to have the employee work at an optimum level. The video is relevant in relation to this in the part when it is discussing avoiding jargon that is irrelevant to that employee. However, they also noted it is important to identify and state the employee’s role in the organization, so they feel that there is a valid reason to learn the information that is being presented. The video also describes three ideas: giving the employee a proper context for what they are learning, having it explained to them piece by piece in chunks, and having them practice it so that they fully understand it. By following these practices, managers will be able to properly communicate the needs of the organization to employees during their training.
4.Robert Gagne states that there are five different categories of learning (also referred to as learning outcomes and domains), each with a different set of conditions that maximize learning. These include: verbal information, Intellectual skills, cognitive strategies, attitudes, and motor skills. Which learning outcomes did you see represented in the video? Support your assertions with specific examples.
-Of the five different categories of learning, almost each one of the categories was displayed. The video highly emphasizes the need for managers to encourage their employees, so that they emphasize what the employee has done correctly. An example of verbal knowledge was the trainee in the machine shop reciting back all of the different processes to lead to the conclusion of what the particular machine part he was looking at’s purpose was. management of the sewing machine. An example of intellectual knowledge in the video took place when the manager trained his employee to use a cash register. He enhanced her intellectual skills by not only properly teaching her, but also asking questions to see what she already knew. An example of cognitive training in the video was when the newer employee was boxing up what appeared to be bottles of wine, displayed a cognitive strategy. While this situation yielded a negative result, he was using his scope of knowledge to produce what seemed like a more efficient strategy based on the information he was given. There were several instances where you could see attitudes come into play. In basically all of the “Don’t do it this way” video segments, you could see how the improper strategy would cause some negative attitudes towards the work that was asked of the trainee. This was especially apparent with the older lady and the man with all of the files. The guy literally has a meltdown. A specific example of motor skills in this video highlights an instructor teaching a young girl how to use a sewing machine. This connects to motor skills, as the manager describes teaching her the routine, repairs, and daily management of the sewing machine.
5. According to cognitive learning theory, why is it important to chunk information?
-According to cognitive learning theory, it is important to chunk information so that employees are not overwhelmed during the training process. presenting information in chunks also helps ensure that employees fully understand what is being taught. If employees become overwhelmed by information, the procedural steps will become mixed together, and they will not do the task correctly. It is important to take baby steps to allow for the trainee to “digest” the information.
6. Use the inormation from your textbook to develop 2 learning objectives for this video.
-Given the proper knowledge of the tasks and proper resources required to complete the task after viewing this video, the trainer should be able to effectively train and guide new employees, as well as make them feel welcome and relevant in the company culture.
-After watching this video trainers should have properly developed techniques that will allow them to guide and teach their employees in a positive way. Motivate the employees to learn proper techniques.
7. Describe how the issues of training design, whole vs. part learning, over learning, and task sequencing are addressed in the video.
-The video references training design in the way that it states the importance of preparation, giving employees a general idea of the context of a situation. It only talks about one on one training, specifically, on the job training. It also states that it is necessary to ensure that all relevant machinery is working properly, and all training materials are accounted for. This is absolutely necessary for effectively designed training. In regards to whole vs. part training, the video states that it is most effective to first give a general idea of how the whole (organization) functions, then to get into the (part) specific training, and show how that part pieces into the whole. By teaching employees the specific details little by little it will prevent the employees from becoming too overwhelmed or experiencing “overlearning”. This allows for the most clarity and also gives them a sense of accountability in the fact where if that one part fails, it affects the whole negatively. Having the employees continually practice the information and instruction given to them will further their understanding of a specific job and the organization as a whole. Overlearning can be bad if a trainer is trying to teach someone new without regarding their previous experience. The video stated that if someone is trying to train a new employee, and throws out a bunch of jargon because they have such a knowledge of the job, it can be quite confusing to someone who’s coming in brand new. Task sequencing is the idea that procedures should be learned in steps and slowed down to make sure understanding is had at each step. The video gave a good example of this when the man was attempting to show the lady how to use the control panel. He was taking it slowly and ensuring she saw each step individually before continuing to the next one. This is much more effective than showing someone an entire process without sequencing it, as it makes the steps much easier to remember.
8. Can you think of other effective ways to accomplish the training that was demonstrated in this video?
-The sort of training that was displayed in this video was all hands-on and that is a difficult training approach to beat, because an organization would have to be procedural no matter what. But One method of training that could be considered includes group-based learning, where the manager could teach their employees in groups. Doing so will allow the employees to interact and develop their skills together, which could further their process of learning. The discussion that would be provided in this type of training could be valuable for employees learning from each other and attempting to solve problems for help each other with misunderstandings. In this type of a setting open ended questions could be asked to the employees so that it would challenge them to actually explain what they had learned to other people.