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Natasha Burt

Natasha Burt is an Education Executive at SYSPRO and joined the company in June 2012. Natasha is a seasoned professional when it comes to learning and education. After completing her Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics and Psychology at the University of Cape Town, she taught English to foreigners, developed e-learning material for off-the-shelf IT products and business soft skills.

During her career, Natasha has used her knowledge and experience in improving learning and performance to complete a variety of learning and training projects in the petrochemical, mining and mineral, hospitality, government and public services, and financial services industries.

Having found her true passion in the instructional design and development of e-learning material, she has settled into SYSPRO’s Education department as the e-learning ‘expert.’ Her responsibilities at SYSPRO include creating training guides, updating learning content with enhancements, recording and publishing feature demos, and creating tasks and simulated lessons. She also enjoys coaching and sharing her knowledge with newer members of the learning design and development teams.

In her spare time Natasha enjoys walking, reading, catching up on the lastest news, watching TV series and spending time with family and friends.

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Six Benefits of a Competency-Based Training and Assessment Approach

Posted on 21 August 2014 by Natasha Burt

competency-based-training

In my previous blog post, How to Assess for ERP Competency, I defined competencies and discussed the process of assessing for competency, as opposed to assessing for knowledge. You may also recall some of the shortfalls of assessing for knowledge, which I pointed out in the ‘Cons’ section of my blog on The Pros and Cons of ERP Certification. I think this is a good time to explore the benefits of a competency-based approach to training and assessment. Here are six benefits – both for the employer and the employee.

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Topics: Education and Training, Erp training, Competency, Assessments, productivity

How to Assess for ERP Competency

Posted on 10 April 2014 by Natasha Burt

Assessing competency

In a previous blog post, I mentioned that having an ERP certification does not necessarily mean that someone has the required experience or soft skills to be able to perform a job effectively. In addition, I mentioned that the purpose of the certification exam is most often to assess an individual’s ability to answer knowledge-based questions, and does not extend to assessing their ability to use the ERP system to solve real world problems. This brings me to the difference between assessing for knowledge and assessing for competency.

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Topics: Certification, Education and Training, Business software, ERP, software, Competency, Knowledge, Assessments

 

A New Year’s Learning Resolution

Posted on 15 January 2014 by Natasha Burt

new-year-learning-resolutionMy New Year usually begins with commitments to joining a gym, losing weight, and giving up bad habits. Typically, by the last week of January, at least one of them is already in the bin – most probably because I didn’t have an execution plan for it. If you’re someone who breaks New Year’s Resolutions as quickly as you make them, try a different kind of resolution – one for which you have an execution plan and which you can and want to keep!

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Topics: learning, Education and Training, Evaluation, Assessment, Goals, Learning plan

The Pros and Cons of ERP Certification

Posted on 10 October 2013 by Natasha Burt

Certification ERPJust last week, my Dad and I were discussing and debating the value of certifications in the real world – a contentious topic that is widely debated across different professions. Being a civil engineer, my Dad shudders at the idea of hiring a newbie engineer who has achieved a professional qualification without any exposure to applying this knowledge practically. In his industry, practical experience is a requirement. However, only gaining hands-on experience and not having the necessary professional qualification also excludes applicants. The candidates he would consider hiring have the necessary professional qualification and have completed a practical internship of sorts with an engineering firm – the best of both worlds.

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Topics: learning, Certification, Education and Training, Business software, training, ERP, education

Bite-Size Education

Posted on 17 July 2013 by Natasha Burt

e-learningDespite being someone who is generally conscious about what and how much I eat, there are occasions when I cheat – my weaknesses are cheese and chocolate. When my fiancé bought a slab of Swiss dark chocolate recently, the first thing I did was look at the nutritional information. I was pleasantly surprised to see that, instead of giving the values per 100g, they had listed the values per piece. Knowing the kilojoule, fat and sugar content of just one piece encouraged me to limit myself to one bite-size piece of heaven. I had just enough to get that bitter-sweet dark chocolate taste, satisfy my craving for something sweet and avoid that feeling of guilt you get after devouring an entire slab of chocolate. In this case, less really was more. This got me thinking about a more digestible alternative in learning – bite-size education.

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Topics: learning, Education and Training, training, education

How to optimize your ERP education for the Net and Millennial Generations

Posted on 18 April 2013 by Natasha Burt

optimize your erp educationLearning how to use an ERP system is not always that easy but it can be significantly simplified with an understanding of the needs of the learner. Just like we do when developing new solutions in our ERP, when developing learning material, a critical question to ask is “Does the learning meet the target audience’s learning style and preferences?” The individually driven and theoretically based objectives of traditional teaching methods need to catch up with our modern connected world by embracing collaboration through social media technologies and adapting to the learning styles and characteristics of younger generations (Generation Y and the Millennial Generation or Generation Z).

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Topics: Education and Training, user education, Business software, training, ERP, ERP system

 

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