Enspire Named in Training Industry Content Watch List
JUNE 17, 2016
AUSTIN TX – 17 June 2016. Enspire is pleased to announce that we have been selected as a 2016 Content Development Watch List Company. This is our fifth year to earn the distinction of Content Development Watch List Company or Top 20 Content Development Company. We have also been named a Top 20 Gamification Company for 2015 and 2014. Capability to develop and deliver multiple types of content.
Enspire Wins Two Brandon Hall Silver Awards!
OCTOBER 5, 2016
Enspire transforms nation-wide critical-care nursing training with ground-breaking, award-winning online solution. For nurses working with acute or critically ill patients who have complex and life-threatening illnesses and injuries, timely and effective training is imperative. Contextual lessons and activities in patient care. Abundant practice in critical thinking and decision making.
Gamification Lessons from Enspire
APRIL 19, 2016
Gamification is one of the hottest trending topics in the learning and development community (alongside big data, learning analytics, and adaptive/personalized learning). Organizations are seeking gamification of learning activities to boost learner motivation, engagement, and enjoyment in training experiences. Download our Gamification Elements to Use for Learning guide.
Enspire Wins Silver!
SEPTEMBER 10, 2014
Enspire is pleased to announce that the joint Enspire / MasterCard team have won a Silver Brandon Hall award in the 2014 Best Use of Mobile Learning category. MasterCard needed a compelling, mobile-enabled interactive program that transformed employees into advocates for the organization. To address the needs of this diverse group, MasterCard and Enspire devised a goal-based learning experience. Using
How to Choose Between On-Demand and Instructor-Led Training
Not sure whether to offer on-demand or instructor-led training, or both? Each has its pros and cons and your decision will depend on your organization’s needs and goals. Download this eBook to learn which option is better at scale, as well as the resources needed to implement each training type.
Why less is needed more than ever before
JULY 7, 2014
Today, more than ever before in human history, knowledge is readily accessible. There is no need to cram training programs chock-full of content. Instead, Instead, learners can connect to just-in-time knowledge resources: ubiquitous internet access. instant text/voice/video communication tools. cloud” workflow collaboration. performance support systems. knowledge management systems.
OCTOBER 3, 2014
If you could time travel back 8000 years to an Indo-European speaking village and ask somebody to tell you a joke, you’d probably get this one: “If you don’t like the weather, stick around. It’ll change!” . Ha ha! Our fair city of Austin, Texas is no exception to the changing weather rule, but it offers relief for the climate-overwhelmed through a greatly simplified system. Suite 101.
Enspire is now an IBM Watson Ecosystem Partner
JULY 6, 2015
Enspire is pleased to announce our plans to bring the power of IBM Watson™ to universities nationwide, beginning in Fall 2015, with our acceptance into the IBM Watson Ecosystem Partner program. Our world-class team of software engineers and designers has been hard at work creating a Learning Management System (LMS) tool that utilizes the cognitive computing capabilities of IBM Watson.
Why We Still Use Backbone.js
JANUARY 7, 2016
Skill based learning – How it drives an organization’s performance
Training and learning organizations today play an active role in contributing to the bottom line of any organization by aligning their objectives to the immediate business objectives. This provides a solid ground for cost justification and encourages businesses to place training groups right where they should be, at the heart of a growing, thriving, learning culture.
Friday Spotlight: This is OptumInsight!
JUNE 27, 2014
OptumInsight is driven by the philosophy that information and technology are the keys to transform the healthcare industry and improve people’s lives. Over 8,000 OptumInsight employees world-wide, including doctors, nurses, biostatisticians, coders, epidemiologists, economists, engineers, and technologists are dedicated to this mission. But The post Friday Spotlight: This is OptumInsight!
Mutually Assured Multitasking
NOVEMBER 19, 2014
In Enspire’s information-rich, busy workplace, I sometimes find myself trying to simultaneously execute multiple tasks. I’m not alone in this. The pursuit of productivity, or at least a mirage that feels like productivity, leads many of us to attempt ever greater feats of multitasking. Have any of these occurrences happened to you? How did you do?
Gruß vom Oktoberfest!
OCTOBER 25, 2014
Enspire hosted its annual Oktoberfest celebration on Friday, 17 October. Inaugurating a new tradition, this year’s Fest was held on Enspire’s expansive rooftop deck with an excellent (see earlier blog post) view of downtown Austin. In Germany eating and drinking are cut with dancing and acres of carnival rides that agitate the collective into an appropriate state of Gemütlichkeit.
Tools for the Flexible Workplace
JANUARY 5, 2015
As a project manager (these days I often wear my Instructional Design hat, too) I’ve constantly challenged myself to explore ways to best foster collaboration on projects. At Enspire, we also use enterprise Gmail, Google Sites, Google Hangouts, and a host of other tools in the Google Apps constellation. The wireframes have an appearance of a pencil sketch and help in planning page layout.
Enspire at InstructureCon 2015
JUNE 11, 2015
Enspire Account Director Robert Bell will be attending InstructureCon 2015 , June 16-18 in Park City, Utah. The conference is hosted by Instructure, makers of the Canvas LMS for educational institutions. For more information, contact Robert today: firstname.lastname@example.org. The post Enspire at InstructureCon 2015 appeared first on Enspire. Events Learning News conference InstructureCon
Keyboardless Corporate Training
AUGUST 13, 2014
Think of the most engaging asynchronous course you’ve ever experienced as an online learner at work. Can you picture it? Remember the interactivities, practice opportunities, and challenges included in the learning experience? Now ask yourself: Did you use a keyboard? Maybe you typed a password that enabled you to launch the course. You were probably not asked to write anything.
Spotlight > Enspire Sims in Thailand
JUNE 7, 2014
Enspire deploys its Signature Simulation line of leadership development products to clients worldwide. Opportunities and excitement come with the territory, as did a recent… military coup. Enspire Associate Taylor Nyberg was already in country when political events in Thailand temporarily derailed her team’s Bangkok deployment.
Assess Training Success!
MAY 18, 2015
What is at the heart of any training initiative? The ability to make a difference. That could mean an employee able to do their job with more efficiency, consumers buying a product after understanding the value, or preparing a university student for success in a course to pass that final exam. Training is done for a lot of reasons, but the one thing we all want to know is: Did it work? Did it work?
Seven Simple Secrets to Off-the-Shelf Course Success
Off-the-shelf elearning is applicable for a wide audience, but it won’t address your organization’s unique situations or distinctive content. So are these courses all that helpful? For sure! Read on for 7 secrets to make off-the-self learning your own.
Friday Spotlight > Medical Soft Skills
JULY 11, 2014
Physicians’ Reciprocal Insurers ( PRI ) understands that effective communication in medical care is highly correlated with better patient adherence. According to an extensive review of literature published between 1949 and 2008, training physicians in communication skills results 1.62 times better odds of patient adherence. These patients provide real-time feedback to the learner’s choices.
Friday Spotlight > Business Challenge in Shanghai
JULY 24, 2014
In addition to its long-standing custom learning business, Enspire delivers a suite of leadership business programs and simulations worldwide. Recently SDSU professor and Enspire facilitator Frank Ryan traveled to Shanghai to deliver Business Challenge. Participants are asked to evaluate the program’s impact on their day to day work. BC garnered a 9.3
Technologue: Holler & Dash Biscuit House
AUGUST 4, 2016
Homewood, Alabama. Holler & Dash Biscuit House is a new fast-casual restaurant concept that combines delicious Southern traditions with modern flavors for bold new taste combinations. Served with a bit of swagger and a side of pickled okra, Holler & Dash (H&D) biscuit sandwiches are something different. I’d say the same about the people and operations behind this fun, new eatery.
Keep your Learning Business Flying
JANUARY 12, 2015
When opportunities come fast and furious, or, even worse, few and far between, it’s easy to freak out and depart controlled flight in your learning services business. Rough air or cash flow headaches are part and parcel of any enterprise. Keep your head when things get choppy. Make sure everyone’s on the right plane. Team members and clients love a business with direction. Avoid storms.
Leaving performance reviews behind: Where to start [Guide]
Is your company ready to move beyond the annual performance review? Where do you start? What are the keys to success? In this guide, you’ll gain an understanding of: the forces driving change, three foundations of success and take a deep dive into the skills gap many managers have that will sink your efforts before they start and how to address them.
Mark Heaps at Bloomsburg University
MARCH 11, 2016
Houndstooth Studio Executive Director Mark Heaps will deliver the opening keynote speech at the 2016 Bloomsburg University’s Center for the Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) symposium on Thursday, March 17th at 9:30 EST. Mark, formerly director of development for Duarte Inc. , has more than 20 years of experience working with clients including Google , Apple and HP.
Enspire Top Content Company
JUNE 4, 2015
AUSTIN TX - 5 June 2015 – Training Industry has named Enspire, a leading developer of training content and media, to its Content Development Companies Watchlist for 2015. Training Industry has named Enspire to the list, or as a Top 20 Content Development company, for 4 years in a row. Capability to develop and deliver multiple types of content. Company size and growth potential.
Ministry of Games #5: Simulation Games
MAY 15, 2014
Matt and Robert spotlight the simulation game genre and discuss the difference between simulations and games. Are simulations games? Are games simulations? Do simulations have to emulate real life? Is chess a simulation? Can you learn from simulations as well as you can from games? The guys tackle these questions and more. Show Notes: MechWarrior. Race Driver: Grid. Papers, Please.
A Bit Puzzled
FEBRUARY 16, 2015
I spent this past New Year’s Eve revisiting the classic mystery board game, Clue. A few weeks later, I was reading this fascinating article that a friend sent me about an alternate reality game that leads its players into the darkest recesses of the Internet. Can you decode a common theme here? It has to do with puzzles, which are all about decoding. So what does this mean for us?
Attract, Engage, and Develop Talent using Open Badges: An IBM case study
Companies have an incredible opportunity to use badges to help attract, engage, recognize and develop talent. There have been significant developments around digital credentials and particularly the fast rise of badges and micro-credentials. Learning Professionals need to be aware of what's happening and innovators should be taking a leading role. In this session, David will go through the well-known IBM Open Badge Program to help explain badge programs.
Learning from Kids
SEPTEMBER 9, 2014
You can find a TED talk on just about any subject. Being in the learning biz, and many of us parents to boot, we were drawn to Adora Svitak ‘s 2010 talk that deftly inverts the adult-as-teacher-child-as-student paradigm. As noted on the TED site, Adora “says the world needs “childish” thinking: bold ideas, wild creativity and especially optimism.
Are Your Learning Objectives in Disguise?
OCTOBER 28, 2014
Can you recognize the learning goals behind these academic masks? By the end of this training, you will be able to…. Design and don appropriate attire, as specified in Team Handbook, Section IV: Appropriate Attire, page 132, for the occasion. Approach a minimum of 20 domiciles in the vicinity of a 1-mile radius, and effectively articulate requests to residents for specific holiday-themed needs.
Friday Spotlight > Executive Challenge
AUGUST 9, 2014
This week Enspire’s Product division delivered Executive Challenge to 270 new Full-Time MBA students at the University of Texas at Austin’sMcCombs School of Business. Enspire has delivered the simulation – one of Enspire’s suite of Challenge business simulations – since 2007. To introduce students to important concepts which will be built upon in business school.
Learning Tech’s Affordances
AUGUST 25, 2014
Learning technologies — like any other tool — can be put to good or wrong purposes. Often we put a tool to “wrong” purposes when we use that tool in ways that don’t match its natural affordances. like the analogy of a pencil: it’s a great tool for writing on paper, but not such a good tool for punching holes into paper — although I can recall using it for such purposes back when paper was popular ;-). To be sure, you can punch holes into paper with a pencil, but those holes are apt to be ragged and misaligned. Ask yourself: what problem am I trying to solve?
Best Practices for Launching an LMS
When launching a new platform to deliver customer and partner training, there are a few key items to keep in mind. The best and simplest way to stay organized during this process – and be able to measure success – is to follow the tried-and-true practices outlined in this eBook. Click to download.
Mobile Learning’s Wearable Future
JULY 14, 2014
When we think about mobile learning, we often limit our design strategies to experiences delivered via smartphones and tablets. However the future of mobile is wearable technology, including glasses, watches, and more. What types of learning experiences could we create for wearable devices? On July 17, I’ll be presenting a webinar for the eLearning Guild about wearable technology. The devices that I’ll highlight in the session aren’t quite ready for prime time and, in most cases, we’ve only seen a first iteration of each form factor. So join me. Visit the event page to register.