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.
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.
Why We Still Use Backbone.js
JANUARY 7, 2016
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.
New Brandon Hall Group report forecasts major shift in 2016 online learning trends
Companies are increasingly dissatisfied with online learning tools, prompting many to reinvest in technology that supports a modern training approach. Download the report from Brandon Hall Group to see how new investments are bringing real business results.
Enspire named Top 20 Gamification Company
OCTOBER 19, 2015
AUSTIN, TX – Global learning solutions provider Enspire Learning announced today that it has been named one of the 2015 Top 20 Gamification Companies by Training Industry, Inc. Our second annual Top 20 Gamification Companies List showcases the companies who best integrate gaming into learning and development programs,” said Ken Taylor, president, Training Industry, Inc. Geographic reach.
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
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.
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: email@example.com. The post Enspire at InstructureCon 2015 appeared first on Enspire. Events Learning News conference InstructureCon
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.
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.
Enspire named Top 20 Gamification company
NOVEMBER 10, 2014
Enspire is pleased to announce that it has been named as a Top 20 Gamification Company by TrainingIndustry.com. ”We’re delighted to be chosen as one of Training Industry’s Top 20 Gamification Companies,” said Enspire Director of Games and Simulations Robert Bell. ”We Company size and growth potential. Quality and number of clients/users. Geographic reach.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Storyboarding for eLearning
Storyboarding is a very important step for creating eLearning courses. But don’t you feel it’s a waste of time to start creating the courses from scratch and copy-paste text and other objects from the storyboard to the eLearning tool for course development.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Evaluating Training - Capturing the Benefits Aspects of ROI
Training evaluation is necessary and, in many ways, critical to the success of a business. But because short term priorities always seem to take precedence, it is typically something we plan to do better in the next course, or maybe next month, or even next year. After all, we’ve managed pretty well up to now, so surely another year can’t hurt!
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
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.
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?
Ignite Interest in Your Next Presentation
APRIL 5, 2016
I was previously a speaker at the San Antonio Learning and Performance Summit (LEAPS). I’ve heard it said that every product you work on is a prototype for the next product, and I’m assuming this applies to presentations, too. Following the summit, I immediately started considering improvements. The following are free resources that I plan to use when preparing for my next presentation.
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.
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.
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.
Mixing it up in MOOCs
DECEMBER 4, 2012
The New York Times declared this The Year of the MOOC. Massive open online courses (MOOCs) are a fantastic innovation in distance education: university-level courses free to the masses. People are flocking to them by the thousands … and then dropping out of them… by the thousands! know this, yet I’m a habitual MOOC dropout. I’ve tried three times now. We dropped out together.
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.
Move Beyond Learning to Applying: A Modern Management Development Program
A better way to develop front-line managers !It’s well documented that people leave managers – not companies. Download this guide to learn how to shift the perspective from event to journey and how to take learners through Proficiency Journeys to get results.
Trick or Treat? 6 E-Learning Demons to Avoid this Halloween
OCTOBER 26, 2011
E-learning shouldn’t be scary. Here are 6 ghastly mistakes common to e-learning and tips to avoid them. House of horrors: Feeling frightened, clutching tightly to a friend in the dark, unable to see where you’re going and wondering what threats are around the next corner, can be exhilarating in a haunted house…. Learner-centric navigation, signposting, and progress meters help light the way.
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?
Friday Spotlight > Cisco
AUGUST 1, 2014
Cisco needed a way to promote a new global initiative called Cisco Organizational Learning (COL), so we developed an e-learning course in the style of a graphic novel that introduces COL and motivates employees to participate. The learner is taken down two paths of the story to reveal cause and effects and discover the importance of the initiative.
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?
5 Unknown Ways You're Wasting Your Training Budget
In the US alone, companies spend over $70 billion on corporate training and about $1000 on individual employees according to Bersin by Deloitte. When it comes to training budgets, leaders struggle to pinpoint what impact (if any) their training programs are having. So what's the result? Companies end up wasting millions of dollars each year on ineffective training practices.
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.
TFT: Above the Fold and Inspiration
AUGUST 5, 2014
1) Our industry is obsessed with “the fold.” ” It’s as if we think our learners forget how to scroll once they enter an online learning experience. Baloney. 2) Inspiration comes when you least expect it, and often not right when you need it. Get started now. Here are 10 unusual sources of inspiration. The post TFT: Above the Fold and Inspiration appeared first on Enspire.
Heretic: Our Reverse Angle on AngularJS
JUNE 12, 2014
There’s a lot of developer buzz around AngularJS , and rightly so. Angular has pretty cool features right out of the box that can save web devs bunches of time. Two-way data-binding, dependency injection, and modularity are just some of the big features being touted for this framework. Verdict: AngularJS needs some of its pointier angles filed down before it joins our toolbox. Read on. Intangibles.
Two for Tuesday: Scrolling and Anxiety
APRIL 2, 2013
1) Anyone who’s ever designed online content has been told to “keep it above the fold.” This guideline has been particularly stubborn in the elearning world, as designers tend to think in terms of slides. Clive Shepherd examines the end to that line of thinking. Blog Thoughts on Learning case study games narrative scrolling two for tuesday user experience
Workbook: Gamification and Your Enterprise Learning Strategy
This workbook is a response to your need to understand how to strategically incorporate gamification into your learning strategy, in order to drive real business results. It’s designed to be printed, written in and used as a guide.
Designing Scenario-based Training for Nurses, Part 1
DECEMBER 10, 2015
The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) provides news, information, and continuing education about the latest evidence-based research and best practices in acute and critical care nursing. When updating its Essentials of Critical Care Orientation (ECCO) online program, AACN decided to create more experiential learning through patient case studies. Think Like a Nurse.
Southwest Airlines and Enspire at the Corporate Learning Summit
APRIL 12, 2013
Enspire CEO Bjorn Billhardt and Senior Manager of People Development at Southwest Airlines Bonnie Endicott will be speaking at this year’s Corporate Learning Summit in Chicago. Southwest Airlines has a highly engaged workforce known for its sense of humor and teamwork. Its culture is fueled by significant investments in leadership development.