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  • LEARNING SOLUTIONS MAGAZINE  |  MONDAY, JUNE 18, 2012
    [Providers] Lectora eLearning Software Sponsors mLearnCon by News Editor
    Lectora will bring its mobile learning expertise and experience to provide attendees the best eLearning tools for their mobile learning needs. Lectora® eLearning software will sponsor mLearnCon Mobile Learning Conference & Expo June 19 – 21 in San Jose, CA. This premier event focuses on mLearning management strategy, technology alternatives, and design and development options. Instructional Design Learning Systems (LMS/LCMS) Mobile Learning
  • ENSPIRE LEARNING  |  THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 2012
    [Providers] Friday Spotlight > Veterinary Exam Room Communication
    These hospitals are staffed by more than 2,600 fully qualified, dedicated, and compassionate doctors who provide the very best in general and specialty veterinary care. VCA Animal Hospitals operates over 580 small animal hospitals in 41 states and Canada. In a national survey of VCA doctors, 87 percent identified “improving exam room communication” as the skill with the greatest impact on their job performance. To help doctors grow in this area, VCA partnered with Enspire Learning in 2011 to create the Communication Works: Happy Doctors, Loyal Clients, Healthy Pets program.
  • ASSETS  |  WEDNESDAY, MAY 16, 2012
    [Providers] Use First-Person Perspective To Involve the Learner
    Below, I provide two sample scenarios. Art here, ready to give Lesson Three. If you look at the following images, you might wonder how the heck you can use them: The shot of Lisa from behind her chair seems really random, right? And a hand cutout doesn’t seem particularly useful when shown alone, right? Actually, using images like these enable you to immerse the learner in the role of the character. Let me explain. Samples of first person perspective. In the first scenario, the character is a customer service representative who must learn how to handle customer complaints.
  • ASSETS  |  WEDNESDAY, MAY 23, 2012
    [Providers] Use Facial Expressions To Tell Stories
    Focusing on expressions: Full-body images are the best for building an elearning asset library because they provide the most flexibility for use. Below, I provide an example of how I did this in PowerPoint. Hello there! Ready for lesson 4? You know, it amazes me how humans can instantly process facial expressions and body language. Take a look at these images below and think about the message each conveys to you: We see surprise, frustration, confusion, and thoughtfulness. However, a full-body layout is not always the best perspective for your scenario. Exercise 1.
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  MONDAY, MAY 14, 2012
    [Providers] Flying under the Radar SilkRoad raises $35M in Round C
    For small and mid-sized companies an integrated HRMS provides huge value. Most of these companies are relying on their payroll provider for their HRMS, so implementing an end-to-end HRMS and talent management suite provides huge benefits. With all of the spotlight grabbing actions created by this year’s M&A activity, it can be very easy to forget that there are other solution providers out there that have excellent offerings in corporate talent management (SilkRoad, PeopleFluent, SumTotal, Halogen Software, ADP, and many others). Fig 1: SilkRoad RedCarpet.
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  MONDAY, MAY 14, 2012
    [Providers] SAP Means Business
    They have come from all over the world with their questions about all the functional areas and the vertical applications that SAP provides. so I am compiling the list of HCM-related questions I hope SAP provides satisfactory answers for. Subtitle: What our members would like me to learn from SAP's Sapphire conference! There are thousands of attendees at this joint Sapphire and ASUG (American SAP Users Group) meeting here in Orlando. But I suspect our Bersin members aren't too interested in the state of supply chain software (correct me if I am wrong!) All of it? Parts?
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  WEDNESDAY, MAY 16, 2012
    [Providers] CornerstoneOnDemand Continues Growth: Update from 2012 User Conference
    Along those lines, earlier this year Cornerstone acquires Sonar6, a small innovative, New Zealand-based provider of SMB (small business) talent management software. Right now the company is in the middle of an upgrade of its application architecture to create an independent metadata layer and provide "web parts" which plug directly into Sharepoint. Given the huge market share of Sharepoint in businesses, this is going to provide tremendous value to many companies. This week CornerstoneOnDemand held its annual user conference in sunny southern California. Summary.
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  WEDNESDAY, MAY 16, 2012
    [Providers] Jobs2web Prepares to Take the Next Step in Recruiting Analytics
    However, like every provider I know of in the talent management software space, the solution is that of aggregate reporting rather than predictive statistics or forecasting. I spent yesterday at the jobs2web conference, a recent acquisition of Successfactors, which is a recent acquisition of SAP. They are a recruiting marketing software firm – they make it their job to make recruiting on the web as easy as possible. had a chance to visit with John Greene (Client Services Director) and Phil Schrader (Analytics Manager) about their analytics functionality.
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  WEDNESDAY, MAY 16, 2012
    [Providers] HR in the Cloud: Upping the Talent Management Ante
    Sapphire, the SAP annual event for its customers and partners, provided the debut of SuccessFactors as a SAP company. In a newly created division called Cloud Computing, Lars Dalgaard, founder and CEO of SuccessFactors, is now the king of the cloud, overseeing a team of 5000 employees devoted to executing SAP’s cloud strategy. Update from Lars on the SuccessFactors’ end of the business: there are3500 customers with 15.6 million unique users, making it 15 times the size in user count of other cloud companies. Developments announced? There were plenty.
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  THURSDAY, MAY 24, 2012
    [Providers] SuccessFactors Unwraps Turbo-Charged HR Analytics Solution
    Using much of the original technology in Infohrm, the system provides a wide range of reporting and data comparisons, including workforce planning and scenario building. wont try to detail it here, but it's the type of "value add" we all need from our solution providers. The HR analytics market has gotten white hot. With all the HR and talent management software out there, companies are now starting to invest very heavily in their HR analytics strategies. For more on this topic, read about our BigData in HR research.). And I mean very hard.) Three Systems in One.
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  TUESDAY, MAY 29, 2012
    [Providers] ADP Rocks the Talent Management Market with New Integrated Solution
    While its offerings may appear complex, they are all based on providing end-to-end HR services to small companies, mid-sized business, and global corporations. Our initial look at the system shows that it is already competitive with many of the talent management providers (offering goal management, development planning, talent reviews and comparisons, performance reviews, succession management, replacement planning, compensation analysis and comparisons, learning paths and informal learning). Cloud-Based End-to-End Talent Management Providers. Background on ADP.
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 2012
    [Providers] Leadership: Science or Art? Is Inspiration Possible?
    Leaders need to provide that inspiration, that supportive stimulation that drives their teams to creativity, innovation, and mission-related action. We at Bersin & Associates devote a lot of time and attention to leadership. Recently we were treated to a day-long event on leading ( not managing -- "leading") presented by members of Impact Achievement Group from Redmond, Washington. One thing I liked was their tag line "Leadership training that sticks!). Our team leaders for the event were also authors of a book called "People Leave Managers.Not Organizations."
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13, 2012
    [Providers] Bersin Launches New Recognition Research: A Hidden Secret To Talent Management
    PS, I would like to thank Stacia Garr, our Principal Analyst in talent management, for this amazing work and all the value it will provide to our clients. I'm excited to announce that this week we launched our Employee Recognition research , a program we started early last year. As I'm sure you know, organizations around the world are suffering from low levels of employee engagement for many reasons. The unemployment rate is high, people are working harder than ever, and employees are overwhelmed with too much information and technology at work. The Employee Recognition Industry.
  • CLARK ALDRICH  |  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2010
    [Providers] Step 1.02 Identify the Area of Need
    Then, tactically, use this framework: To create a sense of presence, use virtual worlds; To easily access diverse, “real-world” communities, use virtual worlds; To increase user engagement, use games; To provide access to labs and props, use stand-alone sims or sims in virtual worlds; To increase depth of knowledge, use educational simulations or environments, either stand-alone or in virtual worlds. Once there is an understanding of the importance of sims , identify where to build them. teaching leadership or stewardship.) Are there sponsors and underwriters?
  • CLARK ALDRICH  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2010
    [Providers] Step 1.05: Assign the Early Roles
    They then provide a constant voice of the customer throughout the development process. What are the Skill Sets Necessary to Create a Serious Game? In this step, assign three roles. Title: Client Manager/ Sales Person/ Client Requirements Description of Responsibilities: The client manager is the de facto lead of a sim project. They are the people who identify and secure the project to begin with. They may or may not be involved directly in the content creation process. The lead designer can be thought of as, in movie-making parlance, the director of the simulation.
  • CLARK ALDRICH  |  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2010
    [Providers] What I look for when I judge Serious Games
    The creation of this simulation often requires novel and multi-layer visualizations and interfaces (although where computer games provide useful models, they should be adopted). The “coach” avatar can be used to create a connection with the user by kicking off levels and concepts, providing debriefings, and giving tips and encouragement. The games can be synchronous, or the game can provide artifacts (such as screen shots of solutions, awards, or scores) that a student can share in a community. When I judge sims and other serious games, this is for what I am looking.
  • TOWARDS MATURITY  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 12, 2012
    [Providers] Join the trend - take part in Towards Maturity 2012 Benchmark Study
    The Towards Maturity Benchmark study provides a unique opportunity for organisations to review their current approach to learning, compare their progress with peers and to use this information to take action to improve performance. TAKE PART IN THE 2012 BENCHMARK STUDY TODAY BY CLICKING HERE. Benchmark research company, Towards Maturity launches its Benchmark Study, the largest benchmark study of its type in Europe. Participants among European, US, Middle East and Asia Pacific companies also increased.
  • TOWARDS MATURITY  |  MONDAY, JUNE 11, 2012
    [Providers] The do's and don't's of winning awards!
    Preparing the award provides a great opportunity to reflect on lessons learned and the journey so far. have probably judged over 50 different awards (and read literally hundreds of submissions) in the last 10 years and in the interest of your success and the sanity of me and my fellow judge’s sanity , I thought it would be useful to provide some do’s and don’t to help you make the most of your experience. Award season is upon us again. It is an opportunity to put off our typical British reticence and shout about what we’ve actually achieved!
  • KAPP NOTES  |  MONDAY, APRIL 9, 2012
    [Providers] UL Acquires EduNeering from Kaplan
    – April 9, 2012 – UL, a world leader in advancing safety , has acquired EduNeering , the leading provider of compliance and training solutions for the life and health sciences sector, from Kaplan Inc., a leading international provider of educational and career services. It looks like EduNeering, the leader in compliance-based learning has been acquired by UL, a global independent safety science company offering expertise across five key strategic businesses: Product Safety, Environment, Life & Health, Knowledge Services and Verification Services. NORTHBROOK, Ill.
  • KAPP NOTES  |  MONDAY, APRIL 30, 2012
    [Providers] Gamification Blog Book Tour, Week Three Stops and Week Two Recap
    He provided a balanced and well described critique of the book. Next Karl Grieb of the ASTD Philadelphia eLearning SIG provides a description of the content of the book. The panel included myself, Jason Brozena of Caronet which is a hosting company that provides data center services to organizations, including numerous game companies. TODAY”S BLOG STOP: May 4: UL EduNeering Online Compliance Training Blog. The blog book tour has been a lot of fun, with interesting comments and exciting dialogues and some in-person stops. May 1: Jeanette Brooks Word of Mouth blog.
  • KAPP NOTES  |  MONDAY, MAY 14, 2012
    [Providers] Gamification Blog Book Tour: Week Five Stops and Week Four Recap
    Larry Hiner at drlarryhiner talked about the Intersection of games, learning, and organizational psychology providing an interesting and thought provoking perspective. As always, he provided great graphics and visual insights. TODAY’S BLOG BOOK TOUR STOP:May 17: Slight alternation in the schedule. Today’s stop is Gamification Happenings. It is the Pinterest page for the book and all things gamification. Also, today would be a good day to revisit some of the great posts of this week. Stop by and see the post at Designing Digitally about the book. Check out.
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  MONDAY, MAY 14, 2012
    [Providers] SAP Means Business
    They have come from all over the world with their questions about all the functional areas and the vertical applications that SAP provides. so I am compiling the list of HCM-related questions I hope SAP provides satisfactory answers for. Subtitle: What our members would like me to learn from SAP's Sapphire conference! There are thousands of attendees at this joint Sapphire and ASUG (American SAP Users Group) meeting here in Orlando. But I suspect our Bersin members aren't too interested in the state of supply chain software (correct me if I am wrong!) All of it? Parts?
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  WEDNESDAY, MAY 16, 2012
    [Providers] Jobs2web Prepares to Take the Next Step in Recruiting Analytics
    However, like every provider I know of in the talent management software space, the solution is that of aggregate reporting rather than predictive statistics or forecasting. I spent yesterday at the jobs2web conference, a recent acquisition of Successfactors, which is a recent acquisition of SAP. They are a recruiting marketing software firm – they make it their job to make recruiting on the web as easy as possible. had a chance to visit with John Greene (Client Services Director) and Phil Schrader (Analytics Manager) about their analytics functionality.
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  WEDNESDAY, MAY 16, 2012
    [Providers] HR in the Cloud: Upping the Talent Management Ante
    Sapphire, the SAP annual event for its customers and partners, provided the debut of SuccessFactors as a SAP company. In a newly created division called Cloud Computing, Lars Dalgaard, founder and CEO of SuccessFactors, is now the king of the cloud, overseeing a team of 5000 employees devoted to executing SAP’s cloud strategy. Update from Lars on the SuccessFactors’ end of the business: there are3500 customers with 15.6 million unique users, making it 15 times the size in user count of other cloud companies. Developments announced? There were plenty.
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  THURSDAY, MAY 24, 2012
    [Providers] SuccessFactors Unwraps Turbo-Charged HR Analytics Solution
    Using much of the original technology in Infohrm, the system provides a wide range of reporting and data comparisons, including workforce planning and scenario building. wont try to detail it here, but it's the type of "value add" we all need from our solution providers. The HR analytics market has gotten white hot. With all the HR and talent management software out there, companies are now starting to invest very heavily in their HR analytics strategies. For more on this topic, read about our BigData in HR research.). And I mean very hard.) Three Systems in One.
  • SUDDEN INSIGHT  |  TUESDAY, MAY 22, 2012
    [Providers] Why Articulate Storyline Is My Go-To Authoring Tool
    Nothing surprising there, but Story View provides some unique authoring functions that make development easier. The illustrated/photographic characters provided with the product are a great start, but I hope Articulate also exposes this functionality so third-party developers can provide additional content options later. ” Together, these two features provide a user-friendly coding interface that doesn’t require any programming skills. Summary: With Storyline, you get the simplicity you want with the flexibility and power you need. This post is my answer.
  • PERFORMANCE PUNCTUATED  |  SUNDAY, APRIL 3, 2011
    [Providers] What CEOs Want (and it’s not what you think)
    recently saw a wonderful presentation by ROI guru Jack Phillips at the Training 2011 conference that provided data to support that assumption. Once we understand what business does value, we can take steps to provide it. By Rich Mesch. Way back in April of 2010, I wrote this post  about talking learning to business, where I basically posited that business doesn’t value learning, it values performance. The bad news? Businesses really don’t value learning. The good news? See, businesses don’t value learning any more than the driver of a car values gasoline. So what’s the net-net?
  • PERFORMANCE PUNCTUATED  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 2011
    [Providers] Please Join Us at mLearnCon in San Jose!
    So when we look at how our audience performs, we need to ask not what can we teach people on a mobile device, but rather how can we use mobile devices to provide information to help them perform better. How mobile content can drive performance by contextualizing learning and providing learners with the information they need right now. by Rich Mesch. Please join Reni Gorman and I at mLearnCon 2011 in San Jose, CA from June 20-23. Reni and I will be speaking on June 21; our topic is “Mobile Learning is SO 10 Minutes Ago… Mobile Performance is NOW!” Sound crazy? Sure it does.
  • PERFORMANCE PUNCTUATED  |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29, 2011
    [Providers] Living La Vida da Vinci: Part 4 – Connections
    Doing my research and finding the associations between devices and programming provided the key to a repeatable and efficient mobile solution. Simple Steps to Help you Think Like a Genius by Michael Crosson. Inspired by the bestselling book “How to Think like Leonardo da Vinci” by Michael J. “ When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.”   -   John Muir (1838 –1914) – Scottish-born American naturalist, author, and early advocate of preservation of wilderness in the United States.
  • PERFORMANCE PUNCTUATED  |  MONDAY, AUGUST 22, 2011
    [Providers] Toward a Learning Agile Organization
    Technology provides us with so many ways to move toward learning agility. Technologies provide the forums we need to be able to share knowledge and access learning at the point of need. Learning agile organizations understand this need, and provide a new model for developing and delivering learning to their employees, using all of the technologies available to them. by Kiersten Yocum, M.Ed. t an organizational level, agility is the ability to grow, change, or innovate at or above the speed of one’s own market. Anything less cannot be considered agility.    - Timothy R.
  • TOWARDS MATURITY  |  MONDAY, MAY 14, 2012
    [Providers] What is the L&D industry is looking for in a learning management system?
    We don’t all have the same dreams One of the criticisms often launched at solution providers to the L&D industry is that the learning management systems they create try to be all things to all people. In our recent LMSwishList survey , just 2 in 10 L&D experts scored their system 70% or more when asked to provide an overall satisfaction rating for the LMS they used today. What is the dream learning platform? Key desired features will differ in each sector but all agree that it must be cloud-based! Automated email notifications 2. Managing e-learning 3.
  • TOWARDS MATURITY  |  MONDAY, MAY 14, 2012
    [Providers] How does communication effect global talent mobility?
    This can then be matched to where vacancies might occur, address which areas suffer from a scarcity of talent and provide solutions to job roles that tend to be difficult to fill across the board. This article has been contributed by Armin Hopp, the Founder and President of dp (digital publishing), the provider of the award-winning online corporate language training Speexx , which offers practical business courses in five languages. With increased demand for languages, organisations that embrace new technologies in their learning will see the greatest results. link] 2.
  • LEARNING CAFE  |  THURSDAY, AUGUST 11, 2011
    [Providers] The effectiveness of learning – Back to Basics
    How many of us (you) feel sufficiently motivated to learn more about our profession; to provide more effective learning interventions?  So, to provide a portion of framework as this series of Learning Effectiveness unfolds, I will occasionally refer to some well established models that extend back over a number of years and discuss their applicability (or otherwise) in today’s just-in-time world of rich media and thirst for instant digital gratification. In short that means: Being expert at performance analysis. Focussing on human performance outcomes.
  • LEARNING CAFE  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 3, 2012
    [Providers] Professionalising L&D in Australia
    There is no doubt that the learning professional is only as effective as their credibility within their organisation and that the spectrum for their possible influence within that organisation is huge: ranging from “peripheral” to “game changing” There is also no doubt that some form of self-regulation has been found, in other domains of practice such as knowledge management, project management and most recently, executive coaching, to provide a means of building and enhancing that credibility through quality assurance and continued professional development.
  • LEARNING CAFE  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 3, 2012
    [Providers] Linking with Performance & Learning
    The problem seems to lie with our current definition of learning – the solutions provided today cater to the 20% of learning that occurs formally – in classrooms and workshops and elearning. Peter’s passion is in enabling people to be highly engaged and productive in their work by providing learning and support at the moment of need. Session Overview. When business managers want improved business outcomes, do they reach for the phone and call the Learning Department first? Session Lead. Peter Davis the Senior Knowledge Manager for Westpac’s Retail Banking Business.
  • LEARNING CAFE  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 5, 2012
    [Providers] FAQ’s
    Session facilitators will provide a framework for discussion and guide the discussion. We can either provide you access to add content directly or send your content in a word document to unconference@knowledgeworking.com . Participants FAQs. What are the design principles of the UnConference ? We are pleased to announce the 1st Learning Café UnCon-ference – a gathering of experienced learning and develop-ment professionals who will collaborate and discuss trends and predict what the near future holds for learning in Australia. Reasonable Costs for Participation.
  • LEARNING CAFE  |  SUNDAY, JANUARY 22, 2012
    [Providers] Serious Games for Serious Learning ?
    Learning Cuppa from the UK I recently had the pleasure of attending an eLearning Innovation Seminar organised by digital learning company Intelligo and PIXELearning – a world-leading provider of immersive learning simulations and ‘serious games’. Session Overview. Serious Games and Business Simulations are now considered as an effective and engaging means to deliver learning. Serious Games have been successful in primary and secondary school education (e.g  www.mathletics.com.au ) and to some extent in healthcare education. Will the L&D community take it seriously ? Session Lead.
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28, 2012
    [Providers] When Software Companies Put People First
    Its products are delivered primarily to organizations based in the United States and Canada and designed to deliver the functionality businesses need to manage the complete employment life cycle from recruitment to retirement (It provides U.S. Ultimate supports HR/payroll/ talent management for both smaller and upper mid-market companies; its UltiPro Workplace provides HR, payroll, and talent management Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution for businesses with 200-999 employees; UltiPro Enterprise provides the same functions for global businesses with 1,000 or more employees.
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 2012
    [Providers] Another Stake in Ground for Blackboard: Two New Investments in the Open-source E-learning Market
    Moodlerooms is a solution provider that hosts Moodle. provides consultation service and training for organizations interested. years, as more corporations started using Moodle as an enterprise LMS, not surprisingly a Moodle services market sprang up which today includes several solution providers – like Moodlerooms and NetSpot. Like Moodlerooms (which BTW is based in Maryland), NetSpot provides services like hosting, support. Blackboard’s statement of principles about open source says it is. ” Blackboard also says it. enterprise. Can you.
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2012
    [Providers] NorthgateArinso Coins "BPaaS" to Position Its Solutions
    For Workday HRIS customers, NGA is a channel partner that provides multi-country payroll, servicing companies that need a wider payroll scope than Workday’s indigenous support for US, Canadian, and UK payrolls. I know you will forgive me a literary allusion, as I was struck by a thought in NorthgateArinso’s well-organized analyst briefing in Boston last week. The allusion is to Pirandello’s play “Six Characters in Search of an Author” – a play in which the characters are seeking a playwright to create a theme to bind them together. “BPaaS.”
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  THURSDAY, MAY 3, 2012
    [Providers] Mobile first -- there's an App for HR?
    " This doesn't sound like a mantra from a talent management provider, does it? Generally, talent management software follows a path from product development on a computer, and then later, interfaces are created to provide access via various mobile devices, porting the application to one platform at a time (iPhone, Android, Blackberry, iPad, etc.). In fact, almost all of the SaaS-based talent management solutions providers have announced cell phone-based mobile interfaces to these products, surpassing the clunkiness of browser-based web site access.
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  SUNDAY, MAY 6, 2012
    [Providers] Blowout Quarter at LinkedIn: Now the Talent Acquisition Machine (+Slideshare)
    Other companies that have gone down this path include SHL , the global assessment provider. Another amazing quarter from LinkedIn: revenues of $188.5 Million, up 101%, with the "hiring solutions" business now driving $102.6 Million or 54% of company revenue. LinkedIn's revenues in the corporate recruiting market are now larger than Taleo, SuccessFactors, Kenexa, and nearly every other software company which sells recruiting solutions. Let me highlight some of the major changes taking place in LinkedIn's corporate recruiting business. BigData.
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2012
    [Providers] NorthgateArinso Coins "BPaaS" to Position Its Solutions
    For Workday HRIS customers, NGA is a channel partner that provides multi-country payroll, servicing companies that need a wider payroll scope than Workday’s indigenous support for US, Canadian, and UK payrolls. I know you will forgive me a literary allusion, as I was struck by a thought in NorthgateArinso’s well-organized analyst briefing in Boston last week. The allusion is to Pirandello’s play “Six Characters in Search of an Author” – a play in which the characters are seeking a playwright to create a theme to bind them together. “BPaaS.”
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  THURSDAY, MAY 3, 2012
    [Providers] Mobile first -- there's an App for HR?
    " This doesn't sound like a mantra from a talent management provider, does it? Generally, talent management software follows a path from product development on a computer, and then later, interfaces are created to provide access via various mobile devices, porting the application to one platform at a time (iPhone, Android, Blackberry, iPad, etc.). In fact, almost all of the SaaS-based talent management solutions providers have announced cell phone-based mobile interfaces to these products, surpassing the clunkiness of browser-based web site access.
  • LEARNING JOURNAL  |  FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2011
    [Providers] Recharging
    Unlike our electronic devices, which seem to thrive quietly in the dark just taking in the energy needed to be powered up for the day ahead, we need people to provide that electric spark that allows us to kick it into high gear. Every night, I plug in all of my electronic contraptions so that they can be freshly charged and ready to go for the undoubtedly busy day ahead. only wish charging my own batteries was that simple. Not so. More than one speaker over the course of the conference emphasized the need to put our electronic devices aside and engage more deeply with one another.
  • LEARNING JOURNAL  |  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2012
    [Providers] The Elusiveness of Applied Knowledge
    But what if… These models are well-researched and provide terrific guidance, but I wonder if we may be looking at this all wrong. More frequently than I care to admit, I run across studies that show that we do not effectively apply the knowledge we have demonstrably learned. That’s a big challenge for those of us that teach stuff for a living. The evidence that we don’t apply learning. Based on a written in-basket exercise, participants were found to have earned only 32% of the possible performance points across eight items. See sources.). See sources for details.).
  • LEARNING JOURNAL  |  MONDAY, MARCH 12, 2012
    [Providers] Blogging 101
    Readers have been generous enough to send me links to additional materials and to provide comments that have pushed my thinking in new directions. This is my 101 st post to the Learning Journal blog. milestone of sorts. started blogging as an experiment in web 2.0 technology, and now see my blog posts as something of a professional calling card. But above all, blogging has been a tremendous learning activity for me. One exciting aspect about posting some of my ruminations online is that I have received feedback and responses from all over the world. Thank you for commenting! Forster.
  • LEARNING JOURNAL  |  MONDAY, MARCH 26, 2012
    [Providers] Is badging the needed paradigm shift in evaluation?
    One of the most frustrating things about annual competency reviews is that competencies are defined at such a high level that different evaluators provide completely conflicting ratings. When it comes to demonstrating the effectiveness of our learning strategies, is badging the answer? The current paradigm. In corporate learning, we often talk about ways to evaluate the effectiveness of training. There are so many problems with the methods we have traditionally used to measure these outcomes that we too often can’t find the time or support to effectively measure them.
  • LEARNING JOURNAL  |  FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2012
    [Providers] From Theory to Practice
    As one of the largest professional organizations for training and development practitioners, ASTD provides a lot of useful content and inspiring conferences for our field. Today, I am a guest-blogger on ASTD’s Higher Education community of practice blog, and I invite you to mosey over there to engage in a conversation about how we make adult learning theory practical. Here’s the link to my post, From Theory to Practice. You don’t have to be a professor to comment – I’d love to hear from formal and informal students of adult learning as well. More to come!
  • ENSPIRE LEARNING  |  FRIDAY, MAY 4, 2012
    [Providers] Friday Spotlight > 2012 Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards
    , Enspire’s Houndstooth media arm provides design and high end media production for Enspire Learning products and custom services.  HT also explores creative projects outside the learning space in Austin and beyond. All this creativity finds its way back into Enspire work… a virtuous cycle. Every year, writer/director Richard Linklater ‘s Austin Film Society honors outstanding Texans who’ve made a significant contribution to film and entertainment, and non-Texans who have advanced the Texas entertainment industry.
  • EXPERIENCING ELEARNING  |  THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2012
    [Providers] Revisiting Learning Styles
    For K-12 classroom applications, learning styles were really about providing multiple methods of learning for everyone in the class. ” I really wish he provided a citation for the idea that thinking about learning styles helps teachers improve their teaching though; I’d like to know whether that’s just his opinion or something with data to support it. As part of David Kelly’s Learning Styles Awareness Day , I’m revisiting the idea of learning styles. admit that when I was taught learning styles in my education program, I didn’t question it.
  • TOWARDS MATURITY  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25, 2012
    [Providers] MindLeaders joins Towards Maturity’s Ambassador Programme to encourage customers to benchmark
    London, April 25 2012 – MindLeaders, a leading provider of elearning technologies and blended learning solutions has joined Towards Maturity’s Ambassador Programme to encourage its global customer base to benchmark and share good practice. It is free to take part in and provides its participants with personalised benchmark reports to help improve the impact of learning technologies in their organisations. About MindLeaders MindLeaders is a global provider of learning technologies. record 600 organisations participated in the 2011 research.
  • SPARK YOUR INTEREST  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2011
    [Providers] Learning Lessons from “A Christmas Story”
    Provide your learners with something meaningful for their efforts, but remember not everyone likes the same thing (that lamp was deemed “the ugliest lamp I have ever seen in my entire life!” ” by Mother), so try to provide more personalized options. OK, I admit it, I’m one of those people that watches A Christmas Story annually and can quote dialogue from the movie. It’s legendary in my house, in spite of the fact my English husband doesn’t get it (but then again, he watched Benny Hill and I don’t get that). Just for Fun
  • SPARK YOUR INTEREST  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 27, 2012
    [Providers] A “T” shaped professional development plan
    Leave space for Serendipity… I like to just find things that are interesting, and of course working freelance means that each new client and industry I engage with provides me with new learning opportunities, so that keeps me on my toes. I think 2012 could be an interesting year for my pro-d. I’ts almost like that “T” shaped skills from IDEO. The concept isn’t terribly new , but I think it’s useful, for me anyway. You have deep expertise in your core competency (the vertical bar), but complement it with adjacent skills (the horizontal bar).
  • ECONTENT  |  MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2012
    [Providers] Earth Hour 60+ Minute Bike Ride
    will work with Earth Hour to provide a forum where you may make your commitment, and also provide link(s) to information about your lake or river. It's neat when your professional and personal life collide in unexpected but fantastic ways. Today was one of those rare occasions when because of my work leading collaboration efforts for a major Fortune 100 company, I met Andy Ridley who is Executive Director of Earth Hour. Attending the meeting were other Yammer customer from around the world.  The ride will focus on the beautiful and precious resource, Lake Superior.
  • SIMPLIFY ELEARNING  |  FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2012
    [Providers] Learning Liberation Continues - Hurray!
    Coursera https://www.coursera.org/ has partnered with Stanford, Princeton, Michigan U, and University of Pennsylvia to provide for free thousands of online learning.  Today, I am a proud practitioner of eLearning. And many of you should. Ray Jimenez, PhD. Vignettes Learning Learn more about story and experience-based eLearning
  • TOWARDS MATURITY  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 2012
    [Providers] Top tips for encouraging social learning at work
    External content – use your learning partners to provide quality content and articles for the platform; keep it refreshed and interesting so people keep coming back to read updates. Highlight great conversations, content and input and include external subject matter experts to provoke conversations and provide alternate views. Sitting down with Wallace and Gromit, the kids, and lots of Easter chocolate offers a great opportunity to put pen to paper for the Towards Maturity newsletter. I’d love to misquote and say “build it and they will come!”
  • TOWARDS MATURITY  |  TUESDAY, APRIL 17, 2012
    [Providers] SharePoint ALONE is NOT Performance Support
    Provides “Just Enough” Content: This is one of the most misunderstood principles of effective PS. This breaks the rule of “Providing Just Enough Content” as outlined above. Imagine this scenario. You want to create the optimum classroom training experience. You build a state-of-the-art training facility, from the technology down to the furniture. You research and purchase award-winning content. You deploy a robust and effective LMS. You open your doors for your first day of class and you don’t have any instructors to teach the courses.
  • LEARNING JOURNAL  |  FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2012
    [Providers] From Theory to Practice
    As one of the largest professional organizations for training and development practitioners, ASTD provides a lot of useful content and inspiring conferences for our field. Today, I am a guest-blogger on ASTD’s Higher Education community of practice blog, and I invite you to mosey over there to engage in a conversation about how we make adult learning theory practical. Here’s the link to my post, From Theory to Practice. You don’t have to be a professor to comment – I’d love to hear from formal and informal students of adult learning as well. More to come!
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 2012
    [Providers] When People Matter--Really Matter
    PeopleMatter's CEO Nate DaPore and team briefed industry influencers in Charleston on the mobile products, which, integrated with the company's solutions for hiring, learning and scheduling management, go a long way to alleviating the difficulties faced daily in service-providing companies Today's service industries--restaurants, hotels, retail and the like-- account for vast numbers of employees. Often industries with low margins and high regulation, they are also plagued with high turnover -- averaging between 75-125%, with ranges sometimes much higher.
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2012
    [Providers] Cornerstone Acquires Sonar6: Talent Management for SMB
    Today CornerstoneOnDemand announced the acquisition of Sonar6 , an innovative small provider of highly graphical performance review and succession management tools for small businesses. And let's not forget Halogen Software , the most successful mid-market talent management software company in the market and SilkRoad , a very fast growing integrated talent management provider who is also laser focused on the mid-market. An SMB Play. As Cornerstone described the acquisition to us today, this is all about SMB (Small and Mid-sized Business). They simply want something that works.
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  MONDAY, MARCH 12, 2012
    [Providers] Abolishing Performance Scores, Kelly Services Style
    The answers to these three questions, in a nutshell, are below: Kelly Services provides annual market adjustments as appropriate, given an employee’s position within the salary range. Further, the company has developed an evolved definition of “total rewards” that reflects the holistic approach the company takes in providing appropriate recompense to employees. Over the past 18 months, I’ve asked for examples of organizations doing it. As I've found clues, I've shared them here on this blog. But now, I can finally give you some more details.
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2012
    [Providers] Why you should come to IMPACT on April 10-13.
    Reason 4: The Industry's Leading Solution Providers. These companies will each bring their senior executives and we arrange them in an intimate solution provider showcase so you can meet with them easily during the conference, but not be inundated by booths of large halls like many conferences. Reason 1: Amazing Speakers. This year we have the most amazing lineup of speakers we've ever assembled. You will have the opportunity to meet some of the world's most expert HR and L&D practitioners in some fantastic sessions. And many more. Reason 2: Amazing Keynotes.
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  SUNDAY, MARCH 18, 2012
    [Providers] Ceridian Transforms: A New Phoenix Rises
    Ceridian, long known as a services bureau that provides outsourced payroll and other services, has added a software product to its solution set. While still an early stage product in terms of the company’s vision, the investment in the platform is strategic – Ceridian plans to provide the hourly workforce market with a comprehensive HR solution that will eventually incorporate talent management as well. Its Comdata division provides fleet cards, credit cards, paycards and virtual cards. Dayforce has 500 clients in the U.S. Background. In the U.S., of Toronto.
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 20, 2012
    [Providers] Saba Announces PeopleCloud and Acquisition of Human Concepts
    Second, the company announced the acquisition of Human Concepts, a pioneering provider of HR organizational charting, visualization, succession, and talent mobility tools. Human Concepts is a small but well established provider of organizational charting and planning tools, which integrated with HR software to provide a very powerful workforce analytics and succession planning solution. This week Saba made two major announcements. Let us discuss this first, then the more important announcement of Saba PeopleCloud. Human Concepts. We call this Building the Agile Enterprise.
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  MONDAY, MARCH 26, 2012
    [Providers] Have Traditional Human Resources Practices Become Out of Date?
    They are 100% customer focused, and the customers themselves provide the input on what to build, how to sell it, how to market it, and how to support it. In preparation for our IMPACT Annual Research Conference in April, I have been actively studying our research over the last year. What we have discovered (and I will be discussing this in detail in my keynote), is that today's business environment requires a complete rethink of many of the traditional practices of HR. Let me briefly explain. The Invention of Professional Management. Think about the term "Human Resources."
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28, 2012
    [Providers] When Software Companies Put People First
    Its products are delivered primarily to organizations based in the United States and Canada and designed to deliver the functionality businesses need to manage the complete employment life cycle from recruitment to retirement (It provides U.S. Ultimate supports HR/payroll/ talent management for both smaller and upper mid-market companies; its UltiPro Workplace provides HR, payroll, and talent management Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution for businesses with 200-999 employees; UltiPro Enterprise provides the same functions for global businesses with 1,000 or more employees.
  • TOWARDS MATURITY  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4, 2012
    [Providers] Eight learning CEOs join Towards Maturity’s Ambassador meeting to help shape major industry study
    The research is free to take part in and provides its participants with personalised reports to improve the impact of learning technologies through best practice. Notes to editors: To join Towards Maturity’s LinkedIn discussion, please visit [link] About Towards Maturity Towards Maturity is a benchmarking research company that provides independent expert advice and support to help organisations use learning technologies to accelerate business performance. With a record 600 organisations participating in the study last year, it’s growing in popularity.
  • ENSPIRE LEARNING  |  FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2012
    [Providers] Enspire at the CLO Symposium
    Leveraging experiential business simulations to provide practice and insights. CLO Symposium 2012 is nearly here and we cannot wait for this exciting event. If you’re attending the conference, be sure to check out “Southwest Airlines: Developing Legendary Leaders, Southwest Style” led by Bjorn Billhardt and Bonnie Endicott, Senior Manager People Development at Southwest Airlines. 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.
  • LEARNFOREVER  |  MONDAY, MARCH 26, 2012
    [Providers] Why Airthrey launched LEAD
    Airthrey Ltd was established to provide learning evaluation solutions to corporate clients. The guiding policy is to offer a range of services with the same goal – to provide learning evaluation solutions. According to Richard Rumelt, “strategy’s strategist” (McKinsey Quarterly), an effective business strategy has three components: a diagnosis, a guiding policy, and a set of coherent actions. Rumelt rails, in Good Strategy/Bad Strategy , against ‘visionary’ approaches to strategy, which are all about setting aspirational goals and pursuing them vigourously.
  • TOWARDS MATURITY  |  THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2012
    [Providers] Collaborate to succeed in L&D
    Sign up to both websites to ask questions and provide answers – it’s entirely free. Think differently about conferences: Conferences such as Learning Technologies , World of Learning and HRD all have a vast range of free seminars, and provide a real opportunity to meet other L&D practitioners. According to research, learning technologies are being embraced by organisations like never before. Fantastic! This makes perfect economic sense in the bid to do ‘more for less’ But hang on a minute. How did that happen? Find out more about Martin here
  • ECONTENT  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 6, 2012
    [Providers] Google Analytics on your iPad
    Upon login, I discovered that Google had provided me a gift while I was away skiing through the northern forests. At the end of my vacation ( Nordic Ski Week ), I decided to take a quick look via my iPad at my Google Analytics data. was curious to learn how many folks had viewed my American Birkebeiner photos , Winter Wonderland Video (ABR Trails), and the Wabos Loppet musical slideshow posts. More importantly, and much to my surprise, the problems of using Google Analytics via my iPad disappeared while I was on vacation! Those purchases would be a waste of money. paid). not our problem.
  • E-LEARNING PROVOCATEUR  |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2011
    [Providers] Psst…! 15 inside tips for sales reps
    We already have preferred providers – We’ve been doing what we do for a long time without you. You don’t offer me anything different – You may think your products or services are special, and I’m not sure if you genuinely believe that or you’re just trying to pull the wool over my eyes, but I can rattle off a bunch of other providers who offer more-or-less the same thing. In my role, I get contacted by sales representatives all the time. I’m not complaining. appreciate everyone needs to put food on the table. am seriously busy.
  • E-LEARNING PROVOCATEUR  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 16, 2012
    [Providers] Bad Apple
    Thankfully he provided an alternative: scan the receipt and the card, then attach them to a reply email. Besides if you don’t mind writing off $20, let me know and I’ll provide you with my postal address.). It seems like ancient history now, but last Christmas I received a $20 iTunes card from a work friend. was very pleased to receive it, as I usually buy songs from iTunes with my credit card – and that can tick over in the blink of an eye. Obviously I hadn’t handled an iTunes card in a while. However, none of the suggestions helped me. Yes, he said fax.
  • E-LEARNING PROVOCATEUR  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2012
    [Providers] The 10 Commandments of Microblogging
    Nevertheless, I hope they provide some semblance of order that will extract the most out of our corporate communities. As microblogging solutions such as Yammer sweep across the corporate sector, a melting pot of social media veterans and newbies inevitably begins to boil. And this is a wonderful thing. Loads of new people from disparate areas of the business communicating and collaborating with one other, usually for the first time ever? I’m all for it. Having said that, many of the noobs have never microblogged before. This in itself isn’t a problem. Revelation.
  • E-LEARNING PROVOCATEUR  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2012
    [Providers] Tips & tricks for self publishers – Part 2
    Basically, Amazon sells your e-book and provides you with a slice of the pie. In Tips & tricks for self publishers – Part 1 I shared with you my insights into old school publishers and literary agents. Assuming you have received your rejections – or more likely, no replies at all – you will now be ready to stick it up their proverbials and self publish. So please find below Part 2 of my series which explains how to get started with an e-book… If you can use Microsoft Word, you can publish an e-book. • My commission percentage is healthy, and.
  • E-LEARNING PROVOCATEUR  |  SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2012
    [Providers] Tips & tricks for self publishers – Part 3
    highly recommend using one of the Word templates that CreateSpace provides for the interior (but check the sizes of the pages are actually what they should be). Again, Amazon sells your book and provides you with a slice of the pie. In Tips & tricks for self publishers – Part 2 I explained how to self publish an e‑book. If you’re like me, you’ll now want to create a hard copy – a “real” book. While I am certainly a fan of e-books, I am also a lover of old fashioned page turners. And so are many of your potential customers! was hooked!
  • TOWARDS MATURITY  |  SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2012
    [Providers] Think differently – reflections on Learning Technologies 2012
    So for me the excellent Edward de Bono delivering his lo-tech but thought provoking keynote on day1 provided a framework that helped me to capture practical ways in which the conference can help us think differently and improve results. Our old style 15 minute course or 1 hour web presentation won’t hack it in this area but harnessing the power of technology to model behavior and provide branching really has the power to make a difference. He certainly provided a number of examples where bending the rules created new opportunities that were subsequently embraced.
  • TOWARDS MATURITY  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2012
    [Providers] “Globalitis”—How to Immunise Yourself Against This Debilitating Disease
    These knowledge workers must work across borders in the common global business language—English—to provide mission-critical services ranging from IT support to management consulting to complex ERP development. This means providing not only on-demand courses, but providing daily performance support and social collaboration in the context of emails, conference calls, written proposals, expert presence and crowdsourcing tools. Is there a cure for “Globalitis” that is undermining international communications? It is the de facto medium of global business.
  • ROAD TO LEARNING  |  FRIDAY, MARCH 14, 2008
    [Providers] eLearning in India
    To provide the requisite technical knowledge for a domain, Domain or Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) are to work with an Instructional Designer to create the course structure, content outline and detailed design. Overview eLearning is fast growing in India. elearning is mostly delivered in two modes — Web Based Training (WBT) and Instructor Lead Training (ILT). Computer Based Trainings (CBTs) are used these days only when standalone learning is in demand, like training on your new mobile handset or a latest gadget that you have purchased. Who needs elearning? Whats next?
  • ROAD TO LEARNING  |  SUNDAY, APRIL 20, 2008
    [Providers] Role of IDs vs SMEs???
    Each kind of SME can provide specific inputs related to their job which can in turn add more value to the courses and curriculum. The only other perspective I see is that if IDs are expected to learn and become product experts and trainers, then they have to choose between being a training solution provider for different training domains, and graduating to be subject matter experts themselves! Let's come to the basic question as to what do we do as instructional designers? For any of these activities a vital component is ' SME support'. This is a tough choice sometimes.
  • ROAD TO LEARNING  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 10, 2009
    [Providers] Pure courseware vs Reference Hybrids
    Solution : So we can provide the following information: Give a quick primer on the gadget and its capabilities. Plan a training curriculum which would be a combination of: Formal classroom or full fledged online training supported by relevant interactivities Hands on exercises using scenarios that would be relevant to their role Formal documentation including context sensitive help Now this is serious training and your customer will buy and continue to use your product provided you provide a complete solution package. Another post by Tony - What is Rapid elearning?
  • ROAD TO LEARNING  |  SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2009
    [Providers] Analyzing technical information simplified
    Curriculum: A curriculum is a set of courses that are logically put together in order to provide a complete training solution for a single product. Familiar with the menus and tools provided by Adobe Photoshop 3. You can start planning the design of your course once you have the requisite information. You can decide what is 'sufficient' based on some of the following points: 1. You have information about your audience profiles. You have the business problem that needs to be solved. You have the product available for research. Adobe Photoshop Basics 2. Here are the next steps.
  • ROAD TO LEARNING  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2009
    [Providers] Challenges and solutions to technical software product training: Gathering Information
    The product teams are so deeply involved in their project schedules that they would never commit to providing us with a single person as a SME! Well who else but multiple persons playing different roles on the product within the organization can provide such information? I worked with a company that created aviation training and my transition to software technical training was met with several challenges. For one thing initially I did NOT understand the products by just reading up ILT and documentation. We started with conversion courses that put me into the comfort zone.
  • ROAD TO LEARNING  |  SUNDAY, MARCH 15, 2009
    [Providers] Big Question: Workplace Learning in 10 Years?
    Relevant— The focus will be to provide to the point and no-nonsense information. This will call for efficient knowledge management systems to organize and index the information, and also provide very efficient search capabilities. This month's Big Question question is Workplace Learning in 10 years? very pertinent question to ask in such times, as we hear of more and more failure rates in formal and push learning. Most of our generation have learned this way, and some like me have always found such learning boring from the very beginning. But I did have some pretty good teachers.
  • ROAD TO LEARNING  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1, 2009
    [Providers] Big Question: OMG I'm Stuck!!
    It takes time to provide the infrastructure to support all the changes, and most importantly the people who will help bring about the change. This months Big Question is about Stuck?Getting Getting Unstuck? Stuck, is exactly how I feel, and the reason I started blogging and connecting with people. My blog becomes a forum to get my ideas out. So there's the problem and the solution right there! But come on now, don't we all feel stuck at different points in our work or even personal life? Well, being stuck is very much a reality as anything else, and I've felt this way many times before.
  • ROAD TO LEARNING  |  MONDAY, MARCH 30, 2009
    [Providers] Long Live ILT? What's the point here?
    I'm surprised to see such a strong post supporting Instructor-Led Learning only, in times when Web 2.0 reigns and the learning trend is slowly changing. Tony Karrer makes very good arguments in his post Long Live ? and I suggest reading his views. don't agree when Saul says that people in the community claim that ILT is dead. am quite in touch with most of the posts on the community and that is definitely not what people are trying to say. How often have we always wanted to know how another organization did the same job that we do, and what their priorities are? always was curious.
  • ROAD TO LEARNING  |  FRIDAY, MAY 8, 2009
    [Providers] Social learning adoption?
    Provide recognition and rewards. Wikis in plain English, another very good resource I found thanks to Frank Bradley. The video explains the use of a wiki in a very simple day to day real-life scenario. I'm currently working on how we can use the wiki in my team to leverage on and share product knowledge. We have a sizable team that is distributed across various locations, and I think it would be valuable if my team members could use the wiki and the forum to share knowledge across this globally distributed team. Generating Participation? At CorVu we found this to be imperative.
  • ROAD TO LEARNING  |  MONDAY, MARCH 30, 2009
    [Providers] Collaborative Learning with Trek Earth
    Workshops, that allow members to post edited versions of your image providing a useful visual example on how to improve a specific photo. Learning more about the world through photography, has been the motto of these websites— Trek Earth , Trek Nature and Trek Lens , that I ardently use to learn about my hobby—Photography! think this has been a noble initiative that has been helping amateurs like me around the world learn the art and science of photography. Whatever you use, does not deter you from posting your photos here and having people critique your work. features like Flickr.
  • ROAD TO LEARNING  |  TUESDAY, MAY 12, 2009
    [Providers] Social Learning?
    There was a need to provide more support and information to people on-the-job. The goals social learning tries to achieve are: Connect people who share a common interest and provide a platform to share ideas and experiences. Social learning is known by many names - social learning, collaborative learning or informal learning. For many years we considered formal training to be the only way to make people learn. Formal training required people to be present all at one location. But these options were still quite expensive. Meeting and connecting with people was made so easy!
  • ROAD TO LEARNING  |  SUNDAY, JUNE 21, 2009
    [Providers] Qualities of an Instructional Designer?
    Whatever you do, you do need to think 'business' at all times and be able to provide quick, relevant and no nonsense information to learners without getting them distracted. I started thinking about putting together some qualities of an instructional designer (ID) versus the skills of an instructional designer , when I attended the April 2009 Learntrends webinar by Jay Cross. The tool used for online conferencing had a chat feature and I got speaking to many of the participants and moderators. Cammy Bean and I happened to discuss what qualities an instructional designer should posses.
  • ROAD TO LEARNING  |  SATURDAY, JUNE 27, 2009
    [Providers] Social Learning Adoption Success: First Steps?
    What we, who are savvy with the use of such tools can do, is to provide people tips and tricks that we figured out, guidelines on getting started and most importantly urge them to go out and look for information, participate and contribute their experiences. I'm quite thrilled to let all of you know that my effort to push social workplace learning in my team has been recognized. Post my queries posted in my blog post Social Learning Adoption , I have been slowly evangelizing social media tools and social learning to management at every opportunity I've had. tools as such.
  • ROAD TO LEARNING  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15, 2009
    [Providers] How to make collaborative learning work in organizations?
    Benefit or recognition they can provide to an individual who shares their knowledge or idea that eventually brings business benefit. Collaborative learning, (I prefer collaborative as it seems more like an organization thing than social) basically informal learning , is the way to go today, and yet we seem to have so many questions coming up: How can we get it to work to really bring value to the organization and the customers? How can you ensure it is used the right way? How do you ensure authenticity of information that is critical to the organizations goals? resources. The solution??
  • ROAD TO LEARNING  |  SUNDAY, MAY 10, 2009
    [Providers] More about Audience Analysis?
    At a high level, audience analysis needs to be done for any product or service that you create or provide. If audiences demand something, only then do you plan to initiate the creation of a product or plan to provide a service. It is simple logic actually; if one cannot use your product, it wont sell; if you don't provide requisite training and documentation, people won't be able to use the product properly, and hence won't buy it; if your product is functionality heavy and has fantastic features, but the interface is too complex, again people won't buy it! Prior Knowledge?
  • ROAD TO LEARNING  |  SATURDAY, MAY 29, 2010
    [Providers] Future of Organizational Learning: Some questions
    We no longer have the challenges of providing learners access to information. Recently, someone from Bloomfire contacted me over LinkedIn and requested me to give answers to some questions. have been late to respond but thought they were pertinent given the way things have changed in the training world. So let me answer them for myself anyway before I send them to Bloomfire. From your perspective, what are some of the challenges in writing curricula that resonate with the learner? The main challenge I see is Knowing your audience precisely. The intervention of Web 2.0
  • ROAD TO LEARNING  |  SATURDAY, MAY 29, 2010
    [Providers] Evolving the Education System
    Focus on doing more than rote-learning Provide students ground to explore possibilities about the subject they are learning about. A few recent events have compelled me to think harder on a previous post of mine about a change proposed in the education system in India from 2011. This post was my first reaction to the decision while also highlighting the realities associated with education on our country. While it is easy to pass a rule, but bringing in a change in the mindset is going to be the hardest. It was totally by chance that I found out, thanks to KP. Sounds silly doesn't it?
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2012
    [Providers] Lessons From The Best: 2012 Bersin & Associates Learning Leaders
    And of course innovation and technology has moved faster than ever: the winners Dextro, Vangent, Capital Analytics, KnowledgeAdvisors, Bloomfire, GlobalEnglish, Triple Creek, Allen Communication, Korn/Ferry, and Work4 Labs are all providing groundbreaking new tools and solutions which enable HR and L&D to transform itself. Back in 2006 we had a dream of building a new type of industry recognition program that would use the rigor of our research to recognize leading L&D, HR, and talent management programs around the world. About the Learning Leaders Program.
  • SUDDEN INSIGHT  |  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2011
    [Providers] My Top 3 Free Stock Art Sites for e-Learning
    Of the choices provided for images, Flickr and Google Images will be the most helpful. Note that Creative Commons isn’t really a search engine – it’s just a portal that offers convenient access to search services provided by other independent organizations. Wherever you get your “free” stock art, you should always verify that the work is actually provided under an unrestricted license. Summary: My top 3 free stock art sites are Every Stock Photo, Creative Commons and Dreamstime. That said, who doesn’t like free? Every Stock Photo.
  • SUDDEN INSIGHT  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 26, 2012
    [Providers] #astdTK12: Stuart Crabb Opening Keynote
    Stuart Crabb, who gave the keynote to start the second day of ASTD TechKnowledge 2012 and provided some answers, heads up Learning and Development at Facebook. To add extrinsic motivation for staff, Facebook: Operates with no offices or cubes, Rewards staff for impact and execution, Provides a wellness centre, as well as food and dry cleaning, and. Summary: Stuart Crabb runs L&D for Facebook and, together with other senior leaders, has crafted a unique culture that inspires excellence and pervasive job satisfaction with their Gen Y staff. Characteristics. Motivations.
  • SUDDEN INSIGHT  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 26, 2012
    [Providers] #astdTK12: Yawn-Proof Your e-Learning
    Summary: Cammy Bean provided tips for making our e-learning yawn-proof. Finding yourself a bit bored with the e-learning you’ve been creating lately? Cammy Bean offered some tips to jazz up our e-learning courses in this informative session at ASTD TechKnowledge 2012. Most of the session was spent in review of her specific tips, but it’s worth noting as well that she showed plenty of work examples created by her team. It was nice-looking, professional-level training. The implication is that yes, this person has been treated differently because of his skin color.
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