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  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2011
    [Providers] Workforce Planning, More than a Systems Discussion
    The outcomes are equally focused on both providing insights into the future possibilities and taking action upon those insights. When the topic of workforce planning comes up in any discussion these days – It almost always leads to a discussion on systems. “What is the role of systems?” ” “Do they have the right features and functions today?” ” “How are the systems supporting this work?” ” “If my systems aren’t integrated, is workforce planning even possible?” Internally, they started with a series of pilots.
  • ICS LEARNING GROUP  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20, 2011
    [Providers] eLearning, The Better Deal (part 2)
    While pretty much an expanded end-note, and many references are a bit dated by now, it provides an initial foundation for additional studies seeking to explore the benefits of eLearning initiatives. In a minimalist sense, then, moving to eLearning initiatives doesn’t seem to lose anything…and can at least maintain the current level of training – if not improve upon it – while also potentially providing cost savings, more flexible training schedules, and accessible re-training efforts. The report also references discussions on 'Speed of Work' and 'Half-Life of Knowledge'.
  • BOTTOM-LINE PERFORMANCE  |  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 2011
    [Providers] Could you live on $1000/month? Learning Games with a Cause
    The choice was often difficult, especially when it was about providing for your children. A homeless organization in North Carolina, Urban Ministries of Durham, recently created an online learning game to help people understand the challenges of living at the poverty line.  “Spent&# is a great game that very easily engages you and helps you realize the challenges of working a minimum wage job. Check it out: [link]. While this game is meant as a marketing and awareness tool, you learn a lot about poverty as you play. Focus on the content, not the flashiness of the screen.
  • TOWARDS MATURITY  |  TUESDAY, APRIL 19, 2011
    [Providers] UK Business are missing out say Towards Maturity Ambassadors
    This consensus viewpoint emerged at the inaugural meeting of the Towards Maturity Ambassadors Group, which comprises many of the leading provider companies in the technology-supported and innovative learning industry. ’ Towards Maturity’s Ambassador programme has been a resounding success since its launch at the end of 2010, showing a widespread willingness among the provider community to give practical support for the not-for-profit benchmarking practice’s work in highlighting the role of learning innovation in the workplace.
  • DAWN OF LEARNING  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 22, 2009
    [Providers] Why Learning and Enterprise Content Management?
    Up until now, the major ECM players have not provided an XML platform that could handle the granularity and performance required by our application. Our existing platform continues to provide great price/performance and is the right footprint for many organizations. Home About Podcasts Videos Xyleme Inc. Home > ECM , Executive Perspective > Why Learning and Enterprise Content Management? Why Learning and Enterprise Content Management? If you have been following Xyleme, you will know that we have always been built on a native XML content platform. Let me give you an example.
  • DAWN OF LEARNING  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 22, 2009
    [Providers] why learning and enterprise content management?
    Up until now, the major ECM players have not provided an XML platform that could handle the granularity and performance required by our application. Our existing platform continues to provide great price/performance and is the right footprint for many organizations. Home About Podcasts Videos Xyleme Inc. Home > ECM , Executive Perspective > Why Learning and Enterprise Content Management? Why Learning and Enterprise Content Management? If you have been following Xyleme, you will know that we have always been built on a native XML content platform. Let me give you an example.
  • DAWN OF LEARNING  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 2, 2009
    [Providers] how not to adopt an lcms
    It’s important to provide your team with a map of here is how we used to do this, this is how we’re going to do it now. Home About Podcasts Videos Xyleme Inc. Home > Executive Perspective > How not to adopt an LCMS How not to adopt an LCMS June 2nd, 2009 Goto comments Leave a comment As the economy has forced organizations to do more with less, we’re seeing more and more interest in LCMS systems. The times of getting through the inherent inefficiencies of the old approach of having multiple copies of instructor guides, student guides, slide decks and online courses are gone.
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  SUNDAY, MARCH 27, 2011
    [Providers] Saba Earnings show Growth and Momentum - Now Truly a SaaS Company
    Wipro, a large global technology solutions provider, signed up as a Saba partner. We congratulate Saba with its ability to transform itself, and look forward to providing you more exciting trends in this market in the coming months. This week Saba Software released one of its strongest financial results in many years. Saba, which pioneered the market for enterprise learning management systems, has now turned the corner in its transformation into a SaaS software company. The Saba "people systems cloud" is now becoming the company's primary new offering.
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  MONDAY, MARCH 28, 2011
    [Providers] Unprecedented Vendor/Solution Churn Expected in Talent Management Systems Market
    This interesting market dynamic, with obviously major implications for both solution providers and end-customers, will be covered from several angles and in different forums at Bersin & Associates’ annual IMPACT conference -- April 26th to 28th, St Petersburg, FL. More specifically, the majority of solution providers received an overall customer satisfaction score of 3.5 We previously highlighted the generally mediocre customer satisfaction scores garnered by most Talent Management Solution purveyors in our recent TMS Customer Satisfaction research and Report [link].
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 29, 2011
    [Providers] Are you measuring transfer of learning?
    It sends updates to participants, reminding learners of objectives, prompting reflection and action, and providing specific content. Don’t be alarmed. David Mallon’s blog has *not* been hacked - it’s just taken on another writer. Now it’s a twofer. I’m Janet Clarey, a new senior analyst here at Bersin & Associates, and I’ll be conducting research in the learning practice along with David. Frequent readers will be happy to know that David will continue to write his informative and reflective blog posts here too. Two bloggers. One URL. twofer.
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30, 2011
    [Providers] Why I Hope to See You at IMPACT 2011, our Fourth Annual Research Conference
    This is the only conference in the talent management, training, and systems marketplace which is 100% focused on providing you best-practice research and case studies, carefully selected by our analysts. On April 26-28, in beautiful St. Petersburg Florida, we will be holding our fourth annual research conference, IMPACT 2011: The Business of Talent. would really encourage you to join us. Here is why. Each of the presenters (and there are more than 30 best-practice presentations) is selected by us (not vendors) to represent a world-class solution you can learn from. See you there
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 2011
    [Providers] Reining in the Wild West of Development Plans
    One organization that recognizes the importance of providing this clarity is Accenture. first step is to provide resources to managers and employees to support them in development planning. In addition to providing resources to help with development planning, best practice organizations create a culture supportive of development. Many performance management activities are tightly controlled. Goal setting? Check -- there’s a process for that. Performance appraisal? You know organizations have that under tight rein. But what about employee development plans? Why not?
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  FRIDAY, APRIL 8, 2011
    [Providers] The Future of Employee Self-Service
    In the 1990’s, when leading HRMS vendors were a bit slow in offering extensive ESS, niche providers like Edify (later acquired by Workscape) stepped in with ESS Toolkits which extended the core HR system’s capabilities in this area. More recently, core HR / HRMS solution providers have added the ability for employees to update their career interests, hobbies and other involvements outside work. The result was the introduction of Employee Self Service or ESS. Then, with PSFT release 8.0 in 2000, the HRMS market leader in the U.S. Steve Goldberg.
  • WONDERFUL BRAIN  |  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2011
    [Providers] Heroes of Learning Foundation Debut « Wonderful Brain
    Heres an opportunity to get a top-ranked, well regarded, disciplined expert in your organization on an as add needed basis, providing a fresh and objective look at your learning operation, keeping the ship on on course. About RSS Subscribe: RSS feed Wonderful Brain All Things Considered Important in Learning and Design Heroes of Learning Foundation Debut Posted on v, February, 2011 by Rich 0 For the longest time I’ve wanted to learn about the influencers who have changed the course or perspective of professional practice. Guess what? So I had to. And I did and still do.
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  MONDAY, MARCH 14, 2011
    [Providers] SuccessFactors Acquires Jambok - Is this Corporate Learning 3.0?
    Two notable examples of this type of solution are BT's "Dare to Share" solution which enabled the BT field service organization to save millions of dollars in the first year by enabling telephone service reps to upload videos about their learnings directly from a company-provided FLIP camera. This week SuccessFactors announced the acquisition of Jambok, a small platform company with an innovative and powerful solution for social learning and knowledge sharing. And imagine if this content is rated, tagged, and commented upon by all its viewers!
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  SATURDAY, MARCH 19, 2011
    [Providers] New Internet Bubble hits Talent Management Market
    We know Cornerstone very well, and this is a very successful company that started life as a training content provider, evolved into a SaaS LMS company, and then pioneered the concept of an integrated SaaS-based learning and talent management suite. Likewise social learning tools are providing rocketfuel to the slow-growing LMS market. Remember the dot.com bubble of 1995-2000? do, and it's back again. But this time it has a new face, it talks about SaaS, highly connected social applications, mobile apps, and talent management software. Talent management software?
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  SUNDAY, MARCH 27, 2011
    [Providers] Saba Earnings show Growth and Momentum - Now Truly a SaaS Company
    Wipro, a large global technology solutions provider, signed up as a Saba partner. We congratulate Saba with its ability to transform itself, and look forward to providing you more exciting trends in this market in the coming months. This week Saba Software released one of its strongest financial results in many years. Saba, which pioneered the market for enterprise learning management systems, has now turned the corner in its transformation into a SaaS software company. The Saba "people systems cloud" is now becoming the company's primary new offering.
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 29, 2011
    [Providers] Are you measuring transfer of learning?
    It sends updates to participants, reminding learners of objectives, prompting reflection and action, and providing specific content. Don’t be alarmed. David Mallon’s blog has *not* been hacked - it’s just taken on another writer. Now it’s a twofer. I’m Janet Clarey, a new senior analyst here at Bersin & Associates, and I’ll be conducting research in the learning practice along with David. Frequent readers will be happy to know that David will continue to write his informative and reflective blog posts here too. Two bloggers. One URL. twofer.
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30, 2011
    [Providers] Why I Hope to See You at IMPACT 2011, our Fourth Annual Research Conference
    This is the only conference in the talent management, training, and systems marketplace which is 100% focused on providing you best-practice research and case studies, carefully selected by our analysts. On April 26-28, in beautiful St. Petersburg Florida, we will be holding our fourth annual research conference, IMPACT 2011: The Business of Talent. would really encourage you to join us. Here is why. Each of the presenters (and there are more than 30 best-practice presentations) is selected by us (not vendors) to represent a world-class solution you can learn from. See you there
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 2011
    [Providers] Reining in the Wild West of Development Plans
    One organization that recognizes the importance of providing this clarity is Accenture. first step is to provide resources to managers and employees to support them in development planning. In addition to providing resources to help with development planning, best practice organizations create a culture supportive of development. Many performance management activities are tightly controlled. Goal setting? Check -- there’s a process for that. Performance appraisal? You know organizations have that under tight rein. But what about employee development plans? Why not?
  • ICS LEARNING GROUP  |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 30, 2010
    [Providers] Inquisiq R3 in Chief Learning Officer magazine
    Conveniently, this provides a nice, consistent search term! In a nice little write-up on "Five Emerging LMSs to Watch" , our Inquisiq R3 gets a bit of a blurb, along with this quote from one of our long-time customers, "Give people tools that are intuitive and similar to those they use every day on their computers, and you have Inquisiq." Kevin T. We appreciate the recognition! At the bottom of most all of our Inquisiq installations (unless the 'white label' option has been chosen), is the tagline, "Powered by Inquisiq". Some have a pretty small target and are minimally customized.
  • ICS LEARNING GROUP  |  FRIDAY, JULY 9, 2010
    [Providers] Web Magic, part 1
    Is there room in the search market for a company to provide filtered results for those simply seeking knowledge? There may not be a part 2, or 3, or 4.but so titling this post just in case there will be. We'll not fall into the Star Wars trap of retitling releases! We had a big MS Exchange issue here last week - power outage timed perfectly with an Exchange update. Totally borked the server. Not having any Exchange experts here, we turned to the most prevalent eLearning resource out there - the search engine. Context is everything. Now if it was just.more user-friendly. Ah, dreams
  • ICS LEARNING GROUP  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 28, 2010
    [Providers] eLearning Global Growth
    Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Google Buzz Posted by Anonymous at 10:25 AM 0comments: Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to: Post Comments (Atom) Inquisiq LMS Inquisiq R3 Inquisiq Support Site About Us We are a leading provider of elearning and computer based training (cbt) solutions including; custom content development, learning management system (lms) and SCORM implementation, instructional design and website development. Thoughts and notes from our experiences developing eLearning content and LMS/SCORM implementations. billion. down from 18.3% Released!
  • ICS LEARNING GROUP  |  THURSDAY, AUGUST 5, 2010
    [Providers] Project Portals and Wave Goodbye
    Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Google Buzz Posted by Anonymous at 3:38 PM 0comments: Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to: Post Comments (Atom) Inquisiq LMS Inquisiq R3 Inquisiq Support Site About Us We are a leading provider of elearning and computer based training (cbt) solutions including; custom content development, learning management system (lms) and SCORM implementation, instructional design and website development. Thoughts and notes from our experiences developing eLearning content and LMS/SCORM implementations. So the hunt continues. years ago.
  • ICS LEARNING GROUP  |  THURSDAY, AUGUST 12, 2010
    [Providers] Virtual Environment (and eLearning, of course)
    Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Google Buzz Posted by Anonymous at 12:42 PM 0comments: Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to: Post Comments (Atom) Inquisiq LMS Inquisiq R3 Inquisiq Support Site About Us We are a leading provider of elearning and computer based training (cbt) solutions including; custom content development, learning management system (lms) and SCORM implementation, instructional design and website development. Thoughts and notes from our experiences developing eLearning content and LMS/SCORM implementations. Virtual Environments != Games.
  • ICS LEARNING GROUP  |  THURSDAY, AUGUST 19, 2010
    [Providers] LMS and Development Guidance
    We can provide the LMS consultation, or even an overall eLearning initiative Needs Analysis! Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Google Buzz Posted by Anonymous at 9:36 AM 0comments: Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to: Post Comments (Atom) Inquisiq LMS Inquisiq R3 Inquisiq Support Site About Us We are a leading provider of elearning and computer based training (cbt) solutions including; custom content development, learning management system (lms) and SCORM implementation, instructional design and website development. among many, many other tools.
  • ICS LEARNING GROUP  |  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2010
    [Providers] Five years from now.
    Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Google Buzz Posted by Anonymous at 4:29 PM 0comments: Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to: Post Comments (Atom) Inquisiq LMS Inquisiq R3 Inquisiq Support Site About Us We are a leading provider of elearning and computer based training (cbt) solutions including; custom content development, learning management system (lms) and SCORM implementation, instructional design and website development. Thoughts and notes from our experiences developing eLearning content and LMS/SCORM implementations. At all. Email This BlogThis!
  • ICS LEARNING GROUP  |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2010
    [Providers] Flash-back to iP* dev
    Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Google Buzz Posted by Anonymous at 12:04 PM 0comments: Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to: Post Comments (Atom) Inquisiq LMS Inquisiq R3 Inquisiq Support Site About Us We are a leading provider of elearning and computer based training (cbt) solutions including; custom content development, learning management system (lms) and SCORM implementation, instructional design and website development. Thoughts and notes from our experiences developing eLearning content and LMS/SCORM implementations. Email This BlogThis! Released!
  • ICS LEARNING GROUP  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2010
    [Providers] Flash/Captivate and Web Services
    Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Google Buzz Posted by Anonymous at 11:38 AM 0comments: Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to: Post Comments (Atom) Inquisiq LMS Inquisiq R3 Inquisiq Support Site About Us We are a leading provider of elearning and computer based training (cbt) solutions including; custom content development, learning management system (lms) and SCORM implementation, instructional design and website development. Thoughts and notes from our experiences developing eLearning content and LMS/SCORM implementations. Email This BlogThis! Released!
  • ICS LEARNING GROUP  |  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2010
    [Providers] Fall projects at ICS
    Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Google Buzz Posted by Anonymous at 5:33 PM 0comments: Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to: Post Comments (Atom) Inquisiq LMS Inquisiq R3 Inquisiq Support Site About Us We are a leading provider of elearning and computer based training (cbt) solutions including; custom content development, learning management system (lms) and SCORM implementation, instructional design and website development. Thoughts and notes from our experiences developing eLearning content and LMS/SCORM implementations. Email This BlogThis! Released!
  • ICS LEARNING GROUP  |  FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2010
    [Providers] Captivate 5 issues and patches
    While our eLearning Suite component regularly alerts us to updates in other software, we have yet to be provided any reference to Captivate 5 updates.and there have been two significant issues found, and resolved, over the past couple months. The KB articles link directly to these files (no installer or patches have been provided) for you to download. While we certainly appreciate Adobe reacting to these issues and providing fixes, we certainly hope to see these sorts of updates integrated into the overall Adobe Updater application in the near future. Email This BlogThis!
  • ICS LEARNING GROUP  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2010
    [Providers] Captivate 5 issues and patches (continued)
    Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Google Buzz Posted by Anonymous at 10:51 AM 0comments: Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to: Post Comments (Atom) Inquisiq LMS Inquisiq R3 Inquisiq Support Site About Us We are a leading provider of elearning and computer based training (cbt) solutions including; custom content development, learning management system (lms) and SCORM implementation, instructional design and website development. Thoughts and notes from our experiences developing eLearning content and LMS/SCORM implementations. An Adobe Captivate 4 patch.
  • ICS LEARNING GROUP  |  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2010
    [Providers] Happy Holidays! and Inquisiq updates.
    Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Google Buzz Posted by Anonymous at 12:45 PM 0comments: Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to: Post Comments (Atom) Inquisiq LMS Inquisiq R3 Inquisiq Support Site About Us We are a leading provider of elearning and computer based training (cbt) solutions including; custom content development, learning management system (lms) and SCORM implementation, instructional design and website development. Thoughts and notes from our experiences developing eLearning content and LMS/SCORM implementations. and Inquisiq updates. Cheers!
  • ICS LEARNING GROUP  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 20, 2011
    [Providers] Welcome to 2011, and some company updates.
    Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Google Buzz Posted by Anonymous at 4:18 PM 0comments: Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to: Post Comments (Atom) Inquisiq LMS Inquisiq R3 Inquisiq Support Site About Us We are a leading provider of elearning and computer based training (cbt) solutions including; custom content development, learning management system (lms) and SCORM implementation, instructional design and website development. Thoughts and notes from our experiences developing eLearning content and LMS/SCORM implementations. bit belated, but welcome to 2011!
  • ICS LEARNING GROUP  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2011
    [Providers] LMS API methods and mobile
    Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Google Buzz Posted by Anonymous at 4:39 PM 0comments: Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to: Post Comments (Atom) Inquisiq LMS Inquisiq R3 Inquisiq Support Site About Us We are a leading provider of elearning and computer based training (cbt) solutions including; custom content development, learning management system (lms) and SCORM implementation, instructional design and website development. Thoughts and notes from our experiences developing eLearning content and LMS/SCORM implementations. Email This BlogThis! Released!
  • ICS LEARNING GROUP  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2011
    [Providers] Discussing: Video and Web Delivery
    They had their own video team (though that’s a service we can provide as well) who wanted to know how we’d prefer the final files to be delivered. For the customer we had the discussion with, we recommended the final video be provided in two formats: Final edited output as an h.264 MP4 video. Thoughts and notes from our experiences developing eLearning content and LMS/SCORM implementations. In this case, the customer wanted to record a presentation and make it available online. So, when it comes to preparing your video for online delivery, what’s the best option?
  • ICS LEARNING GROUP  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2011
    [Providers] Variety; the spice of SCORM, Tools, and LMS products
    The customer provided the values they set in some Lectora-based lessons they had created, including where AICC_Lesson_Status was set to ‘passed’…which, on one hand, was understandable as we’ve encountered that setting before with customers who use Lectora. Thoughts and notes from our experiences developing eLearning content and LMS/SCORM implementations. One of their customers requested some modifications for their particular LMS. Aside from a few more cosmetic things, the target LMS used a progress-bar image to represent the state of the course. Released!
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  MONDAY, MARCH 14, 2011
    [Providers] SuccessFactors Acquires Jambok - Is this Corporate Learning 3.0?
    Two notable examples of this type of solution are BT's "Dare to Share" solution which enabled the BT field service organization to save millions of dollars in the first year by enabling telephone service reps to upload videos about their learnings directly from a company-provided FLIP camera. This week SuccessFactors announced the acquisition of Jambok, a small platform company with an innovative and powerful solution for social learning and knowledge sharing. And imagine if this content is rated, tagged, and commented upon by all its viewers!
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  SATURDAY, MARCH 5, 2011
    [Providers] Taleo Firmly Establishes itself in the Learning Management Systems Market
    Last year, Taleo , the largest provider of recruiting software, spent $100 million acquiring mid-market LMS vendor Learn.com. The ever-changing market for Learning Management Systems (LMS) continues to evolve. The company's strategy, which we supported in earlier blog posts, is to expand across all elements of the talent management domain and develop an offering which gives customers a "one stop shopping" solution. Read our LMS 2011 industry study for all the details.) We had a briefing with Taleo this week and it appears that progress is excellent. It is not to be missed
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 1, 2011
    [Providers] Building the Borderless Workplace: IMPACT 2011 Research Conference
    The Solution Providers. As a premier analyst firm, we talk with hundreds of HR, L&D, and talent management solution providers each year. This year is our fourth annual Learning and Talent Management Research Conference, IMPACT: The Business of Talent® (April 26-29 at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort in St. Petersburg, Florida) and it is going to be the best conference ever! This theme is very appropriate, given the changes in the middle east. All these changes dramatically change the way we manage people, how we develop people, and how we build and assess leadership.
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  SATURDAY, MARCH 5, 2011
    [Providers] Taleo Firmly Establishes itself in the Learning Management Systems Market
    Last year, Taleo , the largest provider of recruiting software, spent $100 million acquiring mid-market LMS vendor Learn.com. The ever-changing market for Learning Management Systems (LMS) continues to evolve. The company's strategy, which we supported in earlier blog posts, is to expand across all elements of the talent management domain and develop an offering which gives customers a "one stop shopping" solution. Read our LMS 2011 industry study for all the details.) We had a briefing with Taleo this week and it appears that progress is excellent. It is not to be missed
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 1, 2011
    [Providers] Building the Borderless Workplace: IMPACT 2011 Research Conference
    The Solution Providers. As a premier analyst firm, we talk with hundreds of HR, L&D, and talent management solution providers each year. This year is our fourth annual Learning and Talent Management Research Conference, IMPACT: The Business of Talent® (April 26-29 at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort in St. Petersburg, Florida) and it is going to be the best conference ever! This theme is very appropriate, given the changes in the middle east. All these changes dramatically change the way we manage people, how we develop people, and how we build and assess leadership.
  • ONEHUNDREDFORTYWORDS  |  MONDAY, JUNE 22, 2009
    [Providers] Learning Agents Part 1: Why Learning Agents?
    They can provide an authoritative look and feel when the audience or material calls for it. Or they can provide a “touchstone&# and make the course more personal for learners who otherwise may not enjoy computer-based training. onehundredfortywords.com i make stuff that helps people learn Home Inbox About this Site Custom Elearning Design Subscribe to feed ‹ How Long Does E-Learning Development Take? • Learning Agents Part 2: Learning Agents, Done Well › Learning Agents Part 1: Why Learning Agents? They can bring life and energy to a dry, boring topic.
  • ONEHUNDREDFORTYWORDS  |  MONDAY, JUNE 22, 2009
    [Providers] Why Learning Agents?
    They can provide an authoritative look and feel when the audience or material calls for it. Or they can provide a “touchstone&# and make the course more personal for learners who otherwise may not enjoy computer-based training. onehundredfortywords.com i make stuff that helps people learn Home Inbox About this Site Custom Elearning Design Subscribe to feed ‹ How Long Does E-Learning Development Take? • Learning Agents Part 2: Learning Agents, Done Well › Learning Agents Part 1: Why Learning Agents? They can bring life and energy to a dry, boring topic.
  • ONEHUNDREDFORTYWORDS  |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24, 2009
    [Providers] Learning Agents Part 3: Learning Agents, Done Poorly
    Here are the issues I had with it: The narrator introduces the topic but doesn’t reappear after that first screen (within the first lesson), so she doesn’t provide any sense of continuity. It was primarily presentation of factual content, and it included an on-screen, animated agent with voice narration. It’s a counter-example to the one we saw yesterday. She doesn’t have a name or personality, or any emotional impact on the course. At least it was short.
  • ONEHUNDREDFORTYWORDS  |  SATURDAY, JUNE 27, 2009
    [Providers] Learning Agents Part 4: Another Agent to Learn From
    Clippy at his best: responding, not interrupting Thinking about ways to use an interactive learning agent (searching documentation on the intranet, linking to resources inside the course and on the Internet, providing contact with a trainer and help desk), I realized I’ve implemented these in e-learning before — just not using a persona interface. But he had good qualities. Clippy was a help agent; as such, he was designed to respond to the user’s questions and needs. decided to actually go on vacation while I was on vacation, and I forgot to tell my blogging software. 
  • ONEHUNDREDFORTYWORDS  |  THURSDAY, JULY 9, 2009
    [Providers] 3 Things About Storyboarding That You May Not Have Seen
    The first post provides links several storyboard templates. Photo by Scott Unrein) 3)  Video on storyboarding , posted on MinuteBio I’ve been reflecting on how much these notions of storyboarding really relate to e-learning. Most of the e-learning storyboards I’ve seen focus much less on the visual design than these do, and much more on which words need to appear on screen and which words should be spoken. That way Word or PowerPoint or whichever tool I’m using doesn’t force me down a completely linear path; the tool has to accommodate the interaction I’ve designed.
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2011
    [Providers] The Canary in the Coal Mine: Goal Setting
    Goals create discontent with the current situation and provide direction for future action. The feeling of relief is almost palpable. For many of you, performance appraisals are done (or you’re so close you can almost taste it). Congratulations! Now it’s on to goal setting. If my recent conversations are any indicator, many of you are dissatisfied with your organization’s goal setting process. FIGHT THIS THOUGHT. Goal setting is the canary in the coal mine of performance management. What constitutes good goal setting? Source: Bersin & Associates, 2011. Stacia
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2011
    [Providers] Thinking about Firing your Employee Engagement Partner?
    Solution providers in the space were quick to share that numbers were down and highlight the possible storm clouds on the horizon, leading to reduced performance and turn-over in high-potentials and critical talent roles. In taking a fresh look at this important topic, many HR leaders are looking at both their current solution providers as well as their own internal approach to engagement. They are also looking for solution providers who can partner strategically on these questions and help them develop a complete engagement strategy. ” Aon Hewitt. Stacey Harris.
  • ECAMPUS BLOG  |  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2006
    [Providers] Education & Bandwidth
    In addition, they must provide the consumer with more of an editorial role in selecting, modifying and sharing the content.&# It is a massive leap from providing some static files, some course notes, some pictures, some pdfs and the occasional mpeg to providing video conferencing, video on demand, and other services to students. And as an aside , those who are the best (and cheapest) providers of the type of IT infrastructure required to cater for these students with broadband are not educational institutions. Some, gloriously, still do. It was a Netcomm Trailblazer.
  • ECAMPUS BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2006
    [Providers] Pilot project in open e-Learning
    It gives providers of infrastructure the opportunity to offer it to a whole new market. With any luck, the end result will be a non-profit web application for academics, students and providers of educational infrastructure. Most of this infrastructure could be provided by anyone. If academics could set up their own courses , take on students, provide tutorials and provide course materials online, then they would be independent of the administration. Pilot project in open e-Learning I was having a discussion with a phd student at a University a week ago.
  • ECAMPUS BLOG  |  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2007
    [Providers] Elearning Usability Testing On The Web « elearning blog
    Here’s one view Crazy Egg provide – a “heatmap&#. Customer Support Ecampus Connect Elearning Course Library 1300 652 784 Home Solutions Contact Blog The Ecampus Blog Ecampus News, elearning tips & tricks and stories from our customers. Elearning Usability Testing On The Web There’s nothing more fascinating for an e-learning course designer than watching users interact with the courses online. The problem for e-learning, of course, is that you can’t sit there and watch students interact with your courses. Clicktale take another approach.
  • ECAMPUS BLOG  |  SUNDAY, APRIL 5, 2009
    [Providers] Who do you need on your elearning team? « elearning blog
    If you are working with video the multimedia developer will provide you with the video and audio editing and signal processing skills, as well as encoding multimedia formats appropriately for playback. Customer Support Ecampus Connect Elearning Course Library 1300 652 784 Home Solutions Contact Blog The Ecampus Blog Ecampus News, elearning tips & tricks and stories from our customers. Who do you need on your elearning team? So you are going to start delivering elearning in your organisation. Let’s take a quick look at some of the people and skills you may need on your project.
  • ECAMPUS BLOG  |  SUNDAY, APRIL 5, 2009
    [Providers] LMS Data Portability « elearning blog
    However, often these exports do not provide all the information required to migrate systems and maintain accurate compliance records. This essentially provides you with the complete database – every record collected. Ecampus’ XML API also provides access to user records and course data, and individual course level student assessment data can be downloaded in Microsoft Excel or CSV format. One way vendors prevent their clients from moving to ‘greener pastures’ is to ‘lock in’ their data so that the cost of migration makes changing vendors unappealing.
  • TOWARDS MATURITY  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2011
    [Providers] Delivering results - invitation to an event with Towards Maturity and the BILD
    Technology is enabling learning professionals to re-define their learning offering, open up new conversations, create new learning experiences and provide reach into the farthest parts of the globe in order to deliver results. Specifically delegates will be provided with specific resources to help you to: Increase buy in for new learning approaches Market effectively to learners and managers Who is is aimed at? 11am - 3pm About this event More organisations are starting to leverage learning technologies to help them deliver more for less. Who is organising the event?
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2011
    [Providers] Less Talked-About -- but VERY Compelling -- Benefits of SaaS
    Over the long-term it is not clear if SaaS is more or less costly, but it is very clear that SaaS provides many other benefits. SaaS providers can show you precisely who is using the system, what capabilities they are using, and how well the system is being adopted. In Bersin & Associates’ “Talent Management Systems 2010” study (published in late 2009), we estimated that more than 70 percent of Integrated Talent Management solution implementations were being delivered via SaaS (Software as a Service). Million, up 33% year-over-year. Steve Goldberg.
  • ELEMENT K BLOG  |  FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2011
    [Providers] The Value of Reflecting on the Weekly Lrnchat
    While each participant will naturally have somewhat different key takeaways, being able to read one participant's reflections can not only provide intrinsic value, but also help you to clarify some of your own thoughts on what you read in the chat. Kelly started providing us with such postings at his relatively new blog Misadventures in Learning in October. Back in October of 2009 I wrote a posting titled "The New Learning and Development Virtual Cocktail Party," which was about the weekly "chats" that occur on Twitter amongst dozens of learning professionals.
  • TWITTERPATED WITH LEARNING  |  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2010
    [Providers] Loan Officer Branching Conversation Simulation – Twitterpated with.
    Related Books » Subscribe About Twitterpated with Learning My name is Amanda Warner, and I am an e-Learning designer based in Providence, RI. Skip to content Twitterpated with Learning E-learning, serious games, educational simulations, and periodic whimsy. Log in Categories: Amanda's Projects Related Resources Samples Loan Officer Branching Conversation Simulation If you’re like me, you like clicking on things better than just reading about them!  You’ll need Flash Player 10. This course is targeted for operational managers at international microfinance institutions.
  • TWITTERPATED WITH LEARNING  |  SUNDAY, JANUARY 9, 2011
    [Providers] Recommended Webinar: Exploring Reusable Interactions.
    « Building a Branching Conversation Simulation with Flash, XML, and AS3 Growing an Educational Game – Flower Stand » Subscribe About Twitterpated with Learning My name is Amanda Warner, and I am an e-Learning designer based in Providence, RI. Skip to content Twitterpated with Learning E-learning, serious games, educational simulations, and periodic whimsy. Log in Categories: Amanda's Projects Related Resources Samples Recommended Webinar: Exploring Reusable Interactions Allen Interactions is offering a free webinar series called Exploring Reusable Interactions. 
  • TWITTERPATED WITH LEARNING  |  SATURDAY, JANUARY 22, 2011
    [Providers] Flower Stand Revision – Brainstorming Underlying Themes and Goals.
    « Growing an Educational Game – Flower Stand The Art of Game Design » Subscribe About Twitterpated with Learning My name is Amanda Warner, and I am an e-Learning designer based in Providence, RI. Skip to content Twitterpated with Learning E-learning, serious games, educational simulations, and periodic whimsy. You can read an earlier post about my first iteration of the game by clicking here. like the idea of short educational games that act as gateways into new experiences by sparking the user’s interest and helping to build a basic schema of knowledge for later.
  • TWITTERPATED WITH LEARNING  |  SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2011
    [Providers] The Art of Game Design – Twitterpated with Learning
    « Flower Stand Revision – Brainstorming Underlying Themes and Goals Subscribe About Twitterpated with Learning My name is Amanda Warner, and I am an e-Learning designer based in Providence, RI. Skip to content Twitterpated with Learning E-learning, serious games, educational simulations, and periodic whimsy. Log in Categories: Amanda's Projects Related Resources Samples The Art of Game Design I just finished reading The Art of Game Design: A Book of Lenses , by Jesse Schell, and it is now one of my favorite books about learning development.  The other 7.53%?  Go read it.
  • OBVIOUS INSIGHTS  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2010
    [Providers] Fad or Fact? « Obvious Insights
    First, if you’re actually dealing with such a wide population that dyslexia is an issue, I think there is a strong argument for using both pictures, key text, and audio…not redundantly, but because dyslexia manifests with both text reading and picture naming difficulties, I think providing two avenues of access to a concept could help. Home About Obvious Insights Practical guidance for the learning professional Feeds: Posts Comments « Learn. Practice. There’s nothing wrong with presentations » Fad or Fact? FACT—but only marginally. FACT—sometimes. Learn.
  • OBVIOUS INSIGHTS  |  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2010
    [Providers] There's nothing wrong with presentations « Obvious Insights
    Provide handouts/templates to make it even easier for people to participate. Home About Obvious Insights Practical guidance for the learning professional Feeds: Posts Comments « Fad or Fact? Translating tried and true engagement » There’s nothing wrong with presentations November 1, 2010 by Jeff Narvid In my experience, managers often think of presentations as training. My knee-jerk reaction is to cringe at the idea that 60 minutes of slides and the occasional audience question is actually going to move the needle and make anyone better at their job. Learn. Practice.
  • TOWARDS MATURITY  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2011
    [Providers] Online Benchmark Centre launched by Towards Maturity
    In addition, the system provides personalised support, tips, resources, and areas to think about. Note to Editors About Towards Maturity Toward Maturity’s not for profit benchmark practice provides independent expert advice and support in using learning innovation to accelerate business performance. Towards Maturity leverages the wealth of data provided by its benchmark, an internationally recognised longitudinal study based on the inputs of 1,200 organisations and 3,000 learners over 8 years.
  • RAPID INTAKE  |  FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2008
    [Providers] ProForm Voted into Best of 2008 Elearning! Awards by Its Users
    To be voted as one of the best solutions in the industry by those who actually use our products we believe demonstrates the value ProForm and supporting services (such as our Professional Services and Technical Support ) are providing our e-learning colleagues that use it to meet demanding requirements for some of the best training. We appreciate your vote of confidence and we will continue to do our best to provide you with the best rapid interactive e-learning development tools and service in the industry. Friday, November 21, 2008 ProForm Voted into Best of 2008 Elearning!
  • RAPID INTAKE  |  SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2009
    [Providers] Academic eLearning Software Grant
    Saturday, October 17, 2009 Academic eLearning Software Grant If you represent a school and you havent heard, we are providing 200 schools with a special e-learning software grant to help provide interactive e-learning authoring capabilities to teachers and instructors in K-12 and higher education institutions. Read the full press release.) Click Here to Apply Application Deadline: November 6, 2009 Posted by Garin Hess at 8:13 AM Email This BlogThis! ► July (1) Rapid Intake Celebrates 10 Years in July! ► May (7) Memorial Day - Remembering Why America Stands for. Awards.
  • TOWARDS MATURITY  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2011
    [Providers] 3 simple steps to delivering results with Learning Technologies
    In the download, we have also provided you with some feedback and links to example case studies or resources to illustrate how you could address some of the areas. 70% of organisations who complete the review alone have found that the process provided them with new ideas to try out. But you can also use the benchmark centre to provide a focus for continual improvement – premium users can receive detailed feedback, have access to resources and keep track of their action plans. We hope you will find useful in your journey with learning technologies. 1 being not true) 1.
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2010
    [Providers] High-Impact Learning Culture in Europe
    At one of my meetings I sat down with the head of talent acquisition for Danfoss , a $10Billion+ provider of air conditioning and other industrial products. I spent this week in Europe (nice Siberian snowstorm here), attending a client meeting in the UK and the Online Educa Berlin (OEB), the largest e-learning conference in the world. This conference, which has more than 1,000 attendees, brings together learning and academic professionals from businesses, educational institutions, and governments throughout Europe. By 2022 this average age will be 51.
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2010
    [Providers] Section 127: L&D's Stake in the Politics of Tax Cuts
    Of course, employers are not required to provide this assistance to their employees; but it is a good idea. In order for Section 127 to apply to an education benefit plan, the following conditions must be met: it must be established as a separate plan; it must be provided for the "exclusive benefit of employees"; it must not discriminate in favor of the highly compensated (in other words – this is not meant to be a special option just for certain segments of the population); and. Coalition to Preserve Employer Provided Education Assistance. And Sen. link].
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2010
    [Providers] Customer Satisfaction with Talent Management Systems: The Leaders, The Story
    The biggest driver of "willingness to recommend" a vendor is not product features, but rather a vendor's ability to truly understand your business problem, provide consulting and advice, and deliver an ongoing relationship with support, communications, and bug fixes. This winter we launched our second annual Talent Management Systems Customer Satisfaction research. Now, after surveying more than 1,500 organizations over the last two years, we have a very deep understanding of how this market has evolved. Highlight of Market Leaders. Enterprise Leader: SuccessFactors.
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 11, 2011
    [Providers] SHL and Previsor Merge: New Global Leader in the Assessment Market
    The company is clearly the biggest assessment provider in the market (approximately 55% of its revenues come from assessments, 30% from consulting, and the remainder from other sources) and claim its position as #1 in the world. With a global platform like this, Previsor-SHL Group can probably outflank many of the smaller providers when selling to big, global companies. " A solution provider like Previsor-SHL has the ability to address some of these bigger organizational issues, and if the company executes well, can become a close strategic partner to its global clients.
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 26, 2011
    [Providers] Start the New Year with a Fresh Outlook on HR
    Across the last few years, our members told us they want research that helps them navigate the challenges of today’s HR organization and the offerings of HR solution providers. In 2004, Bersin & Associates launched its very first report in learning technology, providing a new type of research – practical and focused on business outcomes -- for learning and talent professionals. For years, compliance had been the HR function’s primary role; now we were changing the playing field, providing proof that HR could impact the business. We have listened.
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2010
    [Providers] High-Impact Learning Culture in Europe
    At one of my meetings I sat down with the head of talent acquisition for Danfoss , a $10Billion+ provider of air conditioning and other industrial products. I spent this week in Europe (nice Siberian snowstorm here), attending a client meeting in the UK and the Online Educa Berlin (OEB), the largest e-learning conference in the world. This conference, which has more than 1,000 attendees, brings together learning and academic professionals from businesses, educational institutions, and governments throughout Europe. By 2022 this average age will be 51.
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2010
    [Providers] Section 127: L&D's Stake in the Politics of Tax Cuts
    Of course, employers are not required to provide this assistance to their employees; but it is a good idea. In order for Section 127 to apply to an education benefit plan, the following conditions must be met: it must be established as a separate plan; it must be provided for the "exclusive benefit of employees"; it must not discriminate in favor of the highly compensated (in other words – this is not meant to be a special option just for certain segments of the population); and. Coalition to Preserve Employer Provided Education Assistance. And Sen. link].
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2010
    [Providers] A Dozen Things the HR Technology Market Needs in 2011
    The recognition that only when end-customers focus sufficiently on change management, and solution providers deliver less complex/more intuitive/more engaging / "what’s in it for me?" So, what’s left to be done - PLENTY! Here’s a list of a dozen things that would continue advancing the HR technology market in material ways, many of these ideas will be further explored in subsequent blog posts: 1. Yes, Naomi Bloom, you had me sold on the importance of HR data models long ago! How easy and accessible are they to use?
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 5, 2011
    [Providers] SumTotal Acquires GeoLearning: LMS Market Consolidation Continues
    Background: SumTotal Systems is the largest provider of learning management systems today (and also a major provider of integrated talent management systems). Over the years as GeoLearning grew, the company became well known to mid-market organizations and at the time of this acquisition was one of the largest mid-market LMS providers (revenues around $40M). Today another major shift takes place in the talent management systems market: SumTotal Systems announced the acquisition of GeoLearning. The acquisition of GeoLearning makes sense for several reasons.
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 11, 2011
    [Providers] SHL and Previsor Merge: New Global Leader in the Assessment Market
    The company is clearly the biggest assessment provider in the market (approximately 55% of its revenues come from assessments, 30% from consulting, and the remainder from other sources) and claim its position as #1 in the world. With a global platform like this, Previsor-SHL Group can probably outflank many of the smaller providers when selling to big, global companies. " A solution provider like Previsor-SHL has the ability to address some of these bigger organizational issues, and if the company executes well, can become a close strategic partner to its global clients.
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 26, 2011
    [Providers] Start the New Year with a Fresh Outlook on HR
    Across the last few years, our members told us they want research that helps them navigate the challenges of today’s HR organization and the offerings of HR solution providers. In 2004, Bersin & Associates launched its very first report in learning technology, providing a new type of research – practical and focused on business outcomes -- for learning and talent professionals. For years, compliance had been the HR function’s primary role; now we were changing the playing field, providing proof that HR could impact the business. We have listened.
  • TOWARDS MATURITY  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2011
    [Providers] Benchmarking success in the automotive industry
    Yet the sector continues to innovate and competitive advantage goes to those who are able to quickly respond to market demand and provide excellent customer service. The automotive industry has been hard hit by the recession with production levels down and falling sales. Maintaining and build the skills of key customer-facing staff is critical in achieving this and the sector is looking beyond the classroom to new learning models to address these skills more efficiently and effectively. Who should take part? All responses are treated completely confidentially.
  • TOWARDS MATURITY  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 24, 2011
    [Providers] News- Towards Maturity Treasure Trail with 4 new ambassadors
    The Trail plots a route around the exhibition floor, stopping at stands of ‘Ambassador’ companies affiliated to Towards Maturity, each of whom will provide a piece of ‘treasure’ in the form of a practical resource or guide to support L&D professionals on their journey with learning technologies. Note to Editors About Towards Maturity Toward Maturity’s not for profit benchmark practice provides independent expert advice and support in using learning innovation to accelerate business performance.
  • TOWARDS MATURITY  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2011
    [Providers] 3 simple steps to accelerate business performance with learning technologies
    If you are new to learning technologies or are just stuck in a rut, this session will provide 3 simple steps to help you: • Increase organisation engagement • Improve efficiency • Deliver business performance • Manage risk • AND get there faster! Laura Overton will be speaking at the Learning Technologies show next week at 3 free seminars - everyone is welcome! We will be launching our new Benchmark Centre at the event so that organisations can take part in our industry benchmark review when they need to rather than just once a year.
  • TOWARDS MATURITY  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 19, 2011
    [Providers] Perspectives from Online Educa Berlin
    He challenged that if technology has the ability to help us do new things in extraordinary ways, we have to provide the opportunity rather than constrain technology by applying it to existing systems. number of important vantage points stood out for me: The collaboration vantage point The opening sessions flagged the importance of team sport working collectively rather than individually to get things done and several Business Educa sessions provided inspiration on how this can be achieved. In December, I took part in Business Educa , as part of the 16th Online Educa Berlin event.
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2010
    [Providers] Friday ReFlects #5 - Thanksgiving Potpourri Edition
    Providers such as Caspian are finding ways to streamline the custom development of simulations. Mark Oehlert of the Defense Acquisition University and the e-Clippings blog provids a good jumping-off post on this topic. Greetings and a pleasant Friday to everyone, Here in the US, we are about to start the holiday season. Since next week is our yearly celebration of a bountiful harvest, this week’s list of reflections is a similar smorgasbord - weighted towards fun-and-games. ReFlect #1: Immersive 3D Simulation and Serious Games. That is changing. Question: What do you think?
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2010
    [Providers] Section 127: L&D's Stake in the Politics of Tax Cuts
    Of course, employers are not required to provide this assistance to their employees; but it is a good idea. In order for Section 127 to apply to an education benefit plan, the following conditions must be met: it must be established as a separate plan; it must be provided for the "exclusive benefit of employees"; it must not discriminate in favor of the highly compensated (in other words – this is not meant to be a special option just for certain segments of the population); and. Coalition to Preserve Employer Provided Education Assistance. And Sen. link].
  • TOWARDS MATURITY  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2010
    [Providers] Innovation in Compliance training
    Cliveshepherd offered 5 tips on how to shift from delivering compliance tick boxes to building competency: Provide positioning - why are we doing this? Provide worked examples to illustrate application Allow for safe practice within the programme Then (and only then) - test for knowledge Most compliance training just present policies and proceedures & then test, it ignores good practices around building effective learning. Often compliance training is the first taste of e-learning for many employees and yet most of the time it can leave them cold.
  • TOWARDS MATURITY  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2010
    [Providers] Three steps to compliance greatness
    Design an ongoing experience, including links to other reference points or learning resources and providing a well-designed crib sheet with key ‘dos and don’ts’ and contact points. My recent survey of the e-learning and compliance communities highlighted three characteristics of the compliance e-learning we’d all like to see more of. It needs to be engaging, relevant and effective. In user-focused terms, it needs to make them care, show them it matters and help them live it. If they’re not taking notice, they’re not really learning.
  • ELECTRONIC PAPYRUS  |  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2010
    [Providers] The art of disconnecting
    He provides examples from Plato, Seneca, Gutenberg, Shakespeare, Benjamin Franklin, Thoreau, and Marshall McLuhan in a context that is very relevant and helpful to our contemporary situation. Do you have the impulse to check your email or social network updates when you get up, throughout the day, between tasks, as an interruption in the middle of a task, in the evening, in the middle of the night, anytime? There might be a message you are interested in or something you “need” to respond to …. This is a time when I don’t need to know there is a new message. need a break. Happy holidays.
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2010
    [Providers] Section 127: L&D's Stake in the Politics of Tax Cuts
    Of course, employers are not required to provide this assistance to their employees; but it is a good idea. In order for Section 127 to apply to an education benefit plan, the following conditions must be met: it must be established as a separate plan; it must be provided for the "exclusive benefit of employees"; it must not discriminate in favor of the highly compensated (in other words – this is not meant to be a special option just for certain segments of the population); and. Coalition to Preserve Employer Provided Education Assistance. And Sen. link].
  • ELEARNING 24-7  |  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2010
    [Providers] Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: Mindflash.com Version – Product Review
    Part of course creation is to provide your course a name and a description. It provides the link which you can copy and send out.   I love Halloween. It is one of my favorite times of the year. deck out the house with special effects, ghostly lights, the whole works. Signs that say, “warning&# , “stay back&# “not for the faint of heart&#.  Classic. However, I wouldn’t want that for my product. wouldn’t want a sign to read, “if you are used to non-linear web based training courses, then stay back&#.  Mindflash.com is Dr.Jekyll and Mr.Hyde. 
  • ELEARNING 24-7  |  FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2010
    [Providers] Something is Going on Down there in the LMS Market
    will provide to you what I am testing. It identifies those who offer trials and provides additional information.   will provide information on it, and for those who do not have a tablet, explain how you will be able to view via a browser and which browser I recommend that you use, to see its capabilities. On a surf expedition the other week, I came across a LMS vendor who was not pitching their product or selling their service, but rather was providing unbiased information on tablets and how they will revolutionize e-learning.  Get your tablets here. your tablets.
  • ELECTRONIC PAPYRUS  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2010
    [Providers] 27 Ways To Improve Your Online Video
    Is the script well written, provide an effective narrative, and exhibit elements of good storytelling? Video continues it’s meteoric rise in the world of online learning, with no end in sight. However, we all know there can be a wide variation in production quality. offer the following guidelines to help anticipate issues that can make or break a video. But I do so fully realizing that dancing cat YouTubes can command millions of viewers: we should only be so lucky with instructional videos going that viral. Are the learning objectives built into the video? Is this video educational?
  • MINDLEADERS  |  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2010
    [Providers] Ofsted Annual Report Findings – The Annual Report of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector 2009/10.
    The report states that: In 2009/10, 209 inspections of work-based learning provided by independent learning providers and employers were undertaken. The work-based learning sector has long been characterised by considerable churn, with many new providers entering the sector and other providers leaving the sector within a single year. Ofsted’s inspections show that, on average, work-based learning providers that are more established are more likely to be judged good or outstanding than newer providers. Was that last comment written about our provision?
  • TOWARDS MATURITY  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2010
    [Providers] How to work with external e-learning experts
    Some of this knowledge gap can be addressed through formal learning or via our networks but often organisations may need to turn to external experts to provide an additional helping hand. This HOW TO provides a checklist of ideas and guidelines that can be used to select and work with external experts. Looking for external experts to support you in your journey with learning technologies? Take a look at this independant checklist to help you get best value. The HOW TO covers: What should we be looking for when selecting an external expert? Are we ready? How can we control costs?
  • TOWARDS MATURITY  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2010
    [Providers] Towards Maturity Launches Ambassador Programme
    Press Release - Towards Maturity launches Ambassador Programme to help learning providers stimulate excellence within the industry LONDON, 30 November 2010: Towards Maturity, the internationally recognised benchmarking practice for learning innovation, has launched a new programme designed for provider companies of learning products and services focused on excellence and growth. We are proud to be Founding Ambassadors for a programme which provides such compelling evidence of the impact our industry continues to make.
  • LEARNING ON THE LEADING EDGE  |  FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2010
    [Providers] Friday ReFlects #5 - Thanksgiving Potpourri Edition
    Providers such as Caspian are finding ways to streamline the custom development of simulations. Mark Oehlert of the Defense Acquisition University and the e-Clippings blog provids a good jumping-off post on this topic. Greetings and a pleasant Friday to everyone, Here in the US, we are about to start the holiday season. Since next week is our yearly celebration of a bountiful harvest, this week’s list of reflections is a similar smorgasbord - weighted towards fun-and-games. ReFlect #1: Immersive 3D Simulation and Serious Games. That is changing. Question: What do you think?
  • MLEARNING TRENDS  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2010
    [Providers] CellCast Takes Top Honors at DemoFest 2010
    OnPoint worked with Verizon Wireless on a project designed to provide their outbound sales teams with greater and easier access to regular sales practices, production/solution previews, and updated business communications; the solution utilized OnPoint’s CellCast® mobile learning platform to make that content available via a variety of company-issued smartphones. The end-to-end mobile solution provided by OnPoint compliments Verizon Wireless’ existing enterprise LMS platform and extends their blended learning environment to their ever-mobile sales professionals.
  • MINDFLASH  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2010
    [Providers] Want to Deliver Better Training? Take a Cue from ‘Top Chef’
    The chefs usually try to defend themselves by providing lengthy excuses that only annoy the judges.  I’m not much of a reality TV fan but the one show I go out of my way to watch is Top Chef on Bravo.  It’s fascinating to watch the creative process in action as chefs are challenged to turn basic or bizarre ingredients into haute cuisine under intense circumstances.  I’m always amazed to see how people who all started with the same ingredients achieve such different and innovative results. Building & leading collaborative teams (when everyone has their own agenda).
  • MINDFLASH  |  THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2010
    [Providers] How to Plead the Business Case With E-Learning Skeptics
    In his leadership role at Knowland University, Bill focuses on helping clients get the most out of the products and services provided through a combination of guided and self-paced learning opportunities. Many organizations are considering implementing e-learning projects, but there are always stakeholders who are tough to convince. They have certain objections to e-learning, which makes trainers’ jobs more difficult. You know e-learning is the way to go, but how to do you persuade these stakeholders that it needs to happen? First, consider building a business case the right way.
  • IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CURVE  |  THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2010
    [Providers] Notes from an LMS upgrade
    P set up the redirect page we provided and took it down as requested. I am sharing the note I sent to my management chain regarding the upgrade. Names have been changed.because. did NOT change the name of the LMS vendor, because I thought they did a bang-up job with this new version and with the upgrade. The SkillPort upgrade that occurred on October 15th was successful. Time scheduled: 12:01am October 15th - 8:00am October 16th (32 hours) Actual time: 12:01am October 15th -7:30pm October 15th (19.5 The (Portal Team) did a great job testing the LDAP. SkillSoft fixed it 24 hours later.
  • CLARK ALDRICH  |  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2010
    [Providers] 3.0 Code
    They will produce much of the core sim engine itself, and provide the links to the fluid content, such as graphic files, videos, sound files, text, and entire level designs and sim flow, using industry standard media and xmls. In Part 3, the programmers/coders (hopefully well briefed and otherwise involved during Part 2) will program the material in the design document. The program sponsor, lead designer, graphic designer, and client liaison will be peripherally involved, making decisions, and helping flesh out the numerous parts of the sim engine that need refining.
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