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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • LEARNDASH  |  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28, 2012
    [Providers] Stupidly Simple Social Learning Strategy
    There are a wide range of options at your disposal for social learning, so let me provide you with a strategy for one tool that you may find of use: Social tool: a “Facebook” type wall for commenting. Social media is here to stay, that much we know. Yet I am amazed at the number of organizations that don’t take advantage of social components for their employee learning. The efforts I have seen just haven’t caught on because they weren’t used properly. Location: On the organization’s intranet or LMS. Required fields should be name, title, department, and a picture. That’s it.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • DAVE'S WHITEBOARD  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2012
    [Providers] Robert Burns: Jamaica’s loss
    His friend Gavin Hamilton, in whose memory I’ll have a little something this evening, suggested that Burns publish his poems “as a likely way of getting a little money to provide him… in necessaries for Jamaica.” Scotland’s most famous poet wasn’t much of a success by the age of 26. He’d farmed, but not successfully, though he has more success in sowing certain kinds of oats. Out of prospects, he’d accepted a job as a bookkeeper on a plantation in Jamaica… but didn’t have the money for the voyage. Ae fareweel, alas, for ever!
  • TOWARDS MATURITY  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2012
    [Providers] New Towards Maturity Sector Benchmarks now available
    Industries covered in the initial tranche of reports include: • IT and Telecoms • Public/Private Sector • Health and Social Care • Finance and Insurance • Learning Services Providers In-Focus Reports dig more deeply into implementation issues and feature case studies. In addition, Towards Maturity consultants will be providing practical help and direction for visitors to the event who want to understand the changing face of learning – helping them to make the most productive use possible of their time at this busy and ever-expanding show.
  • TOWARDS MATURITY  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 16, 2012
    [Providers] Think Differently - new roadmap to help you navigate #LT12UK
    Towards Maturtiy's ambassadors and supporters will be out in force at the show and provide collective insights and experiences that will challenge your current thinking forever! Take on the Towards Maturity Challenge - boost your business agility in 2012! If you want to improve business results through learning technologies this year, then it is time to put aside previous experiences,shake off preconceived ideas and THINK DIFFERENTLY! Visit us at the show and pick up practical ideas and resources to use back at work. Get prepared by downloading our Think Differently roadmap below.
  • TOWARDS MATURITY  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11, 2012
    [Providers] Learning Technology Exchange - new for 2012
    Register for free today for the Learning Technologies or Learning and Skills at Olympia 25th and 26th and take part in the new learning eXchanges run by Towards Maturity and partner Training Journal The Learning Technologies eXchange provides an opportunity for visitors, delegates and speakers to collaborate, exchanging ideas and experiences around themes being discussed in the conference and on the exhibition floors that will influence learning success in 2012. Register today for the free exhibition pass: for Learning technologies go to - [link] For learning and Skills go to - [link
  • KNOWLEDGESTAR  |  SUNDAY, MARCH 7, 2010
    [Providers] A Purpose-Driven Blog
    Then we stopped to think about it … What do we provide to our customers and clients when we design and deliver education and training? [.]. When we were thinking about creating a blog, we initially had all this great stuff we wanted to share – articles, stories, parts of research papers, quotes, pictures and more. Brain Education Learning
  • E-LEARNING ACADEMY  |  FRIDAY, JUNE 3, 2011
    [Providers] Comparison of E-Learning Authoring Tools and Available Training
    Something we want from e-learning providers is a relationship – someone who understands uor business, our needs and strives to value-add. Richard from Openlearn informed me about a recently published comparison of authoring tools, which I am sharing with you now. Thanks Thanks Richard.   E-Learning Uncovered is an organisation whose business focus is to support people to develop skills in e-learning [.]. Authoring tools Development
  • E-LEARNING ACADEMY  |  SUNDAY, JUNE 12, 2011
    [Providers] The sometimes disconnect between client and e-learning provider
    As an independent e-learning consultancy, my partner and I are privileged to observe both sides of the e-learning fence; client and provider. Both share their frustrations with me about e-learning projects. There is no-one to blame; simply a difference of perspectives that will become better aligned as the industry matures and relationships develop. Let me explain [.]. Changing practice Development
  • MOODLE JOURNAL  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 6, 2012
    [Providers] First week of 2012
    As part of an overall eLearning strategy, I have put together an initial ePolicy discussion document that I feel should provide us with a reasonable set of outline suggestions and proposals to address thosew particular circumstances, expectations and requirements for eLearning covering :- Student Privacy, the use of email, forum and chat discussions, submission of assignments particularly with regard to deadlines, issues regarding the provision of technical help, Student Codes of Conduct, plagiarism linked to Intellectual Property Rights.
  • TOWARDS MATURITY  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2011
    [Providers] First European Study Reveals New Automotive Sector Approaches to Learning
    Yet the sector continues to innovate with competitive advantage going to those who are able to quickly respond to market demand and provide excellent customer service. link] About Towards Maturity Towards Maturity’s is a benchmarking company that provides independent expert advice and support to help organisations use learning technologies to accelerate business performance. The automotive industry has been hard hit by the recession with production levels down and falling sales. On average 45% of all learning is face-to-face, 41% is blended and 14% is entirely online.
  • MOODLE JOURNAL  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2011
    [Providers] The LMS is Dead!
    partly quoted) There is a Take a Tour option that’s worth looking at because it provides a nice insight into the appearence and feel of the system in operation. Have you come acrosss OpenClass yet? It's a new kind of learning environment that goes beyond the LMS. It’s open to everyone, easy to use, and completely free — and it's making an amazing impact on education. Will OpenClass compete with Moodle, who can tell. One thing is for sure though, and that is competition is always good, at least that’s my view, so let’s sit back and see what happens in the coming months. please comment.
  • BLOOMFIRE  |  THURSDAY, JULY 21, 2011
    [Providers] The Creators of SocialFish Tell Us How They Use Their Bloomfire
    Lindy and Maddie provide everything you need to know about how social media can work for your association or nonprofit. Maddie Grant, CAE and Lindy Dreyer were both well-known association industry bloggers when they met and launched their consulting firm, SocialFish. Click here to read their SocialFishing blog.). Access step-by-step guides, on-demand Q&A, monthly virtual learning sessions, and peer-to-peer discussions on their SocialFish Bloomfire. It’s all the social media training you’ll need, all in one place, so you can become the trusted expert in your organization.
  • BLOOMFIRE  |  THURSDAY, AUGUST 4, 2011
    [Providers] 5 Pieces of Hardware Your Online Learning Community Should Consider (PART 5)
    We are offering you a little taste of the seven part series that provides tips on igniting passion and sparking conversation in your personal online learning community. As our blog evolves, we want to connect with our readers and get YOU involved in the process. Feel free to e-mail gena@bloomfire.com to suggest topics that interest YOU! We’ve broken down our list of  101 Quick Ideas to Ignite your Online Learning Community (click on it to see the full list!) into bite-sized chunks that are easier to digest. HARDWARE. Place a sign on the back of the chair that says “Rockstar Teacher.”.
  • BLOOMFIRE  |  THURSDAY, AUGUST 18, 2011
    [Providers] The Power of Exclusivity and How to Use it to Ignite your Online Learning Community (PART 6)
    We are offering you a little taste of the seven part series that provides tips on igniting passion and sparking conversation in your personal online learning community. Try to fix a big problem by providing just-in-time training resources that can be easily accessed in times of need. Bloomfire provides an environment where people can help each other out and tackle the learning curve together. As our blog evolves, we want to connect with our readers and get YOU involved in the process. Feel free to e-mail gena@bloomfire.com to suggest topics that interest YOU!
  • BLOOMFIRE  |  THURSDAY, AUGUST 25, 2011
    [Providers] 31 Ways to Create Purpose and Seed Content When Igniting Your Online Learning Community (PART 7)
    We are offering you a little taste of the seven part series that provides tips on igniting passion and sparking conversation in your personal online learning community. Next time, ask employees to blog about the trip and provide a useful archive for others to follow along and learn. Provide clear instructions for the recipient to write an answer on one page, flip the page over, and pass it on. On the last page of the notebook, provide clear instructions to drop the notebook off at a designated location. Provide a way for them to share this with the rest of the staff.
  • TAYLORING IT  |  SUNDAY, MAY 2, 2010
    [Providers] "Get Out There"
    My desire to provide our learners with an engaging, visually rich, intuitive portal into SAP is borne out of the disengaging, unappealing, complicated SAP GUI. For me the outcome of the meeting was a realisation that whilst the integration was perfectly feasible (Capita had achieved it along with a number of other organisations) it may be more prudent to wait for the SAP Learning Solutions platform to be implemented within my business as this could quite possibly provide the intuitive, engaging tool that I am looking for. have already commented on this in a previous post.
  • TAYLORING IT  |  TUESDAY, JULY 6, 2010
    [Providers] WANTED: Blogging Discipline
    I get the benefits of blogging… I get that it enhances the learning experience by providing an environment in which to reflect… I get that it provides others with an opportunity to learn from me, as I do on many occasions from them… I get that it is a wonderful networking opportunity… I get all of this and yet, despite the promises I made myself to blog on a fortnightly basis (as a minimum) I have failed to do this! Is it down to a lack of time? Is it down to being paranoid over my digital footprint? Is it down to a lack of content? Hmmm, probably not.
  • TAYLORING IT  |  THURSDAY, JULY 8, 2010
    [Providers] Mobile Learning Boot Camp
    Twitter provides me with many benefits, one of which is a forecast of events that are taking place that I might be be interested in. was a little reticent over attending the event as I work in neither HE, FE nor a work-based learning provider; I do however work for an organisation that delivers an incredible amount of training due to compliance and regulatory driven needs. Several days ago I picked up Tweet from @James Clay , who was conducting a Mobile Learning Boot Camp. One email later and I was buying my train ticket to Gloucester. link]. Share/Bookmark.
  • TAYLORING IT  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 14, 2010
    [Providers] Will an ‘in-house’ unconference work???
    Encourage delegates to set up a Twitter account prior to the un-conference and provide the support for them in doing this. Had a little thought whilst driving home tonight. Part of my role involves facilitating the Continuing Professional Development of a number of internal Learning Facilitators. normally do this by facilitating some lunchtime-learning sessions, which to be quite honest receive a very poor response in relation to the number of facilitators we have on-site (part of this is due to operating a shift-pattern). Invite all Learning Facilitators to attend. Share/Bookmark.
  • TAYLORING IT  |  SUNDAY, JULY 25, 2010
    [Providers] I'm not alone… help is at hand
    Whilst technically being outside the criteria for formal RSC support as I work for neither a HE, FE or workbased learning provider, I do work for an organisation that delivers an INCREDIBLE amount of training. So RSC NW have kindly agreed to provide me with some guidance and advice as to how I might approach a wider integration of learning technologies within my organisation. As a result of spending the last few weeks furiously catching up on James Clays ‘elearningstuff’ podcasts (I’m a late-comer to the party!) Share/Bookmark.
  • TAYLORING IT  |  SATURDAY, AUGUST 7, 2010
    [Providers] Happy Tweetiversary to me!
    Twitter has enabled me to attend Jane Harts Masterclass on Using Social Media for Learning, James Clays Mobile Learning Boot Camp, the eLearning Network 2010 showcase (which subsequently led me to joining the eLN) It has provided me with some excellent contacts and some fantastic learning opportunities. So here I am 12 months later with approx 2500 tweets under my belt, 175 followers and following 92 other people. Everyone one of these people is in some way shape or form involved in L&D, Learning Technologies, Social Media or more usually all 3! See you in the Twittersphere!
  • TAYLORING IT  |  TUESDAY, AUGUST 17, 2010
    [Providers] All you ever wanted to know about Personal Learning Environments/Networks…
    … is unlikely to be answered by me or my Blog… Yet again Twitter has provided me with a CPD opportunity. The other day I spotted a re-tweet by Steve Wheeler ( @timbuckteeth ) relating to an Open Course on Personal Learning Environments, Networks and Knowledge. Now I believe that I have been operating within a PLE/N for approx 8 months now (since my attendance at the Learning Technologies Conference in Jan 2010), I had just never labelled it as such or realised what I was involved in. Steve Wheelers tweets during his ‘European Tour 2010′! Image: Source.
  • TAYLORING IT  |  SUNDAY, AUGUST 29, 2010
    [Providers] Amazon Kindle as an Enterprise solution???
    Delegates would be able to access the suggested reading ‘any time’-'any where’ due to the freedom provided by the lightweight, portable device. The recent release of the Amazon Kindle within the UK has prompted me to look into the feasibility of this resource within my organisations learning activities. Previous ILM Leadership programme delegates have had the opportunity to utilise a number of conventional books that were purchased from the ILM ‘suggested reading’ list. This would also negate additional resources in terms of arranging loans and returns.
  • TAYLORING IT  |  FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2010
    [Providers] Small Chunks…
    As always these ‘physical’ activities provide me with a great opportunity to further cement friendships made online as well as to make new acquaintances. Ask my IT Department to provide any facilitator with ‘admin rights’ to the virtual classrooms website to allow them to update any settings without creating a burden on the IT Department. All in all, some great ideas and wonderful conversations coupled with my new approach to gathering ‘small chunks’ provided another wonderful CPD opportunity. Share/Bookmark.
  • TAYLORING IT  |  SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2010
    [Providers] Training is about telling people what they should and should not do…
    Given the extremely high importance which we apply to safety, we have a Compliance Department which contains a number of H&S Advisers, who interpret the various rules, regulations and red tape and then provide guidance and direction to the organisation on how to meet those rules and regulations. really wanted to hear what they wanted and not how their wishes were interpreted by workplace providers. Like I said training is about telling people what they should and should not do…… Now I know why I have been having such an uphill struggle. ??. Share/Bookmark
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