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Pick of the month: October 2012

Jane Hart

1 - Defining social learning – Marcia Conner, 4 October 2012. There’s not data to support social learning, and no way to show ROI. ” 2 - Can Learnist hold the key to enterprise learning - Paul, 5 October 2012.

Pick of the Month: May 2012

Jane Hart

Note, for easy reference, ALL the links in my daily Picks are collated monthly on my 2012 Reading List. Training professionals need to recognize that by being business-focused in every aspect of their work.

7 Reasons Why You Need To Adopt A Unified Learning System

Upside Learning

However, if you are still bolting on different systems with a hope to create a (pseudo) unified system, or still aren’t convinced of adopting a unified approach to learning management, it’s time to open up your view and look at the reality of a true unified learning system.

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ROI is More Than Justification

CLO Magazine

When done correctly, ROI generates key decision-support metrics for learning and aligns thinking with business objectives. In today’s business environment, learning programs that are unable to prove that benefits exceed costs are unlikely to survive.

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12 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Authoring Tool

investment if businesses are to enrich engagement. The Guardian (2012), ‘Talking feedback’ 2 User-Generated Videos: Tapping into Social Sharing @gomolearning User-generated content has been on many organizations’ authoring. learning on business outcomes.

2 Critical Factors Of LMS Switching

Upside Learning

It is these learners who are often ignored (to an extent) during the entire switching process, and yet the ones who actually leverage the benefits of the LMS and set the tune for your training ROI. Adoption. Adoption.

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Why Corporate Training is Broken And How to Fix It

Jay Cross

What worked twenty years ago doesn’t work well in the social, always-on, networked world of business we now inhabit. Management became recognized as a profession, Harvard Business School opened its doors, and the term “executive education” was first used.

Is Inside Sales Training More Important Than Field Sales Training?


Inside sales representatives are more likely to adopt the practices of what we have been calling Sales 2.0. These include using analytical data, performance metrics, and ROI measures to drive sales decisions and activity.

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What to Do With a Broken LMS

CLO Magazine

• Limited knowledge and scope on how to leverage the LMS for meaningful business impact. “Few corporate organizations have adopted Moodle as a strategic learning platform. However, if the company can benefit from the innovative capabilities of a modern LMS, it will reap ROI.

Why Don't Learning Organizations Embrace Informal?

CLO Magazine

• Established metrics : There is an abundance of established, recognized and accepted ROI metrics for formal, structured learning. • Technology : Until recently, social technology for corporate use was not commercially available and accepted as a business critical tool. • Cultural adoption : Organizations often view learning outside of formal means as a cloud. Here are seven reasons you should promote informal learning.

4 Reasons Companies Should Adopt Mobile Learning…Are You Missing the Boat?

SHIFT eLearning

1) Mobile devices allow businesses to distribute learning quickly. The 2012 report Mobile Learning: Driving Business Results by Empowering Employees in the Moment clearly states "The correlation with business results is direct. mLearning fits into even the most busy of schedules by requiring much less time than instructor-led training or lengthy eLearning programs. Calculating the Return on Investment (ROI) of Your Mobile Learning Initiative".

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Product Training vs Soft Skills Training

Your Training Edge

Focus has increased over last few years for businesses to be able to more strictly cross-examine the ROI of the training and development being offered to their employees. Approach of the businesses is changing. 2012, September).

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The Question Of Why (Not) eLearning On iPads Or Tablets?

Upside Learning

2012 saw the re-emergence of ‘Mobile learning’ or ‘mLearning’ as “new” (ok, not really new) buzzwords in L&D and Training circles around the world. Adoption of mLearning. Because it is easily related to immediate business needs and also has a more quantifiable ROI.

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What Does the Training Department Do When Training Doesn’t Work?

Performance Learning Productivity

Training Industry estimates the 2012 figures for the training market at $131billion in the USA and $160billion for the rest of the world – a global total of $291billion. Sometimes isolating ROI is easy, sometimes it’s impossible.

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Technology-Enabled Learning: What Will 2015 Bring?

Your Training Edge

While the world in general is becoming ever more networked and connected, many areas of the business world, including training, have remained siloed. Big data has been a buzzword in business for a couple of years now.

How MOOCs Can Solve Common Training Problems

Your Training Edge

On one hand, it is becoming ever more necessary for companies to provide training, especially for recent college graduates: according to a Gallup survey , only 11% of business leaders believe that college graduates are adequately prepared to succeed in the workplace.

Public Libraries Are Failures (and So Are MOOCs)

Your Training Edge

In fact, a 2012 study found that only a bare majority of people who go to a public library actually borrow printed books. Bryant’s business career has been based on his results-oriented style of empowering the individual.

The Impact of Declining Enrollments

Beyond Campus Innovations

The contributing factors include just about everything: skyrocketing tuition rates, declining college-aged population and a declining population all together, lack of access, for-profit college closures, debatable return on investment (ROI), demand for tradespeople and the fear of debt. This shift in the educational paradigm could be here to stay and for the first time in decades, colleges are rethinking their approach to the business of education.

Megatrends in MOOCs: #7 Gamification

Your Training Edge

In addition to enhancing learner engagement by making learning fun , which is true in any educational, gamification has other potential benefits for businesses. Gamification provides an effective way, other than financial bonuses, for businesses to recognize employees’ training efforts.

Social, Informal Learning Can Be ?Measured

CLO Magazine

A 2012 Towards Maturity benchmarking study (Figure 1) showed that: • 95 percent of companies surveyed want to use technology to increase best practice sharing, but only 25 percent are achieving this. These employees came from a variety of departments, business units, locations and roles.

Innovations and trends in performance management


Add to that the fact that major companies like Adobe went on record crediting this new approach (they went agile in 2012) with the rocketing share price they’ve experienced since adopting it, and it’s little wonder that APM is picking up pace.

How Effective are Your Training Dollars?

CLO Magazine

In many cases, the investment is reactionary and not properly planned before the launch of associated business initiatives. The learning initiative may be related to implementation of new technology or have a business application. It may be attached to a change in business processes or in the organization. The business case starts with a valid business reason. Are the business processes in which they engage completed with more value to the company?

Dear C-Suite: We Don't Do Training

CLO Magazine

In 2012, Peter Aceto, president and CEO of ING Direct, a Canadian bank with nearly 1.8 In the summer 2013 issue of MIT Sloan Management Review, an article appeared titled, “The Executive’s Role in Social Business.” ” The good news is it seems as though the C-suite doesn’t care if the training has ROI.

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Enterprise Mobile Learning 2011 - Year in Review

mLearning Trends

As I stated in the previous post assessing my 2010 predictions, the size and complexity of mobile learning projects/programs will continue to expand across all geographical and line-of-business boundaries. Case studies featuring accelerated ROI with tens of thousands of learners (or more!)

David DeFilippo: Building a High-Performance Team

CLO Magazine

As the organization’s new chief learning officer, DeFilippo can help shepherd the organization toward a learning strategy that will enhance performance and turn development into a driver for business growth. “Each of our lines of business run semi-autonomously,” he said. “Every business had its own smallish learning and development staff and solutions. “The thing I’m excited about is we hired a business person.

Back to the Future

The Learning Circuits

As I understood the post, the purpose was to start a dialogue, to try and build a business case and discover a migration path from what Sam called "Snake Oil” - training that had been proven NOT to work - to new approaches that DO work (e.g.