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Competency-Based Learning: How to Bridge the Skills-Gap

Association eLearning

Competency-Based Learning: How to Bridge the Skills-Gap was originally published in the IACET blog as a guest post by Digitec President Jack McGrath. The skills-gap issue is growing more critical in the U.S., Continuing education is needed to address the crisis, but while most associations do provide education, a number of third-party suppliers have entered the marketplace as well. The Skills-Gap Crisis. How bad is the skills-gap problem?

4 BIG business problems you can solve with adaptive learning


As companies grow and roles become more complex, how do we enable our people to be the differentiators we need without radically increasing our training budgets? The perfect training strategy would be to provide every employee with a mentor who can personally help them with their development. But you can’t do that in an organization with 30,000 employees and only 30 people in the learning and development department.

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On-the-job Training: Expectations vs Reality


If you’re not already thinking it, it’s on-the-job training (OJT). And today, the importance of on-the-job training makes it an integral part of most company L&D strategies. So, we’re here to bust the top 4 myths about on-the-job training programs, and close the gap between expectations and reality. Setting up an on-the-job training program takes time, and it takes money. Keen to know a fun fact from LinkedIn’s 2018 Workforce Learning Report ?

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Is your company know-how about to leave? How to close the skills gap before it opens.

When people take their know-how with them, the whole team suffers. And with our changing job culture, turnover will become more and more common. In particular, you have to make sure that exiting employees don’t leave a skills gap in their wakes. They didn’t address the skills gap before shaking up the workforce. Prevent the gap with a culture of learning. And navy personnel change jobs every 2 to 3 years. Stop reading and go do it.).

Mentoring can elevate women in tech (webinar recap)


Today, only 20 percent of all tech jobs are held by women, despite the fact that women make up half the overall workforce. Experts believe that mentoring can help reverse this trend–and conversely that a lack of mentors for women, particularly in tech, is partially responsible. In an Everwise webinar in late September, a panel of tech leaders who mentor women shared how mentoring can help attract and retain women in tech. Mentors benefit, too.

Closing the Learning-Acquisition Gap with Informal Learning


We get trained to do something, perform a task to maximize our rewards, then reap the benefits. We aren’t pigeons and we can learn to do things in more way than one. We’re already struggling to close a widening skills gap and can’t have our people lose faith. Part of the problem could be our hiring processes, or it could be that the pace of change is just too fast. Solving this learning and reward culture problem isn’t going to be easy, but change rarely is.

How do you build eLearning?

B Online Learning

When it comes to building eLearning, how do you do it? Do you just open up Articulate Storyline , have a look at the content that your SME has provided and then just start building it? Do you import a bunch of PowerPoint slides, add a player skin with the obligatory Next and Previous buttons, attach some word documents as resources, and then hit publish? What is the learning outcome your client wants you to achieve, or the problem that needs to be solved?

Mentoring Millennials to Teach Hard to Come by Soft Skills

Training Industry

This generation of emerging professionals is notorious for their hard skills, but now even more so, for their lack of real world experience and the needed soft skills like resilience, problem solving and interpersonal skills, that enable them to thrive in workplace culture. It’s the "Young Employee Dilemma" that's creating a gap between potential and performance. Mentoring We need millennials for their innovation, passion and technology know-how.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Brent Schlenker: Marketers and Game Developers Know More About Learning Than We Do!

Learning Visions

Tuesday, September 22, 2009 Brent Schlenker: Marketers and Game Developers Know More About Learning Than We Do! Live session with Brent Schlenker: Marketers and Game Developers Know More About Learning Than We Do! How do we use new and emerging technologies in the learning space? Point of today’s conversation: talking training, design and development if a marketing person were doing it. What are they doing that’s different?

Mastering the Skills Supply Chain Problem

CLO Magazine

In a large organization, employees have to learn how things are done, meet the people who know the ropes, occasionally fail and become familiar with the learning curve. You have to look ahead at retirements and turnover to identify future capability gaps every year, and work with talent acquisition to make sure they see the same gaps. Do you track and certify people over time? Competition for talent requires a long-term view of capabilities development.

Beyond the hype: What you really need to know about digital learning this year

Learning Pool

Context is key and everyone has a unique set of problems that they’re trying to solve. Talking about the ‘war for talent’ might sound like a well-worn cliché but the reality today is that there are new roles emerging all the time and skills gaps opening up like never before. In fact, it’s something our analysts spend a lot of time doing, working with organisations to figure out what they really need and what’s just window dressing.

Help Millennials Get Jobs: Offer Online Learning & Career Resources

WBT Systems

Student loan debt isn’t their only problem, credit card debt is a huge burden too. Recruitment strategy: help millennials get jobs. Millennials need jobs. Some don’t have a job. Some have a temporary job. Some have an entry-level job. They either need a job now or will probably need a new one in the next few years. If you help them find a job, your association becomes a life-changer. Industry trends job-seekers must know.

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How to Ensure You Don’t Do a Starbucks

Enyota Learning

~Your customer doesn’t care how much you know until they know how much you care – Damon Richards, Customer Care Expert. Since there is no time gap between production and consumption, quality becomes paramount. It's our job every day to make every important aspect of the customer experience a little bit better”. Do you know?

Looking the Future in the Face

CLO Magazine

Ridner agreed, saying that the best leaders, “motivate their teams to do the best work possible and achieve the best outcomes.”. They’re more likely to do this, he said, not only because they were brought up in a culture where failure was more acceptable, but because it allows them to tap into that creativity, collaboration and flexibility to problem-solve. Problems with Authority. Bridging the Gaps. The face of leadership is starting to shift.

7 Tips to Eliminating Gender Bias in the Workplace


But there are things organizations can do to help combat the problem. Make sure your organization knows what gender bias looks like (the outright and the subtle) and how to avoid it in the workplace. We’ve all heard about the gender pay gap. People should be paid the same amount for the same job, period. Specific things like the wording of a job description can affect who applies and who gets hired. Establish Mentoring Programs.

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Why You Should Boost Soft Skills in Your Organization


Companies are frantically investing time and money to recruit, retain and develop employees who know about artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, data science and the like. Yet, in an interesting twist, the adoption of automation is starting to shift the focus beyond “hard skills” (technical know-how), creating a greater demand for employees with finely tuned “soft skills” (the way people do their jobs). How to Identify and Close Soft Skills Gaps?

How to Win the War for Talent with Competencies


unemployment rates are at a historic low , giving professionals the confidence to hold out for the employers and job offers they really want. In order to get applicants to say “yes,” be ready to market the job, your company culture, and all the benefits of working with your company. Be sure to: Update job descriptions : Especially when talent is scarce, every hire is important. Create internship programs for their students and participate in job fairs on their campuses.

How Do You Get Leaders to Change?

CLO Magazine

Once the goal for the change is clear, the person must receive some sort of learning support or instruction on how to do the new behavior. Most leaders will agree that they often do not get the kind of attention they need to initiate substantial change. “When a gap has been identified, we expect them to be able to make the shifts on their own. “They need to know how it will help today, right now,” Grimshaw said. • What are you doing right now?

Time for a New Look at Learning: Or What I Learned from Reading “Informal Learning at Work”

In Matthews’ words, “Much of the learning we do on a daily basis is not something we think of or label as learning. Combine traditional classes with mentoring, coaching, and follow-up activities. Basically, employees are filling in their knowledge gaps themselves any way they can. He cites Forrester research that found 47% of business technology users in North America and Europe use one or more websites not sanctioned by IT to do their jobs. Job shadowing.



Dr. Rima has been an International Mentor for Middlesex University London, and is also a trained Trainer by Sony Pictures Entertainment, UK, on 'Energy Project.’ We do not engage pro bono services. RIMA: ‘If our toolbox only has a hammer, we can only solve problems that involve nails’….

How to Develop Leadership Competencies that Work


We all know that future business leaders don’t emerge by chance. Do you know how to develop leadership competencies that work? . Competitive edge : Know their markets and innovate to stay ahead. Identify current strengths, interests, experiences, and skill gaps.

Re-thinking Learning and Performance from a Business Standpoint

ID Reflections

What should L&D do about it? Today’s employees cringe at the thought of having to attend training programs when they know that they can figure out how to get the work done more quickly and effectively – either by asking their network or by going to Google. Training looks at the knowledge and skill gaps that exist in the employees. Performance looks for the gaps in business. Training only works where there is a skill gap to fill.

Why You Need More User-Generated Content in Your Training Program

But also refers to informal conversations, micro-mentoring sessions and learning from others. A Training Industry survey revealed that 42% of respondents identified problems with content accuracy as the main difficulty with UGC. But simply providing channels for UGC misses a big opportunity for on the job learning. The challenge comes in creating the structure that helps match up a problem to its solution whenever the problem pops up.

What is Design Thinking and Why Should You Care?

Adopt the “designer mindset” for more innovative problem solving. After wading through several of these high-level descriptions, I boiled design thinking down to three key elements: Purpose: to come up with useful solutions to problems. Process: a specific series of steps from problem definition to solution implementation. Principles: a commitment to approaching the problem as a designer would. Going through what customers do to experience what they do.

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21 Kinds of Informal Learning at Work [Video]

But most of learning we do at work occurs informally, through interactions and experiences while we’re doing our jobs. Take a look and see how much crucial learning you do outside the classroom. They get help from mentors and experienced colleagues who are also learning from the experience. Job shadowing. Most of us have learned one job or another by simply following an experienced colleague around and watching what they do.

Is Your Onboarding Process Ready for the Class of 2017?

ej4 eLearning

I’m not asking this to find out who has an onboarding process in place. (You all do, of course!) But when the new hires tend to include millennials, there are even more potential problems, due to generational gaps in expectations, habits, and work experience. The new hire wants more of a mentor and leader , while your manager is simply trying to communicate the local hierarchy. Later on, problems arise because the new hire doesn’t seem to know company policies.

Technology Options for Developing and Leveraging Staff Knowledge and Skills

Connect Thinking

It’s about providing the building blocks from which staff can begin to develop judgement and problem-solving skills. Guidance through mentoring or self-assessment can help reaffirm to a learner what they know, and make obvious the gaps in skills that require attention. Such options help staff feel supported as they begin to develop skills in judgement and problem-solving associated with the ambiguous nature of the workplace (i.e.

5 Ways Associations Can Support Lifelong Employability

Blue Sky eLearn

Then there are always the people who feel like they already know it all – or at least know it all when it comes to their profession. The soft skills gap continues to grow between generations. You’ve probably heard people say that the younger generations are entitled, maybe even that they’re u nprofessional, lack critical thinking and people skills, and have problems respecting authorities. Mentoring and Reverse Mentoring.

Ponder This in your LMS and LXP

eLearning 24-7

Well, some people do, and I readily admit I am one of those folks. It’s not like I sit here staring out onto the sea of Cortez contemplating whether a shark the size of a whale is out there (rumors say yes), but, I do more often than not, look at what it taking place in the e-learning space and ponder. In – Mentoring. Do they mean the same thing? That buzz word is now mentoring. Here are the challenges that I see with live mentoring.

5 moves that actually increase diversity, equity and inclusion

CLO Magazine

We’re sharing five things you can do that can help reduce bias and discrimination in your workplace. Finally, are you seeing less or more lawsuits, claims, settlements or PR problems? But the gender wage gap is only 2 percent less than private companies.

How to Help Your Team Become Continuous Learners

And if you don’t know the answer, great! Let everyone know that they have stumbled upon an excellent chance to discover something new. Ask the questioner to do a little research and report back to the team. You’ll be letting the team know it’s ok to have gaps in their knowledge and it’s even better to fill those gaps collaboratively. It’s always tempting to skip the post-project debrief, but if you do, you’ll miss a huge learning opportunity.

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How to Unlock the Expertise Economy with Upskilling


Former LinkedIn Chief Learning Officer, Kelly Palmer, and David Blake, co-founder of Degreed, think they know why. In their much-publicized book, The Expertise Economy: How the Smartest Companies Use Learning to Engage, Compete and Succeed , the pair depicts a future of work that is more about diverse and unique skill sets —transforming their employees into experts and ultimately, creating their biggest competitive advantage — than about knowledge, roles, and job hierarchies.

What would happen if there were no L&D department?

Jane Hart

There were quite a few who thought that organisations couldn’t do without a Training/L&D department. But a number of people pointed out that most small companies don’t have a training/L&D department – so how do they survive? “A small org I know have no L& D but all employees have a dev plan & 90min Mindgym sess’s organised ‘as required’ ” Gina Chapman. People would find a way to do things.

What Employees Worry About Between Training Classes.

hours of the year, they’re doing their jobs and presumably applying what they learned in class. Where do I start? But as soon as the class is over, managers want to know when the current project will be done, whether there will be budget overruns, or who’ll go to Minneapolis for a meet and greet. What do I need to know, and who can help me learn it? There’s always a gap between the generic content learned in class and the real world.

LearnTrends: Reinventing Organizational Learning

Experiencing eLearning

If you don’t know the solution & need to network/collaborate to find it, that’s learning. How networks evolve: hierarchies are crumbling, rate of change much faster–we don’t know what’s coming next. What is the Chief Meta-learning officer to do when we don’t know what’s coming? Most CLOs don’t think CoPs do their jobs at all. Learning –> Just do it. How do you justify that?

Big Data for Learning: Practical Applications


The answer is, we know it is! Big data cannot only align learning to job performance, but can inform strategic business decisions that have a huge impact on organizational success. But, keep in mind that big data analysis for learning works across all industries and jobs. By tracking employee knowledge and behaviour targets and metrics, you can correlate how well employees absorb information and apply learning to the job.

Big Data for Learning: Practical Applications


The answer is, we know it is! Big data cannot only align learning to job performance, but can inform strategic business decisions that have a huge impact on organizational success. But, keep in mind that big data analysis for learning works across all industries and jobs. By tracking employee knowledge and behaviour targets and metrics, you can correlate how well employees absorb information and apply learning to the job.