Our Vice President, Conor Gilligan, recently interviewed Clark Quinn about his recent book ‘Millennials, Goldfish and other Training Misconceptions.’
Here’s what we learned…
The LMS isn’t the answer to everything
When we consult with our clients, we often find that the requirements for their project are very vast. We challenge them to understand the true business reasons for their decision to procure an LMS. In doing so, organisations appreciate our perspective, they find much better engagement and return on investment from the project.
This is why we use a range of technologies to bring about the solution for our clients. For example, we
There’s increasing change in the knowledge economy with the power of new technologies and digital transformation agendas driven by many corporates. This is changing the landscape in terms of learning technology.
In the 1990’s, corporates would invest in one piece of technology, to manage their learning, succession, talent and recruitment processes. There’s a criticism of this approach today.
One, the digital means corporates can now have the best of breed applications for learning technology, and integrate them in a cost-effective manner. As methods of authentication for identity management have improved somewhat.
Two, learning technology components to deliver particular learning outcomes have got
Gaming in e-learning may not be what we are familiar with, but it is becoming the future of workplace training. A recent study showed that the digital gaming industry accounts for 87% of the global market, spurred by 2.2 billion gamers across the globe (Newzoo). Playstation, Nintendo and internet games like Minecraft are starting to offer things nothing else does, and people are learning from them, even if it isn’t in the way we are used to.
With over a quarter of the world’s population involved, it’s wise to ask: what can we learn from them? What can we take
What are the National Apprenticeship Reforms?
Under the National Apprenticeship Reforms, the Government wants to give employers in England:
To achieve these aims, some employers will be required to contribute to a new apprenticeship levy and there will be changes to the funding for apprenticeship training for all employers.
- Control in designing apprenticeships;
- Flexibility of delivery;
- A simplified funding system; and
- More effective training for their apprentices.
Perspectives: Why are the reforms happening?
Government research shows that economic benefits are generated when education and training helps individuals to achieve a higher level of qualification, increasing their employment prospects, productivity and wages.
82% of employers
With the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into force on 25th of May 2018 for all EU countries, it’s vital organisations can fulfil their requirements. Totara Learn 11 features a range of data protection features and user data management tools to ensure your organisation’s learning management system supports GDPR compliance. Totara Learn also offers a range of new functionality in this latest release for administrators, course managers and learners alike.
The new Site Policy feature will allow organizations to create a site-wide use policy that users must review and agree or decline -- with all responses recorded. Versioning
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) policy has been approved by the European parliament in 2016. This is the most significant change to the current data protection policy in the last 20 years.
The new regulation is designed to enhance individual’s rights to data and also unify data protection policy across the EU.
Webanywhere has been committed to data protection since inception in 2003. With the new GDPR policy coming into place, Webanywhere will provide support to clients in this transition. There remains huge potential in learning technologies to improve education outcomes.
Our commitment to you
Webanywhere is currently compliant with data protection
My motto is 'keep things simple'! I know there is a school of thought out there that says the exact opposite in order to justify peoples’ existences and spending wheelbarrows of cash on explanations and solutions. Keep things simple.
So, what information should be included in a learning and development plan? In old money, I suppose this plan is analogous to a ‘curriculum’, but maybe that word is a little out of fashion with its association with school, and by it not actually having the word ‘plan’ in it, could suggest that no planning is required. That would be, of
Well, if that isn’t the six million dollar question, I don’t know what is!
For me, it’s important to recognise that elearning is not the panacea to cure all training needs. Some things are just better done by a practical, although the theory and watching somebody else doing it could be provided by elearning, e.g giving someone CPR.
Elearning also isn’t really viable where the subject matter could be subject to continual changes – simply from the expense point of view.
That said, there is a myriad of ways where elearning is ideal, but what makes it good?
First, it’s down to the
We’re only hours away from Learning Technologies, incorporating Learning & Skills, a huge two-day conference in London. What can you expect from this conference and how can you make the most of it?
What is the Learning Technologies Conference?
Learning Technologies has been running for over 18 years, becoming Europe’s leading conference on organisational learning and the technology that supports it. It’s a great opportunity to explore the latest technologies for learning – not just what the gadgets are but how people are applying them in innovative, useful ways.
The conference has recently expanded. There are five different tracks filled with speakers
Maybe the question ought to be ‘Why not have an L&D department?’ To me, it’s a no-brainer. How many times do companies say that people are their biggest asset? Are they lying, or exaggerating?
Look, until they have robots doing all our jobs, and we don’t need to work at all, people really are a company’s greatest asset and forging ahead with developing required skills is the L&D department.
So, helping people to do their jobs more efficiently is core, which makes the whole organisation more efficient. Sing your successes from the rooftops. Ensure you remain cost effective by establishing what success
OK, so you want an LMS.
Where do you begin? It is a minefield – there are so many from which to choose.
So, do your homework so you know exactly what you want, and know what your budget is – as the latter is always the bottom line.
I can’t really help you with your budget, but I certainly can help you with your homework.
First, understand why you want an LMS
It’s usually for these reasons:
- Track your learners’ progress – will you need it to be able to record off-line learning, such as attending seminars?
- Track their scores/passes/fails/number of attempts, which
I’m always a little trepidatious whenever I have to do some elearning. Like most people, I expect, I’m doing it because I have to and not necessarily because I want to. Unfortunately, there is some dreadful elearning out there and it’s almost certainly guaranteed to make my eyelids heavy and I literally have to fight dozing off. When I reach the end, I ask myself if I enjoyed it, well, to be more honest, I ask myself this question all the time as I’m going through it. I want to enjoy it, I really do, but it’s like a
Everything you ever wanted to know about Learning Management Systems, but were afraid to ask, particularly as they’re big business – with nearly 600 varieties from which to choose, it’s nearly a $10 billion industry.
So what is a Learning Management System (LMS)?
Basically, it’s an essential tool if you’re providing eLearning. How else will you know who has done what, when they did it, how long they spent on it or if they passed the assessment?
If you’re thinking of buying an LMS, the bottom line, of course, is the price – there are 2 main ways pricing is applied. The
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Knowledge Sharing - Scalable Efficiency vs Scalable Learning [Infographic]
For Learning & Development Professionals
Knowledge management systems became popular to make existing knowledge more accessible in the form of
1. knowledge repositories and
2. directories of expertise.
1. New knowledge creation is the most valuable form of learning.
2. Organisations develop new knowledge on what works and what doesn’t work in specific situations.
Explicit vs Tacit Knowledge
E.g. Process manuals - knowledge that can be written down and easily shared
For example, ability to speak a language or play an instrument - difficult to transfer to another person
Businesses all over the world carry out training in different ways. No matter which approach they adopt, the key trend within the cosmetics industry is that self-expression is encouraged in all areas of work, especially when learning. Whether this be in-store or in office, it’s no surprise given that these businesses are centred around creativity. What is surprising though, is the range of directions each company has taken this mantra in. From traditional training to blended learning, to the even more out-there approaches, cosmetics businesses are seeing one of the most diverse selections of corporate learning programmes in action.
Online learning continues to become the preferred option for learning and development professionals worldwide due to the multiple advantages it carries over traditional ‘class-based’ learning. However, the freedom and flexibility provided leaves many people without a done-for-you learning strategy that tells them exactly what concepts need to be mastered and the order in which this must be done. Based on extensive research and hands-on experience with multiple companies, professional education providers and government organizations, Webanywhere proposes a framework that professionals can apply to their development and learning strategy. This framework will allow one to consistently learn new information
In the last few years, eLearning has become integral to the way businesses train their staff, which inevitably means the need for good quality content on pristine learning platforms has started to rise. Gone are the days of using stock training systems, and now comes the demand for more engaging, personalised eLearning content which aligns with company aims. Amazing content can result in huge successes in both training and for businesses in the long term. However, creating such content to deliver to your staff- and deliver it well- can be difficult. It takes a lot of time and understanding
Technology defines our every day in a number of ways, how we communicate and how we shop being two of the largest spheres it dominates. Messaging and personal shopping are becoming the norm in how we navigate these aspects of our lives, and the next logical step has been to combine the two to create conversational commerce. A term coined by Uber’s Chris Messina, it can be defined by the trend of business interaction with customers over messaging apps like Whatsapp or Facebook Messenger. As it progresses, shopping online and shopping in-store are becoming indistinguishable, with people are calling
One of the most important aspects of a successful franchise business is training. Training starts with the Operations Manual, this is the heart of the franchise running, therefore needs to be the glue holding the business together. The assumption is that no skills are needed in that field to start the franchise for the newly appointed director, instead this can be learned.
It’s critical however that all the franchise locations abide by the Operations Manual, essentially, an extension of the legally binding agreement between the franchise owner and head office. Often the franchise model will include compliance factors such as