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Ready for Generation "Next"?

By Serafim Mendonca on Oct 25, 2016 12:02:00 PM

Your current team will not be your "forever team." Co-workers, colleagues, and even supervisors come and go with time. It's important to recognize that even though your team might seem mission critical, there will inevitably come a time when you have to dive into the talent pool and select some more eager workers to help you do business. Are you ready to onboard, nurture, and let the next generation of talent drive your success? Here are a few things you should know about the latest additions to the job market.

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Topics: Industry News

Big Data in eLearning: 4 Reasons it's a Big Deal

By D.J. Mendonca on Aug 25, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Nearly every list of eLearning trends for the coming year forecasts the rise of “big data.” But few describe what they mean by this, or how it relates to online learning.


Here’s our take on this new trend — and some compelling reasons to jump on board with big data in eLearning.


What is big data?
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Topics: Industry News, eLearning

The 4-1-1 on Section 508

By Brianne Bailey on Jan 25, 2016 12:25:14 PM

The most important part of developing an online course is also the part most often overlooked: making the content equally available to all learners, including those who have disabilities that impact the way they use technology.

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Topics: Industry News

What Can We Learn from 50 Years of Project Management?

By Herb Tieger on Jun 1, 2015 7:43:47 AM

What can history teach us about being better project managers in today's workplace?


An article published in the International Journal of Project Management earlier this year took on the task of combing through fifty years of project management (PM) research to answer this very question. Because PM research is often organized in silos—with practitioners sticking to their own fields—there has been a need for a more holistic perspective on the practice of PM itself. So the authors of "Emergent trends and passing fads in project management research: A scientometric analysis of changes in the field" mapped out data to identify key trends that have emerged and faded in the last five decades.

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Topics: Industry News, Project Management

Can eLearning Influence Behavior Change?

By Bill Neville on Mar 27, 2015 3:02:54 AM

Transformative learning is more than memorizing steps or learning basic skills—in many cases, it's about shifting values and beliefs to uproot old behavior patterns. Training classes that teach employees new policies and healthcare modules that try to improve patient habits are both examples of tools that are designed to incite behavior change.


What's the dominant model for behavior change?

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Topics: Industry News, eLearning

Digital Badges: Do They Help or Hurt Your Online Reputation?

By D.J. Mendonca on Oct 9, 2014 2:52:07 AM

Digital badges are a fairly new phenomenon on the Internet. Educators (especially online universities), companies (particularly online companies) and people who work in Internet-based fields award and post digital badges as a form of accreditation in a particular specialty. When posted on a website, a digital badge attests to an individual’s skills or mastery of a subject through training, without necessarily a formal diploma or certificate. A badge on a university site signifies that the school teaches that subject. Organizations post badges to establish themselves in a niche market.

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Topics: Industry News, Gamification, Learning Theories

Increasing the Value of Corporate Learning

By Herb Tieger on Jun 19, 2014 8:57:24 AM

With today’s competitive environment, it’s important for employers to go the extra mile in retaining employees. That means a concerted effort in enhancing training and development must be a top priority. Paying for training can add a significant amount of money to the bottom line, yet it is a worthwhile investment. It makes employees feel valued and appreciated, and more likely to remain with their employers. Companies that offer training and development opportunities save an average of $94,444.47 by avoiding turnover. The more technical the position, the more it costs to replace employees, sometimes averaging over $125,000.


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Topics: Industry News

Should You Gamify eLearning?

By Serafim Mendonca on May 2, 2014 9:50:24 AM

Corporate America today utilizes online learning and computer-based courses for employee training with great regularity. It is flexible and fast, giving employees the knowledge they need quickly, with no classrooms or conflicting schedules. One way that eLearning engages people to the greatest degree is through gamifying the courses. Gamification uses digital games to make learning more engaging and fun for students of all ages. For employees, this type of eLearning is more engaging because it allows competition among peers and offers incentives for completing tasks, like badges or virtual currency that can be exchanged for rewards. Gaming is now a widely accepted process for learning and discovery at all ages - including children, secondary education, and with business professionals.


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Topics: Instructional Design, Industry News, Gamification

eLearning in the 21st century

By Brianne Bailey on Mar 20, 2014 4:15:55 AM

eLearning is continuously evolving as technology becomes more accessible. Learning and development platforms now engage in a variety of methods that make it easier for individuals all over the world to learn at their own pace through enhanced systems. Mobile learning is now a viable option in which to receive training, study and learn while on-the-go. The culture of the 21st century is a "right now" platform, and companies who understand this notion have to consistently keep up with a changing global environment.

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Topics: Industry News

Are American Graduates Really Ready to Work?

By Herb Tieger on Apr 11, 2013 7:35:59 AM
Business Schools Partner to Improve Employee Competence

Reading, writing, and arithmetic may have done it for our parents or even ourselves, but knowledge of those core subjects alone is no longer sufficient to prepare American high school and college graduates to work and compete in the global 21st century economy. Several major employers, including Cisco, Apple, and Intel, experienced such frustration with finding workers with the necessary knowledge and skills that they joined forces to close the gap. Enlisting the National Education Association as a partner, representatives from those major companies and others went directly to the U.S. Department of Education to voice their concerns. Then, they took action.

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Topics: Industry News

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