Category Archives: Digital learning

Lumesse launches new product for the age of the self-directed learner

By John Helmer

Me:time logo and running man imageWe’re really proud to announce the launch of a ground-breaking new product for the self-directed learner, designed to help organisations succeed in today’s fast-changing business environment.

me:time was created and conceived by the Lumesse Learning team following an extensive process of consultation and research into the needs of learners and learning professionals. Employees are increasingly taking control of their own learning, and at the same time organisations are discovering that nurturing and supporting a culture of self-directed learning increases their ability to survive and thrive.

Offering a consumer-style experience, me:time puts the needs of self-motivated learners first, giving instant, anywhere access to curated learning supported by AI-driven recommendations. A system of credits allocated by the organisation gives learners full control over their personal me:time budget.

Andrea Miles, General Manager for Lumesse Learning, said: ‘me:time represents a radical rethink in learning control and choice, freeing the learner to self-serve. We’re passionate about this new approach because we think it can contribute massively to the wellbeing of employees. Organisations, too will benefit as they know they need to encourage continuous learning in the face of increasing demands to be nimble and smart, and meeting the challenges of talent retention and mobility. We’re incredibly excited about what we’ve created and look forward to introducing it to all our valued clients and to progressive players across all sectors.’

me:time key features:

  • Focused on individual needs and goals
  • Instant, anywhere learning
  • Credits-based subscription system
  • AI-driven personal learning recommendations
  • Wide-ranging curated content from world-leading providers
  • Consumer-style experience and brand

Find out more on the me:time website:
www.metimelearning.com


GDPR: Clock ticking for implementing new data protection rules

By Mark McClelland

Many European companies face a race against time to comply with stricter rules on dealing with customer data that will come into force next Spring. Failure to comply with the new rules – set out in the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – would far outstrip the cost of investment in providing staff with the learning they need, yet many organisations have not yet put the necessary training in place.

From May 2018, firms who breach the new data laws face a maximum fine of 4% of the previous year’s annual global turnover or €20 million, whichever is the higher. The implementation of updated data rules is happening at a time when serious data breaches have caught out well-known companies across different sectors. But recent research by data management consultancy Consult Hyperion suggests that financial institutions are particularly at risk. The consultancy is estimating that the fines levied by the new regime could reach €5 billion in the first three years.

With many organisations so unprepared for the introduction and with time running out, L&D professionals should be looking to see how they can ensure employees have the knowledge they need. However, since GDPR is all about making a change in attitudes and behaviours – how can they make sure the training they introduce is not just a box-ticking exercise that fails to have any effect on what people actually do?

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Gamification boosts engagement with compliance learning

At Lumesse we have helped many firms successfully comply with the increasing amount of complex regulation organisations find coming at them in sectors like financial services. And we have found gamification approaches to be highly successful in getting learners to engage with what can often be a fairly dry subject matter such as GDPR.

Gamification helps practice real-life situations and challenges in a safe environment and can provide:

  • A better learning experience where learners can have a good time yet still learn because the engagement is high
  • Behavioural change, especially when combined with scientific principles of spaced repetition

These aspects that touch and impact learners can create a significant performance gain for the organisations, helping to ensure they can comply with the new data protection regulations. And a gamified approach does not necessarily have to mean longer lead times – which is crucial, given the urgency GDPR will have for many right now, and the May 2018 deadline.

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GDPR and financial services

Our recent conversations with financial services companies suggest that working on GDPR is becoming an urgent task that they know they have to tackle.

And those conversations are backed up by a recent survey from Computer Weekly which suggests that more than half of financial service companies are prioritising data protection regulation as they realise that the clock is ticking down on the 28 May 2018 deadline.

But while 52% of organisations may be starting to gear up, it means that a significant majority risk being caught by surprise and so poorly prepared.

So what is GDPR all about?

The objective of GDPR is to strengthen data privacy and protection for all EU citizens. It looks to do that by placing new obligations on organisations.

These include:

  • Having to build privacy into systems by design – and switched on by default
  • Conducting regular privacy impact assessments
  • Implementing stronger consent mechanism – particularly when processing data that relates to or pertain to minors
  • Following stricter procedures for reporting data breaches and
  • Documenting use of personal data in far more detail than before

Just one of these would be a big enough IT, compliance and learning challenge. Taken together it represents a significant risk which needs to be urgently addressed to avoid GDPR becoming overwhelming.

Alongside adapting processes and systems in line with the new regulation, organisations need to ensure that those responsible for data and data processing understand the overall objectives of GDPR and understand the system and process changes their business has made in response.

With the rise of modern IT management practices – notably the use of the Cloud – companies must be aware that it is not just their own processes and system that must be compliant.

They also have to monitor the progress of GDPR compliance by IT suppliers.

This is an especially key factor in the financial services sector, where over the last few years firms have become increasingly reliant on IT service providers, including cloud suppliers.

While GDPR does represent an enormous change, it should provide opportunities as well for organisations in the long run; currently Europe has a mish-mash of different European regimes. But from May 2018 the plethora of individual country data protection regimes will be replaced by a harmonised approach.

However, companies also need to be aware that the new regime applies to organisations across the world. Any company that processes personal data on EU citizens whether they reside in the EU or elsewhere in the world will need to comply by the GDPR.

With exchange of data across the globe increasing as part of international trade, companies from elsewhere in the world doing business with the EU need to be aware of these regulations.

Trade partners will want to ensure that the GDPR regulations do not hinder their ability to market and sell their products and services in the EU.

The new international aspect of GDPR adds another dimension of GDPR compliance. Companies which may never had heard of the EU’s data protection laws may need to be compliant.

With so many aspects to consider and with the GDPR deadline fast approaching, companies may be tempted to look for an off the shelf (OTS) learning solution. And while OTS can be effective in many situations this may not work for GDPR because of the many differing ways of storing, handling, manipulating and using personal data.

Whatever strategy is best for GDPR compliance learning, companies need to be setting the direction now. Whether in the end firms decide to buy or to build, Lumesse can offer support and advice for either path. We already work with some of the leading global financial services organisations including Barclays, Lloyds Banking Group and Metro Bank and therefore have a strong understanding of the sector.

This is the biggest overhaul of data protection law in 25 years; it is vital to get it right!

 

For further information and help with GDPR please contact Mark McClelland – Key Account Manager Financial Services. mark.mcclelland@lumesse.com / 07774 758717


Lumesse Learning grows digital skills for 230,000 employees

By Trudi Taylor

Growing digital skills

Lumesse Learning is proud to announce a new client relationship with a global professional services firm, which has selected Lumesse Learning to create a learning programme for all staff across all its regions and service lines.

This programme aims to build a basic fluency in digital transformation and how client-facing teams can help their clients navigate the digital landscape.

Lumesse Learning’s response to the brief is an engaging, dynamic digital learning experience which:

• Uses videos and case studies to gain emotional buy-in and to humanise the subject matter

• Raises confidence levels through practical support resources

• Makes the complex simple through animation and interactive graphics

Andrea Miles, General Manager for Lumesse Learning, said: ‘Digital transformation is a subject close to our hearts as a digital company, and with a learning team based in Brighton, one of the UK’s most innovative and exciting digital hubs, we felt this was a dream brief for us. We are delighted to welcome a new addition to the roster of our many loyal customers, and look forward to working closely with them to fulfil the needs of their business.’


Mind the gap: digital skills in the age of artificial intelligence

By Adriana Hamacher

Digital Skills Gap

Esther Animashaun was working as a sales associate for stationery retailer Moleskine when opportunity came knocking. Having dropped out of college uninspired by what she was learning, Esther still refused to give up on a career in IT. But she was after something different and one day she found it via an apprenticeship provider. Esther is now working to plug a gaping hole in the UK’s IT skills pipeline, the result of burgeoning demand for artificial intelligence technology. AI investment is gaining momentum; 42 per cent of companies are planning to ramp up spending over the next five years and one in five has recently done so, according to a new survey by the Confederation of British Industry in association with IBM.

The benefits are irresistible. AI technologies promise to improve operational efficiency and reduce costs, they also upgrade legacy IT systems, improve data and analytics, enhance client services and, as a result, increase revenue generation.

Experts estimate that over the next six months business leaders plan to hire more programmers, project managers and apps developers. And within the next three years the emphasis will be on finding data analysts, cyber security experts and artificial intelligence and automation specialists.

The only problem is that workers like Esther are thin on the ground. According to MPs, the UK will have a shortfall of 745,000 workers with the necessary digital skills by the end of the year and looming immigration controls are doing us few favours.

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Highly prized

Digital skills are generally understood to be the ability to use computers and digital devices to access the internet; the ability to code or create software and to critically evaluate media. The Tech Partnership, the UK’s vehicle for action on digital skills also highlights information management, communication, problem solving and creativity. These, they say, are the skills most highly prized by employers.

What’s meant by artificial intelligence also needs definition. AI is often used very loosely to describe various technologies capable of addressing operational efficiency and other needs. They fall — broadly — into three business categories:

  • Robotic Process Automation: to replace manual handling of repetitive and high-volume tasks.
  • Machine Learning: using vast amounts of data to train a system and fine tune it (Deep Learning is a specific method of machine learning and has been a game-changer in this space).
  • Cognitive Analytics: making deductions from vast amounts of data, using processes that mimic the human brain.

Unusually for someone working in a field as specialised as AI, Esther has no university degree. She and four male colleagues have been hired by back-office solutions company Voyager to bolster its Robotic Process Automation (RPA) development team, in response to competition from offshore service providers. RPA is, in the short term, expected to account for a large slice of AI spending, particularly within the financial sector where Voyager operates. The apprentices are learning to model business processes and training robots to interact with a wide range of systems. They work for the company for four days a week and study for the remainder.

Insurance provider Aviva is another example of a company that’s investing heavily in AI and associated technologies. Aviva’s technology hub for product development has radically streamlined customer services, but it’s also meant changing skill set requirements for the firm; rather than recruiting for actuaries, Aviva now can’t hire enough data scientists.

Increasing requirements

Aviva’s experience reflects what is likely to be a common pattern: a focus by future thinking employers and employees on those areas which the machines won’t replace. In the age of AI, machines won’t take over the digital world (studies indicate that only 5% of jobs can be completely automated), but the scope of that world will radically increase.

The financial sector is a pertinent example. Management consultancy Opimas forecasts that, by 2025, AI will lead to around 230,000 less jobs in the sector. Asset management will shrink the most, with around 90,000 people being replaced by machines. On the other hand, close to 30,000 new jobs will be created for technology and data providers, in response to the financial industry’s increasing requirements and demands.

Thus AI can be viewed as a building block for digital skills. Job candidates, like Esther, who have passion and a desire to learn (rather than those with highly-defined technical skills) may be the best way to bridge the gap and to avoid job automation for tech roles in the future, with training on the job increasingly prevalent. A survey by recruitment agency Mortimer Spinks indicates that 33 per cent of new tech and digital workers enter the sector through cross-training via unofficial means, such as shadowing or learning in their own time. Paul Church, director at Mortimer Spinks, warns: “If you don’t have a desire to learn, you are going to get left behind.” The research also found that 76 per cent of non-technical or non-digital workers would consider a career in tech or the digital sector, which indicates a willingness to re-skill.

The UK government is also plugging the digital skills gap by introducing new training measures. Five international tech hubs in emerging markets are being created to develop partnerships between local tech firms and UK companies, encouraging collaboration on skills, innovation, technology and research. The government’s digital strategy, introduced earlier this year, promises four million free digital skills training opportunities. The government has partnered with a number of leading companies such as Lloyds, Barclays and Google pledging to provide face-to-face training for individuals, charities, small and medium businesses and children.

But experts warn that, despite their increasing availability, public and private incentives may not be enough to plug the gap without a great deal more funding, and current training and learning systems will not match needs within a decade. There are also people who are incapable of or simply uninterested in self-directed learning.

In fact, alarm bells are ringing about the disappointing number of children, particularly girls, signing up to do the UK’s new computer science GCSE. A couple of years ago, in response to concerns about the changing technology landscape, the government made it mandatory for children aged between five and 16 to learn computational thinking as part of the computing curriculum, but many say this has not been as effective as hoped, pointing to an unimaginative syllabus and poorly equipped staff.

Consensus is growing that what the IT sector needs is nothing less than a make-over, a marketing campaign portraying a career in tech as something that is fun and inclusive, emphasising soft skills — creativity, analytical thinking, problem-solving, multitasking, verbal and written communications — to attract people who can then be trained in the technical aspects of the role. Especially for girls, who often view tech as a male-dominated and uninteresting sector, showcasing those who have taken an alternative route into technology would provide encouragement and inspiration.

As a young, black, female working in a male-dominated, highly-lucrative and rapidly-changing sector, Esther can anticipate yet more career changes. She’d make an ideal STEAM ambassador; a super role model.


Lumesse Learning grows team in response to continuing success

By Trudi Taylor

Lumesse Learning, the learning division of Lumesse, a global leader in talent solutions, welcomes new hires as part of a strategically significant round of appointments.

Andy Mechelewski, previously at Ashridge Virtual College, takes up the role of Content Partner Manager. Andy will be responsible for the off-the-shelf (OTS) learning portfolio, working with Lumesse’s existing network of global partners as well as acquiring new partners. Andy has a strong pedigree in the OTS space and will help drive growth in OTS in response to the increasing demand for curated learning experiences.

Andy joins recent appointment Jake Maxwell (previously at Brightwave and Learning People), hired as Channel Partner Manager to extend the business unit’s footprint beyond direct sales. Jake is already making great traction with our existing resellers as well as identifying new partners who are excited about the prospect of reselling our Learning Gateway and CourseBuilder products.

Together these two appointments evidence a strategic investment in growth that is building upon recent successes and looking to develop and promote Lumesse Learning’s strong product portfolio.

Andrea Miles, General Manager for Lumesse Learning, said: ‘These are exciting times for us, as we embrace new product developments and expand our reach into the market on a number of different fronts. I am delighted to welcome such professional and passionate individuals to the team to help us fulfill this vision. Ours is a people business, and it’s a tribute to the incredible team already here, and the unique working culture they help us sustain, that we are able to attract such a high calibre of people who will drive our future success.’


An aligned content development strategy

By Mark Probert

I am sure this may well ring true for many of you reading as it’s an issue I am seeing with some customers I work with. These customers have all invested heavily in a varied and effective learning catalogue but have done this in quite a detached and unstructured way. This has resulted in the following challenges: Continue reading


Ways you can use xAPI right now to enhance learning

By Sven Ove Sjølyst

In this pre-recorded video Sven Ove Sjolyst, Product Manager for CourseBuilder gives a walk-through of new improvements and features of CourseBuilder, with the spotlight particularly on xAPI implementation.

xAPI adds a whole new dimension when creating learning content, more than was achievable with SCORM; allowing a much richer experience and more micro level view of how users are interacting with content.

This Vlog explains the exciting changes that are now possible.

 


How UX took over the world

By Tony Bartholomew

Don’t we all love Buzzword Bingo?  ‘Learner experience design’ is one of the newer buzzwords in our industry – and ‘Learner Experience Designer’ is the hot new job title. The emergence of these terms marks a subtle but important shift in thinking: from designing chunks of instructional content, to designing an experience for the learner. I’m not at all cynical about this trend. I think it’s a long overdue development for the practice of learning design and for our industry as a whole. But I’m pretty sure I know where it came from. Continue reading


Lumesse Learning named ‘Strategic Challenger’ in Fosway 9-Grid

By Harriet Croxton

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND & HOVE, ENGLAND. 9 February 2017. Lumesse Learning, the learning division of Lumesse, the global leader in talent solutions, has been named a Strategic Challenger in analyst Fosway’s 9-Grid, in the new category of Digital Learning. This showing indicates solid performance and outstanding potential, according to Fosway’s multi-dimensional model. Continue reading


How L&D can help line managers to support learning

By Duncan Barrett

website_blog_300x170While many organisations are looking at how best to support a culture of learning and meet the needs of self-directed learners, many are still dealing with the challenge of engaging employees around content that needs to be delivered and understood by its workforce, whether for compliance or operational reasons.

For L&D teams facing this challenge, the most important ally must surely be the line manager.

We explore these themes in our webinar: Learning in the Line: L&D, line managers & the self-directed learner 

Line managers form a silent (or not so silent) army of support that is ready, willing and able to guide their teams in meeting the challenges of uncertainty and complexity that are sweeping through the world of work as we know it … Well – something along those lines!

In truth, line managers are pulled in multiple directions to meet the needs of the organisation as well as their team.

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