The Curve- Finance Edition
The finance sector is highly technology driven which means they face some of the toughest challenges from technology-driven change. This special edition explores the part learning professionals have to play in helping people through this change. With contributions from key finance leaders in learning.
Learning content is changing, bringing greater complexity to the business of managing content procurement and delivery in the organisational context. A different, more considered approach is now needed to ensure learner engagement and achieve greater return on investment from learning content.
Changing times are transforming learning departments, but what does this mean for those working in L&D? Perhaps the change we’re looking at for L&D is to become part of the infrastructure – in people’s faces like never before, but at the same time unremarked; offering frictionless, instant access to learning resources and experiences.
Self-directed learners, seen as the key to future competitiveness in an uncertain world, are a growing area of focus for L&D departments. This report looks into how organisations can embrace and respond to this growing trend. We highlight three key focus areas that need to be kept top-of-mind to design effective, people-centred solutions – and offer 10 practical steps for supporting self-directed learners.
Including exclusive research from Towards Maturity this report, written by e.learning age editor Peter Williams, explores the phenomenon of the self-directed learner. Do they actually exist? What do they want? What motivates them? How should L&D respond? The report gives 11 key recommendations for enabling and empowering self-directed learners to fulfil their own goals in alignment with those of the organisation.
Your seven-step guide to converting Flash-based learning content into HTML5
With Google and others withdrawing support for Flash, you might be grappling with updating a large catalogue of legacy content to HTML5. Whilst a headache, converting gives the chance to streamline your catalogue and upgrade your most relevant resources for multi-device access. This handy guide lays out your key decisions and helps you meet your aim of providing relevant content that is optimised for all devices.
One of the headline stories in the digital world over the last few years has been big data – but this term has become a proxy for a wide range of discussions around the surge in availability of cheap and plentiful information about the behaviour of users online. We assembled an invited group of Learning & Development (L&D) leaders to discuss using these insights and analytics to fine-tune learning programmes and we report on their discussion.
Millennials are now the largest single generational cohort in the workforce and assuming leadership positions. To discuss how we can best support their leadership learning, and respond to the points raised in our recently released insight paper, Leadership, learning and the connected generation , we assembled an invited group of Learning & Development (L&D) leaders and now report their discussion.
Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and author of Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, has put the topic of Women in Leadership firmly back on the mainstream agenda. Her brand of feminism is much debated, but essentially she suggests that women, driven by gender stereotypes to be submissive, are missing out on workplace success due to misplaced insecurity, passivity and docility. We assembled a group of HR and Learning & Development leaders to discuss the topic of women in leadership and we report on their discussion.
The course is no longer the be-all and end-all (if it ever truly was). But if the whole idea of ‘the course’ is under threat, are we in danger of throwing away the baby with the bathwater? Without the course to give a curriculum and instructional shape to learning, how do we make sure we are impacting performance positively, meeting compliance requirements, and supporting the individual’s developmental needs effectively?
Learning professionals are having to think beyond the confines of the training course and focus on new ways to connect with their learners. This presents challenges as they consider how to structure and deliver learning in a post-course world; how to engage and motivate self-directed learners and how they can learn to think like marketers. Our Think Tank brought together L&D professionals to discuss these issues and this paper reports back on that discussion.
What impact (if any) is the millennial generation having on the workforce and is it changing the landscape of Leadership within organisations? We wanted to discover how significant the gap is – and to what extent organisations are changing their approach to how they provide leadership learning, and learning in general, for this generation.
A report from the Think Tank: Is L&D getting any smarter at using technology?
We reached out to the L&D community to explore the issues facing them today through a straw poll taken at the Learning Technologies Conference and Exhibition, and a more select and intensive Think Tank event. The results were fascinating, shedding real light on how L&D is changing right now, and painting a picture of what the future might look like.
Going Global. The challenges of building skills in geographically dispersed teams (and how to overcome them)
We’ve partnered with the benchmarking group, Towards Maturity, in asking L&D professionals to share insights with us about their experiences of skills programmes in global businesses. This paper uses the intelligence gathered to power new insights – and to suggest a game plan
The first five steps to achieving perfect balance in the learning mix
We set out to look at the real learning mix that the majority of L&D professionals believe exists in their business today, against the mix (established within the 70:20:10 model) that many consider to be “ideal”. Inspired by the fresh insights coming out of our study, here are five essential steps to achieving perfect balance in the learning mix.
How teamwork makes the dream work
Streamlining workflow for an in-house learning design team with CourseBuilder. Creating great learning content in-house is a team activity that draws on a mix of creative and instructional skills. Amongst other things, it needs input from subject matter experts, sign-off from stakeholders, multiple language versions etc. Most authoring tools are not properly equipped to handle this workflow.
The internet never sleeps, so all of us are in danger of 'waking up dumber than we went to bed', in curation expert Steve Rayson’s memorable phrase. But who has the time to check all the various feeds and content sources we need in order to stay properly informed? Employees struggling to stay on top of the changes in their area of professional practice are in grave need of help in this area. With contribution from Steve Rayson, Director at Anders Pink and Mark Probert, Global Business Development Manager we invite you to watch our webinar to share with you how to maximise the value of curated content.
Using CourseBuilder 8 to Engage and Delight Your Learners
The new release of CourseBuilder, Lumesse's wildly popular authoring environment for digital learning, adds powerful cross-platform capability. Create your learning once and publish to all devices – desktop, tablet and mobile – with equal ease. New features include: Responsive AND adaptive | Dynamic editing | Auto-layout for phones | Scrollable pages | New Search functionality
Millennials are cosseted, entitled narcissists who shirk responsibility. Or are they? New research shows that organisations are failing to capitalise on the really unique capabilities possessed by this rising generation, now the largest generational cohort in the workforce.
Why leading remotely is different (and why it’s not)
More and more organisations and their leaders are leading teams that are scattered across geography, time zones, and even countries. While the principles of effective leadership and team management haven’t changed, maintaining peak performance and keeping employees engaged when separated by miles, time zones and culture is a tall task for any manager or organisation.
In this, the first of a new series of learning vlogs introduced by our own Carl Crisostomo, Carole Bower takes to Brighton Beach to illustrate the 7-point STARFISH model for gamification of learning which will help you effectively leverage games-based principles to engage your audience.
Born between 1980 and 2000, the Millennials are the first generation of digital natives, and their affinity for technology helps shape how they learn. We decided to hold a workshop to find out more. View the video to discover the insights from the workshop.
Explainers – Impactful Communications
Carole Bower, Lumesse Learning's Head of Learning Solutions, who talks here about Explainers and how you can use a range of illustrative and creative techniques to tell a story or communicate complex learning requirements quickly. Whether used in internal communications or as part of a blended learning programme, Explainers make the complex more easily understood and provide messages in an impactful way.
As production teams are called upon more and more frequently to brush up their video skills, we explore why there is an increasing trend to utilise videos within a learning portfolio and the benefits it provides to the learner. We also look at the different approaches being used with examples of mid-range to high-end video learning solutions.