CEdMA-Europe Members' Newsletter - February 2011


Welcome to the February edition of the CEdMA-Europe Members' Monthly Newsletter, which is sent to CEdMA Europe members and to European colleagues of CEdMA USA members.

As usual, you will learn about updates to our forthcoming programme of events, and there is the collection of recent articles whose content is consistent with the important topics that you our members voted to cover in our recent Conferences.

The News section contains four articles with the whole month's news, three of which contain individually dated news items.

In Reviews and Current Trends, there are 21 reports, including seven reviews of 2010 or predictions of 2011.

The Training Manager/Director Development articles follow the usual theme of providing useful support to you, so the 10 articles cover a range of management topics.

As usual, the Learning Methods and Media articles are many and varied (nine this time), including four on social learning, two on e-learning, and three on virtual classroom.

Case Studies and Projects has three articles, all about a specific company.

Measuring Education Value has one item on measuring social media.

There are three articles in Training Professional Topics, on various aspects of presentations.

In Skills Gap/Technical Certification there is one article on Caveon.

Finally, in Special Interest Groups, there are three reports from January.

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Workshop 20 January, "Using Social Media in Education"





The winter CEdMA Europe half-day Workshop took place on Thu 20 January 1300-1700 UK time at IBM Hursley.

Barry Sampson, Co-Founder and Director of Onlignment
led a lively discussion on
Social Media in the Learning Organisation with input from the floor ensuring that the session lasted nearly two hours.

Then, Chris Rauch, Senior Director, Worldwide Training & Certification Delivery, described How to deliver a globally collaborative training community using social media and web based applications and showed many of the features and functions used.
30 people from 19 companies attended while a further 17 had to cancel either through pressure of work or illness.

The materials are in the "Members Only" section of the website. If you have forgotten how to access this, please contact Mike.

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Upcoming Events





We have two events planned, the spring workshop in March and the spring conference in May.

The workshop will be on 17 March at SAP Bedfont when the focus will be on e-learning. The agenda is being finalised in the next couple of weeks and invitations will be sent out then.

Owing to a hiatus of other important events in late April, the board has decided to delay the conference until later in May. Also, in response to input from attendees, we are switching to a Wed and Thu event to preserve everyone's weekend. The provisional dates are 18-19 May and the theme voted by members is "Education Sales, Marketing and Business Development". Once the programme and venue are decided, invitations will be sent to member main contacts in early March.

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Recent Articles from the Education and Training Press



Worldwide Training Industry News (Jan 11)
Abstract News ©2011 Information Inc

IT Training Press Releases (Jan 11)
©2011 Training Press Releases

Industry News Headlines from CLOmedia (Jan 11)
©2011 Media Tec Publishing

Market Update from Kineo (Jan 11)
©2011 Kineo

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Reviews and Current Trends


E-Learning Trends 2011 (Jan 11)

Learning Circuits recently polled readers on how they’re using e-learning in their organizations. Here’s what they had to say. Learning Circuits, © 2011 ASTD


Predictions for e-Learning in 2011 (Jan 11)
At the start of each year, eLearn Magazine's editors, advisory board members, and other contributors predict what changes are afoot for the coming 12 months. Here are the predictions for 2011. eLearn, ©2011 ACM


eLearning's Top Movers and Shakers (Jan 11)

There can be no better way to start the first opinion column of a New Year than with something that is pure opinion—and highly subjective opinion at that.
eLearn, ©2011 ACM


Key Technologies Enable Extended Enterprise Learning Success (Nov 10)

Aberdeen’s study found that not only are top performing companies looking at learning differently, but also they are extending it outside the enterprise and using new tools to deliver it. ©2010 Aberdeen Group


Learning Executives Confidence Index 4Q10 (Jan 11)

The confidence of learning executives (LXs) rose in the fourth quarter of 2010, reaching its highest value on record this quarter. The overall LXCI for Q4 2010 was 62.9. This demonstrates that collectively LXs expect their learning functions to improve slightly over the next six months. ©2010 ASTD


Special Report on Training - More to Learn (Jan 11)

US companies regained their appetite for employee development in 2010, but a new report shows their tastes are changing. © 2011 Crain Communications Inc.


What’s the Future of the LMS (Dec 10)

13 Learning Executives discuss the evolution of the LMS and what the future holds.  ©2010 Expertus


Looking Back, Looking Forward (Dec 10)
Every year, we try to look ahead to what we might expect in the next 12 months. Every year, this gets more interesting and exciting. This year is no exception.
Learning Solutions Magazine, ©2010 eLearning Guild


The Rise of Apps, iPad and Android (Dec 10)
If you’re at all involved with mobile learning, this Wall Street Journal summary of what went on in mobile computing in 2010 is essential reading.
©2010 Wall Street Journal


Social Networking - Past, Present and Future (Dec 10) - slides here
This is an adaptation of a recent talk Mark Suster gave at the Caltech/MIT Enterprise Forum on “the future of social networking.”  
© 2010


The 10 Best Corporate Blogs in the World (Jan 11)

In my research for a class, I pored through hundreds of websites looking for examples of the best company blogs in the world.  Amid the coal pile that is the state of corporate blogging today, I did manage to find a few diamonds that don’t bore to tears with pronouncements, promotions and product announcements (the Killer P’s). ©2011 Social Media Today


SumTotal Systems Acquires GeoLearning (Jan 11)

SumTotal Systems has acquired GeoLearning. This acquisition expands SumTotal's capabilities in the mid-market, government and extended enterprise market segments and adds GeoLearning's strength in learning management systems, software as a service (SaaS) and managed services to SumTotal's broader talent management software and services.
Talent Management,
©2010 Media Tec Publishing


Dimdim - The Risk of Using A Free Service (Jan 11)
There appears to be a bit of customer discontent about the news that Dimdim's free service will be discontinued after the closing of the sale to © 2003-2011 ReadWriteWeb


2011 Continues Significant Changes in e-Learning Companies (Jan 11)
The New Year is underway with new acquisitions of e-Learning-related companies. Two important changes to the players took place in the first week of 2011.
Learning Solutions Magazine, ©2010 eLearning Guild


Top Suite in Corporate America Still Eludes Women (Jan 11)

Women outnumber men in the workforce, but less than 10 percent are in C-level positions within their companies. T+D, © 2011 ASTD


The Value of Social Media (Jan 11)

A snapshot from the ASTD-i4cp research study, “Social Media: The Millennial Perspective” T+D, © 2011 ASTD


The Future of the LMS (Feb 11)
Learning and development needs are evolving past traditional systems.

Chief Learning Officer, ©2010 Media Tec Publishing


It's all in here - how do we get it out? (Jan 11)

Are you concerned that soon your workforce will face the impending, and recently stalled, talent exodus? Here’s a practical guide to knowledge transfer in the workplace. T+D, © 2011 ASTD

E-books from Onlignment (

©2010 Creative Commons


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Training Manager/Director Development


On the Road Again (Feb 11)
No matter the location, we must become change agents and promoters.
Chief Learning Officer, ©2010 Media Tec Publishing


Going Social (Feb 11)
Effective social learning requires a culture of experimentation.

Chief Learning Officer, ©2010 Media Tec Publishing


Learning Malpractice (Feb 11)
Connect formal learning, support and social learning for success.

Chief Learning Officer, ©2010 Media Tec Publishing


Time's Up (Feb 11)

Learning will forever be part formal, part informal and part social.

Chief Learning Officer, ©2010 Media Tec Publishing


Salvaging Customer Relationships through Real-Time Learning (Jan 11)
Here’s how you can help salvage customer relationships through real-time learning.

LINKS, © 2011 ASTD


Risk Failure to Succeed (Feb 11)

Learning leaders must be unafraid to risk failure and employ creative thinking to win battles and produce stellar results.
Chief Learning Officer, ©2010 Media Tec Publishing


Scenario Planning the Future (Feb 11)

It’s important to keep a watchful, forward-thinking eye on business possibilities. Late reactions mean lost opportunities to generate new business, capitalize on customer interest and improve employee performance.

Chief Learning Officer, ©2010 Media Tec Publishing


How to Create an Agile Organization (Feb 11)

Creating space for employees to improvise solutions and play on the job can increase their ability to effectively respond to the unexpected using available resources. Chief Learning Officer, ©2010 Media Tec Publishing


Form Following Function (Feb 11)

As technology drives a proliferation of learning tools, it’s critical that CLOs clearly define their purpose before finding the most appropriate form of delivery.

Chief Learning Officer, ©2010 Media Tec Publishing


Facts Just Aren't What They Used to Be (Jan 11)

Probably one of the most fundamental, most foundational beliefs around the presentation process is that whoever makes the best case wins the day. But read on. ©2011 Distinction Communication Inc


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Selling and Marketing Education

No articles this month

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Learning Methods and Media


Learning with and from Others (Jan 11)

Now is the time for learning professionals to embrace social learning as an emerging and engaging way to enhance an organization’s learning strategy.
, © 2011 ASTD


Why Organizations Need Social Learning (Jan 11)

By leveraging social learning tools and putting them into meaningful parts of the learning experience, they enable organizations and their people to make sense of a radically changed day-to-day workplace and achieve business and learning objectives. Learning Circuits, © 2011 ASTD


Technology Toys to Tools - Choosing, Using, and Un-confusing in the World of Social Media (Jan 11) - handout
This webinar explored business and, in particular, training uses for popular social media tools.  There were real examples of tools like Twitter, Facebook, blogs and wikis used by businesses and government, then discussion on strategies for choosing and using particular tools.
Training Magazine Network Webinar, 11 Jan 11


Learning Face-off with Facebook (Jan 11)
The enormous and growing numbers of Facebook users create an opportunity for e-Learning. The Facebook Developer API allows you to change Facebook's functionality from a Content Management System (CMS) to a Learning Management System (LMS). Here's how to bend Facebook to your will!
Learning Solutions Magazine, ©2010 eLearning Guild


Building a Successful E-Learning Strategy (Jan 11) - subset of deck here

E-learning succeeds only when it is backed by an organization-wide e-learning strategy. This webinar from Marc Rosenberg covered what an e-learning strategy is and why we need one; basic sources and techniques for creating the strategy; mistakes and benefits; key focus points; and how to make your e-learning strategy sustainable. Training Magazine Network Webinar, 5 Jan 11


Hot Lava Mobile Tool Review (Jan 11)

Theo Cardiff, Kineo’s head of E-learning Development, does a temperature check on the Hot Lava mobile learning development tool. ©2010 Kineo


Engage Your Virtual Training Participants (Jan 11)

Some would say that engagement is the fundamental challenge of virtual training - how to effectively engage participants and keep their attention throughout the class.

LINKS, © 2011 ASTD


Leveraging Virtualization Technology for e-Learning (Jan 11)
Using virtual machines to deliver certain types of training can save time and money in deploying your courses, and it can provide a better learner experience. Cloud-based virtualization solutions make this strategy even better. This article is a must-read if you are doing software training!
Learning Solutions Magazine, ©2010 eLearning Guild


New Horizons - Virtual Learning Environments (Jan 11)

For 12 years, learners have participated in discrete Web training meetings. Today, learners are immersed in learning environments that replicate live meetings but are also truly collaborative. They also host learning portals for informal on-demand learning. These next-generation environments are termed “virtual learning environments. A whitepaper from the editors of Elearning! Media Group.
©2011 B2B Media Co 


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Case Studies and Projects


Virtual Learning and Class Participation in Real Time (Jan 11)

Learning Tree International and EMC partner to develop an online solution that ensures global employees receive top-notch, instructor-led training anywhere in the world. T+D, © 2011 ASTD


Entering the Mobile Zone (Jan 11)

A large hotel chain's unique mobile learning experience blazes a trail for trainers wishing to traverse the mobile zone. Learning Circuits, © 2011 ASTD


A Virtual Success at VALIC (Jan 11)

VALIC, a member company of SunAmerica Financial Group and market leader in group retirement savings plans achieved great results using a virtual classroom.

Learning Circuits, © 2011 ASTD


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Measuring Education Value


How Does Social Learning Measure Up (Jan 11)

Social doesn’t have to mean un-measurable. Seven methods can help learning leaders put hard numbers to soft investments, T+D, © 2011 ASTD


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Processes/Managing Costs/Outsourcing

No articles this month


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Training Professional Topics

The Power of Hiding Slides in PowerPoint (Jan 11)
When you “hide” a slide in PowerPoint, it doesn’t display while scrolling through the presentation in Slide Show mode. So why in the world would you ever want to do that? ©2011 Aspire Communications

The Care and Feeding of a Public Speaking Voice (Jan 11)
The care and feeding of your voice is incredibly important for your long term success. Following is a 5-step program for getting the most out of your voice and using it to propel your career success. ©2011 Public Words

The Message Sent is not Always the One Received (Jan 11)
The ultimate goal is that the message you send is the one that is received -- yet there are many factors that impact effective communications.
©2011 BRODY Professional Development

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Education Administration

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Skills Gap/Technical Certification


Cheaters Find an Adversary in Technology (Dec 10)

So the state called in a company that turns technology against the cheats: it analyzes answer sheets by computer and flags those with so many of the same questions wrong or right that the chances of random agreement are astronomically small. Copying is the almost certain explanation. ©2010 New York Times



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Special Interest Groups


Selling and Marketing Training at Kronos - the Experience you Expect
(Jan 11)
- slides here

What works and what didn't. Sales and Marketing SIG, 26 Jan 11


Comparing Approaches to Certification Testing (Jan 11) - slides here

Liz Burns, Juniper Networks; Joe Cannata, Brocade; Beverly Van de Velde, Symantec examined the various methods in which certification testing can be performed. They looked at present-day methodologies for testing, as well as some of the innovative approaches being used to secure and deliver certifications. Using their experiences, they highlighted forms of testing that achieve new ways to measure skill sets, and weighed some of the issues associated with all methods of certifying. Certification SIG, 21 Jan 2011


Training on a Shoestring Budget (Jan 11)

Whether you’re a tiny start-up with one trainer and no budget or a big organization short of funds and/or people resources, we all face the challenge of doing more, much more, with less,  shrinking budgets, not enough talent and “we need it yesterday” clients. E-Learning and Virtual Classroom SIG, 11 Jan 2011


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And, Finally.....



The Neighbour's Visit (If you share critical information pertaining to credit and risk with your shareholders in time, you may be in a position to prevent avoidable exposure)

A man is getting into the shower just as his wife is finishing up her shower, when the doorbell rings. The wife quickly wraps herself in a towel and runs downstairs. 

When she opens the door, there stands Bob, the next-door neighbour. 
Before she says a word, Bob says, 'I'll give you $800 to drop that towel.' 

After thinking for a moment, the woman drops her towel and stands naked in front of Bob, after a few seconds, Bob hands her $800 and leaves. 

The woman wraps back up in the towel and goes back upstairs. 

When she gets to the bathroom, her husband asks, 'Who was that?' 'It was Bob the next door neighbour,' she replies. 'Great,' the husband says, 'did he say anything about the $800 he owes me?'

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Feedback, please!


I would really like to get input from you, the readers.  Please give me your feedback and point me towards any article or source that you think the rest of the membership might enjoy. Thank you.


Mike Dowsey

Executive Director



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