CEdMA-Europe Members' Newsletter - October 2013


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

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Recent Articles from the Education and Training Press



Worldwide Training Industry News (Sep 13)
Abstract News ©2013 Information Inc

IT Training Press Releases (Sep 13)
©2013 Training Press Releases

Industry News Headlines from CLOmedia (Sep 13)
©2013 Media Tec Publishing

Tech Headlines for September 2013 (Sep 13)
Tech headlines for September 2013 include: Global Game-Based Learning Market to Reach $2.3 Billion by 2017, GAO Cites Gaps in Military Simulation Training, Managers Fear Facebook Friending, Videogame May Help Rejuvenate Brains, Smartwatch Is Real—and Available for Purchase Soon, Ivy League Online Course Succeeds When It Makes Students Stars.  Learning Circuits, ©2013 ASTD

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Reviews and Current Trends

Magic Quadrant for Talent Management Suites (Sep 13)
Talent management is a growing and dynamic market. While talent management suites are gaining traction, Gartner's research shows that adoption of a full talent management suite is still limited. Strategy Learning in Talent Management 1, 2, ©2013 Skillsoft

Global Insights on Training and Development (Sep 13)
Infograph based on 2013 Kelly Global Workforce Index, T+D,
©2013 ASTD

Guidelines to Innovation (Sep 13)
A new report identifies 10 practices that drive innovation and market success. T+D, ©2013 ASTD

E-learning Authoring Tools 2013 - What we're using, what we want (Sep 13)
“Which authoring tool is best?” is one of the most commonly asked questions about eLearning. This eLearning Guild Research report examines the results of a 2013 survey with 1,055 respondents that shows which asynchronous eLearning authoring tools individuals and organizations use and want and explains which features are most desired by users. ©2013 eLearning Guild

The Sustainability of MOOCs (Sep 13)
MOOCs are on the rise. Doug Harward explores their sustainability in the current business model. Training Industry Quarterly, ©2013 Training Industry Inc

Embracing Technology (Sep 13)
Before answering, “How do I embrace technology in training?” you first must ask yourself: “Should I embrace technology in training?” and “When?” Training Magazine, ©2013 Lakewood Media Group

SAP Training Trends (Sep 13)
More than 60 percent of respondents to a Michael Management Corporation survey said they prefer online SAP training to all other forms of SAP training. Training Magazine, ©2013 Lakewood Media Group

Time for Change (Oct 13)
Massive open online courses are transforming learning technology, says Josh Bersin. Chief Learning Officer, ©2013 Media Tec Publishing

Corporate Classrooms - Adapting to change (Oct 13)
Despite expectations for its demise, the classroom has experienced a revitalization of sorts. Firms are investing in brick-and-mortar universities, and learning leaders are finding new ways to maximize the medium.
Chief Learning Officer, ©2013 Media Tec Publishing

Top Five Learning Technologies to Watch (Sep 13)
The top five emerging technologies that accelerate performance, Training Industry Quarterly, ©2013 Training Industry Inc

We Need to Support Learning, Not Manage It (Sep 13)
Technology has transformed training. Emerging tools should be used to support learning, not manage it. Training Industry Quarterly, ©2013 Training Industry Inc

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Training Manager/Director Development

17 Essential L&D Tips (Aug 13)
The critical things L&D people need to be paying attention to.
©2013 People Alchemy

Busting Learning Myths (Oct 13)
One bad experience can twist the truth and spread misinformation. Chief Learning Officer,
©2013 Media Tec Publishing

Boomers and the Technology Gap (Sep 13)
When incorporating technology into training, it’s  critical to be mindful of the needs of all learners. Training Industry Quarterly, ©2013 Training Industry Inc

Technologies to Manage Information Overload (Sep 13)
We are in an era of information overload. Digital tools can help manage the process of finding content. Training Industry Quarterly, ©2013 Training Industry Inc

It's Time to Invest in the "Performance Zone" (Sep 13)
Technology increases performance, allowing employees to thrive at every changing moment of need. Training Industry Quarterly, ©2013 Training Industry Inc

The Importance of an Independent Evaluator (Sep 13)
An independent evaluator can help training program designers gain an objective, clear-eyed, and credible perspective on their work. Training Magazine, ©2013 Lakewood Media Group

Back to School - Killing and Reigniting the Learning Flame (Sep 13)
Sometimes a trip down Memory Lane is worth making. The differences you remember between the best and the worst educational experiences you’ve had can be excellent guides to making better experiences for the learners in your organization. You can even turn the memories into a course- improvement checklist. Here’s a guided tour through those experiences by Marc Rosenberg. Learning Solutions Magazine, ©2013 eLearning Guild

Optimizing Workplace Learning and Performance (Sep 13)
With the increasing pace of business, we must effectively maximize performance and productivity to maintain a competitive advantage. Training Industry Quarterly, ©2013 Training Industry Inc

Training Turn-Offs (Sep 13)
Training delivery can go sadly awry with these surprisingly common facilitator flaws.  T+D, ©2013 ASTD

Return on Intangibles (Oct 13)
Understanding learning’s value depends on measuring what can’t be touched, says Jay Cross. Chief Learning Officer,
©2013 Media Tec Publishing

A dozen ways to promote informal learning (Oct 13)
Most learning does not happen in a classroom or online. It happens informally, between employees and peer groups. Leaders can promote this activity and track it to increase development and facilitate talent management. Chief Learning Officer,
©2013 Media Tec Publishing

What I Learned from My iPhone (Sep 13)
Leaving us to our own devices often can help us discover principles of real learning. Training Magazine,
©2013 Lakewood Media Group

Tools for Supporting Sales Coaching (Sep 13)
Technologies for learning leaders to consider when supporting sales coaches. Training Industry Quarterly, ©2013 Training Industry Inc

Avoid Common Pitfalls of Major Restructuring (Sep 13)
More often than not a merger or acquisition will fail. Don’t fall into the common traps. T+D, ©2013 ASTD

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Selling and Marketing Education
None this month.

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Learning Methods and Media

Technology and the Interrupted Brain (Sep 13)
Does technology make us dumber or smarter? A slew of recent and soon-to-be published books explores that question. T+D, ©2013 ASTD

Measure Work Readiness for Tomorrow's Jobs (Oct 13)
Employees’ demonstrable workplace skills may lead to more accurate results when determining work readiness than relying on education attainment alone. Chief Learning Officer, ©2013 Media Tec Publishing

Technology's role in leadership development (Oct 13)
Learning technology is proficient at technical skill development, but how are such tools used to teach often-elusive soft skills? Chief Learning Officer, ©2013 Media Tec Publishing

Digital Darwinism (Sep 13)
We must overcome survival anxiety with amplified learning rather than simply apply technology to automate and accelerate the way we currently teach. Training Magazine,
©2013 Lakewood Media Group

Harnessing the 90 Percent (Sep 13)
Use emerging technologies to incorporate informal and experiential learning into training activities, and optimize learning and performance. T+D,
©2013 ASTD

Tools for Delivering eLearning with HTML5 - Part 2 (Sep 13)
Joe Ganci previously discussed browser compatibility with HTML5 and identified the most commonly used development tools you can use to publish eLearning lessons to HTML5. Here he completes the review with a list of more tools that publish to HTML5, and others that are very useful in the eLearning development process. Learning Solutions Magazine, ©2013 eLearning Guild

To BYOD or Not to BYOD (Sep 13)
Giving learners the opportunity to access learning via their own mobile devices offers your workforce great flexibility, but opens security and other concerns. Training Industry Quarterly, ©2013 Training Industry Inc

Flipping the Classroom (Sep 13)
Use online tools to provide content before the class ever meets, and still retain the value of interpersonal interaction. Training Magazine, ©2013 Lakewood Media Group

Games and Simulations (Sep 13)
Trends, technologies, and case studies, Training Magazine, ©2013 Lakewood Media Group

Playing the game - what are the business benefits of gamification (Sep 13)
What's the science behind gamification and how does it benefit the bottom line? HRZONE, © 2013, Sift Media

Introducing Simulation into Learning Strategies - Examining the Key Considerations (Sep 13)
Adding simulation into learning initiatives can take your training to the next level, but it requires careful consideration. Training Industry Quarterly, ©2013 Training Industry Inc

The Gamification of mLearning (Sep 13)
Cricket Communications was seeking improved and more innovative ways to reach the sales professionals working in its retail locations by introducing mobile-enabled learning games to their existing platform. Here is the story of their highly successful gamification initiative! Learning Solutions Magazine, ©2013 eLearning Guild

The Gamification of Sales Force Training (Sep 13)
One of the struggles learning and development organizations have is keeping their sales forces up-to-date on new products and new product functionality. However, continually bombarding a sales force with online or stand-up courses can become burdensome. Here’s how Scott Thomas, director of product enablement for ExactTarget, approached this quandary. Learning Solutions Magazine, ©2013 eLearning Guild

Strategic Ways to Develop Game-Based Learning for High ROI (Sep 13)
Games built with reusability and scalability in mind can be customized and repurposed across the organization at a fraction of the cost of building games from scratch. T+D, ©2013 ASTD

Mobile Learning Handbook
This ADL Mobile Learning Handbook is a compilation of mobile learning resources.
©2013 ADL

The Advantages and Disadvantages of BYOD (Sep 13)
With the BYOD debate raging hotter than ever in the Learning and Development Industry, we feel that this was an issue that needed to be explored further. TrainingZONE, ©2013 Sift Media

Are Your Virtual Students Engaged (Oct 13)
Build relationships and create a collaborative environment. Chief Learning Officer,
©2013 Media Tec Publishing

Bringing your MOJO to the Virtual Classroom (Sep 13)
Is your virtual audience engaged? Using a few simple tips and tricks will ensure your next webinar is a success. Training Industry Quarterly, ©2013 Training Industry Inc

Integrating Video into Training (Sep 13)
Driving effective communication and increasing retention by incorporating video into a learning and development plan. Training Industry Quarterly, ©2013 Training Industry Inc

The Evolution of the LMS (Sep 13)
Technology is transforming the way we learn, allowing organizations to develop more enhanced learning experiences. Training Industry Quarterly, ©2013 Training Industry Inc

LMS Operation and Governance - Taming the Beast (Sep 13)
Is your existing LMS becoming an L-M-MESS? When you installed your LMS, you expected it might grow and change—and you were right. Only now it may have turned into a beast, with everything from outdated courses to spam-like email notifications. Sound familiar? Then, read on. Learning Solutions Magazine, ©2013 eLearning Guild

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Social Media for Learning

Merging Social Learning and Technology to Achieve Business Outcomes (Sep 13)
Technology accelerates learning. Social media tools can increase collaboration to meet business goals. Training Industry Quarterly, ©2013 Training Industry Inc

Social Notworking (Sep 13)
From Facebook to Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and more, the opportunities to post inappropriately and to spend time on personal excursions rather than doing work continue to expand. Training Magazine, ©2013 Lakewood Media Group

Applying Informal Learning Using a Social Gaming Platform (Sep 13)
A software company applied a social online peer-to-peer recognition game as part of its new values- implementation campaign. This case study demonstrates the opportunity that social gaming offers for the learning profession, as well as “lessons learned” and some conclusions for future applications. Learning Solutions Magazine, ©2013 eLearning Guild

On Social and Mobile Learning Architectures (Sep 13)
Long-standing ways of teaching and learning are challenged by more dynamic and collaborative ways of finding and exchanging context-relevant information. We need to start thinking beyond the traditional courses and educational environments. How can designers leverage social interactions and uniquely mobile experiences to better support learning? Here are some ideas from around the world. Learning Solutions Magazine, ©2013 eLearning Guild

Collaboration Technology - Increasing Connectivity and Innovation (Sep 13)
HR tech vendors are rolling out platforms that allow employees to collaborate more efficiently — and companies are putting them to good use. ©2013 Media Tec Publishing

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Case Studies and Projects

Cultivate a Culture of Customer Service (Oct 13)
When FMC technologies experienced rapid growth and poor customer service, the company used immersion learning to teach employees to communicate, build relationships and anticipate customer needs. Chief Learning Officer, ©2013 Media Tec Publishing

Conduct CBT for a Non-Computer-Based Workforce (Sep 13)
Usability tests, internal marketing, strategic audio, and engaging contextual elements are the keys to successful computer-based training for employees unfamiliar with computers. Training Magazine,
©2013 Lakewood Media Group

Drilling to the core of Training and Development (Sep 13)
Facing a wave of retirements and a shortage of experienced replacements, this oil company developed a comprehensive development program for employees at all stages of their careers. T+D,
©2013 ASTD

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Measuring Education Value

Learning Measurement - A Work in Progress (Sep 13)
Learning evaluation, metrics and measurement are not where they need to be, but some companies have made progress. ©2013 Media Tec Publishing

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Processes/Managing Costs/Outsourcing
None this month.

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On Demand Webinars

Collecting Useful Learning Data (Sep 13)
Many organizations collect data about learners’ activities, and with new standards such as the Experience API, we’re able to collect learning data at an even finer detail. But are we collecting data that will help us make our learners more successful—or are we just collecting data? Neil Lasher described the strategies for collecting useful learning data and the potential for that data to improve learning.
eLearning Guild Thought Leaders Webinar, Sep 17, 2013

From ADDIE to Mad Men - What marketing can teach us in learning (Sep 13)
This webinar shared views on three steps to attract, engage and sustain learners to enable behaviour change - even with mundane compliance topics. It described how to build learning campaigns, not just courses; communicate with learners to generate buzz and engagement; make change actually happen and keep a sustained campaign alive; and make sure your learning builds on your brand identity. Kineo Webinar, Sep 19, 2013

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Skills Gap/Technical Certification

Badges - Bridging the Higher Education and Workforce Gap
(Sep 13)

Traditional resumes are a thing of the past. Digital badges are emerging as a new way to showcase talent and skill sets. Training Industry Quarterly, ©2013 Training Industry Inc

Delivering an Answer for Skill Gaps (Sep 13)
Research shows some disconnects between the types of training delivery respondents felt were most effective to bridge skill gaps and the types of training delivery most utilized. Training Magazine, ©2013 Lakewood Media Group

The Tech Factor (Sep 13)
How technology can help bridge the skill gaps faced by myriad organizations today. Training Magazine, ©2013 Lakewood Media Group

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Special Interest Groups

Virtual Classroom Tools (Sep 13) plus deck
Rissella Weiss of IBM and Mike Dowsey shared the survey results on how CEdMA members use the different VC tools. There was extensive discussion throughout. E-Learning and Virtual Classroom SIG, Sep 3, 2013

Performance-Based Testing - Planning, Design, Execution (Sep 13) plus deck
Kieran Milne of Juniper Networks explored the various aspects of providing performance-based testing within a certification program. He discussed the full life cycle of lab exam development, from conception through planning, design, execution and delivery. Certification SIG, Sep 13, 2013

2013 Business Survey (Oct 13) plus charts
We plan to launch this online survey later in October. Led by Dirk Braune of Alcatel-Lucent, Attendees reviewed and recommended additions, changes and deletions to the set of questions. Training Metrics and Benchmarking SIG, Oct 7, 2013

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And, Finally.....




Do you suffer from Information Overload Syndrome - IOS (Jul 09)

Every year, we all get additional pressure from an ever increasing bombardment of information - Information Overload Syndrome - IOS.

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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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