CEdMA-Europe Members' Newsletter - December 2013


Welcome to the December 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 (Nov 13)
Abstract News ©2013 Information Inc

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

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

E-learning Market Update (Nov 13)
©2013 Kineo

Tech Headlines for November 2013 (Nov 13)
Tech headlines for November 2013 include: Google Launches Helpouts, MOOCs Lead List of Hot Topics at Educause Meeting, Mobile Passing PCs, Middle East Mobile Learning Revenues to Double by 2017. Learning Circuits, ©2013 ASTD

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Reviews and Current Trends

2013 Training Industry Report (Nov 13)
Training magazine’s exclusive analysis of the U.S. training industry, featuring 2013 training expenditures, budgetary allocations, delivery methods, and training priorities. Training Magazine, ©2013 Lakewood Media Group

2013 Learning in Practice Awards (Dec 13)
Now in its 10th year, the Chief Learning Officer Learning In Practice Awards recognize learning leaders, vendors and organizations that have demonstrated excellence in the design and delivery of employee development programs as well as made a substantive and measurable change.
Chief Learning Officer, ©2013 Media Tec Publishing

2013 ASTD State of the Industry (Dec 13)
Workplace learning remains a key organizational investment.

Webinar, Dec 13, 2013
©2013, ASTD

CIPD Learning and Talent Development - Annual survey report 2013 (Nov 13)
In this the fifteenth year of our survey and 100 years from the formation of the CIPD, we reflect on how change happens in learning and talent development. The changes are significant. Learning and talent development is gradually becoming less about instruction and more about interaction.
©2013 CIPD

Learning at the Speed of Need (Nov 13)
Insights Report 2013 - the top ten tasks for L&D in 2014.
©2013 Kineo

Salary Surge (Nov 13)
Training’s 2013 Salary Survey reveals average training salaries rose 4 percent in 2012-2013. Training Magazine, ©2013 Lakewood Media Group

Learning Directions and Challenges in 2013 (Oct 13)
In this webinar, Elliott Masie
detailed the trends, perspectives and disruptions and included Learning Personalization: Shifts in Learners & Content; What Learning "Compression" Means - Shorter Content; Social & Collaborative Learning - Hype & Realities; Lazy LMS? Why and next steps? Beyond the LMS; The Connected Classroom - New Mixes; Emerging Technologies for Learning: Wearable and Embedded; and Changing Roles for Learning Professionals. Masie Webinar, Oct 2, 2013

Learning Technologies 2013 - Where We Are Now (Dec 13)
In this report, Patti Shank examines which technologies learning practitioners are currently using, analyzes differences between corporate and higher education use, and explores differences in usage by industry and modality. ©2013 The eLearning Guild

Learning Transformation - 8 Key Trends (Nov 13)
As the world of L&D changes in order to address the challenges of today’s volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous environment, Steve Barden shares eight pivotal trends. Inside Learning Technologies and Skills, ©2013 CloserStill L&D

A New Level of Thinking? (Nov 13)
Training magazine and Pearson TalentLens research reveals how thinking styles differ by occupational level and industry.  Training Magazine, ©2013 Lakewood Media Group

Building Mental Resilience in the Workplace (Nov 13)
Antonella Veccia and Toby Harris share the results of a new survey and offer a strategy template to boost workforce resilience. Inside Learning Technologies and Skills, ©2013 CloserStill L&D

1990 - The Year when Everything Changed (Nov 13)
Twenty-three years ago the world changed, says Donald H Taylor. Today L&D should reap the rewards. Inside Learning Technologies and Skills, ©2013 CloserStill L&D

The Omnipresence of Learning (Nov 13)
We learn everywhere… everyday… in every way. Knowledge is all around us, says Alan Samuel. Inside Learning Technologies and Skills, ©2013 CloserStill L&D

The Impact of B4B on Education Services (Oct 13)
How technology and big data are reinventing the customer-supplier relationship. ©2013 TSIA

Big Data Analytics - Adoption and Employment Trends, 2012-2017 (Nov 13)
This report has been produced by e-skills UK on behalf of SAS UK & Ireland. It is the second in a dedicated series looking at the current/forecast uptake of big data analytics and the associated demand/supply for related labour and skills amongst UK employers. ©2013 e-skills uk

New Learning Agenda - Talent, Technology, Change (Nov 13)
This study is the seventh in a longitudinal research series looking at the trends in the use and implementation of learning technologies in the workplace:
Executive Summary
Full report
Longitudinal Trends

©2013 Towards Maturity

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Training Manager/Director Development

Education Qualifications in Tomorrow's Job Market (Dec 13)
HR professionals are expecting an increase in skills and education requirements across job categories. This will put CLOs at the center of competitive strategies and business innovation.
Chief Learning Officer, ©2013 Media Tec Publishing

What does it take to be a global leader (Dec 13)
Change is afoot for both the substance and constituency of global leadership development programs. Chief Learning Officer, ©2013 Media Tec Publishing

Accelerate Everyone (Dec 13)
Ensure roles are clear and all employees feel they play a role.
Chief Learning Officer, ©2013 Media Tec Publishing

If we had to do it all again (Dec 13)
Three working CLOs answer three questions about advice they would give their younger selves, and lessons they want to share with their peers working in the profession.
Chief Learning Officer, ©2013 Media Tec Publishing

Big Data - Big Opportunities (Nov 13)
Big companies have been making the most of the predictive power of Big Data for years. Vincent Belliveau explains how it can also help L&D.  Inside Learning Technologies and Skills, ©2013 CloserStill L&D

Timing Is Everything (Dec 13)
Your thinking style can tell others what you have to offer, says Jay Cross.
Chief Learning Officer, ©2013 Media Tec Publishing

EPIC Sets Sights on the Next Big Thing (Nov 13)
Gavin Beddow gives us a nod and a wink towards Gestural Learning – the latest innovation in the world of L&D. Inside Learning Technologies and Skills, ©2013 CloserStill L&D

Are you employing a corporate psychopath? (Nov 13)
Psychologists report that 1% of the general population are psychopaths and lucky for most of us the violent ones tend to end up in secure institutions. However research now shows that they are increasingly showing up in less secure institutions like the corporate workplace where they can be anything from 1% to 3.5% of the senior management population. ©2013 The Corporate Psychopaths Research Centre

How to spot a liar (Dec 13)
The behaviours listed in this article are just behaviours – they are NOT proof of deception, they are red flags. They don’t mean anything in and of themselves, but it’s when you see clusters they become meaningful.  HRZONE, ©2013 Sift Media

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Selling and Marketing Education

Increase Training Attendance (Nov 13)
Take a page out of marketing’s playbook and increase training attendance by creating a campaign that builds excitement for the program. Training Magazine, ©2013 Lakewood Media Group

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Learning Methods and Media

Beware the Hype (Nov 13)
Learning styles are everywhere, but are they the be-all and end-all for L&D? Ben Waldman issues a warning. Inside Learning Technologies and Skills, ©2013 CloserStill L&D

Instructional Designers as Content Curators (Nov 13)
How can an instructional designer deal with the mass of content available online today? There’s too much information pouring in on us every day to remember it when we are searching for examples, and there’s no practical way to keep a mental catalog of all those details. Content curation is the answer, and here are some tips on the subject, tailored to your needs as an ID! Learning Solutions Magazine, © 2013 The eLearning Guild

Is Your Training Mix Right (Nov 13)
Getting the training mix right continues to be a challenge, from deciding who to train, how to train them, and evaluating the results. Training Magazine, ©2013 Lakewood Media Group

Put Learners in the Driving Seat (Nov 13)
Q: How can L&D practitioners motivate the workforce? A: By boosting employee engagement with performance-driven learning. Emma Acton defines the ground rules. Inside Learning Technologies and Skills, ©2013 CloserStill L&D

The Debacle - Infrastructure Lessons for eLearning (Nov 13)
A house is no better than the foundation under it, and the same is true for eLearning: if the infrastructure won’t support it, you’ve got (expensive) trouble. Learn from this example that is currently creating so much concern in the US.
Learning Solutions Magazine, © 2013 The eLearning Guild

Why e-Learning Sometimes Doesn't Work (Nov 13)
…so what should you do when someone asks the price of an hour of e-learning? Let Vaughan Waller help you snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. Inside Learning Technologies and Skills, ©2013 CloserStill L&D

Know It All - A Portal for MOOCs (Nov 13)
The massive online open course, or MOOC, is a somewhat controversial development in tertiary education. At a recent conference in Athens, it was a hot topic among delegates discussing the impact of the global economic crisis on national education systems and a recently launched MOOC portal.
Learning Solutions Magazine, © 2013 The eLearning Guild

Using Augmented Reality for Contextual Mobile Learning (Nov 13)
Augmented reality (AR) provides a view of the real world, with enhancement from computer- generated input: sound, graphics, text, video, and GPS data. This article expands on a session from DevLearn 2013 and provides examples of how AR delivered on mobile devices is already providing support for learning and performance in real-life situations.
Learning Solutions Magazine, © 2013 The eLearning Guild

Articulate Studio 13 Pro (Nov 13)
PowerPoint add-in tools have been around for quite some time, and none of them has captured the market or the imagination of eLearning designers as much as Articulate Studio. Joe Ganci gives an in-depth look at the features of Articulate Studio ’13, the first update of Studio since 2008.
Learning Solutions Magazine, © 2013 The eLearning Guild

Leo Performance Assurance Solution (Nov 13)
Performance support is in the midst of its second revival. The first time around, every performance support project was a custom development job. Today, a new category of tools makes it much easier to create resources that support work at the moment of need. In this review, Marc Rosenberg meets Leo, a proven way to help people get their work done.
Learning Solutions Magazine, © 2013 The eLearning Guild

Web or Native? (Nov 13)
Want to implement mobile learning but don’t know where to start? André Wigley’s no-nonsense guide will help solve the dilemma of whether to go… Inside Learning Technologies and Skills, ©2013 CloserStill L&D

Play the Game - Feel the Gain (Nov 13)
Let’s get addicted to learning through the power of gamification, says Julie Wedgwood. Here’s her game plan. Inside Learning Technologies and Skills, ©2013 CloserStill L&D

Video Rich Learning for the YouTube Generation (Nov 13)
Nowadays we can we can shoot film anywhere, anytime. In fact, says Martin Jones, there’snever been a better time to be using video in learning solutions. Inside Learning Technologies and Skills, ©2013 CloserStill L&D

Film Can Enhance Learning (Dec 13)
It unites those with different communication, learning styles. Chief Learning Officer, ©2013 Media Tec Publishing

Google Apps for Learning - 9 Best Practices (Nov 13)
Google Apps may be similar to traditional productivity tools. But look a little closer, says Jennifer Bloomingdale, you’ll find they are so much more. Inside Learning Technologies and Skills, ©2013 CloserStill L&D

LMS - Next Generation Questions (Nov 13)
Looking for your next LMS? Ian Page proposes the key questions to ask of yourself and your provider. Inside Learning Technologies and Skills, ©2013 CloserStill L&D

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Social Media for Learning

Adaptive Learning Systems giving Power to the People (Nov 13)
Sarbani Mukherjee investigates the empowering qualities of tools that enables learners to get personal. Inside Learning Technologies and Skills, ©2013 CloserStill L&D

New Horizons (Nov 13)
Rob Caul explains how social and mobile CAN succeed alongside your Learning Management System. Inside Learning Technologies and Skills, ©2013 CloserStill L&D

5 reasons why you cannot ignore Gamification (Dec 13)
Gamification is more than new-fangled training. It is touted as the next form of work-based social media where people interact and socialize around a common bond of knowledge, competitive strategy, and fun. Elements of game play engage employees with just about any topic: improving operations, cutting logistics costs, challenging employees to understand how their roles contribute to enterprise success. ASTD Webinar, Dec 5, 2013

5 Tips for Turning Gamification Theory Into Practice (Dec 13)
The webinar covered five practical elements for gamification and a step-by-step approach for implementing gamification concepts. The discussion included several examples, lots of tips, a couple of tricks, and a worksheet or two to help learning professional put the ideas into practice and gamify their content. ASTD Webinar, Dec 3, 2013

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Case Studies and Projects

On the Money at Western Union (Nov 13)
The learning function has had a starring role during recent organizational and global change. T+D, ©2013 ASTD

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Measuring Education Value

Psychological Biases May Influence Feedback on Evaluations (Nov 13)
A new study takes a closer look at the reliability of Level 1 feedback. T+D, ©2013 ASTD

The Datafication of Learning (Dec 13)
Rethink learning measurement with a big data perspective, says Josh Bersin. Chief Learning Officer, ©2013 Media Tec Publishing

Evaluating Corporate Training - Which Method is Best (Nov 13)
Demonstrating the value of training is no longer optional. But which evaluation model stands out? Steve Fiehl outlines the pros and cons. Inside Learning Technologies and Skills, ©2013 CloserStill L&D

Faster, Higher, Stronger (Nov 13)
Learning and Development Benchmarks…where to get them – how to use them. A timely and succinct analysis of comparative learning measures, by John R Mattox II. Inside Learning Technologies and Skills, ©2013 CloserStill L&D

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Processes/Managing Costs/Outsourcing

Companies Worldwide Embrace New Methods of Enterprise Software Training (May 13)
This study provides companies with an insight into key trends in enterprise software training around the world. It shows which training formats are already in use and what companies’ requirements are regarding training solutions and providers. ©2013 Pierre Audoin Consultants

How to Deliver Better Training (Nov 13)
Tips for training providers - best of the blog 2013. 
©2013 Eaglewood Systems Ltd.

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Skills Gap/Technical Certification

Solving Today's Skills Gaps (Nov 13)
Best practices, organizational strategies, and case studies to help solve the skill gap puzzle. Training Magazine, ©2013 Lakewood Media Group

How to Narrow Critical Skilled Labor Gaps (Nov 13)
Nine key practices that can close the gap and also help achieve improvements in employee engagement and business outcomes. Training Magazine, ©2013 Lakewood Media Group

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Special Interest Groups

Running a Low Stakes Performance Based Testing Program plus charts
Don’t have the funds to build high-stakes performance based tests? Leverage your trainers to create exams that are delivered within your training courses.  Barbara O’Brien shared the development and delivery of PBT at Axway.  Certification SIG, Nov 22, 2013


The Evolution of the Citrix Performance-based Testing Program - Successes, Challenges, and the Road Ahead plus charts

The concept of performance testing is ubiquitous. For many years now, performance testing has been employed in several areas where measuring hands-on skills is just as important as measuring conjectural knowledge. In the last decade, advancements in technology have accelerated the implementation of performance-based testing. Kpayah S P Tamba  provided a brief overview of the Citrix journey from knowledge-based testing to performance-based testing, covered key business drivers that led Citrix to pursuing performance testing, challenges faced along the way, successes, and the road ahead. Certification SIG, Dec 13, 2013


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And, Finally.....




The God and Eve story (gender and sexual discrimination, equality, battle of the sexes debates, and so on)

"God, I've been thinking..." says Eve one day.

"What's on your mind Eve?" says God.

"Well, I know that you created me and this beautiful garden and all of these wonderful creatures, but lately I've been feeling that maybe there's more to life."

"Go on..." says God.

"Sometimes I get a bit bored - I fancy a bit of fun. And I get a bit fed up with all the heaving lifting and carrying, and warding off the mammoths and sabre-toothed tigers, not to mention that bloody snake. This garden can be dangerous place."

"I see," says God, pausing for thought.

"Eve, I have a cunning plan," says God, "I shall create Man for you."

"Man?" asks Eve, "What is Man?"

"Man..." says God, "Is a flawed creature. He will have many weaknesses and disgusting habits. Man will lie, cheat and behave like an idiot - in fact mostly he'll be a complete pain in the backside. But on the plus side he'll be big and strong, and will be able to protect you, and hunt and kill things, which might be handy sometimes. He will tend to lose control of mind and body when aroused, but with a bit training can reach an acceptable standard in the bedroom department, if you know what I mean."

"Hmm," says Eve, "Seems like this Man idea might be worth a try, but tell me God, is there anything else I need to know?"

"Just this," says God, "Man comes with one condition... In keeping with his arrogant, deluded, self-important character, Man will naturally believe that he was made first, and frankly we all have better things to do than argue, so you must keep all this a secret between us, if that's okay with you. You know, woman to woman..."

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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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