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CEdMA-Europe Members' Newsletter - June 2014

 

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

Jun 10, CEdMA Europe Workshop, "Certification – Today, Tomorrow and Beyond", Red Hat, Farnborough, UK with input from CompTIA

Jun 20, Certification SIG, "Members’ Efforts in Certification, from the 2013/14 Business Survey" - Mike Dowsey, WebEx session number 793 377 735, password "Sig2014"

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Recent Articles from the Education and Training Press

 
 


News

Worldwide Training Industry News (May 14)
Abstract News ©2014 Information Inc

E-learning Market Update (May 14)
©2014 City and Guilds Group

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Reviews and Current Trends

Aligning Learning to Business 2014 (May 14)
The days of isolating the learning experience from workplace activities are numbered and we are seeing an increased hunger within L&D to line up learning with workplace priorities, to increase our relevance, our credibility and our profile as a trusted business partner. © Towards Maturity 2014

Spring 2014 Report - Adapting to the Realities of our Changing Workforce (May 14)
The speed of change in Human Resources is increasing. More and more companies are using new technology innovations to meet the needs of a shifting multi-generational and global workforce. © 2014 Globoforce Limited.

2014 LearningElite Overview (Jun 14)
Now in its fourth year, the Chief Learning Officer LearningElite Benchmarking program, established to recognize the best in the learning industry, is once again complete. Chief Learning Officer,
©2014 Media Tec Publishing

Three Trends Shaping Learning (Jun 14)
MOOCs, digital badges and competency-based learning are changing the way learning leaders think about and create learning. Chief Learning Officer,
©2014 Media Tec Publishing

Training Sees a Shrink (May 14)
If the training department were a person, it might be having an existential crisis these days. So Marc set up a counseling appointment for the department with a professional therapist. Here’s a transcript of the session. Learning Solutions Magazine, ©2014 eLearning Guild

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Training Manager/Director Development

10 Big Data Insights for HR and Training (May 14) plus charts
Big data is moving beyond the IT department. How can you apply this to your HR and learning strategy? Award-winning authors and learning thought leaders Karie Willyerd and Heather Maitre explained the possibilities of learning initiatives and performance under big data influence. Chief Learning Officer Webinar, May 20, 2014

How to Run Learning like a Business (Jun 14)
Using the language of business - standardized processes, measures and reporting - will go a long way to transform management of learning functions. Chief Learning Officer, ©2014 Media Tec Publishing

Lessons From 18-Wheelers (Jun 14)
CLOs can use data to secure that seat at the table, Chief Learning Officer,
©2014 Media Tec Publishing

The Need to Go Deep (Jun 14)
Companies have to make big investments to build a capability supply chain, says Josh Bersin. Chief Learning Officer,
©2014 Media Tec Publishing

Effective Management Strategies (Mar 14)
3 tips for virtual management of effective virtual teams, Technology Enabled Learning Excellence, ©2014 HR.com

Enable Your Brain to Remember Almost Everything (May 14)
Here's another important technique for overcoming forgetting: boostering. Learning Solutions Magazine, ©2014 eLearning Guild

Building Capability (May 14)
Learning is just one important component in the quest to increase corporate productivity, efficiency, profit and safety. Elearning!, .©2014, B2B Media Co

Older Just Means Older (Jun 14)
Make it easier for mature workers, Chief Learning Officer,
©2014 Media Tec Publishing

Managing the Immoral Employee (May 14)
Out of all the management questions we should be asking, this is surely the least asked. How do we handle individuals who are prone to unethical behaviors, especially if they are talented and hard to replace? ©2014 Harvard Business Review

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Selling and Marketing Education

How to Increase Revenue Using Training Vouchers (May 14)
This webinar
described how to leverage training credits and increase your training attach rate on every sale. In particular, it covered how to solve the, “sales never sells training classes” problem; techniques to increase training revenue with product sales; and utilizing credits to streamline partner programs. ViewCentral Webinar, May 6, 2014

Monetizing MOOCs (May 14)
Massive open online courses (MOOCs) have gained significant popularity in the last couple of years. But the question many are asking is, how do we make money from it?   Written for TrainingIndustry.com ©2014

What's Your Learning Brand (Jun 14)
Building a brand creates visibility and helps differentiate your offering, Chief Learning Officer,
©2014 Media Tec Publishing

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Learning Methods

Really Understanding Your Audience (May 14)
Make sure you’re taking advantage of needs assessments, Technology Enabled Learning Excellence, ©2014 HR.com

Redesigning Learning Design - New Approaches to Meet Today's Challenges (Apr 14) plus charts
All too often learning designers are trying to use 20th century models and methodologies to solve 21st century problems. It’s time to rethink how we design learning to address the challenges of today's 24/7/365, global, and mobile world. And in doing so, it’s time to take advantage of the opportunity to leverage proven models and methodologies from other disciplines such as Six Sigma, Lean, Agile, Business Process Redesign, Critical Mistake Analysis and others. Lance Dublin provided the opportunity to understand century organizational challenges, examine the strengths and weaknesses of a wide range of methodologies and models when applied to learning design, and explore eight new 21st century learning design principles. HR.com Virtual Conference, Apr 9, 2014

Charting the Course for Informal Learning (Jan 14)
The era of personal learning is upon us. With more and more learners taking control of their own learning experience, employees are essentially turning into digital pirates, charting their own course through the vast sea of informal learning. The time is ripe for learning and development teams to drive informal learning and guide learners to calmer waters. Always Learning, ©2014 Pearson

Using MOOCs to transform traditional corporate training (May 14)
The role of MOOCs in corporate training programmes, © Towards Maturity 2014

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Learning
Technology

Remember the Learner (Apr 14)
Fundamental rules of learning when introducing new learning technologies, Technology Enabled Learning Excellence, ©2014 HR.com

Learning in the Cloud (Mar 14)
10 factors to consider, Technology Enabled Learning Excellence, ©2014 HR.com

Critical Success Factors for e-Learning Projects (Mar 14)
What we have learned from 20 years of experience, Technology Enabled Learning Excellence, ©2014 HR.com

72 Tips for Using Media to Engage and Teach (May 14)
In the early days of eLearning, "multimedia" usually meant illustrations and photos in addition to text, and maybe a brief sound clip. Today, many organizations expect eLearning professionals to be experts in multiple media forms, including full-motion video, voiceovers, multiple audio effects, and animations that go beyond flying-bullet-points text and spinning logos. ©2014 eLearning Guild

Workplace E-learning That Sticks (Apr 14)
Bite-size learning for the modern workforce, Technology Enabled Learning Excellence, ©2014 HR.com

Gamification Is Afoot in the New Workplace (May 14)
Recently, I was asked by some colleagues to get involved in a gamification project. Being a Boomer, I had some quick learning to do. Here are a few insights into what I learned.  Training Magazine, ©2014 Lakewood Media Group

Gamification (Mar 14)
10 practical ways to gamify corporate learning, Technology Enabled Learning Excellence, ©2014 HR.com

Games for Training (May 14)
Things to consider before creating serious games for training,
Technology Enabled Learning Excellence, ©2014 HR.com

Implementing Serious Learning Games (Apr 14)
Familiar territory for training execs, Technology Enabled Learning Excellence, ©2014 HR.com

Flip the Virtual Classroom and Put Bloom's Taxonomy to Work (Apr 14) plus charts
Trending in the virtual classroom design space are two concepts: how to 'flip the classroom' to maximize valuable collaboration time, and how to apply the latest thinking with regards to Bloom's Taxonomy to determine how best to deliver content in this new environment. Jennifer Hofmann examined both of these concepts and their relationship to the virtual classroom. The application of these concepts will help make your sessions as impactful as possible, while taking advantage of your technology investments by focusing on what content is best delivered through a virtual classroom and other learning technologies, and how flipping the classroom is a natural consequence of good design. HR.com Virtual Conference, Apr 9, 2014

Live Virtual Learning (Mar 14)
Seven steps to make Live virtual training highly interactive, Technology Enabled Learning Excellence, ©2014 HR.com

Mobile Learning for Talent Development - Critical Questions for Learning Leaders (May 14)
Is your organization thriving … or are you merely surviving? And for those times when mobile learning is the perfect complement to your existing strategies, how can you take full advantage of its possibilities? This article takes a high-level look at the impact of mobile, data trends, and an organization’s learning culture to give today’s executives plenty of food for thought. Learning Solutions Magazine, ©2014 eLearning Guild

Mobile Learning (May 14)
The learning platform for the new age corporate learners,
Technology Enabled Learning Excellence, ©2014 HR.com

What Are mLearning's Benefits, Challenges, Future (May 14)
In this interview, Peter Phillips, CEO of Unicorn Training Group, offers his insights into the business benefits of mobile learning, particularly for continuing professional development. He discusses what drives adoption of mobile learning, what impedes adoption, and what to do about change management. Learning Solutions Magazine, ©2014 eLearning Guild

Distilling Existing Content for Mobile (May 14)
For many companies, the first step towards mLearning may consist of adapting or repackaging existing instructor-led or online learning for delivery on mobile devices. This is not the best approach to mLearning. However, if you are committed to re-using or re-purposing existing content, here are 10 tips to guide you. Learning Solutions Magazine, ©2014 eLearning Guild

Mobile Learning Strategy (May 14)
Five calls to make when developing a mobile learning strategy,
Technology Enabled Learning Excellence, ©2014 HR.com

Right Time and Place - mLearning Use Cases (May 14)
Many designers think about mobile learning content in a similar way to eLearning content. They neglect to consider the mobile usage contexts, and so the projects meet with marginal success or they fail. The key to successful mLearning is in understanding context. Here are some sample use cases and user stories, with suggestions for your next development project. Learning Solutions Magazine, ©2014 eLearning Guild

To Train and How to Train (Apr 14)
Common misconceptions about mobile training, Technology Enabled Learning Excellence, ©2014 HR.com

Mobile to Soon Surpass Fixed Internet (Apr 14)
Reasons for the growth of mobile technology, Technology Enabled Learning Excellence, ©2014 HR.com

Streaming Video - Effective Engagement Tool (May 14)
Concurrent with the continuous evolution of mobile learning, there will likely be a similar evolution in the use of video.
Elearning!, .©2014, B2B Media Co

Work-Related Communication Technology (May 14)
Managing the challenges,
Technology Enabled Learning Excellence, ©2014 HR.com

Now is the Time to Consider (May 14)
Open Source Learning Management Systems for enterprise,
Technology Enabled Learning Excellence, ©2014 HR.com

Trending in the virtual classroom design space are two concepts: how to 'flip the classroom' to maximize valuable collaboration time, and how to apply the latest thinking with regards to Bloom's Taxonomy to determine how best to delivery content in this new environment.

This session will examine both of these concepts and their relationship to the virtual classroom. The application of these concepts will help make your sessions as impactful as possible, while taking advantage of your technology investments by focusing on what content is best delivered through a virtual classroom and other learning technologies, and how flipping the classroom is a natural consequence of good design.

- See more at: http://www.hr.com/en?t=/webcasts/archived&start=60#sthash.aJKbvXe8.dpuf

Trending in the virtual classroom design space are two concepts: how to 'flip the classroom' to maximize valuable collaboration time, and how to apply the latest thinking with regards to Bloom's Taxonomy to determine how best to delivery content in this new environment.

This session will examine both of these concepts and their relationship to the virtual classroom. The application of these concepts will help make your sessions as impactful as possible, while taking advantage of your technology investments by focusing on what content is best delivered through a virtual classroom and other learning technologies, and how flipping the classroom is a natural consequence of good design.

- See more at: http://www.hr.com/en?t=/webcasts/archived&start=60#sthash.aJKbvXe8.dpuf

Trending in the virtual classroom design space are two concepts: how to 'flip the classroom' to maximize valuable collaboration time, and how to apply the latest thinking with regards to Bloom's Taxonomy to determine how best to delivery content in this new environment.

This session will examine both of these concepts and their relationship to the virtual classroom. The application of these concepts will help make your sessions as impactful as possible, while taking advantage of your technology investments by focusing on what content is best delivered through a virtual classroom and other learning technologies, and how flipping the classroom is a natural consequence of good design.

- See more at: http://www.hr.com/en?t=/webcasts/archived&start=60#sthash.aJKbvXe8.dpuf

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Social Media for Learning

Social Learning (May 14)
Adding value to the L&D process, Technology Enabled Learning Excellence, ©2014 HR.com

Leveraging Social Media to Protect Your Intellectual Property (May 14) plus charts
This webinar addressed problematic trends regarding infringing content available online. It covered the structure and business models of brain dump and social media sites and the actions to take to mitigate their effectiveness with would-be test cheats. It also detailed how to spot advertisements for the sale of test content on some of the newer, less obvious social media channels. Content thieves are not always blatantly advertising that they are selling test content. The session helped make sense of it all and suggested that even a small breach of Intellectual property can quickly spiral out of control and become a major compromise to a testing program. Caveon Webinar, May 21, 2014

7 Simple Steps to Getting a Handle on Social Applications in Your Enterprise (Jun 13)
Here are 7 ways you can increase your chances of controlling and properly channeling the use of social media in your organization. ©2013 Jive Software

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Case Studies and Projects

Learning on the Move - Xerox Leverages Global Workforce (May 14)
Xerox increasingly relies on the expertise of its workforce for business results, and learning plays a crucial role through high-impact learning practices that drive capability. Elearning!, .©2014, B2B Media Co

Big Data at Google (Jun 14)
At Google there is little formal learning; experience is the teacher, says Jay Cross. Chief Learning Officer, ©2014 Media Tec Publishing

Accenture - Staying Ahead of the Curve (Jun 14)
Accenture’s focus on emerging learning strategies enables the professional services firm to equip employees with the latest skills regardless of market or business segment. Chief Learning Officer,
©2014 Media Tec Publishing

Change Is a Way of Life, Learning at IBM (Jun 14)
IBM makes sure its learning and development efforts mirror the fast pace of technology and innovation that make up its core business. Chief Learning Officer,
©2014 Media Tec Publishing

Qualcomm - Mobile-Friendly Learning (Jun 14)
Building targeted apps and enabling widespread development options via mobile devices ensures Qualcomm’s global workforce gets the learning they need wherever they are. Chief Learning Officer,
©2014 Media Tec Publishing

KPMG - Building the Firm of the Future (Jun 14)
To benefit clients and staff, KPMG’s Business School program gives participants training in both job skills and industry changes. Chief Learning Officer,
©2014 Media Tec Publishing

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Measuring Education Value

Best Practices for Maximizing ROI on Social and Digital Learning (May 14)
Practices that can be useful for other companies looking to maximize social learning include: theme of the month, community forums, global classrooms, program-based forums, and gamification. Training Magazine, ©2014 Lakewood Media Group

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Processes/Managing Costs/Outsourcing

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Skills Gap/Technical Certification

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Special Interest Groups

Using Training Partners from the 2013 Business Survey (May 14) plus charts
Mike Dowsey reported what the survey says about how partners are being deployed within our membership. Using Training Partners SIG, May 20, 2014

Beyond Exams -  Generating Revenue and Enhancing Program Success with Certification-Related Products (May 14) plus charts
Lenora G. Knapp, Ph.D., President, Knapp & Associates International, Inc asked the question "Has your organization recently asked what new products it could develop to generate additional revenue or to better support candidate or certificant success? If so, you are part of a growing group of certifiers looking to expand their footprints beyond examinations." The session revealed the findings of a recent study investigating what products certifiers are developing (or rejecting), the factors they consider when deciding whether to proceed with an offering, the level of revenue generated from non-exam products, and the lessons learned from the launch of these products.  It covered the 10 big take-aways from the study and here's a link to the full research report to aid you in future benchmarking and decision making, plus The Certificant Lifecycle. Certification SIG, May 22, 2014

Members’ Efforts in Curriculum Design and Development, from the 2013 Business Survey plus charts
Mike Dowsey reported what the survey says about Learning Portfolio and Development. Curriculum Design and Development SIG, May 20, 2014

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And, Finally.....

 

 

 
The Chickens Story (communications, confusing instructions, testing, research and development)

This is allegedly a true story. Engineers at a major aerospace company were instructed to test the effects of bird-strikes (notably geese) on the windshields of airliners and military jets. To simulate the effect of a goose colliding with an aircraft travelling at high speed, the test engineers built a powerful gun, with which they fired dead chickens at the windshields. The simulations using the gun and the dead chickens worked extremely effectively, happily proving the suitability of the windshields, and several articles about the project appeared in the testing industry press.

It so happened that another test laboratory in a different part of the world was involved in assessing bird-strikes - in this case on the windshields and drivers' cabs of new very high speed trains. The train test engineers had read about the pioneering test developed by the aerospace team, and so they approached them to ask for specifications of the gun and the testing methods. The aerospace engineers duly gave them details, and the train engineers set about building their own simulation.

The simulated bird-strike tests on the train windshields and cabs produced shocking results. The supposed state-of-the-art shatter-proof high speed train windshields offered little resistance to the high-speed chickens; in fact every single windshield that was submitted for testing was smashed to pieces, along with a number of train cabs and much of the test booth itself.

The horrified train engineers were concerned that the new high speed trains required a safety technology that was beyond their experience, so they contacted the aerospace team for advice and suggestions, sending them an extensive report of the tests and failures.

The brief reply came back from the aero-engineers: "You need to defrost the chickens...."

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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
CEdMA-Europe
mike@dowsey.net

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