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CEdMA-Europe Members' Newsletter -
January 2015

 

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

January 27, 12am-5pm GMT - CEdMA Europe Workshop, "Design Thinking Workshop - Social Learning" at SAP Feltham.

The focus of the workshop will be social learning, and by using Design Thinking techniques, workshop participants will develop practical ideas and concepts for the implementation of social learning in their own organization. Prior to the workshop we shall share a detailed agenda and also the so-called Design Thinking challenge that will be addressed in different break-out groups in a highly interactive, hands-on workshop.
 

Design-thinking is an integral part of SAP's corporate culture and the Hasso Plattner Insitute at Stanford d-school and at HPI in Brandenburg, Germany empower students to train in the practice of design thinking.
 

Please note: As we have limited capacity, this workshop is limited to 24 participants. Seats will be allocated on a first come first served basis BUT will also ensure that the maximum number of member companies will be accommodated. 
 

Further information on Design Thinking: 


To enrol, please send a note to
Mike to add your name to the request list.

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Recent Articles from the Education and Training Press

 
 


Reviews and Current Trends

Key Trends for 2015 - Transforming the Training Function (Dec 14)
Re-engineering training to solve business problems, eliminate waste and drive value, says Doug Harward, Training Industry Magazine, Winter 2015, ©2014 Training Industry Inc

State of the Industry Report (Dec 14)
This webinar covered direct learning expenditure, average number of training hours used by employees, the average cost per learning hour, what methods of training that companies are using, and content areas that companies are focusing on. ATD Webinar, 18 Dec

Learning Insights Report 2014 (Nov 14)
This is the third annual Learning Insights survey that e.learning age and City & Guilds Kineo have undertaken together. The aim of the research is to explore the challenges facing L&D departments and to chart the trends and developments taking place. ©2014 City & Guilds Group

E-Learning Market Trends & Forecast 2014 - 2016 Report (Mar 14)
The revenues for worldwide self-paced eLearning should reach $51.5 billion by 2016. Read Docebo’s annual report for more market trends and forecasts. ©2014 Docebo

Looking Ahead - Learning Trends for 2015 (Dec 14) plus deck
This webinar provided insights into eight key areas to help make 2015 more successful, but focused on MOOCs Mania, Predictive Personalization, Big Data and Mobile Apps. Training Industry Webinar, 9 Dec 2014

Best of Elearning Awards (Dec 14)
These 89 products and services were nominated and voted by more than 3,000 executives running learning programs across the globe. See what these users say and what solutions are best-in-class. Elearning!, ©2014 B2B Media Co

Trends in Organisational Learning (Dec 14)
In this half an hour Google Hangout, Elliott Masie chatted with Don Taylor to explore what the future holds for learning at work. As we move towards an always-wired economy, and as technology continues to get cheaper, more powerful and more widely accessible, what will the impact be on learning at work? And what other drivers are changing the way individuals learn today? How should learning professionals react to the impact of globalization, personalization and miniaturization? Learning and Skills Group, 5 Dec 2014

2015 - Learning and Development (Dec 14)
Priorities and plans,
Technology Enabled Learning Excellence, ©2014 HR.com

Market Update November 2014 - Industry Trend Report Review (Nov 14)
©2014 City & Guilds Group

Market Update December 2014 - Reflections on 2014 from L&D (Dec 14)
©2014 City & Guilds Group

How C-Level Executives View Corporate Training (Dec 14)
Maintaining a skilled and nimble workforce by investing in talent, Training Industry Magazine, Winter 2015, ©2014 Training Industry Inc

Look on the Bright Side of Learning (Jan 15)
Learning leaders’ spirits are steadily improving thanks to burgeoning budgets and a sharper focus on both informal learning and mobile technology, says Cushing Anderson. Chief Learning Officer, ©2014 Media Tec Publishing

What can be done about the US Talent Crisis (Dec 14)
Talent creation is needed now. One strategy to achieve this is repairing the broken link between education and employment.
TD, ©2014 ATD

Research - The Impact of Digitisation on Learning at Work (Nov 14)
Stuart Chadwick reflects on the recently launched City & Guilds Kineo’s Learning Insights Report 2014. Inside Learning Technologies and Skills, ©2014 CloserStill L&D

Trendlines from E-Learning Magazine (Dec 14)
Elearning!,
©2014 B2B Media Co

The Most Popular Products in the Learning Universe (Dec 14)
One of the most important decisions that any learning professional has to make is, “How do I spend my budget?” With 2015 budgets due to arrive in a matter of weeks, here are some tried and- true products for which your peers have ample praise. Four Articulate products and three BizLibrary products dominated the top 10 vote-getters in our annual “Best of Elearning!” contest. Elearning!,
©2014 B2B Media Co

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Training Manager/Director Development

Influencing Stakeholders and Addressing Objections When Pitching E-learning (Dec 14)
If you’re thinking of bringing an e-learning solution to your organization, you’ll want to get a consensus from stakeholders. Elearning!,
©2014 B2B Media Co

Establish an xAPI Infrastructure - Guide to Gain Sponsorship & IT Support (Dec 14)
The xAPI can transform the enterprise and ultimately impact many aspects beyond training. If the technology-based training project you are pitching to your sponsor is also your first venture into the xAPI, getting approval may be a bit more complicated. This guide walks you through the steps, including those needed to get the support of your IT department. Learning Solutions Magazine, ©2014 eLearning Guild

The Road to Learning (Jan 15)
Learning leaders are quite often related to a random career move or an affinity, says Elliott Masie. Chief Learning Officer, ©2014 Media Tec Publishing

Experience - Life's Best Teacher (Jan 15)
Use performance support and other tools as the dominant tools of the trade, says Bob Mosher.
Chief Learning Officer, ©2014 Media Tec Publishing

From Training to Continuous Learning in the Workplace (Dec 14)
Adopting a mindset of continuous learning to improve performance, says Charles Jennings, Training Industry Magazine, Winter 2015, ©2014 Training Industry Inc

A New Role for Instructional Design (Dec 14)
Enhancing value and business results through consumer education, Training Industry Magazine, Winter 2015, ©2014 Training Industry Inc

The Power of Motivation (Jan 15)
What are you doing to increase your employees’ psychological capital, asks Brandon Hall?
Chief Learning Officer, ©2014 Media Tec Publishing

It's Easy - Longevity = Productivity = More Money (Nov 14)
Employees are human beings, not human capital. It pays to know the difference, says Courtney Bristol. Inside Learning Technologies and Skills, ©2014 CloserStill L&D

The Future of the Learning Function (Jan 15)
These days a CLO’s best bet to ensure the learning function remains relevant today and tomorrow is to assume the role of development architect, not learning provider, and to shake up design and delivery to put learning in employees’ hands.
Chief Learning Officer, ©2014 Media Tec Publishing

Learning Design - A Message from Nature (Nov 14)
Learning experience solutions created by Rob Hubbard’s team have won numerous industry awards for innovation and effectiveness. So, what is he is doing right? Inside Learning Technologies and Skills, ©2014 CloserStill L&D

Knowledge Management in a Global Enterprise (Dec 14)
Companies expanding across borders must corral their knowledge.
TD, ©2014 ATD

Too Much Data....Too Little Insight (Nov 14)
Ruth Neligan documents one person’s all-to-familiar knowledge management meltdown. Inside Learning Technologies and Skills, ©2014 CloserStill L&D

A Roadmap to Superior Experience through Learning (Nov 14)
By 2020, customer experience will be THE key brand differentiator. Steven Rees-Pullman reveals how to maximise these interactions for success. Inside Learning Technologies and Skills, ©2014 CloserStill L&D

Designing Partner-Reseller Training (Dec 14)
Nine must-consider topics,
Technology Enabled Learning Excellence, ©2014 HR.com

The Payoffs of Working and Learning Out Loud (Dec 14) plus deck
Jane Hart covered just what is ‘working out loud’, the power of narration, capturing tacit knowledge, reducing the duplication of effort, and what we learn ourselves from ‘working out loud’. Learning and Skills Group Webinar, 18 Dec

Mindfulness at Work (Nov 14)
In this Google Hangout, Donald Taylor talks to David Gelles, author of Mindful Work, a financial journalist for the New York Times and who spent two years travelling the US talking to businesses that employ mindfulness techniques, investigating their impact on productivity and employee wellness. They explored what mindfulness means, how it can be put to use and what limits it may have. Learning and Skills Group, 5 Dec 2014

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Selling and Marketing Education

Monetize Your Video Content to Maximize Training Revenue (Nov 14)
This webinar covered
how you can increase retention; maximize revenue opportunities, and cutting edge ways to enhance your video content. ViewCentral Webinar, 20 Nov 2014

Marketing Lessons from L&D (Nov 14)
Todd Tauber and Dani Johnson analyse the latest Bersin by Deloitte research for learning at work. Inside Learning Technologies and Skills, ©2014 CloserStill L&D

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Learning Methods

Are Learning Styles Valid? (Dec 14)
During the last 30 years, the notion of learning styles has become popular in corporate training. This month’s column explores the concept of learning styles and examines the evidence about its pedagogical effectiveness. Learning Solutions Magazine, ©2014 eLearning Guild

Instructional Design (Dec 14)
Time to move on,
Technology Enabled Learning Excellence, ©2014 HR.com

Today's Instructional Designer - Competencies and Careers (Nov 14)
Is an instructional designer someone who can keep up with all the latest technologies? Someone who can manage all phases of a learning project from needs assessment to completion? A professional who has the theoretical and practical knowledge to design effective instructional solutions? Barriers to entry into the profession are high, expectations keep increasing, career paths are changing, and disciplines are converging. The role of the instructional designer continues to change—find out where the profession is today, and where it’s going tomorrow.
©2014 eLearning Guild

Learning Content Modernization - Why, What and How (Dec 14)
Transforming old content to deliver a dynamic learning experience, Training Industry Magazine, Winter 2015, ©2014 Training Industry Inc

The Power of Content Curation (Dec 14)
Getting the learner’s attention is increasingly more difficult, so curriculum has to be engaging and more adaptive in its makeup, says Wayne McCulloch. Elearning!, ©2014 B2B Media Co

Content Writer's Guide - Simple Tips to Hook, Engage, and Teach (Dec 14)
Although an eLearning module or course is more than the sum of its parts, despite our best efforts sometimes something seems to be missing. Often this is because the design or the execution needs a little help with meeting frequently encountered challenges. Here are basic solutions to five of the most common problem areas. Learning Solutions Magazine, ©2014 eLearning Guild

Designing Blended Learning Today (Jan 14)
Blended learning does have a new life. It used to mean just eLearning plus classroom, in one order or the other. But that's all changed. ©2014 City & Guilds Group

The 5 "C" Skills That May Be Missing from Your L&D Team (Nov 14)
A major challenge for L&D departments is having the range of skills and experience to design and deliver an increasingly wide range of learning interventions. It’s less about L&D, and more about organisational development (OD).  ©2014 City & Guilds Group

The Power of Discovery (Jan 15)
Learning should be more like Amazon or Netflix. Let learners have a say in what they learn, and then push out additional recommendations based on what skills and competencies they need and want. Chief Learning Officer, ©2014 Media Tec Publishing

The Business Potential of Cloud-Based Learning (Dec 14)
Impacting business outcomes with just-in-time solutions, Training Industry Magazine, Winter 2015, ©2014 Training Industry Inc

What does Cloud-Based Learning Success Look Like (Dec 14)
A business process is a series of logically related practices that perform together to produce a result. In learning, the result is quantitative and qualitative business impact. Elearning!,
©2014 B2B Media Co

The Microlearning Trend - Accommodating Cultural and Cognitive Shifts (Dec 14)
As the half-life of knowledge grows shorter, it is becoming harder for learning and development, including eLearning, to keep up with the demands placed on it. Attention spans are also getting shorter, and it isn’t enough to consolidate content down to a day instead of a week or to reduce to 90 minutes what used to be a three-hour-long training session. Is microlearning the answer? Learning Solutions Magazine, ©2014 eLearning Guild

Bite-sized Learning Turns Less into More (Dec 14)
Delivering short-form content for long-term knowledge retention, Training Industry Magazine, Winter 2015, ©2014 Training Industry Inc

How Organizations Can Reap the Benefits of MOOCs Faster (Nov 14)
Massive open online courses (MOOCs) offer a breakthrough in tech-based learning. So why aren’t organizations adopting the MOOC culture more aggressively?  Learning Technologies, ©2014 ATD

10 tips for Rapid Learning rollout (Jun 14)
This white paper is for those involved in Rapid Learning, ©2014 CrossKnowledge

10 keys for boosting learner engagement (Jun 14)
This guide presents ten useful tips for enhancing learner engagement. We could easily have linked them to the motivational factors identified by leading educationalists (Knowles, Kolb, etc.), but we’ve chosen instead to talk about our actual experience, based on the thousands of distance training courses we’ve set up for hundreds of clients. ©2014 CrossKnowledge

7 golden rules for a successful blended learning program (Jun 14)
This guide takes you through the various steps of the learning process: goal-setting, learning, practice, practical application and endorsement. For a blended learning initiative to succeed, everyone involved needs to think it through very carefully from the word go. ©2014 CrossKnowledge

4 Ways to Make IT Skills Stick (Dec 14)
IT needs to develop a continuous learning environment for its staff to ensure knowledge transfer to the job. Elearning!,
©2014 B2B Media Co

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Learning
Technology

Emerging Learning Technology Trends (Dec 14)
Leveraging emerging technologies to provide the right learning results, says Karl Kapp, Training Industry Magazine, Winter 2015, ©2014 Training Industry Inc

The Consumerisation of Learning (Nov 14)
The gulf between users’ experiences of personal devices and their experience of technology at work continues to widen. Kate Graham explores the ‘great expectations’ divide. Inside Learning Technologies and Skills, ©2014 CloserStill L&D

Responsibly Responsive (Nov 14)
The challenge of creating content across this universe of ever-changing devices, operating systems and formats is a veritable minefield. Alan Samuel shares his tried and tested insights. Inside Learning Technologies and Skills, ©2014 CloserStill L&D

Machine Learning Techniques Boost Personalised Learning (Nov 14)
Dipak Patel outlines how successful machine learning capabilities provide L&D with opportunities to move beyond a ‘box-checking’ role and towards a more strategic position. Inside Learning Technologies and Skills, ©2014 CloserStill L&D

Never Mind the Technology, Feel the Soup (Nov 14)
It’s time to get creative and James Cory-Wright looks beyond the e-learning mainstream for inspiration. Inside Learning Technologies and Skills, ©2014 CloserStill L&D

Turn a Learning Muddle into a Learning Portal (Nov 14)
Peter Gray and Daniel Mills unravel the ultimate learning and development solution. Inside Learning Technologies and Skills, ©2014 CloserStill L&D

Practice Makes Perfect (Nov 14)
Phil Stuart explains how ‘learning games’ can transform dry, repetitive topics into learning that is much more engaging. Inside Learning Technologies and Skills, ©2014 CloserStill L&D

The 4 Keys Trends to Watch for in mLearning Technologies (Nov 14)
This white paper describes four key trends that corporate learning programs looking to beef up their mLearning programs should consider: millennials <3 mobile, corporate apps, instantly accurate content, and big data. ©2014 Inkling

Affordable E-Learning Games (Nov 14)
Louise Pasterfield puts Storyline 2 through its paces and shares some practical tips to create cost-effective games. Inside Learning Technologies and Skills, ©2014 CloserStill L&D

Video Skills for the L&D Star (Nov 14)
Video can be an incredibly powerful part of the learning blend. But can you do it yourself? James Woodman shares some practical tips for better in-house production. Inside Learning Technologies and Skills, ©2014 CloserStill L&D

A Green Business Case for Training (Dec 14)
Virtual training can be linked to significant environmental benefits.
TD, ©2014 ATD

How to get the Most out of your LMS (Nov 14)
Rob Caul says L&D departments must keep pace with the latest developments in the fields of learning, performance and talent management. Inside Learning Technologies and Skills, ©2014 CloserStill L&D

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

Employee Training (Dec 14)
How social intranet helps improve training, Technology Enabled Learning Excellence, ©2014 HR.com

Global Learning Community (Dec 14)
How to build,
Technology Enabled Learning Excellence, ©2014 HR.com

Social Motivation - The Key to Adult Learning ROI (Dec 14)
Creating a culture of motivation by fostering a sense of belonging, Training Industry Magazine, Winter 2015, ©2014 Training Industry Inc

What FarmVille Can Teach Us about Social Gamification (Dec 14)
While all those invitations to play Candy Crush on Facebook may be an annoyance, they are also a lesson for eLearning designers in the allure of social gaming. Social games hold a certain appeal for playing. If L&D pros could harness the power of social gaming in their current efforts, the results could be epic. Here are some keys to incentivize learner participation! Learning Solutions Magazine, ©2014 eLearning Guild
 

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Case Studies and Projects

SAP is Sold on Self-Awareness (Jan 15)
Mindfulness, the ability to pay attention in the present without distraction or judgment, isn’t frivolous in a learning context; it’s about science, and it’s helping software developer SAP’s employees be better workers.
Chief Learning Officer, ©2014 Media Tec Publishing

Going Digital - Re-imagining New-Hire Orientation (Dec 14)
Embracing a bold digital learning strategy, Adobe helps new employees find their bearings using a highly engaging, scalable method that pushes the boundaries of virtual classrooms.
TD, ©2014 ATD

Five Training Tips (Dec 14)
Make your call center outstanding,
Technology Enabled Learning Excellence, ©2014 HR.com

'Twas the Night before Rollout (Dec 14)
A cautionary tale for the holidays, with apologies to Clement Clarke Moore, says Marc Rosenberg. Learning Solutions Magazine, ©2014 eLearning Guild

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Measuring Education Value

Five Questions to Ask before Building your Business Case (Nov 14)
Don’t have the evidence to prove your learning is a success? Well, don’t despair. Kayleigh Tanner outlines a straightforward approach. Inside Learning Technologies and Skills, ©2014 CloserStill L&D

It is All about Climate Change (Dec 14)
Enhancing learning transfer by identifying post-training climates, Training Industry Magazine, Winter 2015, ©2014 Training Industry Inc

The Business Impact of Continuous Learning (Dec 14)
As Ben Franklin once said: “Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement and success have no meaning.” The great potential of a corporate culture is continuous learning. Elearning!,
©2014 B2B Media Co

5 keys to improve the ROI of your distance learning solutions (Jun 14)
This practical guide, co-written with Jack Phillips from the ROI Institute, will help you to have a more holistic measurement of the effectiveness of your e-learning programs, by adopting a number of key solutions to improving ROI. ©2014 CrossKnowledge

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Processes/Managing Costs/Outsourcing

E-Learning and Corporate Training (Dec 14)
How to reduce cost and get the most from budget, Technology Enabled Learning Excellence, ©2014 HR.com

How to Build a Business Case for a Cloud-Based Learning Solution (Dec 14)
To develop a successful business case, you must consider how a Cloud-based learning solution is perceived and how it will impact the greater good of the organization. That means providing a range of learning opportunities supported by different learning modalities. Elearning!,
©2014 B2B Media Co

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Skills Gap/Technical Certification

You may connect to the internet - the case for open-resource testing in certification (Nov 14)
Certification helps IT professionals stay on the leading edge of technology, but many certification exams are still behind the times. Despite innovations in test delivery, the structure and content of exams hasn’t evolved as rapidly as it could have — and should have. Would open-resource testing improve IT certification?  Certification Magazine, ©2014 Vallejo Media Group.

Skills Gap (Dec 14)
Who created it, and who should close it? Technology Enabled Learning Excellence, ©2014 HR.com

Combating the Big Data Skills Gap (Nov 14)
While much of the big data activity to date has been about experimenting and learning about big data technologies and their capabilities, there is an emergence of specific solutions that can help companies better understand business problems, while pursuing new potential opportunities. However, the problem is that implementing these solutions has also uncovered a skills gap for some of today’s IT professionals.
©2014 Arrow

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Special Interest Groups
None this month

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And, Finally.....

 

 

 


Following on from The shepherd story (IT consultants, business consultancy, knowing your facts - ironic example), which appeared in the November Newsletter, here's a variation on that theme supplied by Gerald Page, a colleague of Jim Edgerton at Mentor.

There was this helicopter pilot whose job was to ferry VIP's from Seattle airport to downtown. One day he found himself with a passenger in a pea soup fog somewhere over downtown Seattle. No landmarks were visible and the passenger became panicky. The pilot said "Don't worry" and very gradually let the helicopter down until it was hovering opposite the window of a large, unidentifiable building.

The pilot motioned to a woman working in the building to roll down her window and asked her "Where are we?"

The woman responded "You are in a helicopter."

The pilot immediately lifted the helicopter above the building tops, flew a mile and a half, let it down through the fog, and hit the landing pad dead center. The amazed and relieved passenger said "How on earth did you do that?" The pilot said: "It was simple. The information the woman gave me was precisely correct and totally useless. I knew that she had to be working at the Microsoft Customer Support Center."

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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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