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CEdMA-Europe Members' Newsletter -
February 2015

 

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.

Save the Date - CEdMA Europe Conference, 21-22 April

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Recent Articles from the Education and Training Press

 
 


Reviews and Current Trends

Predictions for 2015 - Redesigning the Organization for a Rapidly Changing World (Jan 15)
Josh Bersin covers the top trends and priorities for 2015,
©2015 Deloitte Development

Learning Executives Confidence Index, 2014 Q4 (Jan 15)
Learning executives have a more positive outlook for the importance of and investment in learning compared to three months ago. The LXCI score is 68.2, which is more than a point higher than last quarter’s score of 66.9 and more than two points higher than two quarters ago (65.7). The current LXCI score indicates a relatively optimistic outlook. As Figure 1 illustrates, the score stands nearly two points below that of one year ago (Q4 2013; 69.9). But it is important to remember that the Q4 2013 score was the highest recorded since ATD began calculating the LXCI in 2008. The current score is more than 13 points higher than the historic low, 55.1 from Q1 2009.  The positive outlook shown by learning executives reflects the healthy growth of the U.S. economy in the second half of 2014. ©2015 ATD

Learning - Nice to Have or Indispensable Business Asset (Feb 15)
Most people like learning new things, but without accountability for improved performance back on the job, learning will always be vulnerable and its value questioned. Chief Learning Officer, ©2015 Media Tec Publishing

L&D's Future may be Less Whiz-Bang than You'd Like (Dec 14)
Mark Tew gazes into his crystal ball towards the next 15 years.
Inside Learning Technologies and Skills, ©2014 CloserStill L&D

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Training Manager/Director Development

Transforming Learning - 10 Tips for L&D Managers (Jan 15) plus deck
This webinar explored the key findings from Kineo’s Annual Learning Insights Report, how the learning landscape is changing, L&D challenges and insights for organizations, and steps to solve them, and tips to make your L&D strategy high impact in 2015, Kineo Webinar, 30 Jan 2015, ©2015 City & Guilds Group

The Changing Role of the CLO (Nov 14)
Nigel Paine shines a light on the Chief Learning Officer. We have come a long way in the past five years and this role has become unrecognisable. Inside Learning Technologies and Skills, ©2014 CloserStill L&D

Before Making a Plan, Have a Strategy (Dec 14)
Think learning strategy not just learning, advises Matthew Fletcher. Inside Learning Technologies and Skills, ©2014 CloserStill L&D

Creating an Innovation Fitness Plan (Feb 15)
Employees often lack the creative confidence to be innovative. Given time and opportunity to practice five behaviors, that can change.
Chief Learning Officer, ©2015 Media Tec Publishing

Training Sins (Jan 15)
The six deadly ones,
Technology Enabled Learning Excellence, ©2014 HR.com

Learning for Sale (Feb 15)
It’s not always about employees’ learning needs. Externally targeted learning has the potential to build brand loyalty, generate revenue, develop talent pipelines and differentiate organizations in the marketplace.
Chief Learning Officer, ©2015 Media Tec Publishing

Productive Failure (Jan 15)
Should learning be easy and effortless? Many designers approach their task under the assumption that it should be. However, research says otherwise: Struggle has long-term benefits for learning. Read about it here, and about how you can put the research findings into practice. Learning Solutions Magazine, ©2015 eLearning Guild

Want Results - Fix Accountability (Feb 15)
If employees don’t know what results the company needs to achieve, they won’t invest the energy needed to attack obstacles, solve problems and create solutions.
Chief Learning Officer, ©2015 Media Tec Publishing

Training Providers (Jan 15)
5 things to seek in a provider,
Technology Enabled Learning Excellence, ©2014 HR.com

No Regrets (Nov 14)
The omnibus edition by Clive Shepherd. Is it romance or rebellion? Only time will tell. Inside Learning Technologies and Skills, ©2014 CloserStill L&D

Working with Difficult People (Jan 15)
There are constructive ways to deal with these individuals, whether you’re working with or for them.
TD, ©2015 ATD

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Selling and Marketing Education
None this month

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Learning Methods

fLearning (Jan 15)
Classroom training just doesn’t seem to get much respect. But it should. It still has an important role to play in the learning ecosystem, for at least four significant situations, and here Marc Rosenberg points out just what those are, and what they aren’t. Learning Solutions Magazine, ©2015 eLearning Guild

Where are all the Blended Learning Designers? (Dec 14)
Mark Harrison raves about blended learning…and rants about the lack of designers. Inside Learning Technologies and Skills, ©2014 CloserStill L&D

Learning Experience Design - Balancing Form and Function (Dec 14)
We are failing our users if creating anything other than fabulous user-friendly learning that works, says Rob Hubbard. Inside Learning Technologies and Skills, ©2014 CloserStill L&D

Beyond Good and Evil - How to Design the Right Gamified Learning Experience (Dec 14)
Gamification should reach beyond polarised Good-versus-Evil stereotypes to reflect life’s complexities. Ruth Neligan argues for a more nuanced approach. Inside Learning Technologies and Skills, ©2014 CloserStill L&D

MOOCs - Expanding the Scope of Organizational Learning (Jan 15)
This report explores some of the most compelling questions about MOOCs and the promise (and challenges) they hold for organizational learning functions.
©2015 ATD

Bringing MOOCs Back to Life (Feb 15)
To incorporate MOOCs into learning strategies, increase employee engagement with a different approach to incentives and measuring success. Chief Learning Officer, ©2015 Media Tec Publishing

Catch COOCs - L&D's Rising Star (Dec 14)
Vincent Belliveau considers the impact of wide-ranging opportunities created by Corporate Open Online Courses. Inside Learning Technologies and Skills, ©2014 CloserStill L&D

Agile Methodology for Developing and Measuring Learning (Jan 15) plus deck
This webinar provided insights on Agile concepts for training organizations, Agile tools that you can use right away, and how to immediately realize the benefits of Agile. Training Industry Webinar, 12 Jan 2015

Bite Size is the Right Size - How Microlearning Shrinks the Skills Gap (Jan 15) plus deck
This webinar provided information on what microlearning is, and the science behind its effectiveness; how to quickly create engaging microlearning that covers everything a learner needs to know; how organizations of various sizes are putting microlearning into practice; and how to ensure that microlearning is addressing skills gaps in your organization, and driving your development and performance goals. Training Industry Webinar, 20 Jan 2015

The Future of Training - Think Small (Dec 14)
Large formal training programs feel tangible and impressive. Unfortunately, they may also be cumbersome, inefficient, and quickly outdated. Research also indicates that optimal learner focus only lasts about 10 to 18 minutes. “Microlearning” can make content more visible, extendable, reusable, and up to date while offering minimal disturbance to the daily work schedule. Read about it here! Learning Solutions Magazine, ©2014 eLearning Guild

Analytics in Learning (Jan 15)
Content that can impact your organization,
Technology Enabled Learning Excellence, ©2014 HR.com

Digitalizing Your Training Solutions (Jan 15) plus deck
This webinar provided information on establishing an organization's digital diagnosis, defining a strategy for digital training, mobilizing the right factors at the right time, and obtaining quick wins and multiplying successes. Training Industry Webinar, 22 Jan 2015

Making Learning Ecosystems Personal - Viral Implementation and Value Chains (Jan 15)
With advances in technology, personalized learning is coming into its own after years of discussion and false starts. In particular, viral-implementation techniques and value-chain analysis can greatly assist adoption of personalization by providing what amounts to scaffolding and by reducing resistance to change from employees and management alike. Here are some ideas you will find useful! Learning Solutions Magazine, ©2015 eLearning Guild

Performance Driven Learning (Dec 14)
Three methods to develop employee skills, explained by Steven Rees-Pullman. Inside Learning Technologies and Skills, ©2014 CloserStill L&D

It is the Competency that Matters, Not the Course (Jan 15)
Competency-based education programs are an alternative way for learners to gain the skills employers want from employees.
TD, ©2015 ATD

First Internal Training Course (Jan 15)
How to develop your first employee course,
Technology Enabled Learning Excellence, ©2014 HR.com

Gamification (Jan 15)
3 reasons why you can't ignore it,
Technology Enabled Learning Excellence, ©2014 HR.com

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Learning
Technology

Learning and Performance Ecosystems - Current State and Challenges (Jan 15)
In this research report, Steve Foreman analyzes the results of a survey about the prevalence of learning and performance ecosystems in the eLearning community, the six components of such ecosystems, their building blocks, and the key challenges organizations face in developing new, innovative learning and performance solutions. ©2015 eLearning Guild

Time to Get Serious - A Rough Guide to Serious Games (Jan 15)
More and more organizations are using serious games, but for many more groups they are new methodology. Here is a quick look at the use of serious games as a workplace training tool and some of the jargon associated with them. Learning Solutions Magazine, ©2015 eLearning Guild

E-Learning Jargon (Jan 15)
What you might think it is,
Technology Enabled Learning Excellence, ©2014 HR.com

Video for Communication (Jan 15)
3 best practices,
Technology Enabled Learning Excellence, ©2014 HR.com

Professional Hollywood Content (Jan 15)
For internal training, is it worth it?
Technology Enabled Learning Excellence, ©2014 HR.com

mLearning (Jan 15)
It's here to stay,
Technology Enabled Learning Excellence, ©2014 HR.com

Delivering Webinars (Nov 14)
Donald H Taylor reflects on 8 years’ hosting Learning and Skills Group  webinars. Inside Learning Technologies and Skills, ©2014 CloserStill L&D

Building the Business Case for LMS Systems (Nov 14)
The goal of this report is to assist organizations in thinking through the technological decisions and business case for the right learning management system. The report focuses on why companies need to rethink their learning technology decisions and what type of learning management system is required to meet the rapidly evolving needs of the learning audience. ©2014 Brandon Hall Group

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 (Jan 15)
Eight truths,
Technology Enabled Learning Excellence, ©2014 HR.com

Learning Communities with Purpose (Jan 15)
Communities of developing practice combine formal and social learning to help novice workers acquire specific competencies.
TD, ©2015 ATD

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Case Studies and Projects

Finding the Power to Do More through Teaching (Feb 15)
Dell’s executive director of leadership development Maureen McDonald found a way to combine her passion for teaching with a rewarding career. Chief Learning Officer, ©2015 Media Tec Publishing

Wanting it More (Jan 15)
Software giant SAP is moving into the cloud, led by a charismatic CEO and supported by far-reaching talent development.
TD, ©2015 ATD

Learning at the Speed of Business - SAP Leads in the Cloud (Jan 15)
The award-winning learning professionals at SAP are using the cloud to advance the company’s talent development initiatives.
TD, ©2015 ATD

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Measuring Education Value

The Black Hole of Measurement (Feb 15)
A focus on efficiency, effectiveness and alignment will help master metrics, says Josh Bersin. Chief Learning Officer, ©2015 Media Tec Publishing

Are You Ready for ROI? (Feb 15)
Take this quiz to find out from Jack and Patti Phillips.
Chief Learning Officer, ©2015 Media Tec Publishing

Learning Metrics You Are Not Using But Should Be (Nov 14)
Jeff Grisenthwaite and M. Christine Lawther challenge conventional thinking about learning analytics and feature three different under-used metrics. Inside Learning Technologies and Skills, ©2014 CloserStill L&D

ROI Calculations for Technology-Based Learning (Jan 15)
The proliferation of learning technologies calls for a method to measure their success.
TD, ©2015 ATD

How's My Training (Jan 15)
Don’t settle for a generic evaluation form. Instead, customize your smile sheets so that they elicit targeted feedback on your performance.
TD, ©2015 ATD

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Processes/Managing Costs/Outsourcing

What does 2015 have in store for outsourced training management (Jan 15)
Tony Wilson considers the key trends for the year ahead. ©2015 Training Journal

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Skills Gap/Technical Certification

Exam Integrity Investigations, An Introduction to the Essentials (Jan 15) plus deck
This webinar discussed why a sound investigation plan is necessary, what to consider when an investigation is conducted, and why having the right resources is so important. Caveon Webinar, 21 Jan 2015

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Special Interest Groups

Comparison of Test Platforms and Certification Analysis (Jan 15) plus deck
Peter Manijak led the panel of Liz Burns, Gary Fluitt and Joe Cannata who all had lots of experience to share. Certification SIG, 23 Jan 2015

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And, Finally.....

 

 

 


The Negotiation Story (negotiating, men and women, funny responses)

A sales-woman is driving home in the rain when she sees a little old lady walking by the roadside, heavily laden with shopping. Being a kindly soul, the sales-woman stops the car and invites the old lady to climb in. During their small talk, the old lady glances surreptitiously at a brown paper bag on the front seat between them. "If you are wondering what's in the bag," offers the sales-woman, "It's a bottle of wine. I got it for my husband." The little old lady is silent for a while, nods several times, and says ........ "Good trade."

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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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