CEdMA-Europe Members' Newsletter -
May 2015


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

Certification SIG, Fri May 29, 11:00am EDT, "SAP takes Certification to the Cloud "; Sue Martin will provide insight and lessons learned on the transformation of the SAP Global Certification program to address the need for more certified current knowledge in the ecosystem in support of SAP’s transition to the Cloud world. The exciting new program leverages cloud technology and remote proctoring to enable people to certify anytime, anywhere in a secure environment. WebEx session number 796 892 625, password "sig2015".

CEdMA Europe half-day Workshop, Wed 10 Jun 1300-1700 BST, “Media and Communications Workshop for IT Training Organisations” at The British Computer Society (BCS) in London. Working with the media can be troublesome and IT Training can rarely get a mention. However, following a few simple principles can help our organisations gain traction with both trade and national media. The workshop will also consider how we can use communications methods to improve our internal stakeholder engagement and gain visibility of training departments within our own organisations. Here's the printable agenda.

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Recent Articles from the Education and Training Press


Reviews and Current Trends

Top 5 Training Trends (Apr 15)
Trends that are on the horizon for 2015, Technology Enabled Learning Excellence, ©2015 HR.com

Learning Trends Provide Better Business Results in 2015 (Mar 15)
This year is a year of maturing training trends that can be implemented across the board and provide a noticeable upgrade to how we engage, motivate and impact our employees. We have found success using the following five trends and 2015 should be the year other market segments begin to implement them as well. ©2015 Training Industry Inc

Elearning Market Trends and Forecast 2014-2016 (Mar 14)
This report  is intended to help any decision maker who needs statements, arguments as well as facts and figures to prove, with real and tangible data, the added value of E-Learning initiatives to stakeholders.
©2014 Docebo

L&D - Evolving Roles, Enhancing Skills (Apr 15)
This research explores the extent to which L&D is changing and draws on benchmarking data from 600 L&D leaders in the Towards Maturity benchmark study, alongside case study research.
©2015 CIPD

Bring Learning up to Speed (May 15)
Today’s business environment is all about the hustle. To be effective, learning has to adopt the same hurry-up mentality. Chief Learning Officer, ©20CIPD15 Media Tec Publishing

The Rise of the Knowledge Mentor (May 15)
Accelerated apprenticeships can help preserve deep smarts.
Chief Learning Officer, ©2015 Media Tec Publishing

Just How Awesome Is the Internet Anyway? (Apr 15)
Even though we act like it’s been here forever, the Internet has only been of practical use for about 20 years. Nothing has changed our lives so much, so fast, as the Internet. Herewith a meditation on the bigger picture, beyond the online learning world, and some mind-blowing revelations.
Learning Solutions Magazine, ©2015 eLearning Guild

Women in eLearning - We are Bringing Women into Tech the Wrong Way (Apr 15)
There are a few things that everyone engaged in the discussion of the numbers of women choosing STEM careers consistently get wrong. Here are four things that all of us, women and men alike, can do to be more inclusive and encourage women to enter and stay involved in STEM fields.
Learning Solutions Magazine, ©2015 eLearning Guild

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Training Manager/Director Development

Nano-Learning (Apr 15)
10 things you should know,
Technology Enabled Learning Excellence, ©2015 HR.com

The CLO's Role in Smart Computing (May 15)
Learning leaders have to prepare to handle cyber-threats, says Elliott Masie, Chief Learning Officer, ©2015 Media Tec Publishing

It All Starts With Learners (May 15)
How are you motivating employees to care about and consume learning?, asks Bob Mosher,
Chief Learning Officer, ©2015 Media Tec Publishing

You Get The Training You Buy (Apr 15)
Not the one someone is trying to sell,
Technology Enabled Learning Excellence, ©2015 HR.com

The Data-Driven CLO (May 15)
SAP’s Jenny Dearborn shows us how analytics can affect the bottom line, says Brandon Hall,
Chief Learning Officer, ©2015 Media Tec Publishing

Global Leaders Embrace Difference (May 15)
To be a true global leader, executives must learn to welcome differences with curiosity and empathy in a way that seeks mutual benefit and growth.
Chief Learning Officer, ©2015 Media Tec Publishing

Five Keys - Designing and Delivering Effective Global Training Programs (Apr 15)
A training program can help bridge cultural and workplace practice differences. Training delivered via eLearning modules or live online classes can be particularly effective, but it takes a lot of upfront work to get a successful program off the ground. Here are five keys that will help you design and deliver a successful global training program.
Learning Solutions Magazine, ©2015 eLearning Guild

Eight Essential Strategies to Lead Virtual Teams (Apr 15)
This eBook describes eight essential strategies (summarized in the mnemonic GAMEPLAN) applied by powerful virtual leaders. Your virtual GAMEPLAN can be used as a checklist to help you get the best results from your team.
©2015 NetSpeed Learning Solutions

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Selling and Marketing Education

Online Community Performance Benchmark Report (Apr 15)
Conceptually, branded, online communities1 seem like a great strategy for increasing prospect and customer engagement and getting all the benefits of doing that: shorter sales cycles, a better customer experience, more loyal customers, and ideally, greater revenue. Modern marketers don’t dispute these potential benefits of online communities. What is largely unknown is the degree to which online communities are delivering these benefits. ©2015 Demand Metric Research

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Learning Methods

Learning Content Strategy (Apr 15)
How the next generation strategy should be, Technology Enabled Learning Excellence, ©2015 HR.com

Get Ready for Implementing 70-20-10 (Mar 15) plus deck
While the framework is easy to understand, implementing 70:20:10 effectively requires new mindsets and capabilities. This webinar discussed how you can use the 10 Point Approach to develop, implement and embed 70:20:10 and support a transition to a high performance learning culture. Learning and Skills Group Webinar, 12 Mar 15

Adopting Agile Project Management - Corporate Culture Must Match (Apr 15)
Agile project management offers project teams the ability to refine scope, check in often with project sponsors, develop and release iteratively, and estimate tasks at a very granular level. It’s a solid method that expects and accepts change. The promise is huge. But there’s a catch: Your team, your clients, your boss, and your SMEs must all be on board with it.
Learning Solutions Magazine, ©2015 eLearning Guild

Off-the-Shelf Content (Apr 15)
How to make it interesting and impactful, Technology Enabled Learning Excellence, ©2015 HR.com

Prototyping for eLearning (Apr 15)
Why it is important,
Technology Enabled Learning Excellence, ©2015 HR.com

Create Online Courses That Make It Easy to Learn (Apr 15)
For instructional designers whose product is one that learners will think of as a “course”—an online higher education offering, a MOOC, a corporate online class, even the dreaded webinar—the learners’ experience is critical to success. We can borrow techniques from web strategists to ensure that the content on sites is relevant and useful. Here are some ideas you can start using today.
Learning Solutions Magazine, ©2015 eLearning Guild

Blended Learning Design (Apr 15)
7 key steps,
Technology Enabled Learning Excellence, ©2015 HR.com

Blended eLearning (Apr 15)
7 tips to develop an effective strategy,
Technology Enabled Learning Excellence, ©2015 HR.com

Going Virtual - Moving Classrooms Online (Mar 15)
The latest research and statistics show that today’s learners are distracted and overworked. They’re asked to do more with less time, money and resources. On the training front, there’s a similar evolution. Taking employees away from busy schedules for a week of instructor-led training (ILT) is rapidly becoming impossible. Learning needs to be delivered in small and quick soundbites. The solution seems pretty clear: take training virtual. ©2015 Training Industry Inc

Linking Lean to E-Learning (Apr 15)
7 principles of being lean,
Technology Enabled Learning Excellence, ©2015 HR.com

Building Successful Corporate Elearning Programs (Apr 15)
White paper from lynda.com,
©2015 Lynda

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Live Instructor-led Virtual Training (Apr 15)
Help is here,
Technology Enabled Learning Excellence, ©2015 HR.com

M-Learning (Apr 15)
How to maximize experience,
Technology Enabled Learning Excellence, ©2015 HR.com

Mobile Learning in Context (Apr 15)
Mobile learning defies the customary approach to eLearning and forces us to rethink our approach. How are you addressing mLearning? This collection of essays may make you think about mobile learning in a whole new way.
Learning Solutions Magazine, ©2015 eLearning Guild

Smart Ways to do Multi-Device Learning (Mar 15) plus deck
The multi-device world is well and truly upon us. This webinar revealed mart ways to design, develop, test and deliver multi-device eLearning. Key takeaways were why multi device learning; attributes of multi-device learning; and smart multi-device learning – tips for designing, testing and delivering. Learning and Skills Group Webinar, 26 Mar 15

A Practical Approach to Gamification (Apr 15) plus deck
Renowned gamification expert Karl Kapp shared practical advice on how to incorporate it into your learning strategy to drive results for your organization. Apart from an overview of all the key elements of gamification, he described a 5-step plan for aligning gamification with your corporate goals and learning strategies, with examples of how global organizations are leveraging gamification. Training Industry Webinar, 7 Apr 15

Using Gamification to Teach Complex Topics (Apr 15)
How would you make learning about property sales and loan securitization interesting and enjoyable? At Wyndham Vacation Ownership, the answer was to build a game. Because business development and financial skills are critical to the company, the game is an important part of the leadership development program, available to all associates. Here’s what a team at Wyndham built.
Learning Solutions Magazine, ©2015 eLearning Guild

Serious Gaming Takes Flight (May 15)
With games, it’s not always about having fun while learning. When skills mastery is the objective, games take on a very serious tone. Chief Learning Officer, ©2015 Media Tec Publishing

The Red Hot Market for Learning Management Systems (Oct 14)
Josh Bersin's update based on his What Works report on Learning Management Systems 2014 (Aug 14)
©2015 Forbes

Five Tips and an RFP Template - Choosing the Right LMS (Apr 15)
The number of learning management system (LMS) products and providers continues to increase, making the selection of an LMS more challenging than ever. Yet the benefits of choosing the right LMS the first time make the effort well worth it. Here are five basic tips to guide you, and an RFP (request for proposal) template to support your selection process.
Learning Solutions Magazine, ©2015 eLearning Guild

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Social Media for Learning
No articles this month

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Case Studies and Projects

The Value of Training (May 14)
Companies today need to drive performance from every aspect of their IT investments. Find out how skills drive performance results and how IBM is building skills for a smarter planet in partnership with IBM Global Training Providers. ©2015 IBM

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Measuring Education Value

Stagnant Outlook for Learning Measurement (Apr 15)
Despite technological assistance and a variety of approaches with which to measure data, CLOs are still struggling to quantify training impact. Chief Learning Officer, ©2015 Media Tec Publishing

Testing, Testing... The Whys and Whens of Assessment (Apr 15)
Is it possible that your training is having no effect on learners, or worse, that it is actually detrimental to the good of the company? The answer is, “Yes, it is possible,” and until you conduct systematic assessment you will have no idea whether you are really helping your organization reach its goals. Here is some help from research.
Learning Solutions Magazine, ©2015 eLearning Guild

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Processes/Managing Costs/Outsourcing

Project Implementation by MicroTek (Mar 15)
You’ve been charged with rolling out a training program from end-to-end. You need to provide a training program for a group of employees in locations across the country. This will involve you coordinating everything from site selection to dates, instructors, materials and even travel and lodging. You will also be challenged by the administrative tasks like registration, contracting and payment for service. Don’t forget the post-event reporting! To manage a program like this, you need a trusted team with the experience and expertise required to successfully make it happen.
©2015 MicroTek

Onfulfillment Training Solutions - Vouchers (Apr 15)
As presented at the spring conference,
©2015 Onfulfillment

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Skills Gap/Technical Certification
No articles this month

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Special Interest Groups
Advocacy Marketing and Gamification to Stimulate Education and Certification (Apr 15) plus deck
Advocacy marketing is not new. It is an approach where you leverage and reward loyalty through each stage of the customer lifecycle. A customer advocate is much more powerful than a customer reference, since potential customers are looking for a solution and reaching out to their network even before the sales cycle starts. As a result, advocates who are active on social media or community forums, and can help get your company on the short list, are critical. Also, you want to be able to reward your most loyal customers, and get them more engaged, in a way that is fun. Joe Cannata described the new advocacy hub in HP Software Education, including a live demonstration, and talked about lessons learned in the short time since launch. Certification SIG, Apr 25

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And, Finally.....




The Fairy Story (strategic alliances, tactical awareness, ageism, sexism, being careful about what you wish for and how you go about getting it)

A couple was dining out together celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary.

After the meal, the husband presented his wife romantically with a beautiful very old gold antique locket on a chain.


Amazingly when his wife opened the locket, a tiny fairy appeared.


Addressing the astonished couple, the fairy said, "Your forty years of devotion to each other has released me from this locket, and in return I can now grant you both one wish each - anything you want.."


Without hesitating, the wife asked, "Please, can I travel to the four corners of the world with my husband, as happy and in love as we've always been?"

The fairy waved her wand with a flourish, and magically there on the table were two first-class tickets for a round-the-world holiday.


Staggered, the couple looked at each other, unable to believe their luck.


"Your turn," said the fairy and the wife to the husband.


The husband thought for a few seconds, and then said, with a little guilt in his voice, "Forgive me, but to really enjoy that holiday of a lifetime - I yearn for a younger woman - so I wish that my wife could be thirty years younger than me."


Shocked, the fairy glanced at the wife, and with a knowing look in her eye, waved her wand.....


...and the husband became ninety-three.

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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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