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Tuesday, 21 June 2016 00:00

WEBINAR RECAP: XAPI FOR SOCIAL LEARNING

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Learning measurement is a critical topic these days—and for good reason. We know when people take and complete a course, but what else are they doing within our corporate learning environments? How do we track activities connected to social learning? What measures can we gather and assess that will give us a fuller picture of learning taking place?

Watch our recorded webinar to find out...

Tuesday, 05 April 2016 00:00

THE CASE FOR DIRECTED SOCIAL LEARNING

Written by Chris Browning

While there is no one way to do social learning, I have seen enough over the years to reach the conclusion that in the majority of instances, the pendulum has swung too far in the unstructured direction. The open, organic approach has within it a number of core, faulty assumptions. Here are a few...

Social learning remains a hot topic for organizations, especially as they try to ensure that they are leveraging the latest and greatest methodologies for developing their workforces. To make the most of this trend, your social learning strategy should include collaborative learning as a core element.

Collaborative and social—you might think they are the same thing...

Tuesday, 02 February 2016 00:00

BEWARE THE TEMPTATION TO BE LAZY WITH SOCIAL LEARNING

Written by Chris Browning

The hype surrounding social learning can sound like an old carnival hawker at times. Social learning: The tonic to ease your troubles! With just a click here and a thumbs up there, everyone can know everything, and your company profits will shoot into the stratosphere!

Unfortunately, we know this is not the case. It takes much more than just a few lazy clicks of the mouse to make learning happen.

Tuesday, 05 January 2016 00:00

FLIPPED CLASSROOMS PUT LEARNING TO WORK

Written by Chris Browning

While the concept of the flipped classroom began to emerge in education circles in the 1990s, it has recently picked up steam as an approach to learning worthy of serious consideration in the corporate world. At its core, the concept of the flipped classroom is that the design of the instruction is reversed (or flipped) so that instructional content is provided outside of the classroom...

Tuesday, 08 December 2015 00:00

THE VALUE OF CONTEXT IN EXPERTISE

Written by Laura Francis

Bill Fisher, a professor at the International Institute for Management Development (IMD), penned a thought-provoking blog for Harvard Business Review called "The End of Expertise." Fisher attempts to explain the decline of expertise in a world where anyone can Google a keyword and stumble upon information. He uses an interesting formula from David W. Maister, et.al., focused on a trust equation...

Wednesday, 11 November 2015 00:00

IS YOUR LEARNING MINDSET IN NEED OF A CHANGE?

Written by Randy Emelo

As learning and training professionals try to blend technology with learning, it can sometimes leave people feeling confused, directionless, and disenchanted with their learning experience. In order to make the most of learning opportunities, we have to realize that technology exists solely as the enabler for us to bring learning to people in a new and different manner. However, to enact real change and bring real value to our learning efforts, we must...

Wednesday, 28 October 2015 00:00

STOP TRAINING AND START LEARNING

Written by Laura Francis

Companies spend billions of dollars on employee training each year, but to what end?

A 2008 Corporate Executive Board study called “Sales Executive Council: Introduction to Talent Development” showed that within a week of a formal training event, people forgot 70 percent of what they learned. A month after the event, people forgot 87 percent of what they learned.

 

Wednesday, 16 September 2015 00:00

WEBINAR RECAP: CONTINUOUS LEARNING

Written by Laura Francis

From rapidly evolving skill needs to perpetually moving goals and targets, people need to constantly learn while accomplishing their daily work. It's no longer enough to have a single training event without sustained follow-up. Employees need to engage in continuous learning instead, where learning is an embedded part of their everyday activities.

Wednesday, 10 June 2015 00:00

CONTINUOUS LEARNING LEAVES AN IMPACT

Written by Laura Francis

Do your learning initiatives offer opportunities for all of your employees to take part? Do you see value in people learning throughout their entire careers? Do you have an inclusive mindset about opening up learning programs so that anyone can participate?

Chances are you likely answered yes to all three of these questions. In theory, yes, we all want learning to be open, inclusive, and ongoing. But in reality, our learning programs do not tend to support and embrace each employee. 

Wednesday, 22 April 2015 00:00

4 COLLABORATION STYLES IN SOCIAL LEARNING

Written by Randy Emelo

We’ve all been there, sitting in a meeting listening to someone speak, when the person asks a question of the group. Cue cricket sounds. No one wants to speak up, and everyone is waiting for someone else to take action.

Now imagine that happening in a social learning environment when people only interact via technology. One colleague refers to this as playing “social chicken.” 

Wednesday, 25 March 2015 00:00

REWARDING GOOD BEHAVIOR: WHY SOCIAL LEARNING SUCCEEDS

Written by Laura Francis

River was thrilled to recently receive three awards for our modern mentoring and social learning platform... While I could list many cool features and some awesome functionality that River offers, what I ultimately came down to is this: River helps companies solve real business problems. This is why River is winning awards.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015 00:00

HOW SOCIAL LEARNING CAN PLUG THE BRAIN DRAIN

Written by Randy Emelo

Companies now have more Boomers leaving and taking their knowledge with them, and more Millennials poised to enter the workforce without much practical experience, skills or knowledge. These demographic shifts have many companies concerned with a widening skill gap within their organizations and in the candidate pools available to them.

Wednesday, 04 February 2015 00:00

WEBINAR RECAP: TRENDS IN SOCIAL & INFORMAL LEARNING

Written by Laura Francis

Social and informal learning are gaining ground as a top way to support organizational learning. Want to know how you can prepare for the changes ahead?

Look no further than this recorded webinar with our partners at Metrics That Matter™, a CEB company, “Emerging Trends in Social and Informal Learning”.  

Wednesday, 21 January 2015 00:00

TRENDS FOR LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT IN 2015 & BEYOND

Written by Randy Emelo

We live in a world where the pace of change is fast—a business climate that moves at the speed of a Google search or a 40-character tweet. Today, companies spring up as quickly as others become obsolete, and the market conditions of today may look much different tomorrow. Until recently, corporate learning and development departments...

Thursday, 11 December 2014 00:00

HOW TO TURN SOCIAL LEARNING CONVERSATIONS INTO ACTION

Written by Randy Emelo

Why do people participate in social learning relationships like mentoring, coaching, and collaborative learning groups? To become a practitioner in a certain area? To become a better employee in some way? To prepare themselves for a successful career? To gain new skills? The answer to all of these...

I think most people can agree that organizational social learning is a process where people learn from other people in a corporate context. Seems simple enough. We are all on the same page then, right? Yes, until you get to application. Then you have about as many options and opinions as to how to accomplish the process we all call “social learning” as there are types of ice cream...

Wednesday, 22 October 2014 00:00

WEBINAR RECAP: STRATEGIES FOR MICRO- & SOCIAL LEARNING

Written by Kristin Boe

Want to learn more about the growing trends of social and micro-learning, and how they can be leveraged to bring learning closer to your employees’ work? Look no further than this recently recorded webinar with our partners at getAbstract, “Ka-Ching! How Small and Shareable Bits of Knowledge Gold Builds Richer Organizations”...

Wednesday, 15 October 2014 00:00

SOCIAL LEARNING: IT’S NOT JUST FOR MILLENNIALS

Written by Randy Emelo

Is social learning just a practice for my organization’s Millennials? This is a common a question about social learning that I often field. I think that Millennials are (for good reason) associated with online, social networking activities. That said, corporate social learning is not the same thing as checking your Instagram account or sending a Snapchat.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014 00:00

GET THE SKINNY ON SOCIAL LEARNING AT HR TECH

Written by Kristin Boe

Will you be in Las Vegas October 7-10 to attend this year’s HR Technology Conference? If so, there will no better time to get the low-down on social learning and how it can benefit your organization than at this year’s event. Don’t miss these opportunities to learn more about this critical practice...

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