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One of the best things about my job is that I get to partner with amazing clients to help them enable and build dynamic learning environments within their organizations.  Not only are my colleagues and I granted the opportunity to play a role in their success, but we are also exposed to leading-edge thinking and incipient industry trends.  And let me tell you, compared to when we first starting discussing concepts related to social learning a few years ago, the tone of our conversations has changed substantially over the last 24 months or so… and it’s getting exciting...

A 2014 Bentley University study revealed that the majority of recent Millennial graduates gave themselves a C- when it came to their level of preparedness for the workforce. Many people from this huge generation, an estimated 75% of the global workforce by 2025, are arriving to your organization lacking skills, knowledge and cultural awareness they will need to be successful in the short and long term. When they arrive at our corporate doors, we must begin the process of onboarding and getting these new employees indoctrinated into our cultures...

We all have dreams and aspirations. We all have ideas for our futures. We all have plans for how we want to live our lives. However, not all of us are able to make these dreams a reality. Why are some people able to turn these fantasies into realities while others are not? It could be due to personality differences, commitment to realizing their dreams, a change in priorities, an inability to complete tasks, trying to take on too much too fast, and numerous other reasons...

In honor of David Letterman’s recent announcement about retiring his Late Show post in 2015, here is a Top 10 list for those of us immersed in learning and development. Top 10 Signs that You Might be Doing Social Learning Wrong 10.  You approach social learning like a “once and done” event.  Social learning is not a sprint to the finish line; it is more of a marathon, in that it requires continuous thought and commitment. In this way, it is not enough...

Monday, 28 April 2014 00:00

3 MYTHS ABOUT COLLABORATIVE LEARNING

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Think you know what your employees want when it comes to collaboration and knowledge sharing in the workplace?  In a 2013 benchmarking study by Towards Maturity called “New Learning Agenda,” researchers found that: 88% of learners want to be able to learn at their own pace. 77% of learners want to engage with online learning...

One trip to the grocery store is all it takes to know that tis’ the season of egg-shaped candy and bunny ears—the time of the year where some children are paid a visit by the Easter bunny and participate in a good ol’ fashioned Easter egg hunt. During this hunt children search all the nooks and crannies of their homes and backyards for these hidden plastic eggs filled with candy and goodies. As I reminisced during my recent trip to the grocery...

Wednesday, 16 April 2014 00:00

RIVER & GETABSTRACT: THE SMART WAY TO LEARN AT WORK

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Learning is about changing behaviors and improving the way we work. As advocates of the 70-20-10 model, we know that people learn from others (socially), through their experience and the experiences of others (experientially) and through training materials (formally). With River, we seek to bring elements from all of these learning modalities together at the appropriate moment of need to help people learn and, thus, perform better as a result...

Tuesday, 08 April 2014 00:00

3 WAYS TO BUILD TRUST VIA SOCIAL LEARNING

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With more and more colleagues dispersed from one another and working remotely, it can be hard to make personal and professional connections and feel like part of the same team.  What can be seemingly even harder, at times, is building trusting relationships with one another. This same issue can arise in social learning environments. People may ask...

Tuesday, 01 April 2014 00:00

HOW TO CREATE A DYNAMIC SOCIAL LEARNING SPACE

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How can your organization achieve an environment that encourages knowledge sharing and social learning that is dynamic, engaging and productive?  What’s the L&D professional’s role in facilitating or enabling social learning of this type? As social learning becomes more and more of an organizational priority, many people come to me with these questions. They are interested in not only creating a mechanism for social learning, but also ensuring that the social learning they enable...

Interested in saving your organization time and money while also improving the employee learning experience? Who isn’t, right? While this may sound like a too-good-to-be-true type of scenario, we’ve found that by pairing social learning strategically with your formal training and learning efforts, you can actually save both time and money while enhancing the way your employees learn and develop...

Tuesday, 18 March 2014 00:00

MUCH ADO ABOUT MOOCS

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Corporate learning professionals face many pressures in trying to do it all and be it all for their constituents. They have to show value while keeping training costs low. They have to support and educate an increasingly diverse workforce. They have to keep up with technology and the types of learning people want. And they have to prove the impact they have on the business...

Tuesday, 11 March 2014 00:00

WEBINAR RECAP: LEARNING PREDICITIONS FOR 2014

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The future of learning is bright and exciting, according to Randy Emelo, renowned thought leader and expert on social learning, modern mentoring, and collaboration.  In his recent webinar “Learning Predictions for 2014,” Randy shared the latest trends in learning, as well as what he sees as the next big thing in learning. To paraphrase and summarize Randy’s predictions, ask yourself: What if your learning system could pull in information and resources...

Tuesday, 04 March 2014 00:00

WHAT KIND OF COLLABORATOR ARE YOU?

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Collaboration—such a simple word with such a complex nature.  Collaboration can lead to increased self-discovery, learning, creativity, and innovation. But collaboration isn’t always easy or productive.  We’ve all sat through meetings, participated in learning groups, worked on projects and so on where we know that the resulting collaboration could have been improved, to say the least...

Interested in social learning? So am I. As social media manager here at the River, I spend much time researching, reading, curating, and sharing articles, blogs and other resources authored by prominent thought leaders in the social learning space. I am constantly amazed by the industry experts’ perspectives and insights on learning and work, and am excited about the changes they are bringing out across all industries...

Tuesday, 18 February 2014 00:00

IS THE TRADITIONAL LMS ON ITS WAY OUT?

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Could the traditional LMS, the primary way most organizations have invested in learning, be on its way out? A number of recent surveys and studies seem to suggest that people are ready for a better way to manage organization learning. For example, a Brandon Hall Group survey presented in their recent webinar, Research Spotlight: LMS Trends, noted that 47.7% of 500 organizational respondents want to replace their LMS. Additionally...

How many of you think Millennials have the skills that it takes to be a good manager?  In a 2013 EY survey, only 5% of respondents thought so, while 70% said Gen X is the best equipped to manage a team.  While not surprising, given Gen X has more real-world experience than Millennials, this is a serious issue that we must address as learning and development professionals...

Is figuring out how to better leverage and enable informal and social learning keeping you up at night? If not, it probably should be. In a recent CLO magazine article, well-regarded learning thought-leader Jay Cross explains that companies must begin focusing more on informal learning, where the learner or individual is in control of when and what they learn, and social learning, where people learn from one another. Why? Because this is how nearly 80% of...

Tuesday, 28 January 2014 00:00

THINK, SAY, DO: CAREER TIPS FOR MILLENNIALS

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I am no career expert, nor am I some crazy-successful Millennial CEO or entrepreneur. I am not on the 30 under 30 list, nor is it likely I will be there next year. That said, as a part of my job, I manage our River blog and social media efforts, so I am constantly looking for articles and resources that have to do with Millennials, getting ahead in one’s career, and other HR, learning, talent, and performance related topics to either blog about or to share with our followers...

Learning is at the core of everything we do—not only as a company, but also as human beings. As the creators of River, our goal is to create lasting learning cultures that fully maximize our clients’ learning investments. So we challenged ourselves to answer this question, “How can we help our clients get more out of their organizational learning?” To help answer this question...

Tuesday, 14 January 2014 00:00

SOCIAL LEARNING BEST PRACTICES: GOING GLOBAL

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Would your engineers in Thailand benefit from sharing knowledge and learning from your R&D team in Germany? Does your marketing team in the U.S. possess valuable knowledge and insights that relate to the work that your South American sales team performs? If you can picture the benefits of your international employees collaborating and learning from one another based on work-related topics and issues...

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