From the desks of Dave and Josh.
The digital revolution as a trend has loomed large over every industry for the past decade.
Its exact meaning, form, and impact has escaped definition and continues to confound learning experts tasked with making sense of it all and trying to distill it into a language everyone in the organization can understand.
So let’s start with facts: the digital revolution is very real. Its impact on strategic variables internal and external to your organization’s orbit will be substantial for years to come.
Another fact: Beyond the confines of your organization (whether you’re local or global), the marketplace in which you do business and interact with your customers is already digital, regardless of your organization’s affinity for it.
Now the bad news (…sort of): Research has shown that L&D experts are still searching for a common understanding of what the revolution is, what it's about, and more importantly, how to articulate its meaning in simple terms.
In the world of eLearning, good visual design should go hand in hand with good writing - when they are both attuned to each other, they greatly improve the overall learning experience. But what does good visual design look like? How does one approach it?
Over the past couple of years, it’s been impossible not to notice the number of clients asking for diversity and inclusion training. Chalk it up to recent updates to provincial labour legislation or to #metoo and #timesup. Either way, the change has been palpable, and seems driven by a genuine concern to start taking these issues seriously.
Let’s face it: Learning is tough. It’s messy. It’s effortful. And of course, it takes time. As learning professionals, we all know these truths, but the realities of our organizations and our learners often dictate otherwise. We focus on one-off “events” (e.g. online courses, ILT, bloated PowerPoint decks, etc.) in the hopes that something will stick and transfer of learning will occur, but everyone familiar with the Ebbinghaus forgetting curve knows just how much is retained in the days and weeks after those events. The need for journey-based learning is an imperative for organizations looking to secure better training ROI. Of course, these habits are difficult to break, so here are five ways you can start moving the needle toward journey-based learning within your organization.
Back in cold Toronto (minus 15 and a ton of snow!) - but happy I had the chance to attend the Brandon Hall HCM Conference in Florida this year. A few highlights that made it particularly interesting:
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Recently, I came across an article in E-learn Magazine which stated that companies are investing more than ever in corporate training and education. At the same time, in today’s complex, attention- and retention-challenged world, we've seen a shift away from traditional learning programs to corporate budgets and time being spent elsewhere.
So what exactly are companies investing in?
With our main office located in Toronto, Canada, we are always looking in our own backyard to see what is happening in the area of digital learning. Many Canadian head offices are here, as well as incredible startups that span the spectrum of technology and innovation with a focus on mobile, learning platforms and modern learner pedagogy. It's a fascinating and inspiring part of the world to be in.
With this in mind, we are thrilled to announce our third annual Digital Learning Summit happening in September 2018, downtown Toronto!
This year, we are thrilled to collaborate with and be joined by Ken Taylor, President of Training Industry Inc., a company whose mission is to “provide the information, insights and resources needed to more effectively manage the business of learning”. Ken's many years of experience in the field of corporate training at Training Industry equip him with a unique vantage point and certain knowledge on the industry trends and best practices that are helping companies succeed in the changing learning landscape.
We will also be joined by Dr. David Chandross (Professor in Residence, Humber College), a game guru and passionate visionary, with decades of experience in the gamification of learning space. Finally, SwissVBS' very own Silke Simons, Senior Producer, a seasoned pro in the instructional design and creative writing space will present on the concept of the learner being the most important stakeholder in any digital leaning initiative.
Some of the exciting topics we have on the agenda for 2018 include:
- Learning leader challenges and the modern learning system
- Virtual learning environments, serious games and authentic alignment
- Why the learner is your most important stakeholder
- How to use simple concepts of gamification in everyday instructional design
- How to address the needs of the modern learner in our changing learning landscape
- What “successful” companies are doing in the digital learning space
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Every year, thousands of training decision-makers from all over the world come to ATD to exchange new information and innovations in talent development. This makes this event the number one place to go for technology enabled learning in North America. Once again, SwissVBS will be at ATD and we are looking forward to the exciting conversations ahead. Come visit us at Booth 1700 and we will share with you our newest products and solutions, from content development and microlearning to reinforcement and continuous performance support.
If you plan on attending the conference, please stop by and say hello. You can meet some of the new and familiar faces behind SwissVBS. We’re also excited to show off some of the great things we’ve been working on, and hear from you about the digital learning landscape of your organization.
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I am pleased to share a summary below of my article “Five Steps to Protect Your Training with Reinforcement” featured in TD Magazine’s December issue. TD Mag is the ATD’s award-winning monthly magazine that covers industry best practices, emerging technologies, and trends.