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Brett Smith

Brett Smith is the Director of Learning Solutions at SwissVBS. From living and working with rural school teachers in Bolivia, to running his own international ESL school for 8 years in Canada, to assisting with the ongoing development and oversight of an online learning platform for a university in Iran, he is passionate about results-driven learning solutions that leverage the latest in brain science and technology to impact real change within an organization.

Recent Posts

Third Annual Digital Learning Summit in Toronto

Posted by Brett Smith on Thu, May 24, 2018

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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Topics: Trade Shows & Events

ATD 2018 - We're Exhibiting

Posted by Brett Smith on Thu, May 3, 2018

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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Topics: Trade Shows & Events

3 Things You Need to Measure in a Mobile Training Reinforcement Plan

Posted by Brett Smith on Tue, Aug 1, 2017

So you know how to develop a mobile training reinforcement plan.

But do you know how to measure it?

You might think you’ve just created the perfect training reinforcement plan to back up your company’s latest safety training session – can you prove it? Do you have the data to support such a claim? The reality is, without reinforcement metrics, the answer to these questions is NO.

 Measure these three things and you’ll have all the numbers you need:

  • Learner engagement
  • Outcome
  • Mastery
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Topics: Awards, Mobile Reinforcement, Mobile Learning

Meet SwissVBS at FocusOn Learning 2017

Posted by Brett Smith on Thu, Jun 8, 2017

After an eventful week at ATD 2017 in Atlanta, we are headed further south to San Diego, California for the FocusOn Learning 2017 Conference & Expo, June 20 – 22. This event targets the trends and technologies that are changing our approaches to training.

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Topics: Trade Shows & Events

ATD 2017

Posted by Brett Smith on Thu, May 18, 2017

SwissVBS is excited to announce its participation at the ATD 2017 International Conference & Exposition in Atlanta from May 21st to May 24th. Expect leading edge products and solutions for the full spectrum of everything L&D, including digital learning, mobile reinforcement, and sales enablement.

We will be at booth #2223 in the main exhibition center, near the secondary entrance. 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 your interests and learning challenges.

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Topics: Trade Shows & Events

2016 - WHAT A YEAR!

Posted by Brett Smith on Fri, Dec 23, 2016

As we come to the end of another year at SwissVBS, we like to reflect back on our journey and some of the highlights of the year.

For us, 2016 was clearly marked by three significant trends and strategic needs in the industry – Sales Enablement, Mobile Learning Reinforcement and quantifiable analytics.

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Topics: Digital Learning, eLearning, Sound, Design, Meditation

Mindfulness and the Power of Sound in Digital Learning

Posted by Brett Smith on Thu, Dec 8, 2016

Two summers ago, I participated in a course on Mindfulness Meditation.  This style of meditation places the practitioner in a particular mental state by focusing one's awareness on the present moment.  The present moment, is, of course, always changing depending on what is happening around you. It is defined by a constellation of smells, sounds, sights, feelings and emotions that surround us constantly.

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Topics: Digital Learning, eLearning, Sound, Design, Meditation

Coming Soon! Two Big Events on Learning Reinforcement

Posted by Brett Smith on Mon, Nov 7, 2016

The challenge with the majority of learning that goes on in organizations is that it is quickly forgotten. Modern cognitive psychology tells us that in an increasingly complex digital world, with so much competing for our attention, the majority of what we learn in organizational training is forgotten within days. With the amount of time, money, and energy spent on developing these learning experiences, it is critical that organizations find ways to maximize their investment by ensuring learners retain the information they are given.

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Topics: Learning Reinforcement, Trade Shows & Events

Millennials and Digital Learning - Here is what we want!

Posted by Brett Smith on Thu, Oct 27, 2016

The story of stories, as old as humanity - children become adults and all of a sudden (but not entirely surprisingly) a new generation is in charge.

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Topics: Millennials, Mobile Learning

Highlights: 2016 Digital Learning Summit

Posted by Brett Smith on Fri, Sep 30, 2016

Wow, what an adventure!

I am pleased to share that our first ever Digital Learning Summit in North America, in honour of our 15-year anniversary, was a resounding success!

With approximately 65 in attendance, and most from large corporations across the downtown core, the mood was lively, the discussion was focused and the exchange of ideas was extremely beneficial.

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Topics: Trade Shows & Events