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The Fourth Industrial Revolution! Highlights from the Brandon Hall HCM Conference

Posted by Brett Smith on Mon, Jan 28, 2019

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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Topics: Trade Shows & Events

Applying New Learning Technologies is Only Half of the Equation

Posted by Frank Ecker on Tue, Aug 28, 2018

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?

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Topics: Training Reinforcement, microlearning, Culture of Learning

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

TD Mag publishes our “Five Steps to Protect Your Training with Reinforcement” article

Posted by Shahin Sobhani on Tue, Jan 9, 2018
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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.

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Topics: Training Reinforcement, microlearning, publication

SwissVBS at Learntec 2018

Posted by Frank Ecker on Thu, Dec 7, 2017

It's that time again: Not only is the end of year approaching, Learntec is also around the corner - and of course we will be one of many exhibitors at the fair. However, this year we will attend as a company that has recently won a whole series of awards. For our Mobile Training Reinforcement app ECHO, we have received one of the esteemed Brandon Hall Silver Awards for "Performance Support Technology" - this award is virtually the Oscar of the learning industry in North America.

Training Industry Magazine has also recognized SwissVBS as a "Top 20 Training Delivery Company" in 2017.

 At the FocusOn Learning conference, hosted by eLearning Guild, ECHO received the Best Performance Support Solution award. The DemoFest awards are the industry’s only true “people’s choice” competition. We are very proud of these achievements!

"Overcoming the Forgetting Curve" - Sebastian's lecture at Learntec 2017

So why was ECHO so popular in 2017?

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Topics: Performance Support, Corporate Training, Mobile Reinforcement

Learning and Training to Eliminate Workplace Sexual Harassment

Posted by Bay Ryley on Mon, Nov 13, 2017

SwissVBS is happy to invite Bay Ryley from Ryley Learning to guest blog this week on a subject that is gaining attention and becoming increasingly more important, workplace harassment.

“Eliminating Sexual Harassment: It’s Everyone’s Business” is an engaging digital learning program that instructs employees on how to identify, prevent, and report sexual harassment.

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Topics: Corporate Training, Digital Learning, Workplace Sexual Harassment

What is Training Reinforcement?

Posted by Obi Ochu on Tue, Oct 17, 2017

Training Reinforcement is a science-based strategy that uses carefully spaced retrieval practices to improve learning retention. These practices, which often take the form of short quizzes, help learners move newly acquired knowledge to long-term memory. Given that long-term retention is an essential first step towards mastery, training reinforcement is one of the most effective ways to close the training-performance gap. Here are 4 important facts about training reinforcement.

Training Reinforcement Complements Your Existing Training Program

A typical training reinforcement program starts immediately after employees complete a course and lasts 4 to 6 weeks. It comprises daily 5-minute retrieval practices that are designed to be engaging while still effortful.

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Topics: Learning Reinforcement, Mobile Reinforcement, Training Reinforcement, definition

5 Reasons You Should Include Quizzes in Your Microlearning Program

Posted by Obi Ochu on Wed, Oct 11, 2017

As organizations apply microlearning to their learning strategy, they are discovering that it is a great way to make learning stick and help employees master complex topics.  Microlearning enables employees to consume training content in bite-size chunks right on their mobile devices, without stepping out of the “performance moment.”

An often-overlooked hero of effective microlearning programs is the micro quiz. Micro quizzes are light, interactive practices that are spread strategically throughout your microlearning program.  They are typically limited to 5 text-based questions on a narrowly defined topic, skill or competency.  It’s important to note that micro quizzes aren’t the long, high-stakes assessments that we often encounter in formal training curricula.  They don’t lead to some sort of certification or serve a compliance purpose. 

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Topics: bite-size learning, bite-sized, microlearning, microlearning platform, microlearning program

How Does Retrieval Practice STOP the Act of Forgetting?

Posted by Shahin Sobhani on Tue, Aug 8, 2017

Learners forget approximately 70% of what they’ve just been taught within 24 hours.

That’s a fact.

Sure, there’s some knowledge that remains, but 20% more disappears soon after. That is 90% in a week!

This phenomenon is called The Forgetting Curve and it is as real in corporate training as any other setting. It will happen whether we like it or not. But if we stop for a minute to take a look at what really matters in long term learning, the answer becomes clear:

To retain what we learn, we need to find a way to interrupt the forgetting process.

How do we do that?

After years of extensive empirical research, gaining deep insights into the corporate learning market through our clients, and getting input from a key SwissVBS client and early adopter of ECHO, our mobile reinforcement app, we’ve got a simple and cost-effective solution.

It all revolves around retrieval practice – the cornerstone of mobile training reinforcement.

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Topics: Learning Reinforcement, Training Reinforcement