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Mobile: The Key to Agile Learning

Posted by Josh Cardoz on Thu, Oct 13, 2016

Yesterday, the Harvard Business Review published an interesting article on “How Learning and Development are Becoming More Agile” where a particular quote caught my eye:

The future of learning is three ‘justs’: just enough, just-in-time, and just-for-me.” It means that training is going to have to be just as agile as the workforce — where speed, flexibility, and innovation are key. It means that more learning will happen in teams, and on platforms where training can be delivered any time, any place, at the user’s convenience.

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Topics: Mobile Learning

Blended Learning 2.0: The Flipped Classroom Model

Posted by Silke Simons on Fri, Oct 7, 2016

Blended Learning – i.e. a training method that combines in-person classroom learning and the use of technology outside of the classroom – is popular and successful for a reason, because as much as digital training formats have been disrupting the traditional L&D world, few people would argue that some skills and competencies still require face-to-face training.

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Topics: blended 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

From Sales Training to Sales Productivity

Posted by Sebastian Frankenberger on Fri, Sep 23, 2016

Talking to sales managers you immediately recognize that they have a very ambivalent attitude towards training, especially digital training. There are prejudices that training is boring, keeps sales staff away from selling, is difficult to implement, or just plain ineffective.

Yet, digitalization and mobile has provided us with great ways to effectively create and maintain sales force productivity at every step of the learning journey. The answer is to design a learning architecture along three key steps: Onboarding, Reinforcement, and Performance Support. So let’s explore this potential and how to tap into greater sales productivity.

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Topics: Performance Support, Learning Reinforcement, Mobile Learning, Sales, Sales Productivity, Sales Enablement

Celebrating Our First Brandon Hall Award

Posted by Brett Smith on Fri, Sep 16, 2016

From the Brandon Hall website:

"Now entering its 22nd year, the Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards Program is the most prestigious awards program in the industry. Often times called the “Academy Awards” by Learning, Talent and Business Executives, the program was one of the first of its kind in the learning industry, which was pioneered in 1994."

We are thrilled to announce our recent receipt of the Brandon Hall award for Best New Hire Onboarding Program.  We are particularly excited by this as it was the result of a great collaboration with Continental, a a leading German automotive manufacturing company with over 200,000 employees and hundreds of new recruits every year.

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Topics: Awards, Onboarding

SwissVBS Digital Learning Summit

Posted by Brett Smith on Thu, Sep 8, 2016

Here at SwissVBS, we are excitedly counting down the remaining days to our first North American Digital Learning Summit to be held in the bustling city of Toronto on September 22nd.


In honour of our 15 year anniversary in the business, we have been planning this since April and are thrilled at how both the program and the event attendees have shaped up.

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Topics: Trade Shows & Events

Sales Enablement Forum on Lake Tegernsee

Posted by Sebastian Frankenberger on Thu, Sep 1, 2016

We’ve spoken before about how vital sales enablement can be to every company, and it’s events like SwissVBS' Sales Enablement Forum on Lake Tegernsee that will be tackling this and other critical issues. During this interactive, day-long event, speakers from multinational companies including Allianz, Konica Minolta, and MHI Global will share their real-world challenges and success stories.

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Ping Pong and the Art of Skills Training

Posted by Dave Coodin on Thu, Aug 25, 2016

Here at SwissVBS, we take pride in many things: our talented team of designers, writers, and programmers; our commitment to customer-driven learning; our obsessive attention to detail.

But if you were to ask our employees what accomplishment they’re most proud of, one answer would probably come up again and again: “My ping pong game.”

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Topics: SwissVBS, Story-Telling, Storytelling, Learning Journey, Online Coaching, Skills

Summer Break 2016

Posted by Brett Smith on Thu, Aug 18, 2016

Can’t believe it’s already summer break! All of us here at SwissVBS hope you are enjoying your vacation wherever you may be.  But don't forget to visit The Zen Room again next Thursday.  We have two amazing company events lined up for September that you will not want to miss. In case you are part of the minority currently working, feel free to click on the following link and register for our event in Germany.

More to come!

Sales Enablement Forum - Tegernsee, Germany

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Topics: Summer Break

Where's the Future of Digital Learning Headed?

Posted by Josh Cardoz on Thu, Aug 11, 2016

We live in an age of lists. Social media, news cycles, blogs - everything is presented to us now in the "Top 10 ways to do X." By design, it's a great way to catch your attention and a highly consumable way to access information. So whenever I look at the "Top eLearning trends for 20XX" I often think: Is this real? or just click bait?   

When reading those type of articles, I always think: What's the point?

If I'm leading an L&D unit within my organization, I'm not interested in this year's trend. Trends work for the tiny tweaks you make to your overall learning culture, but when you have to build a 5-year L&D strategy for your org and have to think about long term infrastructure investments (hardware, software, resources), being trendy doesn't make the cut, but being right - in terms of knowing where the ideas around L&D are moving - does. 

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Topics: Learning Journey, Trends, Mobile Learning