Live online learning is the perfect solution for women returning to work


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Mum on computer and a baby

In the fast paced world, where businesses operate 24/7 and their changes are driven by continuously evolving technology, constant transformation and evolution of work environment is prevalent. Even a short break from work can bring changes a person might find difficult to catch up with and adjust to; and especially when it comes to changes in technology they were used to and knew well.

So we’ve decided to dedicate our next article to parents (mums) returning to work after taking a break to raise their family. We hope you’ll find it informative and useful.

The article comes from a guest writer – Gemma Thomas. Continue reading

How to keep healthy attitude to learning p.1


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5 mind-sets that can make all the difference for learners and learning professionals

Ideas, thinking, cogs

It’s not really a choice we make – to learn or not to learn? Continuing learning even after our school and university years are done is actually something we need to do not only for career progression but mainly for better personal survival. I can argue that when we stop learning we really limit our ability to experience and expand our life.

How is that? Well, let me put it this way… Continue reading

Are there abandoned learners in your organisation?


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Learning in spite of a lack of support and encouragement?

Information overload

My recent invitation to Towards Maturity’s benchmarking study 2015 motivated me to revisit their report from last year and see where we (as learning and development community) are at in terms of performance, skills of our Learning and Development teams and how well we influence our learners. (For those who don’t know, Towards Maturity is a not for profit organisation that each year conducts the largest study on learning and development with insights into trends and best practices from top performing organisations). And I’m glad I looked at it again because it inspired me to write this blog about something I haven’t thought of before. Continue reading

5 steps to making sure your training efforts are effective


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Software is intuitive, when you know how to use it…

5 blocks steps

In our previous post What does chopping onions have to do with effective IT training our expert on live online learning, Jon Shepstone, shared his views on the importance of training support for staff during software upgrades at work. This time he put a list of five steps you should consider to make sure your training is effective. These might come in-handy if you’re thinking of moving your current Microsoft Office or OS to a newer version, i.e. to the latest Windows 10 that’s said to come out soon. But first, a short introduction into the subject of IT change from Jon. Read on.

The upgrade – we’ve all been there… Continue reading

How Windows 10 will change the way we use our devices, webinar


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Learning technology experts from Commelius Solutions share first preview of what’s new in Windows 10 in a live webinar 4th of March.Windows 10 banner

The online event will offer all those interested in the latest technology a chance to have a first look at Windows 10, see how it’s different from Windows 7 and Windows 8, and get tips and hints on how to use it. But that’s not all. Continue reading

What does Google’s mission statement have to do with every L&D strategy?


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searchI only recently had a chance to review some of the results from Towards Maturity benchmark study 2014. What grabbed my attention the most was what learners think about the role of technology in learning  and what prevents them from learning online (you can find the fast facts from the study in Modernising Learning: Delivering Results).

According to that study, 70% of employees learn what they need to do their job from web searches, which I must admit, is a bit surprising Continue reading

Experiencing live online learning – the virtual classroom in practice


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rbrs_0288Live online learning (or in other words – virtual classroom) seem to be a very popular topic, especially among L&D and education enthusiasts. This method of delivery for learning is slowly entering schools, universities and workplaces. Just recently I’ve read an article where a primary school in America introduced a live online learning solution on a trial basis, and after a week it already proved to be very effective. They’ve found that it engages students in discussions which, at this school, turned into blogging; encourages sharing of ideas and sparks collaboration.

Training for work

Virtual classrooms also referred to as live online instructor-led learning have similar effects on adults training for work. Continue reading

Satisfying different learner styles: 7 basic styles L&D pros need to know about


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Different peopleIn the recent weeks we’ve been exploring different ways in which learning technology can support staff’s development at work. We’ve mentioned social learning and how to build learning communities, emphasized the importance of instant access to knowledge for learners, contemplated on the growing popularity of m-learning, and now we’ve decided to share a few insights into satisfying demands of different learners.

Our expert on e-Learning and Instructional Design – Peter Dean – has nicely laid out and summed up the different learner styles he comes across while working at Commelius.  It’s very informative and an easy to take in read. So give it a go!  Maybe you’ll learn a thing or two about your learners, or discover what type of a learner you are… Continue reading

Harnessing social learning experience – new technology has launched


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Social learning technology connecting people

The new social learning platform – altoconnect – from the learning technology provider Commelius Solutions, has launched.

For the occasion, the learning and development experts from Commelius are organising a live webinar, during which they will discuss how to use social learning technology to inspire, connect and engage learners, and make the informal learning a better experience for them.  Continue reading

Supporting learners on the go with m-learning


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Part 2

m-learning on the go

Recently we’ve been exploring different ways in which learning technologies can help you support your global workforce. So far we’ve covered social learning, shared tips on how to build global learning communities, discussed the importance of supporting self-initiated learning, and touched upon rising fondness of mobile technology among learners.

This week, we’re contemplating on m-Learning and its growing popularity. If you missed our first blog, you can read it here: Supporting workforce on the move with mobile technology part 1. For now, keep on reading to learn more about m-learning and how it can aid learning at your organisation.

Mobile devices and their big implications for learning at work Continue reading

Why the future of social learning is within learning communities


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Harnessing social learning 

Social learning: learning communities on social media

I don’t know about you, but every morning on my way to work I open my Facebook on my smartphone to browse for news, articles, updates from people I’m either friends with or groups that I follow. I no longer go to news sites for updates on what’s happening in the world – I have these on my social networking sites, and they are so much more engaging than the news websites.

The people, groups and pages I follow, I select carefully. They have to have something interesting or useful to offer. They are either suggested to me by my friends, or sometimes I stumble across them by accident when browsing for information I need, or when someone else shares an interesting post they find and publish on their wall. I could argue that this is basically the essence of social behaviour that takes place on the net. And this is how I ultimately become a member of a learning community without really thinking about it. I’m pretty sure this is how it works for other people as well.

What are learning communities? Continue reading

Social learning revolution: new platform to harness informal learning  


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A revolutionary social learning platform from Commelius Solutions, is launching next month.

social learning platform to harness informal learning

The training and learning technology provider has created a social learning platform, altoconnect, which will help organisations bring their dispersed learners together and measure the social side of learning.

“It’s all about connecting people and capturing their knowledge share. When we started developing our altoconnect we focused very much on learning communities because we believe this is where the future of learning lies”, say Vicky Jones, MD at Commelius. Continue reading


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