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

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