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"Will this be recorded?" It might just be the most commonly asked question at the start of virtually every training event. And the good news is that nowadays, you can almost always answer, "Yes." Great. But then what? According to a Wainhouse Research study, 87 percent of employees1 agree that having access to recorded training classes, webinars, and other events makes it easier to revisit crucial information when it’s needed most. Today, recording training sessions is quickly becoming standard practice. And the benefits are well known. Among the many positives, video helps learning and development (L&D) teams provide employees with a comprehensive resource to reference after the training ends, and also provides employees unable to attend with access to the information on-demand. But good intentions too often fall short once the training session ends and the recording stops. For all its benefits, video also presents challenges when it comes to storing, sharing, and even playing recordings. Left unsolved, those shortcomings make video content burdensome for employees simply looking for quick information that helps them perform their jobs. Fortunately, there is a solution. A video content management system (or video CMS) solves the most common problems of managing and sharing video. In this paper, we’ll review the five biggest challenges organizations face when using video to support corporate learning. Then we’ll examine how a video content management system helps overcome those challenges to better enable video-based learning.
Training Engages and Empowers Employees Expectations are changing in today’s employee-driven economy, and keeping employees engaged and satisfied is more important than ever. In a recent Deloitte survey, engagement and learning were considered very important or important by 85% and 84% percent of participants, respectively. 1 This creates a great opportunity for large enterprises seeking to attract and keep the best employees. High-quality software training can help employees feel more prepared and enabled for their work responsibilities, as well as happier and more motivated. It can also be especially attractive to younger employees who value continuous learning that equips them to advance their careers.  Click below to download this White Paper.
As the world navigates a sea change with this pandemic, so are the enterprise ILT programs. How to navigate this rapid pivot to virtual effectively? That’s top of the mind for every L&D manager. In this whitepaper we elaborate on: The principles of effective live virtual learning Why optimal learning delivery matters for business success How to choose the best-of-breed VILT technology
No "learning culture" is born overnight. For a learning culture to become part of your brand, you must involve both the leaders and the employees every step of the way. The process is demanding but leads to a tremendous pay-off through higher employee retention, higher quality performance from your employees, and an increase in revenue.   This eBook discusses key elements of building a culture of learning, including: How to design training for measurable ROI Best practices in training design strategy Tips for custom eLearning development The role of analysis and performance consultants How to utilize managers and mentors
Today’s business world seems enamored with design thinking. The popular problem-solving and innovation approach has generated widespread discussion and acclaim; it’s been credited for disrupting traditional markets, sparking groundbreaking ideas in flagging industries and positioning companies to achieve unprecedented growth. But what exactly is design thinking? And does it really live up to its reputation?
Colorful post-its. Wacky visuals. Funky rooms. What technique of innovation is better known than brainstorming? What word solicits more eyerolls in the real world? Brainstorms are frequently unproductive. There are two main reasons why, and they’re related: ● People evaluate others’ ideas ("Neat, so how much would that cost?"). ● People evaluate their own ideas before they’ve even shared them. They censor out the most unusual ones for fear of being judged as silly or dumb. Analysis and evaluation are critical skills. We’re rewarded for quickly evaluating situations, diagnosing errors, and finding practical solutions in nearly every aspect of our lives. Rightly so. |Brainstorming is harder than it looks because it requires us to temporarily suspend these instincts. The purpose of a brainstorm is to come up with as many different options as possible to delight our users. The greater the number and variety of options, the higher the odds of a valuable idea. A properly run group brainstorm is your most useful tool to generate game changing ideas. It requires skill and preparation to be effective. Here’s what we think are the most impactful steps you can take to make your next brainstorm as productive as it can be.
With so many ideas and initiatives to invest in, you're probably asking why you should devote your dollars to training. The way we work has changed, and employees are facing new challenges. They've had to adapt, adjust, and learn new skills, and it's important to provide them with the tools they need to succeed. But the truth is these challenges didn't start with a pandemic, and they won't end with it either. Your employees are always having to adjust, adapt, and learn new skills as they start a new project, use a new software, or encounter difficult situations with teammates. Training can certainly be helpful in times of crisis, change, and uncertainty, but training can also help you overcome everyday business challenges, get a competitive edge, reduce turnover, upskill your workforce, and so much more. In this ebook, you'll learn why investing in employee training is a smart move, and you'll get all the facts, figures, and stats you need to convince leadership to invest in employee training. You'll also learn: -Why you should invest in training -What ROI you can expect from training -How to maximize training effectiveness with online learning
The world as we know it is changing, and the approaches companies use to support their team's learning and development initiatives have had to change drastically in order to keep pace, and will likely continue to do so as new societal norms and health and safety precautions become integrated into standard business operation protocols and practices. In today’s professional landscape, the safety, convenience, and wellbeing of your learners must be top priority in order to ensure your team is confident, well-equipped, and can drive organizational success - regardless of whether they are working from home or in an office. eThink has created this Remote Work eBook to help organizations create engaging and sustainable remote workplace eLearning programs that can support learner needs and workplace practices as they continue to evolve. In this guide, we’ll discuss the growing trends in the workplace, strategies and solutions to revolutionize digital L&D, and how to ensure your organization is prepared to effectively support the success of your teams for years to come.
COVID-19 has obviously impacted the world of work in deep, disruptive ways. Your organization’s approach to what work is and how it gets done is likely to continue to evolve. Some industries are more prepared than others for this transformation, but HR and L&D pros in every industry are poised to become advocates for lasting and meaningful change, drawing on lessons about work during COVID-19. In this eBook, we dig into the impact of the pandemic on the workplace and how smart HR pros and learning leaders are preparing for the "new normal" post COVID-19.
Many organizations understand the importance of transitioning their instructor-led training (ILT) to digital learning but are confused about how to create an effective and engaging online learning experience that drives results. Without incorporating modern learning methods such as gamification, social collaboration, and microlearning, you run the risk of a bad learning experience which results in high dropout rates, poor learner engagement, and ROI left on the table. In this e-book, we share the 3 core pillars of an effective learning program you need to have in place to ensure your training program is set up for success.  You will learn: What the 3 key pillars of an effective learning program are How to develop strategies for incorporating these pillars into your own programs How to create more engaging, effective programs that support long-term success for your learners and your business
Compliance is not just something extra we have to do to manage risk and follow the law. It touches on almost every aspect about how we work. Getting compliance right should never be an end goal; it should always be something wedo on the way to the larger organizational/business and culture strategy. Download this white paper to learn more about how compliance can be part of a culture strategy. 
In the current climate, we’re having to respond quickly to the challenge of operating in a fully virtual, at-distance, world of learning. This insight addresses the challenge of how to take a blended learning journey—a sustained learning experience that blends a mix of media, events and channels, over time—and cater for when face-to-face engagement is no longer an option. L&D teams around the world are having to adapt, and to adapt quickly. Global organizations are adjusting rapidly due to the unprecedented impact of COVID-19, and there’s an increased urgency to support change and deliver effective transformation while working and learning at distance. The impact of this transformation is likely to leave a lasting legacy beyond the immediate crisis. If organizations can embrace and deliver effective virtual learning at this time, the benefits (reducing unnecessary travel, for a start) will surely shape the future landscape of ‘business as usual’. And while it may be relatively straight-forward to simply replace a single faceto-face component with a virtual or digital equivalent, we know that a sustained learning journey over time is the only way to engage learners and drive behavior change. This insight looks at the steps you’ll need to explore to take your virtual learning to the next level.
Adopting remote-work opportunities is paying off for companies around the world, delivering positive changes to critical business metrics, such as reduced expenses,1 increased productivity and engagement,2 and decreased turnover and attrition.3 It’s also becoming increasingly popular among employees — 43% of people already work remotely to varying degrees,4 and 99% would like to have remote work be an option at least some of the time for the rest of their careers.5 But for all the benefits remote work can bring, it isn’t without hurdles. These challenges — barriers to effective communication, ongoing learning, and a thriving company culture — can run rampant if not proactively addressed.
Measuring the impact of learning and readiness initiatives on revenue is the billion dollar question. In today’s uncertain environment, the answer is even more important. Rapidly changing markets, disrupted supply chains, and increasingly knowledgeable customers mean that companies must upskill employees to compete. But the ability to optimize learning—and maximize productivity—takes deep insight into how employees think, learn, and perform, insight which many companies lack. Today, there’s a new breed of platform that combines learning, communication, and collaboration tools with analytics for a holistic view of learning and development’s impact on results. Workforce readiness technology allows organizations to move beyond assessments and scores to understand how to target activities that move the needle.
There is a large contingent of instructional designers out there who are forced by their organizations’ lines of business to take orders and "design" eLearning courses. Stakeholders ask these well-intentioned instructional designers to become order-takers and apply learning objectives, knowledge checks and assessments to their PowerPoints and import them into a Storyline or Captivate published SCORM file. Once it is loaded into the organization’s LMS it resides there in a deep blue abyss forever. Did I mention that these projects have a completion deadline of 2-3 weeks? Does this sound like you? It’s not your fault. Let me say it again, it’s not your fault! After all, you have a backlog of projects and only so many hours in a day to argue the merits of learner-centric and performance-focused eLearning They were frustrated with bad eLearning that fails to live up to its promise of improving performance and creating measurable results. So they decided to come up with a set of 22 principles that reflect effective performance-focused eLearning that instructional designers should know and use. I’m a signatory and agree with every principle in the manifesto. However, it falls short of being a useful tool that instructional designers can use to evaluate their design throughout the project life cycle and make changes for the better. There are other tools out there that evaluate the quality of instructional design based on performance-focused and learner-centric standards. Take the Quality Matters Rubric for instance. This tool is very advanced, has quality assurance standards, certification for designers, and even membership opportunities. However, it focuses primarily on academia not industry, it is very rigorous, and it can take almost as much time to evaluate your course than building the actual course. Therefore, I decided to come up with an evaluation tool for my team and I would like to share it with you. The evaluation tool is called the 7 Better Learning Principles Assessment (of course if someone comes up with a better name, I’m all ears).
In the modern era, learners have access to knowledge like never before. But as learning professionals, we need to ensure they’re developing the skills and knowledge they need to perform their jobs at a high level. That leaves a critical question: how can we design programs that help learners achieve true mastery? Newer, more robust approaches, including continuous delivery of learning, richer content, and skill-based certifications, are delivering the outcomes that enterprises are looking for. This report discusses the need to shift from legacy learning approaches to a modern outcome and skill-based approach that we call mastery-based learning.  In this analyst report you will learn: The key trends driving the shift to mastery-based learning The best technologies to enable a mastery-based approach to training Best practices for deploying mastery-based learning programs
As a program manager, so much of your time is spent creating and facilitating plans to develop other people, so your own development often falls by the wayside. After all, who is going to train the training program manager? But prioritizing your own development can actually help you create a better and more effective training program. For example, developing your data management skills can help you find and share meaningful statistics with leadership to improve buy-in, or brushing up on your communication skills can help you have more productive needs analysis conversations. In this ebook, you'll learn to develop skills and competencies that can help you create a strategic and successful training program. You'll also learn: Characteristics of top training programs How to develop and analyze training goals and metrics A framework for conducting a needs analysis
The learning ecosystem is rapidly evolving, and the changing technologies and growing resources available to help individuals learn is likely a bit overwhelming for your Learning and Development team. With the only guarantee being that change is inevitable, how do you build a training solution that will meet your organization’s needs 6, 12, or 24 months down the road? Discover how open-source technology can help you create a flexible and future-proof training program for your organization.  In this White Paper, you'll learn: The evolving role and capabilities of the Learning Management System (LMS) within the larger learning ecosystem The leading open-source learning platforms and how to determine which is the right fit for your needs How to maximize the interoperability of open-source to extend and future-proof your learning program
High-stakes, high-impact learning has become synonymous with test-taking. Often, being certified means passing an exam. What happens after the test though? What happens to the learning? This brand new eBook explores why high stakes learners need continuous learning to achieve mastery -- and what you can do about it to grow revenue and improve learning outcomes. In this eBook, you will learn: Why high stakes learners need continuous learning Four models to build your business with continuous learning How to choose the right model for your learning program
According to the 2018 Gallup Report, 67% of workers are experiencing some sort of work disengagement.  Gallup looked deeper into managers’ impact on employee engagement and found:   77% of employees believe their manager needs to improve the meaningfulness of the feedback they currently provide 74% of employees believe their manager needs to more directly relate feedback to their job performance 79% of employees believe their manager needs to improve how they manage their employee’s performance to motivate them to excel in their position BUT all is not lost; This gap represents an opportunity.  To discover more about the opportunity, click to download this paper.  
Employee training and development is not an "event" it's a process. Training in the 21st century needs to be ongoing, agile, and one that is personalized to individual needs.  And with the growing remote workforce, evolving and advancing technologies, where do you begin? Traditional employee development methods are being replaced by: micro-learning simulations gamification AI and more Download this complimentary guide, The Definitive Guide to Upskilling, to learn about the 4 essential strategies for building and refining an upskilling program with personalized content and hands-on training that aligns with your company.
No matter what web conference platform you use, you’ll find the mindset and the tactical tools described here will help you get better results in your next web event.  P.S. While you’re reading, notice the additional resources referenced and be sure to download these helpful tools for your virtual tool kit.
The skills needed to succeed on the job are changing at an unprecedented pace. Reports say that skills learned today remain relevant for an average of only five years. Consequently, Learning and Development (L&D) professionals must train today's employees for the skills that will be needed tomorrow-even when those skills haven't yet been identified or, in some cases, created. Training employees for skills that haven't been invented yet is no easy task. So how can L&D upskill everyone from entry-level employees to senior management for an unforeseeable, quickly changing future? To do this, L&D first must identify: A framework for building future skills The most-needed emerging skills Capabilities for success, regardless of the skill set In this white paper, Training Top 10 Hall of Fame members explore these  challenges and detail how they are responding to future-proof their organizations, particularly in the wake of the Coronavirus and beyond.
Today, 26% of Americans say they’re online almost constantly and people spend an average of 5 hours a day on their mobile phones. We do everything from shopping to watching videos using the Internet on our mobile devices. Being online has been integrated into every aspect of life. Our dependence on digital platforms and mobile devices has impacted not only the way we communicate, but the way we learn, as well. In fact, 47% of organizations have already incorporated mobile learning into their training programs. With the way things are changing, it can be hard to find the perfect learning solution for your needs. With so many learning management systems on the market, it can be difficult to determine which option checks all of the essential boxes for your company, or if a traditional LMS is actually the right solution to address your learning needs. When it comes to learning solutions, BenchPrep stands out by going far beyond the benefits and functionality of a traditional LMS by focusing on learner success. Explore this detailed comparison guide to find out how traditional LMS software solutions compare to BenchPrep, and see why the world’s leading education and training organizations leverage BenchPrep to deliver their online learning programs.
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