Stop! Internet Service Providers are told they can no longer share consumers’ personal information, such as browsing history and location services. This landmark ruling is a first win for data privacy advocates and comes on the heels of an explosion in use of behavioral data to market products and services. 

The 3-2 party line vote by the FCC’s five commissioners, led by Chairman Tom Wheeler, a Democrat, was a major blow to some of Washington’s most politically powerful companies, including AT&T, Verizon and Comcast, which had hoped to use their privileged access to user data to build lucrative businesses by targeting advertising across multiple devices. It also was a rare win for privacy advocates,

Learn More: https://www.fcc.gov/document/fcc-releases-proposed-rules-protect-broadband-consumer-privacy

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Elearning! Media Group, the U.S.  trade magazine publisher of Elearning! and Government Elearning! magazines announced their media partnership with the Federal Government Distance Learning Association’s (www.FGDLA.us)  Government Learning Technology Symposium (GLTS) in 2016. FGDLA is co-locating GLTS with Government Video EXPO. Registration to GLTS is free to federal government employees, contractors and professionals in the industry.

It has been a few years since our last GLTS and the time is right for us to return to the marketplace. Distance learning, in all its forms, is a thriving and innovative industry. The FGDLA is committed to delivering its federal government members access to a conference meeting their educational needs,” reports Alex Autry, President, FGDLA.

About GLTS

T​he 2016 GLTS will be held at the Washington D.C. Convention Center, Dec. 7-8, 2016. It is co-located with The GV EXPO, the East Coast’s largest technology event designed for video, broadcast and AV professionals. The GLTS includes two days of consecutive sessions featuring presentations on instructional design basics, 508 compliance, gaming, mobile learning, video and multimedia design for distance learning, cognitive science/learning theories, LMS integration, and much more. The FGDLA is also hosting its annual awards recognizing Federal Government agencies/ organizations excellence in distance learning.   Access the complete GLTS program at: https://static.secure.website/wscfus/4899501/3917302/fgdla-glts-program.pdf.

Registration Details

GLTS conference and GV Expo access if free to federal government employees, contractors and professionals in the industry. To secure your complimentary registration visit: https://www.compusystems.com/servlet/ar?evt_uid=687

GLTS History

In 1998, a group of Federal Agency representatives held the GLTS at Gallaudet University’s Kellogg Center, Washington, D.C.  Those representatives worked for agencies including Centers for Disease Control (CDC), The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the US Air Force, and the Departments of Agriculture (USDA), Energy (DOE), and Veterans Affairs (VA). The Symposium was planned by representatives of the supporting Federal Government agencies, and conference logistics were coordinated by the Graduate School, USDA. Their purpose was to create a venue in the Washington D.C. metro area to network and share best practices concerning distance learning in the Federal Government.

The two-day symposium featured 36 presentations and was attended by over 250 people from 35 different federal agencies.  The Symposium published proceedings and made attendee lists available to all federal government participants.  The Symposium was a grass-roots effort rather than an officially sponsored Federal Government event. Due to the lack of sponsorship and financial resources, the last GLTS Symposium was held in 2001.

About Elearning! Media Group

Elearning! Media Group is owned by B2B Media Group LLC. Elearning! Media Group consists of twelve media products including: Elearning! Magazine and E-magazine, Government Elearning! E-Magazine, Elearning! Alert, SalesTec eNews,  2elearning.com, Elearning! Web Seminar Series, Enterprise Learning! Summit, Virtual Learning! Summit and Enterprise Learning! Conference. Elearning! Media Group serves the $225 billion learning and workplace technology market.  Suppliers and practitioners can follow us online at 2elearning.com; on Twitter: 2elearning or #ELSummit; via Facebook: Elearning!-Magazine or LinkedIn: Elearning! Magazine Network or Elearning! Summit. 

About FGDLA

FGDLA Info Sheet: https://static.secure.website/wscfus/4899501/3421285/fgdla-partner-info-sheet.pdf

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U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced that the Defense Department will start making venture investments at TechCrunch Disrupt SF.

The initiative will build off of work that the Central Intelligence Agency has been doing for years. Financed by Congress, the Central Intelligence Agency implemented a similar program, In-Q-Tel, in the late 90s. In-Q-Tel is staffed by private citizens at the request of the sitting CIA director. Launching just before the Dot Com bust, the program had a rough start but managed to come back with an impressive lineup of startups. The Defense Department will be piggybacking off of the project. 

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Hybrid Event Attracts Nearly 2000 Attendees

The learning industry came together at Enterprise Learning! Conference hybrid event with the three-day live event held in Manassas, VA June 8-10, and the two-day virtual held July 16-17. Eighteen hundred and ninety-seven learning professionals registered for the hybrid events to learn, network and share best practices from corporate, government, and higher education leaders.

ELC15 Hybrid conference theme of "Building Smarter Organizations" provided attendees four distinct learning tracks that included:
• Learning Environments for the Next Generation
• Smart Connected Things in Learning
• Learning Analytics & Performance in the Big Data Age
• The Learning! 100 Best Practices

"The way we conduct business and train our employees in today's world is different than any other era and the popularity of having the option to attend an on-site or virtual, from-your-desktop learning event was reflected in the robust attendance for both events," reported Catherine Upton, Group Publisher & Event Producer.

The July online event featured 6 live sessions and video broadcasts of the most popular onsite sessions. A fully live Q&A opportunity was made available to all virtual attendees during the Keynote address by Wayne
McCulloch as well as the Learning CEO Panel featuring Todd Tauber from Degreed and Malcolm Lotzof from INXPO. These live sessions included:

• Keynote: Transformation of Learning Systems – presented by Wayne McCulloch, Salesforce
• Learning CEOs Power Panel: Trends in Tech & Practices – presented by Todd Tauber, Degreed & Malcolm Lotzof, INXPO
• Agile Talent Development Strategies – presented by Davina Collins & Ryan Rose, CISCO
• Managing Your Video Assets Enterprise Wide – presented by Jeff Fissell, KZO Innovations
• 7 Tips for Creating Great Video Learning – presented by Emma King & Emma Meyer, INXPO
• Creating Engaging Virtual Learning Experiences – presented by Emma King, INXPO

Other highlights from the on-site event which were recorded and featured in the virtual event included two cutting-edge keynote addresses from: Dr. Jennifer Golbeck - Director of Human-Computer Interaction Lab, University of Maryland shocked the attendees with Analyzing the Social Web Implications for You, Your Career & Your Organization revealing how much of our personal data is out there without us even knowing! And, finally a riveting presentation by Col. Ronald Dodge- CIO & Associate Professor, West Point Military Academy. He discussed Next Generation Learning Environments and Cybersecurity and disclosed that the greatest threat to your company's Cybersecurity is the users!

The conference programming was designed by our partners, George Mason University, Defense Acquisition University and Elearning! Media Group. Over 50 sessions were hosted onsite and 20 sessions are available at ELC Online. Those that missed the event can still view this valued content, Q&A and chats on ELC Online platform. The ELC Online content can be accessed on-demand through October 16. To register and view the on-demand content, click here.

Learning! 100 Awards
The highlight at ELC15 is always the Learning! 100 Award ceremony and conference sessions. Celebrating 5 years, the Learning! 100 are comprised of 60 corporate enterprises and 40 public sector organizations. The top winner in the corporate enterprise category is Salesforce (www.salesforce.com) and the public sector winner is Defense Acquisition University (www.dau.mil). Both were honored at the 2015 awards dinner and reception on June 9th at the Hylton Center, Manassas, VA.

ELC15 hosted twenty Learning! 100 winners who share their best practices and strategies. Topics range from:

- Building the 2020 Workforce by AT&T and IBM
- Learning Culture at American Heart Association and Advance Auto Parts
- Sales Enablement at ADI- Honeywell and Allied Barton
- Next Generation Learning Systems at Waddell & Reed & US Navy,
- Talent Strategies at Leumi Bank of Israel, Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate & Cisco
- Going Global at McDonald's Corporation.
- And others including GMU, DAU, Choice Logistics, FCC, DHS, DISA

"The Learning! 100 recognizes the top 100 global learning organizations for high performance. These organizations are innovative, collaborative and have a truly immersive learning culture," reports Upton.  "Organizations from 2 to 1.6 million employees are honored this year, and shows size does not matter when it comes to making a difference in the learning field."

About Enterprise Learning! Conference 
Enterprise Learning! Conference 2015 (ELC15) hosts the exclusive Learning & Workplace Technology Conference for corporate, government and higher education executives. ELC15 also hosts the Innovations in E-learning Symposium, in partnership with the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) and George Mason University (GMU). At ELC15, attendees learned from learning technology academia, share best practices from the top corporate university — Defense Acquisition University — and networked with the top global learning organizations, the 2015 Learning! 100. Altogether, ELC15 provided executives a collegial environment to network, share and learn from leaders across government, education and corporate enterprise.

Enterprise Learning! Conference 2015 Partners

About Defense Acquisition University
Defense Acquisition University is an award winning corporate university for the 150,000 members of the Defense Acquisition Workforce. DAU uses classroom and Web-based training and certification programs to keep all acquisition workforce members abreast with the latest trends, developments, resources, and information available for the acquisition community. While DAU faculty use a variety of proven teaching techniques to impart information to students, including both lecture and case-based curriculum, they are also on the forefront of innovative teaching techniques such as flipped classroom and distance-learning via Telepresence suites to reach remotely located workforce members while maintaining a low per-student cost. DAU faculty not only provide the certification training that qualified acquisition professionals need now, but continuously develop the body of acquisition knowledge to meet future learning requirements. Learn more at: www.dau.mil

About George Mason University
George Mason University is Virginia's largest public research university. Located near Washington, D.C., Mason enrolls more than 33,000 students from 130 countries and all 50 states. Mason has grown rapidly over the past half-century and is recognized for its innovation and entrepreneurship, remarkable diversity, and commitment to accessibility. Mason is setting the gold standard for the modern, public university. Its dynamic culture and innovative academic programs prepare Mason's hard-working students for 21st century careers. Its commitment to teaching excellence combines with cutting-edge research that enriches the academic experience and is literally changing the world. Mason is also one of the best values in higher education, producing graduates who lead all Virginia schools with the highest annual salaries. Learn more at: www.gmu.edu

About Elearning! Media Group
Elearning! Media Group is owned by B2B Media Group LLC. Elearning! Media Group consists of eleven media products including: Elearning! Magazine, Government Elearning! E-Magazine, e-mail newsletters, Alerts, Websites, Web seminars, the Enterprise Learning! Summit and Enterprise Learning! Conference. Elearning! Media Group serves the $220 billion learning & workplace technology market. Suppliers and practitioners can follow us: online at www.2elearning.com ; on Twitter: 2elearning or #ELSummit; via Facebook: Elearning!-Magazine or LinkedIn: Elearning! Magazine Network or Elearning! Summit.

 

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Katherine Archuleta, the embattled Office of Personnel Management director, resigned last week amid a cascading scandal over her handling of a massive breach of federal employee records that included security-clearance details dating back 15 years.

Archuleta, who has been at the helm of OPM since November 2013, faced pressure from a rush of lawmakers who called for her firing, including the top three House Republicans and Democratic Sen. Mark Warner, who sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Most recently, sensitive information from at least 15 years of background investigations of 21.5 million employees, contractors and job applicants seeking security clearances, and their families, was compromised. That was in addition to another theft, first revealed on June 4, of personal data on 4.2 million employees, including Social Security numbers.

According to the Washington Post, "confidence in her was shaken beyond repair." Beth Cobert, OPM's deputy director for management, will take over Archuleta's job. She will now be tasked with implementing changes already underway, like boosting the use of two-factor authentication and reducing the number of "privileged users" on the agency's networks. She will also oversee the benefits provided to those affected by the hacks, and the selection of a contractor to deliver those services.

"I believe it is best for me to step aside and allow new leadership to step in, enabling the agency to move beyond the current challenges and allowing the employees at OPM to continue their important work," said a prepared statement by Archuleta. "I am honored to have led this organization and to have served alongside the incredible team at OPM. I have complete confidence in their ability to continue fulfill OPM's important mission of recruiting, retaining and honoring a world-class workforce to serve the American People."

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Corona, CA January 28, 2015 - Elearning! Media Group, producers of the Enterprise Learning! Conference 2015 (ELC15), is pleased to announce its groundbreaking lineup of Keynote Speakers for the Enterprise Learning! Conference 2015. Colonel Ronald Dodge, West Point CIO and the Associate Dean for Information and Education Technology will speak about 'Next Generation Learning Environments and Cybersecurity.' ELC15 theme is Building Smarter Organizations with tracks dedicated to Next Generation Learning Environments, Learning Analytics & Big Data, The Internet of Things in Learning and the Learning! 100 Best Practices.

Dodge's keynote will take a light hearted look at finding the security teetering point between usability and protection of learning data and infrastructure in our environment. Ronald Dodge is an Associate Professor permanently stationed at the United States Military Academy where he serves as the West Point CIO and the Associate Dean for Information and Education Technology. Prior to this role, he was a senior research scientist and Director of the West Point Information Technology and Operations Center, where he led research into emerging technologies and grew cyber security awareness programs around the United States through innovative and pioneering use of virtualization, information assurance curriculum, and cyber security exercises. Ron is an active duty Colonel in the United States Army and has served over 27 years with military assignments ranging from combat duties in an attack helicopter squadron to faculty at the United States Military Academy.

"We are thrilled to have Colonel Dodge as one of our keynote speakers. He has such vast expertise on timely topics of next generation learning environments and cybersecurity," said Catherine Upton, ELC 2015 conference chair. "We seek experts that own the learning technology initiatives within their organizations and drive performance to the edge. COL Dodge has steered learning in the Defense Department, and now shares his expertise with the next generation of learners and virtualization practitioners. His knowledge and experience in this field is virtually unmatched, and our audience is guaranteed to take away ideas and information that they will be able to implement in their businesses and institutions immediately," concludes Upton.

Colonel Dodge's Keynote address will take place on Wednesday, June 10th at 9:30am at the Hylton Center for Performing Arts in Manassas, VA.

Who Should Attend
Enterprise Learning! Conference 2015 (ELC15) hosts the exclusive Learning & Workplace Technology Conference for corporate, government and higher education executives June 8-10, 2015. ELC15 also hosts the Innovations in E-learning Symposium, in partnership with the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) and George Mason University (GMU). At ELC15, attendees can learn from learning technology academia, share best practices from the top corporate university-Defense Acquisition University, and network with the top global learning organizations, the 2015 Learning! 100. Altogether, ELC15 provides executives a collegiate environment to network, share and learn from leaders across government, education and corporate enterprise.

ELC15 Partners
Defense Acquisition University
Defense Acquisition University is an award winning corporate university for the 150,000 members of the Defense Acquisition Workforce. DAU uses classroom and Web-based training and certification programs to keep all acquisition workforce members abreast with the latest trends, developments, resources, and information available for the acquisition community. While DAU faculty use a variety of proven teaching techniques to impart information to students, including both lecture and case-based curriculum, they are also on the forefront of innovative teaching techniques such as flipped classroom and distance-learning via Telepresence suites to reach remotely located workforce members while maintaining a low per-student cost. DAU faculty not only provide the certification training that qualified acquisition professionals need now, but continuously develop the body of acquisition knowledge to meet future learning requirements. Learn more at: www.dau.gov

George Mason University
George Mason University is Virginia's largest public research university. Located near Washington, D.C., Mason enrolls more than 33,000 students from 130 countries and all 50 states. Mason has grown rapidly over the past half-century and is recognized for its innovation and entrepreneurship, remarkable diversity, and commitment to accessibility. Mason is setting the gold standard for the modern, public university. Its dynamic culture and innovative academic programs prepare Mason's hard-working students for 21st century careers. Its commitment to teaching excellence combines with cutting-edge research that enriches the academic experience and is literally changing the world. Mason is also one of the best values in higher education, producing graduates who lead all Virginia schools with the highest annual salaries. Learn more at: www.gmu.edu

Enterprise Learning! Events
Since 2008, Enterprise Learning! Events bring onsite and online audiences together to learn, network and share. Mark your calendar for Enterprise Learning! Conference on June 8-10, 2015 in Manassas, VA. CA. Enterprise Learning! Conference hosts Innovations in E-learning Symposium, the Best of Elearning! and Learning! 100 Awards. The Enterprise Learning! Summit virtual editions are slated for January 15, July 15, and November 4, 2015. For more information about the Enterprise Learning! Conference visit http://www.elceshow.com.

Elearning! Media Group
Elearning! Media Group is owned by B2B Media Group LLC. Elearning! Media Group consists of eleven media products including: Elearning! Magazine, Government Elearning! E-Magazine, e-mail newsletters, Alerts, Websites, Web seminars, the Enterprise Learning! Summit and Enterprise Learning! Conference. Elearning! Media Group serves the $220 billion learning & workplace technology market. Suppliers and practitioners can follow us: online at www.2elearning.com; on Twitter: 2elearning or #ELSummit; via Facebook: Elearning!-Magazine or LinkedIn: Elearning! Magazine Network or Elearning! Summit.

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Internationally acclaimed business consultant Ram Charan has suggested that the corporate HR function be split into two strands.

“HR-LO [for leadership and organization] would be led by high-potentials from operations or finance whose business expertise and people skills give them a strong chance of attaining the top two layers of the organization,” Charan has said. “After a few years, these high-potentials would move to either horizontal or higher-level line management jobs. In either case they would continue to rise, so their time in HR-LO would be seen as a developmental step rather than a ticket-punching exercise.”

The other strand, HR-A (for administration) would primarily manage compensation and benefits.

“But a key issue missing here,” says Jeanne Meister, author of The 20/20 Workplace, “is the fact that all C-level executives from CMO to CIO and CHRO need to develop a deep business acumen for both their company as well as broader industry in order to add value beyond their functional area. This will apply to both the HR-A and HR-LO. While the proposal is radical, it forces us to examine the value we create today and what is possible as businesses become more complex.”

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Unicorn Training, one of the premier providers of e-learning solutions specializing in the financial services sector, recently utilized Articulate Storyline. Unicorn is turning to Storyline to build custom and mobile training modules that allow learners to complete training on-the- go and on their mobile devices.

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You're Missing The Boat If It's Not Part Of Your Learning Strategy.

By Linda Galloway

When Andi Campbell joined LAZ Parking in 2010 as director of learning and development, she started with a blank slate. The company had few learning resources and no consistent strategy for grooming new managers — a key business imperative, given the company’s rapid growth and commitment to hiring from within. The company’s 7,500+ parking employees, most of whom work out of 1,900 parking locations across the country, had no way to access learning resources or collaborate with each other. Many did not even have corporate emails, although most had personal cell phones.

In less than two years, Campbell found ways to dramatically strengthen employee engagement, improve manager collaboration and processes, and build a pipeline of high- potentials for new management opportunities capable of sustaining the company’s growth — all with minimal financial investment and staff support.

Campbell, who is now vice president of human resources, cites three key ingredients for success:

1 a business-aligned strategy with buy-in from all senior executive;

2 the implementation of an integrated LMS and social networking platform that was very easy to administer and use, was designed to manage all types of resources, including video, and offered an excellent mobile experience; and

3 a reliance on content curation to build out the company’s learning resources and provide a dynamic learning experience for all employees.

Campbell’s team regularly seeks out podcasts, TED Talks, YouTube videos, and other web-curated content to add to the LAZ U Learning Center and to share on the company’s two social networks: LAZ Na- tion Tribe, open to all LAZ employees, and LAZ Parking Manager Tribe, for current managers and executives and those involved in management development. These resources are complemented with inter- nally-created learning objects on topics such as leadership development, business processes and acumen and professional development; monthly virtual, instructor-led classes on a variety of actionable topics, most of which are conducted by company executives and managers; and select purchased courses (on Microsoft Office training, for example).

Campbell is one of many executives recognizing the valuable role of content curation for learning and development and for fostering employee engagement. When content curation is incorporated into a learning strategy, learning organizations save time and dollars, better keep pace with ever-evolving learning needs and business change, offer more relevant, personalized experiences for diverse employee audiences — and gain some much-needed street cred as business and topic experts.

In general, content curation is the process of collecting, organizing and sharing information relevant to a particular topic, an area of interest and a specific audience. In his book “Curation Nation," Steve Rosenbaum talks about a three-legged stool for effective content curation: gathering links and articles from the Web, which are then filtered for relevance and quality; inviting others to share their own content; and supplementing curated content with your own content.

Curated content can be used as resources affiliated with a formal learning program; for discussions and assignments in a coaching program; to keep employees and peers up to date on relevant business events; to capitalize on internal subject matter expertise; for sharing winning best practices. And that’s just for starters.

While we all curate content to some extent (sharing that New York Times article on Facebook or Twitter counts), professional content curation requires a range of learned skills spanning online research, analytics, technology, informa- tion organization and communication. Curators must have a solid understanding of the topics involved in research, so they can discern relevance and quality and can add meaning-ful context to curated resources. Curators should also have an understanding of the law, ethics and business best prac- tices for content sharing. And, because part of the job should involve encouraging content sharing and commenting from others, curators need to understand the human dynamics involved in information sharing and collaboration.

Following are several basic considerations to keep in mind as you begin to formalize the role of content curator and incorporate shared content into your learning strategy:

>>  Always add context to shared content. Don’t throw out a bunch of article links, podcasts, or Power- Points and expect employees to automatically relate the information to their jobs or the business.

>>  Vary the content you share in terms of content type, source, length and perspective. It’s also a good idea to mix up evergreen content — that which doesn’t go quickly out of date — with news-based content, which typically has a relatively short shelf life. Be sure to include in your content mix internally created content and imagery. By varying content, you’ll establish yourself as someone who has a pulse on the business or particular topics — and you’ll keep your audiences interested.

>>  Filter content for quality and relevance. This is hugely important and one of the primary values of effective content curation. By demon- strating that you know your audience’s needs and interests, you’re saving everyone the time of doing their own wide Web searches, asking around for that sales deck everyone has been talking about, or digging through manuals to find an answer to a customer’s technical question. By focusing on quality content, you’re also establishing yourself as an informed authority. 

>>  Take advantage of content discovery, aggregation and filtering tools. Many free or inexpensive tools can help you find, filter and even organize content finds. Google, Feedly, Newsly, Scoop.it and IFTTT are just a few ex- amples. The right combination of tools depends on your goals and needs. Some tools even automate the sharing of content. It may take you a couple of hours to evaluate the offerings and do the re- quired set up, but you’ll save hours and find content you’d likely never discover on your own.

>>  Make sure your enterprise technology facilitates all aspects of content sharing. Ideally, your LMS and social learning platform make it easy to upload any kind of content — including videos — and don’t restrict who can share. (If upload and sharing rights are avail- able only to administrators, you’ll not be successful in creating a sharing culture.) Additionally, your solutions should make it easy for us- ers to find and filter shared content of all types.

>>  Make it mobile. As you’re planning your content curation and sharing strategy, be sure you include a way to offer an optimized mobile experience for your users. And you yourself will want to have the ability to share newly discovered content from anywhere, at anytime.

This article merely scratches the surface of what is sure to be a very important role for learning organizations in the coming years. Don’t miss the boat. Make content curation — including the development of a content cu- ration strategy and the identification of individuals responsible for managing and performing content curation. — a priority for your organization.

—The author is president of insidHR Communications, a consultancy focused on the corporate learning and HR markets.

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