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GC Learning Services, LLC is launching a new library on the Coggno platform offering universal, affordable, off-the-shelf generic training courses for sale in celebration of its 20th anniversary. A discount is being offered to companies who purchase a minimum of 10 licenses.

The new platform enables companies to easily download licensed courses for immediate use for one, ten, or hundreds of employees at a time at discounted bulk rates. The first course, titled Effective Meeting Strategies, takes the learner through a five-step process on how to conduct an effective meeting. From creating an agenda to assigning action items, participants learn how to have successful and effective meetings. Courses include audio, video, offline activities such as worksheets, graded assessments and printable certificates upon passing completion of each course.

—Learn More: www.gclearningservices.com

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Companies increased spending on training by 10 percent in 2015.

Most will agree that spending on training is a good sign — it means the company is healthy enough to invest in itself and it helps keep employees motivated by promoting from within. According to Bersin by Deloitte’s Corporate Learning Facebook, businesses across the country spent 10 percent more on corporate training in 2015 than they did in 2014, a sign of a strong economy and that companies are working to retain talent.

Companies continue to spend the most on management and leadership training. One of the most effective ways for training in this category — and all categories — is individualized plans for each person’s specific skill sets. Each employee should be trained based on their capabilities and productivity in the organization. Consider investing more in workers who are open to change and full of ideas. Channel their enthusiasm to create a culture of independent, self-paced learners who are willing to handle criticism gracefully and move on to build a better company. 

—Learn More: http://marketing.bersin.com/corporate-learning-factbook-2015.html

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A new MOOC course for a new one-of-a-kind leadership and development program launched this summer on the FutureLearn platform. The new program was created by Charter Management Institute (CMI) and The Open University Business School (OUBS). CMI and OUBS have developed the Management and Leadership: Growing as a Manager MOOC to address the growing appetite for online education by digital savvy managers. According to CMI’s 2015 Learning to Lead report, only 20 percent of managers say that digital learning they have undertaken has been accredited.

The two-part MOOC has been designed for new, aspiring or existing managers to develop professional skills. The courses are open to anyone regardless of previous qualifications or educational experience. Each course in the program takes learners three hours of study per week, over the course of four weeks. Managers will be able to update their skillset through a blended approach including social learning, self-directed study and peer learning.

After completing both parts of the MOOC, managers will be eligible to take a CMI Level 5 Award in Management and Leadership, which will help them work towards achieving professional Chartered Manager status.

—More info: www.managers.org.uk

 

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Version 10 (v10) of eLogic Learning’s eSSential LMS is now available to all current and new clients.

This latest version of the eSSential LMS was based off of feedback the company received from current clients as well as numerous industry analysts. The intent was to create a more modern LMS design as well as improve various features within the system for an even better user and administrator experience. It’s easy to use for both administrators and learners; has a configurable design; has an advanced e-commerce engine; robust reporting capabilities; supports many authoring tools such as Claro, Articulate and Captivate; and is supported on mobile platforms.

—Learn More: www.elogiclearning.com

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Annual performance reviews are on their way out and many large companies are shifting their ways to measure employee benchmarks in relation to their goals. In February, IBM launched an app, Checkpoint, for employees to set shorter-term goals and have managers review them and give them feedback at least quarterly. Even General Electric, which once prophesized the annual performance review, is walking away from it. Previously known for ranking employees each year and firing the bottom 10 percent (that system was ended about a decade ago), it’s now ending annual performance reviews and legacy performance management system in favor of more frequent feedback via an app.

IBM and General Electric may be on the right track: 45 percent of HR leaders do not think annual performance reviews are an accurate appraisal for employee’s work and 42 percent do not think employees are rewarded according to their job performance according to a SHRM/Globoforce survey. Frequent feedback and employee recognition programs are two ways for organizations to meet challenges.

—More info: http://www.globoforce.com/news/press-releases-archive/shrmgloboforce-survey-reveals-growing-impact-of-recognition-programs-on-performance-management/

 

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In the past, universities had their choice on top Artificial Intelligence (AI) engineers, but with technology giants Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Baidu expanding their AI activities to $8.5 billion in deals in 2015 alone, universities are having a hard time keeping up with the high salaries and exuberant perks that so often come with Silicon Valley.

Those students in the highest demand are experts in machine learning, tech companies have them perform many tasks such as spam-filtering, targeting better online ad placement, building self-driving cars and machines that spot diseases from images.

In the Deep Learning field, where computers gather conclusions based on data sets similar to a human brain, nearly 40 percent of papers are written by corporate-affiliated authors according to a University of Toronto study. 

Graduates are drawn to large tech firms for more than just the salary and the perks — most grant them access to lots of computing power and large data sets — and the freedom from the uncertainty of securing research grants.

Another risk seen in this trend is that most large tech companies are located in the United States. Countries such as Canada, who have been focusing on AI for a long time, will be hurt if their brightest staff members and graduates relocate across the border.

—Learn More: www.quid.com; www.utoronto.ca

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Deals and sessions focused on artificial intelligence and its role in the future.

Allen & Co. hosted its 34th annual conference in Sun Valley, Idaho and many of that United States’ most powerful business and technology professionals attended the event. Machine technology was heavily emphasized during the week-long event. General Motors is cutting deals with Apple and Google to create connected dashboards for some of its cars as a way to combat the rise of Uber and the onslaught of automated technology. Sony is working on a robot that builds an emotional bond with people.

Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn, talked about the increase in machine technology and its effects on careers, not just in the manufacturing sphere, but in the professional sphere as well. Doctors, attorneys and others will be able to mine large amounts of data with the new technology in as little as 20 years. Hoffman believes that this could be good for the American economy because it is very tech-centric, but Americans need to tread cautiously. “Yes, jobs are going away; we’ve got to focus on entrepreneurship and creating new jobs,” he told CNBC. One of the ways people can prepare themselves for this shift is to have the technology knowledge, capabilities and skillsets to work with machines.

—Learn More: http://video.cnbc.com/gallery/?video=3000532708

 

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Celebrating 11 years of success, The Best of Elearning! Awards recognizes best-in-class solutions for learning and workplace technology products and services across 27 categories.

Executives leveraging learning and workplace technologies, including readers, practitioners, and community members from both the private and public sectors, are invited to cast their vote for the Best of Elearning! Awards until September 1, 2016.

All of the nominations are placed by users in an open format. Unlike other awards events, there is no fee to nominate a solutions provider. The only requirement is that the nominations be made by users of learning and workplace technologies.  Winners of selected categories will be revealed in the fall and in Elearning! Magazine’s December 2016 “Best of Elearning!” issue.

“Every year our industry evolves.  In a recent survey, more than 85 percent of respondents have personally recommended an e-learning solution to a peer over the last 12 months,” says Catherine Upton, CEO and Group Publisher, Elearning! Magazine. “Award recognition clearly impacts the decision-making process and our Best of Elearning! program formalizes this process by publishing the recommendations of actual users.”

Since 2004, the Best of Elearning! and Elearning! Media Group have honored more than 300 products and services nominated by more than 25,000 executives. In 2017, the Best of Elearning! honorees will be showcased at a celebration of excellence.

—Learn More: http://www.2elearning.com/awards/best-of-elearning-awards

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Missed the summer's show schedule? Well, our editors made sure you don't miss out on the new and the next in learning technology.

In a recent study, 2 out of 3 learning leaders have experienced virtual reality and 62% believe Virtual Reality for Learning is here to stay. A look at the trade show floors still show a surprising low number of VR vendors. But, three stood out to us.


If your are sourcing a partner to create the virtual experience Manzalab showcased a game-like simulated environment. With a nod of the head, you can select (click) and travel down a path. The other end of the spectrum is SilVR Thread founded by Hollywood cinematographers. Their virtual experience simulates the operating room, skiing down a slope with all the twists and turns you would expect in real life. Last, was a surprise at Litmos by Callidus Cloud, who hosted a Virtual Reality experience on their LMS. Yes,  LMSs can host VR for learning, ask Litmos.

Some cool stuff is affordable. 

TruScribe, creators of animation by drawing, opens its library of images for a low $50/year to any e-learning developer or instructional designer. Of course, custom images are quoted separately.

Snappico by Epignosis offers an affordable authoring tool for the undesigner. No need to know HTML, etc. The easy-to-use tool is point and click to create e-learning, mobile content and more.

 

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Microsoft acquired LinkedIn for $26.2 billion. In recent years, Microsoft has been working to stay on top of the business and technology world, and adding LinkedIn to its portfolio seems like an obvious connection. Microsoft’s Chief Executive Satya Nadella wants the deal to open new horizons for Microsoft Office and LinkedIn. Currently, professionals use the two entities separately, but his goal is to weave the pieces together and have them work simultaneously. One way this could happen is by connecting LinkedIn to Microsoft Office calendar invites — meeting attendees could get to know more about one another in the same platform.  Nadella also stressed that Microsoft sees opportunities in Lynda.com, which was acquired by LinkedIn in 2015 for $1.5 billion.

 

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