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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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BY RUTH VELORIA, EXECUTIVE DEAN, UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX,

If you've ever had the urge to hit the refresh button on your career, you're not alone.

Two-thirds of U.S. working adults sometimes feel their careers are stalled, and more than half have regretted a career misstep, according to a 2016 University of Phoenix School of Business survey.  Nearly half also admit to having no clear plan moving forward.  This is particularly concerning considering that in today's economy professionals are expected to adapt and respond to the rapidly evolving needs of businesses, which often requires advancing their skill sets throughout their careers.

In the 21st century job market, workers are staying in their careers longer than ever, and will likely face the reality that no single degree will meet their employer’s needs for the entirety of their career. Professionals across every industry are looking for courses to help them gain a competitive edge and grow their industry or professional skills to avoid career stagnation.

At all stages of your career, whether you’re just starting out, are a seasoned employee, or nearing retirement, it’s important to acquire new skills related to your job and passions. Expanding your knowledge means more than enhancing your value; it also demonstrates versatility and broadens your options should you decide it’s time to look at not just changing jobs, but changing careers.

Professional development courses can cover a range of management, leadership, marketing, human resources, business operation and technology skills that allow professionals with deep subject knowledge in an industry to get important training in managing people, staff conflicts or processes. Professionals not in a management role might beneft from a better understanding of how to use office productivity tools such as Microsoft Outlook, messaging and presentation software or learn to gather and analyze data to make better informed decisions.

Many working professionals may be intimidated by the time commitment required to pursue a full bachelor or graduate degree program. However, obtaining advanced certificates can be a highly effective option to stay competitive with the job market. Business certificates can provide a deeper exploration into areas such as human resources, project management, health administration, accounting and technology, and are increasingly aligned with industry standards and employer needs. University of Phoenix, for example, works with the Society of Human Resources Management and the National Retail Federation to help ensure programs prepare students to address industry demands.

Understanding the best education option for you takes some honest self-assessment. Examine your own skill gaps by reviewing professional development blogs, web articles and other resources that outline the background you’ll need for the job you desire. Take measure of the knowledge gaps that may threaten your organization’s growth and plot a path to professional development for yourself. Whether you grow your skills by taking on new projects at work for continued on-the-job learning, this underscores your commitment and ability to think strategically. Once the road map is in place, ongoing professional development and training can serve as markers you can follow to put you in a productive, happy and fulfilling workplace destination. Flexible options, online learning and professional development courses can make educational goals achievable and provide professionals with the opportunity to refresh — rather than restart — their careers. Learn more at phoenix.edu/programs/gainful-employment.

Sources: The Harris Poll on behalf of University of Phoenix School of Business, Feb. 29 - Mar. 2, 2016.

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BY RYAN J. NEGRI, MANAGING DIRECTOR, IRON YARD VENTURES

Outside investment can transform the future of a budding startup. It can take a company from a college dorm room, garage, or even the trunk of a car, and lead it down the path to becoming a multi-million or even billion-dollar corporation. To fund this investment, many entrepreneurs are turning to accelerators. These programs connect startups to venture capitalists who bring in seed money and give startups access to their experience and resources. In many cases, accelerators will provide office space, mentorship and other assets companies need to plant their roots and thrive.

Accelerators are a relatively new concept — according to Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs, more than 70 percent of existing accelerators were founded in 2008 or later. These programs have been helpful in guiding businesses to success. More than three out of every four businesses that participated in an accelerator program have a high survival rate.

According to the Seed Accelerator Ranking Project, one of the top accelerators in the country is Iron Yard Ventures. Founded in 2012, the organization touts its success in investing in more than 50 startup technology companies that have collectively produced hundreds of jobs and built a stream of capital topping $70 million.

Accelerators can be developed for any industry. Iron Yard’s hospitality accelerators, for example, focus on synchronizing top early-stage startups with industry-leading corporations in hospitality and gaming. Tech entrepreneurs connect with mentors, partners, investors and hospitality and casino companies to develop a business plan to success.

It’s this spirit of progress that attracted University of Phoenix. The University views Iron Yard Ventures as a major player when it comes to forward-moving innovation. Connecting talent with the means necessary to reimagine business in a burgeoning tech mecca is a recipe for success and has led to the creation of RedFlint, an innovation experience center that offers a hands-on learning ecosystem developed jointly by the University’s College of Information Systems and Technology and School of Business and Iron Yard Ventures. This trifecta of business development, educational experience and inventive culture will spark innovation and incubate the skills and strategy development necessary to revolutionize business and industry from the inside out.

RedFlint will serve as a testing lab where users will face real-life problems to cultivate creative thinking and develop forward-looking business solutions. Users will incubate concepts through the use of the latest technologies, such as data analytics and digital marketing tools, allowing startups to have an edge and avoid traditional early business mistakes. And with the help of Iron Yard Ventures, RedFlint will accelerate startups by connecting them with the necessary resources, mentoring and connections needed to get of the ground and running.

The path to building and growing a business is evolving and must be more collaborative than ever. RedFlint allows students, businesses and the community to come together to create solutions through new technologies, bringing to life the 21st century model of entrepreneurship and business growth. Learn more about RedFlint at: redfintvegas.com

Sources:

1. Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs; Bridging the “Pioneer Gap”: The Role of Accelerators in Launching High-Impact Enterprises, pg. 5 and 19

2. Iron Yard Ventures; Announcing the Las Vegas Hospitality Accelerator powered by Iron Yard Ventures

3. Iron Yard Ventures; Las Vegas Hospitality Accelerator

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