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The serious game Pacific, designed by Gamelearn, was recognized with a gold medal in the 2016 International Serious Play Awards. The award recognizes projects that promote participation and multiply learning opportunities in both the education and corporate training sectors.

Pacific is in video game format and is designed for the development of leadership skills. It was launched with the aim of becoming a practical manual on how to run and manage high-performing teams.

Pacific turns leadership into a survival adventure to develop management skills such as:

-Defining roles, responsibilities and objectives

-Analyzing the needs of the team, improving processes and increasing motivation

-Resolving conflicts within the team

-Improving communication for the delegation of tasks

-Encouraging teamwork and performance orientation

Developed in 3D animation and HTML5 language to be adaptable to a variety of devices, Pacific is available in eight languages and requires only an internet connection.

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Trainers can incorporate marketing concepts in learning.

By Emma King, INXPO

Marketers have been leading the way for many years, delivering a simple yet attractive message in short snippets or segments, like TV advertising slots or social media. When training employees in a virtual learning environment, often the goals are very similar to that of a marketer’s, the strategy needs to grab the viewers’ attention and help them retain information. Luckily for trainers, marketers have already shown us many different tried and true best practices to apply to virtual learning.

Target your demographic. Marketers work to place their TV show on a channel that fits their ideal target audience. “Top Chef” wouldn’t air on MTV, and “The Deadliest Catch” would never air on E!. Applying this same concept, trainers should segment their content into different channels based on the learning profile, or demographic, of the specific user. Therefore, learning content that is relevant to the user is easily separated, ensuring that the learning topics are better focused to the user. Content should also be delivered wherever employees are with the option to choose to tune in from their phone, tablet or laptop.

Create an “Aha” moment in a short period of time. Successful marketing accommodates shorter attention spans and capitalizes on getting a message across in a short period of time while still making an impact. Successful learning must run off of the same concept. Effective trainers should be creating bite size chunks of content that are easier to absorb and retain within a minimum investment in time. 

Run a social media stream in parallel to content. Live tweeting during TV shows has become an increasingly popular way viewers engage with programming. Marketers know this helps drive activity with their audience. Having a strong presence on social media helps create a conversation around their messaging. When applicable to external audiences adding a social media stream can give learners a platform to share what they have learned and help people to stay engaged. Social streams continue the conversation and bring empowerment to the learners though interacting with thought leaders on the subject.

Give an easy reference. QR Codes, such as the one on the left, can often be found on the packaging of products that consumers purchase. The codes are often used to easily drive traffic to How to Guides & Instructional Videos. Marketers recognize that once the attention of their audience has been captured, they need to feel empowered to be satisfied with the purchase. For trainers, this applies to providing learners with a simple cheat sheet handout summarizing the key concepts they learned. The cheat sheet should be able to be downloaded anytime, anyplace, anywhere, in formats that meet the always-on culture we live in today.

Next time you tune into your favorite prime time show, watch the messaging; take note of how simply they incorporate music, catchphrases and interesting stories to capture your interest in the moment. Then, think how you can apply this concept when delivering your training program.


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Ytel, a cloud communications company is partnering with Zoho CRM. Text messaging functionality through a native integration with message360° is now available to Zoho customers due to the partnership. A Ytel solution, message360° is a Cloud Communications API that integrates Voice, Text, Email, and Direct Mail functionality into any web-based application.

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Expertus continues to build on its reputation with the release of the latest ExpertusONE learning management system (LMS). The LMS is an enterprise-class system to make learning self-service and accessible to learners where they want to learn. Expertus offers leading mobile, embeddable widgets, a Salesforce app, REST API integrations and an intuitive Groups-based user experience — which deliver targeted information to the learner and lead to an overall lift in learning adoption and productivity.

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5.12 Solutions Consulting Group is launching its first technology product, Coachmetrix. Sparked from a desire to innovate traditional, off-line leadership development programs, Coachmetrix offers web-based technology to optimize and measure the impact leaders make on organizations. The platform features tools that support widely-used leadership development practices like goal-setting and action-planning, but adds ongoing pulse feedback and progress metrics for more focused coaching sessions.

Coaches and trainers can easily deliver content specific to the participant and manage all communication and progress right from the main dashboard. Participants can create a secure cloud-based action plan and designate supporters to provide ongoing pulse feedback on specific behaviors related to their goals. Supporters' feedback ratings are graphed with participant self-assessment ratings for important input to 1-1 coaching sessions and tracking overall progress toward goals. Over time, these progress metrics provide a clear understanding of actual behavior changes that influence company culture and the bottom line.

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Google has allegedly shifted gears on a high-end stand-alone virtual reality headset that was meant to directly compete with Oculus Rift. In May, Google revealed Daydream, a mobile virtual reality platform. Sources now say the company plans to implement a different version as part of a larger hardware push. The updated plans include a screen and won’t require a computer or phone to power it. However, the device will be more in line with augmented reality than current virtual reality headsets.

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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.

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By 2020 Internet of Things (IoT) will be a factor in more than 25 percent of identified cybercrime but less than 10 percent of budgets will be devoted to IoT according to a Gartner study. Businesses, governments and individuals continue to invest in connected devices with roughly $281.54 million being spent on IoT security spending last year. Gartner predicts that $547.2 million will be spent on cybersecurity for IoT by 2018. The company also predicts that the cloud will continue to play a huge part in the cybersecurity industry — by 2020, half of all IoT implementations will use a form of cloud-based security service.

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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.

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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.

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