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Skillsoft Launches Free Leadership Trial

Insufficient training and development is cited by senior executives as the #2 reason for leadership…

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.

—Learn More: www.ytel.com

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Rather than calling the doctor when immediately getting a headache or turning to WebMD’s often scary and unrealistic diagnoses, individuals will soon be able use smarter symptom search from the privacy of their own home for their immediate health care concerns. Although not meant to replace a doctor, Google will bring the smarter symptom search to the app by combing through the millions of health conditions mentioned in web results on the platform and then check them against medical information collected from doctors. Google’s Cloud Machine Learning platform powers voice-command search in the app and could help refine searches bringing better results based on what Google already knows about the individual.

—Learn more: https://googleblog.blogspot.com/2016/06/im-feeling-yucky-searching-for-symptoms.html

 

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Microsoft Office is launching a new product to its line-up, Microsoft Planner. The team collaboration software gives users a visual platform to organize plans, assign tasks, share files, chat and more. Planners use of “Boards” keep projects organized. “Cards” are on the boards and utilize due dates, attachments, categories and conversations. The Cards can be organized into “Buckets” which can be color-coded and prioritized.

One of the benefits of Planner is that it’s easily integrated into other Microsoft Office services allowing users to attach Word, Excel and PowerPoint files to a card. Beyond that, the program integrates with OneNote and every plan has a OneNote Notebook created for it.

—Learn More: www.microsoft.com

 

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With the goal of helping veterans find gainful employment in the technology industry, VetTechTrek was launched in 2015 and matched nearly 200 veterans and spouses with technology startups in New York, Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C. Soon, the organization was overwhelmed with requests from companies and veterans looking to participate in the program. In response, VetTechTrek launched Project Standard, a library of lessons that help veterans translate their work in the military to civilian work. Lessons are available in three content categories: companies, topics and roles. 

—Learn More: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/vettechtrek/a-digital-library-to-build-incredible-post-militar/description

 

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LinkedIn is doing away with its current student services May 16 in favor of a new app, LinkedIn Students, launched in late April. The app is meant to be a less-intimidating way to help students find jobs — it asks where the student goes to college, what his or her major is, and his or her expected graduation date – then, the app matches students with alumni in similar fields, recommends jobs in the students’ network and suggested reading.

LinkedIn reports that more 2015 graduates found jobs through it in the technology and professional services sectors than in any other industry.

Learn more: students.linkedin.com

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It’s tedious — and expensive — for humans to scrutinize data looking for abnormalities, and that’s why MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory developed its AI2 method. AI2 uses artificial intelligence to screen data daily from tens of millions of log lines and then flags anything deemed suspicious. A data analyst checks any of the flags and the method helps identify around 85-percent of attacks and saves time analysts normally spend chasing false leads.

Much like any AI system, AI2 must be trained. When it reports the errors, an analyst lets it know which ones are false meaning its becoming more successful. Most of what AI2 does is reactive, meaning it helps a company determine what happened and how to proceed. However, the learning capabilities AI2 possesses strengthen its intelligence and saves workers time every single day.

Learn More: web.mit.edu

 

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Consumer technology for training, as seen at the 2016 Consumer Technlolgy Show (CTS)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ON THE GO TRANSLATOR

LogoBar is a hand-held device that you can wear around your neck or place on your key fob. Go to any country, and this device will translate between any two languages. In my case, English to Italian, or Spanish or Chinese, depending upon where I travel next. Best news, you don’t need the Internet or international phone. It is entirely standalone! Bad news is it you have to buy another LogoBar if you want more than one language translated. Target retail price is $99 each.

—More info: www.logobar.com

 

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A WEARABLE WATCH YOU CAN HEAR THROUGH

TipTalk is a wristband for your Apple Watch or the like. With this band you don’t need ear buds, headset or the like to hear your Apple Watch conversation. It uses your index fnder and vibrations to transmit sound to your ear. I didn’t believe it until I tried it. Found them in the Samsung Booth of innovation partners. Estimated Retail Price: $80.

—More info: www.innomdlelab.com

 

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3-D SMARTPHONE SCREEN TRANSFORMER

Neth3D Mobile offers the 3D Screen Transformer and Protector. It protects your favorite smartphone with a specialized screen protect, and allows you to see 3-D without glasses using the Net3D application. The surface feels like a holographic paper, but is thin, lightweight and easy to apply and remove. Just think, 3-D videos at the switch of a screen protector.

—More info: http://neth3d.com

 

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BUILD BRAIN POWER & TURN OUT THE LIGHTS

Imagine with a thought, you can change your environment. BrainCo demonstrated a prototype of Focus1, a brain-control device that consists of a cap, sofware and Bluetooth-enabled devices. When wearing the cap, you train the sofware to “read” your thoughts. You can control Bluetooth-enabled devices, like lighting, a robotic arm, vision goggles and other tasks with a thought. Designed by a group of scientists from Harvard and BIT, Focus1 empowers your brain to control everything. Applications include communicating pain levels, training disabled limbs, and communicating at a distance with others. The use of the device also has shown improvements in users concentration and brain activity.

—More info: www.brainco.tech

 

VIDEO EMOTIONAL ANALYTICS APPLICATION

What do you get when you pair live video with emotional analytics applications? You see what the person is feeling on video. At CES 2016, ooVoo debuted Intelligent Video, with partner MIT’s spinoff Afectiva. Afectiva’s Afdex emotion-sensing technology, when coupled with ooVoo’s high-quality video chat SDK, analyzes facial expressions in real time to discern a user’s emotions, e.g., whether a person is engaged, amused, surprised or confused. With this layer of emotion measurement, Intelligent Video is poised to transform personal and business interactions as it enhances mobile video communications with a more engaging and authentic experience.

The market opportunity for Intelligent Video is significant, as individuals seek more intimate relationships with connections, and businesses look to develop stronger and more nuanced relationships with their customers. The applicability of Intelligent Video will cross a wide range of industries and consumer interactions — from HR recruiting and job interviews, to market research focus groups, as well as consumer applications, such as an app that broadcasts the vibe of a chat room.

—More info: www.oovoo.com

 

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VIRTUAL REALITY STARTER KIT

You don’t have to be a game developer to launch virtual reality. Today, 360-degree cameras help you jumpstart the creation of your learning environment via video. The Vuze VR Kit includes a panoramic 4K-resolution camera with lenses mounted in 306 degrees. The Vuze camera is almost pocket size. The kit includes Vuze Studio to install on your computer and the Vuze app for your smartphone. Studio generates automatic VR movies, real-time stitching, editing and 3-D effects. VR headset, minipod and selfe stick are included. Package retails for less than $2,000. Powered by HumanEyes technology.

—More info: www.vuze.camera

 

VIRTUAL REALITY 3-D CAMERA, SOFTWARE

VideoStitch is a Virtual Reality solution that includes video capture sofware, editing, and support. Use your own 360-degree camera and headset, or package it with VideoStitch products. From industrial training applications to creating live video courses for learners to attend virtually.

—More info: www.video-stitch.com

 

VIRTUAL LEARNING SERVICE

Lenovo’s first sofware-as-a-service (SaaS) application comes in the form of an AirClass virtual learning service. With the AirClass Activity Stream, instructors and students can share documents, photos, videos and comments that can be reviewed or updated anytime, even when class is not in session. Plus, AirClass is connected with Google Drive, Microsof OneDrive and Office 365 Apps to make sharing even easier. AirClass is built on top of the Stoneware Cloud platform that Lenovo acquired in 2012. What makes it different is that the cameras on the devices can be used to capture and analyze the level of attention being paid to any given presentation.

—More info: https://www.airclass.com

 

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VIRTUAL REALITY CONTROL AT YOUR FINGERTIPS

Being immersed in a virtual environment for the frst time is a life-altering experience. But afer entering one, what can you touch or control? Rink offers you handheld controllers to reach out and touch anything in the virtual environment. Another Samsung innovator lab partner, Rink works with Samsung Gear VR, Google Cardboard and more. I.T. senses your hands and fngers with low latency. 360-degree hand tracking, finger movement sensing and mobile VR support are enabled.

—More info: www.rinktech.co

 

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UNDERSTANDING PEOPLE BETTER

Traitify has taken Myers-Briggs to the photo gallery. This personality API lets you understand people in ways that were previously impossible. People see the world in pictures, not words. In Traitify, people see a series of pictures and simply respond “ME” or “NOT ME.” The visuals stimulate thoughts, emotions and experiences left uncovered by traditional assessments. Use Traitify’s API to capture information during on-boarding, profile management and voila! — instant, actionable data to create better matches, efficient teams and make smarter recommendations.

—More info: www.traitify.com

 

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PROJECTOR MAKES ANY FLAT SURFACE A BIG SCREEN

Meet Beam. It can turn any flat surface into a big screen. It is a powerful projector equipped with a smarter computer. Beam is easy to set up and control with the Apple or Android app. You can screw it into any light socket or use the included power cable to place on any flat surface. No more bulky LCDs. Beam is portable, affordable and interactive.

—More info: www.beamlabsinc.com

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Red Roof’s Learning Pathway to a Competitive Advantage

BY CHRIS OSBORN AND VICKI HOUSTON

Red Roof Inn’s stated corporate goal is to be the No. 1 hotel in the economy segment of the hospitality industry.

But the hospitality industry is frequently among the hardest hit during economic downturns as people find less discretionary income to spend on travel — particularly when competing in the economy segment of the industry. So finding any edge to win business and build customer loyalty is absolutely essential to success.

Reaching No. 1 in any industry for any organization is extremely challenging. But the challenge is compounded a bit by the organizational structure of Red Roof Inn — a common occurrence in the hotel industry. Properties are a blend of corporate-owned and -operated and franchise-owned and -operated. Therefore, to bring the entire chain into one unifying customer-centric culture requires management skills that are complex and high-touch. Communications to properties must be an artful blend of diplomacy, marketing, education and influence. Every location manager has to understand the “why” behind initiatives and training programs, and every property manager and franchisee needs to see the connection between brand initiatives and his or her own bottom line. With more than 400 properties all over the United States and now including international markets, these complex communication and education challenges are more daunting than ever.

ENTER RED ACADEMY

In order to reach its goals, Red Roof Inn had to address very specific business needs. The Learning and Development team realized that it must provide knowledge, support and continuous learning to the field teams that include:

>> managers/owners,
>> hourly GSRs (guest service representatives),
>> corporate office and call center teams, and
>> senior management.

The expressed strategic goal was to ensure properties across the entire brand consistently deliver the highest level of quality, service and value to their guests.

Like many other organizations with widely dispersed workforces, Red Roof Inn faces obstacles like making training easy and convenient to access for employees at all levels, and the ability to provide “just-in-time” training for programs to make the greatest positive impact. The organization must also track the completion of training across the brand, and it must provide compelling content to meet the changing needs of its teams to keep them growing and developing. All of these challenges must be met with an eye on the cost of labor.

RED Academy was built with the end user in mind. Like most organizations, Red Roof Inn views managing labor costs as a priority, but beyond the costs, it’s about effective and efficient use of time. With cost-control objectives in mind, learning program managers migrated Red Roof tools, resources, manuals, templates and videos from two existing SharePoint sites. A key priority was to make it easy for employees to find what they need. This was accomplished by adding metatags to each resource to ensure that no matter how users searched for content, they could find the information they need.

Employees access RED Academy literally anyplace and anytime. Running a 24/7 business means it’s impossible to hold training sessions for all employees at the same time. The ability to take “on-demand” training allows the brand to deliver the same consistent message to all employees, who can now access learning away from the hotel, or from the office, and from the classroom. Managers and employees can access and launch training from any computer or phone and any location — and for today’s learner, that means everything.

NEAR PERFECT RESULTS

The impact of the program (in partnership with BizLibrary) has been outstanding. It all begins with high-level employee use. If Red Roof Inn couldn’t get employees interested in the learning program and engaged in the content, there was no chance the program could influence the business challenges the company faced. So RED Academy was introduced in a planned, methodical way designed to test, evaluate and adjust in incremental steps as needed. Managers got the first glimpse to get them engaged, and then mandatory compliance training was rolled out to every corporate-owned and -operated property.

It turns out the strategy worked nearly to perfection. Location managers now seek additional development opportunities via the BizLibrary Collection, which includes thousands of videos on a wide range of business skills topics. Managers are also using RED Academy more frequently to access their daily operational tools, templates and materials, which was exactly why Red Roof moved these resources out of SharePoint. These materials, plus the learning resources, are now located in one central location with much easier access for more than 4,500 employees at all 400-plus locations. The result of making this content easier to access is proven by the data.

As the data shows, employees have fully embraced RED Academy as the “go-to” place for learning and development. For the entire 2014 calendar year, employees accumulated 9,336 continuing education credits — compared to nearly 12,500 through the first nine months of this year. And the number of course completions inside the BizLibrary system is even more staggering, jumping from 15,529 for all of 2014 to 26,455 through the first nine months of this year — a 70 percent increase with three months to go.

Red Roof Inn continues to emphasize continuous learning as a means to reach its goal as No. 1 hotel in the economy market segment. According to the ReviewMetrix Customer Satisfaction Index, Red Roof has earned the top spot in online guest reviews for five consecutive years in the economy lodging segment.

ON THE HORIZON…

Red Roof Inn’s senior leaders see more value going forward in RED Academy LMS, so they are thinking of new ways to use the powerful tool in the future. One possibility includes integrating RED Academy with Red Roof Inn’s new Human Resource Information System to get new employees using RED Academy for newhire training from their first day.

Additionally, the I.T. and Quality departments are looking at ways to integrate the statistics from courses completed in RED with a “quality dashboard” to further simplify quality metrics for the brand.

Meanwhile, the Training and Human Resources teams want to continue to find new ways to use the BizLibrary Collection and custom content to both support and develop successful teams at every level in the brand.

So the future is bright, and the use of the system in partnership with BizLibrary looks like it will continue delivering business benefits for some time to come.

—Editor’s Note: “Red Roof” and “Red Roof Inn” are registered trademarks. “One Brand. One Focus.” is a registered slogan. “ReviewMetrix” is a trademark.

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The 2015 “Best of Elearning!” awards honor best-in-class solutions across the learning and technology marketplace. Celebrating their 11th year, the awards received more nominations for more brands in more categories than ever.

Best of Elearning! awards are the industry’s exclusive users’-choice awards. All nominations are made directly by users of solutions. More than 4,000 nominations were received in 2015.

“Given the number of nominations, to make the list in 2015 is quite an honor,” says Catherine Upton, Elearning! Media Group’s publisher. “There is no better honor than to be nominated by users and customers of these best-in-class solutions.”

The Best of Elearning! awards program was first implemented to formalize the recommendation and purchase process for the e-learning community. Research indicated 85 percent of readers had recommended an e-learning solution to a peer over the most recent 12-month period, and 61 percent claimed that award recognition “impacts their decision” to consider a product or service. The “Best of E-learning!” program formalizes this referral process.

BIG WINNERS

Multiple winners this year are BizLibrary (three), ej4 (three) and Adobe (two). Repeat winners from last year are:

>> Skillsoft Leadership Development Training in the Leadership Development category,
>> Cornerstone OnDemand Unified Talent Management in the TMS category,
>> Inxpo Online Learning Environment in the Virtual Learning Environment category,
>> ej4 Business Skills Library in the Soft Skills Content category, >> mLevel’s Game-Based Learning Platform in the Gamification category,
>> Vubiz Compliance Training in the Compliance Training category, and
>> Adobe Captivate in the Mobile Authoring category this year and the Best Simulation category last year.

BEST OF THE BEST

An exclusive handful of organizations have won Best of Elearning! (best-in-class solution) and Learning! 100 honors (top global learning organization). These honorees are: Skillsoft; Cisco; SuccessFactors, an SAP Company; Inxpo; IBM; Adobe; and Oracle.

ABOUT THE VOTING PROCESS

Elearning! Media Group community members, readers, subscribers and online visitors were invited to nominate their solution provider via an online ballot during June 1 to October 15, 2015. The ballot was openended with 30 categories stipulated. At close, the ballots were reviewed. Duplicates were removed, vendor ballots were nullified as well as votes without a verifiable company domain address (ex.: gmail, aol, etc.). Editors verified product types and categories before counting. The top vote earners in each category were identified as finalists. Those with a 10 percent lead over all other products in a category earned category winner status. Close vote counts and runner-ups earned Award of Excellence. To learn more, visit www.2elearning.com/ awards/best-of-elearning-awards.

AND THE WINNERS ARE….

Elearning! and Government Elearning! magazines take great pride in announcing the Best of Elearning! 2015 winners:

 

Learning Platforms

 

LMS CLOUD

 

Winner:
BizLibrary LMS

PRODUCT INFORMATION

BizLibrary’s complete learning platform meets the needs of today’s learners involved with both online training and classroom training.

The LMS delivers all of its critical functions at an affordable price. As a Softwareas-a-Service (SaaS) provider, BizLibrary manages access to the application, including security, availability, and performance, allowing I.T. personnel to focus on improving the day-to-day technical operations of your company providing rapid deployment, easy administration and quicker return on investment.

FEATURES/BENEFITS

>> Fully hosted and maintained
>> Easily import of SCORM and AICC content
>> Integrated email messaging and notifications
>> User-generated comments and ratings
>> More than 50 standard reports
>> Filtering based on groups, date range, courses, activity and more

CUSTOMERS

Go Solution, Marquette Savings Bank, Covenant Healthcare, Bally Technologies

CONTACT INFORMATION

285 Chesterfield Business Parkway Chesterfield, MO 63005

(888) 432-3077

www.bizlibrary.com

 

Award of Excellence:
Intellum Exceed LMS

PRODUCT INFORMATION

Intellum’s Exceed combines flexible content management, enrollment, assessment and reporting functionality with a clean user experience that drives course completion. It seamlessly handles off-the-shelf and custom courseware, instructor-led, “blended,” and virtual classes, videos, and a wide range of informal learning content.

Optimized for mobile devices, it also has cutting-edge assessment and survey functionality built-in. Access a variety of auto-graded question types or free-form response options, like long-text answers and user-recorded video responses, which can then be graded by instructors or peers.

FEATURES/BENEFITS

>> Powerful, elegant and simple to use
>> Rapid deployment: most customers are up and running in less than a month
>> Unlimited, real-time reporting
>> User language localization
>> Rapid integration with enterprise and HR software

CUSTOMERS

AlliedBarton Security Service, Randstad Professionals U.S., Titleist

CONTACT INFORMATION

3525 Piedmont Rd. NE, Suite 7-210 Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 890-7690
www.intellum.com

 

Award of Excellence:
Litmos LMS

PRODUCT INFORMATION

The Litmos API platform allows you to integrate with any system, including a separate version that integrates with Salesforce (“Litmos LMS for Salesforce”).

The best part of Litmos is that it is a hosted training system, which means you don’t need help from the I.T. department to set it up and get started. You can literally begin creating your courses in minutes.

And it has an intuitive user interface that is fully responsive, built using powerful and flexible BootStrap technology.

FEATURES/BENEFITS

>> Accessible anywhere from the Cloud or mobile device
>> Partner and contractor certification
>> SCORM- and Tin Can-compliant
>> Core features include course builder, assessment, quizzes, surveys with feedback, checklists, course library, reports, dashboards, e-commerce, gamification with leaderboards and CEUs, messages, learning paths

CUSTOMERS

Zumba, Build.com, Advance Financial, Cenegenics, West Bend Insurance

CONTACT INFORMATION

4140 Dublin Blvd., Suite 400 Dublin, CA 94588
(925) 251-2220
www.litmos.com

 

 

LMS ENTERPRISE

 

Winner:
SumTotal Learn

PRODUCT INFORMATION

SumTotal Learn provides the personalized, contextual learning required to help your people be better at their jobs while they are doing them. The company can serve all your learning needs — from simple to complex requirements. Especially in compliance-heavy industry verticals, such as manufacturing, airlines, healthcare and financial services. It has been in learning management since 1985, serving hundreds of industries, across 156 countries worldwide.

FEATURES/BENEFITS

>> Choose your deployment option, SaaS, hosted or on-premise
>> Reduce your total cost of ownership
>> Personalized, intuitive user experience
>> Built-in advanced reporting
>> Mobile and offline learning capabilities CUSTOMERS McAfee, Edward Jones, Capgemini

CONTACT INFORMATION

2850 NW 43rd St., Suite 150 Gainesville, FL 32606
(352) 264-2800 or (866) 768-6825
www.sumtotalsystems.com

 

 

TMS

 

Award of Excellence:
IBM Kenexa Talent Manager

PRODUCT INFORMATION

The suite of IBM Kenexa talent products includes BrassRing, Skills Assessments, Talent Insights, Talent Acquisition Suite, Survey Enterprise and BrassRing Candidate Relationship Manager.

BrassRing allows its users to attract and hire top talent using applicant tracking systems. Then, you can quickly sift through talent pools with the right skills assessment test. Making decisions is easier using Talent Insights’ analytics. The Talent Acquisition Suite hiring solution helps you attract, hire and onboard top talent. The remaining two products help you build a better employee engagement survey and devise a proactive recruitment marketing campaign.

FEATURES/BENEFITS

>> Attract the right candidates to the right roles
>> Understand what motivates and engages employees
>> Build compensation and reward programs that invest in your employees
>> Foster organizational growth
>> Manage talent while maximizing their performance

CUSTOMERS

Potash, FRHI, the Apollo Education Group, H&R Block

CONTACT INFORMATION

650 E. Swedesford Rd. Wayne, PA 19087
(877) 426-3774
www-01.ibm.com/software/smarter workforce/

 

Award of Excellence:
SumTotal Talent

PRODUCT INFORMATION

SumTotal Talent offers the ability to discover hidden talent and capabilities within your current workforce and provide tools to help all of your people be more productive. With SumTotal Talent solutions, you can unlock hidden potential in your people and watch your business soar.

FEATURES/BENEFITS

>> Improve employee engagement because employees understand how their work connects to overall strategy
>> Reduce voluntary turnover as employees understand how to build a career with you and acquire new skills
>> Increase productivity as you show employees how to get better at their jobs
>> Achieve better visibility because analytics are embedded in all of our solutions
>> Integrate solutions easily because our solutions are built on the flexible, scalable elixHR Platform
>> Offer employees the best possible development opportunities that are most applicable to building the skills and competencies required for the job with contextual recommendations and actions

CUSTOMERS

Edward Jones, Capgemini, Express Scripts, Pfizer

CONTACT INFORMATION

2850 NW 43rd St., Suite 150 Gainesville, FL 32606
(352) 264-2800 or (866) 768-6825
www.sumtotalsystems.com

 

 

SOCIAL LEARNING

 

Winner:
BizLibrary Community

PRODUCT INFORMATION

In a knowledge-based world, employees need immediate access to information and data to perform at their full potential. BizLibrary’s Community puts the collective knowledge of your entire organization at everyone’s fingertips.

With Community, your business can increase employee engagement, communication, collaboration and innovation. You can also increase (a) the efficiency of your employee learning and training and (b) organizational I.Q.

FEATURES/BENEFITS

>> Share documents, files, ideas and status updates
>> Ask and answer questions
>> Organize employees into communities based on job role, function, team, project, etc.
>> Share links or files for input, ideas and suggestions
>> Post best practices learned from clients
>> Search and sort posts by content and tags CUSTOMERS Go Solution, Marquette Savings Bank, Covenant Healthcare, Bally Technologies

CONTACT INFORMATION

285 Chesterfield Business Parkway Chesterfield, MO 63005
(888) 432-3077
www.bizlibrary.com

 

Award of Excellence:
Cisco Collaborative Knowledge Program

PRODUCT INFORMATION

Cisco Collaborative Knowledge is a complete, end-to-end solution that strategically combines best-in-class digital workplace capabilities to redefine the customer and employee experience. With it, organizations can gain the critical information they need in real-time to make informed business decisions. The result: improved performance, productivity, and competitive advantage.

The Cisco Collaborative Knowledge “digital workplace” solution can empower your organization with the digital tools and technology it needs to access experts, learning, and knowledge in real time. It can help you solve real-world business challenges anytime, anywhere.

FEATURES/BENEFITS

>> Mobilize your workforce with knowledge, speed, and flexibility to create a more empowered, productive and engaged organization
>> Foster a culture of continuous learning and innovation
>> Form agile teams to rapidly collaborate on and innovate new solutions
>> Capture, share, and manage content with laptops, tablets, and smartphones
>> Access data that is synchronized and stored in Cisco Collaborative Knowledge
>> View information online or offline

CONTACT INFORMATION

170 West Tasman Dr. San Jose, CA 95134

(800) 553-6387

 

 

VIRTUAL CLASSROOM

 

Award of Excellence:
Inxpo Virtual Classroom

PRODUCT INFORMATION

Inxpo’s Virtual Classroom is an interactive way to educate corporate and enterprise learners through video and open collaboration on a single platform. Virtual Classrooms have enabled organizations to better track learning progress, provide certification, and analyze knowledge gaps for better education programs.

Inxpo’s Learning Environments & Virtual Classrooms are globally accessible, and can be cloned and reused for different programs. With the combination of video, collaborative tools and making learning truly a conversation, Inxpo’s Learning Environments and Virtual Classrooms deliver the ultimate blended learning experience in a cost-effective way.

FEATURES/BENEFITS

>> Scheduled and self-paced virtual classroom
>> Engagement through gamification, badging and interaction
>> Mentoring and peer to peer community support

CONTACT INFORMATION

770 N. Halsted St., Suite 6S Chicago, IL 60642

(312) 962-3708

 

 

VIRTUAL EVENT PLATFORM

 

Winner:
Inxpo Virtual Learning Environment

PRODUCT INFORMATION

Inxpo’s Learning Environments are private and secure virtual learning portals that incorporate interactive user forums and group collaboration to help build a community and promote knowledge transfer through open content sharing.

Inxpo’s Online Learning Environment gives users the power to connect with a global audience and tailor the event to meet business objectives. The environment gives learning professionals full and self-service options for creating stimulating, measurable and secure online events. It also has robust analytics and reporting that includes chart slicing, monitoring of downloads and interactive data zoom and scroll.

FEATURES/BENEFITS

>> Live and on-demand programming
>> Recommended content keeps users engaged
>> Scalable to more than 100,000 visitors
>> Track results real-time and measure effectiveness

CUSTOMERS

Association of Corporate Travel Executives, RSA Security Analytics, Professional Convention Management Association

CONTACT INFORMATION

770 N. Halsted St., Suite 6S Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 962-3708

 

Award of Excellence:
InterCall Virtual Event Platform

PRODUCT INFORMATION

InterCall virtual events for marketing, training and recruiting are an innovative channel to engage with your customers, prospects, partners and employees. Some ways to use virtual events include: user conferences, trade shows, product launches, company meetings, partner communities, road shows, sales kick-offs, employee training, corporate universities, roundtables and job fairs.

FEATURES/BENEFITS

>> Easy to use and learn: The platform is intuitive and easy to navigate. It does not require users to switch applications or click through multiple pop-ups
>> Better communication tool: Rich registration information, activity data and comprehensive lead ranking. All data is delivered through web-based reporting, which makes it easy to access and share information with partners and sponsors
>> Customizable branding: Up and running in a matter of hours, with point-and-click customization and predefined templates and themes
>> Global reach in multiple languages: available in 17 languages with a global services model, which is crucial for delivering online events to an international audience

CUSTOMERS

Novartis, IBM, KPMG, Fortune magazine, Spark Interactive

CONTACT INFORMATION

8420 W. Bryn Mawr, Suite 1100 Chicago, IL 60631
(773) 399-1600
www.intercall.com

 

Content

 

ADAPTIVE LEARNING CONTENT

 

Award of Excellence:
Salesforce Success Community

PRODUCT INFORMATION

Salesforce University offers a wide range of training options, from in-person classes featuring hands-on instruction, to virtual training, self-led courses, private workshops, and more.

You can choose from classes for Sales Cloud, Service Cloud, Marketing Cloud, Analytics Cloud, and Community Cloud, along with training for the Salesforce1 Platform. Classes are available for administrators, developers, solution designers, technical architects, marketers, sales and service management, and end-users.

FEATURES/BENEFITS

>> One- to five-day, instructor-led regional or virtual classes available
>> Main topics: sales Cloud, service Cloud, marketing Cloud, community Cloud, analytics Cloud and more
>> Integrated Success Community for collaboration and learning CUSTOMERS Shutterstock, Information Logistics, Siemens

CONTACT INFORMATION

The Landmark at One Market, #300 San Francisco, CA 94105
(877) 872-4610

 

 

CONTENT LIBRARY/AGGREGATION

 

Winner:
BizLibrary Collection

PRODUCT INFORMATION

The BizLibrary Collection is an awardwinning “NetFlix-style” employee training solution of online training videos and eLearning courses.

Employees have unlimited access to thousands of online training programs on virtually every topic they might need, including Communication, Leadership, Management, Customer Service, Compliance and Desktop Computing, and much, much more.

More than 50 new courses are added monthly.

FEATURES/BENEFITS

>> Twenty-five topic areas include communication, leadership, customer service, computer skills
>> Unlimited employee access from desktop, mobile and/or tablet
>> Variety: 60-minute e-learning courses, 15- to 25-minute videos, 2-to 5-minute performance-support programs

CUSTOMERS

Go Solution, Marquette Savings Bank, Covenant Healthcare, Bally Technologies

CONTACT INFORMATION

285 Chesterfield Business Parkway Chesterfield, MO 63005
(888) 432-3077
www.bizlibrary.com

 

Award of Excellence:
Degreed for Enterprise Learning Platform

PRODUCT INFORMATION

Degreed for Enterprise is an award-winning learning experience system that helps individuals and organizations discover, measure and recognize all learning. Founded in 2012, Degreed helps solve corporate learning challenges by integrating organizations' internal learning systems (LMS, TMSs, Sharepoint etc.), external vendor content, and open learning resources into a single system for L&D professionals and employee learners.

Degreed offers an innovative “learner-centric” platform that aggregates all kinds of learning content and experiences- academic, professional, and informal - and helps organizations get a more complete and continuous view of everything that their employees know. Degreed enables employees, managers and L&D professionals to curate and share resources, set learning goals, and helps create a culture that values learning across the organization.

FEATURES/BENEFITS

>>World's largest learning ecosystem: 250,000+ courses and 3 million+ articles and videos from 1,200 sources through a single-sign-on platform.
>> Powerful tools: learning pathways designed specifically for roles and career development, daily learning playlists, unified search and sharing, drag-drop features and a lifelong profile.
>>Social functions: follow people and create groups, so employees can learn with (and from) mentors and colleagues.
>>Comprehensive feedback: reporting and analytics on ALL the learning employees do -- courses, articles, videos, conferences and more.

CUSTOMERS

Fortune 10, Fortune 50, and Fortune 50 organizations

CONTACT INFORMATION

449 Bryant Street 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94107
(800)311.7061
http://get.degreed.com/

 

 

 I.T. TRAINING

 

Award of Excellence:
ej4 Microsoft Office Package

PRODUCT INFORMATION

All aspects of MS Office are available, but the luxury of being able to select the most important course for your employee at that specific time is rewarding. ej4 lets administrators easily group software courses that are critical for their department. No wading through introductions of Excel to get to what matters most.

For instance, your accounting division’s ability to learn and apply a course on pivot tables to make better spreadsheets explaining company financials. Perhaps your sales team needs to learn how to make better PowerPoint presentations for prospects. It could be that everyone in the office needs to learn how to format memos and create company templates with a detailed walkthrough of Word.

COURSE LIST

>> New Features Training: Office, Excel, Word, PowerPoint
>> Special Features Training: Office, Excel, Word, PowerPoint
>> Essentials Training: PC Fundamentals, Office, Excel, Word, PowerPoint

CUSTOMERS

Allison Transmission, Mahindra, The Corridor Group

CONTACT INFORMATION

12125 Woodcrest Executive Dr., Suite 300 St. Louis, MO 63141
(314) 878-6700 or (800) 566-3159
www.ej4.com

 

Award of Excellence:
BizLibrary I.T. Content Library

PRODUCT INFORMATION

BizLibrary offers a series of specialty content bundles of e-learning courses designed to supplement the BizLibrary Collection. These small, single-topic bundles are designed to meet the advance and specialized learning needs of small groups of employees.

E-learning bundles are available in three categories: business skills, computer skills, and certification, and custom bundles are also available. These e-learning bundles are available in flexible quantities of 5, 10 or 20 courses.

COURSE LIST

>> Security Essentials, Avoid Social Engineering Attacks
>> Protecting Your PC
>> MS Windows 8.1: File Management and Organization

CUSTOMERS

Cellular One, Farmway Co-Op, Celergo

CONTACT INFORMATION

285 Chesterfield Business Parkway Chesterfield, MO 63005
(888) 432-3077
www.bizlibrary.com

 

 

COMPLIANCE

 

Winner:
Vubiz Compliance Library

PRODUCT INFORMATION

Vubiz provides full service — content, development, and delivery software — offering solutions that are extraordinarily flexible in practice. Thousands of hours of off-the-shelf content are available for purchase as-is or tailored to a specific client situations.

The company has built an excellent reputation over the past decade, offering outstanding value with comprehensive services from its large, impressive online library to content creation, an LMS and Vubuild, which is a do-it-yourself authoring tool.

FEATURES/BENEFITS

Vubiz has 93 titles in its Compliance Training library. Included are:
>> Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action
>> Business Ethics >> E-mail and Internet Use
>> Fair Labor Standards
>> Harrassment/Discrimination
>> Sarbanes-Oxley
>> Family and Medical Leave

CUSTOMERS

Forbes Industries, Goodrich, Lockheed Martin, Mattel

CONTACT INFORMATION

2872 Colorado Ave. Santa Monica, CA 90404
(310) 358-9583
www.vubiz.com

 

 

COMPLIANCE TRAINING

 

Award of Excellence:
ej4 Workplace Compliance Library

PRODUCT INFORMATION

ej4’s Workplace Compliance Library supplies you with the courses needed to maintain compliance. The programs included are: Anti-Harassment, Anti-Harassment for California, Connecticut, and Maine, HIPAA, FLSA, FMLA, Hiring and Firing procedures, and more. When the regulations change, programs are updated accordingly, so you don’t have to keep track of the changes.

FEATURES/BENEFITS

>> Short, tactical e-learning
>> Fully customizable
>> Multi-platform, including mobile
>> Most video titles are 10 minutes or less in length
>> Off-the-shelf programs can be customized using ej4 Thinkzoom

CUSTOMERS

Pepsi-Cola Bottlers, Golden Harvest, Community Coffee

CONTACT INFORMATION

12125 Woodcrest Executive Dr., Suite 300 St. Louis, MO 63141
(314) 878-6700 or (800) 566-3159
www.ej4.com

 

 

SOFT SKILLS CONTENT

 

Winner:
ej4 Business Skills Library

PRODUCT INFORMATION

ej4’s off-the-shelf e-learning is a collection of proven solutions that are built with instructional design specific for e-learning in today’s multi-platform mobile workforce.

ej4 offers an immediate solution that employees can use to get the information they need while being back to work in 10 minutes or less. Plus, with ej4’s Thinkzoom platform, you have the ability to personalize the learning with your own custom video.

FEATURES/BENEFITS

>> More than 1500 courses on everything from sales, compliance, IT training, and general soft skills for every business.
>> Content that is delivered through any device or platform
>> Professionally created videos that are informative and up-to-date
>> A customizable learning management system (Thinkzoom)
>> Dedicated learning professionals to support your business
>> Complete custom videos for your unique needs

CUSTOMERS

Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, greatcall, Goodwill

CONTACT INFORMATION

12125 Woodcrest Executive Dr., Suite 300 St. Louis, MO 63141 
(314) 878-6700 or (800) 566-3159 
www.ej4.com

 

 

SALES TRAINING

 

Winner:
ej4 Sales Skills Library

PRODUCT INFORMATION

ej4’s libraries of courses consist of ready to use solutions for your organizations specific needs. They are broken up by topic in Business Skills, Workplace Compliance and Microsoft Office that can be deployed on any platform.

The company’s Business Skills Library offers courses in Professional Productivity, Communications, Sales, Project Management, Leadership, Supervision, Safety and Presentation Skills — to name a few.

FEATURES/BENEFITS

>> Other titles: Assertive Verbal Skills, Business Travel, Business Statistics, Business Writing, Time Value of Money, and more
>> Library expands every month, based on customer feedback
>> Course titles can be added upon customer request

CUSTOMERS

Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, The Corridor Group, Western Equipment Dealers Association

CONTACT INFORMATION

12125 Woodcrest Executive Dr., Suite 300 St. Louis, MO 63141
(314) 878-6700 or (800) 566-3159
www.ej4.com

 

 

ej4 - AWARD WINNING CONTENT

PEOPLE GROW BUSINESS.  WE GROW PEOPLE.

ej4 creates award-winning content based on the 4 “J’s”: just as needed, just enough, just in time, and just right. This content is delivered through short, tactical videos designed to teach new skills and change behaviors through an engaging delivery style based on adult learning methodology. ej4’s content library contains more than 1,500 courses with new and updated content every month.

ej4’s off-the-shelf e-learning is more than a video learning library. It offers a collection of proven solutions that are built with instructional design specific for e-learning in today’s multi-platform mobile workforce. The current and future business environment demands tools that are quick, strategic, and accessible on all devices. ej4’s content delivers in all areas.

ej4 provides your company with an immediate solution that employees can use to get the information they need while being back to work in 10 minutes or less. Plus, with ej4’s Thinkzoom platform, you have the ability to personalize the learning with your own custom video.

ej4 bridges the gap between potential and results. It offers:

>> More than 1500 courses on everything from sales, compliance, I.T. training and general soft skills for every business
>> Content that is delivered through any device or platform
>> Professionally created videos that are informative and up-to-date
>> A customizable learning management system (Thinkzoom)
>> Dedicated learning professionals to support your business
>> Complete custom videos for your unique needs

PRODUCTS:

Off the Shelf Videos - At ej4, e-learning is done a little differently. While the company does offer hundreds of e-learning courses on topics like Management, Productivity, Anti-Harassment and Customer Service, it looks for the business need first. It analyzes your problems and builds solutions that fit your needs.

ej4’s libraries of courses consist of readyto-use solutions for your organization’s specific needs. They are broken up by topic in Business Skills, Workplace Compliance and Microsoft Office that can be deployed on any platform. http://ej4.com/resources-catalog

LMS Platform - Thinkzoom by ej4 is more than a learning management system. It’s a powerful knowledge-sharing platform tool for a customized user experience. Thinkzoom is an easy-to-use platform that allows you to record, edit, track and share your company-specific knowledge that integrates seamlessly with all ej4 content. http://ej4.com/services-thinkzoom

Custom Videos - There are times when an off-the-shelf course does not effectively teach an industry-specific skill or communicate your company message. Partner with ej4 to create custom e-learning videos that are short, to-the-point, and communicate YOUR message. http://ej4.com/services-custom-elearning

Support - It’s easy to get started using the ej4 solution. You can be up and running in a few days. Its team of dedicated learning professionals partner with you to ensure your learning program meets the needs of your learners.

CUSTOMERS

ej4 has customers that cover the spectrum in size, industry and products. To name a few: Goodwill, TigerDirect, First American Title, Allison Transmission, Pepsi, Dr. Pepper Snapple, Mahindra, Wells and Community Coffee.

WHAT CUSTOMERS SAY:

>> Dr. Pepper Snapple Group: “At Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, we needed to take the disciplines and common practices that we wanted to instill to over 20,000 employees across 250 locations. Using ej4, we were able to achieve these goals in a quick, efficient, and effective manner.”
>> Greatcall: “With ej4, course completion rates have increased over 80 percent, and employees continually request additional professional development.”

CONTACT INFORMATION:

12125 Woodcrest Executive Dr., Suite 300 St. Louis, MO 63141
Sales: (800) 566-3159
Headquarters: (314) 878-6700
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
www.ej4.com

 

 

Tools

 

GAMIFICATION

 

Winner:
mLevel GameBased Learning Platform

PRODUCT INFORMATION

mLevel offers a low-cost solution that immerses employees in a fun, casual learning experience that can be easily scaled across an organization. Its SaaS-based platform makes quick creation and delivery of interactive learning games easy. Employees can play anytime or anywhere, all backed by leaderboards, badges, social learning interactions and detailed analytics.

Users can access mLevel on any device, and training missions can be completed just about anywhere. Because mLevel’s training is progressive, users have to score above a certain threshold before they can unlock the next round of educational content. Their colleagues’ scores become visible once a mission is complete, adding a friendly, competitive component and an incentive to score well, too. Thus, engagement is at the center of the platform.

FEATURES/BENEFITS

>> No coding required to create rich, interactive learning missions in hours
>> Its games drive individual and team competition, as well as social learning
>> Analysis function allows managers to uncover what employees know and don’t know about critical business topics, then react in real-time to close the gaps

CUSTOMERS

D4, IHG, U.S. Foods

CONTACT INFORMATION

205 W. Wacker Dr., Suite 422 Chicago, IL 60606
(888) 564-5395
www.mlevel.com

 

 

VIDEO CAPTURE

 

Winner:
ej4 Thinkzoom

PRODUCT INFORMATION

Thinkzoom by ej4 is a powerful knowledge-sharing platform tool for a customized user experience. It’s an easy-to-use platform that allows you to record, edit, track, and share company-specific knowledge. The bottom line is that ej4’s Thinkzoom does more than house e-learning. It’s a tool that you can use every day to train, communicate and share information with teams.

Its easy-to-use recording features allow you to create video content with your computer or mobile device. Think of the knowledge sharing opportunities that exist outside of the training department! Thinkzoom allows you to record and share best practices from the field, the sales floor, or even information from your customers and competition. Then you can build a training plan around the content with existing off-the-shelf courses and business book summaries.

FEATURES/BENEFITS

>> Create completely custom training: record and share best practices
>> Reporting features allow managers to see who’s taking which courses, and then analyze viewing trends

CUSTOMERS

Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, Pepsi-Cola Bottlers, Golden Harvest

CONTACT INFORMATION

12125 Woodcrest Executive Dr., Suite 300 St. Louis, MO 63141 
(314) 878-6700 or (800) 566-3159 
www.ej4.com

 

 

Services

 

TRANSLATION AND LOCAL SERVICES

 

Winner:
TransPerfect Translation & Localization Services

PRODUCT INFORMATION

TransPerfect can provide multi-language translation of company training materials or a centralized e-learning solution to serve an internationally distributed workforce. TransPerfect’s education experts can help you enhance sales force effectiveness, drive customer satisfaction, and deliver on-demand research and collaboration to take your global learning and training programs to the next level.

TransPerfect offers multiple levels of service based on client needs, ranging from draft / summary translation up to certified translation, featuring our three-step process with a translator, editor, and proofreader, all designed to meet the evolving needs of global businesses.

Its Human Translation Quality Assurance process assigns three professional linguists — translator, editor and proofreader — to create each translation.

FEATURES/BENEFITS

>> Network of more than 4,000 linguists, all of whom are native speakers of the target language, experts in their subject areas, and accredited by numerous translation and interpretation industry organizations

CORPORATE FAMILY

Adams Globalization, Epic Global Solutions, WorldLingo, eTranslate

CONTACT INFORMATION

3 Park Ave., 39th Floor New York, NY 10016
(212) 689-5555

 

 

OUTSOURCED LEARNING SERVICES

 

Award of Excellence:
Skillsoft Learning Services

PRODUCT INFORMATION

Skillsoft e-learning consultants, customer support and application engineers provide core program support services, a fundamental value-add. These teams deliver the expert e-learning services and advice to help establish general strategy for deployment and adoption of powerful learning programs.

FEATURES/BENEFITS

>> Deliver strategy, competency mapping, blended learning design, technology deployment and value measurement
>> Boost the ROI, engagement, and success rate of any implementation
>> Empower managers to effectively manage complex blendedlearning programs
>> Reduce overall administrative burden
>> Help identify when custom development services could be more effective
>> Include customer support, 24x7x365, by telephone, email, Web or chat

CUSTOMERS

FM Global

CONTACT INFORMATION

107 Northeastern Blvd. Nashua, NH 03062
(603) 324-3000 or (877) 545-5763)
www.skillsoft.com

 

 

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Published in Top Stories

 

Two major new modules enable coaching, informal and social learning to be added to online training projects, are part of the latest release of the Docebo LMS.

The new modules have been built on the 70:20:10 learning framework. They help organizations provide an ecosystem, allowing them to facilitate informal, experiential learning (the 70 percent of the 70:20:10 learning model), facilitate coaching, mentoring and social learning (the 20 percent) and organize, distribute and track formal, structured courses (the 10 percent, that is, the LMS).

Docebo Coach facilitates social learning via social engagement with subject-matter experts within the organization. Docebo Share enables users to capture user-generated knowledge that is then validated through peer review and can be shared across the organization. These modules complement Docebo Learn Cloud LMS, allowing companies of all sizes to organize, distribute and track online courses.

—More info: www.docebo.com

 

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