By 2025, global e-learning will top $325 billion, a CAGR of 7.2%, according to Research and Markets.

Top learning trends are:

>> Learning through gaming

>> Implementation of I.T. security and Cloud-based solutions

>> Online content & digitization

>> Innovations in wearable technologies

>> Learning management systems switching to Cloud-based systems.

By sector, Higher Education and K-12 account for 65% of the global market share, according to TechNavio.“This market will grow rapidly [through 2020] … and will bring about a transformation in conventional learning methods. Factors such as continuous innovation in e-learning tools, delivery methods, advances in technology, and availability of various virtual communication tools will result in the strong growth of the market during the forecast period.”

By region, North America education market share will reach 55% in 2020. Well-established I.T. infrastructure in North America will bolster growth as organizations implement technologically advanced teaching methodologies in educational institutions.

The content segment will account for more than 68% of the total education market share by 2020. The augmented demand for content development from professional and vocational program providers will drive demand. With the significant rise in enrollment for online courses in countries such as the U.S., Germany and the U.K., the demand for content development will increase rapidly.

—Sources:Research and Markets 2017 http://bit.ly/2rkVJKM, Technavio 2017 http://bit.ly/2qBtOVH, http://www.reportlinker.com/p03621935/Global-E-Learning-Market-Analysis-TrendsIndustry-Forecast-to.html, https://www.technavio.com/report/global-education-technology-e-learning-market

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BY DEAN PICHEE, CEO, BIZLIBRARY, INC.

Unengaged employees cost the U.S. economy $550 billion every year! According to a report by Gallup, 70 percent of workers aren’t engaged at work. The modern worker is changing, and the workplace is not modernizing quickly enough to meet employees where they’re at and engage them. So, in this new environment we’re all navigating, what do employees really want? Security?Stability? More money? In nearly every instance, the answer to all of these questions is a resounding “NO.”

In 2016, research conducted by ClearCompany discovered that 68 percent of workers say training and development is the most important workplace policy. In fact, many employees value employee training and development more than salary or even benefits. So, if engagement could be increased and turnover mitigated, why is this employee training and development often an afterthought?

There are multiple answers:

>>  It’s Too Long - Along with a changing workforce comes a changing attention span. YouTube has ushered in the era of the short video, and that’s what today’s employees expect. The average attention span of a learner is now said to be in the 5-to 15-minute range. This is due to our inherent limited ability to concentrate, as well as the steady stream of interruptions throughout a normal work day. It’s a fantasy to think that learners can maintain full attention throughout an 8-hour class or a 90-minute e-learning course. They physically can’t do it, and the workplace environment wouldn’t let them even if they could.

>>  It’s Too Boring - In addition to the fact that most training is too long to be effective, it’s often too boring. Let’s face it: we’re all professional TV watchers. We’ve been conditioned to expect visually stimulating content. We’ll gladly play along at home with long-time classics such as Jeopardy! or Wheel of Fortune. But we have no tolerance for “death by PowerPoint” presentations or click-and- read e-learning where stilted text is read to us word-for-word while we look at static graphics.

>>  It’s Too Expensive - Traditional training — a costly proposition — is much more expensive than many organizations realize. It requires a lot of money to bring people together, whether it is in a room or online. In addition to the direct costs of the training itself, there are often hidden and indirect expenses, such as travel costs or opportunity costs. It’ s no wonder managers are always looking for ways to cut the training budget.

It’s time to give your employees effective, modern, microlearning development opportunities and really support those initiatives. Microlearning is the ideal solution to the employee engagement problem because it addresses the vast majority of issues organizations are facing when it comes to employee engagement. Videos average in length from five to seven minutes so learners can actually focus long enough to absorb the information they need.

Microlearning is done in a way that’s familiar to learners. When you need to learn how to do something quickly, you usually turn to short online videos to demonstrate those things to you. By providing employee training using this method, we can ensure that the learning experience is consistent with what they already do.

IS MICROLEARNING REALLY A SOLUTION?

If done correctly, absolutely! You’ll need to use your program to develop your employees in their current positions, but also develop them in a way that will benefit their overall career. In fact, employee development is the second-most impactful way to improve employee engagement (after recognition).

Gallup studies have shown that 87 percent of Millennials think development is important in a job – making training and development a top priority among the generation that is soon to make up nearly half of the nation’s workforce. Employees who are provided with these modern development opportunities are more engaged at work and more satisfied with the workplace overall, so it’s no wonder that readily available training opportunities often lead to reduced employee turnover. Instead of searching YouTube on breaks, learners can watch an online training video that’s relevant to their job and improves their overall skillset.

THE BOTTOM LINE

Employee engagement, employee turnover, productivity, agility and many more business challenges are all different parts of the same problem — a problem that can be solved with strategic employee development and made more effective with microlearning at its core.

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BY IAIN MARTIN

There is a vibrant future for globally linked higher education, even though the future of dedicated standalone overseas bricks and mortar campuses is very limited. The high levels of capital investment required and the inability to rapidly respond to market changes make these investments very high stakes indeed. There may be situations where a very specific need for high levels of infrastructure (e.g. medicine and engineering) where this may work as a model, but I suspect that this will be the exception in coming years.

We at Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) are seeing considerable innovation in the delivery of education to students who spend most of their study time in their home country. ARU serves 24,000 students studying in the U.K. alongside 12,000 international students studying for one of our degrees with an overseas partner. But I struggle to see how proposal for an overseas campus that would be worth developing in the face of more flexible alternatives.

It is time for innovation: ideas that are desirable, deliverable with current technology, and economically viable; and ARU is always looking for transnational education (TNE) ideas that measure well against these three parameters.

MODELS OF  GLOBAL DELIVERY

There is no shortage of models for the delivery of TNE. The challenge is implementing an approach that is sustainable both academically and financially. The next few years will continue to see new approaches tried with perhaps a few surviving the initial burst of enthusiasm. The three current models:

1. Partner-based models sit at heart of our current TNE initiatives. It is likely that this is the space in which new or finessed models will evolve in the short to medium term. There is real opportunity to grow the depth and size of these relationships and certainly, we are looking to this with several partners.

There are many possible variations on the partner model. For example, the University of Arizona has talked about a network of micro-campuses developed in partnership with a range of universities and colleges is one manifestation of this concept. We have many Chinese partners where the students are studying for one of our degrees, spending three years in China and one year in the U.K. The students work with our staff both face-to-face and online and use learning resources developed in partnership. Although they are based at a Chinese University for their first three years, they see themselves as students of two institutions from day one. Our view is that these models offer great opportunities for the future, providing benefit for both students and the in stitutions.

There are many benefits for university and partner in evolving models of TNE and, perhaps more importantly, great potential gains for students. Done well, we can see quality outcomes with a reduced cost of delivery; an opportunity to greatly widen the reach of the university; flexible matching of delivery to users’ must-have requirements; and a real ability to support the wider mission of the university.

2. There are real opportunities for partnership based global delivery of synchronous and asynchronous blended and face-to-face education. With evolving multipoint video conferencing technology and better global broadband provision, the options for real-time online interactions with other students and teachers improves to provide synchronous blending. The concept of asynchronous blending is the idea of periods of online only delivery structurally linked to a period(s) of campus delivery. This is a very flexible approach that, when designed appropriately, could deliver many of the benefits of spending a full three to four years overseas at a dramatically reduced cost for students.

3 I will not spend much time talking about the pure online model. It is self-explanatory and with continued evolution in both the educational technology and perhaps more importantly cultural acceptance of online delivery the opportunities will continue to grow.

THE NEW MODEL  FOR EDUCATION

The emerging commercial global identities of the past five years have been dominated by two characteristics. The first are models that act as a bridge between consumer and provider, Uber and Airbnb being two high-profile examples. The second would be personalization of cost vs.level of service; the budget airline model being a prime example where the basic fare simply gets you from A to B, and everything else is an extra.

Whatever you may think about the ethics of business model that underpins Uber and Airbnb, what they have done very successfully is link a service provider and a consumer in a way that just a few years ago was neither realized or desired. If Uber is a taxi company and Airbnb a new hotel company, what in this model is a university? It depends on what we think the role of higher education provider is, and this again will be nuanced depending on the segment of activity we are talking about: a first undergraduate degree versus a specialist vocationally related PG qualification,for example.

Taking the budget airline analogy, the base price might simply be delivery of the core educational outcomes at the minimum process point possible, and any more is additional. For example, face-to-face tutorials, time on campus, work experience, and/or careers advice would be additional. I recognize that this profoundly challenges many of the notions surrounding a traditional degree.

If we look at a standard degree as an educational journey where we know the starting point, the ending point and the mandatory way-points, could we envisage the role of a global aggregator and integrator of higher education provision? The answer is conceptually yes, but with profound structural and practical barriers.

A global university aggregator would have a range of linked education providers who make available online and blended modules with registration, authentication, education mapping, and records of achievement and revenue collection. But what about issues of quality control, national standards, funding, financial aid and equivalencies? Further, what would this structure do to the incumbent brick and mortar campuses?

Despite these challenges, it does seem possible that a well-run aggregator model will emerge. Whether this focuses on both under and post-graduate delivery or just on the latter is unclear. This is not simply about online provision, if the truly personalized global degree is a desirable outcome then blending, either synchronous or asynchronous could and probably should feature in the educational map we provide our students.

The future of global TNE is exciting and challenging. Existing providers are going to have to work increasingly hard to find new sustainable models. We are optimistic but in no way underestimate the challenges.

—Prof. Iain Martin is the Vice Chancellor of Anglia Ruskin University, U.K. He has also been Vice President and Deputy Vice Chancellor University of New South Wales in Australia and Deputy Vice Chancellor of University of Auckland in New Zealand.

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GLOBALIZATION, VIRTUALIZATION AND DIGITIZATION TAKE EFFECT

BY PRADEEP KHANNA

Three forces have reshaped the way we live, learn and work: globalization, virtualization and digitization. Until recently, there was a fine balance among these forces with each positively reinforcing the others. Now, the fine balance between these forces appears to be changing, resulting in a new world order.

LOOKING BACK

To better understand this, we need to trace how these forces have evolved over the last 25 to 30 years.In the first phase (the 1990s), globalization was the dominant theme. Learning was all face to face. E-learning was emerging. Countries were moving from a local and nationalistic outlook to global thinking. Trade was being globalized.

In the second phase (2000-2010), virtualization became the dominant theme. Globalization continued growing, and these two forces were reinforcing each other. Technology had its ups and downs with the tech crash and subsequent slow growth. These were the times of rapid growth in virtual learning, e-learning, virtual work, virtual teams, offshoring, and global delivery. This phase ended with a severe economic downturn as a result of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) in 2008-09.

In the third phase (2010-2016), digitization was the dominant theme, and it continued to drive virtualization and globalization. This was the perfect storm with all three forces reinforcing each other. Digital disruption and digital transformation became buzzwords.

THE DIGITIZATION ERA

The digitization phase has unexpected results.

>>  The cost of education (especially higher education) in the third phase continued to rise as demand increased and costs increased without any efficiency dividends.

>>  Entrepreneurship boomed with strong focus on emerging technologies. Mindshare and media share started getting dominated by artificial intelligence (A.I.), drones, robotics, driverless cars, virtual reality (V.R.), augmented reality (A.R.), mixed reality (M.R.), wearable technologies (W.T.) and Internet of Things (IoT).

>>  The mismatch between jobs and skills started to increase. The value proposition of a university degree came into question. Different pathways to employment/self-employment emerged from start- ups to technology-oriented skills training.

>>  MOOCs (massive open online courses) were supposed to disrupt higher education and skills training. They started with fanfare, and the year 2013 was called the year of the MOOCs. E-learning became online learning. But dropout rates in the online environment were very high, giving rise to blended learning.

>>  The labor market became more tactical with employers saying we have X amount of dollars to pay for Y set of skills for project Z. And once the project Z was over, it was “Thank you very much; nice meeting you; bye-bye.”

>>  Technology-enhanced medical care resulted in increased human longevity. It was no longer about lifelong learning that required dipping in and out of a learning continuum. It also became life-long working.

THE DIGITAL DIVIDE

The three forces of globalization, virtualization and digitization resulted in jobs moving up the skill curve. These forces, working in tandem, drove global economic expansion, albeit from a lowered post-GFC base.

While there was broad economic expansion, the economic benefits were being distributed unevenly both globally as well within country boundaries. Routine jobs were initially moved to emerging economies and, later-on, automated.

Technology became more and more pervasive, and a clear digital divide started emerging. On one hand, we were seeing a demographic digital divide with Gens X, Y, Z and the youngest generation being digitally savvy. On the other hand, we had the Baby Boomers and the Silent Generation not so digitally aligned.

The digital divide was also manifesting itself in other ways. On one hand were the educated class working in technology and service sectors with rising incomes from higher skillsets, although needing to continually re-train and/or re-invent themselves. On the other hand were people working in traditional industries (aka the Rust Belt) who were at the forefront of constant restructuring and ongoing job losses, and the consequent hollowing of the middle class.

Something had to give way. The traditional working middle class asserted itself through the likes of Brexit and U.S. elections. Nationalist forces started asserting themselves. And physical and virtual walls started coming up.

NEW WORLD ORDER DEFINED

This is where we are in 2017. The fine balance among the three forces of globalization, virtualization and digitization is being altered. Digitization is now the dominant theme and is driving virtualization. Globalization is being negatively impacted at least temporarily. The new world order is being defined.

One thing is for sure: Being a futurist is a difficult role in the new world order. We can hardly see a year ahead, let alone 10, 20 or 30 years. The future is emerging, and we have to be nimble and innovative all the time. It’s one thing to say change is the new norm, but it is difficult to be constantly adapting all the time. It is akin to asking the question “Can we have an economy where everyone is innovating?”

Our attention span is now down to eight seconds, whereas the information overload is rising exponentially. Neuroscience tells us our brain strongly prefers single tasking, whereas our job overloads constantly require multi-tasking.

Most future-of-work forecasts are indicating at least 40 percent of us will be working for ourselves, giving a big boost to what is being called the “gig economy.” The sharing economy is also set to grow. But when do Uber-type models emerge in education and training?

Considering the lifelong learning scenarios and digital literacy issues, it is difficult to say whether the time has come for digital universities. However, given the mismatch between jobs and skills, corporate universities are definitely getting a leg up. While we are making good strides in personalized market- places, the holy grail appears to be personalized learning at scale.

While there are a number of emerging technology trends like A.I., drones, robotics, driverless cars, V.R./A.R./M.R., W.T., and IoT, it is not an individual technology trend that will reshape the way we live, learn and work. Instead, the fusion of different emerging technologies will have the biggest impact.

—Pradeep Khanna is the founder & CEO of Global Mindset (globalmindset.com.au) with a strong focus on how globalization and digitalization are reshaping the way we live, learn and work. He is an Adjunct Pro- fessor at a number of institutions in Australia, Singapore and India, and Sydney Chapter President of VRAR Association. Khanna is a regular speaker at International Conferences. Formerly, he served as Global Delivery Leader for IBM GBS Australia and New Zealand. Contact him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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BUILDING THE ULTIMATE GLOBAL LEARNING COMMUNITY WITH DESIGN THINKING AND GAMIFICATION

BY KAREN HUFFMAN

The inability to adapt has long affected society at both individual and organizational levels. In today’s world, the exponential rate at which technology is advancing further complicates the ability of organizations to adapt to change. Additionally, organizational success is often dependent on the ability to recognize and take advantage of technological advancements through innovation.

SAP discovered it had to transform from a traditional on-premise software company into a simple Cloud-based software company. The transition was enabled with design thinking and gamification during periods of innovation.

Within the software industry in particular, innovation is crucial; organizations that fail to innovate and struggle to keep pace with technological advancements and consumer expectations become irrelevant sooner rather than later. As software technology evolves, organizations are finding their customers demanding user experiences that are commensurable with smartdevice applications. Their customers want lower costs of ownership over their enterprise applications. Because of these consumer demands, smaller and more agile organizations are able to disrupt the market share from traditional larger organizations. Simply put, if organizations are unable to reinvent themselves to meet consumer needs or become complacent, they will become obsolete as technology inevitably evolves.

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STAGE 1: CHAOS

When an organization chooses to transform in order to meet consumer needs, the journey is often filled with seen and unforeseen challenges. During these periods of innovation, organizations can find themselves devolving into chaos, because employees are unable to keep up with all of the changes. Finding the time to educate themselves on new products and existing workloads often results in a bottleneck of employee learning.

SAP found this to be true after a period of extreme innovation that resulted in creating and rewriting more than 100 different line-of-business solutions and industry applications after creating an inmemory database, SAP HANA. Managers discovered that the area of consulting particularly experienced a bottleneck of learning because consultants were responsible for knowing a product inside and out. With more than 100 products to master, consultants struggled to find the time to learn on top of meeting their aggressive targets. At the time, while SAP had a vast amount of user-created content related to SAP HANA across community platforms, the information was difficult to navigate and lacked governance.

STAGE 2: SILOES

By recognizing that knowledge management governance was lost during this period of innovation, Darren Louie, an SAP program manager, proposed a harmonized community with organized and relevant content after learning of the consultants’ struggles via knowledge surveys. As one of the community platform owners, Louie led an initiative to consolidate the extensive knowledge base of existing community platforms into one singular HANA community with one point of access.

“My proposal to the other community owners was successful, and the big challenge for me was to deliver and build this one HANA community,” says Louie. “Over the years, I had attended training conferences and took workshops on design thinking and gamificationI wanted to put in place everything that I had learned to build this community.

” Design thinking is a solution based problem-solving method that allows organizations to resolve complex issues by incorporating consumer needs and wants through the exploration of possible solutions. The focus on needs and wants when seeking solutions then leads to desired outcomes that are often innovative and meet the expectations of consumers. Louie knew that having continuous input of the consultants throughout the process of building the community would result in a knowledge management system SAP consultants would want to use.

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By participating in the five distinct phases of design thinking (empathy, define, ideate, prototype, test), organizations can take advantage of creativity and rationality in order to meet user needs and deliver an innovative solution.

During the initial phase of design thinking — empathy — organizations construct a deep understanding of end-users. A variety of methods can be used to learn about consumers (e.g. observation, interviews, shadowing). This up-front investment in end-users results in the organization empathizing with consumer needs, motivations, likes, dislikes, etc. Empathy is arguably the most crucial element of design thinking, because the process cannot be successful without an organization willing to immerse itself in the consumer experience. The more an organization immerses itself into the role of the consumer, the better the solution.

Once an organization truly understands consumer needs, it can then identify the problem it is trying to solve during the define phase. Afterward, brainstorming occurs in the ideate phase. It is important to encourage idea generation and then go through the process of prioritizing the ideas generated in order to determine which ones are the most feasible. During the prototype phase, a prototype is presented to consumers. As Louie points out, “the prototype does not have to be high-tech; it can be something as simple as stickynotes on a whiteboard. ” The purpose of the prototype phase is to provide something for which end-users can provide feedback. And finally, during the test phase, organizations test the solution. Louie stresses the importance of end-user feedback, “going back to the end-user and making incremental improvements based on their feedback is what makes the design thinking process so powerful.”

By interviewing SAP consultants and asking what would help them do their jobs more effectively, Louie and his team came up with a top 10 list of information needs. They then needed to figure out how to combine these information needs with a large volume of content that covers a vast array of products and solutions into one HANA community. By using taxonomy, Louie and his team were able to logically structure the content by finding themes and creating categories and subcategories. He was able to map the categories and subcategories directly to a set of folders and subfolders. The folder structure then determined the community design.

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STAGE 3: SUPERHEROES

Throughout the process, Louie worked with people who saw the benefit of one HANA community and sought collaboration to make it happen. While not everyone wanted to participate, the major players were on board. Focus groups were important to the design thinking process, because they allowed Louie and his team to collect information from multiple end-users at the same time. By using design thinking, SAP identified information needs and then designed a community to meet those needs.

Once Louie and his team built the HANA community, they used gamification as a strategy to incentivize the consultants to actively participate in the new community and contribute to knowledge management.

Gamification is the application of game-playing elements in an effort to encourage engagement with a product. Louie implemented a simplified game design by identifying the players (consultants) as “HANA Heroes” within the community. As players, the consultants are trying to implement SAP software, which can be a perilous journey due to challenges such as tough requirements, tight deadlines and bug-infested software. Survival depends on teamwork and collaboration. Sharing knowledge reduces risk of failure — and within the HANA community, sharing knowledge is defined by participating in forums, sharing project documents, and delivering expert information sessions.

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Measurement and reward are imperative for gamification success. If the busy consultants do not have incentive to participate, the vast majority won’t engage in the forums. SAP decided to tie knowledge management contributions to consultant year end performance bonuses and gave prizes to top contributors, complete with a leaderboard recognizing top contributors. On the HANA community leaderboard, consultants initially start off as a Junior HANA Hero, and as they contribute more knowledge to the community, they become a HANA Hero and then eventually a Super HANA Hero. Louie and his team found the consultants receptive to this superhero theme, which is a metaphor for healing one another and for making a difference. SAP consulting projects are challenging; the only way to survive is through teamwork and collaboration.

The HANA community using design thinking and elements of gamification is the largest and most comprehensive community within SAP with more than 5,000 members. Content is extremely cohesive and available in a variety of styles, such as learning plans, case studies, best practices and lessons learned. The community continues to grow; 98 percent of members find the content either valuable or highly valuable.

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SAP community leaders recognized a learning problem during a period of intense innovation. By working together, they created a community to inspire thousands of consultants to be superheroes. As a result, they helped mitigate some of the chaos necessary to bridge some of the silos present during periods of significant technological innovation.

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—Source: Darren Louie presented this case study at the Enterprise Learning! Conference. Related sessions: www.2elearning.com/events/web- seminars-series

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BY JERRY ROCHE

Global Council  Of Corporate Universities

Thankfully, we in the U.S. were the first to avail our employees of "corporate university" (CU) training, the first such organization having been established more than 60 years ago by General Electric (GE). So the CU concept is far from new -- but it's beginning to become commonplace even in the most remote nations of the globe.

Organizing and implementing a successful CU is no easy task, for many factors have to be considered beforehand -- especially when benchmarking against other existing corporate universities -- like:

 >>  contribution to the effectiveness  of the business;

>>  corporate influence;

>>  structural considerations;

>>  learning process; and

>>  management of information.

The main goals of a corporate university are organizing training, promoting continuous learning, supporting organizational change, retaining employees, and bringing a common culture, loyalty and belonging to companies -- especially multi-nationals.

Elearning! magazine recently had the opportunity to question leading proponents about their global corporate universities:

TELL US ABOUT THE GLOBAL COUNCIL OF CORPORATE UNIVERSITIES (GLOBALCCU): SIZE, FOCUS, MISSION.

The GloblalCCU platform is a unique global online private social network entirely dedicated to optimizing the performance of corporate university professionals and showing their stakeholders that their corporate university or their internal learning structure creates real value.

Multi-national corporate members come from more than five continents. Member states are Angola, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China,Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, South Africa, Russia, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, U.K., U.S.A., Venezuela and Vietnam.

WHAT UNIQUE CAPABILITIES/ CHALLENGES DOES A GLOBAL CU HAVE VERSUS A ONE-NATION CU?

Today, even if companies operate solely on a national scale -- which is less and less frequent -- they cannot stay away from the transformations of the world from which they are interdependent.

A fortiori, corporate universities belonging to multi-national companies face very big challenges. They have to juggle many paradoxes related to their organizational architecture, to the engineering of their central and/or local learning offerings, to the modes of execution and delivery -- especially in countries where Internet infrastructures are not sufficiently deployed. They have to cope with different cultures, international time differences, inter-generational, inter-religious relationships, social belonging differences, local managerial customs, relationship differences with power and authority. They must be concerned with languages of learning, since English is far from being spoken everywhere. In other words, it's not easy to run the CU of a multi-national company.

WHAT BEST PRACTICE CAN YOU SHARE TO OTHER GLOBAL CORPORATE UNIVERSITY LEADERS?

It is difficult to put forward one good practice when there are thousands, all as exciting as another. I would just like to cite the project of the integration of 20,000 HSBC employees following its purchase in 2016, by Banco Bradesco, our best overall Gold Award winner 2017. The process was skillfully worked and deployed. I was struck by the intellectual approach of the designers of this program, who, for example, worked closely together, both the integral and integrated teams — on the Prince of Machiavel. In the auditoriums where the meetings were held, the scenography exposed the words: “Pensar e Agir” (think and act) in very large, three-dimensional letters. What great art.

--Annick Renaud-Coulon is founder and CEO of the Global Council of Corporate Universities, based in Paris, France.

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YOU WERE RECOGNIZED AS A WORLD CLASS CORPORATE UNIVERSITY BY THE GLOBALCCU. WHAT DISTINGUISHES YOUR ORGANIZATION FROM THE OTHERS?

One of the key differentiators for sure is our size. We are much smaller than most of the other training organizations competing for the award. Software AG is a midsize company but with a truly global setup -- which makes us somehow unique: we are small enough to care and big enough to deliver. This describes pretty well our customer relation in comparison to the real big fish in our market, like IBM or Oracle. As the corporate university of Software AG, we directly face the "stretch" of having learning and development requirements of a global player while at the same time not having resources like largescale organizations. But such a stretch has a positive impact: it makes us more creative. So for our CU, we believe we are small enough to care and smart enough to deliver.

The other thing that differentiates us is that we have to focus. We do not follow every trend or hype but have a crystal-clear vision where we have to go. The foundation of our strategy is “Design Thinking.” We apply this problemsolving philosophy in a slightly adjusted way to everything we do as CU, but also to Software AG as such. It is a central element of every high-potential or leadership training program:

1. We embedded it into our new-hire education package;

2. Once a year, we run a MOOC for all interested employees; and

3. Developed over time "Design Thinking Champions" in all regions of the world to drive this mindset change through the whole company.

WHAT HAS BEEN THE KEY BUSINESS CHALLENGE(S) YOUR ORGANIZATION FACED, AND HOW DID YOU OVERCOME IT?

Digitalization is one of the key disrupting megatrends of today's world: it affects literally every company on the globe. Software AG is a leading-edge I.T. technology supplier that helps companies to survive this turmoil but also to win against their competitors.Thus customer centricity, agility and speed of innovation are key for us to win our competition against both very large companies and startups or small, specialized niche vendors. This is a real challenge. We neither have the massive resources like the big players nor can we act as flexible and fast as startups, as we have strong customer relations for more than 45 years and a workforce that is between 4,000 and 5,000 employees globally. We have to be smart in how we manage this challenge. We respond to this with a number of strategic programs and initiatives, among which Design Thinking is the cornerstone. Since we started these initiatives, we have seen significant change of behavior in all departments, across all hierarchies.

WHAT BEST PRACTICE CAN YOU SHARE WITH OTHER GLOBAL CORPORATE UNIVERSITY LEADERS?

Basically two ideas: the first one being to apply Design Thinking to all our services and offerings.Too often we build our "products" inside-out. Like engineers, we think we know what's required and develop solutions based on “functions and features.” We forget the usability of our “products.” Of course we (occasionally) do learning needs analyses, but they are not user-centric. Instead, we ask what is required for a certain department or a theoretical job role (a manager, a consultant, a sales rep). We tend to forget the individuals behind these structures and role definitions. But in the end it's the individual who "consumes" our offerings and either does learn something or doesn't.

The other idea I would like to share is more a question than a recommendation. I asked my team this question a while ago - with an astonishing result. It goes like is: "What would we do different, if we had to earn our salaries (or the budget of our organization) like any other external vendor of training offerings?" The answer was: "A lot!" This evoked vivid and fruitful discussion. The full potential of this thinking exercise unleashes when you think "time is money" and turn the question into: How can we "earn" as much time (instead of money) as possible from our learners? What should our offering look like, how would we need to market and sell it, etc. You can also turn it into a profitability statement: To become profitable, we need to earn more money with our offerings than we spend to create and maintain these offerings. Imagine what happens if you combine this exercises with the Design Thinking approach. The areas of improvement that become visible are incredible.

--Peter Dern began his career at SAP where he held various management responsibilities in the education area. He also worked as management consultant with focus on education and change management and developed a partner network to offer SAP education and professional certification as part of government-funded education programs for unemployed Germans. In a joint program with the Swiss Center of Innovation in Learning (SCIL) at University St. Gallen, he developed a service offering for personal development departments and corporate universities. Today, he runs the Corporate University at Software AG.

Defense Acquisition University

YOU WERE RECOGNIZED AS A WORLD- CLASS CORPORATE UNIVERSITY BY GLOBALCCU. WHAT DISTINGUISHES YOUR ORGANIZATION FROM THE OTHERS?

The DAU extends the concept of learning beyond the classroom. DAU is now delivering more "in-context consumption learning" on the job -- anytime, anyplace -- a growing number of learning products to an increasing number of Defense Acquisition Workforce members. All learning assets (e.g., courses, how-to videos, self-service portals, communication technologies, and on-the-job support tools) are integrated and shared by the workforce. The widespread use of social media, which provides users a sense of instant access to information and opinions, instills an expectation for fast and relevant two-way communication; government organizations that communicate through social media must meet their customers' expectations to remain relevant or risk losing their audience. As a leader in training for the Department of Defense, DAU is no exception, and is actively building its social media presence. Working through multiple social media platforms enables the university to connect directly with its customers and stakeholders and incorporate communications technologies within our curricula.

WHAT HAS BEEN THE KEY BUSINESS CHALLENGE(S) YOUR ORGANIZATION FACED AND HOW DID YOU OVERCOME IT?

At DAU, we understand the tremendous potential technology now plays in learning and development but also the fundamental changes needed to effectively leverage it. This is even truer for a new, rapidly growing, and “always connected” (collaborative/social) generation now part of our workforce. This generation has fewer programs (career opportunities) on which to learn and gain experience, fewer mentors to help them learn, fewer resources, and fewer of themselves, yet we still need to find ways to help them succeed. To this end, DAU's leadership team strategically envisioned, designed and implemented a totally new enterprise learning strategy to meet the dynamic career-wide learning needs of our generation, transforming 150,000 workforce members. Incorporating it into and reshaping our strategic plan has brought a huge paradigm shift on the job, providing students with real-time access to all our learning assets whether formal or informal. This has continued to drive remarkable results impacted by these communication technologies and tools:

>>  graduated 181,970 students,46,024 classroom and 135,946 distance learning;

>>  Provided 5.1 million hours of training;

>>  provided 12.3 million hours of formal and informal learning;

>>  increased continuous learning modules completions to more than 673,000 per year;

>>  provided 525 total mission assistance efforts, totaling 291,000 hours -- all working with customers in their workplaces; and

>>  reached our 160,000th Acquisition Community Connection member with 45 million page views.

WHAT BEST PRACTICE CAN YOU SHARE WITH OTHER GLOBAL CORPORATE UNIVERSITY LEADERS?

These last two years, DAU has committed to developing qualified acquisition professionals by fully engaging our students, both in the classroom and on the job. DAU is fully integrated in our learners' careers from the time they enroll in their first DAU course until they retire. We are also becoming more learning-asset-centric. This approach changes how we develop, deploy, deliver and maintain all our learning assets. It minimizes bias toward courses as the only solution, leverages technology that best suits the material and student needs, and allows for sharing and re-purposing of learning assets across the Acquisition Learning Model (ALM). Not only do we consistently update our curriculum and improve our learning assets to ensure the most up-to-date information is available right at our learners' fingertips, but as technology advances, we also explore new content delivery methods to meet the changing needs of the workforce. By taking advantage of new technologies, we are able to create learning environments that provide students opportunities to gain the knowledge and understanding they need while reducing time away from the job. DAU has implemented a totally holistic approach to learning. This paradigm shift:

>>  develops,deploys,delivers and maintains all formal,informal and social learning assets;

>>  moves curricula and asset development upstream;

>>  creates an early point for learning asset creation and allocation;

>>  minimizes bias toward courses as the only solution;

>>  leverages technology that best suits the material and the student needs and enables social links and promotes a common learning culture; and

>>  establishes requirements that translate directly into Learning Objectives.

Additionally, by nurturing social links easily accessible in the classroom, on-line, at home and on the job, DAU has fostered a common corporate culture of learning.

--Christopher R. Hardy, Ph.D., is the director, Strategic Planning and Learning Analytics, Office of the President. He co-authored "Leading a Learning Revolution:  The Story Behind DAU’s Reinvention of Training" in 2008. Under his direction, DAU has repeatedly been recognized as one of the best learning organizations throughout the public and private sectors with more than 60 awards in 14 years. In 2017, DAU was recognized for the seventh year in a row as one of the best Learning! 100 organizations. Dr. Hardy was personally awarded the Eagle Award in 2014 for lifetime achievement in e-learning by the U.S. Distance Learning Association.

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The 2017 E-learning User Study was conducted by Elearning! Media Group via an online survey of learning professionals to reveal the current trends and practices in e-learning. These findings were tabulated from 363 responses across corporate, government, education, and non-profit organizations. The study was conducted industry wide, including Elearning! Magazine subscribers. E-learning encompasses enterprise-wide learning and workplace technologies.

LEARNING DEPLOYMENT BY LOCATION TYPE

Drivers for Learning Investments

Employee engagement and improved collaboration are the top business objectives for learning investments. Personalized  learning moves up to #3 in priority.

Training PrioritiesCompliance regains the lead in training priority for 2017.

ELM March First Look 1

LEARNING SOLUTIONS USED & PURCHASES

Learning teams use a variety of solutions and are actively sourcing new solutions. The fastest growing solutions based upon purchase intention are:

ELM March First Look 2

Published in Trends

LearnCore, a training and coaching software for sales and customer facing teams, doubled down on its mobile strategy by launching a native Android application. Teams can now improve their knowledge and skills on any mobile device. The app provides users with mobile access to training courses, certifications, video coaching, and downloadable content for offline access.

"The release of our Android app brings the power of LearnCore where it's convenient for our users," says Vishal Shah, LearnCore CEO. "Given the global presence of our clients and the popularity of Androids, it was a natural extension of our technology."

Similar to LearnCore's existing iPhone and Salesforce app, the Android app delivers video, PowerPoint presentations, PDFs, screenshots and others forms of learning media. Plus, on-the-go employees can collaborate directly through the app by viewing practice videos and messaging approaches by other users, and provide feedback.

Published in New Products

Docebo provided its first look at the brand new Docebo Content Marketplace at Learn Tech '17. The Content Marketplace makes purchasing and delivering high-quality e-learning content easier, reduces time spent on administrative functions, and improves speed-to-deployment of training materials. Docebo partnered with OpenSesame on the release.

"With the Content Marketplace, Docebo clients can now easily access, browse and purchase learning materials from OpenSesame and other learning content providers right from within their Docebo LMS, explains Docebo's product marketing director Donato Mangialardo.

-Visit: www.docebo.com 

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The Blended Learning Hub is a perpetual learning makerspace designed specifically for training, learning and education professionals. A social collaborative community, the Blended Learning Hub, will provide a personal, curated approach to modern blended learning for learning professionals. The Blended Learning Hub will go live on March 6th.

"We, as learning professionals, are expected to be experts in everything, but until now, had no clear path how to get there"” says Jennifer Hofmann, founder and president of InSync Training. "In response to this clear need, we created the Blended Learning Hub. We couldn't be more excited and proud to share it with the training, learning, and education community."

The Blended Learning Hub will include monthly learning campaigns focused on a crucial blended learning topic, like microlearning and facilitation. Learn-ing campaigns include personal learning pathways, expert guidance and support from Phylise Banner, an engaging com- munity of peers, and exclusive resources and purposefully curated content from trusted industry sources.

-Learn more: www.insynctraining.com 

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