The Consumer Electronics Show 2017 (CES), the world’s large consumer technology event happens this week, and serves the $287 billion U.S. consumer technology industry. Thousands of solutions and exhibitors are on display with the new and the next in consumer tech. But, which solutions will really move the needle for enterprise learning?

While many at CES are focused on autonomous cars and their intelligent systems architecture, there are some technologies to watch for enterprise learning on display. Let’s look at five interesting solutions that offer a mirror to the future…even some may redefine how learning is delivered.1.      

1. HTC Tracker Vive Turns on VR for Everything

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HTC Vive has been called the most immersive VR experience to date. At CES, HTC showcased the VIVE Tracker, a new tracking peripheral that can be inserted into any product to make it work in the virtual world. Image adding the Tracker to your baseball bat to practice your swing in a VR game. Peacekeepers could use the tracker on equipment during fire simulations, police officers for standoffs, and the like. There are hundreds of potential learning applications.

The Tracker transforms any device into the virtual environment. This means any manufacturer can be a VR device manufacturer by embedding the tracker.

 

 

2. First Google Tango-enabled Augmented-reality Smartphone

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At CES 2017, we see a trend of software being embedded in devices. We no longer must learn to code. ASUS ZenFone AR  Smartphone is the world’s first 5.7-inch smartphone with Tango and Daydream by Google. Tango's AR lets you see virtual objects and information on top of your surroundings. And, Daydream is Google’s virtual reality technology.

For enterprise learning applications, AR if great for on-boarding, technical and safety training. The faster these capabilities are pushed to the smartphone and adopted, the sooner users can generate training content to share their native expertise. Learn more at: https://www.asus.com/Phone/ZenFone-AR-ZS571KL/

At CES 2016, we learned the cost of sensing technology has dropped to pennies an axial, and text to voice is now 95% accurate.  No surprise, we see these technologies integrated into some smart devices for home and work.

 

3. Voice is Everywhere: LG, Alexa and Google Home

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Like VR, manufacturers are integrating voice assistants within devices at home. NVidia plays with Google Home to create smart home devices. LG is using Alexa in refrigerators to track use by dates, groceries to buy and can place the online order via Amazon Pantry.

These solutions are launching at rates faster than enterprises can adopt them. Enterprises are using machine learning and AI to drive business decisions today. We could drive this intelligence to voice commands at the enterprise creating the perfect assistant.

 

4. Concept: Razer’s Project Ariana

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We have heard of Microsoft’s HoloLens and Star Trek’s Holodeck. Now we have seen Razer’s new concept projector, called Project Ariana. Ariana can bring projection mapping to the masses. The system is a giant screen that blends seamlessly when projected across your wall, furniture and tables. Under development, expect to see this projection system engulf an entire room with visuals that simulate being there. Imagine a Super Bowl broadcast that fills the room with you immersed in the sound and visuals. For enterprises, use of live immersive projections like Project Ariana would be great for CEO meet and greets and group wide or global team meetings. See it at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dX3sz0S5PA0

 

5. Cool Tools for the Office

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CES is not CES unless you come back with cool tools you want to take home. Here are two our editors loved.

First, Tickle Sensor is a tool to convert your PC to touch screen. Neonode Airbar is sold for $189 and clips to the screen easily. Learn more at: http://www.neonode.com/

Second, the travel keyboard that folds up to fit in a pocket is a must have. The Kanex Keyboard has a 2-day battery life.  It is Bluetooth enabled and the magnetic case keeps it closed. Cost is less than $100.

Next up from Elearning! Magazine: Key trends and consumer technology market growth reports from CES. Follow us at @2elearning or visit: 2elearning.com.

 

 

 

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When I originally wrote the Freemium blog that was posted on our site, the thought crossed my mind about what the LinkedIn acquisition by Microsoft could mean for our industry. It was the sheer volume of data — on each of us — that could be mined, which makes you ponder the possibilities. 

Deep down, I’ve always believed that the strategy behind LinkedIn’s original purchase of Lynda.com was that together, they could have achieved a what may be considered an unfair advantage as a training provider. After all, They would know so much about each of our careers and experience. It was all there — possible education gaps, career direction, current career level, etc. But it didn’t happen. And now, Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn Co-Founder & Executive Chairman, exclaimed at the Sun Valley CEO Summit that AI and machine learning will affect more than just the manufacturing sector, it will affect those in professional spheres.

Microsoft makes its own move, bringing with them a deep knowledge of machine learning, AI, Big Data, and data mining, and all of a sudden, here sits a partner that can take advantage of that enormous asset. The potential to take each of our profiles, analyze them, and then recommend what training we might want to take, what networks we could take advantage of, and even more is all sitting there. 

And it all started with the Freemium model which created tremendous value because of what we all willingly contributed to it for free. It’s like Wikipedia’s value. And what’s in it for us to have shared all of this information? As long as all of us can use the crowd-sourced data for free, find interesting groups to belong to, discover like-minded individuals, and possibly get our credentials in front of someone who might think we were a good match for a position opening, it has great value to each of us. 

It’s when people want to dive deeper, like in the case of recruiters and sales reps looking for prospects, that this model can easily be monetized. People will pay for extending their search and email solicitations, or even to view data in certain ways. Imagine the value of running a sales conference in a metropolitan area and then being able to see all of the sales people in that area. Or maybe it’s a specific training event for instructional designers.

The next step along my marketing and sales journey is to advertise to the target audience. The marketing capability is a huge potential that not even LinkedIn has taken advantage of fully. To me, it would have been of great value to see an “Events In Your Area” newsletter that gets customized for each of us.

So will this mining and interpreting of data happen? I suspect not right away. But here’s what lingers in my mind. Microsoft owns Dynamics — a competitor to Salesforce.com. Imagine what could be extracted from LinkedIn about prospects. Microsoft also owns Yammer — a competitor to Facebook and other social networks, but a network that competes at a more professional level. And then there’s our world where Microsoft is trying to play a stronger and stronger role. It includes Microsoft Classroom for the K-12 arena, and then LMS365 Cloud, Learning Management for Office 365 for the rest of the market. 

However, in all of these cases, Microsoft isn’t the market leader.  Does that point to systemic weaknesses in their organizational fabric and management? Is there not sufficient autonomy to let people execute? Are their moves over-scrutinized by regulators?

We’ll probably never know from the outside looking in, but I’m also thinking that they won’t be as nimble when it comes to achieving this outcome. That’s especially true because they have to first assimilate all of these new cultures into their own.  But consider the potential. It’s all there, waiting for Microsoft to execute the plan.

— Joe DiDonato is Elearning! Magazine’s Editor-at-Large. He has served as CLO for Oracle and Countrywide, as well as CEO of many learning technology firms.

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HTC is opening a dedicated virtual reality app store called Viveport which will host non-gaming content separately from Valve and its Steam store. The Viveport store will be available in Vive headsets, web browsers, the PC app and a mobile app.

The Viveport store will focus on nongaming verticals including education, design, art, social, video, music, sports, health, fashion, travel, news, shopping, creativity tools, and more. The store will also support in-app purchases and subscriptions in addition to a pay-to-download model.

—Learn more: http://blog.htcvive.com/ us/2016/08/introducing-viveport/

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Neuroscience Should Be Changing the Way You Design Sales Training

BY MARGIE MEACHAM

Suppose you had the chance to be present at the very moment of a world-changing discovery? Imagine sitting next to Marie Curie in her lab as she discovers the power of radioactivity or walking with Neil Armstrong on the moon. Maybe you are seeing the DNA double-helix for the first time with Watson, Crick, and Wilson. If you had the chance to be a part of one of these great moments of discovery, would you take it?

Right now, we all are embarking on a great adventure. We are discovering how the brain really works by watching it in the very act of cognition. We are expanding our understanding of how the human brain, a quivering bundle of more than 400 billion neurons, uses electrical charges to transmit and store sensations, feelings, decisions, fears, thoughts, and even our sense of self, on a constant and ever-changing basis. Someday soon, we’ll unlock the code that allows our brains to retrieve the sights, smells, and sounds of your seventh birthday as vividly as the first time you experienced it. And we’ll start to figure out what this wonderful, beautiful landscape of neurons, dendrites, and axons means to those of us who strive to help people learn.

For the past decade, advances in neuroscience have shed new light on how the brain learns. While this science is still in its infancy and there are more questions than answers right now, many teachers, instructional designers and trainers are implementing brain-aware techniques into their work as educators. Yet a quick review of the top 20 sales programs in 2016 offers pretty much the same solution selling approach that has been in vogue for decades. While the rest of the education and training profession is finding new ways to apply the expanding understanding of how brains work, sales trainers often seem stuck in the past. This would be fine if the selling techniques of the past were actually working, but new research shows that people often make a major purchase decision in spite of the sales person, rather than because of him or her. If you want to give your organization a competitive advantage, here are some practical applications of brain science you can use today to revitalize your sales training programs.

TEACH SALESPEOPLE HOW THE BRAIN MAKES DECISIONS

Think about a major purchase decision you made recently. You probably conducted careful research online, compared feature sets, searched for product reviews, sought out the opinion of friends and colleagues, and ultimately, made what you consider to be a logical decision. At least, that’s how you felt during the process. But you might be surprised to learn that the brain processes emotional and purchasing decisions in the same place — revealing that our emotions factor into any major purchase.

Recently, two different research teams at Duke University discovered that they were studying the same part of the brain to understand two brain functions that were previously thought to be completely unrelated: emotion and high-value purchasing decisions. The region that is getting all this attention is the vmPFC (ventromedial prefrontal cortex), which is located between the eyes in the front of the brain. By watching this region while people are making decisions, scientists have discovered that it’s most active when the subject is asking questions such like: “Is this product or service really worth the price I would have to pay to acquire it?” “Will I regret this decision later on?” “Is this really the very best choice I can make in this situation?”

In answering questions that appear to be about discoverable facts, the vmPFC considers some expected factors, such as the cost of one product compared to a similar product with similar features, expected financial benefits from the acquisition and use of the product, and so forth. But it also factors in some less quantifiable considerations, including status, emotional satisfaction, excitement, and small rewards such as snacks or prizes. This was quite surprising, because the scientists expected to see the cerebral cortex, the seat of our conscious thought, running the show. It turns out that the cerebral cortex doesn’t become involved in the decision until much later in theprocess. What’s considered the logical part of the brain starts coming up with reasonable sounding explanations for a purchase decision after it has been made at an unconscious level. In other words, by the time you can explain the pros and cons of two competing products to yourself or another person, your brain has already decided.

So, did you buy that expensive human capital management application because it would give you more hard data about the effectiveness of your leadership development program, or because it would make you feel smarter than your peers? The answer is most likely a bit of both. If sales people are too focused on making a logical case for their customer, they may miss significant opportunities where the buyer is responding emotionally to the perceived benefits of a particular choice. As a sales professional myself, I am imagining a few readers right now nodding their heads and thinking, “Ah, so that’s what happened to the sale I was sure I had sewn up.”

As early as 1994, Antonio Damasio made the case that emotions are a critical part of the brain’s decision-making process. Because emotions and logic are linked in our decision-making process, we must teach our sales people to allow time for buyers to process the emotional content related to their decisions. Remember that these emotions are happening at an unconscious level, so it may take some prodding to help the buyer bring these feelings up to the surface where they can be examined and discussed.

TEACH SALES PEOPLE THAT THERE REALLY IS POWER IN POSITIVE THINKING AS LONG AS IT’S GENUINE

Many sales training programs focus on the skill of influence. The reasoning is that if you can persuade the buyer to have the same enthusiasm for your product that you display, he or she will be buy it. An interesting study has studied the process of influence by observing brains trying to sell ideas to other people. One group was assigned the role of the intern. Group members were told to bring movie ideas to members of the other group, the producer, and convince these people to make movies from their ideas. Interns were assigned these ideas, which they were supposed to sell.

By viewing a live MRI scan during the experiment, scientists discovered that they could accurately predict whether or not a producer would buy an idea by looking at two responses in the brain: anticipated reward and what’s considered the salesperson effect. If the intern believed that her idea would be accepted, her brain anticipated this success and produced dopamine, delivering a positive feeling of success. She literally experienced her success in her mind before it happened. If the intern did not believe the idea would be accepted, it generally wasn’t. This is pretty much what common sense might tell us, right? We’ve all been told that positive thinking yields better results than negative thinking, and this research confirms that intuitive belief.

In addition to the reward-behavior predictor, scientists found that some people were just more convincing than others. When these people spoke about their ideas, the same area of the brain was stimulated in the intern’s brain and in the producer’s. In other words, the presenter was able to trigger the reward stimulus in another person’s brain. The scientists called this the salesperson’s effect.

It isn’t clear if this effect is the result of some sort of innate ability or brain structure, or something that can be developed over time. Further studies likely will answer those questions.

Soon it may be possible to hire salespeople by watching their MRIs as they attempt to sell something to another participant. We might be able to determine a leader’s communication skills by measuring the strength of his salesperson effect on team members’ brains. If we can discover the mechanism that is triggering this effect, we may be able to even train people to enhance this ability. What we do know is that when two people are communicating well, they are literally in sync, in that their brain waves produced by the electro-chemical communication between neurons is modulating at the same frequency. In a video from a neuroscience conference in Amsterdam, several pairs of people sit quietly and use the feedback coming from sensors that picked up their brain waves to synchronize, which is indicated by the color (or wavelength) begin produced by their brains.

Daniel Goleman, expanding on his initial work in emotional intelligence, has discovered that the brains of two people who trust each other have a remarkable symmetry — their brains are so in sync that they exhibit high levels of brain activity in the same parts of the brain at the same time. The same synchronicity has been found in couples dancing and musicians playing together. Many successful sales professionals have sensed this syncing of brain waves when things are going extremely well in the sales process.

TEACH SALES PEOPLE TO BUILD TRUST THROUGH GENUINE CONNECTIONS

Neuroscience suggests that the less we trust the salesperson, the riskier we believe the purchase decision and the less likely we are to act, regardless of the product’s benefits. Approach-avoidance conflict is a term used to describe a major decision that has both appealing and unappealing elements to it. Since most people inherently mistrust salespeople, nearly every major purchase decision falls into this category. How can we feel good about a deal we’ve just made with a perceived devil? Neuroscientist Paul Zak was one of the first to identify the neurotransmitter oxytocin as an indicator of a high degree of trust toward a stranger, as exhibited by heightened levels of oxytocin. Oxytocin and other “messenger molecules” are released in response to internal and external stimuli, flooding specific parts of the brain and triggering specific emotional reactions. Zak found that the more oxytocin is coursing through your brain, the more likely you are to trust people. It stands to reason that if we can stimulate oxytocin in the buyer’s brain, we can overcome the deeply ingrained tendency to distrust a sales representative. Here are a few behaviors that stimulate oxytocin and make us believe that an individual is trustworthy.

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The Power of Touch

Being touched by another human being stimulates oxytocin and other transmitters and increases the feelings of trust toward that individual. Zak found that hugging, in particular, generates high degrees of trust in both participating brains. Handshaking can also improve the degree of trust between two individuals and make the prospect of striking a deal more likely.

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Storytelling Builds Trust and Connection

Stories have a profound effect on the brain. Brain imaging studies have shown that when we are immersed in a story, our brains respond as though we are the protagonist of the narrative. Therefore, stories about others buying and using the product can help buyers see themselves making the purchase decision and generate positive emotions about the product and the salesperson.

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You Can’t Fake Trustworthiness

Some sales training companies try to give sales representatives a list of behaviors which, if practiced, will increase their ability to generate trust and build relationships. If only it were that simple. In “The Selfish Gene,” Richard Dawkins explains that our brains are highly tuned survival machines, so at some point in our evolution it must have become necessary to detect lies in order to stay alive. Today, our brains are capable of detecting false statements or actions within milliseconds. We may not be able to express the reaction in words, but we know at “a gut level” (really a brain level) that some people are not genuine. Trustworthiness cannot be faked; your buyer’s brain will detect the falsehood every time. Turning again to my review of the top 20 sales training organizations, I see a familiar pattern. Their content seems to focus on external behaviors that will make salespeople appear more credible. Neuroscience tells us that we should focus instead on teaching sales professionals to be genuine, sincere, and trustworthy — a much bigger challenge with a much greater potential payoff.

WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?

We’re still figuring out how to use the exciting information coming out of neuroscience, but we can start applying these and other insights now, to make our sales training – and all our training programs – more brain-aware. It’s a brave new world and learning professionals have the opportunity — and the responsibility — to continue to adapt as new information becomes available. Whether we realize it or not, we are observers to one of the greatest eras of discovery in the history of the human race. We’re living in the early days of the age of discovering our true selves, and it is going to change not only how we view the sales profession, but how we understand ourselves.

—Margie Meacham is the Chief Freedom Officer, Learningtogo. She helps people learn and improve performance by applying our evolving understanding of how the brain works, as revealed through neuroscience.

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The U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee recently released a report that spotlights the gender pay gap and how it will affect the economy down the line. It reports that women currently make approximately $11,000 less per year than men based on median annual earnings. Although that is better than what women made when they predominately entered the workforce in the 1960s, at this rate the gap will not close until 2059. This adds up to nearly a half million dollars lost during the course of a career.

The study found that women typically make the same amount as men in the beginning of their careers, but by the time they are in the middle (ages 45-54), they make approximately 70-percent of what their male counterparts make, creating a problem with saving for retirement. Women’s median income in retirement is 56-percent less than men’s and females are expected to live an average of an additional two years longer than men. This translates to more women living in poverty as they age, and having less of a disposable income. The median income for women in retirement in 2014 was approximately $17,000.

Nearly all industries are affected by the gender wage gap, but the wage gap in the tech industry may not be as prevalent according to Dice, a career site for the industry. However, Payscale reports a 3-percent difference in income for women and men in the math and science fields, although that is significantly less than what many other fields are experiencing.

—More info: jec.senate.gov

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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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If you build it, will they come? Do your employees participate in your training program at the rate you’d like? How many courses per month does the average employee start and complete? By way of a benchmark, the average employee at a BizLibrary client takes 4.9 video courses per month. How does your employee population compare?

If your employees aren’t participating at the level you’d like, it’s time to take some action. Here are some steps you can take to drive higher employee participation in your training programs — starting today.

1 ASK EMPLOYEES, “WHAT IS WORKING AND WHAT ISN’T?”

Ask your employees for their opinion. It’s really that simple. Your employees are your customers. So let’s ask them what they want and work toward delivering training programs they will want to use. This is a great mindset to adopt as you strive to drive higher participation. Keep the surveys short, direct and to the point. Try to keep the survey about two to three minutes in length, and keep the responses anonymous.

Be prepared to act upon the information you receive. You’ll lose all credibility if you ask your employees for feedback and then fail to take the necessary steps to make improvements. Also, you should be transparent. Publish survey results, and tell employees that you appreciate their suggestions and will take steps to make the program better. This will give employees a reason to pay attention the next time you ask.

2 REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF CLASSROOM TRAINING

It doesn’t work. Really. Scientific research proves beyond doubt that lengthy, immersive classroom-type training sessions are a waste of time and money. Check out “Make it Stick, the Science of Successful Learning” by Brown, Roediger and McDaniel; “Thinking Fast and Slow” by Kahneman; or the work published by Art Kohn in this area. Move as much content as possible to delivery methods that really work.

3 MAKE EFFECTIVE USE OF MICRO-LEARNING

Employees frequently complain that traditional learning is too long, too boring, too out-ofdate, and too inconvenient. There’s actually a litany of other complaints. Science tells us that micro-learning is the most effective employee training method and is consistent with the ways in which people naturally learn and retain information. Don’t fight nature ... embrace it to improve your training programs and participation.

4 MARKET YOUR TRAINING PROGRAMS TO EMPLOYEES

One reason why employees may not participate in training is that they may not even know about it. So make sure they know. This is a fundamental marketing challenge for many training professionals. Employees have to be informed, they need to be able to see the value in training, and they have to be motivated on some level to act and consume your product: the training program.

Many training professionals make the mistake of believing that once the program goes live and the initial blast of communication goes out to employees, the marketing of the program is complete. That’s a common mistake, but one that must be avoided. Marketing requires an ongoing, continuous effort to keep the value and importance of your training programs at the very top of employees’ minds. It’s like advertising. Think about how many times you see a commercial for a product. You have to “advertise” the value of your training program the same way — continuously, creatively and in such a way that employees are always aware of it.

—To download BizLibrary’s complimentary e-book on “How to Create a Marketing Plan for Online Employee Training,” visit http://goo.gl/iVDbt8.

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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
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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

 

What is a VUCA World? One that is volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. And corporate leaders need to operate effectively in this new world.

According to the “Global Leadership Forecast 2014-2015,” leaders who can do so are three times more likely to be in the top 20 percent of financial performance.

VUCA is better understood in terms of:

1) anticipating and reacting to the nature and speed of change;

2) acting decisively without always having clear direction and certainty;

3) navigating through complexity, chaos and confusion; and

4) maintaining effectiveness despite constant surprises and unpredictability.

According to Harvard Business Publishing, eight key capabilities can help leaders cope with a complex VUCA world:

1) Managing complexity

2) Managing global business

3) Acting strategically

4) Fostering innovation

5) Leveraging networks

6) Inspiring engagement

7) Cultivating learning agility

8) Developing personal adaptability

“There is a great deal of change coming to the world of education both in traditional higher learning in institutions, but also in lifelong learning in our jobs and across our careers,” wrote Rawn Shah in a recent issue of Forbes magazine.

—More info: www.harvardbusiness.org/leading-now-critical-capabilities-complex-world

 

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A new McKinsey Global Institute report, “The Internet of Things: Mapping the Value Beyond the Hype,” finds that the hype may actually understate IoT’s full potential — but that capturing it will require an understanding of where real value can be created and a successful effort to address a set of systems issues, including interoperability.

According to McKinsey research, IoT has a total potential economic impact of $3.9 trillion to $11.1 trillion a year by 2025.

MGI’s Michael Chui believes that these factors will determine how successful businesses are at unlocking trillions of dollars in value during the next decade:

  • Interoperability between IoT systems is critical.

  • Currently, most IoT data are not even used for optimization and prediction, which provide the greatest value.

  • Business-to-business applications will probably capture more value—nearly 70 percent of it—than consumer uses.

  • IoT users (businesses, other organizations, and consumers) could capture 90 percent of the value that IoT applications generate.

 - Download the podcast and/or report: http://www.mckinsey.com/insights/business_technology/the_internet_of_things_the_value_of_digitizing_the_physical_world?cid=other-eml-nsl-mip-mck-oth-1507

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