Earth science courses offering have expanded to environmental sciences on the VIDL Global E-learning Platform. This new development is designed to expand the growth and collaborative efforts between VIDL, industry partners, and clients.

VIDL is launching this new venture through its newly designed website, allowing potential users access to its offerings and to showcase their growing portfolio of eLearning solutions designed for several different physical sciences markets.

According to Corine Prieto, Founder and CEO of VIDL and IGC, “The industry is demanding that earth science jobs require individuals with multi-tasking skills and talents in data mining, log analysis, economic assessment as well."

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They now offer courses for learners striving for their Project Management Professional (PMP) and Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) credentials. Recipients of the PMP earn 17% more income than non-certificated according to the Project Management Salary Survey, Eighth edition

"Expanding our certifications catalog has been a goal of OpenSesame's for 2016 and beyond." said Spencer Thornton, Vice President of Content at OpenSesame. "Now, as a part of OpenSesame Plus, they will be able to offer PMP preparation and HRCI recertification courses to their learners, both of which lead to better job productivity and business results for their entire company."

OpenSesame offers enterprise e-learning subscription via OpenSesame Plus with access to the hassle of managing multiple vendors separately. Course content includes leadership skills, soft skills, technology and compliance training courses and integrates with most of the major learning management systems.

 

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Cloud storage service Dropbox has announced an integration partnership with educational software provider Blackboard.  Under the agreement, Dropbox will become the "default sharing and storage option" for Blackboard Learn, Blackboard's primary e-learning platform for both educational institutions and business organizations. With this added functionality, users will be able to use Dropbox to work, edit and submit shared documents. Instructors can use the same platform to distribute course materials.

"Dropbox is already the collaboration tool of choice for more than 6,000 universities and institutions across the globe," said Jason Katcher, Head of Education for Dropbox. "By enabling existing Dropbox workflows within Blackboard’s LMS, our partnership will make collaboration between the platforms even easier, while providing additional visibility for schools. Dropbox continues to focus on pursuing partnerships and integrations that make it the best place for instructors and students to get work done.”

According to Course Merchant, Blackboard Learn has reached 100 million users, and earlier this year, Dropbox offered its first education-specific product offering storage and compliance solutions.

"At Blackboard, we’re focused on developing technologies and services to help institutions create the most powerful learning environment for their users," said Kathleen Vieira, Vice President of Partnership Solutions at Blackboard. "We are excited to partner with Dropbox to deliver a tailored experience which will enable students and instructors to use our strong learning management technologies alongside their collaboration platform of choice."

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Docebo, LMS provider, and OpenSesame, provider of on-demand e-learning courses, have entered into a new partnership that will make it possible for learning and development professionals to purchase e-learning courses directly from within their LMS. This integration makes selecting, purchasing and delivery of e-learning courses easier than ever before.

“Docebo is committed to providing the integrations that the market needs,” says Claudio Erba, CEO and founder of Docebo. “This is a partnership that’s going to make a real difference in the day-to-day of learning and development professionals, in particular those that administer many different types of training courses to large groups of employees and other learners.”

OpenSesame offers access to 20,000 online courses from award-winning providers without the traditional hassle of finding, evaluating and curating content from multiple vendors. With this integration, OpenSesame makes delivering training courses even easier for busy learning and development professionals.

"At OpenSesame, we measure our success based on the ease and speed of our customer's experience," says Don Spear, Co-Founder, President and CEO of OpenSesame. "Our partnership with Docebo will make it that much easier for our customers to purchase e-learning courses when and where they need them, and customers will also be able to begin taking advantage of those courses even faster."

 

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Brainshark’s coaching technology empowers managers to coach their teams anytime, anywhere. Sales reps can practice their calls, presentations, sales messaging and more, and receive instant, detailed feedback from managers, peers and – now – CCI expert coaching professionals. 

With CCI’s professional coaching services, sales leaders can get their coaching culture off to a strong start, scale their programs and provide personalized, expert advice to their sales teams that ensures higher performance.

In addition to the coaching services, CCI continues to provide eLearning content through Brainshark for Coaching. Now, through the expanded partnership, Brainshark for Coaching users can also opt to take advantage of:

  • Individual coaching reviews by a CCI expert – delivered through the Brainshark for Coaching interface and personalized based on each rep’s presentations and needs.
  • Interactive group workshops – delivered virtually by CCI and including best practices to help reps deliver exceptional presentations and to kick off a successful coaching program.
  • “Game-tape reviews” – where CCI experts analyze reps’ recorded presentations and develop action plans during virtual group sessions.
  • The sessions are designed to equip reps with the preparation, skill development and real-world advice they need to achieve greater levels of sales success.

    CCI was co-founded by Tony Robbins and Walter Rogers, thought-leaders in sales and change management, who has created and led businesses in 13 countries on three continents.

    Learn more -- https://www.brainshark.com/solutions/coach

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    Now you can build your own private YouTube with Kaltura MediaSpace Video Portal, the market-leading rich media portal for every use-case. With the MediaSpace Video Portal, users can securely create, upload, share, search, browse, and watch live and on demand videos, presentations, webcasts, and other rich media content, anytime, anywhere. MediaSpace provides a superb cross-device user experience, unmatched user engagement capabilities, and powerful control and governance tools. 

    MediaSpace encourages community, collaboration, learning, and social activities through the power of online video. In the past, single administrators or small teams within the organization would publish to a large audience. MediaSpace revolutionizes this process by enabling democratization of media creation and sharing with many contributors, moderators, and viewers in a multitude of channels.

    Free trial available at: http://corp.kaltura.com/Products/Video-Applications/Kaltura-Mediaspace-Video-Portal

     

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    The collaboration is marked with continuous acquisition, with this latest one poised to create stronger competition to Cisco and Microsoft.

    LogMeIn's previous lineup of products—including LogMeIn Rescue, BoldChat, LastPass and join me—will now include GoToMeeting, GoToWebinar, GoToTraining and OpenVoice. The combined business will have more than $1 billion in revenue, almost 3,000 employees and more than 2 million customers worldwide.

    “We believe that together we can better serve the needs of our customers, while expanding our reach and accelerating product innovation to bring you more choice, greater possibilities and better business outcomes," LogMeIn President and CEO Bill Wagner.

    Learn more -- http://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2016/07/26/859040/0/en/LogMeIn-Announces-Merger-with-Citrix-s-GoTo-Family-of-Products-to-Create-Billion-Dollar-Industry-Leader.html

     

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    The Virtual Reality War has begun. Alphabet’s launch of Pixel Smartphone and new VR headset has joined the battle with Facebook, Microsoft and Samsung. With the heavy adoption of the technology comes the realization that VR IS in the future for enterprise learning.

    VR is currently estimated to be a $1 billion industry according to Deloitte Global, but will explode to $35 Billion by 2025 according to BI Intelligence.  Video games and entertainment are the largest VR market segments accounting for$18.9 billion of the $35 billion market in 2025. Enterprise VR applications will generate 54% of VR market with Healthcare and Engineering leading the enterprise market.

     

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    --Recognizes Contributions to Federal Distance Learning

    Elearning! Media Group, publishers of Elearning! and Government Elearning! magazines, announced today the Federal Government Distance Learning Association selected Elearning! Media Group for the Pillar Award for contributions to the Federal Government Distance Learning Industry.  The 2016 FGDLA Awards honor excellence in federal government distance learning to 16 organizations and professionals.

    We are honored to earn the Pillar Award from FGDLA and congratulation the Association for delivering important industry practices and information to more than 350 federal agencies,” says Catherine Upton, Group Publisher, Elearning! Media Group.The organizations selected for the FGDLA Awards are an inspiring group and it is with deep respect that we accept this award.”

    FGDLA is has named the following Federal Government employees and organizations as 2016 FGDLA Award recipients for demonstrating excellence in distance learning:

    Individual Awards:

    Hall of Fame: In recognition of an individual who has made significant contributions in promoting and developing distance learning in the Federal Government. 

    Honoree: Dr. Kenneth P. Pisel, Joint Forces Staff College, National Defense University


    Pioneer: In recognition of an individual demonstrating initiative and leadership in the development and implementation of distance learning in the Federal Government.

    Five Honorees: Dale Carpenter, Distance Learning Group, National Park Service

    Andrea Simonelli, Information Technology Department, Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division

    Naval Air Systems Command

    Dr. Damon Regan, Advanced Distributed Learning Initiative

    JoAnne Green, iCollege, National Defense University

    Paul Thurkettle, NATO E-Learning, Allied Command Transformation

    Organizational Awards:

    Five-Star: In recognition of an organization demonstrating excellence in providing enterprise-wide distance learning solutions for the Federal Government.

    Three Honorees: Acquisition Career Management Group Acquisition Policy and Oversight Federal Aviation Administration Digital Learning Network, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

    Information Technology Department, Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division Naval Air Systems Command


    Innovation: In recognition of an organization demonstrating leadership in the development of emerging distance learning technologies providing enterprise-wide solutions for the Federal Government.

    Three Honorees: Distance Learning Group National Park Service (NPS), Advanced Distribute Learning Initiative Office of the Undersecretary of Defense (Personnel & Readiness), NATO E-Learning Allied Command Transformation

     

    Eagle: In recognition of an individual that has served the Federal Government distance learning community by providing exceptional leadership, vision, and advocacy.

    Honoree: College of Distance Education and Training Marine Corps University

     

    Pillar: In recognition for outstanding service or significant contribution to the Association by an organization not affiliated with the Federal Government

    Honoree: Elearning! Media Group, Publishers of Elearning! and Government Elearning! Magazines

     

    This is FGDLA 20th year for proudly recognizing individuals and organizations who have made major contributions to enhancing distance learning within the Federal Government,” says Alex Autry, President, Federal Government Distance Learning Association. Not only have these recipients’ improved the knowledge and skill levels of our number one resources- people-  but have ensured our Nation is second to none.”

     

    FGDLA Award Luncheon

    The 20th Annual FGDLA Awards Luncheon will be hosted on December 8th at 11:50 AM in Room 151A at the Washington D.C. Convention Center. The Award Luncheon is a ticketed invitation only event conducted during FGDLA’s Government Learning Technology Symposium (GLTS).  GLTS is a free two-day conference for government personnel. Uniquely focused on the needs of Federal Government distance learning professionals, GLTS provides a venue for professionals to make connections, discuss the latest developments, and identify new regulations and trends that affect our industry. If you are involved in learning, talent development, mission execution, HR services, project management, team training and leadership, you should attend GLTS.

    The GLTS is held at the Washington D.C. Convention Center, Dec. 7-8, 2016. For the complete GLTS program, visit  http://glts.fgdlaevents.us/ 
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    Elearning! Magazine invited Jonathan Fear, Senior Director, Coupa Software Inc., to share his insights and advice on scaling training in a fast-paced service-dominate enterprise. In this interview, Jonathan shared his best practices and lessons learned.

    Q:WHAT TRENDS ARE YOU SEEING IN THE LEARNING SPACE?

    Most of the trends we see in the learning field are due to the mind shift that has happened in the way we learn and see our career progression. This is a result of innovations in cloud, mobile, social, and e-commerce areas. Technology has changed how we learn, where we learn and from whom we learn. Today, pull learning is more prevalent than push learning and learners want to consume just-in-time resources, learn from their peers, and leverage their social network to get to the best content quickly. These are the trends we see in response to this cultural shift:

    >> Rise of stand-alone LMS platforms

    >> Emphasis on learners’ experience and ease of use

    >> Attention on expert content at a variety of price and quality points >> Significance of shorter, contextual learning content

    >> Focus on deeper and broader quality support >> Importance of integration to existing platforms

    Q:WHAT WERE SOME OF YOUR ORGANIZATION’S UNIQUE LEARNING CHALLENGES?

    We were looking for a solution that could support our partner community and also provide a platform for our own internal resources to ensure an equitable learning experience. We struggled with adoption on our previous platform and because of our fast growth we needed to find a strategic partner who could provide the thought leadership and value drivers to help us scale. We were also looking for a platform with a high level of easeof-use for both learners and administrators.

    Q:WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO THOSE SEEKING A NEW LEARNING PLATFORM?

    Coupa delivers measurable Value As A Service so we believe that when we are working with our customers, we have an obligation to create value; there is a partnership associated with that which includes a level of thought leadership to drive adoption. We were looking for a vendor that provides that same level of thought leadership and value add to help us fully adopt their learning platform.

    In recent years, there has been a flood of learning vendors coming to the market, and we found that not all learning management system (LMS) vendors are equal. We selected Litmos, which offered deep domain expertise and thought-leadership in the learning space. We were also looking for a solution that is entirely cloud-based and agile to respond to customer needs and also innovate with each product release. We wanted a partner who is continually challenging themselves to always be better, just as we do. Ultimately, we felt that the partnership with Litmos allowed us work with a company that would grow with us and we were proud to support, and would support us equally as well.

    Q:HOW DID YOU GET APPROVAL FOR AN ADDITIONAL LEARNING INVESTMENT?

    Coupa lives by the motto of pre-approval for service initiatives, so there’s an approval process to which we must adhere. We had an existing platform in place, and the rationale is that it’s always easier to stick with the vendor you have currently. In order to make the shift we had to present the business case to our CFO. Since we have taken a holistic approach with our training, there were many aspects that helped us build our business case. Not only are we utilizing Litmos to train our internal employees, we are also using it for partner and customer training and certification.

    We homed in on a few key points in each of these channels:

    Internal Benefits: Having a well-trained internal staff means that they are able to begin adding value to the organization quickly, and ongoing effectiveness, engagement, and customer success is increased.

    Partner Benefits: Certifying our partner base allows us to scale much more rapidly. One of the common mistakes with building a highly successful partner channel is not training them as if they are an extension of your team. Having a partner training and certification program truly allows us to put trust in our partners and see them as a serious asset to our business.

    Customer Benefits: With so many software as a service (SaaS) solutions on the market these days, ensuring that your customer base is enabled through training is a huge competitive advantage. We focused on this in our business case as increasing adoption has a big effect on customer advocacy and ongoing usage.

    The results are in: Growth has increased ten times; training and adoption increased by 300 percent; and the company has doubled in size.

    Q:HOW ARE YOU CREATING CONTENT USED IN YOUR CERTIFICATION PROGRAMS?

    Our current courses are a mix of externally built content in Storyline, and through native modules from within Litmos. We have found that building the actual content in Storyline works best, but we are also taking advantage of surveys, exams, and learning paths natively within Litmos. Learning paths have been extremely useful for us to create an experience that is truly fit for the learner. By using the native functionality within Litmos and combining features like surveys and learning paths, both our adoption and learner satisfaction rates have rapidly increased.

    Q:HOW DO YOU MANAGE CHANGES TO THE CONTENT?

    We are a VaaS-based organization and are very agile in the way that we do business. That means that there is continual change that we have to be able to support from a training and documentation perspective. So we have taken a modular approach in the way we build our courses. At Coupa, we believe there needs to be a single source of truth so that if something changes we can update it in one place and ensure that populates everywhere else. We’re able to pull out a single building block within the course and make our updates there. This requires us to be very organized in the structure of our account so we can easily find specific building blocks when changes happen.

    Q:HOW WAS YOUR EXPERIENCE DURING THE IMPLEMENTATION PROCESS?

    The process of implementing Litmos was seamless. We were able to go live shortly after singing and invite users to the platform with ease.  We also successfully integrated Litmos and Salesforce;  their integration is offered through the Salesforce AppExchange and is a certified app.  Since the certification was already in place, it put our IT team at ease during implementation.  The Litmos integration is out of the box. We went through the necessary steps to get it started -- and we were off and running very quickly. Lastly, as I mentioned, during implementation Litmos provided us with the thought leadership required to think big and take our future plans into consideration knowing that we were on a high growth trajectory.

    Q:HOW HAS THE INTEGRATION WITH SALESFORCE MADE YOUR PROGRAM MORE SUCCESSFUL?

    Many of our teams here at Coupa practically live within Salesforce, so it was definitely a requirement to have a seamless integration in place. We’re taking advantage of numerous areas of the Litmos and Salesforce integration, but one that really stands out for me is reporting.

    Reporting is absolutely critical if you’re going to scale your business. By having our training program integrated with Salesforce, we can determine within an account who has taken training and extend those types of insights to others within the organization. This allows for an extra level of visibility which is beneficial when understanding what training someone has taken or whether they are certified. For example, if you have your services or support teams working in Salesforce, they can clearly see if the person with whom they are working has completed all necessary training which allows for an all-around more efficient process.

    Q:CAN YOU SHARE ANY LESSONS LEARNED? HOW WOULD YOU RATE YOUR SUCCESS?

    Overall, we’re thrilled with the success that we’ve had with Litmos. Before we started using the solution, we struggled with motivating people to actually want to take training. This was probably a combination of a poor learner experience and unproven content. Now we’re seeing our training offerings scale quickly and our audiences are coming back time and again to learn as much as they can about Coupa. In fact, when another LMS is introduced for complaince training we often get asked "can't we put this in Litmos?". We’re also seeing a big focus on self-service compared to standard prescription because the learning system itself is more engaging. It’s been a paradigm shift from the old one-and-done training to a combined understanding from learners that this is the platform where learning will take place. Because of the rapid adoption of the learning platform, we’re now being approached by thought leaders and subject matters experts with content to share throughout the university. Due to the increased level of shared thought leadership among our partners, we’re seeing the added benefit of content curation along with the content that we are creating.

    Q:WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO COLLEAGUES LOOKING TO ROLL OUT A CUSTOMER AND PARTNER CERTIFICATION PROGRAM?

    We have learned a lot through our journey of building Coupa University. If I had to focus on one overall piece of advice, I would recommend an initial focus on building a program that has the vision to scale. Many factors fall into this process, but you certainly have to be willing to make the upfront investment and work with an LMS partner who can help guide you as you grow. A huge component in rolling out a solution that scales is having a well-organized implementation. All published training has a shelf life and we have used reference codes and categories within Litmos to help us understand who created it, when it was created, what version it is, and which areas the product training applies.

    Q:WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE PLANS?

    We absolutely plan to continue to stay at the cutting-edge with our training programs and take advantage of the new innovative functionality. Right now we are looking to extend our partner certification reporting and have that fully integrated with Salesforce like we have for our employees and customers. Moving forward, we hope to have a training checks and balances process in place which does an automated check to ensure that everyone assigned to an activity, whether a partner, internal employee, or customer, has been adequately trained prior to taking on the engagement. We’re confident that this is something we can achieve with Litmos as our LMS partner.

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