BizLibrary has added a fourth How-To Competency Development Guide, — "Managing Change" — to its product line.  According to a study by College for America, 71 percent of employers prefer developing existing employees into management roles rather than hiring new employees — but the lack of promotable skills is a major hurdle. The easiest way to target employee skill development is through competency-based training.

Change management and adaptability are emerging as critical competencies for both organizations and leaders in this highly complex and rapidly changing marketplace. Agile and adaptable organizations are more prepared to meet the challenges posed by this environment than organizations who do not work to increase their capacity for improvement and change.

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As learning becomes more student-centered, a number of digital education trends will continue to grow in K-12 education in 2015, according to Tanya Roscorla of the Center for Digital Education.  Most focus on the student. Here are Roscorla's top five:

1) Personalized learning — Creating digital learning environments that are tailored to students' individual needs, skill levels and interests, creating multiple pathways to learn

2) Competency-based education — Lets students create knowledge, analyze a situation and produce evidence of their learning

3) Digital learning outcomes — Including the expectation by educators of more hard facts about whether students learn better with things like digital content or online courses

4) Digital course access — About 11 states now allow students to take individual online courses from charter schools instead of having to sign up for a state or district online school

5) Blended and digital learning adoption at the local level — More local school districts and schools are adopting digital learning such as online courses

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The workplace underwent significant changes in 2014, with a shift towards eliminating "old school" management practices and embracing more open work environments and increasing in flexibility on the job. As predicted at the start of the year by Fierce, Inc., these changes have included less hierarchical titles across organizations, more flexibility beyond the standard work hours, and a drop in the traditional performance review process.

"As organizations across the globe continue to shift to a workplace that focuses less on outdated best practices and more on people, not only are the employees going to benefit, but the entire company will," says Halley Bock, president and CEO of Fierce, Inc. "We've seen for years through working with companies of all scopes that a 'one size fits all' model is ineffective, especially with today's Millennials. We encourage leaders to engage in conversations from the top down, as communication continues to be the cornerstone of a healthy and productive workplace."

Here are some possible workplace trends:

>> Organizations will increase flexibility for employees, along with an emphasis on balancing work and life.

>> Training beyond job-specific roles will increase as older generations of workers are replaced by Millennials.

>> Company leaders will more deeply partner with learning and training departments to train their own teams.

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Independent analyst Craig Weiss has taken over top spot in the North America and World lists of e-learning movers and shakers.
Top five on the World List, with last year's position in parentheses:

1) Weiss — an e-learning analyst, expert, author, speaker and thought leader who is CEO of E-Learning 24/7
2) Elliott Masie — head of The Masie Center, a New York think-tank focused on how organizations can support learning and knowledge within the workforce
3) Christopher Pappas — Greece-based founder and CEO of the eLearning Industry's Network
4) Tom Kuhlmann — one of the world's best known e-learning designers
5) Laura Overton — a speaker; member of ELIG, and managing director of Towards Maturity, a not-for-profit company that provides research and online resources to help organizations deliver effective learning interventions at work

The North America list:
1) Weiss
2) Masie
3) Kuhlmann
4) Harold Jarche — the Canada-based "thought catalyst," writer and blogger
5) Patti Shank — founder of Learning Peaks, and an internationally recognized expert on, and advocate for, the pragmatics of the design of information and instruction to help people do what they need to do
6) Aaron Silvers — a designer, technologist and strategist who leads the IEEE Learning Technology Standards Committee
7) Debbie Richards — Texas-based president of Creative Interactive Ideas
8) Cathy Moore — e-learning blogger
9) Tony Karrer — CEO and consulting CTO of TechEmpower
10) Jay Cross — a writer, commentator and speaker

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Sales and marketing alignment has become a hot topic as leaders realize that getting the two groups on the same page yields greater revenue growth, shorter sales cycles and higher customer retention. Many organizations, however, struggle to create sales and marketing synergy that delivers a measureable business impact. They fail to recognize and address one of the key barriers to alignment: a lack of marketing training.

Marketo's "2013 Sales and Marketing Alignment Study" reported that in organizations with one to three days of marketing training annually, 21 percent of MQLs (marketing qualified leads) close. Increase training to eight to 10 days a year, and that closing percentage jumps to 35 percent. Organizations with more than 10 days of marketing training per year see closure rates of 60 percent of sales qualified leads that had resulted in proposals.

Why does training make such a big difference? One possible explanation: well-trained marketers deliver more effective programs. They're better equipped to create the types of messages, experiences and calls to action that resonate with their audiences. They're also more likely to understand how to track program results and optimize based on past success or failure.
"In the past, sales has had personalized, one-to-one conversations with prospects, while marketers have delivered higher-level messages target¬ing broader audiences," notes Valerie Witt, MarketingProfs vice president of Professional Development Solutions. "Now, marketers are challenged to deliver more personalized communications that leverage what they know about someone based on their behavior. It's a different approach. There's also greater emphasis on using technology and data to deliver more effective marketing campaigns. Companies that commit to developing their marketers' skills give themselves a competitive advantage."

While investments in sales-centric learning and development are increasing according to the ASTD "2013 State of the Industry" report, marketing training is not keeping pace. In fact, investments in marketing professional development are shrinking as companies attempt to maintain flat budgets while adding in new marketing technologies and tactics.
The recent "CMO Survey" reported that spending on marketing training and developing new marketing capabilities have steadily decreased since August 2012. The survey also found that while companies expect to increase spending on marketing analytics over the next three years, less than half believe they have the right talent to fully leverage analytics.

In addition, most companies plan to increase spending on social media and digital advertising, though only 16 percent have qualitative data on the impact of social media on the business. Almost half — 49 percent — have not been able to show the impact of their social media investments.  "Most businesses are asking marketers to think differently and use new tools without preparing them to do that," Witt says. "Until companies invest in learning for marketers the way they invest in leadership, management and sales development, they're unlikely to realize true sales and marketing alignment."

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Covering a variety of subjects from cyber security to a slave's escape to freedom, to a synthetic biology game, this year's Serious Games Showcase & Challenge (SGS&C) winners were announced at the annual Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) in Orlando, Fla.

2014 Serious Games Showcase & Challenge category winners are:

>> People's Choice and Best Mobile Serious Game: "Eagle Eye" by U.S. Army's PdM Ground Maneuver
>> Best Industry Developed Serious Game: "Info Sentinel – Travel Security" by MAVI Interactive
>> Best Government Developed Serious Game: "Strike Group Defender" by Office of Naval Research PMR51
>> Best Student Developed Serious Game: "Cyber Heist" by University of Utah (Jake Muehle, A.J. Dimick, Chris Rawson and Vaibhav Bhalerao)
>> Students' Choice: "The Underground Railroad" by Muzzy Lane Software for National Geographic
>> Special Emphasis Award – "Use of Social Media: Nanocrafter" by the University of Washington's Center for Game Science

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Eighty-four percent of upper and mid-level management at 40 professional services firms say that their staff is inconsiderate and rude in the workplace. In addition, the same respondents cited by 65 percent that they felt a majority of their staff lacked a moral compass.
Respondents cited their company's "political correctness," their own inability to have confrontation, and constraints instituted by their human resources department as stumbling blocks. Among the items most mentioned by managers were:

1) untimely and inappropriate use of cellphones
2) wearing inappropriate clothing to work
3) complete lack of courtesy
4) use of street talk and signs in professional meetings
5) the inability of younger staff to write a letter/email
6) the lack of personal responsibility
7) failure to say "please" and "thank you"
8) lying to phone caller
9) hanging up on phone calls when they are confronted and were uncomfortable
10) cheating on time billed to clients and stealing time by arriving late and leaving early

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2015 promises a surge in mobility and mobile work adoption in the public sector, according to the Mobile Work Exchange. Here are three:

>> Mobile and Millennials - Mobility and teleworking have long been credited with increased worker productivity and improving work/life balance. Look for increasing use of apps and social media as organizations seek to recruit younger, more social-savvy talent.

>> Phablets - These are top the device trend for 2015. Will these smartphone/tablet crossovers help move organizations one step closer to a one device world?

>> Mobile Apps - This may be the "Year of the App." Apps improve productivity at low cost, which is very appealing in budget-constrained environments across defense and civilian sectors. Look for more tools, methodologies, and hopefully guidance to keep the mobile app trend secure and growing in 2015.

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eLogic Learning has launched enhancements to its award-winning learning management system (LMS), including a special offer available to new clients. The offer, called eSSential Plus, includes more than 120 free, ready-to-use e-learning courses, a custom course designed by eLogic for the individual client, and access to Claro (a web-based content authoring software) at no additional charge.

eSSential Plus equips organizations with the content and technology to achieve their training goals. The included eLearning content solutions provide a number of benefits to both LMS administrators and learners. Administrators are saved the time, effort and cost of finding and purchasing e-learning content to train their workforce. Learners have access to proven, effective training that can be completed on their own schedule and applied directly to their jobs. In addition, managers can track the effectiveness of the training and determine its ROI using reports built into the eSSential LMS.

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The number of smartphone users worldwide will surpass 2 billion in 2016 — after nearly getting there in 2015. Next year, there will be more than 1.91 billion smartphone users across the globe, a figure that will increase another 12.6% to near 2.16 billion in 2016.

By 2018, more than one-third of consumers worldwide, or more than 2.56 billion people, will do so. That 2018 figure also represents 51.7% of all mobile phone users, meaning that feature phones will have finally become a minority in the telecommunications world.

In the U.S., smartphone users will surpass 200 million by 2017, or nearly 65% of the country's total population.

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