Recent Survey Reveals Insights About Modern Student Preferences

Posted by Cortney Peters on Jan 15, 2016 1:43:41 PM

Often times when considering custom course materials, cost savings to students tends to be a prominent argument.  While cost savings continues to be a major concern for students and schools, a recent survey conducted by XanEdu, Inc. confirms that customization enhanced by digital solutions can reduce a broader set of challenges today’s faculty face in meeting student expectations. 

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Topics: College Students

3 Reasons Why Self-Paced Learning Can't Stand Alone in Corporate Training

Posted by Cortney Peters on Jan 14, 2016 11:11:10 AM


Training employees is obviously a critical part of any business, in any industry. Learning is something that should be ongoing throughout the entirety of one's employment, and life in general. Without evolving knowledge we wouldn't have access to the unlimited amount of resources and great minds that we do, and vice versa. 

But, as you know, there are many different types of learning, especially when it comes to corporate training. While self-paced learning is something that continues to generate buzz and excitement, we're here to tell you that self-paced learning just can't teach everything. Because many people are well aware of this, a more blended approach to learning has surfaced that incorporates the best parts of self-paced with the best parts of instructor-led training. 

If you aren't convinced that self-paced can't stand alone, then this article is for you. Discover three reasons that self-paced learning can't stand alone or replace ILT in corporate training. 

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Topics: Training Strategies, Corporate Employees

5 Reasons to Hire the Underdog Instead of the Overachiever

Posted by Cortney Peters on Jan 8, 2016 5:40:40 PM


Recently I watched a TED Talk titled, “Why the best hire might not have the perfect resume” by Regina Hartley, who is the Human Resources Manager for UPS. She makes the argument that the people who have experienced significant hardship to get where they are, become the best employees. This was an eye-opening and compelling presentation and raised many powerful points that I have recapped in this article. 


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Topics: Corporate Employees

6 Mistakes Leaders Should Avoid When Goal-Setting

Posted by Cortney Peters on Jan 7, 2016 5:45:33 PM

Every new year, millions of Americans make plans and resolutions, among a plethora of short and long term goals, in an attempt to take advantage of a fresh and forgiving start. The beginning of the year is spent planning and envisioning the months to come from a hopeful, idyllic perspective (for the most part).


The same goes in the business world. The idealized start of the year makes us challenge ourselves and aim higher than before. While it’s great to be ambitious, being too ambitious and overzealous is a slippery slope to becoming overwhelmed and off-target.


So, while you are planning the year to come and mapping your short and long-term goals, consider these six common mistakes that leaders tend to make when goal setting and avoid them at all costs! 

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Topics: Corporate Employees

5 Ways to Become a Transformational Leader in 2016

Posted by Cortney Peters on Jan 6, 2016 12:57:31 PM

With every new year comes the promise and perspective of a fresh start, in many areas of our lives. You probably have a list going of the resolutions you aim to achieve in 2016, both personally and professionally. If you’re in a leadership role or working to get into one, then there has never been a better time for a fresh approach.

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Topics: Training Strategies, Corporate Employees

How to Maximize ROI in Learning and Development for 2016

Posted by Cortney Peters on Dec 29, 2015 5:31:11 PM


 The year 2015 has come and (almost) gone so quickly. During the holiday season, our priorities tend to shift from work, leaving a golden opportunity to return refreshed and excited for the new year of possibility. If you're a learning and development professional looking to really step up your training program this year, or maybe just more efficiently prove and increase the ROI of your department, we have some advice to share. 

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Topics: Training Strategies, Training Materials

How to Develop a Transformational Leadership Cycle Within Your Organization

Posted by Cortney Peters on Dec 18, 2015 5:30:00 PM


To foster an environment within your organization in which leader succeeds leader in a repeating cycle, there must be a leadership plan in place. This sort of cycle relates to that of any highly organized succession plan, as government officials or monarchy appointments. There has to be a constant attempt by current leaders to find and cultivate the future leaders.


Traits of a leader can be found in many people, but ensuring that they have the right qualities to continue the cycle of transformational leadership is key and can be difficult to pinpoint. Even the best communicator can only do so much if he or she doesn’t have an eye for building up those underneath him or her. As we move forward with this concept in this post, keep in mind that we are identifying traits of transformational leaders, the ones who are not only able to lead flawlessly, but also build up those around them to eventually do the same.

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Topics: Employee Engagement, Corporate Employees

5 of the Most Socially-Shared L & D Blogs

Posted by Cortney Peters on Dec 17, 2015 3:05:47 PM

Every L&D professional can benefit from collaboration and advice that comes from within their own industry, which is why we love to suggest resources to faciliate it. We've shared great podcasts, Ted Talks, and webinars, and even some great blog posts, and now we're here to share five of the most socially shared blogs in learning and development. These blogs receive thousands of view per month and rate high for effective and useful information. 

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Topics: Training Strategies

8 Unique & Affordable Gifts to Spoil Your Employees This Year

Posted by Cortney Peters on Dec 15, 2015 2:46:35 PM

Finding the right gifts for your loved ones and friends can be difficult, even when you known them well. Finding the right gift for your employees is even more diffcult since often times relationships are kept strictly professional, which doesn't give much insight into personal preference.  


It can be tricky to find the right gift that is semi-personal, useful, and still relatively inexpensive, especially when it comes to your work-mates. So here at XanEdu, we've come up with a list of eight unique yet affordable (and not too personal) gifts that any employee would be thrilled to receive from their boss! 

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Topics: Employee Engagement, Corporate Employees

6 Ways That Successful Leaders Reduce Life's Stress

Posted by Cortney Peters on Dec 10, 2015 5:00:00 PM

Stress, anxiety, worry can all come from the average day’s work for a leader, but learning how to cope is why they’ve been so successful in their jobs. Everyone who suffers any kind of stress (and I would bet we all do) knows that there has to work/life balance, and sometimes they work so hard they forget about the life part.


Leaders are successful for their ability to find useful ways to relieve and reduce the stress they face in their lives. The following are six ways today’s modern leaders historically deal with stress.

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Topics: Employee Engagement, Corporate Employees

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