6 Ways to Make Your Online Training More Effective

Posted by Cortney Peters on Jul 5, 2016 12:28:50 PM

There is a developing shift of focus for companies large and small all over the nation. The shift is a growing emphasis and focus on the training and learning/development of employees. The result of fully-prepared employees is proving lucrative in more than one way, making training, online training, in particular, a hot topic in the corporate world. Companies continue to spend massive amounts of budget on their employee training, but without implementing reporting or analytics to understand if and how the information is being used/applied to the job.


While the idea of ongoing training seems like something that is easy to implement, it can be difficult to track and analyze consumption, among other issues. To make your online training program more efficient, try these six tips for better reaching your employees and helping to prove the ROI of your training and more.

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Topics: Corporate Learning

Top 5 Things Millennials Expect to Find in an Employer

Posted by Cortney Peters on Jun 1, 2016 2:30:00 PM


As you already have heard, Millennials are changing everything we used to think about employment. This generation has such unique attributes and preferences that naturally predetermined a shift in US employment history. Now, most Baby Boomers are at or nearing retirement age, which means there are a lot of shoes left to fill. Who’s going to fill them?

By 2020, 75 percent of the American workforce will be Millennials.

Not only that, but this generation is also very value-driven; if their values don’t align with their employers they are likely to jump ship. We’re talking about a generation that embraces “Carpe Diem” in a real way- they believe life is short and they need to make the most of it with each passing day. If they aren’t happy in their job, they will leave.

So what’s an employer to do? Millennials will soon make up most of their staff, yet they’re the likeliest to leave when they aren’t happy. The answer seems clear, make them happy.

Try giving these rights to your Millennials, and you’re on a track to their happiness.

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Topics: Corporate Learning

5 Common Barriers to Effective Corporate Learning

Posted by Cortney Peters on May 24, 2016 2:30:00 PM

While good intention is usually present when it comes to corporate learning and development, execution doesn’t always happen the way we plan. Unforeseen inhibitors can sneak in and make things more difficult for learners and administration. Knowing what barriers exist within corporate training is an important step to overcoming them.


We’ve developed a list of five of the most common barriers to learning and development, so you can spot and solve them before they become a huge problem.

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Topics: Corporate Learning

7 Ways to Finding the Best Mobile Learning Resource

Posted by Cortney Peters on May 20, 2016 4:10:41 PM

While there are many systems to support your corporate learning and development needs, they are not all created equal. But how do you know what the right one is for your company’s needs? If you’re like most busy professionals, you want to take your training mobile without starting a year-long implementation process or re-writing massive amounts of content. There just isn’t enough time in the day to start that kind of commitment. But that doesn’t mean you should have to skip on features to save on time.


We’ve come up of a list of features and benefits that you should look for when selecting a mobile learning resource. If a mobile resource has all of these then you know you’ve got a good one!

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Topics: Corporate Learning

Closing the Training Gap Requires the Right Performance Support

Posted by Cortney Peters on May 17, 2016 4:00:15 PM

If your organization is falling victim to the dreaded training gap, then you’re in need of some agile performance support. The training gap exists somewhere between what employers expect their employees to take from training, and what they actually do. And the gap is much bigger than you might think; according to an infographic from Shift eLearning, only 12% of learners apply skills garnered in training to the actual job.


This problem is experienced across all organizations, and can be a huge source of stress, angst, and counter-productivity. In fact, 70 percent of organizations today rate “capability gaps” as one of their top five biggest challenges. Even worse, this problem can be really tough to recognize and remedy without the right tools.

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Topics: Corporate Learning

How to Maximize the Effectiveness of Instructor-Led Training

Posted by Cortney Peters on May 16, 2016 4:08:58 PM

While online training and mobile learning continue to catch the attention of organizations everywhere, instructor-led training (ILT) still holds its spot as a valuable and lucrative way to train. 47% of training done everywhere is still instructor-led, while 25% is online-only. A blended approach is the perfect marriage between ILT and online learning, and has been a sought after form of training for its ability to increase benefits for both administrator and learner.


Even though we still find success in ILT, it continues to be a challenge for training administrators to maximize the value of their ILT meanwhile proving its ROI and that your learners are prepared in their jobs. Here are a few ways we think that ILT could become more valuable in your organization, all of which prompt a blended approach.

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Topics: Corporate Learning

How Long Does It Take to Create Your Own eBook?

Posted by Cortney Peters on May 13, 2016 5:47:21 PM

Have you ever wondered what it would cost or how much time it would take to create your own eBook? You probably have many pieces of content trapped in various formats that you might want to combine to make a usable resource.


Take for instance, your corporate training. We’d be willing to bet you have hundreds of pieces of content to use for training, whether it’s articles, self-authored materials, manuals, and more. But where do they live when they aren’t being used?

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Topics: Corporate Learning

6 Tips for Engaging the Distracted High School Student

Posted by Cortney Peters on Feb 24, 2016 4:11:08 PM

The distracted high school student isn’t always easy to spot. Sometimes, it can be the student who is passing, doing acceptable work, but who just isn’t grasping or retaining what they’ve learned. Often, students will do what it takes to pass their classes, but don’t leave with the fundamental messages the teacher intended for them.


So what is the key factor that distinguishes perceived success from actual knowledge retention? Student engagement. We all know that it takes student engagement for learners to fully grasp what they’re learning, but engaging each and every student can feel near impossible.


Consequently, if the students aren’t engaged, then they will likely not be grasping the material for long-term use. They will do the bare minimum needed to pass the class, and leave without fully understanding the breadth of what they've been taught.


Engaging students, however, is a tricky thing to do- especially in high school. Social implications, sports, and extracurricular activities can take precedence over school work at times, and makes engaging students really tough. So we’ve developed a list of six ways to better engage the modern, distracted high school student to ensure that learning is conducive to success.

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Topics: K12

5 Evolving Trends That Are Enhancing K-12 Learning

Posted by Cortney Peters on Feb 22, 2016 4:19:14 PM

Trends in learning have changed and progressed throughout the years, but with the onset of technology in education, there is now a trend that’s here to stay. Schools everywhere are integrating technology into their curriculum because the results are undeniably positive.

Students are honing the skills necessary to succeed in the tech world we live in simply by incorporating technology into their everyday lives. As the education system continues to change, we want to acknowledge and ponder some of the trends that are propelling k-12 education to the next level.

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Topics: K12

5 Ways to Attract More Students to the Campus Bookstore

Posted by Cortney Peters on Feb 18, 2016 1:48:22 PM


In the old days, a college experience wasn’t complete without several trips to the campus bookstore. It was the “hub” of campus, a trusted resource where students could go to get the best materials and supplies to ensure success in their courses.


As course materials’ costs continue to rise and the traditional textbook is no longer affordable, students have adapted to purchasing or renting their materials online, from retailers like Amazon or Chegg. In other words, the once glorious campus resource is now fighting for students from competitors who have figured out how to make the process cheaper and more efficient.


If you’re working in a campus bookstore, you are feeling the burden of this shift on a daily basis. So what can you do to reinstate yourself as the shining campus resource? Focus on re-attracting students with these five ideas.  

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Topics: Higher Education

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