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    1. 13th Annual Best of Elearning! Awards

      13th Annual Best of Elearning! Awards

      Celebrating their 13th year, the Best of Elearning! awards recognize 60 brands across 20 categories for excellence. As the industry’s exclusive users’-choice awards, all nominations are made directly by users of solutions to an open-ended online ballot monitored and tallied by Elearning! and Government Elearning! magazines. These awards honor best-in-class solutions across the learning and technology marketplace.

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    2. 17 Ways To Cultivate a Learning Culture in Your Organisation

      17 Ways To Cultivate a Learning Culture in Your Organisation

      “The learning culture of an organisation can be easily overthrown by even the most formidable learning and development departments”. @CordinerSarah

      Strategy cannot always ensure success.

      The learning culture of an organisation can be easily overthrown by even the most formidable learning and development departments. Creating sustainable organisational change means having a strong and effective culture around learning and development.

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    3. 2018 Learning & Talent Platform Trends: First Look Report

      The 10th Annual Learning & Platforms Buyer Study was just released by Elearning! Magazine. How are your peers using the LMS? Is talent management system adoption growing, and why? What features are Must Haves in your next platform? These are just a few of the questions that will be revealed in this session.

      In this session, Elearning! magazine will review top-level findings of the Learning & Talent Platforms Study. You will learn:

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    4. ATD & SHRM Members Qualify for VIP Program at Enterprise Learning! Conference '17

      ELC17 announced an added benefit to Association of Talent Development (ATD) and Society of Human Resource Managers (SHRM) members. Members of the national or local chapters qualify to receive 30% off the conference held on August 29-30, 2017 in San Diego, CA. The event theme is “Building the High-Performance Organization in the Age of Disruption.” ­­

      The Enterprise Learning! Conference 2017 (ELC17) hosts global thought leaders and executives from corporate enterprise, government agencies, higher education and non-profit organizations. Leaders share how to build the high-performance organizations in the age of digital disruption. ELC17 serves the robust $243 billion learning and workplace technology market expanding at 17% CAGR.

      "€œWe are happy to off the ELC17 VIP program to ATD and SHRM members,€ reports Catherine Upton, Conference Chair. Since 2011, we have partnered with leading learning and talent associations. Now, we have extended the VIP benefit to all association members across the country."

      About ELC17

      ELC17 convenes over 125 award-winning learning professionals to share the best practices of high performance organizations, lessons learned, and future strategies. Invest 48 hours at ELC17, and discover how to engage teams, build a productive learning culture, measure impact and embrace the future digital enterprise.

      Focused on delivering the answers you need, ELC17 features 6 keynoters who are mastering the age of disruption. Leaders from Salesforce, Zappos, T-Mobile, Cisco, IBM, Ingersoll-Rand, Scripps Health, and others, will offer insights into the evolving enterprise. From AI, machine learning to simulations, discover how to tap technologies to drive productivity.

      Who Should Attend

      Executives charged with driving enterprise performance via learning and workplace technologies, including HR, Talent, Development, Training, E-learning, Project Management, Education, Sales & Service should attend ELC17.  Government, non-profit agencies and educational institution leaders are also in attendance to collaborate on the now and the next in learning. Attending this conference is an amazing opportunity to meet colleagues from across the globe. 

       How to Register

      To secure the VIP offer, visit www.ELCEShow.com. Enter offer code ATD30 and 30% receive the discount. Offer applies only to new registrations booked between July 18th and August 24th. Proof of membership (ie member number and/or card) must be provided at badge pick up.

      View the complete ELC17 conference program at: http://2elearning.com/images/ELC2017/ELC17_ConferenceGuide.pdf

      To sponsor ELC17, email sales@2elearning.com or call 888-201-2841 x844.

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    5. Next Gen in Machine Learning

      Next Gen in Machine Learning

      -3 Companies Win Google Cloud Pitch Off Contest Last March, Google announced plans to run its own machine learning startup competition side-by-side with Data Collective and Emergence Capital. Four months later, among 350+ applicants, 10 start ups were selected to onstage at Google’s Launchpad Space in San Francisco. They competed for three prizes, sponsored by DCVC and Emergence, and ‘Built with Google’ award for the top startup utilizing Google’s Cloud Platform.

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    6. The Future Workplace Experience: 10 Strategies for Mastering Workplace Disruption

      The Future Workplace Experience: 10 Strategies for Mastering Workplace Disruption

      Elearning! Media Group, the leader in learning and workplace technology media, announced Kevin Mulcahy will keynote the Enterprise Learning! Conference 2017 (ELC17). The event takes place August 29-30, 2017 in San Diego, CA and focuses on “Building the High-Performance Organization in the Age of Disruption.” The Gig Economy. Millennial Workforce. Disruptive Technology.

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    7. The Power of Simple Representations

      The Power of Simple Representations
      The great mathematician Karl Freidrich Gauss is frequently quoted as saying “What we need are notions, not notations.” [In “About the proof of Wilson's theorem,” Disquisitiones Arithmeticae (1801), Article 76.]

      While most mathematicians would agree that Gauss was correct in pointing out that concepts, not symbol manipulation, are at the heart of mathematics, his words do have to be properly interpreted. While a notation does not matter, a representation can make a huge difference.

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    8. Women Closing Gap in Male-Dominated Professions

      Women Closing Gap in Male-Dominated Professions

      A new CareerBuilder Research Study shows women have taken a significant share of new jobs for male-dominated occupations.  Of the 785 occupations classified by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, two thirds have a higher concentration of men employed. However, a new study from CareerBuilder shows a greater number of women are moving into these roles. 

      Nearly 1 in 4 (24 percent) of new jobs added in male-dominated occupations from 2009 to 2017 were taken by women. As it stands today, 23 percent of all male-dominated occupations are held by female workers. More women are breaking into roles ranging from CEOs, lawyers and surgeons to web developers, chemists and producers and directors. The top 3 fields females are migrating to in larger numbers are: General Managers/Operations Managers (84,523), Team Assemblers (77,426) and Management Analysts (41,030.)

      On the flip side, 30 percent of new jobs added in female-dominated occupations from 2009 to 2017 were taken by men. Today, 27 percent of all female-dominated occupations are held by male workers. Men have grown their presence in roles ranging from education administrators, pharmacists and interior designers to cooks, accountants and human resources managers.

      “Women and men are sidestepping pre-conceived notions and crossing over into roles that historically have been heavily populated by the opposite sex,” said Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer for CareerBuilder. “Over the last ten years, women have been gaining ground in management, law and various STEM-related roles. More men are moving into education and training, support roles and creative fields. While there is still room for improvement in terms of finding balance, there seems to be less gender bias when it comes to hiring and choosing career paths.”

      Women Gaining Ground in Male-Dominated Occupations from 2009 to 2017

      According to CareerBuilder’s analysis, more women are moving into leadership roles as well as occupations tied to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Of the 12,385 new chief executive jobs that were added from 2009 to 2017, women accounted for 28 percent of them. Women also took nearly half of new jobs for lawyers, veterinarians and marketing managers and nearly a third of new jobs for surgeons and web developers.

      The study involved extensive analysis of 2009 to 2017 data from Emsi, CareerBuilder's labor market analysis arm, which pulls information from multiple federal and state labor market sources.

       

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    9. The Best of Elearning! 2017 Voting Opens- The Industry’s Exclusive Users Choice Award Opens for Nominations

      The Best of Elearning! 2017 Voting Opens- The Industry’s Exclusive Users Choice Award Opens for Nominations

      Elearning! and Government Elearning! magazines, the industry voices of the enterprise learning and workforce technology market, announced today the Best of Elearning! Awards 2017 voting is now open. Learning professionals from both the private and public sector are invited to nominate their best-in-class solution provider for consideration across 30 different categories for 2017.  Winners of each category will be revealed in Elearning! and Government Elearning! magazines November/ December 2017 and honored at the Best of Elearning! Celebration.

      In its 13th year, The Best of Elearning! Awards program is the industry gold standard for excellence. The program is the exclusive Industry Users Choice Award whereby learning professionals vote via online ballot for best-in-class solutions. Eighty-five percent of professionals have personally recommended a learning solution to a colleague over the past 12 months and this awards program formalizes this personal recommendation process. Award recognition is important for buyers, as 61 percent agree that award recognition impacts their buying decision, according to Elearning! Media Group’s research.

       

      “We are honored to host an award to recognize our industry’s innovation, creativity and competition,” says Catherine Upton, Group Publisher, Elearning! Media Group. “The Best of Elearning! awards recognize brands that solve real business learning challenges. There is no greater honor than having your customers nominate and vote for these best-in-class solutions. We continue our commitment to recognizing innovation and user satisfaction across a diverse group of solution providers.”

       

      New in 2017

      In 2017, the categories have been altered to reflect the changing face of workplace technologies. These additional categories include: Sales Enablement Solutions, Rewards & Recognition Solutions, Video Interviewing Solutions, Smart Recruitment, Coaching & Mentoring Solutions. Cast your ballot for these solution providers at; http://www.2elearning.com/rss2/item/56878-2017-best-of-elearning-awards-ballot

       

      Elearning! Media Group will also recognize perennial winners in 2017; those organizations that have received honors every year since its inception in 2004. Last year, that list included 5 brands: Adobe, Skillsoft, Cisco (WebEx), Articulate, Oracle and SAP. Who will repeat in 2017?

       

      The Best of Elearning! Awards issue will also move up to the November/December 2017 edition. This timing gives buyers the “Must Have” list of best-in-class solutions in a time frame to allot budgets for their 2018 purchases.

      The Voting Process

      Elearning! Media Group readers, professionals and community members can nominate and vote for products and solutions via Elearning! Media Group’s online ballot at: http://www.2elearning.com/rss2/item/56878-2017-best-of-elearning-awards-ballot

      Voting opens July 5th and closes October 1st, 2017. Each ballot must be cast by a practitioner which is validated by verifying the company email address used. All vendor ballots and those cast with. Gmail. AOL and other non-company domain email addresses.

      Recognizing Excellence

      Sixty-one percent of learning leaders shared that award recognition impacts their decision to consider a solution provider.  Therefore, the Best of Elearning! honorees are featured in Elearning! and Government Elearning! magazines’ November/December 2017 editions. Buyers discover what their peers and colleagues say about their solution providers. See who made the cut in 2017 in Elearning! Magazine. Learn more about the program at: http://www.2elearning.com/awards/best-of-elearning-awards

       “The awards issue is by far the most popular edition of the year. Those seeking world-class solutions go to the Best of Elearning! issue to short-list brands and see what real users say about the solutions,” reports Upton.

       The Best of Elearning! Awards Celebration will also return. This industry celebration offers executives the opportunity to network, share and learn about the best learning options and dialogue directly with technologists and learning leaders, all in one place. Attend Best of Elearning! sessions, hear customer stories and share advice on learning architecture at the event.

      About Elearning! Media Group

      Elearning! Media Group serves the $243 billion enterprise learning market.  Elearning! Media Group, owned by B2B Media Group, LLC, consists of 12 media products including: Elearning! Magazine, Government Elearning! magazine, e-magazines, e-mail Alerts, 2elearning.com, Elearning! Web Seminar Series and Enterprise Learning! Conference, Virtual Learning! Summit, Learning! 100, Learning! Champion Award and Best of Elearning!  In combination, these brands reach more than 2 million executives, practitioners and professionals, all evaluating or implementing enterprise learning and workplace technologies across their organizations each year.  Suppliers and practitioners can follow us: online at www.2elearning.com; on Twitter: @2elearning, #ELCE17, via Facebook: Elearning!-Magazine; and, LinkedIn: Elearning! Magazine Network or Enterprise Learning! Events.

      About Enterprise Learning!  Events

      Since 2008, Enterprise Learning! Events bring onsite and online audiences together to learn, network and share. Mark your calendar for Enterprise Learning! Events in August 2017.  For more information about the Enterprise Learning! Events, visit: www.ELCEShow.com

       

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    10. Five Days Left to Register for Enterprise Learning! Conference at Early Bird Rates -Discover How to Build the High-Performance Organization in the Age of Disruption

      The Enterprise Learning! Conference 2017 (ELC17), produced by Elearning! Media Group, a B2B Media Company, announced only 5 days remain for Early Bird Registration, a $500 savings on the 2day conference pass. The event takes place August 29-30, 2017 in San Diego, CA. The theme is “Building the High-Performance Organization in the Age of Disruption.”

      The Enterprise Learning! Conference 2017 hosts global thought leaders and executives from corporate enterprise, government agencies, higher education and non-profit organizations. This conference reveals how leaders are building high-performance organizations in the age of digital disruption. ELC17 serves the robust $243 billion enterprise learning market expanding at 17% CAGR.

       “The Enterprise Learning! Conference is one of the best events to attend. There is something new to learn every year. The event’s focus on technology and learning impact is important for every learning leader to know about,” reports Dr. Christopher Hardy, Global Strategy Director, Defense Acquisition Academy, Department of Defense.

       ELC17 Event Highlights:

      > ELC17 convenes over 125 award-winning learning professionals to share the best practices of high performance organizations, lessons learned, and future strategies.

      > Attend 6 Keynotes focused on Thriving in the Digital Age, Re-invention, Engagement, Technology Transformation & Culture.

      > Discover how to engage teams, build a productive learning culture, measure impact and embrace the future digital enterprise.

      > See simulations at work at Scripps Health Simulation Center Tour and simulation session.

      > Get a deep dive in Virtual Reality for Learning in 3 Easy Steps by CLO, Ritchie Djamhur.

      > Network with the industries elite Learning! 100 and Learning! Champions. Increase your network and best practices at ELC17.

      > Attend Celebration of Excellence Opening Night Reception.

      > Collaborate with thought-leaders and change-makers from Salesforce, Cisco, Zappos, T-Mobile, Ingersoll Rand, Future Workplace, NASA, ADL and more.

      > Bring the learning back to the office with selected On-demand sessions.

      Download complete conference program and speaker line up at http://2elearning.com/images/ELC2017/ELC17_ConferenceGuide.pdf

      “We all learn as we go. By attending the Enterprise Learning! Conference, we gain knowledge that is invaluable. This is our school. There is no better way to learn than from our peers, “says Ashley Robins, Trainer at McDonald’s Corporation.

      Who Should Attend

      Executives charged with driving enterprise performance via learning and workplace technologies including HR, Talent, Development, Training, E-learning, Project Management, Education, IT and Sales & Customer Service should attend ELC17.  Government, non-profit agencies and educational institution leaders are also in attendance to collaborate on the now and the next in learning. Attending this conference is an amazing opportunity to meet colleagues from across the globe.  Registration is now open at:  http://www.elceshow.com/register/     Register by July 1st and save up to $500.

      Registration & Discounts

      Registration is open now. Reserve your conference pass at:  http://www.elceshow.com/register/

      Various discounts are available. Register by July 1st and save up to $500. Government, education, non-profit organizations and association members earn a 25% discount on 2-day conference passes when registering with .gov, .edu, .mil, .org email address. Groups of 3 or more will earn 30% discounts when booked at the same time.

      About the Event

      In the 7th year, Enterprise Learning! Conference is being held in San Diego, CA on August 29th-30th, 2017. At ELC17, you will network, learn and share from the top global learning leaders from corporate, government, education and non-profit organizations to build the high- performance organization.    Convene with award-winning learning professionals to share best practices and strategies to embrace the future digital workplace.  The intimate conference format assures you high level engagements and interactions across the audience. Access the full conference program at: http://2elearning.com/images/ELC2017/ELC17_ConferenceGuide.pdf

      About Elearning! Media Group

      Elearning! Media Group is owned by B2B Media Group LLC. Elearning! Media Group consists of eleven media products including: Elearning! Magazine, Government Elearning! E-Magazine, e-mail newsletters, Alerts, Websites, Web seminars, the Enterprise Learning! Summit and Enterprise Learning! Conference. Elearning! Media Group serves the $243 billion learning & workplace technology market.  Suppliers and practitioners can follow us: online at www.2elearning.com; on Twitter: @2elearning or #ELCE; via Facebook: Elearning! -Magazine or LinkedIn: Elearning! Magazine Network or Enterprise Learning! Conference

       Enterprise Learning! Events

      Since 2008, Enterprise Learning! Events bring onsite and online audiences together to learn, network and share. Mark your calendar for Enterprise Learning! Conference on August 29-30, 2017 in San Diego, CA. Enterprise Learning! Conference hosts the Learning! 100 and Learning! Champion Awards. The Enterprise Learning! Conference Online is an on-demand event available to all ELC17 conference attendees, and online only attendees after the live event. For more information about the Enterprise Learning! Conference visit http://www.elceshow.com.

       

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    11. CEOs Reveal Top Priorities for 2017 -Learning & Development Rates 6th With Only 37% Measuring Impact

      CEOs Reveal Top Priorities for 2017 -Learning & Development Rates 6th With Only 37% Measuring Impact

      The Second Annual Corporate Pulse Survey conducted by Financial Times reveals CEO’s top priorities for 2017. The survey of almost 1,000 executives from Europe, the Middle East, Japan and China, shows their top priorities for 2017 are in-market growth (33%), strategy development and execution (31%), financial management (26%) and cyber security (26%). Executive education and leadership development (24%) are sixth on the priority list, with 22% also seeing this area as a challenge they must address in the next three years.

       “That said, the top three things that senior professionals say need immediate attention include recruitment, training, and executive education and leadership development (38% each),” says VanDyck Silveira, FT | IE Corporate Learning Alliance CEO.

       Key areas for concern in learning and development were also revealed:

      • Senior professionals understand and recognize the long-term benefits of learning and leadership development, admitting it isn’t a number-one priority for their organization.
      • To date, learning and leadership development programs haven’t lived up to senior professionals’ expectations, although these professionals are optimistic that future programs will be worth the investment.
      • Although organizations have attempted to measure the impact of executive education and leadership development, they don’t always succeed - despite this being a priority when choosing the right programming.
      • Compared with last year’s survey results, learning priorities have remained roughly consistent among senior professionals.

      There are regional differences when it comes to views on the impact of learning and leadership development programs. Satisfaction with these programs is highest in China (72%), Spain (64%) and Germany (57%) – with the lowest satisfaction ratings coming from Japan (16%) and the Nordic countries (37%).  Moreover, respondents - especially those in China, Spain and Germany - believe the senior leaders in their organization are optimistic about future investments in executive education / leadership development.

       “Over 80% of senior professionals believe that executive education / leadership development has improved their skills, is vital to achieving business goals, and is more important than ever. In addition, 58% of them believe that executive education and leadership development are the key to holding on to their best employees,” says Silveira.

      Less than half of respondents report their senior leadership teams believe past investments in executive education have added value to their organization. This varies by market, with perceived value being strongest in China (69%), Spain (60%) and Germany (60%).

      Where senior professionals measured the outcomes of past corporate learning programs, they measured impact based on:

      • Employee satisfaction (72%)
      • Customer satisfaction (72%)
      • Employee engagement (72%)
      • Revenue, profit and margins (68%)

       In terms of impact, only 37% report seeing a tangible impact on employee engagement, 34% see benefits in terms of customer satisfaction; while revenue, profit, and margins, and employee satisfaction both return figures of 32%.

      “It would appear senior professionals agree there’s room for improvement when it comes to executive education and leadership development - including better alignment with business goals (41%), more engagement from employees (40%) and better long-term planning of programs (37%),” adds Silveria.

      “This research further highlights the place of corporate executive education and leadership development, along with today’s key issues in this area across a large proportion of the globe,” concludes Silveria.

      The 2017 Corporate Learning Pulse global survey report is available to download from: http://resources.ftiecla.com/en-gb/pulse2017/  

      A video summary of the 2017 report findings can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/223015129

      About the author:

      David Wells is Head of Communication at FT | IE Corporate Learning Alliance. Contact him at: +44 (0)7921 582419; david.wells@ftiecla.com

       About Financial Times | IE Business School Corporate Learning Alliance

      Financial Times |IE Business School Corporate Learning Alliance, formed in December 2014, connects academic excellence with real-world insights from award-winning Financial Times journalists and global business practitioners. FT | IE Corporate Learning Alliance members are top business schools and learning organizations, globally as well as in their region and country. The Financial Times has been a trusted guide to business for more than 125 years, recognized internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. IE Business School is recognized as a world leader and offers one of the most prestigious international MBA programs.

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    12. Science of Learning

      How to Increase Employee Engagement BY DEAN PICHEE, CEO, BIZLIBRARY, INC. Unengaged employees cost the U.S. economy $550 billion every year! According to a report by Gallup, 70 percent of workers aren’t engaged at work. The modern worker is changing, and the workplace is not modernizing quickly enough to meet employees where they’re at and engage them. So, in this new environment we’re all navigating, what do employees really want? Security?Stability? More money?

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    13. The New World Order

      GLOBALIZATION, VIRTUALIZATION AND DIGITIZATION TAKE EFFECT BY PRADEEP KHANNA Three forces have reshaped the way we live, learn and work: globalization, virtualization and digitization. Until recently, there was a fine balance among these forces with each positively reinforcing the others. Now, the fine balance between these forces appears to be changing, resulting in a new world order.

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    14. How to Thrive in the Age of Disruption

      How to Thrive in the Age of Disruption

      Maricopa, AZ June 7th, 2017- Approximately 45% of all jobs will be replaced by artificial intelligence, machine learning or cognitive systems. The World Economic Forums identifies 5 technology trends that are transforming global commerce: internet of things, artificial intelligence, advanced robotics, wearables and 3D printing. If you are not embracing these emerging technologies, your organization will be left behind.

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    15. The Copernican Revolution in Learning -A New Order of Addictive, Adaptive, Experiential, Extreme Student-Centric Learning

      The Copernican Revolution in Learning -A New Order of Addictive, Adaptive, Experiential, Extreme Student-Centric Learning

      “Read, post, respond” was a perfectly reasonable format for online and blended education for a while. The novelty of around-the-clock access to discussions, the ability to easily print out and read articles or to click through PowerPoints was enough. Students who ventured into online were still beholden to ponderous technology. Dialling up, starting downloads, then going to get a coffee, all standard practice.

       

      In my youth and even in recent adulthood, authoritarian systems dictated to us. We read the newspaper in the morning and were beholden to TV schedules in the evenings. My TV had three channels until I was 14 when we got out fourth; called, with sparkling originality, Channel 4. When my kids want to watch seven episodes of 13 Reasons Why, they do. When they want to connect with people, pretty much anywhere in the world, they do. When they want to develop competencies they Google.

       

      Meanwhile at our institutions we persist with the same tools, technologies and forms of instruction antithetical to student interests and preferences. Blackboard was founded in 1997 and while the capabilities and features have certainly been augmented, the fundamental instructor strategies and training has, if anything, ossified. These ambiguities suggest that business as usual (traditional education) should be analysed against emerging technologies, developing innovations and disruptive means of delivery.

       

      Programs in 2015 would be easily recognized by online students from the year 2000; many continue to utilize the same learning management system they did over a decade ago and none have attempted to reinvent online learning based on what current technology is capable of, preferring to continue to deliver a faithful replication of on ground higher education: the weekly lecture, discussion and assignment. A failure of investment coupled with a failure of imagination says Ryan Craig, Forbes Magazine.”
                                                                                                  

      We have been lazy. It worked for a while but we must acknowledge the Copernican shift in our “consumer” demands. As privileged educators and ivory tower dwellers we have to get over the fact that we are no longer at the centre of the Universe. We have paid lip service to Student Centricity for so long we have not actually thought about what it means for a decade or more.


      The centrality is represented by the notion of “me being in control.” It accentuates the ability to meet core psychological needs of mastery, autonomy and relatedness. Mastery energizes and motivates, autonomy provides choice and freedom from control while relatedness ensures that we feel that we matter to ourselves and to others (Rigby, 2014). I think we can accept that education is suffering from a significant amount of deferred maintenance.

       

      While we should certainly be building on inherent strengths, we should also be exploring the Copernican revolution and what it means to our instruction. We should be really putting the student at the centre of their studies; encouraging their autonomy and choice and facilitating their engagement with publisher-quality materials, shaped by emergent principles of learning science, delivered with sides of responsiveness: narrative, competition, cooperation or challenge. As Neil Niman, Associate Dean of Academic Programs at the University of New Hampshire, reflects: “We have not engaged students in a way that has made their educational experience a personal one with demonstrable benefits and a clear rationale for how it is going to make them more successful.”

      The potential of interactive technologies to encourage students to engage with course materials and take an active role in learning is clear. We are seriously short-changing our students if we don’t look at what motivates them to engage with games, social media and gamefully-designed apps and on-demand, any time / anywhere, always on technologies.  To not even be in the conversations is inexcusable.

       About the Author

      Kevin Bell isPro Vice Chancellor of Digital Futures at Western Sydney University. He leads Western Sydney University’s efforts toward the goal of high-quality, digital initiatives and online programs based on industry and academic standards. Before coming to Australia in 2016, he had a career spanning the UK, Japan and U.S.A.

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    16. Condition of Education Report Released by National Center for Education Statistics --Those with higher education see better health, graduation rates & technology access.

      Condition of Education Report Released by National Center for Education Statistics --Those with higher education see better health, graduation rates & technology access.

      The National Center for Education Statistics released the “Condition of Education 2017” report this week; a congressionally mandated annual report summarizing the latest data on education in the United States. The report is designed to help policymakers and the public monitor educational progress. This year’s report includes 50 indicators on topics ranging from pre-kindergarten through post secondary education, as well as labor force outcomes and international comparisons.

      Highlights:

      -Graduation Rates Higher for 4-year Post Secondary Students

      Among first-time college students, the percentage of students who were still enrolled or had graduated after 3 years was higher for students who began at 4-year institutions (80 percent) than for those who began at 2-year institutions (57 percent).

      -Access to Internet at Home Increases with Parent’s Education Level

      The percentage of students who use the Internet at home varied by parental education level, ranging from 42 percent for children whose parents had not completed high school to 71 percent for those whose parents had completed a bachelor’s or higher degree.

      -Disability Rates are Inversely-related to Education Level

      Sixteen percent of 25- to 64-year-olds who had not completed high school had one or more disabilities in 2015, compared to 4 percent of those who had completed a bachelor’s degree and 3 percent of those who had completed a master’s or higher degree.

      The takeaway is everyone benefits from advanced education across all human indicators- health, financially, success.

      Download full report at: https://nces.ed.gov/pubs2017/2017144.pdf

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    17. How Technology Will Disrupting Your Business: 11 Questions to Ask

      How Technology Will Disrupting Your Business: 11 Questions to Ask

      Government and business leaders should ask themselves these 11 questions to reflect on the impact of technology and innovation in global

      production systems.

       What if...

      1. The factories of the future are small, mobile,invisible and located in urban undergrounds?

      2. The best robot on the factory floor is the technology-augmented operator?

      3. You can track in real time the performance of every machine, employee and supplier in your network, as well as your products in the hands of the consumer?

      4. You can produce at the same cost and quality anywhere in the world?

      5. Your customers are willing to pay only for performance and all the value of your flagship products come from their digital and cognitive features?

      6. With hyper personalization, do brands become irrelevant?

      7. You can turn your recycled products into raw materials for a new production batch?

      8. Technologies do not diffuse beyond select large producers and technology giants?

      9. Over 80% of global production output is produced and delivered through contract manufacturing?

      10. Technologies enable labor relations to become self-organized?

      11. Technologies fail to deliver on their promised value? 

       The World Economic Forum (WEF) released a paper titled “Technology and Innovation for the Future of Production: Accelerating Value Creation” in March 2017 and asks these questions of business leaders.  WEF maps the full chain of activities to “source-make-deliver-consume-re-integrate” products and services from origination, design manufacturing and distribution to customers and consumers incorporating principles of circular economy and reuse. Production fundamentally impacts economic structure at a global to local level, affecting the level and nature of employment, and the environment.

       The Transformative potential of technology in production systems is widely recognized.  Trends toward higher levels of automation promise greater speed and precision of production as well as reduced exposure to dangerous tasks; can help overcome stagnant productivity and make way for more value-added activity. The extent of automation, however, causing significant anxiety about issues of employment and inequality.

       The new technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution have the potential to transform the global geography of production and will need to be deployed in ways that address and adapt to the impact of climate change. The WEF paper, prepared in collaboration with AT Kearney, explores the new technology landscape focusing on five technologies that will have the most immediate impact on production-related sectors. IT raises questions for CEOs, government leaders, civil society leaders and academics about the implications for individuals, companies, industries, economies and society as a whole, and as is intended to bring new perspectives and generate responsive and responsible choices.

      Download the complimentary paper at: http://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_White_Paper_Technology_Innovation_Future_of_Production_2017.pdf

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    18. 3 Tech Trends That Will Rock the Learning World

      3 Tech Trends That Will Rock the Learning World

      I know you heard it before. But, if you missed it, take a look at Microsoft’s Build Conference this week. CEO, Satya Nadella, took 4 minutes in the opening keynote to layout the shifts occurring in enterprise software and architecture. There are 3 major shifts that will rock the enterprise, no matter what your role.

      1)     Multi-Device. Communications are distributed.  Voice, text or other communications have moved from input only to “state of in it” mode. Meaning, the communications will reside in the various devices to monitor, respond or react to the “state.” These devices include mobile, PCs, to personal digital assistants that reside in Echo, cars, smart homes, etc.

      2)     Artificial Intelligence is distributed as well. The example showcased at Build event was an employee using Cortana to track her daily activities. She was alerted of traffic on the freeway that would make her late for her morning meeting. She alerted the team via outlook, and connected virtually while driving. When in the office, she received a video of the conference and actions to do in Outlook.

      3)     Serverless. The Cloud is changing. What was once the home of software and data for networked access is now serverless.  The outer loop can now be hosted in the inner loop, at the device level or on premise. This reduces bandwidth and storage requirements, while achieving faster response rates. For example, AI can monitor a factory floor with cloud-based software. However, with serverless AI the monitoring can be downloaded from the cloud and operate onsite. Doing so reduces reaction time from 2 seconds to 103 milliseconds.

      To learn more, visit: https://build.microsoft.com/

      Want to learn more about emerging trends and impact on enterprise technology? Join our web seminar on May 25th at 10 AM PT. Register free at: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8431413983467210243

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    19. 12 Ways to Ensure Employee Training is Not Failing Your Business

      12 Ways to Ensure Employee Training is Not Failing Your Business

      When most ‘course creators’ assess the effectiveness of training programs, they only look at skills or knowledge obtained.  But, there is a much more powerful, life-impacting criteria that most education providers - self-employed to entire institutions, are completely missing out.

      Truly successful training programs produce more than competent students; they build efficacious people.  That is, people who have strong faith in their capability to repeatedly produce desired results in that subject area.  This means more than making a student good at something, it means giving them unwavering confidence in autonomously executing the competencies the training has provided.

      According to Albert Bandura, a significant researcher in self-efficacy, there are four major ways that we can increase our learners’ self-efficacy:

      1. Mastery Experiences

      This is the most powerful efficacy influencer of all. When we experience ‘mastery’, we are learning from our own direct experiences.  By creating training that allows our students to frequently taste success from their efforts, we will be increasing their motivation and efficacy in the topic.

      2. Vicarious Experiences

       When we watch someone else succeed, we are experiencing vicarious success. If we can see that other people are successful, it makes us feel confident that success is possible, and as such are more likely to expect to succeed in a similar situation, too.

      3. Verbal Encouragement

      Just as a negative comment can decrease self-efficacy, positive comments, when said with conviction, genuineness and credibility, can boost a learner’s efficacy.

      4. Influencing Mood

      The way you present your content can affect your learners’ self-efficacy. Excitement, enthusiasm and happiness are all contagious emotions. Pay attention to the learning environment that your own mood and delivery style are creating.

      Twelve ways to increase learner’s educational efficacy in training.

       1.     Responses, Communication and Connection are Critical

      This requires a careful balancing act. Our students come to us for our expertise. This often makes course creators feel like we have to go above and beyond in interactions with our learners. To look smart, we give long, complicated answers. But we must ensure that the way we provide our responses does not make them feel like they are less than us, or we will damage their educational experience. Paying attention to the way that we respond to our learners so that we provide them with information that is not self-glorifying, over-complicated or patronising is critical to maintaining learner efficacy - nobody likes to feel like they are stupid.

      2. Create a Collaborative Learning Environment

      A study by Fencl and Scheel showed that a “collaborative learning showed a positive correlation with increased self-efficacy”. The same study also showed that question and answer, conceptual problems and inquiry lab activities as teaching methods also increased learner self-efficacy. This is because having the sense of ‘back up’ that comes with ‘strength in numbers’ is affirming and assuring.

      3. Never Compare Students to Each Other

      Everyone learns at their own pace, so what might be a huge step forward for one student could be a miniscule progression for another. A sure way to make the majority of the class lose their educational efficacy is to compare them to the highest achievers. Instead, it is much better to use an ipsative approach to assessment. This means assessing students from their own starting point.

      Create ‘Likert Scale’ assessments which consist of statements formed from the learning objectives of the course. The students read each statement and rate themselves on a scale of 1-5 as to how much they agree with, or are like that statement at the beginning of the course. They then complete the same assessment at the end, showing a quantifiable measure of their own progress as a result of the training.

      4. Balance Challenges and Wins

      Your training should be hard enough for your learners to feel a true sense of victory when they complete it, but not so hard that it makes them frequently feel incompetent. You also want to make sure that little wins come often, but not so easily that it is condescending to their intelligence.

      This involves knowing who is in your target audience, their previous experience level in your topic, and how advanced they want and need your training to go. If it was all hard, they would give up. If it was all easy, they’d feel like the program was a waste of time.  Adding interspersed moments of easy wins with challenges is a great way to get learners engaged, with constant opportunity to feel their abilities shifting as they progress through the program.

      5. Include Co-operative Learning

      A study by Albert Bandura showed that in learning experiences where learners work together and communicate as a team on educational activities, their educational efficacy increased. This is because when students work in a non-competitive manner, they see how they are similar (even better) than their partner.  Whereas, in competitive situations they are forced to see where they lack in comparison to those they are working against.

      In the online course realm, there are many ways that you can encourage cooperative learning. With forums, video conferencing, Skype, facetime, livestreams freely available, it is easy to get learners working collaboratively in your training programs.

      6. Set Clearly Defined, Short Term Goals

      A fundamental human need is to feel we have a sense of control over our circumstances so that we can predict and prepare - ultimately protecting ourselves from danger. Setting short term goals is one way to provide your students with a predictable expectation and subsequently a sense of comfort and power about what is coming. This observation is backed by Schunck and Pajares who suggest that setting short-term goals, that are challenging yet attainable, will help increase the efficacy of our learners.

      7.  Facilitate Verbal Self-Reporting

      Sometimes when we are busy in the throes of daily life, we can feel like we are not progressing when in fact we have made significant progress. When we stop to intentionally analyse the space between ‘then and now’, and then verbalise that progress with others, it reinforces our ...

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