eLearning Trend-Watch: Corporate MOOCs

The eLeaP blog often reports on the latest trends in eLearning and corporate training, but with the rapid evolution of such trends, it’s important to keep you up-to-date on the latest developments beyond our initial reporting. That’s what the eLearning TrendWatch is designed to do. In this first installment, it’s time to take another look at what’s happening in the realm of corporate MOOCs – massively open online courses. Continue reading

Aligning Compliance and Training Efforts

In 2014, the Wall Street Journal described compliance officer as one of the “hottest job in America.” Notwithstanding the hyperbole, there’s no question that the demand for compliance officers continues to grow and so does the compensation for compliance officers. While compliance officers and other people who address compliance issues in the workplace (e.g., construction and building inspectors, transportation inspectors and occupational health and safety specialists) may primarily be seen as people who develop and enforce policies, compliance officers of all kinds should also play a major role in their organization’s workplace training programs. In this post, we consider why the demand for compliance officers is on the rise and how organizations can more effectively integrate their compliance and training efforts.
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Top 5 Signs You Need a New LMS

Having the right learning management system (LMS) in place at your organization makes a huge difference in ensuring that your learning efforts add real value to the company’s bottom line. Sometimes you just know you really ought to have a new LMS, but all kinds of things get in the way, especially time and money, which should come as no surprise. Continue reading

Wearing Your Training? Start with the Accessories

Over the past year, wearable technologies have gained increased visibility. From Google Glass to the iWatch to clothing embedded with sensors, wearable technologies are slowly beginning to redefine computing and fashion. Over the past year, there has also been a growing focus on how wearable technologies hold the potential to impact education and training. While the future of wearable technologies remains unclear, at least a few potential workplace training innovations appear promising and likely to become widely embraced over the coming decade. To begin, consider the potential impact of the following three accessories—glasses, hats and shoes.
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Can Gaming Push Back Retirement?

As discussed in previous posts, gaming continues to transform workplace training. From pilots to surgeons, video games are increasingly being used to train professionals in a wide range of contexts. While some industries rely on games to simulate actual workplace environments, in other cases, games are being adopted as an innovative and engaging way to deliver training modules. To date, however, much of the focus has been on using games to train younger workers who have grown up playing video games and already intuitively know how to interact with games. There is evidence, however, that games might also hold surprising benefits for older workers.

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Building and Evaluating Digital Reputations

In several earlier posts and white papers on social media, we’ve explored the extent to which social media platforms from Facebook to Twitter to LinkedIn are now used by recruiters. Indeed, well over 90% of recruiters report that they rely on some form of social media in their recruitment process. Whether they use social media to actively advertise openings and/or find potential job candidates or rely on these platforms to verify the identity and claims of applicants, every sign points to the fact that social media platforms now play an integral role in most recruitment efforts. With the emergence of Traity—a platform that provides individuals with a “reputation passport” based on data obtained from their broader digital footprint—the role of social media in recruitment is likely to expand.
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Diversity in the Workplace: Part III

In this post, the final of three posts on diversity in the workplace, we examine why diversity is good for organizations and more specifically, how diversity can drive growth.

While diversity in the workplace is sometimes approached as an obstacle (e.g., something one must accommodate), it is important to bear in mind that diverse workplaces in fact have a competitive edge on a myriad of levels. Below, we summarize just some of the reasons why diverse workforces are at an advantage Continue reading

Diversity in the Workplace: Part II

In this post, the second of three posts on diversity in the workplace, we examine how last week’s Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage will impact organizations in states where gay marriage is now legal for the first time and further examine how organizations can prepare their HR staff for the pending changes.

Last week, two years after the Supreme Court first voted to strike down DOMA (the Defense of Marriage Act), the Supreme Court reinforced its support for gay marriage. Continue reading