Posts Tagged ‘Chief Learning Officer’

EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) received a prestigious Learning In Practice Award from Chief Learning Officer magazine. The company was awarded the Bronze Excellence in Content Award for its accomplishments in creating superior learning content. This is the second year in a row that EBSCO has received this recognition.

The 2013 Learning In Practice Awards were announced at special awards ceremonies during the Fall 2013 Chief Learning Officer Symposium in Palm Springs, Calif., which attracted more than 300 top corporate learning executives from around the world to discuss long-term learning strategies for creating and sustaining high performance.

Tad Goltra, vice president of product management, says “We are honored with this recognition as a winner in the Excellence in Content category. EBSCO strives to support organizational effectiveness by providing best practices content from industry thought leaders, including journal articles, eBooks, book summaries, and videos. When mapped to customers’ key competencies, we provide a unique, on-demand solution that supports and sustains formal and informal learning programs.”

“The Learning In Practice Awards were established to recognize transformational and visionary leaders in enterprise education,” said Norm Kamikow, president and editor-in-chief of the Human Capital Media Group. “More than 200 top learning executives and solution providers were nominated by their peers in 15 categories. These finalists are the industry leaders who truly champion innovation and transform it into learning and value for their organizations.”

To learn more, please visit www.ebscohost.com/newsroom.

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Tablet computers, smart phones, and mobile technology in general is permeating our personal and professional lives. These devices have made working professionals more productive on the go, but they also have the side effect of making many of us less focused and less able to sustain prolonged attention to any one task. With this in mind, many learning professionals are beginning to favor shorter learning exercises and courses over the more traditional full-length courses in order to ensure learners are fully engaged for the entirety of the learning exercise. Chief Learning Officer magazine recently released an article relating to this “bite sized” approach to learning.

As working professionals become more adept at multitasking, attention spans are likely to continue decreasing, and learning professionals must be ready to adapt their learning programs in order to cope with this new reality. Shortening learning courses and allowing professionals to access learning materials on their schedule are two ways in which learning can continue to offer value to companies and employees alike.

Related book summaries in the BBS library: Tailored LearningHold On, You Lost Me!, The Mobile Learning Edge

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This month’s issue of Chief Learning Officer has an interesting article concerning learning management systems and the emerging  practice of integrated Web 2.0 functionality within these systems to increase collaboration and participation. I believe this is a great move in the corporate learning space. Many companies have sophisticated ways of tracking  formal learning and an individual’s progression towards a certain task, but informal learning is much harder to quantify and record. As a result, many companies have ignored the impact of informal learning on an individual’s learning process.

As Ed Cohen writes in the article:

With the introduction of each new technology and methodology, our industry is trying to make things more efficient and more effective. However, we can’t increase the rate at which a learner consumes information, so now the object is to make it more available.

Informal learning helps fill in the holes that formal learning leaves open. Related readings, videos, social networking, and discussion forums are all forms of informal learning that people participate in on a daily basis, yet many aren’t even aware that this constitutes learning.

Much of informal learning falls into the category of “just-in-time learning.” Employees today, especially younger employees, are accustomed to having information available to them 24/7. They learn what they want to learn when they want to learn it. While an LMS is great for providing structured learning that is job-specific and will help employees excel in a given position, it does not always provide the answer to a particular task or question, which is where informal learning comes into play.

By implementing Web 2.0 tools within an LMS, companies can give their employees access to on-demand learning materials and facilitate a space for collaboration with colleagues. While this type of learning may be harder to measure and track, that shouldn’t prevent companies from implementing informal learning in addition to their formal learning activities.

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I think a lot of business professionals today view social media as a way for college kids to update their friends and the world on all the minutiae of their lives. While it can be used for such trivial matters, social media is also a very powerful networking and learning tool.

Social media allows professionals and experts to connect with others and share ideas. It can be a powerful collaborative tool when used appropriately, and companies are now harnessing the power of social media to promote, reinforce, and drive their learning initiatives. When companies make collaborative learning an integral part of their daily business, employees are more likely to succeed because there is a support structure built into the learning process.

For anyone interested in finding out more about collaborative learning and the role of social media in learning initiatives, Chief Learning Officer magazine is hosting a webinar tomorrow at 2:00 EST titled “Enterprise Collaboration: Can You Connect Social Learning and Business Performance?” The webinar is for companies that either already implement social media in their learning strategy or plan to at some point in the future. If interested you can register for the webinar here.

Related book summaries in the BBS library: Driving Results through Social Networks, The Connect Effect, Twitter Power

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