Posts Tagged ‘corporate learning’

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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Although Google’s new social media site Google+ has only been out for a few weeks now, it is reported that over 20 million users have registered on the site already. Social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ have become the go-to communication tools for keeping in touch with friends and family. They are easy to use, connect users to hundreds of contacts at once, and allow people to share their thoughts and interests with a single click.

Lately, many organizations have been trying to capture this same sense of community and sharing  within their own companies as a way of increasing institutional learning. I ran across the below video that explains some ways to make these initiatives more successful:

Related book summaries in the BBS library: Social Media at Work, Driving Results through Social Networks, Socialnomics

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The ASTD 2011 International Conference & Exposition will be held May 22–25 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, and EBSCO Publishing will be there. If you planned on attending the conference, please stop by booth 1209 to learn more about our company and what we have to offer the corporate learning community.

About the conference:

“Held each spring, this premier event for workplace learning and development professionals welcomes 8,000 attendees from more than 70 countries. These professionals manage all aspects of learning in their organizations. From CEO to specialist, from dean to student, ASTD 2011 welcomes people from across the globe.

Learning is a key driver in companies big and small. At ASTD’s International Conference & Exposition, we typically bring Fortune 500 companies like Wal-Mart, Exxon Mobil, General Electric, Bank of America, and AT&T together to share what they are doing in learning to help grow businesses of all sizes.”

Please visit the conference website to learn more.

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In 2000, Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD) was competing in a medical technology market that was much different from the one it had grown up in. The current market was fully globalized, and regulations were changing significantly, along with customer buying patterns. Company executives realized that many people in the company were unsure of BD’s direction. In response, BD revamped its learning and development infrastructure. In Leaders as Teachers, Edward Betof examines the leaders-as-teachers program and the benefits it can bring to a company, such as aligning the learning function with the organization’s goals, serving as a catalyst for leadership development, strengthening the organization’s culture, and promoting change.

For a free trial of EBSCO Business Book Summaries click here.

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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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