Organizations that plan on increasing spending on learning initiatives in the next 12-24 months will do so by 87%. And best-in-class organizations will increase spending on learning initiatives by 121%, according to Aberdeen Research. Specifically, when it comes to online training, 24% of organizations plan to adopt learning technologies (e.g., online, mobile) to appeal to multiple learning styles and relieve business pressures that can be solved through knowledge sharing. There’s no question that the Learning & Development (L&D) field is expanding.
Back in June 2012, WorldatWork – a global non-profit association setup to focus on how businesses can attract, motivate and retain employees – ran a study on the Retention of Key Talent and the Role of Rewards.
We had a great few days at the World of Learning Conference and Exhibition at the NEC last week. We met some really cool people (well to be honest anyone in Learning and Development are really nice people anyway!) It’s always refreshing to learn from others, not only from our clients but from our fellow competitors too!
As you may have noticed, one visually small but conceptually large item on this page has changed since you last visited. I’ll give you a hint: it starts with “M,” ends with “flash,” and likes to hang out in corners. Give up? It’s our new logo! You can see it showing itself off in the upper left.
Mindflash has recently released an exciting makeover of the the Manage Users page due to the growing needs of our customer base. When Mindflash launched this product in 2010 the average number of Trainees in the system was around 500. Today that number is much higher, with many accounts having tens of thousands of Trainees. This change in average program size created new and different challenges for Mindflash to solve. Mindflash has always prided itself on being easy to use; there are no setup fees and programs can get off the ground in a day. We have strived to make training fast and easy, and to ensure Trainers are able to focus on training, not maintaining a database. It’s with these core principles in mind we decided to overhaul the Manage Users page, which still works for smaller programs but scales to meet the needs of large, enterprise users.
Creating, promoting and sustaining an organizational culture of learning is one hallmark of organizational success. A culture of learning can result in an organization which cultivates the values that individuals seek—such as tolerance, open discussion, and the ability to think holistically and systematically. These same values can also give an organization a competitive advantage in today’s marketplace.
In the development of eLearning, we’re always creatively incorporating great technology into our interactive courses, including videos, infographics, and animation. Cinemagraphs are the latest trend to join the multitude of resources at our eLearning fingertips, but what makes them so great? A photograph with a spot of subtle movement, a cinemagraph is quite literally a photo come to life, and its simultaneous naturalness and unusualness can be utterly arresting. When trainers custom design courses, the eye-catching nature of cinemagraphs can be used to enhance learning programs with visual cues, to create easy and relatable graphics, and to strengthen marketing and memorability for learners. The actual creation of cinemagraphs used to be a complex process, but newer technology make these great graphics simple to create and great candidates to incorporate into and enhance eLearning.