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Learn Or Die: A Primer –

Knowledge Sharing Infographic

Editor’s Note: The guest post was written by Craig Malloy, the CEO of Bloomfire, a knowledge sharing tool for the modern workforce. Malloy previously served as Founder/CEO of ViaVideo (acquired by Polycom), and the Founder/CEO of LifeSize (acquired by Logitech). You can follow him on Twitter here. Behind most productivity problems is a learning problem. Productivity is a loaded term for good reason. We’ve seen an endless parade of newfangled systems and near-religious dogma — high aspirations and endlessly failing experiments. We’ve been there and we’ve done that. Our Current Condition U.S. productivity fell nearly a full percentage point in the first quarter this year. Businesses are scrambling to find ways to squeeze more juice out of the same orange. Making matters worse, … Continue Reading »

Businesses use LMS to Balance Systems and Employees

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Employees are not cogs in machines, but they can easily feel this way. There is an unspoken truth that divides businesses of all sizes: a business organization thrives on systematic processes while its employees desire to accomplish unique and purposeful tasks. The most successful businesses seem to find middle ground between systematic requirements and employee needs. A company can reach new heights of success by praising the contributions of hard working individuals and leveraging their work as fuel for the business system. Creating a work environment that respects the organizational system and promotes efforts of employees is a high priority for many businesses. Businesses that want to protect this balance seek tools that bring focus to work objectives while also … Continue Reading »

Can eLearning Refine Teamwork for the Digital Age?

eLearning teamwork

Teamwork was a popular buzzword in the 20th century. Unfortunately, 21st century technological advancements threaten teamwork by enabling people in industrialized countries to isolate themselves physically. Today, mobile devices allow people to connect and work together even when miles apart. While teamwork is often spoken about in business environments and school settings, it looks different than it did two decades ago. In the digital age when learning and working can be social while also being independent, it is important to evaluate the effectiveness of modern day teamwork. Teamwork is Quintessential to Business Success The act of working on a team has been known to expedite productivity and create high-quality business outcomes that lead to lasting results. In fact, successful event … Continue Reading »

LMS Affords Return on Investment for Small Business


A small business budget can be a powerful tool. When each dollar counts there is a decreased chance of frivolous spending and an increased opportunity to see return on investment. With fewer resources than large companies, successful small businesses tend to allocate spending to areas that matter most. For instance, eCommerce functions, communication networks, training options, and customizable marketing features are often viewed as high priorities. Some business owners try to secure these types of programs at low rates by using numerous “free” Websites. However, bundling these business tools into a single, reliable platform, like a learning management system (LMS), can save money and time. Ultimately, a small business that invests in an LMS may see large returns on its … Continue Reading »

LMS Communication Tools Connect Vendors and Retailers

LMS Communication Tools

The saying, “two is a party; three is a crowd,” doesn’t apply to business. Third-party relationships are normal in most businesses. In fact, a company is often the “middleman” under these circumstances. This is because the company provides the buyer with a product that is supplied by its vendor. When this scenario plays out, all parties win. Unfortunately, trouble ensues if something interrupts the system. One of the biggest disturbances a retail business can face is communication issues with its vendor. It is vital that the retailer and the product distributor work well together. Throughout the years, tools have been developed to aid these relationships. However, few prior solutions beat modern day cloud-based communication systems. Actually, several companies turn to … Continue Reading »

Upgrading Technology: Goodbye Intranet, Hello Social LMS

Upgrading LMS

In the 1990s, if you used a computer to access organizational literature and training material, as well as correspond with peers and colleagues within a network, you may have been using an intranet. According to Wikipedia, an intranet is defined as “… a computer network that uses Internet protocol technology to share information, operational systems, or computing services within an organization.” Education centers began using intranets in 1991. Three years later, companies started using intranets for business purposes. But what are the differences between these seemingly comparable systems and why is the social LMS replacing the intranet? Intranet vs. Social LMS For years, intranets were foundational to organizational networks that shared information and hosted correspondence among peers/colleagues. However, now that … Continue Reading »

Cap Training Costs with a Flat Rate LMS

Flat rate LMS

Businesses of all sizes recognize the importance of effective training. It is said that equipping your workforce with learning material that informs employees of products, procedures, and sales practices can dramatically increase the success of your business. However, small and medium-sized businesses seem to struggle with launching learning initiatives and hosting consistent training opportunities. Have you faced challenges when incorporating training into your business strategy? What were the root causes of these obstacles? Many businesses agree that budget restrictions have held them back from providing the training they want and need for their employees. For those who fear out-of-control training costs, it is important to understand that there is a flat rate learning management system option. TOPYX® learning management system … Continue Reading »

What are the Benefits of Social eLearning?

Social Learning Benefits

Learning is more social than ever before. Thanks to cloud computing, online networking, and a variety of realtime communication channels, businesses are able to reap the many benefits of social eLearning. Even though this new learning style strays from traditional classroom training models, social eLearning is proving to be effective in business settings. It enables trainers to distribute educational material and document individual learning paths so that users can learn independently and in groups. Before discussing how this approach to training enhances user learning experience, take a look at how business training is optimized when using a social learning management system (LMS). Using an LMS for Social eLearning Training A learning management system is the optimal way to host eLearning … Continue Reading »

4 Types of eLearning for the Price of 1 LMS

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Do you know your preferred learning style? Are you the type of person who can listen to a lecture and obtain information? If yes, you are probably an auditory learner. Do you need to take a pen and paper into every meeting with you? You may be a visual learner. Must you physically interact with the concepts and theories being explained to you? Touch might play an important role in how you retain information. For years, these types of learning styles—audio, visual, kinesthetic—have been accepted as the trifecta of information retention. While people have their preferences, teaching a topic with these three elements can help learners grasp new concepts. Four Types of eLearning Styles Online learning disrupts the long held … Continue Reading »

TOPYX Topics – Social Learning Newsletter – October 2014

Social Learning Newsletter

TOPYX LMS Wins 2014 Chief Learning Officer AwardWe are pleased to announce that TOPYX® learning management system has been recognized with the 2014 Chief Learning Officer Learning In Practice bronze award for the Excellence in Social Learning category for the social LMS solution provided for our client, Medflow. Medflow, located in Charlotte, NC, is the developer of an electronic health record (EHR) solution designed specifically for the Eyecare industry… Read the full article LMS Helps Public Sector Stride into Campaign SeasonPolitical campaign season is upon us. With mid-term elections in full swing and presidential campaigns around the corner, everyone is focusing on the public sector. What do you hope your constituency sees when they look to you and your office? … Continue Reading »