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Why Employee Training Fails, How eLearning Ensures Success

eLearning Ensures Success

Employee training has been praised as one of the best ways to bolster business success. In 2006, the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) stated, “Employee learning and development is taking center stage as business leaders increasingly understand that a highly skilled, knowledgeable workforce is critical to achieving growth and success.” Little has changed since this statement was made and several thriving companies agree that effective employee training fosters achievement. But employee training has become an increasingly broad concept, especially since the advent of eLearning. Training no longer requires employees be placed in a windowless classroom for two days each year so they can become recertified in their areas of expertise. Modern training tactics replace or compliment proven classroom … Continue Reading »

What eLearning Trends will Pop, Flop and Flip in 2015?

Pop eLearning

Standing at the onset of a new year, we wonder how the next 12 months will unfold for the eLearning industry. So much can happen in this short time. In fact, in less than one-year fads come and go. For instance, virtual worlds – which seemed to be the “next big thing” seven years ago – is virtually unheard of today, but on the horizon, gamification shows to be growing strong. Similarly, mobile learning has been forecasted to be all the rage for how many years now? Yet businesses are still reluctant to produce eLearning materials for mobile devices, says Dr. Allen Partridge, Adobe’s senior eLearning evangelist. From where we stand today, all we truly know is that 2015 will … Continue Reading »

TOPYX Topics – Social Learning Newsletter – December 2014

Social Learning Newsletter

All of us at Interactyx would like to wish you and your loved ones a happy and safe holiday season. Enjoy this edition of the TOPYX Topics Newsletter. Quick and Easy Steps to Help Launch Your LMS If you are ready to launch your learning management system (LMS), you have probably spent months researching technology, testing software, and preparing your business for the transition. Now it is time to put your plan into action; it’s time to launch your LMS. All too often, we get caught up in the process of choosing an LMS, forgetting about the steps it takes to ensure the company-wide system has a successful launch… Read the full article Change Your LMS. Stop Paying User Fees. You … Continue Reading »

Change Your LMS. Stop Paying User Fees.

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You are looking to the future needs of your learning program. You need the right systems in place to help you train the new hires coming onboard and you need to provide training the current staff needs. You need to show more results for your learning program investment with less budget dollars available. This is no easy task. Yet, many departments responsible for the training of employees are facing this very situation. Adding more ‘seats’ will add to the costs and the time it takes to make sure everyone has a license to access the legacy learning management system (LMS) consumes too much valuable time that should be spent elsewhere. In 2014, a study was conducted by Elearning! Media Group … Continue Reading »

LMS Boosts Potential of Volunteer Nonprofits

LMS Boosts Potential of Volunteer Nonprofits

Numerous nonprofits are powered by volunteers. Oftentimes, volunteers seem like godsends to organizations that accomplish large missions on limited budgets. At the same time, volunteers create a lot of work for an organization. In fact, payroll is often impacted by the number of volunteers an organization takes on. After all, paid administrators are needed to conduct background checks, create correspondence and schedule volunteers. Ultimately, when organizations team up with volunteers, they need to be intentional about how to reap the benefits of donated time. One of the ways nonprofits are making the most out of volunteers is with learning management systems (LMSs). An LMS can streamline volunteer communication, scheduling and training. LMS for Volunteer Communication Social learning management systems are … Continue Reading »

Quick and Easy Steps to Help Launch Your LMS

Quick and Easy Steps to Launch Your LMS

If you are ready to launch your learning management system (LMS), you have probably spent months researching technology, testing software, and preparing your business for the transition. Now it is time to put your plan into action; it’s time to launch your LMS. All too often, we get caught up in the process of choosing an LMS, forgetting about the steps it takes to ensure the company-wide system has a successful launch. Before making an LMS available to your team, read these quick and easy steps to help you launch it effectively: Get To Know The System Inside And Out Your months of research may deem you an expert on learning management systems, but how well do you know the … Continue Reading »

Coworkers Communicate with Social LMS

Coworkers Communicate with Social LMS

It is common to befriend colleagues. After all, when you spend 40 hours a week together, friendship seems inevitable. This is true today, just as it was decades ago. However, the definition of friendship has changed. Now, to claim someone as a friend, he or she needs to be part of your social media networks. In fact, some question a relationship if it is not “Facebook official.” Unfortunately, some offices ban social media communication at work. This begs the question: are these businesses attempting to ban workplace camaraderie? Working well on teams and having good rapport with colleagues is important to a worthwhile career. But implementing elements of new-age friendship (i.e. focused social media communication) can be beneficial, too. Actually, … Continue Reading »

TOPYX Topics – Social Learning Newsletter – November 2014

Social Learning Newsletter

Happy Thanksgiving! From all of us at Interactyx, we want to say thank you (even if you don’t celebrate the US holiday)! Thank you for making us no. 790 on the 2014 Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing private companies. Thank you for your continued acceptance and support of TOPYX learning management system. We wish you and your loved ones a thankful and safe Thanksgiving holiday. Enjoy this edition of the TOPYX Topics Newsletter. Can eLearning Refine Teamwork for the Digital Age? 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 … Continue Reading »

Learn Or Die: A Primer – techcrunch.com

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 »

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