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Training Budgets are Increasing

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There are many indications that the Great Recession is receding, one of them is that training budgets are starting to rise again for all business sectors.
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A major hurdle among training departments involves the time and cost associated with developing quality instructional material.  There are many factors to consider - course length, level of interactivity and the professional talents involved with creating the images, video, etc.
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Reporting is Important

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Reporting functionality continues to be one of the most important factors in the decision to purchase a Learning Management System.  Yet studies are showing that reporting is a leading cause of dissatisfaction among LMS users.
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Superior Customer Service

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Most everyone hates contacting tech support with a passion.  Personally, I will only do so after an hour or two of trying to resolve the issue myself.  This might include Internet research, social networking and maybe a hammer!  But let's face it, sometimes you simply have to buck up and call the "experts".
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BYOD - Bring Your Own Device

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When it comes to organizational learning there is a new saying: BYOD – Bring Your Own Device. With the explosion of mobile devices, there are now even more ways for learners to access online training
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LMS Trends for 2013

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The Learning Management industry is quickly evolving to keep up with new technology and consumer demand.  Let’s take a look at the trends in the LMS industry and see what the year ahead will bring.
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Socializing the Accord

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With the release of DotNetNuke 6.2 several new social features can now be incorporated into Accord LMS Websites.  This blog article will drill down into some of the more advanced feature setup and configuration options.
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Item Analysis

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The first entry point into deeper learning analytics is the item analysis. Item analysis is a breakdown of the performance of each specific question on a test. And it can provide a significant amount of insight and value for stakeholders.
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Design for Mobile First

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Mobile penetration has changed not only how we consume information, but our preferences in what constitutes good information design. Even if you do not currently deploy training on mobile devices, a “mobile first” philosophy provides superb design principles to positively impact learning outcomes.
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I had the pleasure of attending the eLearning Guild’s Learning Solutions 2012 Conference. One of my goals for the conference was to explore the tools offered to develop mobile learning. There were several offerings, but two were standouts in my opinion for very unique reasons.
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The Accord LMS allows integration of data streams from project spaces and business applications into learning data reports more effectively than traditional learning management systems.
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Foundational Skills

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Let me suggest five foundational skills to consider over the year ahead. The good news is that these skills don’t cost money and there are many free resources on the Internet.
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Key principles for an effective assessment strategy include repeated assessment and measurement and adaptive methods to improve results.
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Better assessments can provide key data points regarding the work force’s potential to apply specific skills in their job, and what specific points of challenge they may face in execution. If you know what to look for, it is not difficult to construct better assessments and collect this critical data for the stakeholders in your organization.
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Measure-meant and Assess-meant

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Measurement isn’t the fact of providing data to stakeholders, but a context of the story the data tells, and the insight it provides to stakeholders. Do your metrics inform stakeholders about employee capability against key strategic objectives or reduction of risk?  Does your data report on how training helps the organization respond to the challenge?

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