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Boosting Learner Engagement

Most successful learning programs have a common thread: they are designed to engage the learner. This is not always an easy task as learning programs are rarely maintenance-free. Even the most bullet-proof L&D plans need to be reviewed and revised periodically. Disruption comes in many forms: the advancement of technology, changing laws, working conditions, or even an adjustment to broad, organizational goals.

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Reboarding For The NEXT Normal

Getting back to work after a crisis and into what will be the "next normal" can be a difficult process. The workplace has changed. And, so has the workforce with many companies offering employees the option of working remotely, on a permanent basis. The term "reboarding" has emerged as a period of welcoming an employee back to the organization and quickly updating them on the changes necessary to continue.

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eLearning Through a Pandemic

The world of work has forever changed due to the COVID-19 crisis. Learning leaders are once again faced with the challenge of bringing learning and development programs to a remote workforce. This eBook lays out some short-term and long-term changes necessary to modernize your L&D programs in this crisis.

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4 Reasons Better Onboarding Requires Better Learning

Every organization wants the same thing for its new hires: to get up to speed quickly, close any knowledge gaps, integrate with the team, and be productive. Yet, research from Gallup shows that just 12% of employees strongly agree their employers do a great job of onboarding new employees.

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Decentralized Learning: What the Future LMS Could Be

Virtually all of human knowledge is available online, and mostly for free. You don't need a library card, or a special website log in with often limited, outdated, or irrelevant content. The LMS of the future will simply package the world's information and distribute it to your computer, phone, or medium of choice.

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Next-generation Leaders Need Next-generation Learning

Today, leaders are faced with a changing future. For example, the Business Roundtable, a group of nearly 200 CEOs, decided that their companies could no longer just focus on creating shareholder value.

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Learning Is the Leading Differentiator for 2020 and Beyond

Half of all jobs in the U.S. could be automated right now. That's according to dramatic estimates about what technology is doing to your workforce. With so much change happening all around us, your organization needs to become a learning organization.

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Four Industries That Really Need a Modern LMS

Robots are coming to take our jobs, the economy is headed toward a recession, and unemployment is at historical lows. How do you prepare your workforce for a future like this?

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Turning Your L&D From a Line Item Into a Strategic Business Unit

Around the 2008 recession, corporate training budgets declined roughly $2B. The North American economy is generally strong right now, but experts -- like Ray Dalio of Bridgewater Associates and others -- see a potential recession in 2020. (China's economy is already belt-tightening.)

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7 Questions for Finding the Right Partner in the New World of Enterprise Learning and Development

The right learning management system can deliver meaningful talent development, give your organization greater ability to pivot, and help drive digital transformation. But it's easy to get distracted by all the bells and whistles that today's solutions dangle in front of you.

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Learning and Development in the 5-generation Workforce

For the first time in history, we have five generations in the workforce. To deal with this new reality, HR must be flexible. L&D leaders need to shift how they think about delivery, to provide multiple options to reach each generation and manage L&D considering how multiple generations learn. Many companies are struggling with it.

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7 Trends Revolutionizing Enterprise Learning Now

The world of enterprise learning is being transformed by the same social, cultural, and economic changes that are affecting every other part of business, from the five-generation workforce to a better understanding of employee engagement and motivation.

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It's Time for a New Kind of Enterprise Learning & Development

The traditional LMS is broken. It fails to take advantage of the potential of modern technology and today's understanding of learning. Its methods and delivery are robotic and shallow compared with what's possible.

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Brainier LMS Review by

The minds behind Brainier listened to the needs of users and developed a system that caters to almost everyone. Create branded login pages with logos and more. The system supports multi-tenant access so users can establish separate areas for customers, employees, or partners. Build custom groups, incorporate social learning, and keep users motivated with gamification. Brainier brings new levels of innovation and flexibility to the LMS table...

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Brainier Announces Passing of VP - Customer Experience, Jenny Ellingen

It is with great sadness that we announce that Jenny Ellingen, Vice President of Customer Experience, passed away Saturday at home surrounded by family, due to complications from a long illness. The entire Brainier and BI-Worldwide families mourn this loss and extend our deepest sympathies to the Ellingen family.

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Reaching the Next Normal With L&D

As many organizations begin to find themselves on the other side of a crisis, the path forward isn't always obvious. Creating a learning plan for a return to the workplace is a complex problem with many variables. Beyond employee safety and security, employee engagement needs greater consideration.

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Interview with CTO & VP, Brainier - Mike Begin

Mike Begin is the Chief Technology Officer & Vice President of Brainier, a SaaS-based learning technology company in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has been leading Brainier's IT & Product Development efforts for 20 years. Mike and his team of Brainiacs are passionate about building platforms and technology solutions that help to educate, engage, and empower employees.

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4 Ways to Optimize Your Blended Learning Program

When employees show up for an instructor-led training (ILT) event, they bring with them a broad spectrum of prior knowledge and experience of the subject. They also come with a unique set of learning preferences, not only for the method but also for the speed, style and depth of learning delivery.

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Scale Your Reach, Not Your L&D Budget: Training a Global Workforce

As organizational charts continue to change for many companies, crossing borders and oceans, learning and development (L&D) programs must also change in order to serve all their learners. Holding the line on a learning and development budget can be a constant challenge. When a learning program needs to scale, the list of variables that could cause expenses to balloon can grow exponentially.

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5 Must-have Capabilities for 21st-Century E-Learning

Innovation around e-learning technology has exploded over the last several years, and for good reason. There is a unilateral need to stay current, relevant and competitive within organizations and their industries. Learning is no longer contained to people just joining an organization or looking to climb the ladder. The need for ongoing learning exists in every corner of an organization.

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Relationship Innovations Within E-Learning Technology

The burden of choice for buyers exploring the e-learning marketplace can be a hurdle in the race of organizational learning. There is a long list of solution providers doing innovative work, but one important trend shaking up the learning and development (L&D) industry is the advancements in off-the-shelf software integrations.

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Outpacing Automation With eLearning

Yet another industrial revolution is heading our way, and, once again technology is to blame. But, unlike previous upheavals, the speed of change is faster than ever. Automation is compromising the employment of an estimated 20% to 30% of the workforce, according to reports from organizations such as Bain, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the McKinsey Global Institute.

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The Answer to Automation Is Learning

Change is coming to the U.S. workforce and in many cases is already here. The McKinsey Global Institute estimates that around 20% of current jobs could be automated right now. Technology is going to completely change the jobs of millions of Americans, if it hasn't already.

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Prevent a Skills Gap: Onboarding Your Workforce

It's common knowledge that with digital transformation occurring in the global workplace, there is a growing skills gap. The most forward-thinking organizations will undoubtedly schedule strategy meetings focused on how to remedy this situation. This sudden organizational self-awareness, however, can lead to conflict between departments. Without a strategic onboarding process, the potential that a talent acquisition specialist sees in a candidate may not be realized, despite the efforts of a training specialist.

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Why Won't Organizations Commit to Workplace Learning?

Deloitte's 2019 "Global Human Capital Trends" report states, "The number-one trend for 2019 is the need for organizations to change the way people learn." However, only 46% of survey respondents said they're ready to address this trend. Organizations are looking for answers to three questions in order to commit to addressing learning...

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Mentoring Programs Take Work to Start, But the Payoff Is Great

Successful people often thank mentors when recognized with an award or congratulated on an accomplishment. Mentors guide us with knowledge and advice to help us reach success. In The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Joseph Campbell outlines the 12 stages of the hero's journey. One of the stages is meeting the mentor, who provides guidance, training, and confidence so the hero can set out on a journey and fulfill their quest to greatness.

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Social learning takes its place in employee retention efforts

Between younger workers' demand for professional development opportunities and the increasing need to prepare employees for coming changes in technology and business processes, companies face growing pressure to provide a wider range of training options. In response, more organizations are implementing social learning programs that enable their own workers to be part of the solution.

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3 Ways to Turn Your Learning Line Item Into a Business Strategy

Learning and development is a lot like advertising; both are often the first department to be scaled back or eliminated during budget cuts. It's a risky move, considering that Henry Ford once said, "A man who stops advertising to save money is like a man who stops a clock to save time." So, too, is learning critical to business success.

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4 Practical Pieces of Advice for Selecting an LMS in a Changing Environment

Even if you're a seasoned L&D professional, it's easy to be overwhelmed by the choices when considering buying or replacing an LMS (learning management system). After all, the LMS market is among the fastest-growing - and least well-defined - segments in human capital management software.

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Teach Your Missing Employees: Learning And The Remote Workforce

The modern workforce isn't fixed. It's fluid, full of flexible work opportunities and remote employees. People don't have to sit at their desks from 9 to 5 anymore. A majority of employees prefer to work wherever, whenever. And learning has to adapt.

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Learning and Development: Why Your Focus Should Be on Knowledge

The traditional LMS was good at delivering training and solving for challenges like skills and compliance requirements (e.g., sanitation and safety). But there are huge differences among training, learning and knowledge that can more dramatically benefit employees and their companies.

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Interview with Jerry Cox: President of Brainier

My guest interview this month is with Jerry Cox, he is the President of Brainier and we met in September at their annual user conference. I was so impressed with his presence throughout the event and the growth of the company under his leadership, I thought he would be a great person to interview.

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Digital Transformation Through Learning

Digital transformation has been a hot topic in recent years, and for good reason. More and more, companies are adapting to the ever-changing world. New technologies like the Internet of Things, big data architecture, wearables and more are changing markets and industries, making digital transformation a necessity.

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