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Challenge your thinking with articles exploring how to drive learning innovation forward.

Here you’ll find unique content that aims to inspire and challenge L&D leaders to drive learning innovation for business results.

Why “all in one” learning tech is a myth

Why “all in one” learning tech is a myth

Learning and development has never been more complex. Just as we thought we were getting a handle on digital disruption, the workforce is onto the next big thing. It’s pretty clear that learning is evolving faster than L&D departments can keep up.

How to make your L&D strategy more responsive and relevant

How to make your L&D strategy more responsive and relevant

In our 2016-17 Learning Benchmark Report, Unlocking Potential, we unpacked five key outcomes that learning and business leaders are looking to deliver: improving efficiency, fine-tuning processes, boosting performance, cultivating agility and influencing culture. Our...

5 ways to boost performance through learning

5 ways to boost performance through learning

This year’s Learning Benchmark Report, Unlocking Potential, presents our research around five key outcomes that both learning leaders and business leaders are looking to deliver. These outcomes are improving efficiency, fine-tuning processes, boosting performance,...

Unlocking data to understand our learners as customers

Unlocking data to understand our learners as customers

Teresa Rose from E.ON describes how her team gained deep insights into the way people learn across the organisation, helping them transform their learning strategy. Image: Workers construct an offshore wind turbine (Credit: E.ON) As an organisation, we have shifted...

Four ways you can increase learning efficiency today

Four ways you can increase learning efficiency today

One thing has remained the same since we started providing benchmarks for learning teams in 2003 – the disparity between the goals of the L&D team and the impact learning is having on the organisation. In some areas that gap is closing and in others, it stays...

Unlocking potential: influencing culture

Unlocking potential: influencing culture

When it comes to culture we do not have to be constrained by the past. How can we influence change? Laura Overton continues to outline the tactics that separate the best from the rest. Working in an organisation that has a true learning culture is a dream for most...

What not to miss at the 2017 CIPD L&D Show

What not to miss at the 2017 CIPD L&D Show

Is learning at the core of your organisation? We give our recommended picks of the show to help you create a schedule that will make the most of this two-day event.The Learning and Development Show is a great place to get informed on the latest developments and...

Learning uncertainty – and how to cope with it

Learning uncertainty – and how to cope with it

We are no longer living in a world of change that perhaps L&D can address and even support, but a world of uncertainty, of pure unknowns that could make or break us! I have co-authored over 50 research reports since 2004 and without exception each one talks about...

Delivering effective corporate blended learning

Delivering effective corporate blended learning

In an ever changing business environment, how does a Learning & Development function ensure it delivers what the business wants today – while developing employees for tomorrow? This is not a new dilemma for learning leaders within organisations, but is becoming...

Unlocking the Potential of Learning at Work

Unlocking the Potential of Learning at Work

The way in which we acquire and assimilate information has changed in recent years, through technology as well as the rapidly changing world of work. The demand for skills, knowledge and capabilities is high, and removing learners from the workplace to attend formal...

How can L&D use technology to become more strategic?

How can L&D use technology to become more strategic?

The Learning Technologies show was busy this year with 100s of suppliers of technology solutions, alongside traditional L&D providers, all vying for the attention of passing visitors. But despite the hype and extravagance on show many visitors expressed doubts...

How to create effective learning transfer

How to create effective learning transfer

Learning transfer is key to ensure that there is behavioural change in the workplace so that people can do whatever is needed when they get back to the work. There is a need to avoid the training sessions where people may have got the knowledge, but not the change for...

How to start and grow internal networks

How to start and grow internal networks

Networking has always been a source of real value to organisations. Networks are so much more adaptable to change than rigid structures, and technology can amplify and enable existing networks. However, if you don't give people the reason to connect and collaborate,...

Get your L&D strategy fit for 2017

Get your L&D strategy fit for 2017

With 2017 well and truly underway, we're offering everyone the chance to get the best start to 2017 with a free Personalised Benchmark Report and a chance to win £1,000 worth of Sector Benchmark Group membership at LT17! With a challenging year ahead of us, it's the...

Learning Technologies 2017 Exchanges

Learning Technologies 2017 Exchanges

The Exchange Programme provides a unique, free opportunity to get up close and personal with conference speakers at Learning Technologies on 1-2 February 2017. LT Exchange Programme at a glance: Full agenda for the Exchange Programme is now published below Exchanges...

Our Ultimate Guide to Learning Technologies 2017

Our Ultimate Guide to Learning Technologies 2017

Towards Maturity will be at stand H24 of the Learning Technologies Exhibition this year. Read on to find out what we're up to, download our Ultimate Guide and be in for a chance to win £1,000 worth of Sector Benchmark Group membership at the show. As well as hosting...

Industry Responses to Unlocking Potential

Industry Responses to Unlocking Potential

On 17 November, we launched our annual Learning Benchmark Report - Unlocking Potential. At the VIP preview, we asked people how the insights shared in this year's report can help businesses get more out of learning. Hear what they have to say and see who's blogged...

Our Recommended Christmas Reading 2016

Our Recommended Christmas Reading 2016

Here are some last minute stocking fillers penned by our wonderful Towards Maturity Supporters for all L&D professionals looking to push the boundaries in 2017. Feel free to share! Performance-Focused Smile Sheets: A Radical Will Thalheimer  In this book, Will...

Unlocking Potential: The Fast Facts

Unlocking Potential: The Fast Facts

Short on time? We've consolidated all the major highlights of our report in one concise, relevant summary. Download the full report for free here.Today's successful workplaces are fast moving, global and digital. Learning innovation, done well,...

R.I.P. Online Learning…?

R.I.P. Online Learning…?

An obituary provides an opportunity to reflect on the good and bad of the past, knowing that we can’t turn back the clock. But what if we had the opportunity to read an obituary before the end, when we still have time to do something differently? With this in mind, I...

From A to B: How to Transform Formal Learning

From A to B: How to Transform Formal Learning

This guide will give you clear guidance about how to do three things: improve the learner journey through formal learning, use technology to improve the effectiveness of face-to-face training and design formal learning to speed up the application of learning. It's all...

Pause for thought…or hurtle on regardless?

Pause for thought…or hurtle on regardless?

Is it me, or are we hurtling through the year at an alarming rate of knots?  Big plans that were developed at the beginning of the year are still in the ‘big plans' book. Hopes and aspirations seem to have been pushed aside, as we attempt to keep on top of constantly...

What Not to Miss at this Year’s World of Learning

Towards Maturity are proud to support the World of Learning Show that takes place on 19-20 October 2016 at the NEC, Birmingham. In this guide, we feature what caught our attention as we took a look through the broad range of sessions on offer. World of Learning 2016...

The Millennial Challenge: Can We Make Them Stay?

The Millennial Challenge: Can We Make Them Stay?

The average Millennial employee only stays with a single employer for an average of three years. A business that isn't making the most of the opportunities that this bright new talent provides will ultimately fall behind, so being able to overcome the Millennial...

Is the Modern Learner disrupting L&D?

Is the Modern Learner disrupting L&D?

Speexx offers three tips to help today’s L&D teams adapt to the changing dynamic of today’s workforce and its learning methods. The L&D sector has changed drastically over the last decade. As the workplace is going through a profound digital transformation,...

We’re sharing top strategies for success down under…

We’re sharing top strategies for success down under…

The pressure is on for L&D leaders - there are plenty of new tools, technologies and even learning models to help improve performance. How do we make smart decisions, build business buy-in and engage learners? Decisions that Deliver: Join us on 13 July at 15:00...

How To Benchmark Your L&D Strategy (and Why)

How To Benchmark Your L&D Strategy (and Why)

Here's a quick overview of benchmarking, why you should do it and what you need to get started. What is benchmarking? Benchmarking is the process of comparing your business processes and performance metrics with those of other organisations. The Towards Maturity...

Practitioner Tips from the CIPD L&D show

Practitioner Tips from the CIPD L&D show

Preparing for the future of learning - Practitioner tips from the CIPD L&D show At the CIPD L&D show last month Laura Overton (Towards Maturity) and Derek Bruce (ABN AMRO) discussed how L&D staff can prepare for the future of learning. The L&D...

How Understanding the Science of Learning Can Help L&D

How Understanding the Science of Learning Can Help L&D

We caught up with Occupational Psychologist Gary Luffman of Think.Change! at the CIPD Conference to find out more about how applying the fundamentals of learning science could impact learner behaviour. Change. It's a word so commonly used in the context of learning...

9 Top Deck Tips to Prepare You for the Future of Learning

9 Top Deck Tips to Prepare You for the Future of Learning

Modern Business is becoming more global, fast paced, complex and fluid. Modern staff are increasingly connected, curious, tech-savvy and self directed. Are today's L&D teams prepared for what that means for learning in the future? Here's 9 tips inspired by Top...

The Number One Tool for Helping You Win Awards

The Number One Tool for Helping You Win Awards

Entering awards can be daunting and time-consuming, on top of everyday work. However, they provide a great opportunity for constructive reflection. Everyone loves winning awards. To win one, you usually have to enter it though. Entering awards can be a daunting and...

Real Life Ideas for Improving Induction

Real Life Ideas for Improving Induction

Louise Pasterfield from Sponge UK explores Towards Maturity data to uncover practical ideas that could inspire change in your organisation. Induction matters. The gains go far beyond making a good first impression. Organisations with effective induction are more...

Leadership and management matters, obviously

Leadership and management matters, obviously

Mindset, behaviour, values and the ability to reflect, change and grow are all valuable characteristics - but are they being nurtured? Kirsty Greany While it's easy to slip on the rose-tinted glasses when looking at the challenges of business 20 years ago, it's fair...

What Not to Miss at the CIPD L&D Show 2016

Read on for our recommended stops at the fast approaching CIPD Learning & Development Show at London Olympia. We highlight some of the best bits coming up - here's what not to miss and where you can find great giveaways. If you're looking to make the most of your...

Learning Impact: A Progress Update

Learning Impact: A Progress Update

Making an impact with learning and development has been the bedrock of our research programme since 2003. How can L&D impact both organisational and business performance and what are the tactics of the most successful organisations? One area that has grabbed our...

Learning How to Learn: 37 Tips for L&D Professionals

Learning How to Learn: 37 Tips for L&D Professionals

L&D is changing so rapidly and so profoundly that no-one in the profession can afford to let their professional development slide. Here's 37 tips from Laura Overton for keeping yourself on the cutting edge. L&D is definitely guilty of ‘cobbler's children'...

The Four Responsibilities of the Learning Professional

A note from Laura Overton: " We invited Clive Sheperd, author of More than Blended Learning to share this guest blog as part of our #MakeItHappen campaign. Clive has been a long-standing supporter of Towards Maturity providing independent insights that have ensured...

Webinar: 10 Insights for Engaging with Learners

Join Towards Maturity and Filtered for this webinar to learn what technology choices today's learners are making.What better way to understand how to engage with learners, than to learn from learners? At the end of 2015, Filtered and Towards Maturity ran a global...

getAbstract’s Review of Embracing Change Scores 8/10

getAbstract’s Review of Embracing Change Scores 8/10

Short on time? Towards Maturity's Industry Benchmark Report scored highly in getAbstract's summary. Download it here. In November 2015, Towards Maturity launched their Industry Benchmark Report, Embracing Change: Improving Performance of Business, Individuals and the...

Why L&D need to FOCUS to move on

Laura Overton shares five areas where L&D teams can make a real impact in 2016, along with a new challenge to L&D leaders."We stand on the brink of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one...

Coming Soon: Brand-New In-Focus Reports

Pre-order our reports on 70:20:10 and the Mobile Workforce to receive your copy in your inbox as soon as they become available.Towards Maturity is pleased to announce that we will be releasing two brand-new reports, on 70:20:10 and the Consumer Learner at Work, in...

Building a Global Learning Culture

Building a learning culture that impacts individual and business performance is the holy grail of most L&D leaders. How do we shift the mindset of business leaders and learners- especially when they are scattered around the globe? How do we transition from...

Why L&D need to let go to move on!

Laura Overton reflects on the year past and gives us a list of 'let go!'s for the future that can't be ignored...As one year finished and a new one began, we were treated to a plethora of articles on what’s next, what’s trending and what is not to miss.  I read...

Webinar: Reinvigorate Your Compliance Training

If you want to engage learners and affect compliant behaviour, check out this recorded webinar with SAI Global, for new insights that will help you move things forward. How To Reinvigorate Your Compliance Training 90% of participants in Towards Maturity's latest study...

Make an Impact in 2016: Starting with LT16

If you want to know how to make an impact in 2016 - check out what Towards Maturity are up to at Learning Technologies.Despite the fact nine out of ten learning professionals are looking to transform learning culture and improve business agility, productivity and...

Our Ultimate Guide to Learning Technologies 2016

So much on offer...where do you start? Download our Ultimate Guide to Learning Technologies 2016 to make the most of LT16.This year's guide includes an overview of the best resources, seminars and workshops, as well as where to get connected and what's happening that...

Learning Technologies 2016: eXchanges

eXchanges is a unique, free opportunity to get up close and personal with conference speakers at Learning Technologies on 3-4 February 2016.  eXchanges at a glance: Full agenda for exchange programme is now published below eXchanges are free to attend for...

Our Recommended Christmas Reading 2015

Add these books to your Christmas list if you are looking for insights and inspiration to take you and your L&D strategy into 2016.Here are some last minute stocking fillers penned by our wonderful Towards Maturity Supporters for all L&D proessionals...

Recognising Talent and Leadership in Unlikely Places

Marnie's Royal Marine experience in 'Surviving the Yomp' for charity sparked ideas on how we can recognise leadership traits in today's workforce. When I first signed up for the "Commando Spirit" 30-miler event, I knew it was going to be a challenge. After all,...

Adventitious Learning at Café Africa

As a part of Towards Maturity’s world tour for 2015, we had the pleasure of participating at LRMG’s Café Africa event. Held in Mauritius, it was a great venue for bringing great people together. The synergy of values and ethos was clear to see, with the headline of...

Real Learning from Jay Cross

I am writing this from Berlin. As a member of the Online Educa Berlin Steering board, I have had the privilege of visiting the city at this time of year for the last 8 years. I love Berlin – the atmosphere, the Christmas markets and the history. I also love Online...

Congratulations to the 2015 E-learning Awards Winners!

We booked out a table to celebrate with the L&D industry's finest in 2015. Over 700 guests gathered last night at the e-learning awards to celebrate the very best of learning for work. After an evening of riské comedy intros and a lot of epic music, we were...

7 Mindset Shifts on Learning from the CLC Conference

We joined the Charity Learning Consortium and over 100 charity sector L&D professionals for their annual conference and awards ceremony at the Grange City Hotel in London. Each presenter challenged us to think differently about our role as L&D leaders. Here...

Embracing Change at Online Educa Berlin

Check out the Business Educa Programme at Online Educa Berlin, to find out how your L&D team can prepare for the future. The international response to this year's Towards Maturity Industry Benchmark Report, Embracing Change, has been overwhelming....

Embracing Change: The L&D Leader’s Perspective

Dave Buglass, Head of Capability and Learning at Tesco Bank 'The most significant question for an HR professional to ask a business leader is, “How can I help you deliver what’s really important to the business?”' "For the last 20 years, I have worked in all...

Driving Performance in a Knowledge Economy: The Secret Sauce for People Professionals

In the new world of business, continual learning is essential for organisational and individual success. HR and L&D have a critical role to play. But are we ready? This session presented by Laura Overton at [email protected] 2015 in Sydney, explored insights gained from...

The 3 Needs of Corporate Learning, Part 3: L&D Team Needs

In the lead up to the launch of the 2015 Towards Maturity Benchmark Report on 5th November, we’ll be exploring three areas of need for corporate learning that have emerged from the data we’ve analysed this year. They are the needs of the business, its learners and its...

9 Takeaways from DevLearn 2015

We hit the ground running in Las Vegas at the end of September as we joined 2,800 L&D professionals at DevLearn for the first time. Marnie Threapleton and I started the Towards Maturity world tour in this crazy town in the middle of the desert. First impressions...

The 3 Needs of Corporate Learning, Part 2: Learner Needs

In the lead up to the launch of the 2015 Towards Maturity Benchmark Report on 5th November, we’ll be exploring three areas of need for corporate learning that have emerged from the data we’ve analysed this year. They are the needs of the business, its...

The 3 Needs of Corporate Learning, Part 1: Business Needs

In the lead up to the launch of the 2015 Towards Maturity Benchmark Report on 5th November, we’ll be exploring three areas of need for corporate learning that have emerged from the data we’ve analysed this year. They are the needs of the business, its learners and its...

10 Hidden Secrets of Top Performing L&D Teams

Accelerated change, moving technologies, globally diverse audiences, increasing demand. We’ve been talking about these and other pressures that senior L&D leaders face for decades. The trouble is that the pressures are not going away. Today’s L&D leaders must...

Global Learning: Sharing Opportunities and Challenges

Do L&D leaders around the globe share the same goals and aspirations about modernising workplace learning? Do the challenges we face differ as we move across geographies? Or do we have more in common than we think? I’m reflecting on some of these issues right now...

2015 E-Learning Awards Shortlist Announced

We are really excited to see the 2015 e-Learning Awards shortlist announced - Towards Maturity Ambassadors and previous Benchmark participants feature in 35 of the 145 shortlisted organisations.The NHS Academy in association with LEO featured in our...

The Dawn of the Self-Developing Organisation

Kevin Young of Skillsoft highlights where talent development is headed, how we need to change L&D delivery and what you can do about it.In a world where employee engagement is the number one issue keeping business leaders awake at night, today’s employers need to...

Actions Speak Louder Than Words…

Laura Overton discusses the difference between L&D teams who discuss needs and those who align their actions to support them.We made the decision this week to extend the Towards Maturity Benchmark for another two weeks, even though we will already be sending out a...

Towards Maturity Goes Global for 2015

See our planned international dates coming up, with Laura Overton presenting on a variety of topics and challenges around the globe.Since 2003, Laura Overton and the research team have been tracking the progress of L&D professionals as they seek to modernise...

Bringing Learning to the Boardroom

Many L&D leaders today struggle to engage the C-level in their organisations, meaning that it can be difficult to get learning on the boardroom agenda. Here are crowdsourced ideas from L&D leaders on how to use evidence more effectively to bring the subject of...

GiveBackUK: An Interview with Martin Baker

How do you help the overwhelming majority of charities that have no budget whatsoever for L&D? You create free resources for them! That’s what Martin Baker is doing – he spoke to us about GivebackUK, the not for profit organisation he’s masterminded to create...

Treat Yourself to the World of Learning Conference 2015

Here's our take on the World of Learning Conference 2015, on 29-30 September at the NEC, Birmingham.  This autumn, join your peers to discuss the current issues affecting L&D professionals and look ahead to the future of workplace learning. Hear...

7 Practical Tips for Building the Skills of Your L&D Team

Whether you are an individual or team of 100, one thing is clear: times are changing and the skills in our L&D teams need to evolve. New learning models, constantly changing technology tools and an increasing demand from customers means that there is often...

What is Influencing the Future of L&D?

You are wrong if you are expecting me to start crystal-ball gazing to identify the future shape of corporate learning and development. At Towards Maturity, we're in the privileged position of being able to share some early insights into real evidence of how L&D...

Why Analytics Trumps Intuition in Today’s L&D

From a business perspective, the focus on data-driven decision making is big news. Research from MIT and IBM[1] showed that analytics trumped intuition every time with top performers five times more likely to be using analytics than low performers. It looks like the...

61 Reasons to Benchmark Your L&D Strategy, Today

61 days = 61 reasons why you need to Benchmark your L&D strategy in 2015!It's free to benchmark your L&D strategy with your peers during June, July until 14th August. That's now over a 61-day window of opportunity to reflect on your L&D strategy and...

What Happens When Big Data Meets E-learning?

Speexx draws on lessons from over 70,000 corporate and academic learners, in order to communicate more effectively around the globe. There’s been a lot of talk about big data and how it’s helping businesses become more responsive to fast-changing consumer needs by...

Make the Most of Learning Technologies Summer Forum

Here's our feature on the best events and places to connect at the LT Summer Forum.It's worth your time, trust us!The Learning Technologies Summer Forum on 16th of June, London Olympia, is a great place to stop, reflect and catch up on what's been happening...

Optimising L&D Performance

Everyone is talking about it – DATA! Big data, little data, HR, talent learning analytics of every kind. You name it, somebody somewhere is counting it. But why the big fuss? From a business perspective, the focus on data-driven decision-making is big news. Research...

5 Reasons not to miss the CIPD L&D show

If you are in the middle of modernising your L&D strategy, here are 5 reasons not to miss the CIPD L&D conference at Olympia next week! 13-14 May, London Olympia The CIPD L&D show is just a week away and we've been scouring the agenda for hidden...

Creating Impact Through L&D Business Partnering

Towards Maturity Ambassador DPG launches new L&D Business Partner programmeEffective L&D Business Partners will have a significant impact on both your organisation and on the credibility of the L&D profession, according to Towards Maturity Ambassador, DPG...

Is Your Compliance Training Holding You Back?

Review your compliance training programmes in just 15 minutes or less. Get Started[This opportunity closes 12 May 2015] Is your compliance training holding you back?Since 2012, 85% of L&D leaders are proving learning to staff to help their organisations...

Are you Equipped to Lead L&D into the Future?

 Laura Overton will be speaking at the CIPD L&D show in May. Come and be challenged, inspired and equipped to lead your team into the future.    The session will cover: L&D’s place in the VUCA world and it's role in meeting future...

Are Your Staff Ready to Learn Online?

When three out of five L&D staff report that learners are failing to engage, should we be asking if our workforce is ready for online learning? Laura Overton shares 6 questions you need to ask yourself before going online, along with a heap of crowdsourced...

Why Today’s Businesses Should Use Learning Data

Piers Lea details why LEO places data analysis at the core of L&D strategy; reflecting on personalisation, responsiveness and LRS. What does it mean to be an end-to-end provider of learning technologies services in 2015?The fact is, it's a transformational...

5 Ways to Improve Your Onboarding Using Blended Learning

It’s as true for learning as anywhere else: first impressions count. If you’re recruiting new team members, you want to ensure that the support you offer them sets the right tone from the very beginning. You want them to feel that they have made a great decision to...

Debunking the ‘Learner Centric’ Myths of L&D

L&D professionals spend a lot of time building ‘learner centric’ strategies that help them connect with staff in vibrant new ways and yet 3 out of 5 claim that their learners and managers fail to engage.This is a number that increases year on year. So where are we...

Speed, Innovation, Change: How to Meet the Learning Challenge

Towards Maturity's eXchange once again welcomed Nigel Paine; independent consultant, author, conference speaker, former Head of Learning for the BBC. Here's what he shared. Nigel set the eXchange in the context of his new book “The Learning Challenge”. He explained...

Conference Roundup: Learning Technologies 2015

After a great show, here's our insights, takeaways and a host of fantastic resources that you're bound to benefit from.  After what seemed like the busiest two days of the year, we were sad to say goodbye to Learning Technologies for another year. Both the...

How to deliver business results with game-based learning

A conversation eXchange with Mark Reilly, Head of Corporate Training at McDonald’s Restaurants Ltd.Next time you are in McDonalds, spare a thought for the store manager, juggling his customer-facing team on the one hand with the precision factory production line...

The Do’s and Don’ts of Communities of Practice

A conversation eXchange with Kandy Woodfield, Director of Learning at NatCen Social ResearchWith such fast-moving and far reaching technological change, the way in which NatCen gather social research data is changing beyond recognition. Gone are the days of doorstep...

What We Learned from eXchanges at LT15

The eXchanges at this year's LT15 Conference have gone from strength to strength and were even more popular than in the previous three years.Hold on, what are the eXchanges?The eXchanges programme is a unique, free opportunity to get up close and personal with the...

How to Identify the Right Learning Tools for the Social Age

 Nic Laycock reports what was shared during the roundtable discussion with Julian Stodd at the Learning Technologies eXchange, 2015. It was standing room only for the eXchange with Julian Stodd, Founder and Co-Captain of SeaSalt Learning – and what a treat...

Infographic: The DNA of a Top Deck L&D Team

The 2014 Towards Maturity Benchmark takes a fresh look at the learning leaders – the Top Deck (those in the top 10% of the Towards Maturity Index). Across the board, these organisations are more than twice as likely to achieve the benefits they seek from a modernised...

More Than Blended Learning

Thursday, January 15th 2015 saw the launch of More Than Blended Learning, a portfolio of resources and services aimed at learning professionals looking to design world-class learning interventions.The portfolio includes a new book by leading learning design expert and...

Two Great Seminars You Missed at LT15

If you want to work smart and refine your strategy this year, these great seminars will help you find the right ideas, goals and tactics to bring you success in 2015. If you missed them, check out the slides below. How to get your L&D team in tip top condition for...

L&D Benchmarks: Discover the Actions that Get Results

At the start of 2015 our thoughts turn to preparing for the year ahead. L&D leaders around the globe are clearly concerned about they add value; how can they support rapid change in business and respond faster to it, ensuring that their teams are equipped for...

Our Definitive Guide to Learning Technologies 2015

Our 2014-15 Benchmark Modernising Learning: Delivering Results shows that learning innovation done well delivers bottom line results. There is no better way to find out how to do this than booking a few days out to visit Learning Technologies show in London...

Brand New Event for LT15: Generate

Learn about a new event for the Learning Technologies 2015 exhibition in London Olympia, where delegates will gather to generate new ideas & solutions to help modernise learning at work. Generate – powered by Training Zone and Towards Maturity In this...

Learning Technologies 2015 eXchange

The eXchanges programme is a unique, free opportunity to get up close and personal with the speakers at the Learning Technology event on 28th-29th January 2015.Please note this is not a webinar but a face-to-face group meeting.eXchanges at a glance:Full...

12 Top Deck Tips for Christmas

Find out what our Top Deck - the top 10% of L&D organisations who are delivering the biggest results from this year's annual benchmark report Modernising Learning:Delivering Results - do better than anyone else to achieve success. The Towards Maturity...

Senior L&D Leaders React to the 2014 Benchmark Findings

On 30th October, LEO and Towards Maturity collaborated in an exclusive pre-launch event to release the report’s results a week early to senior L&D leaders. The responses collected in this event were included in the final report, contributing more valuable insights...

“The Learning Challenge” by Nigel Paine

In his recent book1 Nigel Paine looks at The Learning Challenge. We invited him to comment on the Towards Maturity 2014-15 Benchmark Report. In this guest blog, he explores 5 areas of synergy with the findings of the Towards Maturity 2014 Benchmark Report: "I...

Ambassador Reactions to the 2014-15 Benchmark Report

The Towards Maturity’s 2014 Benchmark Report, Modernising Learning: Delivering Results, is causing quite a stir this year.We’ve had some great observations from L&D leaders who explore how it challenges both business leaders' and learning leaders' current...

Congratulations to the 2014 e-Learning Award Winners

Over 550 guests gathered last night at the glorious e-learning awards to celebrate the industry's finest.  Following fine champagne and excellent company (with a side order of smoking lemons), we at last found out who were the winners from a staggering...

What every L&D Professional Needs for Christmas.

  Fresh inspiration, new ideas, clear action plans and a trip to the Christmas markets are up for grabs at Online Educa Berlin – join us on 3-5 December 2014.If you have never been to Online Educa before, now is the time! It is the largest global...

New City & Guilds Kineo Learning Insights Report

Modernising learning means that we need to focus on learning outcomes, rather than inputs. It involves adapting to new ways of business, incorporating new ideas and methods and building on new opportunities offered by technology.In our 2014-15 Benchmark...

A Warm Welcome to Our Latest Ambassador, Sponge UK

 Towards Maturity welcomes leading e-learning company, Sponge UK, into the thought-leadership Ambassador Programme, which supports Towards Maturity’s annual Benchmark Study aimed at helping businesses change and grow through learning innovation. The...

If you do nothing else this year, do this.

The one ingredient that will turn a mediocre learning strategy into an outstanding one.Thinking strategically, enabling performance, embracing mobile, facilitating collaboration, engaging learners and building talent were all key themes at this year’s World of...

Get The Edge: Going East and Down Under

If you work in the Far East or Australia, Towards Maturity's Laura Overton will be attending two key world conferences during November, and it would be great to see you there.  LearnTech Asia 201413-14 November  |  Marina Bay Sands, SingaporeAsia's...

2014 E-learning Awards Shortlist Announced!

Towards Maturity congratulates all those who have been shortlisted in this year's e-learning awards! After a painful wait, the shortlist for this year's e-Learning Awards was revealed today for the first time via Twitter (#ELAwards) and what a shortlist it is!...

The Towards Maturity Personalised Benchmark Report

The Personalised Benchmark Report™ is what sets the Towards Maturity Benchmark apart from any other L&D study."This unique research enabled organisations to benchmark themselves against their peers. Every organisation taking part receives a Personalised Report...

Towards Maturity’s Guide to World of Learning 2014

Join Laura Overton at World of Learning (Birmingham NEC, 31st September - 1st October) as she shares how to align learning to business. Don't miss some of the top learning companies in Towards Maturity Benchmark who will be sharing their experiences in the conference....

Towards Maturity Welcomes our New Founding Ambassador: LEO

Last night we said a very fond farewell to Epic and Line Communications - two of Towards Maturity's founding Ambassadors - and welcomed LEO, the new Learning Technology Group (LTG) company formed from this merger of equals.As we said goodbye to two outstanding brand...

Benchmark with the Best: Deliver Award-Winning Results

Benchmark to be a WINNER: Why awards shouldn't be “One Night Only”Awards brighten up the year and provide us with plenty of inspiration for the year ahead. The Awards Season kicks off in November with the E-Learning awards, followed swiftly by Training...

Struggling to Engage Learners? Help is at Hand!

If you are looking quick wins and a long term fix to help you engage learners, read on...As life gets busier, time gets tighter, and often the most important things - like reflecting and learning - get pushed to one side.If it is true for us as L&D professionals,...

Grabbing the attention of Time Starved Learners

How L&D can apply 8 killer tips from Content Marketing to engage busy staff? 44% of L&D professionals say their staff are reluctant to engage with online learning but Towards Maturity’s direct research with learners shows that perhaps they are not as reluctant...

Resource: How to Transform Learning

Do you need practical answers for a world demanding innovation?On 18th July, a group of L&D leaders from some of the world’s leading organisations joined LEO and Towards Maturity to identify how we can transform learning for a world demanding innovation. In a...

Conference Spotlight: Online Educa Berlin

 5 industry 'gurus' explain why corporate L&D leaders shouldn't miss Online Educa Berlin! ONLINE EDUCA BERLIN (OEB) is one of the largest global conferences on technology-supported learning, and yet, most L&D professionals haven’t heard of it,...

Making the most of the Learning Technology Summer Forum

The Learning Technologies 2014 Summer Forum is the unique follow-up event to Learning Technologies 2014 and will take place at Olympia 2 on 17th June 2014. Here is our summary of our thoughts on the best conference sessions, free resources and seminars! OK a bit...

LearningNow – 25 tips for delivering Performance Support

L&D leaders came together to share ideas on how they are using technologies to build performance support. In the 2013-14 Towards Maturity Benchmark study we saw that 94% of L&D leaders are looking to speed up the application of learning in the workplace...

Serious eLearning Manifesto – why now?

Towards Maturity responds to the Serious eLearning Manifesto (#elearningmanifesto) & outlines why we need to be constantly reminded about great e-learning design.‘In today’s economic climate, business challenges include speed of change, quality, customer...

Engaging disengaged Learners

So are our staff reluctant learners? Or are they just reluctant to engage with the solutions that L&D teams provide? In this presentation, Laura Overton, MD of the benchmarking organisation Towards Maturity, explores perspectives from 500 L&D professionals and...

New Learning Agenda Part 3: Customer Activated Learning

In November Towards Maturity Launched ‘The New Learning Agenda’ outlining recommendations for the business and L&D professionals as a result of their 2013-14 Towards Maturity Benchmark. In the 3rd part of the series, published by Inside Learning Technologies in...

How do we meet the challenge of tracking mobile learning?

Helen Bingham and Alison Potter, NHS in conversation at the #LT14UK Towards Maturity eXchange - Report by Genny Dixon Helen and Alison work together in Health Education Wessex - Thames Valley and are now into their fourth year of using mobile learning. Those...

How to future proof your L&D strategy

To celebrate ten years since the launch of the first Benchmark Study, Laura Overton, Managing Director of Towards Maturity spoke at the 2014 Learning Technology Show on How to future proof your L&D strategy. In 2020 will your L&D function be seen as a...

Towards Maturity Christmas Quiz

So do you know what is on our learner's wish list for 2014? Take part in this mini quiz to find out. As part of this year's Towards Maturity Benchmark we analysed the responses from learners in the workplace who have taken part in our Learning Landscape study in the...

The 12 days of e-Learning….

You really don’t need a big budget to make e-Learning a success, although it helps if you have a good helping of creativity and drive. That’s never been truer than for L&D professionals working in the third sector who never cease to amaze me with their...

38 E-learning traps and how to avoid them

Sharing the collective wisdom of 70 delegates at Online Educa Berlin 2013 #OEB13Typically you don’t go to a conference to hear speakers boasting about all the mistakes that they have made, even though they would probably be the most helpful sessions on the programme....

Learning Technologies eXchanges 2014

Online booking is now open for the eXchanges, a unique, free opportunity to get up close and personal with the speakers at the Learning Technology 2014 event on Wednesday 29th and Thursday 30th January 2014.Make your eXchanges booking here. Please note this is...

LINE gives TM Benchmark Report 2013 a big thumbs up

LINE, a TM Ambassador, has given a big thumbs up to Towards Maturity's New Learning Agenda TM Benchmark Report 2013. You know when articles use metephors based on the Great British Bake off that it's going to make positive reading! In John Helmar's review phrases like...

The Really Useful eLearning Instruction Manual

Towards Maturity's own Laura Overton is one of a number of e-learning experts to have contributed to a must-read book on e-learning, called The Really Useful eLearning Instruction Manual.About the book Technology has revolutionised every aspect of our lives and how we...

New Learning Agenda – Talent:Technology:Change

Laura Overton shares the findings of the 2013-14 Towards Maturity Benchmark study. The report outlines a New Learning Agenda for business and learning leaders to share to deliver 21st century learning that supports the priorities of 21st century learners and...

LearningNow: Induction Strategies that Work

  Over 50 L&D practitioners gathered together to discuss induction and onboarding in order to make first impressions count!  Throughout the interactive session, we combined the experiences and lessons learned from top learning companies from the...

5 reasons not to miss ONLINE EDUCA BERLIN

If you haven’t attended ONLINE EDUCA in Berlin before you won’t realise what you have missed! It is the largest online learning event in Europe and the only one that brings together the corporate, education and public service sectors.With a particular emphasis on how...

Towards Maturity’s 7 secrets of top performing L&D teams

Today’s L&D function is under intense pressure. Globalisation, technology, continual change and focus on talent means that more is demanded of learning teams who have diminishing resources to draw on. This presentation by Towards Maturity Managing Director, Laura...

E-Learning Awards 2013 – The Gold Standard!

With 93 entries are battling it out for 17 awards , the e-learning Awards gala extravaganza on the 7th of November, 2013 was a great place to be!The independent judging panel, under the Chairmanship of Tony Frascina, was put forward from the e-learning Network, and...

Learning – the next big business opportunity for UK PLC

In the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills Industry strategy, it recognises that there are a number of industry sectors where government action can have a real and early impact - and education is one of them.  On the 29th of July, BIS published...

New Infographic looking at L&D in the Finance Sector

Take a look at this new infographic that highlights how the Finance Sector are embracing learning technologies compared with top Learning companies in the Towards Maturity Benchmark. Data has been taken from the Spotlight on Finance Sector report released in May. The...

6 secrets of m-mobile success

This presentation will be invaluable for any organisation looking to build a business case for mobile learning. It will help to shape an implementation strategy that delivers successful outcomes by considering all the benefits that top learning companies are achieving...

Speexx wins the prestigious 2013 IELA Award

Press ReleaseSpeexx wins the prestigious 2013 IELA AwardInternational body celebrates Speexx’s continued success as an outstanding and innovative blended learning solution providerMunich – Thursday, 20th June 2013 – Speexx, the leading global provider of online...

Be The Best in 2013

How often do the important things get pushed away because of the urgent?Schedule time to TAKE PART in the Towards Maturity Benchmark today to help you BE THE BEST!L&D professionals are the first to encourage others to stop, reflect and learn from experiences but...

13 reasons not to miss the L&S Summer Forum

Looking for new ways to engage your business with learning? Check out our recommendations for the L&S group Summer Forum. If you haven't had a moment to register for the L&S Summer Forum on the 18th of June then do it now!If you are undecided if this is for...

Are you ready to win an award? Benchmarking can help!

Last updated June 2014 Entering awards provides a great opportunity to reflect on your journey so far and to shout about your successes. The awards process itself provides an opportunity to informally benchmark, which helps us raise our game and the game of those...

World of Learning Conference & Exhibition 2013

World of Learning Conference programme released next month, 1st & 2nd October 2013 - NEC, BirminghamThe World of Learning Conference programme, released next month, is set to feature the latest research on innovations in learning & development from a variety...

The LMS of “Now” and how you can leverage it

Driven by the rapidly changing way the people learn in the workplace today, Learning Management Systems have had to keep pace and change in their design and capability to deliver what today’s learner is asking for. The LMS of “Now” have moved quickly to become a more...

Catching up with #LT13UK eXchanges

Did you miss the Learning Technologies and Learning & Skills Group eXchanges at Olympia this year? Don't worry. We've been capturing the conference speakers and participants top tips in a series of blogs that will be published in the first few weeks of...

Become a top learning company in 2013

It’s time to revisit your personalised benchmark report to uncover how you can accelerate business results and improve efficiency with learning technologies.The expectations from learning technologies are higher than ever this year, but achieving success across all...

Bright Ideas from Towards Maturity’s Ambassadors

Towards Maturity’s Ambassadors play an important role in ensuring that our independent research is freely available to all. They are also thought leaders in our industry with years of experience supported by industry awards and accolades behind them.Many of them were...

27 reasons to visit Learning Technologies 2013

Towards Maturity’s round-up of the best of what to expect from the Learning Technology and Learning and SKILLS  Exhibition 29th and 30th of January, Olympia London The Learning Technology and Learning and Skills Show has to be the highlight of the calendar year...

Perspectives on Learning Technologies

Towards Maturity’s latest – its sixth – annual learning technology Benchmark Study reveals that the top companies, in terms of corporate learning, are achieving substantial additional benefits through deploying technology in learning. This includes using learning...

Learning Technologies eXchanges 2013

There are still some places left on eXchanges, a unique, free opportunity to get up close and personal with the speakers at this year’s Learning Technology event. Online booking is now closed but you can visit stand 99 at Learning Technologies or stand 312 at Learnign...

Empowering communication skills in the workplace

An increasing number of organisations are beginning to realise that integrating learning technologies within the workplace can dramatically improve staff skills and organisational productivity. E-enabled foreign language learning – rather business communications...

Learning wherever you are, whenever you need it

The rapidly evolving landscape of mobile devices means that learners’ expectations are starting to change. People increasingly want to take the same flexible approach to learning that they have adopted for email, shopping, etc. That means being able to switch between...

Implementing the 70:20:10 model

Towards Maturity Benchmarks over recent years have clearly shown that top learning departments, who are delivering the most value for money and business improvement, are more likely to be embracing new models of learning delivery. They are looking for ways to...

What (we think) learners want!

Millenials: Babyboomers: GenerationX: Pragmatists Reflector:Theorist:Technophobic:Tech Savvy:the list goes on......We know that our learners are different and all have varying learning needs, but do we really know what they want and need from our learning solutions,...

Using learning technologies to support the end customer

Earlier this year, Brightwave hosted a debate at Learning Technologies called Heads in the Cloud, which explored how learning content strategies need to evolve in the workplace to meet current performance demands. Here we explore some of the debate findings and what...

E-learning awards 2012 – the winners

Nearly 500 people gathered to celebrate e-learning excellence at Thursday evening's glittering E-Learning Awards Gala Evening in London where a record 43 bronze, silver and gold awards handed out.We are thrilled that Laura Overton became the first recipient of an...

16 ideas to help us move ‘Beyond the Course’

In June,I joined over forty companies  and 100 delegates last a Brightwave event sponsored by Sky, which was designed challenge our thinking in the way that we approach learning.The conversation was driven by an excellent group of speakers, many of whom have been...

Join us at LEARNINGLIVE

Laura Overton, MD of Towards Maturity will be one of the speakers at this year's LEARNING LIVE Event hosted by the Learning and performance Institute in London on the 12th and 13th of September. Laura will be speaking on Overcoming Learner Reluctance , exploring...

World of Learning Celebrates 20 years!

Join TM at the World of Learning Conference as it celebrates it's 20th anniversary with top line-up of L&D expertsNow in its 20th year, the World of Learning taking place on 2 & 3 October at the NEC Birmingham, is set to showcase a top line-up of L&D...

6 tips to ENGAGE Line Managers with learning

At the LSG Online conference this morning, we considered how the top L&D performers ( measured by the Towards Maturity Benchmark) engage with line managers to embed new ways of learning and improve learning transfer. If you would like to find out how you...

The do’s and don’t’s of winning awards!

Award season is upon us again. It is an opportunity to put off our typical British reticence and shout about what we’ve actually achieved! Not everyone can be a winner but for most people just taking part in the awards process is a great way to learn and grow....

How does communication effect global talent mobility?

With increased demand for languages, organisations that embrace new technologies in their learning will see the greatest results. Global organisations are seeing first-hand that language skills can help to enhance business efficiency and profitably. This is shown in a...

Top tips for encouraging social learning at work

Sitting down with Wallace and Gromit, the kids, and lots of Easter chocolate offers a great opportunity to put pen to paper for the Towards Maturity newsletter. Though nowadays it’s rarely pen to paper - more like fingers to keypad, which is just another example of...

Collaborate to succeed in L&D

According to research, learning technologies are being embraced by organisations like never before. Fantastic! In the bid to do ‘more for less’ this makes perfect economic sense.But hang on a minute... according to that same research by Towards Maturity, documented in...

Mind the Gap: Are You Anti-Social?

Guest blog from Dr Karie Willyerd, Chief Learning Officer, SuccessFactors, an SAP Company, challenges L&D to adapt to changing communication styles of staff.Let me take a guess at your age. No really. I’d say that if you predominantly use email rather than social...

New Towards Maturity Sector Benchmarks now available

Towards Maturity launches new range of reports at Learning Technologies 2012LONDON, 25th January 2012: Towards Maturity, the not-for-profit benchmark practice, today announces a significant and valuable extension to its internationally recognised research services. It...

Free advice on your Towards Maturity 2011 Benchmark

If you took part in the 2011 Towards Maturity Benchmark last year, then why not bring your personalised report to Learning Technologies at Olympia (25/26 Jan) to discuss the results with one of the Towards Maturity research team? Meet us on Stand 45. Over...

Learning Technology Exchange – new for 2012

Meet, tweet, network and share at the Learning Technologies 2012 eXchange  #ltuk12 and #lsuk12 Olympia Update 18th January Full agenda for exchange programme is now published belowBook your place at the show on Stand 45 (for LT exchanges) and Stand 218 for...

Mastering live online learning

Delegates from  across the private, public and not for profit sectors,  joined us today in a complimentary webinar supported by REDTRAY where we  discussed the results of the UK's first research into virtual classroom training: 'Harnessing the...

Launch of 2011-12 Towards Maturity Benchmark

Towards Maturity study reveals how businesses are increasingly investing in learning technologies to become more agile in new economic climate The UK’s largest learning technology benchmark study reveals 77% of companies believe that learning technologies will help...

How to successfully implement elearning globally

 A new white paper for any multinational organisations looking to successfully implement learning technologies Towards Maturity has worked with CERTPOINT SYSTEMS - one of Towards Maturity's Ambassadors, to create a new free white paper to help multinational...

The eLearning Awards 2011

The e-learning Awards winners were announced on the 10th of November.Towards Maturity (good practice partner for the e-learning awards) would like to congratulate all the e-learning award winners.In it's seventh year, there were a record number of entries from 17...

Record Participation in 2011 Towards Maturity Benchmark

Our thanks go to a record 600 organisations who contributed to the 2011 Toward Maturity Benchmark Study - a 50% increase in the number of 2010 participants.To date 1800 organisations have participated in the Towards Maturity Benchmark since it began and during June...

6 reasons not to miss World of Learning 2011

Towards Maturity are proud to support the World of Learning conference  taking place at the Birmingham NEC on the 27th and 28th of September this year.We are half way through collecting data for the Towards Maturity 2011 Benchmark and many of you will be...

Towards Maturity 2011 Benchmark Study launched today

UPDATE 17th August - this 2011 study is now officially closed. To download the report  and to find out how you can still get involved in finding your personal benchmark please go to www.towardsmaturity.org/2011benchmark.  Organisations are invited to join...

Brightwave Interview with Laura Overton

Towards Maturity's workplace learning expert Laura Overton has appealed to Learning and Development (L&D) professionals to re-assess current orthodoxies and seize opportunities for learners to connect, share and communicate with each other in the latest instalment...

HR & L&D challenged to reduce silos and embrace change

Thomas Otter, Research Vice President of Gartner, keynoting at Plateau Insights Europe 2011, the European edition of Plateau’s talent management user conference, provided a number of challenges to leaders who are working in the Talent management and learning fields to...

Business educa 2011 – Sharing great practices in Europe

“New Learning Cultures” will be the theme of this year's ONLINE EDUCA BERLIN (OEB), as it sets the agenda for an in-depth discussion of the most important questions facing those in education and business today. Do we need a new culture of learning? How should we...

UK Business are missing out say Towards Maturity Ambassadors

Press Release UK business missing out on efficiency gains say heads of learningLONDON, 19 April 2011: As cuts-ridden Britain emerges from recession it is missing out on a potential source of significant cost savings and efficiency gains, say heads of UK learning...

BILD – The future of e-assessment

The e-portfolio plays a vital role in:providing faster and more efficient learning programmes;reducing bureaucracy; simplifying the jobs of assessors enabling them to focus more on feedback and assessment rather than managing huge volumes of evidence;increasing the...

The Informatology Peer awards and Conference

At Towards Maturity we are very committed to celebrating excellence and the informal benchmarking that comes from the awards process.We support a wide range of awards including the e-learning age awards, the Training Journal awards and the Institute of IT Training's...

Bizmedia and Towards Maturity form good practice partnership

Bizmedia and Towards Maturity form good practice partnership31st March 2011 London: Two leading players in the e-learning community have extended their co-operation in a bid to bring more benefits to users and providers of technology-based learning.Bizmedia Ltd-...

10 ideas for spring cleaning your e-learning garden

 We invest a lot of time and money into our learning technologies but are often disappointed that our ideas and projects just don’t take root and get embedded into the organisations we support. So, inspired by the signs of growth in our parks and gardens, it...

Online Benchmark Centre launched by Towards Maturity

Press Release - Online Benchmark Centre launched by Towards Maturity to help Learning & Development deliver results faster and smarter.LONDON, 7 February  2011: The internationally recognised benchmarking practice Towards Maturity has launched its online...

Benchmarking success in the automotive industry

The automotive industry has been hard hit by the recession with production levels down and falling sales. Yet the sector continues to innovate and competitive advantage goes to those who are able to quickly respond to market demand and provide excellent customer...

News- Towards Maturity Treasure Trail with 4 new ambassadors

Press ReleaseTowards Maturity create a ‘Treasure Trail’ for Learning Technologies – featuring four new AmbassadorsLONDON, 24 January 2011: The internationally recognised benchmarking practice Towards Maturity will be running a ‘Treasure Trail’ at this year’s Learning...

Discover Hidden Treasure at Learning Technologies 2011

When it comes to advice on delivering results with learning technologies, the most valuable pearls of wisdom are most likely found in each other’s experiences. The Towards Maturity Benchmark survey has been gathering 1200 organisation's experiences over the last 8...

23 reasons to get to Learning Technologies 2011

Learning Technologies at Olympia 2 on the 26th and 27th of January is definitely the UK event not to be missed if you are looking for inspiring ideas (for free!). Here are our 23 reasons to attend!In addition to the exhibition over 2 floors, there are over 200...

Perspectives from Online Educa Berlin

As we say goodbye to the last decade and look forward to the next, are we able to look back at workplace e-learning and say , hand on heart, that we have realised the vision that we had at the start of the new millennium? It was a vision that technology would not only...

Innovation in Compliance training

IntroductionThe majority of organisations looking for improvements to the compliance process agree that that technology has helped bring about benefits but to what cost? Often compliance training is the first taste of e-learning for many employees and yet most of the...

Three steps to compliance greatness

My recent survey of the e-learning and compliance communities highlighted three characteristics of the compliance e-learning we’d all like to see more of. It needs to be engaging, relevant and effective. In user-focused terms, it needs to make them care, show them it...

Thank you to Becta

As Becta prepares to close down over the coming weeks, we would like to say thank you to the organisation and those who have worked their for their contribution to driving effective use of technologies in workplace learning. Over the past few years, Towards...

HOW TO safeguard online learners

If young people and vulnerable adults are using e-learning resources  in our workplace, how can we safeguard them against the risks of working online?Checklist for organisations engaging young adults in their workplace e-learning through apprenticeship schemes or...

Towards Maturity Launches Ambassador Programme

Press Release - Towards Maturity launches Ambassador Programme to help learning providers stimulate excellence within the industryLONDON, 30 November 2010: Towards Maturity, the internationally recognised benchmarking practice for learning innovation, has launched a...

How to work with external e-learning experts

Looking for external experts to support you in your journey with learning technologies? Take a look at this independant checklist to help you get best value.  At some point in time, most organisations turn to external experts for an extra helping hand but...

Accelerating Performance – Launch of 2010 TM Benchmark

Towards Maturity, in association with the Learning and Skills Group - the professional membership arm of the Learning Technologies Conference, has lifted the lid on the learning technologies and how they are used to discover what the future holds....

HOW TO – Help staff to get online

With over 9m people in the UK not online yet, does a lack of employee IT skills cause barriers for your L&D programmes? This HOW TO Guide will help you get your staff online. Related downloads How to help get your staff...

Improve performance at Business Educa Berlin

We are at a stage where innovative thinking isn't just about being fashionably ahead of the curve, it is becoming a necessity for survival. Our existing ideas need to be challenged and we need to be open to new approaches  and that is one of the reasons I am...

The 2010 e-learning award Winners

Last updated 12 November 2010We would like to congratulate everyone who picked up an award at the glittering 2010 Elearning award ceremony last night.The standard this year has been amazing & the winners really showcase excellence and act as an inspiration to us...

Jane Hart’s top 100 tools for learning

As our colleague Clive Shepherd often says, the methods for learning are timeless but the media for learning are changing rapidly and as L&D professionals, it can be tough going to keep up to date!So how do others manage it? Well, Jane Hart at the Centre for...

Accelerating the promise

How do we deliver more for less in learning without compromising quality?Technology opens up new systems, communication platforms and distribution channels for learning and collaboration that can significantly enhance the learning professional’s toolkit.  Today’s...

L&D 2020 – a guide for next decade

 We are great supporters of TJ's research L&D 2020 that explores the ways in which the L&D profession need to operate in the future to support changing business needs more successfully.Martyn Sloman, their principal consultant to the project has...

Back to Basics

1/5th of the UK population has never been online - How does this impact your e-learning strategy and what can you do about it? Internet adoption in increasing at a staggering pace and a national collective confidence is growing in the use of a communication...

HOW TO Identify & Design Great Digital Content

What does exemplary digital learning content look like for Business? Use this check list to help you purchase or develop great content.When used effectively, digital learning resources have the power to engage and stimulate learners and to contribute greatly to...

L&D Benchmarks – is time to raise the bar?!

First published July 2010 - Last updated Dec 2014As a business improvement process, benchmarking has been around since the early 90’s and is now considered vital in the private and public sector as a tool to improve operational performance and enable...

Learning innovation in the public sector

Learning in the public sector- Cuts, Change & CollaborationWell it has been an interesting first few weeks as the new coalition government is bedding in. The message clearly is that things are going to be different moving forward as the government  takes ‘...

The five secrets of instructional design

Clive Shepherd's 5 Secrets of Great Instructional Design If you’re in the business of creating e-learning materials, then you’ll know how easy it is to get distracted from your primary goal by the contradictory pressures exerted upon you by your various...

E-learning budget on the increase in the voluntary sector

Press Release (16th March 2010)The biggest survey of learning technologies in the voluntary sector ever undertaken has revealed some interesting findings. More than 80 charities – representing more than 50,000 staff and volunteers - took part in the survey, carried...

Conference round up – ELN Event Summary

The e-learning Network held its most recent event on Friday 5th March 2010 in London with the theme – “Proven Recipes for Learning Success”. Chaired by Piers Lea of LINE with support from ELN committee member Rob Hubbard of Learning Age Solutions, the event featured...

Top Tips from Learning Technologies 2010

If you missed this year's Learning Technologies event, then you missed a treat! It was the biggest event yet and exceeded all expectations from both the delegates and participants.There have been some excellent reviews of the event that we'd recommend you take a look...

E-Learning Awards 2010 Launched

The new 2010 E-Learning awards were launched at the Learning Technologies event in January this year.Towards Maturity  are really proud to support these awards as each category has been design to really promote excellence in the use of learning technologies for...

Learning Technologies in 2010 – the definitive top 10 list

IntroductionIt’s that time of year when everyone seems to feel compelled to generate their list of ‘Top Ten Predictions’ for 2010 – or perhaps their Top Five or Top Seven! We didn’t want to feel left out so rather than compile another ‘Top Ten’ list we thought it...

Laura Overton wins Colin Corder Award at IT Training Awards

Laura Overton wins coveted Colin Corder Award @ IT Training Awards for services to IT TrainingIt's not every day that a member of the Towards Maturity team wins a top award at the IT Training Awards, so we are very proud to announce that Laura Overton won the coveted...

Self managed learning – Engage or Die?

At Towards Maturity through the research we undertake and the work we do with many employers and training providers, we know that securing adoption and engagement are critical success factors in harnessing learning technologies for business benefit. In this paper...

New Towards Maturity Workshops for 2010

Towards Maturity have teamed up with Clive Shepherd to launch new workshops to help organisations realise the true potential of learning technologiesFirst Steps and Next Steps workshops will address e-learning skills gap in the UK Independent research by Towards...

Towards Maturity announces new partnership with Elearnity

Towards Maturity announces new partnership with ElearnityNew partnership to provide L&D departments with resources and toolkits to improve the impact of learning technologies in large organisations was announced at Learning Technologies 2010 today.Towards Maturity...

Discovering the IKEA Concept

Recently published by Brandon Hall in the US was a case study based on IKEA in partnership with LINE Learning & Communications, a regular contributor to the Towards Maturity website. Examples of previous contributions from LINE include the award winning case...

The Lifelong Learning UK Third Annual Conference

Lifelong Learning UK is the Sector Skills Council responsible for building the skills of the Learning and Development Sector, both for funded learning providers and commercial learning providers.  The Third Annual Conference on 8th December 2009 was an exciting...

Breaking down walls at Online Educa Berlin!

2078 delegates from 92 countries convened at this year’s ONLINE EDUCA BERLIN, the largest global e-learning conference. The event has been running for 15 years now but this year it seemed to have a different buzz about it – perhaps it was the fact that we were all in...

Skills of Project Management

Classroom trainers are experienced in responding to the needs of individual learners, in being flexible, in changing content. Their skill includes having a store of responses, different exercises, different topics which enables a flexibility of content. Creating,...

An Introduction to Personal Learning Environments

Making learning personal – using PLEs to enhance learningAt a recent UK conference, an informal poll of learning and development professionals showed that whilst almost 50% of people had heard of Personal Learning Environments (PLEs), only 3% had actually used...

Congratulations to the e-learning award winners

The wait for many was over last night at the  e-learning Awards 2009.  At the glittering event in the Sheraton Park Lane Hotel, the who's who of e-learning gathered at the event hosted once again by TV's Angela Lamont.This was the 5th year and Clive...

Top Learning Technology events this winter

The coming months provide plenty of opportunity for those in the Learning Technology Industry to build their skills and network with peers - both online and face to face!Here is a taster of some of the events coming up:16th November - L&D 2020 - Shaping...

Evidence for change – October Update

In September Towards Maturity launched a research programme called ‘Evidence for Change’ . This came about as a result of industry feedback to provide hard and fast facts to illustrate how learning technology can help to deliver greater efficiencies within the...

New Models for Learning Management

I’d never been to an e-learning network event before; my perception was that it was too expensive because of the traveling I’d have to do from Manchester. However I’d been asked to speak at the 25th September 2009 event so it would have been rude not to go! In fact it...

10 years on…the e-learning debate continues

A bit of history 10 years ago, almost to the day, every staff member of the company I worked for was called to a special meeting to hear about a significant new event in the world of online learning.  Together with my colleagues around the globe, I was...

Trainer skills for virtual classrooms (2)

The third article on our sequence on web conferencing - virtual classrooms takes us into the classroom. Clive Shepherd speaks with the voice of experience with many practical hours of virtual delivery behind him. This article is full of handy snippets of practical...

Thriving in adversity – doing more with less

The Institute of IT Training’s National Conference and Exhibition attracted nearly 200 learning and development professionals hungry to network and gather ideas to help them thrive in times of adversity and deliver more with less.This conference round up provides a...

L&D 2020: the future of workplace learning

The aim of the L&D 2020 project is to explore how Learning & Development in organisations might change over the next five to ten years, particularly focusing on the implications for L&D professionals. It was clear that the role of the traditional trainer...

What every L&D professional needs to know about e-learning

Technology has already transformed our personal and business lives, but its impact on learning and development has been patchy. Yes, e-learning has grown steadily, but only a few of its possibilities have been exploited and far too few trainers feel they have any role...

More than Instructional Design – course review

 I have to admit that I have not been on a face to face workshop now in over 8 years – most of my learning in the field of e-learning has come from research, case studies, conferences and the good fortune to personally know some amazing experts. So when I had the...

Virtual Worlds – a serious learning contender?

Virtual Worlds – A Serious Contender for LearningAre Virtual Worlds a serious contender as a corporate learning tool?The evidence shows that they are already a useful tool for Higher Education; over 80% of Higher Education institutes in the UK are users of Virtual...

Trainer skills for virtual classrooms (1)

The secrets of quality virtual classroom delivery The third article in our series in online facilitated learning stresses the importance of thorough training analysis and design. No trainer should lose sight of the fact that irrespective of media, whether you can view...

Implementing Social Learning

If you are wondering how to implement social learning in your organisation - how to get staff to share their experiences with their peers online - then it is well worth listening to the Learning Curve (BBC Radio 4 with Peter Day), which was broadcast on 30th July 09...

5 Tips for Beating the Credit Crunch with e-learning

Delivering ‘More for Less’ is the key issue right now for Learning & Development and Business professionals. It’s been a core theme for Towards Maturity as evidenced from our own Benchmark Review, the Masie Centre recent ‘Barometer Findings’ and the recent...

John Hayes MP interview with the BILD

Early in July Karen Velasco of the British Institute for Learning and Development interviewed John Hayes Shadow Minister for Lifelong Learning, Further and Higher Education. The aim was to discover how the Conservative view of skills development differed from that of...

Conference round up – ELN Members Showcase Summary

Unique in the annual events programme from the e-Learning Network is the Members Showcase recently held on Friday 10th July 2009 in London. It’s the only event in the ELN calendar that allows those training providers who are members and sponsors of the ELN to promote...

Institute of IT Training – new award announced

The Institute of IT Training are inviting organisations to enter their prestigious awards and  have included 2 new awards that will be of interest to organisations and individuals who would like recognition for their innovation in learning and...

Conference Round Up – Informatology Annual event

During my tortuous journey on public transport from Manchester to Middlesex University to Informatology's annual conference at the end of June, I was beginning to wonder if it would be worth it. Stephen Citron had never thus far let me down with his Informatology...

New Department for Business Innovation and Skills

The new  Department  for Business, Innovation and Skills was created on the 5th of June with the key role to build Britain’s capabilities to compete in the global economy. The Department has been created by merging BERR  ( with it’s focus on...

Making Web Conferences Exciting

Web conferencing is the growth area of learning technologies. Why? One reason is that it is one of the fastest routes for classroom trainers and experts to start to use technologies in a way that helps them reach more people with less...

Introducing web conferencing

Towards Maturity research shows that web conferencing tools are growing rapidly in popularity with employers and learning providers. The Driving Business Benefits report highlighted that web conferencing has increased and is in use by 62% of businesses that we...

Special Offer for Informatology event

This year's Informatology Forum Learning and Development Conference from the 23rd - 25th of June   provides an opportunity meet with experts and discuss learning and development challenges with your counterparts. You can attend for a single day or...

Conference round up BILD Event – Virtual Environments

It seems that wherever you turn right now the ‘hot topic’ in the field of Learning Technologies is the use of Virtual Worlds (or Environments) and Serious Games and the latest BILD (The British Institute for Learning & Development) Connect Event held on Wednesday...

A judge’s perspective on how to win awards

I have been judging awards now for nearly 10 years and it is an incredible privilege as it provides a fantastic insight into the diversity of learning innovation and activity taking place n the workplace today. Winning organisations and those that have been...

Conference round up – Apply Serious Games

Apply Serious Games ConferenceConference ThemeThis conference was organised on 7th May 2009 to support the Apply Serious Games 2009 Awards.  The winner was VStep with Ship Simulator Professional.  The awards were presented by Lord Puttnam of...

Award season comes around again

The main HR and Training award season is upon us again and once again Towards Maturity is proud to be one of the headline sponsors for the e-learning awards run by Bizmedia - it is great to be part of an industry opportunity to share success and...

Making e-learning Work

High dropout rates can directly impact the effectiveness of elearning. This whitepaper, from e2Train addresses why learners fail to finish elearning courses and backs up our research findings over the years.The Towards Maturity model for e-learning effectiveness looks...

Training Quality Standard

The Training Quality Standard: what is it? TQS  helps training providers deliver learning solutions that make an impact on an employer's business. It is an accredited Quality Mark but the real benefit is that it drives a dialogue between a provider and an...

A Vision for FE in 2020 – can we afford to wait?

We announced that Siôn Simon MP, Minister for Further Education,at the Department for Innovation, University and Skills (DIUS) wants to hear directly from you about what FE & Skills delivery needs to look like moving forward on a new social networking site-...

Unmissable e-learning events this summer

Two of the key areas holding many organisations back from realising the full potential from their e-learning investment is are lack of awareness amongst learning and development professionals and poor skills to manage and implementThis summer there are some great...

Towards Maturity – 1 year old

Towards Maturity was launched on the 29th of April 2008 – an independent, not for profit organisation with a passion for helping others to improve the impact of learning technologies at work. This week we are a year old and what a year it has been!The recession...

The Learning value of questions

The third most popular technology for implementing e-learning is Surveys and Questionnaires; perhaps more true to say third equal!  82% of respondent to the 2008 Towards Maturity selected this as a tool they used, exceeded only by the 86% of respondents who...

Introducing Virtual Worlds

Have you experienced a second life? Increasingly people have, and for learning purposes. Mystified by what it means. Thanks to Saffron Interactive you can read a short paper by Clive Shepherd which demystifies virtual worlds and their role in learning. This is an...

Driving Business Benefits – Sector Benchmark launched

Individuals with responsibility for implementing learning technologies in their own workplace were invited to participate in the Towards Maturity Benchmark between October and November 2008. Over 300 organisations took part and 7 sectors had 25 or more organisations...

Brush up your Blended learning skills

Our Driving Business Benefits research has highlighted that we are expecting so much more from our investment in learning technologies during difficult times but the biggest barriers to success are our lack of skills in developing appropriate solutions - knowing how...

Building skills in e-learning

 What are the skills required to modernise learning effectively in the workplace? We are currently reviewing courses, networks and resources available to bring you an up to date list of programmes will be useful for 21st century L&D...

Excellence in Compliance

Excellence in ComplianceDoes e-learning deliver improved compliance standards?75% of organisations who had a need for compliance training (from the last Towards Maturity survey) believe it does. Maturity in e-learning brings greater success in the...

Generator – for FE & Skills providers

Generator, the technology improvement leadership tool for FE and Skills was launched on the 5 March 2009. This new online tool is available free of charge to all colleges and learning providers in the FE and Skills sector. The launch took place at  Becta's Next...

Improving the Take up of e-Learning in Local Authorities

This practical guide was created with the input of 25 Local Authorities at a series of Learning Pool Showcase Events in autumn 08. All local authorities face the same challenges of needing to meet the training and development needs of all their staff in a timely, cost...

Serious Virtual Worlds Conference Review & additional insight

SVW'08 addressed the live issue of how virtual worlds cross boundaries both between the real world and virtual worlds and between virtual worlds. As people spend increasing time in virtual worlds how will they interoperate between these virtual and real spaces? SVW'08...

Next Generation Learning @ Work at Learning Technologies 09

The Learning Technologies conference, now in its tenth year, attracts many of the world's leading learning speakers, thinkers, visionaries and practitioners and over 350 conference delegates.The theme for the 2009 conference is Next Generation Learning @ Work and the...

Just one more week to benchmark your e-learning

Over 150 personalised benchmark reports have now been sent out to organisations who have taken part in the Towards Maturity Benchmark survey and the process of taking part is really paying off.Organisations across a range of sectors have been taking part during the...

Announcing the e-learning award winners 08

We congratulate all those who won prestigious awards at the ceremony for the e-learning awards 2008. The quality of the entries this year were exceptional and we look forward to sharing their stories on Towards Maturity for others to be inspired over the next 12...

Recession beating tips

With job cuts perhaps on the way and a drive to cut costs here are eight ways trainers can preserve the one and deliver the other. 1. Introduce e-coaching supported by a shared working tool. Getting virtual teams to work better together speeds up...

Hints and tips for demonstrating value

What gets your work noticed by stakeholders and peers back at work? What helps you increase engagement? What helps secure your budget in times of turmoil? The ability to demonstrate value!Demonstrating value is also one of the 6 strands from the Towards Maturity Model...

Events in September and October

If you are looking to get under the skin of how learning technologies can really make a difference in the workplace then we would highly recommend that you try to get along to 2 events taking place in September and October:Elearning Network - Thinking Sync-Live...

7 Lessons on FE leadership

The Centre for Excellence in LeadershipThe Centre for Excellence in Leadership has a task to transform the provision of learning through the Further Education and Skills sector.  One of their strategic projects is to help leaders in FE manage and lead the new...

Learning technologies in the IT sector

At the end of January , e-skills UK released their latest research reports looking at the key trends, opportunities and challenges facing IT & Telecoms in the UK. It highlights that fully exploiting technology is the single most important step the UK can take to...

BILD Conference – Engagement in Learning

 “Engagement in Learning”  Insights & Lessons from the BILD Annual Conference With the theme of ‘Engagement in Learning’, which strikes a particular chord with Towards Maturity, BILD (The British Institute for Learning & Development) held their...

Good Practice from Red Tray – Evaluating e-learning

Introduction  Over the last few years, Mike Ditchburn @ Bourne Training (now part of Red Tray) has written a number of articles and papers on Good (Best) Practice which dovetails with the ongoing findings of the Towards Maturity team. As an active member of...

e-learning awards entry deadline extended to 31st July

Towards Maturity is proud to sponsor the e-learning awards for 2008 and we are pleased to see that that due to phenomenal demand the organisers of the e-learning awards has been extended.The new deadline for entries and submissions for the E-Learning Awards is...

Meeting the needs of 21st Century Employers

'How has the world of a child changed in the last 150 years?" And the answer is, "It's hard to imagine any way in which it hasn't changed. But if you look at school today versus 100 years ago, it is more similar than dissimilar." And so the scene is set by this Peter...

Distance learning for Strategic HR

Distance learning has consistently increased in importance for corporations over the last few years. After “the fad effect”, the time has come for more mature and better thought-out applications, based on the first successful experiments. Today, very few people...

Part 1 – Setting a Strategy for Learning and Development

Towards MaturityDo we want to achieve measurable business results from our learning interventions? As we move “towards maturity” those tanglible results are more likely to be acheived if your organisation has a proper Learning and Development Strategy...

More practical tips for engaging learners and managers

Our research has shown that learners and managers are the most critical stakeholders for success but are the toughest to engage. I recently took part in a workshop for the Learning and Skills group to see how we can improve engagement with these audiences and this...

Towards Maturity sponsors 2008 e-Learning Awards

We are pleased to confirm that Towards Maturity has become  a sponsor of  the e-learning awards 2008. A  key part of Towards Maturity’s sponsorship will be to  share the good practice highlighted by the award winners and nominees more...

Making your e-learning garden grow

One of the most significant challenges to implementing learning technologies in the workplace engaging busy learners and managers. Recently,  PersonnelToday.com, reported on the positive response from staff when Superquinn, the Irish...

Building effective learning communities

The e-learning network event on ‘Building learning Communities’ on the 18th of April provided a fascinating insight into the practicalities of using technology to bring communities of adults together to learn.  The day provided useful advice for all types ...

Beginners Guide to e-Learning Standards

e-learning standards -  why are they important?There are two main components to e-learning: the content and the tracking/reporting tool. The latter is often known as the Learning Management System (MLE) or a Managed Learning Environment (MLE). Information...

e-skills UK invites input to new strategic plan

e-skills UK today released a consultation for its five year strategic plan for England and is now seeking input from employers, educationalists and other stakeholders with an interest in the UK’s IT & Telecoms skills base. The consultation is focused on five...

Becta’s new strategy for further education and skills

This month, Bill Rammell, MP, Minister for Lifelong Learning, Further and Higher Education, announced Becta's Technology Strategy for further education, skills and regeneration.  The strategy will ensure that the whole further education system has the guidance...

Share your story

We love to hear a good story.Particularly from organisations and businesses (large and small)Who have used learning technologies effectively to really make a difference to their staff and productivityWho have overcome the odds Who have really engaged their staff and...

Towards Maturity Comes of Age

We announced the new Towards Maturity community interest company today. Here is the full press release:Towards Maturity Comes of Age  Towards Maturity, the e-skills UK project aimed at helping organisations improve the impact of learning technologies at work...

Social Bookmarking – organising your web resources

With a myriad of resources out there on the web, how do we make sense of them all? Ploughing though an ever increasing list in 'favourites' can be time consuming. Increasingly individuals are turning to Social bookmarking to help them make sense of the...

Collaborative learning at work

The collaborative properties of that web 2.0 offers to learning have great potential for learning and many learning practitioners are talking about it but how many are doing it and what do learners think?In the Towards Maturity research earlier last year we asked...

Quick Introduction to Towards Maturity

The January edition of Training Journal  includes a short article revealing the main findings of the ongoing e-skillsUK study on Maturity in e-learning.  The article gives a short summary of the method and approach to the original study as well as supporting...

Simulation and classroom teaching

Business Simulation and classroom teaching.Through Tyro training, its commercial division, Craven College has been testing the use of business simulation software alongside classroom teaching. They are using SimVenture (winner of the BETT 2008 award for post-16...

Simply the best – tips from e-Learning award winners

Simply the best - practical tips from this year's award winners On the 30th of January, the Towards Maturity Project together with the E-Learning awards brought together industry leaders and award winners to provide practical insights on how to: How to make an impact...

10 tips for communicating with learners

Towards Maturity is all about helping each other improve the impact of technology assisted learning in the workplace. The toughest challenge is engaging staff with learning in this way, particularly with all the pressures they have on their...

IITT award winners

The Institute of IT Training Awards 13th award ceremony took place at the Dorchester Hotel on the 7th of February and it was great to see the level to which learning technologies had been embedded within many of the award winners and had contributed to their success....

Informal Learning Consultation announced

John Denham, the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, announced a new consultation on the 15th of January to help shape the vision  and identify the most appropriate support that the government can give to informal adult learning.Whilst...

Launch of Next Generation Learning Campaign

Becta is leading the drive to improve the use of technology in education via the Next Generation Learning campaign, which is supported by Johnny Ball.FE Minister Bill Rammell MP outlined the evidence of benefits of learning technologies at the launch of...

Meet us at Learning Technologies

The Towards Maturity Project team and teh QIA excellence gateway team will be at this year's Learning Technologies event at Olympia on 30th and 31st of Jan and we would love to meet you there!  With more than 120 exhibitors, 42 free seminars, 4 co-operative...

e-learning – a note from Skills for Health

Following our series of health care case studies at the end of 2007, Jonathan Evans from Skills for Health,  has provided Towards Maturity readers more information the collaborative work that they are involved in to develop a joined up approach to e-learning in...

What to look out for in 2008

This year's edition of Online educa Berlin , the 13th International Conference on Technology Supported Learning & Training, once more broke records in all areas: 2126 experts from 95 countries gathered at the Hotel InterContinental in Berlin from November...

Supporting small business skills needs

An  argument that I hear very often is that we cannot transfer lessons from implementing e-learning in large businesses ato small businesses. At one level, I absolutely agree with this. Techniques and language that large businesses use to engage their learners...

making e-learning work

This article appeared in Learning Technologies Magasine in October and is very useful for any organisation looking to improve adoption of their technology assisted learning. He looks at some of the advantages of e-learning but also why e-learning can...

e-learning excellence celebrated

 A journey towards e-learning maturity within any organisation is not always easy and all successes deserve celebration. On the 8th of November it was great to honour those whose journeys were shortlisted n the 2007 e-learning awards, those who received...

Do we need competency standards for Web 2.0?

With the opening up of the wealth of new ideas and possibilities offered by social software, are there particular skills that users need to develop to make the most of Web 2.0? Companies want to know that IT training and development will provide their employees...

Hints and tips on Rapid e-learning

The Towards Maturity research highlighted the growth in rapid e-learning development as learning professionals are looking to become more responsive to employer needs.Organisations mature in their use of e-learning are more likely to use these tools and also report...

Open Source Learning Management systems

In this month's edition of Epic's newsletter, Mark Aberdour discusses open source learning managment systems. If Web 2.0 is about community and collaboration, the Open Source model has played a crucial role in driving it forward. Recent years have seen Open...

Understanding learners at work

Original article published in Learning Technologies magasine ( Oct 07), has now been updatedClick here for LT magasine This article was originally created by the Work based e-learning project at e-skills UK and is reproduced with kind...

Lessons from Education

Organisations in the education sector appear to be less successful at a number of measures associated with e-learning than those in other sectors.  The Towards Maturity study reports a 10% less positive measure for business impact availability and uptake for the...

Free Guide – Mobile Learning

Mobile learning is gaining momentum as devices become more ubiquitous. This free guide is the latest in a series published by Kineo and UfI and explores the opportunities available for learning on the move. It explore potential audiences, learning devices and...

Introduction to Web 2.0 and Social Networking

 There seems to be a little confusion out there as to what exactly is meant by Web 2.0, and it’s a phrase increasing in use. It also seems unclear as to who can lay claim to being the ‘originator’ of the phrase. Most informed sources will refer to Tim O’Reilly,...

What does the QIA excellence gateway offer the FE system?

The QIA Excellence Gateway offers the further education system anumber of key features to encourage self-improvement for all those involved in further education. The Towards Maturity Project supports the service by sharing good practice to ensure success of...

10 top e-learning Tips for Educators

This article appeared in today's newsletter from Epic and offers some practical tips for those in the education sector to make effective use of technology in their learning offerings.It covers ideas on:Working with learners, deliverers and stakeholdersIncreasing...

Positive Podcasting

There’s been a surge of interest recently in podcasting among learning and development professionals. Behind the hype, though, hard information seems hard to find. Donald H Taylor,one of the Towards Maturity Virtual Advisorty Members, outlines some ways to get started...

What is the QIA Excellence Gateway?

The Towards Maturity e-learning project is interested in improving the effectiveness of e-learning in the workplace. But it is not just about supporting those who are implementing e-learning in their place of work but also those who are providing work based learning...

What can education learn from industry

Lessons for Educators from Towards Maturity research.Download This article was originally created by the Work based e-learning project at e-skills UK and is reproduced with kind...

Welcome to Towards Maturity

Welcome to the new site for the work of the e-skills uk e-learning project.For the past 2 years we have been working with employers and those supporting employers to understand how we can improve the impact of e-learning at work by identifying and sharing...

Defining e-learning

There are many broad interpretations about what e-learning is and isn't. In this project we are keen to uncover all of the opportunities that technology provides to assist learning in any form.We define e-learning as ‘The use of any technology across the learning...

Gateway to excellence opens for further education staff in UK

A new online portal which is set to become the leading service for people working within all aspects of further education will be launched this week by the Quality Improvement Agency (QIA). The QIA Excellence Gateway – http://excellence.qia.org.uk – gives further...

Free guide to learner support

This good practice guide on learner support is  produced by Kineo in collaboration with Ufi.It’s for: People in the learning and training community who are interested in learner support models for blended and e-learning programmes. It’s by: Ufi/learndirect...

Free guide to podcasting

Kineo and Ufi, have produced a free guide for those new to podcasting that explores the potential of podcasting. It covers:-When to use it-What it's good for-Steps to effective podcasting-Case studies of podcasting in action-Where it's headedThey have also...

Choosing the right learning tools for you

Getting started with e-learning can be daunting - there are many tools and services available with costs ranging from through the roof to free! The Centre for Learning and Performance Technologies (developed by Jane Hart) has some excellent resources to help...

Finding e-learning suppliers

There are many providers of e-learning products, services and expertise who specialise in delivering learning in the workplace.  But when you are new to e-learning, finding them is another matter. e-Learning age magasine is potentially a good source and...

Informal learning Guru, Jay Cross, on You Tube

Find out about Informal learning on You TubeTry out this You Tube video posted by Jay Cross, probably the most influential voice in informal learning in the world.  Jay estimates that 80% of what we need for work we pick up informally. In Towards Maturity we...

Controlled vocabularies – getting discovered on the web

Controlled vocabularies - the secret of getting your content found on the webWith so much content now available on the web, it’s becoming harder to find the right content when you need it, and providers of content run the risk of their content being buried under and...

ICCA online – getting started with e-learning

The ICCA (Increasing Citizens Choice & Access) project  is about helping organisations harness the potential of technology in the learning process and overcome barriers to change.The participating organisations (led by City and Guilds) created a...

50 ideas for free e-learning

Kineo – 50 ideas for free e-learning New Kineo insight paper that gives a quick overview of new technologies and DIY content development tools and takes a look at their potential role in new learning, how do do it, the  limitations  of the technology...

rapid e-learning

Rapid e-learning - what is it all about?This briefing paper by Kineo gives an excellent overview of rapid e-learning which is are taking the work based e-learning scene by storm. On the surface they offer speedy solutions to business skills needs but this article...

change management

Change Management and e-learningFrom Epic, this report provides an insight into some of the change management issues assocaited with successful e-learning implementation.Click here to see the reportThis article was originally created by the Work based e-learning...

Successful Learning Strategies

Strategy is a key element in any successful learning and performance improvement programme. The Towards Maturity research highlighted that mature users of e-learning in the workplace are more likely to have a learning strategy aligned to business goals and will...

Measuring Business Impact

Measuring the Business Impact of Learning Measuring business impact of learning is high on an organisation’ s list of desires, but often low on their implementation plan.  Linking learning to business gain is a powerful weapon in the hands of training...

Moodle overview

Open source for e-learning: Moodle LMS overviewThis article provides an overview of Moodle, described as becoming the world's favourite learning management system or virtual learning environment. Used by over 100,000 organisations, this article describes the...

e-learning and SME challenges

e-learning in SMEs: Challenges and OpportunitiesThis blog by Graham Atwell provides interesting insights from his studies and looks at the attitude of small and medium businesses to using technology for learning. It also takes a look at informal learning and...

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