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...

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

A conversation eXchange with Kandy Woodfield, Director of Learning at NatCen Social Research With 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...

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...

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,...

Social Media contribution to informal learning

New Research from CARA group – whilst SoMe is changing employer behaviour not all L&D professionals are convinced in usefulness to support informal learning. A recently published piece of research from the US based CARA Group, Inc. ‘How Informal...

Building 21st century L&D skills at Cheshire ICT Services

  In this podcast, Julie Wedgwood, Julie Wedgwood Head of ICT Education Training and Development at Cheshire ICT Service outlines how her learning and development team built their skills and confidence with web 2.0 technologies to deliver improved learning...

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...

An Introduction to Personal Learning Environments

Making learning personal – using PLEs to enhance learning At 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...

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...

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...

BT Dares to Share

One of the first organisations to benchmark with Towards Maturity, BT have always been at the forefront of innovation when it comes to learning technologies. Online learning has been part of its DNA for many years – Route2Learn, their enterprise wide...

Building Business Performance with Social Media

  The latest Towards Maturity benchmark report showed that new media such as podcasting , blogs and wikis are on the increase but what real business benefits are they bringing? With so many new tools and so little time avaialbe, how can we get started? This...

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...

Linking Learning to Business – original research 2004

This is one of the original reports on successful e-learning implementation that contributed to the development of the Towards Maturity research findings. It explored the common business factors that contribute to e-learning success within european organisations.  15...

LB Brent – e-learning on a budget

The London Borough of Brent received a special mention in the e-learning award 2006 for the way that they delivered business impact from their e-learning, despite limited budgets.  This case study, shows that you don’t need a big budget to achieve...

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...

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...

BBC interview- video podcast summary

FLV file   In this short video podcast, Nick Shackleton Jones discusses the skills challenges at the BBC and how technology is helping to meet them. He provides 2 examples of how technology assist both formal and informal learning and shares some observations and...

BBC interview Part 1 (Audio full length Podcast)

  This 2 part audio podcast, Nick Shackleton Jones discusses the skills challenges at the BBC and how technology is helping to meet them. He provides 2 examples of how technology assist both formal and informal learning and shares some observations and lessons...

BBC Interview Part 2 (Audio full length Podcast)

  This 2 part audio podcast, Nick Shackleton Jones discusses the skills challenges at the BBC and how technology is helping to meet them. He provides 2 examples of how technology assist both formal and informal learning and shares some observations and lessons...

Meeting needs of small businesses

e-learn2work is a research project funded by the European Union. Focusing on small and micro businesses, the project aims to: understand how employees currently acquire new skills find out what kind of e-learning material might interest businesses use this information...

Informal learning Guru, Jay Cross, on You Tube

Find out about Informal learning on You Tube Try 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...

Beyond e-learning Practical Insights from the USA

Beyond e-learning – Practical Insights from the USA This report was published to present the findings of the first DTI Global Watch Mission to the USA on eLearning. The initial specific objectives for the mission were to gain an understanding of:• The latest...

RBS:impact of new technologies on staff learning

RBS: Impact of new technologies on staff training, learning and development – Interview with Jim McLaughlin This interview investigates how Jim McLaughlin (Head of Learning for the Royal Bank of Scotland Group) is using technologies and how they are impacting...

Cable & Wireless

Cable & Wireless Cable & Wireless is one of the world’s leading international communications companies operating in 33 countries. They were one of the first companies in 2001 to introduce a  Learning Management System to address skills needs across the...

Reuters

Charles Jennings, Global Head of Learning at Reuters, is transforming the way that Reuters looks at learning. The following items review the move to a process based learning that focusses on performance and capability rather than the delivery of learning events. CLick...

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