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From A to B: Creating a strategy that supports learning in the workflow

From A to B: Creating a strategy that supports learning in the workflow

Early indicators from this year’s Benchmark show that L&D leaders want to support staff where it matters most – directly in the workplace. The vast majority (91%) of those who benchmarked early this year are looking to integrate learning into the workflow. That is a rise up from 80% last year- so how do we make that work?

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.

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 services on a tiny budget.

The five secrets of 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 stakeholders: make it as cheap as possible, as short as possible, as quickly as possible, while also as comprehensive as possible, as media-rich and engaging as possible.

An Introduction to Personal Learning Environments

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 one.  PLEs are common place in academia, but in the UK workplace the take-up is not great.  According to Brandon Hall , 2009 would see five main trends in learning:

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.

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 as part of the In Business Series.

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.

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 available, how can we get started?

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 improve productivity across the economy. The results could generate an additional £35 bn  for the UK economy over the coming 5 -7 years – interesting evidence for those wanting to demonstrate that skills add value!

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.

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.

Towards Maturity: 2007 Annual Benchmark Report

Three out of four employers who use e-learning for staff training plan to significantly increase their use of informal networks over the next three years, according to e-skills UK research into e-based learning published today. The research was undertaken on behalf of the Skills for Business network of 25 Sector Skills Councils.

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 both training and development, staff and learners within the group.  He outlines how they are exploring new technologies such as blogs, virtual classrooms, Ipods etc to address different needs via an approach of trial and experimentation.

Cable & Wireless

Cable & Wireless Cable & Wireless is one of the world’s leading international communications companies operating in 33 countries.


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 focuses on performance and capability rather than the delivery of learning events.

Linking Learning to Business: Original 2004 Research

Linking Learning to Business: Original 2004 Research

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 successful organisations took part from diverse sectors and feedback was gathered from over 2000 learners within those businesses

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