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In-Focus: Transforming Formal Learning

In-Focus: Transforming Formal Learning

Successful organisations are engaging in new approaches to learning and performance, but formal learning opportunities need to change. Looking at the learner journey, the role of technology and the role of the classroom trainer, this report aims to build confidence in innovation by learning from the most successful organisations.

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.

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 informed on the winners drawn from the biggest ever shortlist of 145 projects.

Leadership Excellence in Disaster Response

Leadership Excellence in Disaster Response

Leadership in response to humanitarian disasters is one of the most significant factors in helping rescue and recovery amongst traumatised communities, often in situations of considerable individual danger.

2015 Sector Benchmark Report: Mid-Sized Businesses

2015 Sector Benchmark Report: Mid-Sized Businesses

The 2015 Sector Benchmark Report for Mid-Sized Businesses (MSBs) is available to download at the bottom of this page. Powerful evidence to help L&D teams deliver great learning results is freely available thanks to the support of Kallidus.

2015 Sector Benchmark Report – Finance and Insurance

2015 Sector Benchmark Report – Finance and Insurance

The 2015 Finance and Insurance Sector Benchmark Report is available to purchase. This Powerful evidence to help L&D teams deliver great learning results is freely available thanks to the support of Towards Maturity’s Ambassadors. Within the Finance and...
2015 Sector Benchmark Report – Professional Services

2015 Sector Benchmark Report – Professional Services

The 2015 Professional Services Sector Benchmark Report provides powerful evidence to help L&D teams deliver great learning results is freely available thanks to the support of Towards Maturity’s Ambassadors. Within the Professional Services sector...
2015 Sector Benchmark Report – Manufacturing

2015 Sector Benchmark Report – Manufacturing

Within the Manufacturing sector, despite high levels of investment and a greater increase in training budget than most sectors over the last two years, many programmes fail to achieve their potential. Within the Manufacturing sector, expectations are high and L&D...
2015 Health Sector Benchmark Report

2015 Health Sector Benchmark Report

The 2015 Health Sector Benchmark Report is available to purchase. This Powerful evidence to help L&D teams deliver great learning results is freely available thanks to the support of Towards Maturity’s Ambassadors.

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.

2015 Sector Benchmark Report: IT & Telecoms

2015 Sector Benchmark Report: IT & Telecoms

The 2015 Sector Benchmark Report for IT & Telecoms is now available to download at the bottom of this page. Powerful evidence to help L&D teams deliver great learning results is freely available thanks to the support of Raytheon Professional Services. When it...

“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:

New Study Launch on Leadership Development

Nurturing great leadership skills is critical to the future success of all organisations. In a bid to save both time and money, innovative online leadership development programmes have become increasingly popular – but how effective are they?

Barnardos delivers e-learning excellence

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This award winning case study of a top quartile performer demonstrates just how to achieve excellence on a limited budget!

Taste of Medicine providing Healthcare career opportunities

Winner of the Gold Award in the ‘Excellence in the Production of Learning Content – Not for Profit Sector’, this case study provides insight into St George’s, University of London ‘Widening Participation’ (WP) strategy, engaging with individuals at all stages of their educational development encouraging those from sectors of society currently under represented in Higher Education.

e-learning a natural for those with Learning Disabilities

Winner of the Silver Award in the ‘Excellence in the Production of Learning Content – Not for Profit Sector’, this case study describes how the FPA (Family Planning Association in Northern Ireland), developed ‘All About Us’ – an interactive educational resource designed to improve access to appropriate structured information on sexual health and wellbeing for people with learning disabilities through the use of a simple, effective interactive learning tool.

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 and challenging day. 

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:

Performance Zone – the heart of online learning at Bupa

Earning a ‘Special Mention Commendation’ for ‘Most Innovative Application of Learning Technology’ in the 2008 e-learning Awards, this case study explores how an innovative approach has connected ‘learning to performance’ at Bupa delivering benefits to individuals and the business.

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 13th Mat 2009 at the Museum of Army Flying, was no exception!

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. 

Serious virtual worlds and immersive learning

In Driving Business Benefits (the Towards Maturity research published earlier this year) we saw that just under 20% of the research participants were using some form of games or complex simulations in their e-learning offering and just under 10% used virtual worlds.

Learning engagement at Diageo

Over the years Diageo had deployed a number of e-learning courses to individual markets and in 2007 decided to invest in a centralised training portal named the Diageo Academy to allow all employees globally to access e-Learning, classroom training, virtual classroom, and self development learning materials in a central location.

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.

Connecting for Health – e-learning at the NHS Part 1

Dr Phillip Candy,  Director of Education, Training and Development, NHS Connecting for Health took part in a recent interview with the Towards Maturity project team to discuss how technology is being harnessed to support the skills of a million staff.

BT – mobile learning for field engineers

This case study looks at how BT addressed the challenges of providing and monitoring learning for 30,000 field engineers. It looks at the challenges that were addressed in meeting the needs of a dispersed audience and outlines the practicalities of using the mobile phone to provide and assess learning. BT were shortlisted in the e-learning awards 2006 for this implementation

University on the Shop Floor

In common with many manufacturing sectors, the ceramic industry is undergoing significant restructuring to adapt to the challenges of modern global competition.

Whitbread EL-Box Boxing Clever

Following the introduction of the National Certificate for Licences, this innovative programme, using the el-box tablet PC developed by Creative Learning Media for Brewers Fayre pubs in the Whitbread Group, reflects a high level of audience sensitivity with 86% out of 9,600 staff now preferring this method of learning.

Cable & Wireless

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

BMW

BMW have applied learning technologies across to provide personalised learning from NVQ and technical certificates for in house apprenticeship programmes to new product updates for sales and technical staff across their dealership.

Frontline – elearning for customer support

Whilst we completed this study in 2006, I have still not seen very many programmes that compare with the Frontline blended learning approach which includes in the innovative use of mixed media in a learning programme specifically designed to address behavioural change. Many say that online media are just not suitable for encouraging new attitudes and behaviours but this study proves them wrong! 

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

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