How the learning team at AXA demonstrated that big budgets or expensive hardware are not needed to get tangible business impact, using AI, a likeable character and a simple platform.
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.
What can millennials teach us about supporting learning in the workplace?
Everyone wants to do their job faster and better. Here’s how the L&D team can help make that a reality in the workplace.
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 challenge is vital. What can L&D do?
Speexx offers three tips to help today’s L&D teams adapt to the changing dynamic of today’s workforce and its learning methods.
Geoff Chapman of eCom Scotland explores how micro and digital credentials could help L&D teams drive engagement with learning opportunities and demonstrate value.
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 profession has come a long way in the past five years. We are better able to create engaging online content, more aware of technology enabled learning, and are working to ensure they are more aligned to the needs of the business. Still, there is more to be done, and we as L&D know it.
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.
This report provides powerful evidence to help senior management and L&D teams in the retail sector to ensure that their learning experiences lead to closer alignment to business goals and greater learning results for its employees.
Louise Pasterfield from Sponge UK explores Towards Maturity data to uncover practical ideas that could inspire change in your organisation.
This report is free to download, thanks to the support of our Strategic Partner, the CIPD.
Ian Baxter explores how to make mobile learning a success and references 5 great real-life customer examples of how it can be harnessed at the point of need.
How do you move effectively from project to profit? Matthew Borg, Managing Partner at Acteon, helps us see how to #MakeItHappen with these 3 critical stages.
Join Towards Maturity and Filtered for this webinar to learn what technology choices today’s learners are making.
Latest research sheds light on what motivates learners to invest in online learning.
Laura Overton reflects on the year past and gives us a list of ‘let go!’s for the future that can’t be ignored…
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
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 L&D leaders.
This unique piece of research highlights how to shift compliance training from ‘tick in a box’ to an active, compliant culture.
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.
Learn seven strategies that help L&D leaders build staff engagement.
Review your compliance training programmes in just 15 minutes or less. Get Started [This opportunity closes 12 May 2015]. Since 2012, 85% of L&D leaders are proving learning to staff to help their organisations comply with external regulations and legal requirements. 58% of those organisations are using technology to support their compliance-related training, but with variable success.
Rob Keery from Brightwave explores the potential of using three-dimensions in e-learning, unfolding when, why and how you should go 3D.
Latest research from Towards Maturity reveals that mid-sized businesses are failing to capitalise on the benefits of learning technologies, but brings hope by identifying opportunities for success within these organisations.
An invitation to join Charles Jennings on the 23rd of April in London to explore how the 70:20:10 framework can help you support your learners more effectively.
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 join you – and their onboarding process plays a huge part in that. Yet all too often, it fails to make the necessary impact.3
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.
How many of us enter the New Year with great visions of increased health & fitness, as we eagerly commit to a year of workouts in the gym? Our expectations and motivation are high, as we determine to get ourselves in tip top condition.
In the 2014-15 Benchmark Report, Modernising Learning: Delivering Results, we saw that 58% of L&D leaders say that staff are reluctant to engage with online learning, whilst only 38% of them have an ongoing communications plan in place.
“Lift one person and they will lift others.” Oxfam is a globally renowned aid and development charity with 70 years of experience, working and campaigning with partners in over 90 countries worldwide.
Members of the Charity Learning Consortium have been using the Towards Maturity Model since 2010, as an independent framework to review their current learning practices and compare their results with their peers, both within the sector and beyond. This process not only highlighted common challenges faced amongst members, but also areas of effective practices that needed to be addressed.
If you are looking quick wins and a long term fix to help you engage learners, read on…
How L&D can apply 8 killer tips from Content Marketing to engage busy staff?
Over 50 L&D practitioners gathered together to explore ways to make the most of your learning without reinventing the wheel.
So are our staff reluctant learners? Or are they just reluctant to engage with the solutions that L&D teams provide?
Today’s successful workplaces are fast moving, global and digital. Learning innovation, done well, delivers results that can support sustainable, agile workplaces. Business and learning leaders alike need to expect more.
In Towards Maturity’s new In-Focus Report we look at the massive importance of integrating learning into the workplace and the vital position that technology has to play in this role.
The new Towards Maturity In-Focus Paper sheds light on how to use online experiential learning to build skills at work.
The Towards Maturity Benchmark has identified that top learning companies are finding creative ways to integrate learning into the workflow and this is having an impact on both business agility and results, but how are they doing it?
In 2012, one of the major talking points in the learning community was mobile and a number of those conversations featured BYOD, or Bring Your Own Device.
The habits of successful instructional designers – Allison Rossett shares at Learning Technologies eXchanges
Genny Dixon reports on the energetic discussion with Allison Rossett from the @towardsmaturity eXchanges at #LT13UK
How can we apply game based thinking to increase learner engagement? Ben Betts shares at Learning Technologies eXchanges
Mark Berthelemy reports on the discussion with Ben Betts from this year’s Learning Technologies eXchanges 2013.
Towards Maturity would like to invite senior Learning & Development professionals, Organisational Development specialists and Talent Leaders in the finance sector to a new exclusive briefing. The event, the first sector specific briefing of its type, will detail the learning technologies benchmark data of 200 finance sector companies from Towards Maturity’s Benchmark Study over the last two years.
Double award winner Train4TradeSkills use of creative gaming technology transforms trainees into a confident workforce & reduces costs!
Millenials: Babyboomers: GenerationX: Pragmatists Reflector:Theorist:Technophobic:Tech Savvy:the list goes on……
The National College for School Leadership is where the future heads of our country’s schools are trained to become effective and inspirational leaders.
From its roots in 19th Century Scotland, Howden now operates in 20 countries, employing 4500 staff in its core business: the design, engineering and manufacturing of industrial fans, compressors and rotary heat exchangers.
Join Towards Maturity for practical advice on delivering successful global learning at this free webinar on 23rd of September with Laura Overton, Managing Director, Towards Maturity and Maria van Vlodrop, CERTPOINT Systems
Winner of the IITT’s Instructional Designer of the year highlights the importance of storytelling in learner centric design
Maintaining and building leadership skills is critical for high performing organisations across all sectors and all sizes of organisations.
If you are struggling with engaging leaders and keeping them up to date in your business, regardless of the sector you are in, Teachers TV has practical lessons for you.
96% of marketers now use social media as part of their toolkit so what tips can L&D professionals pick up from marketing colleagues?
Delivering results with learning technologies – getting there faster and smarter. The first joint Towards Maturity in association with the British Institute for Learning and Development (the BILD)- Delivering results with learning technologies – getting there faster and smarter was held on the 12th of April and led by Laura Overton.
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 service.
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.
The Business Protection team’ at Aviva were looking to communicate and monitor compliance with policies and standards relating to the way all employees conduct themselves at work. This was no mean feat given that Aviva is the world’s fifth-largest* insurance group and the largest insurance services provider in the UK with 54,000 employees serving over 50 million customers in 28 countries around the world.
The National School of Government faced the challenge of delivering learning on data security right across Government, all departments and many individuals. The audience were very diverse, the programme had to be suitable for all civil servants, of all grades – most senior to most junior, specialists, military, administrative and support staff.
The e-learning Network held its most recent event on Friday 5th March 2010 in London with the theme – “Proven Recipes for Learning Success”.
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.
The importance of skills in Third Sector organisations, together with their need to improve efficiency in the current economic climate has meant that a significant number of charities, not for profit and voluntary organisations are turning to learning technology to help deliver more skills but with less resources.
Over the past 4 years, Toward Maturity have been tracking the progress of the Priory Group’s journey with e-learning. Priory Group is one of Europe’s leading providers of independent mental health care for acute, secure, rehabilitation and specialist educational services. It depends on the skills of a huge diversity of staff ranging from clinicians to chefs, which present a daunting learning and development challenge.
In the middle of July this year, I found myself at the TUC’s head office in London amongst 200 union officers and members, MPs and other guests. It was one of those hot summer evenings (remember them?!) and the room was full of people passionate about their cause – none more so than Liz Smith OBE, who’s retirement had brought us together.
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.
This great little video , posted by Tribal on YouTube recently is a wonderful example of how creative use of technology, together with the personal touch ( in this case, encouragement and support by one of the 22,000 Union learn reps) can deliver learning right at the point of need.
Web conferencing is the growth area of learning technologies.
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 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 selected electronic content and the 86% who selected web resources. The use of questions and surveys in e-learning is one that gets relatively little press.
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 effective way.
We had the opportunity to be part of the plenary session at Online Educa Berlin this month looking at the challenges and opportunities of implementing learning technologies in diverse global organisations.
In October this year, SkillSoft published their first global benchmark study– in which they compared and contrasted employee attitudes towards learning and development across the US, the UK and Europe.
“One of the biggest business turnarounds attempted in British Industry in the last 50 years” is how the Sunday Times described Cable&Wireless.
“A Master Class” – Hibernia College & Pfizer breaking new ground with an Online Master of Science Degree in Pharmaceutical Medicine.
“Engagement in Learning” Insights & Lessons from the BILD Annual Conference
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.
In our original Towards Maturity research, we found that employees were not only using e-learning provided as part of their job but were also using it to develop skills outside of their work.
‘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.”
Distance learning has consistently increased in importance for corporations over the last few years.
This article provides insight on how Electronic Performance Support Systems can really help in engaging learners.
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 article covers a few of the practical ideas that were discussed on the day and additional resources available.
One of the most significant challenges to implementing learning technologies in the workplace engaging busy learners and managers.
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 of programmes and in all walks of life.
Results of the 10th Annual CIPD survey were released in April and their findings on the use of e-learning at work provide some useful insights on perceptions of e-learning.
In 2007 Irish supermarket chain Superquinn took on the challenge of implementing training via e-learning throughout its stores. As winners of best e-learning project securing widespread adoption, we look at how e-learning became such a success for the business.
Royal Caribbean Cruise Line saw the need to rule the seas in e-learning by implementing an award winning solution for their travel partners that included both product and automation training.
Michelle Russell and David Chidley outline their award winning strategies for sustaining interest amongst their learners.
“The Missing Stock Mysteries” With over 84,000 co-workers in 44 countries and more than 200 stores worldwide, being able to meet their customers expectation that the product they want ‘is always available’ is a major challenge for IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer.
Simply the best – practical tips from this year’s award winners
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 time.
Nige Howarth speaks to Phil Morris of ST Microelectronics and Alex Clark of Relay Consultants about the success of e-learning with changing behaviour of technical experts in a global company.
Download this case study to see how the Student Loans company have supported learners and managers with new ways of learning.
UKI Partnerships, part of RBS Insurance is an extraordinary business. From its inception in 2000, it has grown rapidly to become one of the country’s leading general insurance and motoring assistance partnership providers, serving millions of customers in partnership with brand leaders across all the major sectors.
Over the past 2 years, the Crown Prosecution Service has embarked on a rigorous and radical course of modernisation to unlock its employees’ potential and transform both the reality and perception of the CPS by moving away from traditional classroom teaching towards a blended approach to learning and education. In particular, the potential of technology has been harnessed through the development of online learning, and the introduction of the Prosecution College.
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
The Priory Group and their partner Information Transfer were the winners of the ‘Widening participation in e-learning’ e-learning award (Nov 2006) and the winners of ‘elearning project of the Year’ from the Institute of IT training (Feb 2007).
In common with many manufacturing sectors, the ceramic industry is undergoing significant restructuring to adapt to the challenges of modern global competition.
This genuinely pioneering development, developed over a number of years, exploring the use of online learning in a factory-floor environment combined with online assessment leading to recognised qualifications, makes for an insightful case study.
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.
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.