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...
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,...
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...
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...
In-Focus: Preparing for the Future of Learning (2016)

In-Focus: Preparing for the Future of Learning (2016)

This report is free to download, thanks to the support of our Strategic Partner, the CIPD. One year ago, in a joint research report from Towards Maturity and the CIPD, we reported the need to ensure that there is a clear line of sight between L&D activity and...

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...
In-Focus: The Consumer Learner at Work (2016)

In-Focus: The Consumer Learner at Work (2016)

Latest research sheds light on what motivates learners to invest in online learning. 70% of L&D are not proactive in understanding how individuals in their organisations learn. It’s perhaps unsurprising that they struggle to engage staff. It is time for...

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...

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...

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...
In-Focus: Excellence in Compliance Training (2015)

In-Focus: Excellence in Compliance Training (2015)

This unique piece of research highlights how to shift compliance training from ‘tick in a box’ to an active, compliant culture. Keeping up with the ever-changing regulatory environment is a constant challenge in almost all industry sectors. Indeed,...

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...

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...

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...

Oxfam aWASH with Expertise to Transform Lives

“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. The business goal of this initiativeThe shocking truth is...

How benchmarking boosts results in the charity sector

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...

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...

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...

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...
In-Focus: Learning in the Mobile Enterprise (2014)

In-Focus: Learning in the Mobile Enterprise (2014)

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. Newly published Towards Maturity In-Focus...

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...

Reinventing Leadership Development – A new TM Benchmark

Maintaining and building leadership skills is critical for high performing organisations across all sectors and all sizes of organisations. During April and May 2011, individuals responsible for developing innovative, e-enabled approaches to leadership and management...

Using Online Video to Engage Busy Leaders

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. Video is a great medium for providing quick self-paced updates and has long been used to support...

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...

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...

Securing global e-learning adoption at Aviva

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...

National School of Government reaches ¼ million learners

. 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...

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...

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...
Towards Maturity  Benchmark for Third Sector

Towards Maturity Benchmark for Third Sector

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...

Building Foundations for Growth at the Priory Group

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...

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...

Liverpool’s taxi drivers learn on the move

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Essential Learning – the employee perspective

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. The survey gathered views from employees from the private sector...

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...

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.”...

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...

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...

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...

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 ...

CIPD annual research

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. For the first time, over 50% of respondents report that they are using e-learning 97% ...

Superquinn – new skills for Irish supermarket staff

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 – Cruising for Success

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. This article by Jenny Carruth (e-learning age) explains how the silver...

Ikea – using learning technologies to find missing stock

“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...

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...

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...

Informal learning at Student Loans Company

Download this case study to see how the Student Loans company have supported learners and managers with new ways of learning. See how this innovative use of e-learning has delivered the following benefits: Reduced help desk enquiries Motivated staff engaged line...

UKI Partnerships introduce eNVQs for contact centre staff

  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...

Crown Prosecution Service

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...

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...

The Priory Group

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...

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. This case study shows how a group of companies in the West Midlands have responded by focussing on the...

Polymers Pilot Project

This genuinely pioneering development, developed over a number of years, exploring the use of online learning in a factory-floor environment combined with online aseessment leading to recognised qualifications, makes for an insightful case study. This case study...

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...

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.   This study outlines how...

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