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IMC Trend Guide: Badges as a learning incentive

Some learners will have fond memories of their early school days: the teacher’s cheerful reward stamps, placed at the bottom of painstakingly completed homework, were motivation enough to get them to try just that little bit harder the next time around. Back then the class quickly became swept up in the mania for collecting the prettiest – and the most – reward stamps and, as is so often the case, the things that appeal to children appeal just as much to adults.

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E-Learning from Abu Dhabi to Zimbabwe – Why Culture Matters

The 12th International Conference on Information Systems in Osnabrück, Germany has just come to an end. The theme for this year’s conference was “Smart Enterprise Engineering – Digital Products and Processes for the Enterprise of the Future”, which saw discussions about the influence of IT on enterprise take place through workshops, tutorials and keynote speeches.

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Social Learning: What is the reality for businesses in 2015

The world is increasingly being shaped by intelligent mobile user experience and our expectation as consumers is now of ‘one-stop-shop’ access to apps and services like Uber, Evernote or Just Eat, via a mobile or tablet. Over the last few years, we’ve seen this expectation escape the confines of our private lives and steadily encroach upon our professional and business lives too.

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IMC Trend Guide: What makes a good explanatory video?

If an image is worth a thousand words, videos are able to convey even more than that to satisfy today’s requirement for quick and entertaining information transfers. For this reason more and more companies are ditching long texts and are instead using ‘explanatory videos’ to outline complex and abstract ideas.

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IMC Trend Guide: All about Microsoft Azure – the benefits of cloud computing

Microsoft Azure has been making a lot of headlines lately. Formerly Windows Azure, the cloud platform has been around since 2010 but in recent years has gone through a series of updates for additional functionality to emerge as the market leader in 2014. No mean feat considering stiff competition from the likes of Google and Amazon.

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How to blend formal and informal learning in the workplace

It would be highly unfashionable, in the tech-heady informal learning space of 2014/2015, for L&D directors to admit to an agenda of purely formal classroom/online training for their organisation. But while you wouldn’t want to put your hand up to taking the old-fashioned approach, how many of us are actually already blending elements of formal and informal learning successfully in our workplaces? We might not even really understand what that means, or how to get there.

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Learning-on-the-job: how companies and learners can benefit from a strategy of informal learning

Carl Ransom Rogers, an influential American psychologist and one of the early founders of the student-centred approach to learning, sums up informal learning beautifully:

“I want to talk about learning. But not the lifeless, sterile, futile, quickly forgotten stuff that is crammed into the mind of the poor helpless individual tied into his seat by ironclad bonds of conformity!

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3 Ways Mindfulness Will Transform Your eLearning

2014, the year of Mindfulness, right? Our attention spans are shrinking, in fact, the adult average is now lower than that of a goldfish. Couple that with our average daily information intake of over 170 newspapers, it’s no wonder we struggle to pay attention to eLearning!

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NEW MOOC: Reduce compliance failings with this FREE e-learning approach

With the enactment of the Financial Services Act 2012, the UK regulatory landscape changed dramatically. A tougher supervisory approach as a result of the financial crisis saw the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) levy almost £500 million of fines in its first year of operation. An increasing number of these fines were aimed at individuals, at a total of £3.6 million.

 

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Learning Analytics – New White Paper Published

The new learning analytics white paper describes the challenges and opportunities of “big learning data” and gives solutions for the systems-based optimisation of training activities. You can download the learning analytics white paper now for free.

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MIRROR – Reflective learning at work

Within the scope of the research project MIRROR, IMC and its research partners are working on solutions which help employees to reflect upon working processes and generate personal learning success. In this regard the Activity Recommendation App is an example for the collaborative optimisation of working processes.

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Workplace safety in the transport sector

Freight forwarders, truck drivers and loading staff are exposed to a number of dangers every day when it comes to the loading and unloading of goods and the transportation to their final destinations. Therefore training courses in workplace safety, which are supposed to take place in regular intervals, are obligational for the staff of forwarding companies. The professional association for transport and traffic turned to IMC with the task of producing training films for their member companies and for the employees of these companies.

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Omni Cloud – Secure Use of Cloud Storages

Fraunhofer SIT uses IMC’s Smart Show format to explain its new service for the secure storage of data in the cloud.

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10 tips for the implementation of Mobile Learning

The mobilisation of the working environment is in full swing. While new technologies and offerings are on the rise, users want them to be easy to use and provide a real benefit for daily business. The mobile website “10 tips for the implementation of Mobile Learning” shows how such offers, especially in the learning environment, should look like.

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Gamification – Diverse Options in Play Between Classical E-Learning and Serious Games

Learning should be fun! Both advanced learning delegates and learners in corporate organisations agreed on this. For this reason, game elements are increasingly being used in classical advanced learning concepts.

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PENS – or the easiest route to ” rapid e-learning”

Have you heard of PENS? The term stands for “Package Exchange Notification Services” and was developed in 2005. PENS bypasses most of the usual tedious steps involved in distributing content and instead works with SCORM to allow one-click publishing of entire e-learning courses. However, despite the benefits and although it has been on the market for some time now, the technology is still only being used by a few providers of learning management systems (LMS) and authoring software.

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Join us: why modern training cannot do without cleverly-designed learning environments

The following article highlights the key points training experts need to consider when creating a learning environment for their employees, and which pitfalls to look out for.

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Flexibility is key: adaptive approaches for training heterogeneous target groups

It is no longer enough for HR professionals and training officers to just tell employees what to learn and when. Effective learning happens when the adopted training methods are flexible enough to suit different learning types, rather than ‘one-size-fits-all’ programs at odds with the habits and needs of the learners. 

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