The behavioral and learning styles of the Millennial generation are drastically different than previous generations. Claire Schooley, Senior Analyst at Forrester Research describes how. Watch a mini video.
By Margot Cook,
Skillsoft Learning Strategist and Program Manager
I was amazed this morning as I watched my 5-year old daughter
use my smartphone. She happily sat down, played a math game and when she
was done, found a video to watch. I’ve had conversations with colleagues and
friends, marveling about how our children would rather watch a video on a smartphone screen than on the big screen. Growing up in a world of ever increasing
TV screen sizes, I’ve always wondered what the appeal is. Five minutes later, I
had my answer when my 3-year old son attempted to sit with his sister to watch
the video, and the screaming started. Watching the video and learning from the
mobile device was her experience,
and, at that time, not one she wanted to share. The small screen provides a
more intimate setting, and is targeted just at her. It was highly personal.
That being said, mobile learning can also be collaborative.
The night before, when we were discovering how to cut a pineapple, the 3 of us
huddled around the small screen together. While I was cutting, my daughter
re-watched the video and my son gave me other pointers and ensured I followed
all of the steps. We were truly collaborating in the battle of the pineapple,
and eating the yummy pineapple together was our reward.
We receive so much valuable content from our customers, partners and
internal subject-matter experts. On Thursdays, we thought it would be fun to do
a “throw back” and bring back an older post that was valuable to our audience.
Today’s throw back is on mobile resources that support performance reviews.
Learning Support for Performance Reviews
Gebreselassie, Learning Consultant, Skillsoft
As the end of the
year approaches, you may be deep in the performance review process. Skillsoft
offers many tools and resources to assist your organization during the
performance management cycle, as several of my colleagues have recently written
about on this blog. Skillsoft also offers mobile
learning solutions to help support managers as they prepare to conduct
As technology continues to evolve at
breakneck speed, has your life-long-learning strategy kept pace?
Certainly there is still value in face-to-face learning interactions.
Both formal, as in a classroom setting, or informal as in mentoring,
traditional methods of learning are not going to disappear. With the
globalization of business, and the advanced technologies that support it, the
need for quick and agile learning opportunities has risen as a priority.
In particular, the more senior your role within an organization, the more
necessary it becomes for your learning and development to gel with hectic
Here are some
examples of ways that Skillsoft supports continuous learning on-the-go for
leaders at every level of an organization, including solutions to help managers
prepare for performance reviews:
Skillsoft® Books24x7® ExecSummaries™: These 8-page summaries provide a
synopsis of some of the top business books. Written by the authors
themselves, ExecSummaries are perfect for a quick read on a
tablet. Some of my personal favorites include: The Truth About Leadership, Multipliers, and Win:
The Key Principles to Take Your Business from Ordinary to Extraordinary.
Skillsoft today introduced two new
collections of on-demand IT and desktop performance support videos. The
Skillsoft IT and Desktop Videos are captivating, 3-5 minutes of targeted
learning experiences, covering a variety of desktop and IT topics. The videos,
which complement other Skillsoft content and are available on Skillport® Skillsoft’s Learning Management System, highlight specific tasks and
features, and cover nearly 1,000 topics. In order to support busy
professionals, Skillsoft has made the videos so that they are available on
mobile devices, including tablets and smartphones.
The Skillsoft IT
and Desktop Videos are the latest additions to Skillsoft’s dynamic portfolio of
video based learning assets. Skillsoft has been incorporating video into its
learning solutions since 2006, initially with the introduction of its
media-rich Business Impact and Challenge series products, and most recently
with the addition of video in hundreds of its Business Skills courses. The
Skillsoft Leadership Development Channel™ and 50 Lessons offers over 2000
videos, featuring world renowned business and global thought leaders.
Skillsoft will have a virtual booth at this event – stop by to learn about Skillport® 8, our new cloud-based LMS - a revolution in learning. In addition, visit the Skillsoft booth to view helpful resources and interact with our team! As a company that supports collaboration and the sharing of information, we encourage you to attend. A critical part of the learning experience involves informal learning by connecting with your peers in person or virtually via social tools. inGenius® perhaps? J
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The amount of e-learning content available to learners grows every day. There are books, videos, courses, articles, and case studies that go on at length on hundreds of relevant workplace training topics. It’s no wonder that learners become overwhelmed at the variety and volume of information available to them. According to Bersin & Associates, today’s professionals, otherwise known as the “next generation” of e-learners, need targeted materials that closely align with their business goals.
By Ann Gebreselassie, Learning Consultant, SkillSoft
As the end of the year approaches, you may be deep in the performance review process. SkillSoft offers many tools and resources to assist your organization during the performance management cycle, as several of my colleagues have recently written about on this blog. SkillSoft also offers mobile learning solutions to help support managers as they prepare to conduct performance reviews.
We are pleased to bring you a guest blog post today from Gary Woodill, a Books24x7 BusinessPro Collection author. He is an independent emerging technologies analyst, who works for a variety of clients in researching and planning for their use of new tools for learning. Woodill is coauthor of Training and Collaboration with Virtual Worlds (McGraw-Hill, 2010) and is the author of numerous articles and research reports on emerging learning technologies.
Gary Woodill, Ed.D., CEO and Senior Analyst, i5 Research
The development of computer hardware over the past 30 years from desk-size minicomputers to luggable and portable suitcase-size computers, and then to smaller and smaller laptops, tablets, and smartphones, has allowed us to build a new approach to corporate training called “mobile learning.” Starting in the mid-1990s, mobile learning was first developed in universities, but by the early 2000s, was being advocated for use in training departments of large corporations. However, like many new technologies, the first attempts to develop mobile learning were to try to stuff presentations and lectures onto very small screens. But, as mobile learning developed, we learned that there are many new ways of using smart phones and tablets as sites for personal learning.
When KnowledgeAdvisors measured SkillSoft’s scrap learning rate (the percent of learning that is not applied to the job within six weeks) at such a low level (14 percent), the question of “why so low?” naturally arises. This is especially so when most learning efforts result in more than half scrap.
Why, well it comes down to two primary aspects of the SkillSoft solutions: