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Trending Now: Social Learning
Social learning provides a community for everyone to ask and answer questions in an environment rife with varying perspectives, challenges, and insights

professional learning community  Now: Social Learning Social learning provides a community for everyone to ask and answer questions in an environment rife with varying perspectives, challenges, and insights. Multiple alternative resources exist for advanced learning, including video, massive open online courses, gamification, and social networking tools. This report addresses the business impact of social learning and how organizations can take advantage of it to grow.

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Learning Management Suite (LMS)

These are tools for managing, creating, scheduling training or learning in your organization. The terminology varies from vendor to vendor. Learning management systems (LMS) typically help to manage both classroom and on-line learning. They do not normally include content creation or management tools but may in some cases. Some LMSs may manage just classroom or just e-learning rather than both. Some LMSs may also include content authoring and managment and virtual classrooms. Learning content management systems (LCMS) emphasize the management of content for courses/training/learning. In most cases, they include content authoring tools. In some cases, they may also include some of the features of LMSs. Content authoring tools are often provided as part of an LCMS. They may also be stand-alone products. Virtual classrooms (web conferencing tools) normally are separate third party offerings but may be included as part of a suite of tools. Suites of tools include features of at least two or more of the above categories. While some companies offer just LMS or LCMS systems others offer suites of products, which provide all or most of the features of the other tools. Suites combine several capabilities of learning management--usually two or more of the following: learning management, classroom training management, e-learning management, custom content creation, learning content management, learning object repositories, or virtual classrooms.  

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Blackboard Learn Makes the Grade and Gets TEC Certified


I am pleased to announce that Blackboard Learn is officially certified by Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC) for online evaluation of learning management suites in the Human Capital Management Evaluation Center. My fellow analyst Gabriel Gheorghiu and I had the pleasure of viewing a demonstration of the product given by Blackboard’s senior solutions engineer for professional education, Burt Blair

professional learning community  management, and assessment. Blackboard’s professional education clients have found tremendous success by using the platform as a continuous learning environment essential to employee success in areas such as sales training, on-boarding, customer service, leadership development, and customer/partner training. Blackboard has over 3,000 clients and millions of users globally. Some of its competitors include Wimba, Learn.com (now part of Taleo), and Illuminate. Blackboard Learn Snapshot Some of what Read More

Blackboard Learn


The Blackboard Learn platform is implemented by higher education institutions, K12 schools, corporations, small and medium-sized businesses, associations, and government agencies looking for cost-effective ways to deliver education and training with real impact. It brings engagement and assessment activities together in a single open platform that spans course delivery, community engagement, content management and assessment. Our professional education clients have found tremendous success by using the platform as a continuous learning environment essential to employee success in areas such as sales training, onboarding, customer service, leadership development and customer/partner training.  

professional learning community  management and assessment. Our professional education clients have found tremendous success by using the platform as a continuous learning environment essential to employee success in areas such as sales training, onboarding, customer service, leadership development and customer/partner training. Read More

Informal Learning - What’s With the Hype?


Informal learning constitutes a hot topic these days. Informal learning can be seen as a process of knowledge acquisition that does not follow any one structured learning methodology. Some of the established informal learning structures are: observation, questioning, testing theoretical knowledge in real life contexts, and studying materials that fall outside mandatory learning commitments

professional learning community  that shadowing an experienced professional is not essential in the training and education of a neurosurgeon. But skipping medical school altogether might result in disaster in this case of eschewing formal learning! Useful applications of informal learning In our daily work routines we develop personal methods or tricks to tackle certain challenges, or find workarounds when using imperfect tools. For example, skipping parts of a habitual task that aren't crucial but if completed would improve the proces Read More

Blackboard Inc.


Blackboard works with our clients to develop and implement technology that improves every aspect of education. We enable our clients (higher education institutions, K12 schools, corporations, associations, government agencies and military organizations) to engage learners in exciting new ways, reaching them on their terms and devices, and to connect them more effectively, keeping them informed, involved, and collaborating together. Through our innovative technology, services and expertise we help build a better education experience. Blackboard offers various software applications delivered in our six product lines: Blackboard Learn (online learning platform including managed hosting), Blackboard Transact (commerce and security management, and financial services), Blackboard Connect (mass notification system), Blackboard Mobile (mobile access to learning and community information), Blackboard Collaborate (virtual classroom), and Blackboard Analytics (data analysis). In addition, we offer a variety of professional services, including strategic consulting, project management, custom application development and training.

professional learning community  offer a variety of professional services, including strategic consulting, project management, custom application development and training. Read More

Learning and Development: Aligning Workforce with Business Objectives


For companies that seek to align their workforces with business objectives and turn human capital into a competitive advantage, learning and development will be a critical enabler. Best-in-class companies are more than twice as likely as laggard companies to have a learning and development strategy that’s integrated with overall strategy. Find out how you can avoid lagging and become more like the best-in-class companies.

professional learning community  and Development: Aligning Workforce with Business Objectives For companies that seek to align their workforces with business objectives and turn human capital into a competitive advantage, learning and development will be a critical enabler. Best-in-class companies are more than twice as likely as laggard companies to have a learning and development strategy that’s integrated with overall strategy. Find out how you can avoid lagging and become more like the best-in-class companies. Read More

Learning Manager


Learning Manager by GeoLearning is a robust hosted learning management solution designed for organizations that need a cost-efficient way to develop, deliver, manage and track their training programs and processes. Learning Manager centralizes and automates the entire learning management process, helping organizations: Assess organizational and individual competencies, deficiencies and training needs. Deliver training to address learning and development needs using the most appropriate method, including on-demand e-learning, traditional classroom instructor-led training, and virtual classrooms.Measure learning effectiveness, its impact on productivity and business results and return on investment.  

professional learning community  Manager Learning Manager by GeoLearning is a robust hosted learning management solution designed for organizations that need a cost-efficient way to develop, deliver, manage and track their training programs and processes. Learning Manager centralizes and automates the entire learning management process, helping organizations: Assess organizational and individual competencies, deficiencies and training needs. Deliver training to address learning and development needs using the most appropriate Read More

The Art of Learning


There was a time when school was the place for learning. Thirty-five years ago—when I was a young girl—children went to schools where the curriculum included such basic subjects as mathematics, reading, writing, and music and the forums available to us consisted of text books, encyclopedias, and newspapers. The global introduction to the personal computer (PC)—as early as the mid 1980’s—gave us

professional learning community  Art of Learning There was a time when school was the place for learning. Thirty-five years ago—when I was a young girl—children went to schools where the curriculum included such basic subjects as mathematics, reading, writing, and music and the forums available to us consisted of text books, encyclopedias, and newspapers. The global introduction to the personal computer (PC)—as early as the mid 1980’s—gave us a whole new way of learning. Educational study suddenly stretched far beyond the Read More

PPM for Professional Services Automation


A business practice that assists organizations to align their portfolio of projects with their business strategy. Professional services automation (PSA) refers to a system designed to streamline and track resources, projects, portfolios, revenues, and the costs of professional services organizations (PSOs), which provide billable services to their clients. Consequently, PPM for PSA provides both the high-level monitoring of project portfolios as business investments and automates the project-specific functionality of time, billing, expense reporting, opportunity management, and resource management, linking back office functionality with the PSO’s portfolio of projects.

professional learning community  for Professional Services Automation A business practice that assists organizations to align their portfolio of projects with their business strategy. Professional services automation (PSA) refers to a system designed to streamline and track resources, projects, portfolios, revenues, and the costs of professional services organizations (PSOs), which provide billable services to their clients. Consequently, PPM for PSA provides both the high-level monitoring of project portfolios as business investments Read More

Professional Services Organizations Automate their Processes


Major vendors are entering the professional services software market and small niche vendors are repositioning themselves to compete. This changing market is conveying mixed messages; however, users can navigate this space by separating market messages from vendors' functional capabilities.

professional learning community  software space aimed at professional services organizations has emerged as a viable software category. Viewed as Enterprise Resource Planning for People, this class of software is continuously redefining its parameters. Although professional services organizations were initially targeted by niche vendors, in the last couple of years, we have seen the entrance of major enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendors staking their place with extended functionality and the acquisition of smaller players. In Read More

E-learning Best Practices


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Mzinga’s OmniSocial Learning Platform Enables Global Change for TripAdvisor


Find out how leadership, technology, collaboration, and an agile business partnership created success for TripAdvisor’s global learning and development team.

professional learning community  OmniSocial Learning Platform Enables Global Change for TripAdvisor Find out how leadership, technology, collaboration, and an agile business partnership created success for TripAdvisor’s global learning and development team. Read More

Mobile Learning: Moving Companies Forward


This report delves into the ways top businesses use mobile devices in the learning space and how implementing mobile leads to higher revenue, increased productivity, and deeper bench strength.

professional learning community  Learning: Moving Companies Forward This report delves into the ways top businesses use mobile devices in the learning space and how implementing mobile leads to higher revenue, increased productivity, and deeper bench strength. Read More

Evaluating Cloud-Based ERP for Professional Service Organizations


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