Area9 and the Importance of Data Protection

One of the reasons companies love using Adaptive Learning for their training needs is because of the extensive and comprehensive data that it generates. 

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Proactive Training for the 4th Industrial Revolution

As with the previous 3 industrial revolutions, when the 4th industrial revolution arrives it will bring with it rapid technological change. More specifically, the 4th industrial revolution will be the automation revolution, characterized by an increase in robotic and automated technology in all sectors of life. It therefore goes without saying that the implications of these changes will be far reaching and will affect every sphere, including employment.

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Gamification in Healthcare Training: Can It Be Successful?

Gamification — the use of game-like scenarios for teaching or training purposes — is trending. Supporters cite several advantages to using gamification techniques, including increased learner engagement and enjoyment. For healthcare professionals, among the most time-poor in the world, increased engagement and enjoyment will make training less boring. But does gamification in healthcare training actually work to improve content mastery?

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How to Prepare for the 4th Industrial Revolution

The world is on the brink of a 4th industrial revolution that will build upon the 3rd — the digital revolution — and which will be characterized by rapid technological change and automation. The shift toward automation, already occurring, is projected to have far-reaching consequences for every sphere of life, including, of course, employment.

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Why Searchable Doesn’t Equate to Meaningful: Gaining Automaticity vs. Accessing User-Generated Content

On the surface it appears to be an easy win: tapping into the knowledge and expertise that exists within a company through user-generated content. Short how-to instructional videos can be cheaply and easily made and uploaded by experts across the company, then be searchable and accessible by every employee.

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How to Meet the Needs of Training for Healthcare Professionals

In the universal set “healthcare training,” there are many subsets. Professional healthcare subgroups requiring specialized training include:


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Prepare for the Disruption of Skills

It is not a matter of if, but when: technological change and increased automation will disrupt more than 25% of jobs in the future in Canada, for example. Businesses not prepared to adapt will be left behind.

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How Adaptive Learning Optimizes Healthcare Employee Training

The best healthcare employee training should do more than identify your employees’ strengths and target their weak areas. It should diagnose and treat unconscious incompetence — what healthcare employees don’t know they don’t know. 

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Train End Users on Pharmaceutical Products for Better Patient Outcomes

How confident are you that your end users are choosing the appropriate treatments for their patients as knowledgeably and as responsibly as they can? If your answer is anywhere along the spectrum of “I’m not sure” to “I’m reasonably confident,” then there’s work to be done. 

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Improve Training For Healthcare Systems

Simulation training is indispensable in healthcare because it’s a safe space for learning: there are no life-or-death consequences attached to mistakes in the world of simulated medical emergencies. But simulation training by itself isn’t adequate to keep employees up-to-date in their medical knowledge and skills — you need additional learning tools and an effective training program to optimize your training impact and meet the evolving needs of training for healthcare systems today.

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How to Reach More Medical End Users

Should pharmaceutical companies care about external training, i.e., training physician end users to use their products effectively and safely while optimizing patient care? The answer is obvious: of course they should. Effective external training means better use of your products and more optimal patient care — and better business outcomes for your company. 

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These Healthcare Companies Are Excelling With Adaptive Learning

Healthcare professionals in the NEJM Group, AACC and Coloplast, among others, turned to Adaptive Learning to optimize their training impact.  

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The Importance of Proficiency and Mastery for Medical Training

Imagine this hypothetical situation: if you had to choose between two heart surgeons, both of whom had passed their Board exams, but one had achieved the minimum passing score and the other had scored 99%, which one would you choose? 

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How to Improve Patient Outcomes

Healthcare professionals all have the same goals: do what’s best for the patient and optimize patient care. But globally, iatrogenesis — the unintended adverse effects of medical intervention on patients — is a problem. So how do healthcare professionals produce better outcomes — and reduce iatrogenic effects — across the board? 

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Is Microlearning for Healthcare Your Best Training Option?

Microlearning is an e-learning approach that breaks lessons into smaller chunks in order to make the training feel more manageable. Because of this, microlearning may seem like an attractive choice for an e-learning training solution for healthcare staff working under time pressure.

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Area9 Lyceum Recognized in New Adaptive Learning Survey Study from Researchers at Leading Health Organizations

Researchers and physicians at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and NEJM Group conducted a survey study to determine user experiences with an adaptive learning platform and the impact on first-time American Board of Internal Medicine Certifying Examination (ABIM-CE) test takers.  The study was published in AMEE MedEd Publish, an open access online journal for medical and health-care professionals.   

The survey study examines the NEJM Knowledge+ adaptive learning platform, which we co-developed with NEJM Group, and found that the majority of respondents rated the platform as helpful and the content as good or excellent for exam preparation and relevant to their learning needs. The study also found that a significantly higher proportion of users reported passing the ABIM-CE on their first attempt compared to the national average (95 percent vs. 89 percent).

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The Danger of Unconscious Incompetence in Healthcare

Unconscious incompetence is when you don’t know that you don’t know. You think you are doing one aspect of your job correctly when you actually aren’t. Our data shows that employees can be 15-40% unconsciously incompetent in critical aspects of their job. It’s a problem that hits every industry and affects efficiency and productivity everywhere. But in certain sectors, unconscious incompetence can be even more harmful — healthcare is one of these. 

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How to Close the Healthcare Skills Gap

The point of medical training is to identify and close skill or professional practice gaps. And because of new technological developments or new research, there’s always a skill gap. Those skill gaps are the difference between what a clinician is doing versus what they should be doing. But there are easy solutions. 

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How to Optimize Healthcare Training

Every workday in healthcare is unpredictable. There never seems to be enough time in the day and every moment needs to be used as efficiently as possible. With days already filled to bursting, it seems like there’s no time for training. 

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How to Effectively Train Internal Users and External Stakeholders in Healthcare

 

To train employees and external stakeholders in healthcare at the same time is no small feat.

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How Adaptive Learning Optimizes Aviation Training

For years, the aviation industry has used AQP to train pilots and flight instructors, with exceptional results: even though air traffic has increased, the number of accidents continues to decrease. But just as the industry continues to innovate and evolve, so too must the tools and methods of training, in order to keep pilots, crews, and passengers safe in the skies.

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Why Adaptive Learning for Pilot and Flight Attendant Training?

When an airline needs to train, you know it’s no small undertaking. From flight operations, to airport and network operations, a large airline has to train thousands of employees. The obvious choice for training on this scale is to utilize online training.

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Area9 named Training Industry Top 20 Training Delivery Company for 2nd Year Straight

2018_Top20_training_delivery_Web_LargeWe are delighted to announce that Training Industry has named Area9 to its 2018 Top 20 list of Training Delivery companies, building on our 2017 award. Training Industry is the leading global resource for training professionals responsible for improving business performance.

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In the Social Media Age, You Need Better Flight Attendant Training

In the age of social media, when companies can be held accountable at the click of a button, employees’ relationship with the public needs to be courteous and professional at all times.

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Unconscious Incompetence In Aviation: The Risk to Your Flight Crew

Unconscious incompetence is one of the most prevalent and damaging problems facing the aviation workforce. Ever heard the saying, “You don’t know that you don’t know”? In a nutshell, that’s what unconscious incompetence is, and its effects on job performance are pervasive.

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Can You Provide Pilot and Flight Instructor Training At Scale?

Pilots and flight instructors have different objectives for different jobs and require different content to be trained effectively. While traditional e-learning programs may struggle to handle different needs, Area9’s biological model makes it easy to train for different skill and experience levels, as well as for different but related roles.

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How to Improve Continuing Education for Pilots

Safety in the sky depends on your pilots updating their skills and refreshing their training periodically. 

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Manage Aviation Training Data Better than AQP

Aviation industry training depends on data collection to demonstrate that training happened and that it was successful. While AQP does collect data on participants, it typically relies on a pass/fail metric that does not differentiate between a trainee who demonstrates mastery and one who barely passes.

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The Future of Flight Safety Training Requires Personalization

Which is preferable? Training that treats every pilot the same, regardless of knowledge and experience level? Or one that personalizes the learning and adjusts to each pilot based on what they need? 

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Can You Onboard Pilots Faster, Without Sacrificing Training Quality?

Onboarding a commercial pilot takes a long time: at least 2 months training with the airline. While time spent onboarding new pilots is crucial from a safety and compliance perspective, it also means fewer qualified pilots available to fly at any given time — and that’s a problem.

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Overcome the Challenges of Traditional Pilot Training

Despite advancements in technology, traditional challenges in pilot training persist:

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Adaptive Learning Takes AQP to the Next Level

The implementation of the Advanced Qualification Program (AQP) in 1990 changed aviation industry training for the better. With its emphasis on company-specific, innovative, and flexible training, and its data collection capacity for auditing purposes, AQP is a more creative and effective approach to aviation industry training than more traditional methods. And the results show that it works: there are fewer fatal airline accidents now than in the past — 2017 was a benchmark year for airliner safety.

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Save Time & Improve the Quality of Crew Resource Management (CRM) Training

While more concerned with cognitive and interpersonal skills than technical knowledge, Crew Resource Management (CRM) training aims to help flight crews respond appropriately to the situations they find themselves in. With an emphasis on teamwork, problem solving, and communication, it may seem counter intuitive to train these types of “soft skills” through an e-learning platform, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. 

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How Adaptive Learning Makes Learners More Accountable to their Compliance Training

Compliance training is not popular: most people find it to be the most painful form of corporate training. It is usually a recurring requirement and employees know they’ll have to retrain at again and again. In this post we’ll focus mostly on health and safety, but the same problems with traditional e-learning affect all forms of compliance training.

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The Best Methods of Training Delivery for Sales Teams

What is a major problem plaguing the world of professional sales training? It’s the time training takes.

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Does Your Employee Onboarding Process Reduce Churn?

A 2016 survey found that American companies had an average turnover rate of 17.8%. But the survey also found that 69% of employees are more likely to stay with a company for at least three years if they experience a positive onboarding process. Even if you exclude high-turnover industries like retail and hospitality, that’s still an extremely high overall turnover rate.

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What’s the Best Kind of Training for Healthcare Compliance?

If, as a chief compliance officer, you’re looking to mitigate risk by training your healthcare staff in compliance issues, you’re probably looking for a type of corporate training that can deliver scalability, a quick method that doesn’t take learners out of the workplace for too long, and the ability to keep learners engaged so their compliance training can help when it’s needed most.

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2 Things You Must Do to Get the Most out of Corporate Sales Training

For the average salesperson, corporate training is the last place they want to be, and that’s because time spent in training is time spent not selling. This puts any would-be trainer at a disadvantage: take too long with the training, and you lose the sales crowd. But be too brief with the training (to accommodate for the fast-paced environment) and you risk spending too little time on important topics, thereby losing the learner’s interest.

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What Does Training Have to Do with a Career Development Plan?

In past corporate environments, career development plans were generally viewed as the company’s responsibility: the company had to ensure its employees had the skills and competencies necessary to move up in the ranks. Because employees tended to stay with one company longer, the old corporate ladder was a method of attracting employees to the company.

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How Adaptive Learning Software Proves Compliance Training Is Effective

Organizations such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Centre for Medicare Services, and legislation such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Food Safety and Traceability Act (FSMA), have created professional standards and training requirements for businesses and institutions. When audited, the onus is on each entity to prove that they have met these specifications.

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When Your Sales Training Results Are All Over the Map, You Need Adaptive Learning

Sales and sales management training have the double hurdle of having to train many people over a vast territory (for example, employees in satellite offices or travelling sales reps) and with varied experience levels ranging from novice to expert.

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Do Your Learners Have Learning Fatigue & Do You Have LMS Fatigue?

Many traditional corporate training tools are the unfortunate cause of learning fatigue — a combination of ineffective, one-size-fits-all e-learning, disengaged learners, and tight training deadlines. Do you recognize any of those symptoms in your training?

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How to Offer Your Board an Assured Way to Mitigate Risk

When failure is not an option, compliance training must be done right the first time. But what if compliance training could do more than mitigate risk? What if training could teach employees to excel when the stakes are high?

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How to Convince Sales Leaders that They Need Adaptive Learning

Traditional corporate sales training has three components that often leave sales reps dissatisfied:

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Eradicate Unconscious Incompetence to Make Cross-Cultural Training Effective

Wherever you are in the world, you’ll always be able to find a McDonald’s restaurant. The McDonald’s secret to global popularity can’t be found in any secret sauce: its success is a result of the corporation’s cultural astuteness. Whether serving a market that is predominantly vegetarian, or one that avoids beef, or pork, or enjoys fish, McDonald’s adjusts its menu to the local cultural flavor — to great success. While we aren’t responsible for McDonald’s corporate learning we have to assume that someone at McDonald’s at some time received cross-cultural training.

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How Adaptive Learning-Based Assessment Improves Compliance for Banks

A compliance officer needs to understand the laws and regulations regarding their industry, but so do the employees within their company. Without company-wide knowledge of compliance, a company is put at risk for all sorts of noncompliance issues, and faces litigation.

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What You Need to Provide Good Training for Your Millennial Sales Team

In 2016, Millennials surpassed Gen Xers to become the largest part of the American workforce. In 2019, Millennials will outnumber the Baby Boomers in overall population. Sales management is going to have to get used to the changing attitudes and priorities of these Millennials who will soon make up the bulk of their workforce.

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The Cost of Training Programs for Employees: Adaptive Learning's ROI

A good company looks ahead to anticipate opportunities before they arrive, and spends resources preparing their workforce to meet those opportunities. Online e-learning, as a way of accomplishing this, is an obvious plus for most companies as it easily reduces cost of training programs for employees. But companies used to traditional classroom learning will wonder if the reduced cost means sacrificing training quality.

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One Thing a Bank Compliance Officer Should Do to Prepare for an Audit

You’d think that the training itself would be the most important part of compliance training. In many ways it is. But it might surprise you to learn that often, for a bank compliance officer, detailed reporting of compliance training may be more important than the training itself.

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Provide Corporate Sales Training That Closes the Knowledge Gap

What’s better for sales than understanding the key differentiators of your product? What’s worse than not knowing? In a recent survey, less than one-third of buyers felt that their vendors were well informed. Is it acceptable that two out of three conversations with vendors are considered useless by the prospective purchaser.

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How Training Can Improve Your Talent Management Strategy

Human Resources builds its team by bringing talented workers into the company. This is great, but to make a real lasting business impact the department needs a talent management strategy; it needs to hire highly engaged, high-performing employees all the time. Hiring employees who you know will be all that seems like it could be a difficult problem, but is it, really?

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The Importance of Adaptive Learning in Risk Mitigation for Compliance

Assessments have been critical to successful compliance programs. Regular testing allows businesses to prove to auditors that the proper steps toward risk mitigation are being taken. The fact that Adaptive Learning uses formative assessment (teaching by asking questions throughout the course to assess learner understanding) instead of summative assessment (a post-course test) makes it much more powerful than traditional approaches to compliance training.

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The Importance of Time in Managing a Sales Territory

There are so many factors that sales reps can’t control, like client budget constraints or a slow growth economy. That’s why, when managing a sales territory, it’s important sales reps are able to use their time - the one factor they can control - wisely.

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How to Reduce Employee Turnover & Its Costs for Your Business

Employees who do not feel they can achieve their career goals at their current employer are 12 times more likely to consider leaving, according to IBM.

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Why Your Risk Mitigation Plan Needs Adaptive Learning to Be Successful

Learning and development training will always play a key role in a risk mitigation plan. In high stakes industries like healthcare or banking, and in industries that require important complex skills like aviation, training is a critical tool to mitigate risk.

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Close the Gap Between Top and Bottom Line Growth for Medical Sales

It doesn’t matter how strong your top line growth is when your bottom line expenses, like your medical sales training budget, are too high. As such, most sales teams keep their training expenses low - but at what cost? You still want top line growth, and training keeps the sword sharp for even your most experienced and knowledgeable sales professionals.

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Why E-Learning Alone Won’t Fix the Skills Gap (Adaptive Learning Will)

Millennials are no longer just a small cohort of recent graduates entering the workforce. Many have reached managerial positions and, in some cases, have been working up to a decade beyond their post-secondary education. According to Abacus Data, in 2018 in Canada Millennials will make up the largest cohort in the workforce, making them the most represented of any other age group; also, more Millennials are eligible to vote in Canada than Baby Boomers.

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Create an Effective Training Program for Your Sales Teams

Adaptive Learning provides a proven and effective training program that reduces training time by 50% without sacrificing learner mastery, and it’s great at solving the problems that other e-learning platforms overlook. But can Adaptive Learning be used to train an effective sales team? A vice president of sales needs to know.

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Refine Your Employee Onboarding Process for Millennials

Because of cultural and economic changes, Millennials are more likely to change jobs frequently, or “job hop,” than older generations - especially in the five years following graduation. Often employers hope or expect that their new hires will stick with them for a long-term period, but that is getting less and less likely.

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Have You Considered Using E-Learning Before You Hire? Talent Analytics

Do you ever think about how odd it is that we still use resumes to apply for jobs? With all the world’s technological advances and connectivity, employers still want to see a bunch of bullet points on a piece of paper. It’s weird, isn’t it? With all the things that have changed and are changing in the work environment, wouldn’t resume-use change too?

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Mitigate Risk by Creating Compliance Training Employees Enjoy

A compliance officer understands the risks of poor compliance training: lawsuits, litigation, poor workplace safety. You name it. 

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Sales Training Delivery Methods for Millennials

By 2025, 75% of the global workforce will be made up of Millennials. By then, if not sooner, your sales training will need to be mostly focused on reaching a Millennial audience. Unconscious incompetence disproportionately affects young professionals, so your corporate sales training will need to correct for this, or else it will affect your top and bottom line.

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The Difference Between Adaptive Learning and a Recommendation Engine

Because every brain is different, Adaptive Learning changes its curriculum to meet every learner’s need. This is similar to what a recommendation engine does, but not quite the same thing.

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When Should You Provide Financial Compliance Training?

The answer is: Always. But that seems impossible.

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Training Your Sales Team: The Hardest Part

Sales training has one goal: train employees to perform in a way that increases revenue through sales - in other words, to have business impact. But traditional corporate training often falls short of this goal. Maybe that’s because learners find the learning content unengaging or the training delivery method inefficient.

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Are Bots Beneficial for Blended Learning Models?

While we’re living in an increasingly digital world, classroom training and blended learning - a combination of online and classroom learning - still hold an important place for the learning function. Blended learning, especially, allows employees and businesses to get the best of both: the scale of online learning with the personal leadership of classroom facilitation.

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The Problem With Pretests in Healthcare Compliance

So, you want to provide instructor-led healthcare compliance training. You provide a pretest because you want to make sure that your employees have some background knowledge before they take the training. Or maybe if they pass the pretest, they don’t have to take the training at all.

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The Best Thing Adaptive Learning Can Do for Corporate Sales Training

For corporate sales training to provide maximum business impact in the form of a productive sales team and increased revenue through sales numbers, the training must meet three key criteria.

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How to Accommodate for Learning Disabilities in Learning and Development Training

The narrative around learning disabilities (LDs) often centers on children and how their disabilities are managed and accommodated in schools. But the simple truth is that LDs are not cured. Learning disabilities are managed. So when those children with LDs leave school and become adults, they still have their LDs.

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How These 4 Businesses Are Changing E-Learning Effectiveness

Companies are fed up with the ineffectiveness of traditional corporate training tools and are looking for a more effective training program. They want greater e-learning effectiveness, and new solutions to old problems. Here are a few businesses getting better results in corporate learning after switching to Adaptive Learning:

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Corporate Learning Myths: Inadequacies in “70:20:10” and Gamification

Everyone wants a magic pill for easy training delivery methods, because sales teams are busy enough as it is and don’t really have time to sit in training. Because of the changing nature of learning and education (not to mention technology) it’s easy for myths to develop in pursuit of those magic pills. Here are two of the biggest ones:

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How to Prove That Adaptive Learning Is an Effective Training Program

If you want to make a change in learning and development, it won’t matter if you’ve convinced yourself Adaptive Learning is the key to an effective training program: you’ve still got to convince the stakeholders. And to do that you have to convince them that Adaptive Learning will positively affect your bottom line.

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What Are the 3 Biggest Causes of Learning Fatigue?

Learning fatigue occurs when there’s an unfortunate combination of ineffective, one-size-fits-all training and a disengaged workforce expected to achieve all their learning goals under tight deadlines. This is obviously a huge problem for compliance training. When so much time, money, and effort is put into developing corporate training, learning fatigue can sabotage it all.

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How Adaptive Technology Is Disrupting Corporate Learning

Each brain is unique, and so traditional one-size-fits-all corporate training actually fits none. Personalized training is a better option, but how can you possibly offer personalized learning to 5000 or more employees? Adaptive Learning, that’s how.

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4 Factors That Influence an Employee’s Learning Experience

How and what an employee learns is influenced by more than just the subject matter: previous knowledge, environment, and attitude all impact an employee’s learning experience.

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How to Create a Unique Learning Experience Online

Depending on the school of thought you adhere to you might have heard that there are four, seven, eight, even seventy-one types of learning styles. While experts vary, the general consensus is that there are at least three: visual, auditory, and kinesthetic. It’s commonly believed that to provide a unique learning experience, learners must be able to learn within their preferred style. But we’re not so sure.

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What’s the Best Type of Scalable Training Delivery Method for Sales Pros?

Formative assessment is the process of using assessment procedures (like posing questions) during the learning process. The intention is to modify teaching and learning activities to improve a learner’s success.

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Does Unconscious Incompetence Do Harm to Your Sales Department?

Before we talk about unconscious incompetence, let’s talk about unconscious competence. Unconscious competence is a fancy way of saying “second nature” and it’s the level of competence that every sales rep should aspire to. When you think of unconscious competence think of the saying “it’s as easy as riding a bike”: once you learn how to do it, it’s a skill that comes naturally to you so you don’t have to think about it.

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How to Combine E-Learning and Coaching in the Workplace

If you want to become the next Serena Williams, you don’t take one tennis lesson and expect to win Wimbledon. You hire a coach to train you over a long period of time, nurture your skills, shore up your knowledge base, and set you up to learn newer, harder techniques. Then, you win Wimbledon. Coaching in the workplace functions the same way as coaching in sports.

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How to Reduce Sales Staff Training Time, but Improve Sales Team Performance

Product knowledge is a driving force behind your sales team’s success. When your team knows your products - all of your products - they’re able to: communicate effectively with your buyers; create excitement around your products and services; boost your buyers’ confidence in your products and business, and; easily relieve objections buyers may have.

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When “Just in Case” Is Better Than “Just in Time” Training

“Just in time” training typically means giving people access to content at the moment of need. Google Search delivers just in time content every day. The value is that it provides learning satisfaction at the point of need. So when your staff can’t remember the specifics of a certain regulation, they have access to resources that help them find the answer to their question. Access to content on demand is an invaluable part of a learning strategy, especially when formal training is infrequent or difficult to access.

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The Importance of Better Training After #MeToo

2017 brought the #MeToo and the Time’s Up movements to prominence. It saw the “Silence Breakers” celebrated on the cover of Time magazine.

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What Makes Good Training? Microlearning vs. Adaptive Learning

What makes good training in the corporate learning world? There are many forms of corporate learning and e-learning, and many options are a good thing, but sometimes that much choice can be overwhelming and tricky. For starters, let’s identify two differing strategies and see what comes out. This time we’ll explore microlearning versus Adaptive Learning.

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How to Avoid Wasted Learning, or “Scrap Learning”

Scrap learning” refers to any corporate learning and training that doesn’t end up applied to work. In the training and work education worlds, there is a ton of scrap learning. You’ve most likely experienced scrap learning yourself.

Unfortunately, everyone has.

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The Evolution of E-Learning and Its Future

In the late 1990s the term e-learning first came into existence. Since then the evolution of e-learning has seen the advent of blended learning, learning as a form of talent management, and the rise and (now) the decline of the learning management system (LMS). Now we’re in the age of continuous learning. But what does this mean for the future of e-learning?

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Why AI Should Be Used More in Learning and Development

When we talk about artificial intelligence in pop culture, we tend to think about robots, and usually evil ones. But how often, when we think about AI, do we think about how artificial intelligence could help us learn?

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The Importance of Safety Awareness Training

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), in 2015 there were 4,836 fatalities in the American workplace. That’s an average of more than 93 deaths a week, and 13 a day.

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Interactive Content Provides Facilitator Learning at E-Learning Cost

Which is better: e-learning or classroom instruction? It’s a question Learning and Development (L&D) has been asking since e-learning first came on the scene two decades ago. We’re ready for an answer. So let’s break down both options.

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How the Future of E-Learning Looks Like Online Shopping

When you log on to an online retailer, like Amazon, one of the first things you’ll see are recommendations for future purchases. If you purchased a certain brand of stroller, Amazon might suggest you take a look at the brand’s car seats, as well. Online retailers keep track of what you bought so that they know what you might like in the future, providing a more personalized shopping experience in the process. And no surprise - customers love this feature because it shortens the time it takes them to shop, and helps them shop more effectively.

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How to Prove Learning & Development (L&D) Has Training Impact

The learning function has two purposes: to deliver business impact by training employees, and to prove that the training has impact. 

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Spend Less Time on Training & Get More Effective Training Programs

According to a study conducted by Training magazine, companies averaged 53.8 hours of training per employee in 2015. That’s 13 hours more than in 2014. But how do we know that adding more time to the learning achieved better results?

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The Area9 Blog 2017: A Home for E-Learning Resources

2017 was a great year for exploring the advantages of Adaptive Learning, and we hope this blog has been helpful, informative, and a good guide to e-learning resources. This post is a quick celebration of the top five blog posts most enjoyed by CLOs this past year in the Area9 blog.

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Why Microlearning Isn’t the Solution to the Corporate Learning Problem

We all know what we want from our corporate learning initiatives: learning that has business impact. Some corporate learning approaches claim to provide exactly that, but do they really? Microlearning is one of those approaches. Here, we’ll break down what microlearning is and how it stacks up against Adaptive Learning.

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How to Prevent Accidents at Work: What Makes Good Training

It’s easy to imagine what makes bad corporate training, but what makes good training? That depends on what you want out of it.

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How Do You Measure an Effective Training Program?

How do we view success in corporate training? Is it the number of people who take the training? Is it the number of hours the training takes to complete? Is it the number of in-house naps employees take while looking over training material?

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Adaptive Learning Removes the Stigma of Workplace Knowledge Gaps

If there’s one certainty in the business world, it’s this: mistakes will be made. That’s not just a fact of business, of course. That’s a fact of life. Human beings are flawed. We make mistakes. We have knowledge gaps, and the sooner we accept this, the more open we’ll be to better methods of corporate learning.

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How Adaptive Learning Optimizes Your Corporate Training Budget

Global spending on corporate training is going up - as much as 2-5% - and yet rates of unconscious incompetence in the workforce are as high as ever. It’s getting more and more expensive to force employees into unfulfilling training that ultimately falls short.

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Adaptive Learning is a Learning Experience, Not a Learning Event

When you take a training course to get your motorcycle license, does passing the course make you a master motorist? No, of course not. The course only means you have the most basic knowledge required to safely operate a motorcycle on the road.

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How Adaptive Learning Facilitates Blended Learning

As corporate learning continues to evolve, so does the role of the corporate training instructor. Learners expect instructors to take on a different role than the one we’ve seen in traditional corporate training. This new role combined with Adaptive Learning creates the perfect environment for blended learning.

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Are Online Corporate Training Programs Better Than Classroom Learning?

Before we talk about which is better than the other, let’s talk about trends. In 2018, online corporate training programs are developing fast and becoming ever-more accessible.

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The Impact Adaptive Learning Has on E-Learning for Business Impact

 We know Adaptive Learning has a positive business impact because it:

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How Adaptive Learning Supports Instructional Designers’ Digital Skills

 We already know that Adaptive Learning has multiple benefits for the learner and the business, but the technology also benefits the instructional designers who create corporate e-learning courses.

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Learning Soft Skills With Technology

While corporate e-learning reaps the benefits of technological advancement, there is always a risk that digital progress could negatively impact other essential skills.

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How Your E-Learning Resources Can Keep Up With the Digital Skills Gap

As technology develops faster than ever, the digital skills shelf life gets shorter. Before your employees have mastered a new technology the next generation is already available with new features and skills to learn.

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Personalized Learning Drives Learner Experience

Learner needs are changing fast. Training Industry identified all the ways learner needs will influence corporate training delivery methods in 2018. First on their list: personalized learning is in high demand, pushing the corporate training function to catch up.

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$30M RECORD-BREAKING INVESTMENT IN THE DANISH EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY COMPANY AREA9 LYCEUM

The Danish Growth Fund has made a record-breaking $30 million investment in the Danish technology and learning company Area9 Lyceum. With this investment, considerably larger than previous investments by the fund, The Danish Growth Fund clearly signals their ambition of placing Denmark as world-leading in the field of educational technology.

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How Unconscious Incompetence Affects Graduates and Young Professionals

As the Boomer generation ages, new workers will be needed to fill empty positions. But what happens to a new hire when the gaps in their knowledge are too big? Mistakes happen and productivity is lost.

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The Benefits of Mobile Adaptive Learning for the Retail Sector

 

Social media makes it so everyone is on their phones all the time. But what if instead of following Twitter you could use your mobile device for something productive? With mobile Adaptive Learning, you can.

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How You Know You Need an Adaptive Learning Model to Train Online

Millennials, technology, and the economy are having a profound impact on retail, service, and hospitality industries. As industries change, your business needs to change with them or risk being left behind.

 

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How Area9 Learning Curates Content for Your Business

At Area9 Learning, we know that when your business has thousands of employees and only a few training managers, it’s probably difficult to find a training platform that teaches at scale, gets employees up to speed fast, and still allows you to maintain the level of control you need to ensure your organization’s standards are met.

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How Adaptive Learning Benefits the Learner and Your Business

 If your corporate e-learning program doesn’t positively impact your business, then what’s the point? Adaptive Learning brings with it maximum business impact: it benefits the learner and your business making it more effective than traditional corporate learning programs.

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Adaptive Learning Takes Hospitality Staff Training to the Next Level

Much as Adaptive Learning improves retail employee training by saving staff time away from the sales floor, Adaptive Learning improves hospitality staff training. 

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What You Need to Know to Create an Adaptive Learning Definition

If there is one disadvantage to Adaptive Learning, it’s that there are a lot of new terms to learn in order to understand how the Adaptive Learning process works.

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How to Eliminate Unconscious Incompetence in Your Workplace

Unconscious incompetence is not knowing what you don’t know. And when you take action based on a misperception, it can be hazardous. It’s a problem that affects every industry and every business.

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Who Is Benefitting from Adaptive Learning Technology Right Now?

Adaptive Learning technology can be used in any corporate learning scenario. But here’s a snapshot of a few industries who are killing it with adapted technology.

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How Adaptive Learning Reduces Training Costs for Retail Employees

How Much Is Training For All Your Employees Costing You?

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Why Adaptive Is the Future of E-Learning

Many business leaders have mixed feelings about traditional e-learning (maybe you’re one of them).

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How to Engage Thousands of Employees in Training: Adaptive Learning

Employees want to do training, but don’t always see it as a priority - especially because online training is often boring.

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How To Get Your Corporate Training Programs Started with Adaptive Learning

It’s not as hard as you think to make the transition from your traditional corporate training programs to Adaptive Learning. From working with subject matter experts and curating your learning content, to creating learning objectives (LOs), to authoring probes (questions), and compiling learning resources, Area9 makes the transition from traditional e-learning to Adaptive Learning easy.

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Why Gamification in Business Is an Ineffective Corporate Learning Tool

Have you been told gamification is the next big thing in business education? At Area9, we’re not convinced.

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How Many Questions Does Adaptive Learning Software Need?

Formative assessment - or teaching by asking questions - sets Adaptive Learning software apart from traditional corporate learning delivery methods.

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Cognitive Neuroscience and Computer Science Solve 3 Corporate Training Problems

Adaptive Learning is an easy solution to many of your corporate training problems without any of the risk. Adaptive Learning uses cognitive neuroscience and computer science to solve 3 common corporate training problems.

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Adaptive Learning Solves Onboarding In Industries With High Employee Turnover Rates

Industries with a high employee turnover rate - like hospitality, transportation, and retail - must not only onboard a revolving door of employees, they must meet their diverse learning needs as well.

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Why Is Mobile Adaptive Learning Better Than Traditional E-Learning?

A frequent complaint about traditional learning is that it takes employees away from their jobs. They spend valuable time training when they could be working. Worse, the impact of the training is unknown. But it doesn’t have to be that way. There’s a fix for everything that’s broken about e-learning right now, so that your employees can take impactful training courses or learn new systems anywhere.

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What Makes the Adaptive Learning Model the Solution to E-Learning?

The Adaptive Learning model sets itself apart from traditional corporate e-learning because it is able to focus on building and measuring proficiency. Traditional corporate e-learning focuses on “course completion” as the key performance indicator (KPI) - but course completion has nothing to do with mastery of information.

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What Is Unconscious Incompetence & How It Impacts Technical Training?

We already know that Adaptive Learning is a versatile corporate training tool that can onboard new employees or train an experienced team. But Adaptive Learning is especially helpful for complex technical training (like software programming or laboratory medicine) because it helps uncover unconscious incompetence, something traditional corporate training tools cannot do.

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Is It Easy to Get Started With the Adaptive Learning Platform?

The short answer is: yes. The Adaptive Learning platform benefits your learners and has an impact on your business, because with Adaptive Learning software:

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Adaptive Learning Is the Tool You Need to Reinvent Corporate Training

In corporate training, it is typical to measure learners’ success by high attendance and course completion. But that’s not how corporate training should be measured. Success should be measured by a learner’s ability to take what they’ve learned and apply it back into the business, efficiently and effectively.  

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Adaptive Learning: The Intersection Of Computer Science & Cognitive Science

You know that corporate learning is essential to every successful business. But finding the right learning delivery method for your business is difficult, especially with so many options like gamification or microlearning. 

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Adaptive Learning: The Solution to Veteran and Novice Staff Training

Your staff are as varied in their education, knowledge, and experience as your customers are. But while your business processes can most likely adapt to the diverse needs of your customers, your current corporate training capabilities are probably not as diverse; “one size fits none” is one of the biggest problems in corporate e-learning today.

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What Happens to My Learning Management System in the Age of Adaptive Learning?

Almost every training function in the corporate world has their own learning management system (LMS), either created in-house or by a third party. So if you are looking to change your corporate e-learning platform, one of the major questions you must ask is: how will the new platform integrate with your existing LMS?

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How You Know Adaptive Learning Is Better Than Other E-Learning Tools

One of the most frequently asked questions about Adaptive Learning software is: how do you know it helps people learn? Short answer: research and empirical evidence.

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Disruptive Innovation Festival Nov 9th: Hear Ulrik Juul Christensen Speak

On Thursday, November 9th at the Disruptive Innovation Festival curated by the MacArthur Foundation, join Ulrik Juul Christensen, Todd Rose and Sandy Speicher in the afternoon (in Europe) for the 'Headliner' talk. 

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Adaptive Technology: Isn’t It Just One Big Test?

Traditional corporate learning and corporate e-learning teaches content and then asks questions to establish which parts the learner absorbed.You can expect there will be parts the learner remembers. But there will also be parts they don’t remember, and they’ll get many of the answers right simply by guessing (not because they truly have mastered the topic well enough to apply the information in a real setting). So how, in a corporate training environment, can you remediate these knowledge gaps which could be the very gaps you set out to solve in the first place?

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How To Optimize Employee Training Time. The Adaptive Learning Model

A major problem with traditional corporate training programs is the time it takes to deliver them. Corporate training often burdens your staff - your company’s most valuable asset - with death-by-PowerPoint presentations or boring page-turn e-learning. And, after it becomes clear your staff have not understood or applied what they were supposed to learn, your company must spend more money and time on costly re-training.

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3 Benefits of Adaptive Learning (& 3 Risks We Can Help You Avoid)

Corporate learning and e-learning are too often seen as a “check the box” exercise. Learners do not engage with the content and the result is that they do not learn anything, they do not master the content, and therefore they cannot bring that mastery back into the business.

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NEWS RELEASE: Area9 and Valia Sign Partnership Agreement to Advance the Multi-Billion Dollar Corporate Education Market in the Middle East and North Africa

Strategic Partnership to Transform the Future of Corporate Education.

BOSTON, Mass. and RIYADH - Area9 Learning and Valia Investments have signed a long-term exclusive partnership to advance adaptive e-learning for corporations in the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA). 

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What You Need to Know About the Benefits of Blended Learning

One of the biggest benefits of e-learning is that it is convenient. But many feel there is no substitute for in-classroom learning. Research shows that the combination of the two - blended learning - combines the advantages of each for better outcomes; here are some of the things you need to know about how the benefits of blended learning can improve corporate learning program.

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3 Ways You Can Improve Your Corporate Learning Platform

Globalization, the demand for higher productivity and profit margins, and the practice of working remotely have increasingly driven companies toward e-learning as a training method over the last two decades. Despite its initial promise, the mass-produced quality of e-learning hinders its ability to deliver in 3 important ways: efficiency, engagement, and effectiveness. Adaptive Learning is 
e-learning that delivers the efficiency, engagement, and effectiveness - the 3Es - and more to corporate learners.

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What Is Unconscious Incompetence & How Can You Prevent It?

You’ve heard the saying “you don’t know what you don’t know”; this is unconscious incompetence. Imagine your sales team: are they confident that they understand all of the important features of your products? In reality, they probably don’t. That lack of knowledge is a reason your company might miss revenue goals. You’re not alone; unconscious incompetence negatively affects most companies.

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What Are The Problems With E-Learning (& How to Resolve Them)

For years, corporate satisfaction with e-learning has been low - and rightly so. Low engagement, difficulty in measuring outcomes, and lack of impact has left learners and training departments alike with bad feelings and low expectations of e-learning. E-Learning overcomes logistical challenges, but fails in most other areas.

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What Is E-Learning Fatigue & Are Your Learners Suffering?

The intent behind corporate training is this: providing engaging learning opportunities to multiple learners for maximum business impact. Unfortunately the intention often falls short of the reality and you instead get a PowerPoint deck that does little to engage, teach, or impact the business.

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Why Corporate E-Learning Is 175 Years Old & Needs an Upgrade

Corporate e-learning hasn’t changed since 1840; it uses summative assessment which doesn’t guarantee mastery. Learners need formative assessment for success.


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What Is Adaptive Learning? The Fix for E-Learning Engagement

Because every brain is different, every brain learns differently. To truly learn, people (and their brains) must be fully engaged in the content. Despite the problem it set out to solve, e-learning is widely criticized for failing to provide this level of engagement we expect.

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ULRIK JUUL CHRISTENSEN PRESENTED AS ONE OF 15 PIONEERS AT THE INAUGURAL WORLD FRONTIERS FORUM ON OCTOBER 2ND IN CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS.

THE FORUM WAS A SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY TO BRING TOGETHER VISIONARY ART AND SCIENCE WORLD LEADERS.

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NEW ADAPTIVE LEARNING WEBINAR AVAILABLE ON TRAININGINDUSTRY.COM

Check out the link below for the latest webinar from Nick Howe, Area9 Learning’s Chief Learning Officer: Adaptive Learning Is Easier Than You Think

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DR. ULRIK JUUL CHRISTENSEN IN HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW TALKING ABOUT HOW TO TEACH EMPLOYEES SKILLS THEY DON’T KNOW THEY LACK

After spending billions of dollars a year on corporate learning, U.S. companies probably assume that their employees have the knowledge and skills they need to carry out their jobs. The employees themselves probably think they’re prepared, too, having gone through these exercises.

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DR. ULRIK JUUL CHRISTENSEN SPOKE AT THE #EDCRUNCH CONFERENCE ON SEPTEMBER 27TH TO AN AUDIENCE OF 5000+


Medicine is decades ahead of education in terms of acknowledging that patients have significant individual differences. The latest generation of this, precision medicine, is going as far as developing drugs targeting subspecies of cancers based on their genetic profile. Precision Education is the antithesis of ‘average’ and a concept – not a technology – that applied appropriately is the end of the one-size-fits-all approach.

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AREA9 IS NAMED ARAGON RESEARCH HOT VENDOR


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Training Industry names Area9 Learning in 2017 Top 20 Training Delivery Companies

We are delighted to announce that Training Industry has named Area9 Learning to its 2017 Top 20 list of Training Delivery companies.  Training Industry is the leading global resource for training professionals responsible for improving business performance.

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Award-Winning Sommelier Offers New Wine Program Using Adaptive Learning Technology

Area9 Learning has partnered with the award-winning sommelier, Caleb Ganzer, to launch the first personalized wine education course, using adaptive learning - for an introduction to the course, see more here.

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Area9 Executive Chairman Ulrik Juul Christensen discusses how we can prepare ourselves for the coming AI explosion

In a recent article in VentureBeat, Area9 Executive Chairman, Dr. Ulrik Juul Christensen is discussing the need for intelligent approaches to the coming AI-revolution;

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Discover Adaptive Learning from Area9 at ATD ICE 2017 – May 21-24

If you want to know what the future of learning looks like, head over to the Association for Talent Development International Conference and Expo in Atlanta, GA, May 21-24.
Come visit us at Booth 306 in the expo hall to learn why adaptive learning is the future of corporate education, and maybe win some great prizes and giveaways…
Plus we have two great workshop sessions:

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Area9 partners with Lloyds Register to bring adaptive benefits to product safety training

For full details, see: http://www.lr.org/en/news-and-insight/articles/ce-marking-manufacturers-training-that-adapts-to-you.aspx

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AREA9, JBJS, INC., AND NEJM GROUP COLLABORATE ON ADAPTIVE LEARNING IN ORTHOPAEDICS.

Today, it was announced that Area9 has expanded its partnership with the NEJM Group using NEJM Knowledge+ to also covers orthopaedics in collaboration with JBJS. JBJS Clinical Classroom on NEJM Knowledge+ will be available before the end of 2017

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AREA9 PARTNERS WITH AACC AND NEJM GROUP TO LAUNCH AACC LEARNING LAB

AACC, a global scientific and medical professional organization dedicated to better health through laboratory medicine, is pleased to announce the launch of AACC Learning Lab. Developed through a collaboration with NEJM Group—the publisher of the New England Journal of Medicine, and Area9 Learning—a global leader in adaptive learning technology—AACC Learning Lab is designed to help laboratory medicine experts expand their knowledge and enhance their ability to find answers to challenging patient health problems.

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HITACHI DATA SYSTEMS WINS MULTIPLE AWARDS FOR LEARNING & DEVELOPMENT SUPPORTED BY AREA9

In March 2016, Area9 carried out a case study which recognized Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), the multi-billion dollar global IT data and information company, for its strategic decision to adopt Area9 Learning’s innovative platform for all its online training.  We are delighted to announce that the learning industry’s top associations and analysts feel the same way.

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NICK HOWE: RESEARCH SHOWS COMPLIANCE TRAINING SPARKS CREATIVITY

It seems like there’s an ever growing requirement for compliance training. Sarbanes-Oxley, HIPPA, COPPA, Gramm-Leach-Bliley, FCPA, OSHA…the list goes on. Luckily, the latest research* shows — and this may be surprising — that compliance training is one of the greatest drivers of workforce creativity.

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Shinola has chosen to partner with Area9 Learning

Shinola, the Detroit based luxury good manufacturer, has chosen to partner with Area9 Learning to deliver adaptive e-learning for their store associates. Shinola currently has 14 stores in the US, a number that is expected to grow to 21 by the end of the year.

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MEET AREA9 LEARNING AT MASIE 2016

Area9 Learning is doing a showcase at this year’s Masie’s Learning 2016, which will take place in Orlando, Florida from the 23rd – 26th October.

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Area9 Learning Helps Hitachi Decrease Training Time, Increase Proficiency

BOSTON, May 23, 2016 – Area9 Learning’s adaptive learning methods help Hitachi Data Systems achieve a 50% decrease in training time for its sales teams, and uncover and remediate critical knowledge gaps.

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National Safety Council & Area9 Learning partners to deliver adaptive safety training

In partnership with Area9, the National Safety Council (NSC) has launched a new adaptive online version of the Supervisor’s Safety Development Program (SSDP) called SSDP Online.

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Area9 Learning partners with TrackMan

Area9 Learning has partnered with TrackMan to deliver a new educational experience for golfers. TrackMan is the World’s leading golf analytic company, using a fully wireless, easy to use, indoor/outdoor, radar-based solution for analyzing the impact conditions and resulting ball flight in golf. By combing the insights from the TrackMan solutions with adaptive learning, golfers now have a chance to cover topics such as Ball Flight Laws, Course Management and TrackMan’s Fundamentals. This state-of-the-art content is presented in various formats, from video and animations, to interactive “calculators” that help explain the game in new, innovative ways.

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Adaptive Learning and Medical Education

Area9 Learning’s Chairman, Dr. Ulrik Juul Christensen, sharing his views with Clinical Chemistry on the effectiveness of adaptive learning technology in medical education. Clinical Chemistry is the leading international journal of clinical laboratory science.

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NEJM Group and Area9 Learning Continue Successful Partnership

NEJM GROUP AND AREA9 CONTINUE SUCCESSFUL PARTNERSHIP WITH THE LAUNCH OF FAMILY MEDICINE BOARD REVIEW

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Area9 Enters Agreement with Hitachi Data Systems

Area9 has entered into a multi-year agreement with Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), for broad implementation of adaptive technology.

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Area9 provides technology behind NEJM Groups new adaptive learning platform

Based on area9´s unique technology NEJM Group – the organization behind the New England Journal of Medicine and NEJM Journal Watch – has launched NEJM Knowledge+ Internal Medicine Board Review, a self assessment and continuous learning solution that employ the very latest adaptive learning technologies to increase learning efficiency and knowledge retention.

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