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.
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.
It’s easy to imagine what makes bad corporate training, but what makes good training? That depends on what you want out of it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We know Adaptive Learning has a positive business impact because it:
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.
While corporate e-learning reaps the benefits of technological advancement, there is always a risk that digital progress could negatively impact other essential skills.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Much as Adaptive Learning improves retail employee training by saving staff time away from the sales floor, Adaptive Learning improves hospitality staff training.
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.
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.
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.
How Much Is Training For All Your Employees Costing You?
Many business leaders have mixed feelings about traditional e-learning (maybe you’re one of them).
Employees want to do training, but don’t always see it as a priority - especially because online training is often boring.
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.
Have you been told gamification is the next big thing in business education? At Area9, we’re not convinced.
Formative assessment - or teaching by asking questions - sets Adaptive Learning software apart from traditional corporate learning delivery methods.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The short answer is: yes. The Adaptive Learning platform benefits your learners and has an impact on your business, because with Adaptive Learning software:
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Corporate e-learning hasn’t changed since 1840; it uses summative assessment which doesn’t guarantee mastery. Learners need formative assessment for success.
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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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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;
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:
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
NEJM GROUP AND AREA9 CONTINUE SUCCESSFUL PARTNERSHIP WITH THE LAUNCH OF FAMILY MEDICINE BOARD REVIEW
Area9 has entered into a multi-year agreement with Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), for broad implementation of adaptive technology.
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.