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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