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Cherie McInturff

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Employee Training for the Win-Win

Posted by Cherie McInturff on Aug 15, 2018 9:02:33 AM

The Benefit that Empowers Employees

 

Rapid shifts in technology, labor markets, and the overall global economic environment have all impacted the employment experience in recent years. When youth unemployment hit crisis levels in 2012, approaching 20% in some of the world’s largest states and over 50% in some other well-established economies, the debate over how jobs match up with employee skill sets became urgent. Some business initiatives began to try to define the skill set of the future, committing energy towards a kind of educational specialization that would help supply, in employment terms, meet demand.

 

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Topics: development, elearning, education, success, future


Education & Success

Posted by Cherie McInturff on May 30, 2018 5:34:00 PM

The Education Pathway to Economic Well-Being

 

Education is traditionally linked to individual success in life, particularly an individual’s chances for achieving wealth and prosperity. Higher education results in more skill and knowledge to secure higher income. Recent shifts in labor markets—to include greater participation from more countries, producing more international competition—have also supported that view. As advanced economies encountered new competition from regions like South America, Eastern Europe, and Asia—it emerged clearly that the most successful were more educated, workers educated up to and in some cases, well beyond Western standards.

 

A Rising Tide Raises all Boats

 

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Topics: development, elearning, education, success, future


Certifications & Skill Demand

Posted by Cherie McInturff on May 8, 2018 10:46:00 AM

The State of Certifications and the Rise of Skill Demand

 

Employer demand for specialized skills has been on the rise in recent years. At a research workshop held by the National Academy of Sciences in 2008, labor economists reflected on job growth in what they defined as the “high-wage professional, technical, and managerial” sector. In labor market terms, they identified skill demand as a feature of workplaces moved to develop in tandem with changes in technology. The panelists also pointed to policies and trends intended to upgrade skills in low-wage service jobs and techno service work.

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Topics: certification, CompTIA, AWS


The ROI Lens for Online Learning

Posted by Cherie McInturff on Apr 3, 2018 11:00:00 AM

From Qualitative to Quantitative Gain

 

Business processes can be carefully calibrated, well-defined, widely available—and, if lacking good execution, worthless. Transmission of that knowledge is transformational and the essential element is training. Team members with good process knowledge perform better, with confidence, and understand their own talent as an asset to the company, generating a culture of high performance and elevated capability.

 

This understanding is at the heart of online training. By directly enabling employees with process knowledge, productivity improves. Employees understand their own talent to be important and relevant; their proficiency neither assumed, nor intractably established. There is room for human development. Employers, in turn, understand that this expertise will be a valuable asset. They see cultivating talent to improve business as a capital investment, rather than a sunk cost.

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Topics: Learning operations, elearning, global certification, ROI


How Can You Motivate Online Learners

Posted by Cherie McInturff on Feb 27, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Engagement Strategies: Emerging Insights to Motivate Online Students

 

 

Learning an entirely new subject, gaining proficiency in a skill set or even mastering it are ambitions that can now be accomplished with Internet access and massive open online courses (MOOCs). While MOOCs offer increased flexibility as a unique learning platform, they also present unique challenges—student motivation being a top example. Some students may be intrinsically motivated by personal curiosity and goals, pursuing coursework at a regular pace. However, other students may be motivated by extrinsic rewards related to finishing coursework, and find regular engagement difficult.

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Topics: Learning Exchange, learning Management System, MOOCs, online course, elearning


Understanding MOOCs

Posted by Cherie McInturff on Jan 10, 2018 7:46:37 AM

 

The availability of non-traditional educational opportunities is flourishing in the age of widespread Internet access, allowing for an expansion of new learning modalities in how information is conveyed. From traditional students and professionals to skilled workers and the insatiably curious, new ways of learning have created opportunities for anyone with internet access and the drive to seek out information. There is a massive demand for educational services, however, a one-size-fits-all approach is not the most efficient way to add value, particularly in professional settings. Certificates are now more common than associates or master’s degrees, demonstrating that educational opportunities no longer must adhere to the rigid format of brick and mortar classrooms. So, in this brave new world of knowledge acquisition, what does the new normal look like?

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Topics: certification, learning Management System, tech, MOOCs, online course


Learning Management Systems Limitations: Part 3 the Comprehensive LMS Ecosystem

Posted by Cherie McInturff on Nov 27, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Beyond Core, Beyond Limits—the Comprehensive LMS Ecosystem

 

In our discussion about LMS core function and its limits, we’ve touched on the enterprise solution of employing an IT team to build out LMS functionality. Though this approach is too often cost-prohibitive, the underlying work of linking at different levels is a sound approach. Extending this approach in an LMS-neutral way is what the Xvoucher Learning Exchange achieves

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Topics: learning Management System, LMS


Learning Management Systems Limitations: Part 2 Outside the Core

Posted by Cherie McInturff on Nov 20, 2017 8:30:00 AM

A common complaint about LMSs across audiences is that they don’t deliver the highly interactive, easily accessible learning experience employees want, nor do they provide the business results sought by executives. That’s because they weren’t really designed to do either. Recall that LMSs are designed to be proficient at core functions. Fulfilling core functions for a given audience has often resulted in tradeoffs that compromise other functions users expect or need:

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Topics: learning Management System, LMS


Learning Management Systems a Series: Part 1 The Good, The Bad and the New Way to Leverage Them

Posted by Cherie McInturff on Nov 13, 2017 8:30:00 AM


Learning Management Systems: 

There are plenty of opinions about the current state of learning management systems (LMSs)—some say their expiration date is near, while others assert LMS is alive and well. Numbers are revealing here. Investments made in these systems each year, to the tune of over $5.2 billion show a continued prominence. That number is expected to grow to more than $15 billion by 2021 and it doesn’t take into account associated investments in platforms and tools—including content development and integration, assessment, curation and other marketplaces.

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Topics: learning Management System, LMS


Cut Costs in Your Training Budget by Stopping Waste

Posted by Cherie McInturff on Oct 5, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Investing in training and professional development has proven to be beneficial for both employee morale and an organization’s profitability. In fact, the majority of executive-level managers surveyed by Deloitte in 2015 agreed that the area of learning and development was more important than ever—a sentiment that is backed by numbers.  Many medium and large organizations invest anywhere from 2% to 5% of salary budgets back into professional development and training.

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Topics: xvoucher


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