BYOD, Oculus Rift, & The Future of Learning Technology

BYOD, Oculus Rift, & The Future of Learning Technology

BYOD, HTML5, Oculus Rift, Google Glasses, AR, AI, the Cloud; what’s next? As busy, modern, and ever-increasingly connected professionals with deadlines, dreams, and to-do-lists, we get so wrapped up in our own worlds that we often forget to cast an eye to the future. We hardly ever stop to think about what the world will be like in 5 years, let alone 500 years from now. Will there even be a world left to remember? How will we educate our young and run our enterprises? We were under the impression that we shaped technology, but the truth is that technology has secretly been shaping us all along. A decade ago we were reprimanded for touching or sitting too close to the screen. Today, it’s encouraged, Nay demanded. iPads, Tablets, Smartphones, Touch-screens and Augmented Reality spectacles, are all the rage now, but what about the day after tomorrow? Can you even imagine a time when devices will be obsolete? Will we embark on strapped-in journeys to other planets without moving a muscle like Arnold, the Governator in Total Recall, or will we be able to plug into the Matrix and download skills directly into our craniums like Neo? Sure, we make inebriated new years resolutions; compile extra-idealistic 5-year business plans and attempt to project earnings for 10, maybe 30 years down the line, but can we really see into the future and prepare ourselves, our businesses, our legacies? Take e-learning and online training as an example. In this century alone, we went from chalkboards to paper textbooks, to cathode ray tubes, to liquid crystal displays, to holograms, to… Who knows?...
How to Crash & Burn a Training Plan Like a Boss

How to Crash & Burn a Training Plan Like a Boss

Forget Practical Advice on How To Craft a Formidable Custom Training Plan… Here’s How To Fail Workforce Training Like a Superstar!  While thousands of specialist e Learning websites and expert blogs extol the flashy virtues of creating a custom training plan for your organisation, we decided to be different. We are all adults here and who are we to assume that you want the best possible blueprint for training success? Instead of lovely lullabies, ‘lank’ lectures, and fabricated case studies on every little unseen speck of detail that may thwart your efforts, we threw down half a doughnut and dropped the clutch! Racing through red lights with sirens closing in, we will now explore a cornucopia of ways to kill your budget and bring workforce training to a dead halt in no time. With minimal effort, we may add. Join us now as we kick off on a spectacularly sardonic journey where we cool it on the hot tips and pretty promises and hit you head-on with a dose of opposites. The first thing you should ignore is scary acronyms like ‘CTPBDTF’ (Custom Training Program Blueprint Doom To Fail). Who needs a blow-by-blow, fully vetted plan of action when you can simply wing it from day one and make it up as you go along? Oh, and don’t bother researching how your competitors are churning out such tapped in and turned on employees. You will not like what you find out…   If you are one of those so called ‘inspired’ teacher, STOP IT! The world does not need another ‘O Captain, my Captain’. What today’s learners want is...
KnowHow e-Learning Gatecrashes ONLINE & E-LEARNING CONFERENCE & Flees with Priceless Take-aways!

KnowHow e-Learning Gatecrashes ONLINE & E-LEARNING CONFERENCE & Flees with Priceless Take-aways!

One of South Africa’s leading e-Learninging outfits, KnowHow e-Learning, today announced… The company sent a delegation of four to attend the 2015 ONLINE & E-LEARNING CONFERENCE in Johannesburg and demanded they return with comprehensive industry insights (or at the very least a few good load-shedding stories). The two-day excuse to sup like Royalty at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Rosebank was hosted by Knowledge Resources and concluded on 21 May, but not before a distinguished array of surprisingly witty speakers had their say on the current state and future trends of e-Learning. Representatives from Discovery, PeopleTree, Kalleo, Telesure, and Volkswagen shared their unique experiences designing and implementing e-Learning programs. The enthusiasm, passion and drive demonstrated by these engaging presenters were positively infectious. With evangelists like these on the frontline, e-Learning in South Africa is clearly going places! “As ONLINE & E-LEARNING CONFERENCE virgins we were not sure what to expect but soon realised the priceless value of being able to spend quality time with like-minded players grappling with the same exact issues” Justin Ashley, CEO & Founder of KnowHow e-Learning Martin Sutherland (Global Director at PeopleTree Talent Analytics Group) managed to catch a unicorn live on stage with his eloquent presentation on how to reliably demonstrate the ROI of an e-Learning program. We can neither confirm nor deny that Mr Sutherland appreciated the four swaying Zippos in the back row when he revealed his personal strategy for identifying the benefits and measuring the effectiveness of comprehensive eLearning programs. Willie Maritz of Kalleo gave a thought-provoking talk on what was originally meant by ’learning in an organisation’.  With the grace of a seasoned Sushi chef, Mr Maritz...
How To Pick The Perfect Learning Management System and Spot The ‘Swarks’

How To Pick The Perfect Learning Management System and Spot The ‘Swarks’

Choosing The Right Learning Management System (LMS) for Your Enterprise [Reading time: 2 minutes] If you are in the market for a Learning Management Systems (LMS) capable of enhancing and streamlining the in-house training experience for both students and trainers, then hold on to your pie-charts and secret tattoos, things are about to get real! Before we get to the juicy bits, let’s start with a basic definition: A Learning Management System is a platform that allows trainers to administer e-learning courses and keep track of progress throughout. Choosing a Learning Management System can be a daunting task. With the sheer amount of raw data and marketing-speak posing as useful information, some providers are even offering to help you choose the perfect LMS (for a fat commission off course). Let’s assume that you have already scoured the dark recesses of the interwebs and downloaded a rainforest of white papers on the subject, but still not 100% confident that you know enough to make an informed decision. What should you look out for? Who should you turn to for solid practical advice before getting your feet too wet? What’s that saying about all that glitters? The majority of info available on the dos and don’ts of choosing a Learning Management System for your unique situation and objectives are either too complicated, time-consuming, or downright confusing. That said, we decided to put together an unbiased reference guide – more like a don’t get cheated cheat-sheet – to turn you into an LMS myth-buster and get the most out of your investment in the professional development of your workforce and glorious future of...
Let’s Get Fantastically Lost in eLearning Navigation Design

Let’s Get Fantastically Lost in eLearning Navigation Design

I Know a Short-cut To Grandma’s House, The eLearning Navigation Wolf Suavely Said… Are you in the midst of designing an elearning navigation structure for your courses and looking for REALISTIC ways to NOT scare your poor unsuspecting learners? Not sure how to lead your learners down the narrow path that leads to eGlory, eSuccess and eXpensive toys? We have scoured the web in search of ways to make elearning navigation design quicker, more effective, and less of a mess. If you are fed up with fantasy gobbledegook engineered to obfuscate, join us now as we ignore the Doublespeak and give you the bare-bone facts on how to wax your elearning course navigation and YES, live happily ever after. Auto advance and linear storytelling structures can only go so far. To truly care about the comprehension, retention, and achievements of students is to design elearning courses that are easy to explore. If content is King then elearning navigation is the secret skeleton key to the entire on-the-job training kingdom. Whether we refer to elearning navigation as modern art or proven science, the fact remains that the map is not the territory and no amount of whining will make it so. Without a clear step-by-step roadmap that learners can easily follow, all the blood sweat and overtime is for naught. Picture this: You’re late for a meeting in an unfamiliar part of town. Suddenly your trusty GPS and mobile phone goes dead. In desperation you fumble underneath the seats and pull out a tattered map book. Your spirit lifts and as it is about to soar, you realise it’s the...
Gamification in e-Learning – Are you ready to play?

Gamification in e-Learning – Are you ready to play?

Gamification is imminent – What are you really learning? I was reading through a fantastic blog article by Craig Weiss titled “Gamification in e-Learning – Are you really learning?” and it got me thinking: Gamification in E-Learning – WHAT are you really learning? Craig Weiss is an e-Learning blogger, expert, analyst and speaker based in the US. His article highlighted some very accurate facts about the role of Gamification in e-learning that clarifies all the hype flying around. Here are a few nuggets of info worth remembering. Craig summarises the gist nicely: “Gamification is coming. But it is not going to be an immediate blockbuster because it still has some bugs to solve. And everyone knows that a game with bugs in it, is no fun at all.” With all the buzz around integrating Gamification in corporate training, whether you’re for or against the idea, makes it difficult to determine the real benefits of training games. So, based on Craig’s article and personal experience of Gamification, I decided to highlight WHAT users are really learning through Gamification, to find out how training games should be designed. The idea behind Gamification is simply injecting fun into learning to encourage user buy-in. Simply throwing an interactive game together complete with reward system in place is actually much more complicated than it sounds, not due to technology, but due to basic human nature. The following factors may in fact obscure or deter learning retention when Gamification is incorrectly implemented: People are competitive and want to win. They will learn new ways to ‘beat the system’ which can result in the desired learning...
Does your training budget really solve business problems?

Does your training budget really solve business problems?

CFO’s often see their training budget as a “grudge” spend… They just don’t see much value in it. Advances in learning technology mean it needn’t be that way any more. Like any budget line item, business line managers want to answer the time honoured questions:  is this spend going to make me money or save me money?  Training programs can rarely answer this question with any precision.  So they are lumped into the category of “we wouldn’t spend this money unless we have to, but we do have to spend something, so lets spend as little as possible”.  Which means no-one really understands what value training can add to a company’s bottom line. The answer, of course, lies in solving business problems.  If we could prove that training solved business problems, more attention and focus would be placed on training as a genuine business driver. Your training budget should fix pain points, but doesn’t! Line managers can see the “pain points” in their business. Business leaders want training that will help unblock these bottlenecks and turn weaknesses into strengths. Good training programs should be designed around fixing these pain points. But it is so difficult to design and implement a program to actually fix these problems! Why?  Because: A manager goes to HR to ask for a training program to be designed. HR does a Training Needs Analysis (often the results don’t match what the manager was looking for!) The training materials then need to be designed – training manuals, PowerPoint presentations, instructor guides. Then the instructor needs to be found or hired. Then all the expense of getting the instructor to the employees. And...
Jerry Seinfeld Shares His Secret For Success, and it Works in eLearning Too

Jerry Seinfeld Shares His Secret For Success, and it Works in eLearning Too

When Brad Isaac was a struggling young comic, he saw Jerry Seinfeld backstage at a comic club.  Eager to learn from the master, he asked Seinfeld his secret for success. Seinfeld answered that to become a better comic, you have write better jokes, and the way to write better jokes is to write every day.  And the way to write every day is this.  Get a large wall calendar and a big red marker.  Every day you write, mark that day with a big red X.  After a few days, you’ll have a chain of X’s.  You’ll like seeing that chain. “Your only job next is not to break that chain!” And this is how rewarding effort, not just success, eventually leads to success.  Because consistent effort produces results.  Rewarding effort is a key element of successfully building gamification elearning programs. Building reward schedules into your elearning program builds engagement through encouraging learners as they engage.  You can use simple momentary rewards, like pop-ups (“Great Job!”, animated fireworks) and prizes.  Or more persistent rewards, like awarding points, unlocking surprise content or items. You can reward learners based on time.  For example, every hour they spend, they get a momentary congratulatory pop-up.  After a number of hours, they unlock a prize or collectable item to add to their profile. You can reward learners based on completed actions.  Say, after attempting five different courses, the learner gets a reward.  It doesn’t matter if they’re completed or not. With persistent rewards, you can choose.  Either reveal these ahead of time and give the learner goals to strive for.  Or surprise the learner with...

Bridge becomes The KnowHow Hub

We founded Bridge because we were so frustrated with the way corporate training was being done back then….printed Word documents stored in dusty filing cabinets! We built a great and loyal client base through providing tools that delivered simple and focused solutions to real corporate training needs. Now, the world of learning and development is becoming more flexible and social.  So are we – while still maintaining our core values of simplicity and ease of use. So we say goodbye to Bridge People and Technology, and we welcome in our new brand – The KnowHow Hub. One platform – KnowHow. One social learning, talent management and personal development hub. Where you can build and share content. Where you can build learning and development communities. Where you grow yourself and your career in collaboration with your colleagues. We’ll keep posting as we move forward in an exciting new...
The KnowHow Hub Partners with BIO-key®

The KnowHow Hub Partners with BIO-key®

Bridge People and Technology (The KnowHow Hub) Partners with BIO-key® to Protect Access to Enterprise Solution with Fingerprint Biometrics User Identity is Secured by BIO-key Biometric Identification When Logging into Bridge’s Learning Management & Performance Evaluation System WALL, NJ, (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — BIO-key International, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: BKYI.OB ), a leader in finger-based biometric identification solutions announced the successful deployment by South Africa’s largest petrochemical and energy group of BIO-key’s fingerprint biometrics to secure access to Bridge People & Technology’s (Bridge) KnowHow, an enterprise wide Learning Management and Performance Evaluation system. Bridge initially designed KnowHow, its flagship product in 2001. Over the past 9 years Bridge has been enhancing this solution along with best business practices as well as requirements from its clients, to enable it to be an integral part of the training landscape for all of its clients. BIO-key’s fingerprint biometric identification is the latest feature to be added to KnowHow so that with the simple touch of a finger, an employee can quickly and securely log into the KnowHow solution. “One of our guiding principles that made KnowHow the software it is today is to make it easy for the users to access training materials and for managers to acknowledge training attendance and performance. When one of our clients inquired about adding biometrics for user login to replace passwords, which can be easily shared, lost or forgotten, we chose to partner with BIO-key since BIO-key provides the ultimate solution which offers both superior accuracy and flexibility. BIO-key is the only fingerprint solution that allows our customers to use fingerprint readers from any of the major...