Editor’s Choice at ASTD ICE 2010

First, there are more e-learning and virtual options available than ever before. We have officially moved in market lifecycle from innovator to early majority of e-learning adoptions. Only six months ago, corporations, state and federal agencies were "grounded" and unable to travel. Technology was ready to fill this gap with virtual classrooms, blended learning and engaging e-learning.

Second,  e-learning has moved from specialized vendors to broader learning suppliers. Traditional training organizations like The Ken Blanchard Companies and the American Management Association deployed virtual options to their leadership development and management curriculum in 2009. While the sales process could be challenging, the acceptance of e-learning as an option was widely accepted given the new economic realities in 2009.

E-learning Goes Live Online Instructor-Led

We saw more traditional training suppliers offer innovative virtual programs.  Here are a few of the new offers we saw at ASTD ICE.

Learning Tree International has added live online instructor learning to 150 different courses via its AnyWare product. By tapping a customized Adobe Acrobat Connect Pro interface, a “wired” classroom equipped with video, two display screens, and a live speaker-enabled classroom, virtual students can participate in the classroom just like physically present students. Exercises are assigned in real-time with students using a LogMeIn account to practice the lesson in class, with full instructor review and feedback.

“We leverage these tools so enterprises do not have any firewall issues. All training is conducted within Learning Tree’s infrastructure,” reported Don Berbary, GM of LTI’s AnyWare program, which was piloted in 2008 with client EMC. In 2009, 3,500 attendees participated in these programs, and now public and business-to-business clients have access to more than 150 different offerings.

Approximately 65% of e-learning users are in global organizations, making language learning and localization important.  Couple this with the multi-cultural workforce in the U.S.A. and other regions, and you see a great opportunity for language solutions.     Rosetta Stone announced its enterprise program, expanding its traditionally self-paced program to enterprises. The new solutions offer a global enterprise solution whereby learners tap consistent language programs no matter where they are located. Clients have used the program for English-as-a-Second-Language employee training and to skill up globally deployed workforce. The enterprise learning program integrates with existing LMSs and also offers an integrated LMS from Rosetta Stone. Tom Adams, president of Rosetta Stone, said: “With globalization increasing, we believe that language learning will be critical for organizations. Rosetta Stone delivers award-winning, technology-based solutions that will enable people to successfully connect with the world around them and build language skills that will serve them for a lifetime.”

Social Learning Tools
A lot of buzz has been stirring over the last year about social learning. ASTD’s Tony Bingham opened this year’s event with a social learning message and a new book. The message: Social learning is not going away. Our own research proves this out with 77% of respondents using or planning to add a social learning solution  for enterprise learning.

On the vendor side, we saw companies promoting social learning solutions as integrated solutions to their learning systems, as a layer that could be added to your current LMS, or as a standalone program. Some of the standouts come from Interactyx, Blackboard, Learn.com and JamBok (formerly Sun). Each has its own approach and level of integration with the LMS, and may dictate your best solution.

One thing is for sure: Technology continues to change, advance and improve. As long as we wish to compete, grow and expand globally, our learning practices and technologies need to expand to keep pace. These are some of the highlights from the show, as we see it.

Tell us your thoughts by commenting here,  Tweet us at #2elearning, post to Facebook: Elearning Magazine or LinkedIn: Elearning Magazine Network.

First, there are more e-learning and virtual options available than ever before. We have officially moved in market lifecycle from innovator to early majority of e-learning adoptions. Only six months ago, corporations, state and federal agencies were "grounded" and unable to travel. Technology was ready to fill this gap with virtual classrooms, blended learning and engaging e-learning.

Second,  e-learning has moved from specialized vendors to broader learning suppliers. Traditional training organizations like The Ken Blanchard Companies and the American Management Association deployed virtual options to their leadership development and management curriculum in 2009. While the sales process could be challenging, the acceptance of e-learning as an option was widely accepted given the new economic realities in 2009.

E-learning Goes Live Online Instructor-Led

We saw more traditional training suppliers offer innovative virtual programs.  Here are a few of the new offers we saw at ASTD ICE.

Learning Tree International has added live online instructor learning to 150 different courses via its AnyWare product. By tapping a customized Adobe Acrobat Connect Pro interface, a “wired” classroom equipped with video, two display screens, and a live speaker-enabled classroom, virtual students can participate in the classroom just like physically present students. Exercises are assigned in real-time with students using a LogMeIn account to practice the lesson in class, with full instructor review and feedback.

“We leverage these tools so enterprises do not have any firewall issues. All training is conducted within Learning Tree’s infrastructure,” reported Don Berbary, GM of LTI’s AnyWare program, which was piloted in 2008 with client EMC. In 2009, 3,500 attendees participated in these programs, and now public and business-to-business clients have access to more than 150 different offerings.

Approximately 65% of e-learning users are in global organizations, making language learning and localization important.  Couple this with the multi-cultural workforce in the U.S.A. and other regions, and you see a great opportunity for language solutions.     Rosetta Stone announced its enterprise program, expanding its traditionally self-paced program to enterprises. The new solutions offer a global enterprise solution whereby learners tap consistent language programs no matter where they are located. Clients have used the program for English-as-a-Second-Language employee training and to skill up globally deployed workforce. The enterprise learning program integrates with existing LMSs and also offers an integrated LMS from Rosetta Stone. Tom Adams, president of Rosetta Stone, said: “With globalization increasing, we believe that language learning will be critical for organizations. Rosetta Stone delivers award-winning, technology-based solutions that will enable people to successfully connect with the world around them and build language skills that will serve them for a lifetime.”

Social Learning Tools
A lot of buzz has been stirring over the last year about social learning. ASTD’s Tony Bingham opened this year’s event with a social learning message and a new book. The message: Social learning is not going away. Our own research proves this out with 77% of respondents using or planning to add a social learning solution  for enterprise learning.

On the vendor side, we saw companies promoting social learning solutions as integrated solutions to their learning systems, as a layer that could be added to your current LMS, or as a standalone program. Some of the standouts come from Interactyx, Blackboard, Learn.com and JamBok (formerly Sun). Each has its own approach and level of integration with the LMS, and may dictate your best solution.

One thing is for sure: Technology continues to change, advance and improve. As long as we wish to compete, grow and expand globally, our learning practices and technologies need to expand to keep pace. These are some of the highlights from the show, as we see it.

Tell us your thoughts by commenting here,  Tweet us at #2elearning, post to Facebook: Elearning Magazine or LinkedIn: Elearning Magazine Network.

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