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LearnUpon is launching a new Citrix GoToMeeting integration that also allows customers to integrate with GoToWebinar and GoToTraining for free.

The integration enables LearnUpon customers to quickly access GoToMeeting’s online conferencing and training tools within the interface of the learning management system itself. The new integration will make it easier than ever for LearnUpon users to manage a whole range of online meetings and training sessions for successful eLearning.

Citrix GoToMeeting makes online meetings easy with features that include integrated audio, HD video conferencing, and screen sharing. GoToWebinar makes it simple to deliver online video and audio conferences. And GoToTraining enables teams to provide live, interactive instruction to employees, customers and students anywhere and at any time.

LearnUpon customers can use the new integrations to start meetings and webinars instantly from their learning management system. The integrations are complimentary for LearnUpon customers and can be set up in minutes. A GoToMeeting account is required to use the integration.

—Learn more: https://www.learnupon.com/

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Evernote, a note taking app with more than 200 million users, is shutting down its own cloud-based architecture and will be moving to Google’s Cloud Platform this October. The transition is expected to be completed by the end of 2016. Evernote will also start to use Google’s machine learning APIs to help access it in different ways. The first two areas that will be replaced by Google’s machine learning APIs are its voice recognition for speech-to-text translations; and natural language processing, used to help search for contextual content.

Recently under Google alumnus Chris O’Neill’s new leadership, Evernote has seen a number of new backers and has altered its revenue structure with more expensive pricing plans. The eight-year-old start up is also scaling back some of its unprofitable operations as it restructures for healthy growth.  

 

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Varnish Software is building on the success of its high-performance digital content delivery and creating Varnish Plus for Academia. The new version uses popular caching software to help academic institutions deliver digital content reliably and at scale within internal networks and their various access control systems. The set comes bundled as a service and users have access to full professional support.

Varnish for Academia allows a nearly unlimited amount of users to access to content simultaneously while reducing the number of required web servers at colleges and universities. End-to-end security ensure that information is encrypted, safe and secure.

—Learn More: https://www.varnish-software.com/

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College students often have great ideas for apps — they’ve been associating with technology for their entire lives — but often don’t have the development skills to match. To meet this need, Bizness Apps, a DIY app development platform, gives free access to its services to any students with a .edu domain in their email address. The company is partnering with nearly 50 universities and 30,000 students have registered for the platform.

The company is focused on creating as many student entrepreneurs as possible, after all, it was started by student entrepreneurs who want to pay it forward. It may not be as effective as learning to build on a native app, but students will get valuable experience and can help them create a prototype to prove traction and raise the money required to hire real developers.

—Learn More: www.biznessapps.com

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The 2015 “Best of Elearning!” awards honor best-in-class solutions across the learning and technology marketplace. Celebrating their 11th year, the awards received more nominations for more brands in more categories than ever.

Best of Elearning! awards are the industry’s exclusive users’-choice awards. All nominations are made directly by users of solutions. More than 4,000 nominations were received in 2015.

“Given the number of nominations, to make the list in 2015 is quite an honor,” says Catherine Upton, Elearning! Media Group’s publisher. “There is no better honor than to be nominated by users and customers of these best-in-class solutions.”

The Best of Elearning! awards program was first implemented to formalize the recommendation and purchase process for the e-learning community. Research indicated 85 percent of readers had recommended an e-learning solution to a peer over the most recent 12-month period, and 61 percent claimed that award recognition “impacts their decision” to consider a product or service. The “Best of E-learning!” program formalizes this referral process.

BIG WINNERS

Multiple winners this year are BizLibrary (three), ej4 (three) and Adobe (two). Repeat winners from last year are:

>> Skillsoft Leadership Development Training in the Leadership Development category,
>> Cornerstone OnDemand Unified Talent Management in the TMS category,
>> Inxpo Online Learning Environment in the Virtual Learning Environment category,
>> ej4 Business Skills Library in the Soft Skills Content category, >> mLevel’s Game-Based Learning Platform in the Gamification category,
>> Vubiz Compliance Training in the Compliance Training category, and
>> Adobe Captivate in the Mobile Authoring category this year and the Best Simulation category last year.

BEST OF THE BEST

An exclusive handful of organizations have won Best of Elearning! (best-in-class solution) and Learning! 100 honors (top global learning organization). These honorees are: Skillsoft; Cisco; SuccessFactors, an SAP Company; Inxpo; IBM; Adobe; and Oracle.

ABOUT THE VOTING PROCESS

Elearning! Media Group community members, readers, subscribers and online visitors were invited to nominate their solution provider via an online ballot during June 1 to October 15, 2015. The ballot was openended with 30 categories stipulated. At close, the ballots were reviewed. Duplicates were removed, vendor ballots were nullified as well as votes without a verifiable company domain address (ex.: gmail, aol, etc.). Editors verified product types and categories before counting. The top vote earners in each category were identified as finalists. Those with a 10 percent lead over all other products in a category earned category winner status. Close vote counts and runner-ups earned Award of Excellence. To learn more, visit www.2elearning.com/ awards/best-of-elearning-awards.

AND THE WINNERS ARE….

Elearning! and Government Elearning! magazines take great pride in announcing the Best of Elearning! 2015 winners:

 

Learning Platforms

 

LMS CLOUD

 

Winner:
BizLibrary LMS

PRODUCT INFORMATION

BizLibrary’s complete learning platform meets the needs of today’s learners involved with both online training and classroom training.

The LMS delivers all of its critical functions at an affordable price. As a Softwareas-a-Service (SaaS) provider, BizLibrary manages access to the application, including security, availability, and performance, allowing I.T. personnel to focus on improving the day-to-day technical operations of your company providing rapid deployment, easy administration and quicker return on investment.

FEATURES/BENEFITS

>> Fully hosted and maintained
>> Easily import of SCORM and AICC content
>> Integrated email messaging and notifications
>> User-generated comments and ratings
>> More than 50 standard reports
>> Filtering based on groups, date range, courses, activity and more

CUSTOMERS

Go Solution, Marquette Savings Bank, Covenant Healthcare, Bally Technologies

CONTACT INFORMATION

285 Chesterfield Business Parkway Chesterfield, MO 63005

(888) 432-3077

www.bizlibrary.com

 

Award of Excellence:
Intellum Exceed LMS

PRODUCT INFORMATION

Intellum’s Exceed combines flexible content management, enrollment, assessment and reporting functionality with a clean user experience that drives course completion. It seamlessly handles off-the-shelf and custom courseware, instructor-led, “blended,” and virtual classes, videos, and a wide range of informal learning content.

Optimized for mobile devices, it also has cutting-edge assessment and survey functionality built-in. Access a variety of auto-graded question types or free-form response options, like long-text answers and user-recorded video responses, which can then be graded by instructors or peers.

FEATURES/BENEFITS

>> Powerful, elegant and simple to use
>> Rapid deployment: most customers are up and running in less than a month
>> Unlimited, real-time reporting
>> User language localization
>> Rapid integration with enterprise and HR software

CUSTOMERS

AlliedBarton Security Service, Randstad Professionals U.S., Titleist

CONTACT INFORMATION

3525 Piedmont Rd. NE, Suite 7-210 Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 890-7690
www.intellum.com

 

Award of Excellence:
Litmos LMS

PRODUCT INFORMATION

The Litmos API platform allows you to integrate with any system, including a separate version that integrates with Salesforce (“Litmos LMS for Salesforce”).

The best part of Litmos is that it is a hosted training system, which means you don’t need help from the I.T. department to set it up and get started. You can literally begin creating your courses in minutes.

And it has an intuitive user interface that is fully responsive, built using powerful and flexible BootStrap technology.

FEATURES/BENEFITS

>> Accessible anywhere from the Cloud or mobile device
>> Partner and contractor certification
>> SCORM- and Tin Can-compliant
>> Core features include course builder, assessment, quizzes, surveys with feedback, checklists, course library, reports, dashboards, e-commerce, gamification with leaderboards and CEUs, messages, learning paths

CUSTOMERS

Zumba, Build.com, Advance Financial, Cenegenics, West Bend Insurance

CONTACT INFORMATION

4140 Dublin Blvd., Suite 400 Dublin, CA 94588
(925) 251-2220
www.litmos.com

 

 

LMS ENTERPRISE

 

Winner:
SumTotal Learn

PRODUCT INFORMATION

SumTotal Learn provides the personalized, contextual learning required to help your people be better at their jobs while they are doing them. The company can serve all your learning needs — from simple to complex requirements. Especially in compliance-heavy industry verticals, such as manufacturing, airlines, healthcare and financial services. It has been in learning management since 1985, serving hundreds of industries, across 156 countries worldwide.

FEATURES/BENEFITS

>> Choose your deployment option, SaaS, hosted or on-premise
>> Reduce your total cost of ownership
>> Personalized, intuitive user experience
>> Built-in advanced reporting
>> Mobile and offline learning capabilities CUSTOMERS McAfee, Edward Jones, Capgemini

CONTACT INFORMATION

2850 NW 43rd St., Suite 150 Gainesville, FL 32606
(352) 264-2800 or (866) 768-6825
www.sumtotalsystems.com

 

 

TMS

 

Award of Excellence:
IBM Kenexa Talent Manager

PRODUCT INFORMATION

The suite of IBM Kenexa talent products includes BrassRing, Skills Assessments, Talent Insights, Talent Acquisition Suite, Survey Enterprise and BrassRing Candidate Relationship Manager.

BrassRing allows its users to attract and hire top talent using applicant tracking systems. Then, you can quickly sift through talent pools with the right skills assessment test. Making decisions is easier using Talent Insights’ analytics. The Talent Acquisition Suite hiring solution helps you attract, hire and onboard top talent. The remaining two products help you build a better employee engagement survey and devise a proactive recruitment marketing campaign.

FEATURES/BENEFITS

>> Attract the right candidates to the right roles
>> Understand what motivates and engages employees
>> Build compensation and reward programs that invest in your employees
>> Foster organizational growth
>> Manage talent while maximizing their performance

CUSTOMERS

Potash, FRHI, the Apollo Education Group, H&R Block

CONTACT INFORMATION

650 E. Swedesford Rd. Wayne, PA 19087
(877) 426-3774
www-01.ibm.com/software/smarter workforce/

 

Award of Excellence:
SumTotal Talent

PRODUCT INFORMATION

SumTotal Talent offers the ability to discover hidden talent and capabilities within your current workforce and provide tools to help all of your people be more productive. With SumTotal Talent solutions, you can unlock hidden potential in your people and watch your business soar.

FEATURES/BENEFITS

>> Improve employee engagement because employees understand how their work connects to overall strategy
>> Reduce voluntary turnover as employees understand how to build a career with you and acquire new skills
>> Increase productivity as you show employees how to get better at their jobs
>> Achieve better visibility because analytics are embedded in all of our solutions
>> Integrate solutions easily because our solutions are built on the flexible, scalable elixHR Platform
>> Offer employees the best possible development opportunities that are most applicable to building the skills and competencies required for the job with contextual recommendations and actions

CUSTOMERS

Edward Jones, Capgemini, Express Scripts, Pfizer

CONTACT INFORMATION

2850 NW 43rd St., Suite 150 Gainesville, FL 32606
(352) 264-2800 or (866) 768-6825
www.sumtotalsystems.com

 

 

SOCIAL LEARNING

 

Winner:
BizLibrary Community

PRODUCT INFORMATION

In a knowledge-based world, employees need immediate access to information and data to perform at their full potential. BizLibrary’s Community puts the collective knowledge of your entire organization at everyone’s fingertips.

With Community, your business can increase employee engagement, communication, collaboration and innovation. You can also increase (a) the efficiency of your employee learning and training and (b) organizational I.Q.

FEATURES/BENEFITS

>> Share documents, files, ideas and status updates
>> Ask and answer questions
>> Organize employees into communities based on job role, function, team, project, etc.
>> Share links or files for input, ideas and suggestions
>> Post best practices learned from clients
>> Search and sort posts by content and tags CUSTOMERS Go Solution, Marquette Savings Bank, Covenant Healthcare, Bally Technologies

CONTACT INFORMATION

285 Chesterfield Business Parkway Chesterfield, MO 63005
(888) 432-3077
www.bizlibrary.com

 

Award of Excellence:
Cisco Collaborative Knowledge Program

PRODUCT INFORMATION

Cisco Collaborative Knowledge is a complete, end-to-end solution that strategically combines best-in-class digital workplace capabilities to redefine the customer and employee experience. With it, organizations can gain the critical information they need in real-time to make informed business decisions. The result: improved performance, productivity, and competitive advantage.

The Cisco Collaborative Knowledge “digital workplace” solution can empower your organization with the digital tools and technology it needs to access experts, learning, and knowledge in real time. It can help you solve real-world business challenges anytime, anywhere.

FEATURES/BENEFITS

>> Mobilize your workforce with knowledge, speed, and flexibility to create a more empowered, productive and engaged organization
>> Foster a culture of continuous learning and innovation
>> Form agile teams to rapidly collaborate on and innovate new solutions
>> Capture, share, and manage content with laptops, tablets, and smartphones
>> Access data that is synchronized and stored in Cisco Collaborative Knowledge
>> View information online or offline

CONTACT INFORMATION

170 West Tasman Dr. San Jose, CA 95134

(800) 553-6387

 

 

VIRTUAL CLASSROOM

 

Award of Excellence:
Inxpo Virtual Classroom

PRODUCT INFORMATION

Inxpo’s Virtual Classroom is an interactive way to educate corporate and enterprise learners through video and open collaboration on a single platform. Virtual Classrooms have enabled organizations to better track learning progress, provide certification, and analyze knowledge gaps for better education programs.

Inxpo’s Learning Environments & Virtual Classrooms are globally accessible, and can be cloned and reused for different programs. With the combination of video, collaborative tools and making learning truly a conversation, Inxpo’s Learning Environments and Virtual Classrooms deliver the ultimate blended learning experience in a cost-effective way.

FEATURES/BENEFITS

>> Scheduled and self-paced virtual classroom
>> Engagement through gamification, badging and interaction
>> Mentoring and peer to peer community support

CONTACT INFORMATION

770 N. Halsted St., Suite 6S Chicago, IL 60642

(312) 962-3708

 

 

VIRTUAL EVENT PLATFORM

 

Winner:
Inxpo Virtual Learning Environment

PRODUCT INFORMATION

Inxpo’s Learning Environments are private and secure virtual learning portals that incorporate interactive user forums and group collaboration to help build a community and promote knowledge transfer through open content sharing.

Inxpo’s Online Learning Environment gives users the power to connect with a global audience and tailor the event to meet business objectives. The environment gives learning professionals full and self-service options for creating stimulating, measurable and secure online events. It also has robust analytics and reporting that includes chart slicing, monitoring of downloads and interactive data zoom and scroll.

FEATURES/BENEFITS

>> Live and on-demand programming
>> Recommended content keeps users engaged
>> Scalable to more than 100,000 visitors
>> Track results real-time and measure effectiveness

CUSTOMERS

Association of Corporate Travel Executives, RSA Security Analytics, Professional Convention Management Association

CONTACT INFORMATION

770 N. Halsted St., Suite 6S Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 962-3708

 

Award of Excellence:
InterCall Virtual Event Platform

PRODUCT INFORMATION

InterCall virtual events for marketing, training and recruiting are an innovative channel to engage with your customers, prospects, partners and employees. Some ways to use virtual events include: user conferences, trade shows, product launches, company meetings, partner communities, road shows, sales kick-offs, employee training, corporate universities, roundtables and job fairs.

FEATURES/BENEFITS

>> Easy to use and learn: The platform is intuitive and easy to navigate. It does not require users to switch applications or click through multiple pop-ups
>> Better communication tool: Rich registration information, activity data and comprehensive lead ranking. All data is delivered through web-based reporting, which makes it easy to access and share information with partners and sponsors
>> Customizable branding: Up and running in a matter of hours, with point-and-click customization and predefined templates and themes
>> Global reach in multiple languages: available in 17 languages with a global services model, which is crucial for delivering online events to an international audience

CUSTOMERS

Novartis, IBM, KPMG, Fortune magazine, Spark Interactive

CONTACT INFORMATION

8420 W. Bryn Mawr, Suite 1100 Chicago, IL 60631
(773) 399-1600
www.intercall.com

 

Content

 

ADAPTIVE LEARNING CONTENT

 

Award of Excellence:
Salesforce Success Community

PRODUCT INFORMATION

Salesforce University offers a wide range of training options, from in-person classes featuring hands-on instruction, to virtual training, self-led courses, private workshops, and more.

You can choose from classes for Sales Cloud, Service Cloud, Marketing Cloud, Analytics Cloud, and Community Cloud, along with training for the Salesforce1 Platform. Classes are available for administrators, developers, solution designers, technical architects, marketers, sales and service management, and end-users.

FEATURES/BENEFITS

>> One- to five-day, instructor-led regional or virtual classes available
>> Main topics: sales Cloud, service Cloud, marketing Cloud, community Cloud, analytics Cloud and more
>> Integrated Success Community for collaboration and learning CUSTOMERS Shutterstock, Information Logistics, Siemens

CONTACT INFORMATION

The Landmark at One Market, #300 San Francisco, CA 94105
(877) 872-4610

 

 

CONTENT LIBRARY/AGGREGATION

 

Winner:
BizLibrary Collection

PRODUCT INFORMATION

The BizLibrary Collection is an awardwinning “NetFlix-style” employee training solution of online training videos and eLearning courses.

Employees have unlimited access to thousands of online training programs on virtually every topic they might need, including Communication, Leadership, Management, Customer Service, Compliance and Desktop Computing, and much, much more.

More than 50 new courses are added monthly.

FEATURES/BENEFITS

>> Twenty-five topic areas include communication, leadership, customer service, computer skills
>> Unlimited employee access from desktop, mobile and/or tablet
>> Variety: 60-minute e-learning courses, 15- to 25-minute videos, 2-to 5-minute performance-support programs

CUSTOMERS

Go Solution, Marquette Savings Bank, Covenant Healthcare, Bally Technologies

CONTACT INFORMATION

285 Chesterfield Business Parkway Chesterfield, MO 63005
(888) 432-3077
www.bizlibrary.com

 

Award of Excellence:
Degreed for Enterprise Learning Platform

PRODUCT INFORMATION

Degreed for Enterprise is an award-winning learning experience system that helps individuals and organizations discover, measure and recognize all learning. Founded in 2012, Degreed helps solve corporate learning challenges by integrating organizations' internal learning systems (LMS, TMSs, Sharepoint etc.), external vendor content, and open learning resources into a single system for L&D professionals and employee learners.

Degreed offers an innovative “learner-centric” platform that aggregates all kinds of learning content and experiences- academic, professional, and informal - and helps organizations get a more complete and continuous view of everything that their employees know. Degreed enables employees, managers and L&D professionals to curate and share resources, set learning goals, and helps create a culture that values learning across the organization.

FEATURES/BENEFITS

>>World's largest learning ecosystem: 250,000+ courses and 3 million+ articles and videos from 1,200 sources through a single-sign-on platform.
>> Powerful tools: learning pathways designed specifically for roles and career development, daily learning playlists, unified search and sharing, drag-drop features and a lifelong profile.
>>Social functions: follow people and create groups, so employees can learn with (and from) mentors and colleagues.
>>Comprehensive feedback: reporting and analytics on ALL the learning employees do -- courses, articles, videos, conferences and more.

CUSTOMERS

Fortune 10, Fortune 50, and Fortune 50 organizations

CONTACT INFORMATION

449 Bryant Street 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94107
(800)311.7061
http://get.degreed.com/

 

 

 I.T. TRAINING

 

Award of Excellence:
ej4 Microsoft Office Package

PRODUCT INFORMATION

All aspects of MS Office are available, but the luxury of being able to select the most important course for your employee at that specific time is rewarding. ej4 lets administrators easily group software courses that are critical for their department. No wading through introductions of Excel to get to what matters most.

For instance, your accounting division’s ability to learn and apply a course on pivot tables to make better spreadsheets explaining company financials. Perhaps your sales team needs to learn how to make better PowerPoint presentations for prospects. It could be that everyone in the office needs to learn how to format memos and create company templates with a detailed walkthrough of Word.

COURSE LIST

>> New Features Training: Office, Excel, Word, PowerPoint
>> Special Features Training: Office, Excel, Word, PowerPoint
>> Essentials Training: PC Fundamentals, Office, Excel, Word, PowerPoint

CUSTOMERS

Allison Transmission, Mahindra, The Corridor Group

CONTACT INFORMATION

12125 Woodcrest Executive Dr., Suite 300 St. Louis, MO 63141
(314) 878-6700 or (800) 566-3159
www.ej4.com

 

Award of Excellence:
BizLibrary I.T. Content Library

PRODUCT INFORMATION

BizLibrary offers a series of specialty content bundles of e-learning courses designed to supplement the BizLibrary Collection. These small, single-topic bundles are designed to meet the advance and specialized learning needs of small groups of employees.

E-learning bundles are available in three categories: business skills, computer skills, and certification, and custom bundles are also available. These e-learning bundles are available in flexible quantities of 5, 10 or 20 courses.

COURSE LIST

>> Security Essentials, Avoid Social Engineering Attacks
>> Protecting Your PC
>> MS Windows 8.1: File Management and Organization

CUSTOMERS

Cellular One, Farmway Co-Op, Celergo

CONTACT INFORMATION

285 Chesterfield Business Parkway Chesterfield, MO 63005
(888) 432-3077
www.bizlibrary.com

 

 

COMPLIANCE

 

Winner:
Vubiz Compliance Library

PRODUCT INFORMATION

Vubiz provides full service — content, development, and delivery software — offering solutions that are extraordinarily flexible in practice. Thousands of hours of off-the-shelf content are available for purchase as-is or tailored to a specific client situations.

The company has built an excellent reputation over the past decade, offering outstanding value with comprehensive services from its large, impressive online library to content creation, an LMS and Vubuild, which is a do-it-yourself authoring tool.

FEATURES/BENEFITS

Vubiz has 93 titles in its Compliance Training library. Included are:
>> Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action
>> Business Ethics >> E-mail and Internet Use
>> Fair Labor Standards
>> Harrassment/Discrimination
>> Sarbanes-Oxley
>> Family and Medical Leave

CUSTOMERS

Forbes Industries, Goodrich, Lockheed Martin, Mattel

CONTACT INFORMATION

2872 Colorado Ave. Santa Monica, CA 90404
(310) 358-9583
www.vubiz.com

 

 

COMPLIANCE TRAINING

 

Award of Excellence:
ej4 Workplace Compliance Library

PRODUCT INFORMATION

ej4’s Workplace Compliance Library supplies you with the courses needed to maintain compliance. The programs included are: Anti-Harassment, Anti-Harassment for California, Connecticut, and Maine, HIPAA, FLSA, FMLA, Hiring and Firing procedures, and more. When the regulations change, programs are updated accordingly, so you don’t have to keep track of the changes.

FEATURES/BENEFITS

>> Short, tactical e-learning
>> Fully customizable
>> Multi-platform, including mobile
>> Most video titles are 10 minutes or less in length
>> Off-the-shelf programs can be customized using ej4 Thinkzoom

CUSTOMERS

Pepsi-Cola Bottlers, Golden Harvest, Community Coffee

CONTACT INFORMATION

12125 Woodcrest Executive Dr., Suite 300 St. Louis, MO 63141
(314) 878-6700 or (800) 566-3159
www.ej4.com

 

 

SOFT SKILLS CONTENT

 

Winner:
ej4 Business Skills Library

PRODUCT INFORMATION

ej4’s off-the-shelf e-learning is a collection of proven solutions that are built with instructional design specific for e-learning in today’s multi-platform mobile workforce.

ej4 offers an immediate solution that employees can use to get the information they need while being back to work in 10 minutes or less. Plus, with ej4’s Thinkzoom platform, you have the ability to personalize the learning with your own custom video.

FEATURES/BENEFITS

>> More than 1500 courses on everything from sales, compliance, IT training, and general soft skills for every business.
>> Content that is delivered through any device or platform
>> Professionally created videos that are informative and up-to-date
>> A customizable learning management system (Thinkzoom)
>> Dedicated learning professionals to support your business
>> Complete custom videos for your unique needs

CUSTOMERS

Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, greatcall, Goodwill

CONTACT INFORMATION

12125 Woodcrest Executive Dr., Suite 300 St. Louis, MO 63141 
(314) 878-6700 or (800) 566-3159 
www.ej4.com

 

 

SALES TRAINING

 

Winner:
ej4 Sales Skills Library

PRODUCT INFORMATION

ej4’s libraries of courses consist of ready to use solutions for your organizations specific needs. They are broken up by topic in Business Skills, Workplace Compliance and Microsoft Office that can be deployed on any platform.

The company’s Business Skills Library offers courses in Professional Productivity, Communications, Sales, Project Management, Leadership, Supervision, Safety and Presentation Skills — to name a few.

FEATURES/BENEFITS

>> Other titles: Assertive Verbal Skills, Business Travel, Business Statistics, Business Writing, Time Value of Money, and more
>> Library expands every month, based on customer feedback
>> Course titles can be added upon customer request

CUSTOMERS

Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, The Corridor Group, Western Equipment Dealers Association

CONTACT INFORMATION

12125 Woodcrest Executive Dr., Suite 300 St. Louis, MO 63141
(314) 878-6700 or (800) 566-3159
www.ej4.com

 

 

ej4 - AWARD WINNING CONTENT

PEOPLE GROW BUSINESS.  WE GROW PEOPLE.

ej4 creates award-winning content based on the 4 “J’s”: just as needed, just enough, just in time, and just right. This content is delivered through short, tactical videos designed to teach new skills and change behaviors through an engaging delivery style based on adult learning methodology. ej4’s content library contains more than 1,500 courses with new and updated content every month.

ej4’s off-the-shelf e-learning is more than a video learning library. It offers a collection of proven solutions that are built with instructional design specific for e-learning in today’s multi-platform mobile workforce. The current and future business environment demands tools that are quick, strategic, and accessible on all devices. ej4’s content delivers in all areas.

ej4 provides your company with an immediate solution that employees can use to get the information they need while being back to work in 10 minutes or less. Plus, with ej4’s Thinkzoom platform, you have the ability to personalize the learning with your own custom video.

ej4 bridges the gap between potential and results. It offers:

>> More than 1500 courses on everything from sales, compliance, I.T. training and general soft skills for every business
>> Content that is delivered through any device or platform
>> Professionally created videos that are informative and up-to-date
>> A customizable learning management system (Thinkzoom)
>> Dedicated learning professionals to support your business
>> Complete custom videos for your unique needs

PRODUCTS:

Off the Shelf Videos - At ej4, e-learning is done a little differently. While the company does offer hundreds of e-learning courses on topics like Management, Productivity, Anti-Harassment and Customer Service, it looks for the business need first. It analyzes your problems and builds solutions that fit your needs.

ej4’s libraries of courses consist of readyto-use solutions for your organization’s specific needs. They are broken up by topic in Business Skills, Workplace Compliance and Microsoft Office that can be deployed on any platform. http://ej4.com/resources-catalog

LMS Platform - Thinkzoom by ej4 is more than a learning management system. It’s a powerful knowledge-sharing platform tool for a customized user experience. Thinkzoom is an easy-to-use platform that allows you to record, edit, track and share your company-specific knowledge that integrates seamlessly with all ej4 content. http://ej4.com/services-thinkzoom

Custom Videos - There are times when an off-the-shelf course does not effectively teach an industry-specific skill or communicate your company message. Partner with ej4 to create custom e-learning videos that are short, to-the-point, and communicate YOUR message. http://ej4.com/services-custom-elearning

Support - It’s easy to get started using the ej4 solution. You can be up and running in a few days. Its team of dedicated learning professionals partner with you to ensure your learning program meets the needs of your learners.

CUSTOMERS

ej4 has customers that cover the spectrum in size, industry and products. To name a few: Goodwill, TigerDirect, First American Title, Allison Transmission, Pepsi, Dr. Pepper Snapple, Mahindra, Wells and Community Coffee.

WHAT CUSTOMERS SAY:

>> Dr. Pepper Snapple Group: “At Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, we needed to take the disciplines and common practices that we wanted to instill to over 20,000 employees across 250 locations. Using ej4, we were able to achieve these goals in a quick, efficient, and effective manner.”
>> Greatcall: “With ej4, course completion rates have increased over 80 percent, and employees continually request additional professional development.”

CONTACT INFORMATION:

12125 Woodcrest Executive Dr., Suite 300 St. Louis, MO 63141
Sales: (800) 566-3159
Headquarters: (314) 878-6700
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www.ej4.com

 

 

Tools

 

GAMIFICATION

 

Winner:
mLevel GameBased Learning Platform

PRODUCT INFORMATION

mLevel offers a low-cost solution that immerses employees in a fun, casual learning experience that can be easily scaled across an organization. Its SaaS-based platform makes quick creation and delivery of interactive learning games easy. Employees can play anytime or anywhere, all backed by leaderboards, badges, social learning interactions and detailed analytics.

Users can access mLevel on any device, and training missions can be completed just about anywhere. Because mLevel’s training is progressive, users have to score above a certain threshold before they can unlock the next round of educational content. Their colleagues’ scores become visible once a mission is complete, adding a friendly, competitive component and an incentive to score well, too. Thus, engagement is at the center of the platform.

FEATURES/BENEFITS

>> No coding required to create rich, interactive learning missions in hours
>> Its games drive individual and team competition, as well as social learning
>> Analysis function allows managers to uncover what employees know and don’t know about critical business topics, then react in real-time to close the gaps

CUSTOMERS

D4, IHG, U.S. Foods

CONTACT INFORMATION

205 W. Wacker Dr., Suite 422 Chicago, IL 60606
(888) 564-5395
www.mlevel.com

 

 

VIDEO CAPTURE

 

Winner:
ej4 Thinkzoom

PRODUCT INFORMATION

Thinkzoom by ej4 is a powerful knowledge-sharing platform tool for a customized user experience. It’s an easy-to-use platform that allows you to record, edit, track, and share company-specific knowledge. The bottom line is that ej4’s Thinkzoom does more than house e-learning. It’s a tool that you can use every day to train, communicate and share information with teams.

Its easy-to-use recording features allow you to create video content with your computer or mobile device. Think of the knowledge sharing opportunities that exist outside of the training department! Thinkzoom allows you to record and share best practices from the field, the sales floor, or even information from your customers and competition. Then you can build a training plan around the content with existing off-the-shelf courses and business book summaries.

FEATURES/BENEFITS

>> Create completely custom training: record and share best practices
>> Reporting features allow managers to see who’s taking which courses, and then analyze viewing trends

CUSTOMERS

Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, Pepsi-Cola Bottlers, Golden Harvest

CONTACT INFORMATION

12125 Woodcrest Executive Dr., Suite 300 St. Louis, MO 63141 
(314) 878-6700 or (800) 566-3159 
www.ej4.com

 

 

Services

 

TRANSLATION AND LOCAL SERVICES

 

Winner:
TransPerfect Translation & Localization Services

PRODUCT INFORMATION

TransPerfect can provide multi-language translation of company training materials or a centralized e-learning solution to serve an internationally distributed workforce. TransPerfect’s education experts can help you enhance sales force effectiveness, drive customer satisfaction, and deliver on-demand research and collaboration to take your global learning and training programs to the next level.

TransPerfect offers multiple levels of service based on client needs, ranging from draft / summary translation up to certified translation, featuring our three-step process with a translator, editor, and proofreader, all designed to meet the evolving needs of global businesses.

Its Human Translation Quality Assurance process assigns three professional linguists — translator, editor and proofreader — to create each translation.

FEATURES/BENEFITS

>> Network of more than 4,000 linguists, all of whom are native speakers of the target language, experts in their subject areas, and accredited by numerous translation and interpretation industry organizations

CORPORATE FAMILY

Adams Globalization, Epic Global Solutions, WorldLingo, eTranslate

CONTACT INFORMATION

3 Park Ave., 39th Floor New York, NY 10016
(212) 689-5555

 

 

OUTSOURCED LEARNING SERVICES

 

Award of Excellence:
Skillsoft Learning Services

PRODUCT INFORMATION

Skillsoft e-learning consultants, customer support and application engineers provide core program support services, a fundamental value-add. These teams deliver the expert e-learning services and advice to help establish general strategy for deployment and adoption of powerful learning programs.

FEATURES/BENEFITS

>> Deliver strategy, competency mapping, blended learning design, technology deployment and value measurement
>> Boost the ROI, engagement, and success rate of any implementation
>> Empower managers to effectively manage complex blendedlearning programs
>> Reduce overall administrative burden
>> Help identify when custom development services could be more effective
>> Include customer support, 24x7x365, by telephone, email, Web or chat

CUSTOMERS

FM Global

CONTACT INFORMATION

107 Northeastern Blvd. Nashua, NH 03062
(603) 324-3000 or (877) 545-5763)
www.skillsoft.com

 

 

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Don’t want to get left behind? View your employees as consumers, and introduce new organizational possibilities.

By Jerry Roche

There has been a lot said and a lot written — in this magazine and elsewhere — about the “consumerization” of learning. But knowing the definition without knowing its business applications is like being a carpenter who has a pocketful of nails but no hammer.

Let’s start by finding the most learning-specific definition of consumerization possible. Here’s the perfect reference, from Gartner — the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company: Consumerization is the specific impact that consumer-originated technologies can have on enterprises. It reflects how enterprises will be affected by, and can take advantage of, new technologies and models that originate and develop in the consumer space, rather than in the enterprise I.T. sector. Consumerization is not a strategy or something to be ‘adopted.’ Consumerization can be embraced and it must be dealt with — but it cannot be stopped.

Consumerization is impacting you and your company, whether your realize it or not. As people have access to better technology, the lines between work and life are becoming more blurred. How and where people work and the new technology they use to get things done are changing. So, as learning is further consumerized, you and your employees will have to adapt to those changes.

Rather than viewing learning as a singular, isolated activity on a talent management wheel, John Ambrose, a senior vice president at Skillsoft, says organizations need interactive tools that make learning a consumerized experience as inviting as Amazon or Netflix: “The final mile is to create rich, dynamic experiences for learners, including the many different forms of learning that occurs outside of [a course in a learning management system]."

Much of the impetus to adopt consumerized learning comes from younger, computer- savvy workers. And by 2020, Millennials will comprise 50 percent of the domestic workforce. Fifteen percent of them will work for someone at least 10 years younger. Those trends will force work to be more open, collaborative and social. Gamification, interactive learning experiences, and the growing number of social media elements in performance and learning management indicate that the technology employees expect to find in the workplace is evolving.

THE ‘HOWS’

In today’s world, according to Wayne McCulloch of Salesforce University and Walter Rogers of CloudCoaching International, “learning needs to be woven into the fabric of what employees are doing, not necessarily as a separate activity. Elements of consumer technologies — like social media, gamification and mobile — are integral.”

Five current trends can enable your enterprise to further consumerize your learning:

1 Mobile learning: Just 10 short years ago, nobody would have imagined the possibilities of mobile learning. But with the introduction of smartphones, it has become not only possible but pervasive. If employees can learn new job skills or knowledge wherever and whenever they want, they have the potential to further integrate learning and work with their home life — and vice versa.

2 Social collaboration: By 2016, 50 percent of large organizations will have internal Facebook-like social networks, and 30 percent of these will be considered as essential as email and telephones. “The popularity and effectiveness of social networking sites as a group communication tool among consumers is prompting organizations as well as individual employees to ask whether similar technologies can be deployed privately,” says Nikos Drakos, research director at Gartner. “There is increasing interest for using social technologies within organizations to connect people more effectively, to capture and re-use valuable informal knowledge, and to deliver relevant information more intelligently where it is needed through social filtering.”

3 BYOD (Bring Your Own Device): Granted, BYOD is a disruptive phenomenon. But managing growing workforce expectations around mobility can further integrate employee work life and home life. Your employees use many devices, and they expect to use any device or application anytime, anywhere.

4 MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses): These courses promote unlimited participation and open access via the Web. MOOCs — first introduced in 2008, emerged as a popular mode of learning in 2012 — further enable employees to integrate their work lives and home lives.

5 Independent contractors: As a company gets “flatter,” use of experts, contractors and consultants become more the norm. If the needs and wants of an organization can be perfectly matched with the products and/or services of an independent contractor, both the organization and the contractor can profit.

In today’s world, according to McCulloch and Rogers, “learning needs to be woven into the fabric of what employees are doing, not necessarily as a separate activity. There will always be a need for classroom, focused learning, particularly around formal recognition (like certification). The only true competitive advantage employees and employers have is the ability to learn and then apply that learning for success.”

Algorithms And Analytics

Forward-thinking corporations can take a hint from some of the most popular technological advances that are today being offered to consumers. Services like Yelp, Netflix, Kickstarter and even Match.com can have productive and profitable business applications.

YELP is a peer-group rating system with 138 million monthly users who post 61 million reviews and ratings.

Corporations have begun using this kind of technology for projects that are enhanced by initiatives utilizing crowd- sourcing. Just think about how employees are currently working on projects. Even on an individual basis, group ratings can be instrumental in helping solve problems, and they give other employees the opportunity to congratulate a peer on a “job well done.”

With this technology, an HR director can also make performance reviews very dynamic on a yearly, quarterly or even project-to-project basis. Potentially, a company can ultimately get all the “star-system” ratings incorporated into one rating for a particular employee or contractor.

NETFLIX, the motion picture and TV show “smart” service is what’s called a “conscious delivery mechanism.” It’s used by 44 million subscribers.

Because subscribers can comment on what they watch, it’s also has an extremely social component. And the system itself can also make recommendations based on an individual’s viewing habits.

The algorithms that drive Netflix are the same kind of algorithms that can drive career-development components of a learning or talent system. Employees interested in adding to their education can get courses or MOOCs tailored to their new-found interests. Such a system could also recommend other courses that are pertinent to what that employee needs to get to the next level.

One other benefit of this type of technology is that it is a perfect vehicle for making peer and social recommendations (“I loved this class,” “I hated this class,” “Take this class instead”).

KICKSTARTER is a technology that provides revenue crowd-sourcing for unfunded or under-funded but otherwise worthwhile and/or popular projects.

So far, Kickstarter has provided more than 70,000 projects with $1.3 billion worth of funding. And Kickstarter projects not only potentially repay with interest, but the technology allows for a reward system (for instance, a red carpet pass to a movie opening that has been produced with Kickstarter funds).

In the enterprise, you might have a project for which volunteers are needed. The project itself might help those volunteers skill-build and can provide rewards by participating in the project.

One of this magazine’s Learning! 100 companies is an interesting example. Its global leadership development program builds teams of managers from all over the organization who don’t even know each other. The teams are charged with recommending new corporate initiatives. At the end of the project, instructors and managers vote for the program that has the most business impact, and that program is actually funded by the enterprise. This particular Learning! 100 company had two business lines for 50 years; as of this year, it has five business lines. It was this kind of approach that helped the company jump-start new ideas.

MATCH.COM is an online dating site. Surprisingly, 17 percent of all marriages are results of online dating sites.

The assumption is that if you can find your life partner with Match.com, why can’t a company use the same algorithms to find the next great candidate or the next great employee?

Even more than that, enterprises are using Match.com-style algorithms for internal purposes.

Employees who are very knowledgeable but on the cusp of retirement are mentoring employees who want that ame career path in virtual e-spaces instead of being in the same office. The HR Department matches up these players, based on personnel profiles.

These types of algorithms also come in handy for individual projects. An example could be selecting an LMS. There are within a 50,000-employee organization maybe five or ten people who might have that expertise. But when the responsible manager has to select an LMS for the first time, having access to pertinent employee profiles — with experiences and ratings — can identify who he or she can reach out to, in order to assist in that project. Some forward-thinkers in the learning profession even envision that, some day, employees, contractors and board members will help vote for the next CEO.

Where’s It All Heading?

All these new consumerizing technologies are really applying pressures on learning professionals to keep up. Organizations will have to figure out where they are and where and what they want to be. Because all the behaviors and practices in the consumer space are now driving new learning technologies.

 

Published in Top Stories

Big Data analytics, mobile applications and other fast-emerging technologies will fundamentally change how HR does its job.

"I think what’s really interesting at this time is that besides just the Cloud, things like Big Data analytics, in-memory database technology, all new kinds of mobile technology — all this is coming and it’s coming at the same time," says Brian Sommer, a leading Human Capital Management and HR technology expert for 32 years.

"And that creates kind of a competency of technology change hitting all at once ... an opportunity for HR technology vendors as well as HR executives to take advantage of some very profound things that will change their processes. It’s going to change their technology. It’s probably going to change their perspective about what HR really should be doing going forward."

—More info: http://money.cnn.com/news/newsfeeds/articles/marketwire/1207554.htm

Published in Trends

Do organizations truly know how to invest in talent wisely? The answer is no. Five prominent talent analytics gurus — Shreya Sarkar-Barney of Human Capital Growth, Anshul Sheopori of IBM Research, Gene Pease of Vestrics, John Mattox of CEB, and Laurie Ruettimann, HR speaker, blogger, and author — now share their insights and tips about the current state of analytics. They reveal:

  • Most organizations spend 40% or more of their total revenues on their talent.

  • Only 2% of L&D organizations report that they are currently involved with analytics, but 35% are planning to increase their emphasis on building analytical capability.

  • Top performing businesses are five times more likely to be using analytics than low performers.

—Source: https://magic.piktochart.com/output/6678182-talent-analytics-tips-from-the-smes-by-skillsoft

Published in Trends

In a survey of 518 directors, managers, and employees based in Great Britain, 71% of respondents said their organization should be more open about which employees are in their company’s talent pool.

Nearly three-quarters (73%) of respondents said it is apparent that some individuals get treated differently in terms of career development and progression opportunities within their organization.

More than half (54%) of all workers surveyed said that their organization doesn’t recognize their full potential, and even 38% of those who are in a talent pool said their full potential is not recognized. More than a third (36%) of all respondents said their company does not track or manage their personal or career development.

Of the 23% of respondents surveyed who are currently in a talent pool, the majority (81%) said this motivates them to perform their job better. Meanwhile, around one-third (35%) of those who are not in a talent pool feel demotivated as a result, reinforcing the need for clearer communications and enterprise-wide career and personaldevelopment
strategies so that everybody feels supported and valued, regardless of whether they are in a talent pool or not.

—More info: www.kallidus.com

Published in Trends

Learners show equal success on the same courses, whether they access the courses on their desktop or on a mobile device. That’s one of the key determinations made by a recent survey.

“But mobile learners achieving same outcomes in half the time,” CEO Donna Wells of Mindflash adds. “And providing mobile course access is likely to increase percent of learners who reference course content after they initially complete the course.”

The research also emphasizes that shorter courses are better when learners are accessing them via mobile devices. Wells suggests that course designers break up courses into a series of shorter lessons, which should require sequential passing.

She also suggests that learning professionals “consider swapping PowerPoint for Microsoft Word and increasing usage of video to improve experience and success among mobile learners; to correlate training outcomes with business outcomes; and to integrate LMS data with CRM or financial systems data, if at all possible.

—More info: www.slideshare.net/mindflashmarketing/taking-measurement-mobile-assessing-mlearning

Published in Trends
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