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Who’s lying now?

A study of 1,322 British workers – commissioned by recruitment related website - has found that 82 per cent of people lie on behalf of their managers every day and more than half have had to take the flak for a managerial error; resulting in 17 per cent of British employees getting into trouble [...]

By | December 18th, 2008|Categories: Business, Philosophy and Religion|Tags: , |0 Comments

Changing perspectives in corporate learning

According to Claire Schooley’s report, published by Forrester Research Inc, learning programmes in innovative companies are directly linked to employee effectiveness and organisational success - making the learning executive more accountable to the business. The procurement of learning, orchestration of the learning programme and presentation of training classes are only part of the job. The [...]

By | December 18th, 2008|Categories: Business|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Today’s trends

According to the US-based eLearning Guild, the hottest trends in e-learning are the use of social networks and other collaborative tools, along with the explosion of immersive learning simulations (ILS) and serious games. These technologies, says the Guild, offer huge potentials - but also challenges - for achieving new levels of learner engagement, collaboration and [...]

By | November 24th, 2008|Categories: Learning Technologies|Tags: , |0 Comments

Joke programmes?

Among the awards hopefuls in the ‘Bespoke Learning Solution of the Year’ category at this year’s WOLCE Awards – announced in Birmingham on 19th November – was ‘Understanding business’, a programme from the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS).   Interestingly, RBS has been no stranger to publicity recently for its apparent misunderstanding of business issues [...]

By | November 24th, 2008|Categories: Business|Tags: , |0 Comments

Too late for boreout

On 30th October, Kogan Page published Philippe Rothlin’s and Peter R. Werder’s book ‘Boreout! Overcoming Workplace Boredom’ (£14.99). ‘Boreout’, say the authors, is an increasingly important phenomenon which happens when employees feel disengaged with their work and become cut off from their company. Common causes of boreout are said to be feeling ‘understretched’ and dissatisfied [...]

By | November 14th, 2008|Categories: Business|Tags: |2 Comments

Berry’s bon mots

According to the Australian management and business consultant, Ian Berry: “Someone once said that the definition of stupidity is expecting a different result by continuing to do the same old thing. Someone else said that the definition of idiocy is doing something different and still getting the same result.”   Comment: There’s a lesson there [...]

By | November 14th, 2008|Categories: Business|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Make mobile devices, not babies

At The Digital Educational Content Marketplaces conference (DECOM 2008), which took place in Sestri Levante, Italy, at the end of October, one of the speakers – Adam Black, of Pearson Education - in endorsing the move towards mobile learning, commented that, every second, three babies are born somewhere in the world whereas, in the same [...]

By | November 6th, 2008|Categories: Business, Business Technology, Learning Technologies|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Who needs training?

Recently, I was chatting to someone who, after more than 25 years in the corporate learning industry, is about to retire. He observed that, despite everyone’s best endeavours, corporate learning does not seem to have increased its board level prestige in that time.   “Twenty years or so ago, I recall talking to a company [...]

By | October 7th, 2008|Categories: Business, Learning Technologies|Tags: , , |0 Comments

HR perspective

The latest Hays HR Salary and Benefits Survey appears to show that: There has been significant growth in junior roles - at HR Officer and HR Advisor levels - and there is a shortage of candidates at this level. There are fewer opportunities at the senior end of the market, with senior HR candidates seeming [...]

By | October 7th, 2008|Categories: Business|Tags: , |0 Comments

Schmoller schmooze

At its annual conference on learning technology, ALT-C, in September, the Association for Learning Technology (ALT) signed a three-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ascilite). ALT’s chief executive, Seb Schmoller, said: “The MOU aims to put collaboration between ALT and ascilite on a firm footing; [...]

By | October 7th, 2008|Categories: Learning Technologies|Tags: , |0 Comments