Elearning! October-November

October-November 2013

Elearning! Magazine: Building Smarter Companies via Learning & Workplace Technologies.

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CEOs Want More Coaching Seventy-eight percent of CEOs claim it was their own idea to receive coaching. Twenty-one percent say that coaching was the board chairman's idea. More than 60 percent of CEOs say that the progress they are making in their coaching sessions is kept between themselves and their coach; only a third say that this information is shared with the board of directors. "As coaching is starting to lose its 'stigma,' more of this secrecy is being removed," says Stephen Miles, CEO of The Miles Group. Large Companies Lack Engagement Only one-quarter of employees within large organizations are highly engaged, says a recent research survey. This is a critical shortcoming because engaged employees are extremely valuable; they are more than twice as likely to do something good for the company that is unexpected of them, almost three times as likely to make a recommendation for an improvement, and six times as likely to recommend that a friend or relative apply for a job with their employer. In fve areas of activities — Inspire, Inform, Instruct, Involve and Incent — only fve percent of organizations showed "strong" competencies while 59 percent were "weak" or "very weak." Other highlights from the research: >> >> 94 percent of respondents measure employee engagement, and 67 percent measure it at least annually. >> 43 percent of respondents believe that their executive team highly prioritizes taking action based on the employee engagement feedback. >> Firms with stronger employee engagement efforts are fve times more likely than other frms to treat the results from employee engagement surveys as a high priority. "Although much of the coaching discussion should be treated confdentially," adds Dr. David F. Larcker of Stanford University, "keeping the board informed of progress can improve CEO/board relations." Nearly two-thirds of CEOs do not receive coaching or leadership advice from outside consultants or coaches, and almost half of senior executives are not receiving any either. And nearly 100 percent indicate that they actually enjoy the process of receiving coaching and leadership advice. —More info: www.miles-group.com —Full report: http://experiencematters.wordpress.com or www.temkingroup.com Deals The American Cancer Society has partnered with Kineo to create a cutting-edge online learning center. Using Totara Learning Management System (LMS), the Society can now take a blended approach to training its 3 million volunteers right across the United States. The Totara LMS provides volunteers with easy access to learning content at home and on their personal devices. Microsoft has launched a major new staff training program using CM Group's new Luminosity Motion mobile learning platform. Luminosity Motion coupled with Luminosity Mentor learning apps will enable Microsoft to reach out and engage with its people wherever they may be, using the latest mobile technologies. Desire2Learn has acquired Knowillage Systems, the creator of an adaptive learning engine (LeaP). This acquisition extends Desire2Learn's data-driven product offerings. In another deal, Desire2Learn will partner with the University System of Georgia to explore next-generation MOOCs powered by the Desire2Learn integrated learning platform. TransRe, a leading global reinsurer, has selected MetricStream to provide an integrated, fexible solution for its risk and compliance management needs. By bringing together all risk management and compliance activities into a common enterprise-wide framework, TransRe will beneft from enhanced process effciency and transparency. GlobalEnglish says that Netherlandsbased Unit4 has selected GlobalEnglish to provide Business English development and support to its global workforce. Unit4 is a global business software and services company aimed at helping dynamic public sector and commercial services organizations. Ebix's A.D.A.M. Health Content Exchange has partnered with Intel to create innovative cloud-based medical training programs for Ultrabook devices. A.D.A.M. optimized its series of medical learning programs for Ultrabook systems, including touchscreen capabilities, Intel Core processors, and high-resolution screens. Livefyre has acquired Storify, the most popular social curation and storytelling tool on the Web. Livefyre currently powers real-time conversation and social curation for more than 400 of the world's largest media properties and brands, many of whom also use Storify to tell stories online using social content. Junior High School 189 Daniel Carter Beard has opened a unique blended online and on-site learning program — a school within a school that provides engaging elective courses to students in grades 6-8. The school is partnering with Connections Learning by Pearson to implement the program. The new partnership will present a variety of elective courses, like Juilliard eLearning. T-Systems, Deutsche Telekom's corporate customer arm, and Orange Business Services have signed an interprovider agreement for corporate video services that will allow customers who use TSystems' Corporate Video Exchange Services to meet live with customers of Orange's telepresence community via videoconference. Elearning! October / November 2013 9

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