TrainingPros Learning Highlights

Welcome to the TrainingPros blog, Learning Highlights. Entries from our President, Relationship Managers, learning & development thought leaders, and other guest bloggers can be found across a broad variety of topics such as industry trends, talent management, training delivery methods, eLearning, learning decision making, management systems, reinforcement, metrics, and performance support. If you have a blog topic you’d like to see or would like to contribute as a guest blogger, please contact us and use “Learning Highlights” in the Subject field of our contact form.

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I am delighted to share an interview I had about Adaptive/Personalized Learning with Caroline Brant, Director of Client Services at Zoomi, Inc. According to the Zoomi website, it is “the first and only automated personalized learning technology and provides actionable eLearning data to companies with more than 250 proprietary algorithms.” Zoomi was launched in 2015 by two university researchers who teamed with a “seasoned technology entrepreneur.”

LS: Caroline, tell us about Zoomi’s target audience.

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When training multilingual teams, there are six critical steps designed to make your life a lot easier and your project more successful: know your audience, choose your content, consider language requirements, assemble the right team, complete localization during the design phase, and protect your linguistic asset.

Know your audience: To start, you must know your audience, and I mean know them very well. Develop a strong understanding of their education levels, motivations, and cultural impacts on learning styles (Hofstede’s Cultural Differences in Learning Styles would be a great place to start). Understand any additional cultural considerations such as customs, cultural attitudes of subject matter, communication style (formal or informal), and how your learners respond to instructor’s gender, religion, and age. Be sure you understand how the 7 learning styles are impacted by language and culture. Set the right expectations and be creative.

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Is professional development on your list of new year resolutions in 2018? TrainingPros has gathered a list of in-person and online opportunities for January through March. There are even two opportunities for you to connect with members of the TrainingPros team at events in both New Orleans and Phoenix.

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As a budding student, I heard my teachers routinely use the phrase, “defining the terms” when introducing a new subject or concept to our class. Often complicated and requiring memorization, defining the terms is the foundation to higher learning and understanding. Defining terms are like coat hangers, you use them to organize and categorize your stuff. The same goes for the learning world especially in this fast-paced world of Artificial Intelligence.

What is Artificial Intelligence (AI)? Artificial Intelligence is defined as technology that performs some or all work that a human being can do with similar or better results. Most people think of artificial intelligence as physical robots lifting boxes or packaging things on a conveyer belt, however artificial intelligence is much more than that. In the training and learning space, artificial intelligence is the use of data to help make good learning decisions.

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After many years and much press, it looks like artificial intelligence has finally made a real debut, and the corporate training and learning development world is beginning to feel its effects. Startups and funding are in abundance, and businesses are taking note, including those within the training and learning world. This advent has ushered in new learning models along with terminology such as adaptive, personalized, bite-sized, and anytime learning to name a few. What are we to make of it all?

To start, we must realize that with these new challenges will also come new opportunities. This is nothing to fear. Learning organizations will seek out and look to experts for advice on which models work best, which new tools to use, which methodologies to employ, and which produce the best outcomes. The convergence of the incoming Millennial workforce in conjunction with the Legacy workforce has driven innovative technologies, methodologies and ideas, so this also will require that learning professionals become proficient in meeting the needs of both audiences.

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