training for competencies
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Training for competencies or merely for skills? A no-brainer, really

L&D leaders

Employees can be trained either to acquire more skills OR for developing their competencies. These are not the same thing and their value is not equal in the workplace. Skills are very specific activities, some more complex than others. Competencies are the capability of employees to apply a set of related knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully perform critical work functions.

adult vocational students
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Why you should inform adult vocational students of their funding options

HR

Being a student later in life requires much more than having the willingness to learn, motivation to go through the whole process and putting in the necessary time, all while juggling being a child for your parents, a spouse for your loved one, a parent for your own kids, a friend for your friends, an employee for your boss, and so on. Being a student later in life comes with a cost, and that cost must be covered with real money.

learning culture
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Want to keep your business strong? Build a learning culture

L&D leaders

Building a learning culture is the best way to ensure your company will navigate successfully through the ever-changing business environment of today and of the future. The first step is focusing on the people. They are an organization’s best assets and as such they should be provided with diverse and flexible opportunities to learn. Once this is achieved, all employees are given the opportunity to excel at what they do.

Why content design is critical for learner engagement
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Why content design is critical for all types of learners

Course design

By using e-learning in business training you can reach everybody in the company and if your courses are designed right, there is no challenge in getting them to stick with you. A great content design is critical for learner engagement, so you need to consider at least micro-learning, scenarios, gamification and responsive design.

MATRIX at ATD 2017
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Meet MATRIX at ATD 2017 in Atlanta!

Events

The MATRIX team will be in Atlanta very soon, attending the largest event for talent development professionals worldwide: The ATD International Conference and Exposition 2017. Drop by our Booth #2015 in any day of the event to meet the team, chat about the latest trends in the professional learning industry and see what we’ve been up to lately. We have prizes and surprises awaiting you!

hidden costs of an LMS
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Hidden costs of an LMS: What to expect

Business LMS

If you’re involved in getting a new LMS for your company, read on to learn about some of the most common hidden costs that usually — but not always — creep into the acquisition process. Some of them could easily go to the turn-off category. But in the end, it all depends. What matters most is transparency and the meaning behind each fee. Sometimes, it’s better to pay a fee and forget about the issue, than to try to deal with it yourself, only to get into bigger trouble.

Blended learning — the special on the corporate training menu
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Blended learning — the special on the corporate training menu

L&D leaders

Blended learning is such an efficient and easy solution for professional development that it is bound to become the norm for corporate training. It’s a wonderfully balanced combination that also lowers training costs and improves information retention. It’s just bound to become the special on the corporate training menu.

The learning brain
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The learning brain and why L&D professionals should care about it

Course design

Besides the subject matter knowledge and technical skills, a training course creator also need to put on the hat of a neuroscientist when designing. So if you at least be clear about the benefits of going through a certain course, put some thought into how you deliver new information, allow trainees to sleep on new concepts and master spaced repetition, you’ll meet some of the needs of the learning brain.

training digital natives
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Digital natives — how to design and deliver training that clicks

HR

It may seem that digital natives do everything differently than the previous generations of employees but give them the time, the choice and the right technology and they will prove that different is in this case better. In order to design programs that will be both friendly and effective for them there are a few things to be taken into account. Check them out!

self-directed learning
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The solution for happier, more loyal employees? Self-directed learning

L&D leaders

Employees tend to perform better when they feel empowered, have a say in their work and understand the added value of the tasks they are asked to perform. That’s why organizations everywhere should encourage and foster self-directed learning (SDL) and give employees more control over their professional learning process.

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