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5 Reasons Why Online Learning Engages Employees in Training

  Have you ever tried to get someone interested in what you were saying or doing, only to have that person zone out on you? Of course you have. Being unsuccessful at engaging others is part of the human experience. In day-to-day life situations in which we are simply sharing with others things of interest to us, this is harmless enough. However, in corporate training situations, it’s a different story. Failure to engage employees in training is a big problem that can cost organizations big money. Learner Engagement Ensures a Return on Investment in Training According to a Bersin report from 2014, the average company spends about $1000 yearly on each employee’s training. This means a company employing 100 people … Continue Reading »

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4 Online Learning Trends That Will Impact the Future of Corporate Learning

  When you think of the word “trend,” what images come to mind? If you went to high school in the 80s, perhaps you see visions of blue eye shadow and big hair. Or, maybe you associate the word with fashion. The truth is that trends affect every aspect of our existence, not just those that are superficial. There are trends in language, cuisine, music, art, and politics. Trends exist in nearly every industry imaginable—especially the eLearning industry—and they directly impact corporations and businesses. Because eLearning and corporate learning are often so interwoven, online learning trends shape the arena of corporate learning in particular. Some eLearning trends may be negatively affecting corporate learning, but many are making a positive impact … Continue Reading »

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Attract and Retain Millennial Employees with LMS Collaborative Learning Features

  If there is any generation that understands the digital world, it is Gen Y, the millennial generation. Millennials, those born after 1981, are typically as computer literate as people can be. Because of this, among other reasons, millennials tend to be incredible assets to their employers. However, not everyone agrees. Maybe Millennial Employees Aren’t So Bad, After All Anyone who hasn’t been hiding under a rock for the past few years knows that millennials have a bad work reputation. This is not necessary because they aren’t good workers. It’s more probable that Gen Y’s bad rap evolved over time and has been propagated by individuals who choose to see only their negative characteristics and ignore their good qualities. To … Continue Reading »

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What the Online Learning Consortium’s 2016 Statistics Mean for the Future

    Online learning statistics aren’t merely dry facts; they are gusts of wind that blow companies in one direction or another. Statistics help businesses discover whether or not what they are doing is working. They also help them see what they can do better. At TOPYX, we appreciate the organizations doing hard work to deliver accurate, timely statistics. One such organization is the Online Learning Consortium. The Online Learning Consortium has produced numerous excellent resources and infographics in the past. But, today we are most grateful for the OLC’s 2016 Higher Education Online Learning Landscape. Although this report centers on the education sector, it has great relevance in the corporate world. This online learning imperative has helped us better … Continue Reading »

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Having Problems with LMS User Management? Here’s the Solution. 

A social learning management system (LMS) is a wonderful thing that comes with a host of benefits and sometimes a few problems. These problems are no big deal if administrators know how to address them. Of all the issues that accompany an LMS, the biggest one is probably a difficulty managing (adding and maintaining) users. For a mid-sized or large company with hundreds or thousands of employees, it is crucial that managing users is a streamlined, simple task. Quickly and easily adding and maintaining user accounts is also important for small companies that want to experience great growth. Whether they are small, medium, or large, companies need and want user management to be easy. Not every LMS facilitates effortless management … Continue Reading »

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Why We Love Social Learning (And You Should, Too!)

We love social learning – it’s as simple as that. Do you? If not, you may benefit from discovering more about the nature and function of the incredible thing called social learning. Once you grasp the breadth of advantages specific to social learning, you’ll sing its praises as loudly as we do. Why We Love Social Learning (And You Should, Too!) There are several key reasons why we adore social learning. One of the main reasons is that social learning promotes constructivism in the workplace. “Constructivism” is a term that should be in any forward-thinking company leader’s vocabulary. According to Learning Theories, “Constructivism as a paradigm or worldview posits that learning is an active, constructive process. The learner is an … Continue Reading »

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TOPYX LMS Included In the January 2017 FrontRunners Quadrant for LMS Software

Learning management system software has never been more popular, useful, or developed than it is today. The learning management system (LMS) market is worth over $2.5 billion and is growing quickly. In the business world, LMSs are used to train employees. They are also used to track the training that takes place. Organizational leaders have come to rely on learning management systems. But, there are now many LMSs on the market. So, it can be difficult for a consumer to decide which software to buy. Company leaders want LMS software that can perfectly meet the needs of their businesses. The January 2017 FrontRunners learning management systems assessment can make the decision process for these individuals easier. What Is a FrontRunners … Continue Reading »

2 Secrets for Promoting Learning Transfer in LMS-Based Corporate Training

  Does your company offer its employees LMS-based corporate training? If so, it is one of many. Learning management system (LMS)-based learning, or online learning, is becoming the standard in corporate training. The LMS industry is growing at the speed of light; it has companies to thank for that. Company leaders worldwide are implementing learning management systems. Why? For one primary purpose: to train their employees.   Why an LMS Should Be Used for Corporate Training An LMS has many functions. For example, a full-featured learning management system… Offers language localization. Allows employees to work remotely while staying connected to their coworkers. Gives employees access to work-related resources on their mobile devices. While many LMSs offer these features and more, … Continue Reading »

9 Amazing Things You Don’t Know About the History of Online/Distance Learning

Over the course of history, online/distance learning, or eLearning, has grown to epic proportions. What began in 1728 as the first distance learning course ever to be offered has flourished into a $107 billion market. Are you familiar with the history of online learning? 9 Amazing Things You Don’t Know About the History of Online/Distance Learning One of the best ways to understand online learning is to become familiar with its history. Here are 9 amazing things you probably don’t know about the history of online/distance learning: 1) As mentioned above, the first distance learning course was established in 1728 in Boston, Massachusetts. 2) A shorthand course, taught via correspondence, was established in Great Britain in 1840. 3) Courses started … Continue Reading »

5 Reasons Why Online Learning is Valuable

Online learning is valuable – this statement is practically inarguable. Over the past couple of decades, online learning has slowly but surely crept into nearly every type of company, organization, educational institution, nonprofit, multinational, association, and healthcare establishment. Why? The answer is simple: online learning, or eLearning, is both incredibly convenient and highly effective for adult learners. Because of this, it has become a go-to delivery system for corporate training. It is becoming common knowledge that online learning is crucial to the welfare of any organization. Still, every once in a while we all need a few reminders of why this is the case. These reminders help us help others understand why eLearning is relevant and how it can positively … Continue Reading »