Training Industry Quarterly - Winter 2013 - (Page 41)
A New Competitive Advantage
earning and development (L&D) professionals are celebrating good news lately. After several years of double-digit cuts, L&D budgets appear to be rising, according to a survey conducted by the International Data Corporation (IDC), showing a renewed commitment by organizations to develop their employees and to address ever-widening skills gaps. The IDC survey also showed that organizations planned to continue investing in learning management and assessment systems, but were interested in trying new delivery modalities such as mobile learning and collaboration, and social tools. Even with rebounding training budgets, L&D professionals are realizing that “business as usual” has fundamentally
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online learning, to name just a few. Kate Day, global director of the Sales Associates Program and the Partner Sales Academy at Cisco, prefers the term “high-definition learning” to better reflect today’s rapidly evolving technology and its effect on organization-wide learning initiatives. High-definition learning, says Day, is more than just traditional online learning. It combines the power of live video streaming (such as telepresence) and web conferencing with capabilities such as live chat, polling, discussion boards, whiteboards, blogs, wikis, and in-person projects and activities to create a highly interactive environment which intensifies a participant experience and appeals to all types of learning styles.
l&d professionals are realizing ThaT “business as usual” has fundamenTally changed
changed. Employers are looking for more innovative, yet cost-effective solutions to their training needs and current and prospective employees are demanding increased flexibility and accessibility. The answer to these needs, as many L&D professionals are realizing, lies in the virtual world. To L&D professionals, that virtual world is known as e-learning, blended learning, computer-based learning, and
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