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Virtual Learning Used by Three-Quarters of Employers

November 17, 2011 10:14 by vstgerard

(From Personnel Today) -- Live online learning technologies - such as virtual meetings and classrooms, and video-conferencing - are becoming increasingly popular, with more than three-quarters of employers using them in 2011.

This is according to the benchmark study carried out by learning-technology provider Towards Maturity, which found that e-learning courses were the most popular learning technology this year, used by 80% of employers.

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United Kingdom: 9 in 10 Training Leaders Say Virtual Learning Will Tackle Skills Shortfall

September 20, 2011 12:30 by Ann Pace

(From Training Press Releases) -- Concerns over skills shortages in the workplace have overtaken flexible working to become the number one driver for companies procuring live online learning resources like virtual classrooms and virtual conferencing, according a new study due for release next month.

Produced collaboratively by learning provider REDTRAY and benchmarking organisation Towards Maturity, the new study collates the thoughts, opinions and intentions of over 180 Learning and Development professionals across the UK.

While delivering a better, more flexible environment for employees is the biggest challenge that learning and development experts want to address with online resources today, the new data suggests that training professionals are re-evaluating the capabilities offered by the technology they procure. They increasingly expect the Internet to work harder for them in more demanding business areas.

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DDI Introduces Virtual Classrooms for Leaders

April 6, 2011 11:11 by jllorens

Classroom learning joins the ranks of the technology-enabled with Development Dimensions International’s (DDI) introduction of its virtual classroom development experience. To increase the convenience and lower the cost of training and development in a more global workplace where employees are often geographically separated and are unable to meet in one physical location, DDI is introducing its leadership development program Interaction Management: Exceptional Leaders . . . Extraordinary Results® to learners through its approach to virtual learning.

For almost 40 years, DDI has been delivering quality leadership development content to organizations and leaders around the world, and will now provide that same award-winning development program to leaders through widely available web conferencing technology.

“We’ve developed an engaging program that simulates the classroom experience with skill practices, case studies and active discussion to meet the same learning objectives as the rest of our leadership development program,” Mark Phelps, Practice Leader and Manager, Employee Engagement, said. “This will transcend the passive experience most people have grown accustomed to whenever they attend a session delivered over typical web conferencing software.”

Specially selected and trained facilitators will use classroom techniques that have been carefully integrated into the program, including breakout rooms for skill practice and discussion groups, participant commenting and hand-raising, engaging video segments, polling, virtual flipcharts for brainstorming, plus other learning features.

DDI is offering eight of its most popular leadership development courses with the introduction of its virtual classrooms, including coaching for success and improvement, delegating, leading change, resolving conflict, consensus building plus core leadership skills.

Listen to a podcast from Mark Phelps on virtual learning or read his blog.

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Paradigm Learning Wins W³ Silver Award for Outstanding Interactive Website Development

November 18, 2010 13:00 by Ann Pace

(From PRWEB) -- Paradigm Learning received a 2010 W³ Silver Award from the International Academy of the Visual Arts for outstanding interactive website development. The W³ Awards honored Paradigm Learning and some of the best interactive agencies, designers and creators worldwide, selected from more than 3,000 entrants.

Paradigm Learning, a leader in corporate education and communications, worked with Share Our Strength® and ConAgra Foods® Foundation to develop a Discovery Map®, a colorful, graphically intriguing and content-rich illustration. The partnership’s map visually communicates issues related to childhood hunger in the United States. The Discovery Map was then formatted for use on the web.

The interactive website garnered the team its W³ Award reflected the key message of the Share Our Strength organization, which is to capture the hearts, minds, support and commitment of lobbyists and government officials, the public at large, community and religious organizations, and corporations and other sponsors.

Based on recent research that suggests people learn best when they are actively involved in the learning process. The winning interactive website leveraged the advantages of discovery learning to convey more effectively the needs of hungry children and the steps that anyone can take to help.

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