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LEO Learning monthly roundup: June 2015

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Welcome to LEO Learning’s second monthly roundup post, where we look at some of the news and thought pieces that caught our attention this month. Chief Strategy Officer Piers Lea also gives his view on user experience design in learning, an increasingly important topic in learning technologies today.

Learning strategies in uncertain times

We talk a lot about today’s VUCA business world, and how challenging it can be for today’s organisations to keep up. Ed Cohen wrote about the importance of flexibility and adapting quickly to change, and how we should design our learning strategies accordingly to accommodate these values. Relevance, connectedness and balance are three of the key qualities we must maintain when creating learning strategies in these uncertain times, to enable us to respond to new challenges such as the large millennial generation entering the workplace, the acceleration of the digital revolution and increased globalisation in the coming years.

Read Ed Cohen’s post

2015 Towards Maturity Benchmark

In our May roundup, we featured Towards Maturity’s Learner Voice Part 2. As founding ambassadors of Towards Maturity, we have long been supporters of their industry-renowed Benchmark research, which paints a fascinating picture of the learning technologies space right now. This year’s survey is now open, and we would highly encourage you to complete the survey before 31st July – if you do so, you will receive a free personalised report worth £300 to show you how you compare to your peers in L&D.

Take the 2015 Towards Maturity Benchmark

The top LMS statistics and facts for 2015 you need to know

The eLearning Industry has put together this handy guide to the top need-to-know statistics about learning management systems for 2015. How many organisations use web-based LMSs as opposed to installed platforms? How are we accessing LMSs? Are our users satisfied with our LMSs? What makes organisations decide to switch their platform? All these questions and more are answered in this post.

Read the eLearning Industry post

Piers Lea’s perspective on… user experience design (UXD) in learning

The need to design an ‘experience’ is something we have taken as ‘read’ in our industry for some time now. However, it appears that in our effort to ‘move learning to the heart of business strategy’, this art needs to made more explicit.

If we accept that learning is a journey, then isn’t it obvious that we need to employ ‘User Experience Design’ when using technology in the development of that journey? Well apparently not.

This week , we published a piece called ‘From UX to LX‘, and this will be followed shortly by a piece on UX for learning portals, and why this is a different skill from more general website design in an effort to articulate what’s involved, and to discuss how a little UX thinking can go a long way.

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