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What do you do when your biggest learning, networking, and inspiration- sparking event of the year is interrupted by a global pandemic? It’s a thought that would have seemed ridiculously far-fetched just a year ago. Now, it’s one that nearly every organization, keynote speaker, and Training professional has had to grapple with.

ISA’s first-ever virtual Annual Business Retreat helped members rethink not just how they deliver training but also what their businesses and people need to be able to thrive in these extraordinary times—and into the future.

You may have employees who have been with your organization for decades. They have a record of accomplishment, are well liked, and a great value to the company. The problem is your workforce needs are shifting.

How to upskill and reskill employees to rocket them into the new world of work.

With distance learning surging during the pandemic’s stay-at-home orders, many organizations leaned on their learning management systems (LMSs) to provide access to training. So what’s next for the LMS?

Classroom training isn’t just a lectern and whiteboard anymore. Even before COVID-19 struck, corporate classrooms were being turned upside down and inside out to reflect the many ways individuals learn.

For three Training Top 10 Hall of Famers, the future of classroom training is all about architecting development experiences and optimizing the learning environment.

Salary Lessons from Wall St.

By Constance Melrose

Wall Street may not be fashionable in some circles, but here’s one statement that’s tough to dispute: Wall Street professionals know how to negotiate a good deal. Last year, even in relatively lean times, 56 percent of Wall Street financial pros reported earning a higher bonus than they earned the year before.

Get Your Head in the Game

By Margery Weinstein

A changing mindset combined with changing technology is driving the use of games and simulations, says Karl M. Kapp, a learning and technology expert and professor of instructional technology at Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, PA. “People are becoming more open to using games and simulations for learning, and, at the same time, the technologies are making the development of games and simulations easier and faster than a mere five years ago.”

AAA – The Auto Club Group: Simulating Good Customer Care

By Margery Weinstein

In an effort to continuously improve member service levels, AAA – The Auto Club Group faced a learning challenge: It needed a simulation that would address the specific service issues its customer-facing employees handle. The company decided the best way to meet this learning need was to develop its own custom simulation, says AAA – The Auto Club Group Vice President and Chief Learning Officer Daniel Hill.

Cox Enterprise: Computer-Driven Behavioral Simulation

By Margery Weinstein

When Cox Enterprise’s Cox Leadership Program (CLP) needed an action-learning simulation to support its curriculum, the company turned to PressTime, a computer-driven behavioral simulation created and distributed by Discovery Learning. After observing the simulation at a company in Canada, Susan Edwards, Cox’s business effectiveness and executive development consultant, decided it met the leadership program’s learning objectives.

L3.0 Wrap-Up: The Next BIG Thing

Some 310 training professionals gathered at Training’s first Learning 3.0 Conference in Chicago last month to discover the industry’s next transformation and how it will affect their organizations. They heard from innovative thinkers on topics such as “When Games Invade Real Life and Gamify Work,” “Leveraging Social Media to Change the Enterprise,” “How the Brain Science of Attention Will Change the Way We Learn,” and “Cultivating the Imagination: Building Learning Environments for Innovation.”

Soapbox: The Case for Performance Support

A common misunderstanding of “informal learning” is that it can’t be intentionally designed, implemented, and measured. It can, in the form of Performance Support. 

How-To: Start a Corporate Mentoring Program

Starting a corporate mentoring program can seem like a huge task, and for that reason alone, many organizations simply don’t do it. They talk themselves out of it and rationalize that the “informal” mentoring taking place organically in the organization is enough. But it’s not.

Here are 10 tips to help you get your program off to a successful start:

World View: Focus on Italy

By Lyrae Myxter, Director, Executive Services, Aperian Global

Once an agricultural society, Italy has developed into one of the world’s leading industrial economies since World War II. It ranks eighth in nominal GDP, is a member of the G8, and a founding member of the European Union.

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