Tech Talk (January 2023)

Find out about the latest advances in training technology.

  • AWS Training and Certification launched AWS Industry Quest, a new game-based, interactive learning experience designed to equip professionals and teams with a deeper knowledge of solutions specific to their industry and organizational needs. The first version, AWS Industry Quest: Financial Services, focuses on the financial services industry and is available now on AWS Skill Builder. Individuals and teams with an AWS Skill Builder subscription can build solutions for fraud prevention, grid computing for capital markets, serverless deposit accounts, and more. Players have access to more than 20 solutions, curated based on feedback from Amazon Web Services (AWS) industry experts and financial services customers, which can be completed in any order.
  • CDS Visual, an innovator in 3D visualization solutions, introduced Mentor, a cloud-based, self-serve immersive 3D work instruction solution for front-line manufacturing workers using desktop and mobile devices with augmented reality (AR). Applications include new employee onboarding, assembly on the production floor, machine operations, and field service. Trainers also can author personalized 3D work instructions online using a CAD-based and no-code approach and embed them into the existing knowledge base, learning management system (LMS), or manufacturing execution system (MES).
  • SparkLearn launched the latest iteration of its Learning Experience Platform, extending it to small and medium-sized businesses. The new SparkLearn Essential and Premium plans join SparkLearn Enterprise and get started for prices as low as $5 per learner per month at the entry tier. Features include: artificial intelligence and adaptive learning; personalization, badges, and achievements; and an award-winning user interface and user experience.
  • Online assessment provider Questionmark unveiled new software that includes: text-to-speech, which provides test-takers with an audio description of highlighted text, designed to help those with reading difficulties; observational assessment, which allows for assessment outside of a traditional exam setting while maintaining an authentic environment; and instant translate, which translates text in real time into the user’s preferred language.
Lorri Freifeld is the editor/publisher of Training magazine, owned by Lakewood Media Group. She writes on a number of topics, including talent management, training technology, and leadership development. She spearheads two awards programs: the Training APEX Awards and Emerging Training Leaders. A writer/editor for the last 30 years, she has held editing positions at a variety of publications and holds a Master’s degree in journalism from New York University.