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5 predictions for education in 2015
Forbes
It's the new year and with it, hopes for new developments in education. Here are a few scattered predictions from around the world of education about what we might see. 1. Competency-based learning gains steam — Fueled by interest from hundreds of higher education institutions and the Department of Education, competency-based learning will gain steam. Coupled with online learning, as my colleague Michelle Weise has written, it will constitute a disruptive force in higher education unlike any we've seen.
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Congratulations to our IACET Authorized Provider in December 2014
IACET
Learning Designs, Inc. Bloomfield Hills, MI

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Survey says slight increase in spending on learning
Elearning!
Organizations spent an average of $1,208 per employee on training and development initiatives in 2013, a slight increase over 2012 spending, according to ATD's "2014 State of the Industry" report, sponsored by Skillsoft and the Ken Blanchard Companies
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Community college program aims to attract older students
The Quad-City Times
Getting a college degree has always been on Nancy Rudnick's bucket list. Life, however, had a way of intervening along the way. "I really wanted to do it a long time ago, but circumstances didn't allow it," Rudnick said. "But I told my husband, 'That's it, I'm doing it.'" Now 74, Rudnick in December completed her liberal arts associate's degree from Eastern Iowa Community Colleges. In May, she will don the traditional mortarboard and gown and walk across the stage during the spring graduation ceremony.
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How to get the most from your staff through training
Administrate
Workplace training is a great way to make sure you are allowing your staff to gain the knowledge they need to perform their job effectively, but it also gives them the chance to develop within their current role and gain skills they will need to progress in their career. As we've mentioned before, it's important to give your staff access to training which will not only be useful and interesting to them, but which they will carry forward into their day to day working lives. It may be tempting to run staff training just because you think you should be doing it, but if it's not going to prove useful, it's really just a waste of time.
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Learning style diagnostics: The Grasha-Riechmann Student Learning Styles Scale
eLearning Industry
Studies in learning styles initially developed as a result of interest in individual differences. These issues were very much in vogue within investigatory psychology during the 1960's, enjoyed a continuing popularity during the early 1970's but have unfortunately past from vogue since then due to our society's changed focus or an evolution of professional interest. (Curry, 1983)
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Generate: Could crowdsourcing solve your L&D problems?
Training Zone
Jon Kennard, a contributor for Training Zone, writes: "In just three weeks time, like many others I'll be attending Learning Technologies 2015. Same venue, new ideas (hopefully). Learning Technologies is always at the perfect time of year. The end of January is late enough for you to plan your year ahead, but early enough to energies you. The keynotes are always great, with a decent mix of the practical and the visionary, and the timetable of sessions provides something inspirational for everyone, without being too piecemeal."
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TRENDING ARTICLES
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    Learning is evolving: 10 key e-learning trends for 2015 (Training Zone)
Online courses experiment with digital badges (U.S. News & World Report)
The microlearning trend: Accommodating cultural and cognitive shifts (Learning Solution Magazine)
9 tips to improve online learners' engagement (eLearning Industry)
Selecting the right assessment type (Administrate)

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The future of training? Think small
Learning Solutions Magazine
Bigger isn't always better — and as it turns out, the same can be said of training. When you look at how most organizations are training their employees, you see great big formal initiatives complete with instructors, manuals, presentations, and hours-long sessions. Part of the attraction of large formal training programs is that they've got a certain "thud" factor. They feel tangible and impressive. Organizations can point to their big stacks of resources and long schedules of upcoming sessions and say, "Here is our training program. Look how extensive it is! See how much we're doing?"
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Transformation is driving training outsourcing
Training Industry
The demands on leaders of corporate training organizations have continued to grow over the last few years. Corporate executives are showing less tolerance for the traditional approaches to training management and expect new and innovative ways for training to add value — instead of being a cost burden to the business.
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Have MOOCs helped or hurt?
Inside Higher Ed
As the hype around MOOCs has subsided, a frequently asked question in university circles today is: Who have massive open online courses helped or hurt? Providing free and open access to content from revered institutions is laudable. But enrollments at elite colleges' MOOCs do not translate into revenue at the vast majority of colleges and universities, many of them already cash-strapped. And learning that fails to deliver credit that leads to a credential may not yield much for students, even if they enjoy the courses. MOOCs may have been more faddish than altruistic.
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