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Deadline extended — Call for 2014 connection webinar presentations
IACET
IACET would like to invite you to submit a presentation proposal for our monthly Connection webinars. IACET's Connection webinars are available free of charge to Authorized Providers and individual members, and covers topics ranging from learning outcomes to best practices in continuing education and training. Submission deadline is Friday, Nov 8.
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How boosting adult educational skills can grow the middle class
Center for American Progress
The basic skill level of American adults is incredibly important for our ability to grow and maintain a strong middle class. In an economy that increasingly relies on technology we must invest in policies that promote and strengthen the skills of our citizens so that they can continue to drive American economic growth.
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Stats show mobile learning gaining ground
Training Industry
The focus on mobile learning continues to grow as more organizations look for ways to gear content toward their employees, specifically those in leadership roles. Training Industry recently conducted a study on the use of virtual environments in leadership training and development initiatives. The study, scheduled for release this month, comprised 198 learning leaders, shows about 20 percent of respondents indicating that their organization uses mobile learning to support leadership training initiatives. Additionally, 42 percent of the total respondents rated mobile learning as an integral part of their training initiatives.
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Lifelong learning is the key to competitiveness
The Huffington Post
The results of the OECD Survey of Adult Skills are out, and the results are pretty depressing. The survey evaluated the information-processing skills of adults in 24 of the world's richest countries. The target skills were literacy (the ability to understand and interact meaningfully with written texts), numeracy (the ability to use and interpret mathematical information), and problem solving in technology-rich environments (the ability to use digital technologies to perform tasks). With the growth of computers, the Internet, and other digital technologies, these are considered the key "generic" skills necessary to succeed in the 21st century and make a country economically competitive.
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How to give feedback that actually inspires improvement
Fast Company
What's it like to work without any feedback? To JetBlue chairman Joel Peterson, it's like "driving a car with no speedometer, learning to cook without ever tasting your food, or playing basketball without a scoreboard." But simply giving feedback isn't enough: If the commentary is vague and constructively critiquing un-constructively negative, he says, then there won't be a path for improvement. Without specificity, the feedback will be for naught.
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In 1 step: How to ensure leadership development works
Forbes
In short, companies can assess the investment in leadership development most readily through measurable improvements afterwards in the way leaders lead. That improvement should be apparent to subordinates, peers and boss, and ideally it is quantifiable by some objective yardstick. The great news is that an increasing number of companies are doing just that, and are documenting solid success.
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Redefining workplace learning for the 21st century
Forbes
Disruptive technologies and shifting demographics are redefining the workforce. In response, smart companies are reinventing workplace learning in an effort to make their programs more relevant and effective, and to create a culture that encourages continuous learning and develops innovative leaders at all levels of the organization.
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