Learning analytics: Start now, profit later

New research from our sister companies, LEO Learning and Watershed, is now building a comprehensive picture of how L&D executives feel about measuring the business impact of learning. This blog takes a look at the key headlines and how you can start your own measurement efforts to get the most out of our learning analytics.

It’s been a question that’s been around for some time now: how can L&D actually measure the business impact your learning is having in order to prove ROI and other business KPIs? Recently, the rise of analytics tools and specifications such as xAPI have given us some pretty good answers to this question. The answer is essentially: use tools to collect data, then analyse it. Simple, right?a young professional looks at a learning analytics report

Your next LMS upgrade: Think long-term and short-term for best results

There’s no denying that a Learning Management System (LMS) is a big investment. It can be easy to think the short-term benefits of an LMS upgrade are the most important, because they’ll give you the quickest wins.

But when your next LMS is likely to last you for years into the future, it’s worth thinking seriously about how it will keep delivering Return on Investment (ROI) in the long-term too.

Check out our rundown of the key features you need to be on the lookout for when it comes to upgrading your LMS.

key signs it's time for an LMS upgrade

5 big trends from Learning Technologies 2018

The Learning Technologies 2018 expo took place last week at the Olympia London and lived up to its reputation as Europe’s leading showcase of eLearning and blended learning solutions.

Over the course of the two-day event, Learning and Development (L&D) professionals came together to share best practices, discover new trends, hear presentations and visit industry professionals.

There was plenty to get excited about at this year’s conference, including our own stand. NetDimensions’ award-winning LMS was exhibited at the event and we were excited to speak to so many attendees about our connected learning solutions.

Top benefits of Single Sign On (SSO) for LMS users

Single Sign On (also known as SSO) is a convenient and safe way for learners to access your Learning Management System (LMS). This blog outlines the key benefits of Single Sign On for LMS users and how your organization can benefit.

We can probably all relate to the pain of trying to remember passwords. Online shopping, banking, emails, apps and social media – it’s reported that many of us have at least 90 different accounts that require passwords.

But it’s increasingly the case that, when you set up a new account or install an app, you’ll be asked, ‘Do you want to continue with Google? Or Facebook?’ Select either one and you’re straight in – no new account or password required.

That’s Single Sign On in action. Your credentials in one place are used to verify your access somewhere else. And after this happens once, you don’t have to keep entering your details on repeat visits. Pretty convenient, right?

Many organizations are now implementing SSO to simplify the way their employees access different systems – and your LMS can easily plug in, too.

Young man logs in using SSO for LMS

Learning management for financial services firms

Banks. Insurance firms. Asset management companies. Organizations operating in the sea of financial services face more regulations than perhaps any other industry, constantly having to navigate the rule-based, compliance-driven, ever-changing waters in which they operate. Particularly in today’s global environment, these institutions must be able to comply with new rules, prove compliance and train employees to comply – and all the while, maintain a competitive edge. Not always an easy task. But with proper learning management, it can be done.

Putting yourself in the shoes of a financial services learning officer, charged with training and certification, how would you succeed given such an immense responsibility? What would be on your list of main concerns? Your list would, most likely, look something like this:

  • Access to training data to track employee compliance for frequent audits
  • Rapid delivery of training on Standard Operating Procedures to meet changing regulations
  • Training to ensure compliance with local, state (if you’re in the U.S.), and global regulations such as anti-money laundering, Sarbanes-Oxley, anti-bribery and anti-corruption
  • Alignment of certifications and training of new employees gained through mergers and acquisitions
  • Reduced talent management administration costs to improve bottom-line results