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Time to end Scrap Learning

By 2022, the Virtual Classroom industry (eLearning) is expected to be valued at more than $275.10 billion USD (Reuters, 2017). Schools and organizations are heavily investing, however, some of these organizations report that online learning takes the fun out of teaching and that it does not provide the same results as classrooms delivered in person. Although virtual classrooms do cut down travel, productivity and time expenses, organizations tend to barebone their online training programs to… [ read full ]

What Do We Do?

Today we are going to answer that in two different ways, both eloquently captured in the video below. Your browser does not support the video tag. We start by helping our clients get the most out of their investment in Adobe Connect, way more than they ever expected.  Enhancing the experience for all involved virtual meetings, like the one in the video, or virtual classrooms with the likes of Georgetown University to Global Knowledge.  We help those who set out… [ read full ]

You look great in HD!

Whether you’re religious or not, the saying “God is in the details” is the mantra for the following article. Adobe Connect launched its stable release in 2012 and has since become on of the most widely used platforms for Corporate Learning and Development professionals around the world. The platform provides a solid foundation for developing training programs and in addition to delivering basic audio and video production provides depth in the available features and tools.… [ read full ]

The Adobe Connect Pod that pays for itself

As Learning and Development (L&D) professionals continue to improve their virtual classroom best practices and programs, collecting data and measuring the impact of online classrooms has become increasingly important. A persistent challenge faced by L&D professionals year over year is a declining budget to invest in tools, production and content creation for their organization’s online training programs. In addition to budget cuts, online training programs are not tracking the savings and demonstrating the economic, environmental… [ read full ]

The Benefits of Telecommuting and Why it’s Good for Business

Distributed Work, remote working, teleworking, telecommuting and hoteling are all different names for the same concept—that is, working at a location other than your company’s offices. But who really benefits? Telecommuting could mean working at home, a public space like a café or at a shared workspace—or at the beach, assuming there is a Wifi signal. In fact, it could be anywhere, though there are some security caveats to consider. So what’s behind this growing… [ read full ]

Changing Our Minds

Last week I watched this great video (linked below) and began to think about its potential implications for virtual classroom best practices.  As you start to fully appreciate our incredible ability to shape and reshape our minds as we learn, and how that can be leveraged in an iterative process, it opens up possibilities for trainers that seemed positively futuristic just a few years ago. But then a question kept nagging at me; how much… [ read full ]

Engagement By Design

I had some ‘fun’, or should I say, ‘engaging’ responses to my post last week about engagement. There were some interesting views about how to elevate participation and to increase engagement as a means of enhancing the learning experience for all, and to impact the outcomes for those making the investments.  As you might suspect, virtually all of the feedback was from ‘industry professionals’ and almost none was from the subjects of our work; the… [ read full ]

Hands Up For Engagement

Since the dawn of time, the most effective means of learning has been through storytelling, stories engage the imagination, and create a state where we are more able to take in the narrative and the meaning.  An engaging tale creates intimacy required to convey non-verbal elements of communication to deliver true learning.  And while we seem to be more “connected” than ever, getting the type of intimacy required to have meaningful engagement is more of… [ read full ]

Beyond Blockchain

I was recently invited to present our vision, views, and initiatives around a subject with which the media and markets are currently infatuated—the potential of blockchain technology. I was a keynote speaker at the 2nd Annual Blockchain Conference in Toronto where I discussed “100 Billion Reasons Not to Bet on the Blockchain”.Refined Data is developing significant expertise and thought leadership in the Distributed Ledger Technology space, but I'm convinced that the current blockchain-based technologies will… [ read full ]

Teaching in the Virtual Classroom—Is Anybody Out There?

Teaching is such a rewarding experience. I love what I do and I’m passionate about inspiring others to be successful at what they love to do. Anyone who’s attended one of my lectures will tell you my passion is apparent in the classroom. I’m animated! Some might say a tad overzealous, even frenetic at times—my lectures are energized and fun. And I like it that way. However, with the changing landscape of teaching environments—pressure to… [ read full ]