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To Curate or Not to Curate…Let’s Talk Trends

It is customary for businesses to talk about the “trends to watch for this year”. Rather than give you an opinion, at #ellicom, we decided to share the findings of our R&D initiatives into all these emerging “trends”. As designers, and we must resist doing something new just for the sake of doing something new just because it is a “trend”. There must always be a purpose. First up: Content curation.

What is it? Much like an art curator looks for the best artwork to deploy in museum expositions, curation in the learning world is the collection of relevant, existing content on the world-wide web that is sequenced and structured to meet a specific learning objective or objectives.

Content curation provides the opportunity for continuous learning – this means researching, filtering and sharing the most relevant content that will give our audience a competitive advantage. Replacing traditional learning approaches calls for a serious mind shift, and one that we must consider as we try to keep pace with our modern learners and their evolving needs. For example – by the time we deploy a learning module and all the work that entails….it is often already outdated. This is where content curation steps in. Think of it as a learning newsfeed to keep your audience up to date until the next learning installment.

Below is a link to one of our curated sites that we use to help our teams and customers stay ahead of the emerging issues and trends. We are happy to share this with you too – hopefully this will generate ideas on how content curation can be deployed within your organization.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this!

Team Ellicom – Trends in Education

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ellicom, powered by R&D

Research and development is deeply embedded in ellicom’s DNA. It is for this reason that employee training takes on a new twist for us: every employee at ellicom is given the opportunity to lead or participate in a personal R&D project aligned with our strategic initiatives in the areas of new products, services, and process improvement. Our employees have stepped up to this challenge, and this year, they are working on projects ranging from immersive videos in onboarding, to artificial intelligence as a way to drive coaching. Driven by our innovation group (the Dream Factory), each project is conducted using rigorous methodology, hypotheses, and a whole lot of fun! (more…)

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Instructional designers at the cusp of new technologies

By Himja Nanavati, Instructional Designer at ellicom

The learning landscape is changing at a fast rate. Our learners no longer learn the same way as they did five years ago; anything you want to learn is available online somewhere and these channels are transforming the way people access information and learn a new skill. What would you do if you were to learn how to operate, let’s say, your new blender? YouTube, right? You would probably search for up a tutorial video on your way home. For most types of information, our learners no longer depend on information that is disseminated via traditional learning mediums like instructor-led or even elearning courses. (more…)

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Three non-instructional design books for Instructional Designers

By Natalia Matusevscaia, Learning Strategist

What is a good book? Every person has their own answer to this question. For me, a good book is one that evokes strong feelings after I turn over the last page. You can feel happy, sad, or angry, but a good book is what causes these overwhelming feelings. Today I will be sharing the books that made me feel different about my practice as a professional. (more…)

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Online Instructor Presence: How much is enough?

By Natalia Matusevscaia, Learning Strategist at ellicom

I am currently enrolled in an online program on the fundamentals of graphic design, which consists of five courses. All the courses look similar because they are designed and developed by the same university, are structured the same way, and have the same type of assignments and peer review assessments. (more…)

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Your piece of the learning pie

The Learning Pie

Picture a pie.

Make it your favorite flavour (it is starting to be cooler here, so I am picturing a pumpkin pie with whipped cream).

Got the image in your head?

Ok, now imagine you cut a piece of pie and eat it at a table with your family; its pie, right?

Now, you take some of the leftovers to the office to eat as a desert; still pie. (more…)

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International recognition for our training programs

Ellicom is extremely proud and grateful to have received not one, but two awards at the Brandon Hall Excellence Awards*, the most prestigious awards program in the training industry. This international program is comprised of six divisions, including a Learning and Development division which alone contains 25 categories. This means that there are thousands of applications, and Ellicom was recognized alongside major multinational corporations such as Volvo, Ernst & Young, Boeing, IBM, Deloitte, Air France, MasterCard, Johnson & Johnson, Bridgestone and Tiffany & Co.!

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HR AWARDS FINALIST

The experts behind the “Operation: Zero Blackout” training

We are thrilled to announce that Nadia Lépine, Senior Instructional Designer at Ellicom, and Christopher Phan, Project Head for the Evolution of Health and Safety at Hydro-Québec (Chef Projet Évolution de la fonction Santé-Sécurité au travail), have been nominated as finalists for the prestigious HR Awards for the training they designed in collaboration with their respective teams. The Canadian HR Awards are part of a national competition that recognizes training and human resources professionals making an exceptional contribution to the management of personnel in their organization. In this context, “Operation: Zero Blackout” caught the judges’ attention with its originality and its impact on Hydro-Québec employees.

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