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 For example – by the time we deploy a learning module and all the work that entails….it is often already outdated.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


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…)


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…)


#Realities360, the definitive hands-on conference for VR/AR in the context of learning and development.

To download the White Paper: Experience Learning From Every Angle: 360° Video, click here.

From July 26 – 28, 2017 in San Jose, California, I had the privilege of presenting at one of the most prestigious conferences on AR, VR, and other alternate-reality technologies for learning and training purposes: Realities360 by the eLearning Guild. Realities360 breaks the usual presentation-awkward networking conference routine, and instead focuses on a true hands-on experience designed to challenge thought processes, immerse ourselves in disruptive technologies, and engage in conversations with some of the most brilliant minds in the industry. (more…)


Using Social Learning to Create Happiness at Work

With the Bootcamp on Learning Strategies less than two weeks away, ellicom is pleased to present a sneak preview of the themes that will be covered by its speakers.

By François Lavallée, President, Aliter Concept

Fake news: “Twenty percent of people are happy at work”

No, this isn’t another dismal statistic from a study conducted in some far-off country. In fact, it isn’t even a valid statistic. I recently attended a conference on organizational agility where one of the panellists asked the audience of one hundred people, “Who here is happy at work?” About twenty hands went up. (more…)


Collaborative learning—a winning formula!

December 3 was perfect timing for the web conference on collaborative learning. It took place just after the Brandon Hall Excellence Awards (the most prestigious awards program in the training industry), during which e-doceo won “Best Advance in Mobile Learning Technology” for one of the new tools presented during the conference by the company’s general director, Jérôme Bruet.

Collaborative learning is more than a simple trend; it’s everywhere! Just like the social networks that have become an integral part of our daily lives, its main objective is to share content. However, people who take part in collaborative learning do so to develop skills and knowledge by connecting with others.


Organisation Intelligente_web

Community of Practice about the Social and Technological Challenges Behind Smart Organizations

On September 9th, 2015 in Montreal, Ellicom was proud to act as partner and host to the community of practice entitled Social and Technological Challenges Behind Smart Organizations. Hugues Foltz, President and CEO of Ellicom, participated in a discussion panel, alongside Nigel Paine, a world authority in the field of learning, Charles Jennings, a leader in performance, learning and skill development, and Jon Husband, techno-anthropologist and creator of “wirearchy.” (more…)


School in the Cloud

“It’s not about making learning happen,

it’s about letting it happen.”

Sugata Mitra, 2013.


By definition, “school” is an institution for educating or giving instruction, or the buildings used by such institutions.[1] But what would happen if this institution were to redraw its own boundaries? This is the type of question that Sugata Mitra—professor and Chief Scientist, Emeritus in educational technology—aims to address with his “School in the Cloud” project.

Since Mitra’s TED Talk in February 2013, over 40 000 users have downloaded his SOLE (Self Organized Learning Environment) Toolkit to implement the learning environment he developed.