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#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…)

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Highlights from the HCM Excellence Conference

From January 25 to 27, ellicom attended the Human Capital Management Excellence Conference 2017, as laureate, exhibitor, and sponsor, and  also had the honour of receiving two distinctions! Patrick Dupperé, Director of Learning Strategies shares his experience at the Brandon Hall HCM Excellence Conference.

How was ellicom’s experience at the Brandon Hall HCM Excellence Conference?

This was our first time attending the Brandon Hall Conference, and I’m pleased to say that we were very well received. There were approximately 250 attendees and we were able to engage in valuable and personal conversations with Chief Learning Officers, Chief Training Officers, Chief Human Resource Officers, Learning and Development Vice Presidents, Directors, and Managers, as well as with current and past HCM Excellence Award winners. Besides taking home two awards, the event was well worth attending.

During the conference, I hosted a Tech Talk about the best practices when implementing a blended serious game strategy, and all seats were taken—some attendees even had to stand during the presentation! The topic generated lively and insightful discussions on the subject.

For me, the highlight of the conference was being able to share and challenge ideas with fellow industry experts. Learning and development professionals are striving to rethink learning strategies and methodologies by challenging the status quo and moving towards innovation. There is a mismatch between organizational reality and the current industry: current solutions no longer meet the needs of organizations. The rules are changing, and major emerging trends include:

  • The return of “content is king”: the ability to source, manage, and curate available learning content will become critical
  • New types of LMSs that promote experiential learning opportunities
  • The rise of personalized learning that targets learners’ personal and professional development

Can you give us a quick summary of your Tech Talk during the conference?

At the Tech Talk, I covered the following topics:

  • The elements to consider and the possible approaches to implement a serious game solution in an organization
  • The right design and development model for a serious game based on the reality of an organization and its learners
  • Best practices for assessing and measuring the learning of a serious game in blended mode

Gamification is based on three major elements: an instructional methodology with a strong theoretical base, a meaningful design model for learners, and a development methodology that builds on the minimal viable prototype (test early, test often).

A critical mistake assessment allows organizations to develop learning scenarios that address common mistakes and present relevant teaching points. Blended learning focuses on correcting behaviour: each mistake is tracked and the learner is given feedback to improve. This is the most effective approach for specific topics, such as health and safety.

What is the future of blended serious game strategies?

During my Tech Talk, I asked participants to raise their hands if they currently used games or gamification in their learning strategies. Roughly 30% did so. Later, 60% responded that they intended on integrating gamification to their learning strategies. I definitely think it’s interesting that a majority of participants intended to integrate blended gamification to their learning solutions. Furthermore, gamification is progressively becoming an integral part of learning solutions offered in organizations. The main roadblock is the C-suite (or upper management) , who may not always see the added value and ROI of gamification. The challenge now lies in showing metrics that will prove the effectiveness of gamification.

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Ellicom and Hydro-Québec named “Best of the Best” at the Canadian Awards for Training Excellence

“Operation: Zero Blackout”, the training program developed by Hydro-Québec and Ellicom, was recognized not once, but twice at the Canadian Awards for Training Excellence held last week in Toronto by the Institute for Performance and Learning (IPL). This prestigious event is a competition between the major achievements in the training industry on a national level, and recognition at this event is highly valued amongst our peers in the industry.

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Optimizing people skills in the workplace

With the Bootcamp on Learning Strategies less than two weeks away, Ellicom is pleased to present a little sneak preview of the themes that will be covered by its speakers. On June 1, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., Renée Parent, Development Advisor at Desjardins Cooperative Institute, along with fellow DCI advisors Johanne Fournier, will bring her twenty-plus years of experience in the field of training to present a workshop on developing interpersonal skills, specifically the challenge of investing the necessary time and support.

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A delicate subject

When we invest in employee training for workplace situations, we tend to focus on the knowledge and skills essential to the tasks at hand. However, their training cannot be complete without developing the people skills needed to ensure the desired performance. Addressing people skills is a delicate subject as there are no clear-cut methods for doing so Because we are touching upon an employee’s way of BEING, we risk hitting a nerve. Are we in danger of getting too personal? Can an employee really change the way they carry themselves? Do they need to change their personality?

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Bootcamp 2016 ǀ The countdown has begun!

With the fourth edition of the Bootcamp on Learning Strategies less than two months away, excitement is already in the air… It is with great enthusiasm that we enter the final sprint before what has become an annual assembly of over 350 professionals from the Quebec training industry. The new partnership between Ellicom and l’Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines agréés raises the bar even higher in terms of the speakers and organizations attending, as well as the overall participant experience. This year, we’ve opened our doors to include the world of education, marking the first time in Canada that both the corporate and educational realms will be able to share projects and best practices within the same event.

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Content curation

As part of Bootcamp UK , Martin Couzins, content strategist, curator, editor and producer from Itsdevelopmental Ltd, will present a workshop on ″How to become a brilliant curator″. In the following text, Martin Couzins will introduce you to one of the most popular topics in the field: content curation.


A recent report from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and benchmarking organisation, L&D: Evolving roles, enhancing skills, stated that: “L&D needs to continue to evolve and adapt in response to key drivers of change in the external environment.”

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How reflexive practice and iteration support knowledge transfer in an online training course

How can reflexive practice and iteration help create rich and user-friendly training courses? Lise Lecours, president of LE-COURS.CA, shared the keys to properly using these two approaches during the 3rd edition of Bootcamp on Training Strategies. Here’s an overview of what the audience learned during the workshop. (more…)