July 2009

Feature: E-Learning Without Borders

By Sandra La Brasca
Here are a few measures that you can take when developing your e-learning programs that may ease the pain of going global.

T+D Feature: Learning in a Down Economy

By Andrew Paradise and Jennifer Mosley
Findings from a recent ASTD Research report reveal how learning adapts to tough times.

Case Study: Blended Learning for Xbox Agents

By Michael Hatt
This case study will demonstrate how the Microsoft and its e-learning Partner C-2 Technologies not only created a well-designed and theoretically sound learning solution, but how it built and implemented it quickly and for an extremely reasonable cost.

Recommended Reading: A Corporate Guide for Social Media

How do you guide employees in the social Web? Joshua-Michele Ross, vice president with O’Reilly Radar, offers advice in this useful article on Forbes.com.


Industry Headlines

ASTD Presents its Excellence in Practice Awards

During its 2009 International Conference & Exposition held in Washington, D.C., the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD) presented the Excellence in Practice Awards and Citations to 40 organizations from five countries: Canada, China, India, Thailand, and the United States.

Network World Survey on Social Media
In an effort to begin quantifying the impact and policies surrounding these services, the Webtorials Editorial/Analyst Division of Network World is undertaking a major study, and you’re invited to participate.

Learning Portals Represent a New Trend, Reports July T+D

Expertus and Training Industry Inc. announced the findings from their recent study, "2009 Study on Learning Portals & Informal Learning Technologies." The study uncovered how learning executives' use of learning portals has gained widespread momentum as a learning technology platform. The study defined a learning portal as, "a website where learners find, buy, or simply get access to training."

Execs Must Overhaul Risk-Management Approach, Says Accenture Report

The vast majority (85 percent) of corporate executives say they need to overhaul their approach to risk-management if the lessons of the economic crisis are to be used to improve business results, according to results of a recently released Accenture study.

Free Career Factbook for HR and Learning Professionals Released

Bersin & Associates announces the publication of The Career Factbook for HR and Learning Professionals. The Factbook is an in-depth analysis of the demographics and characteristics of today's human resources and learning profession. This study was designed with the particular goal of helping HR and L&D professionals and executives understand what really drives success, job satisfaction, career growth, compensation, and engagement.