The NFEC and LearnCast Team Up on Mobile Personal Finance App

NFEC Mobile App

We at LearnCast are very excited to be working with the National Financial Educators Council (NFEC) to develop an educational personal finance application. The NFEC provides financial education solutions to individuals, schools, businesses, families, government and nonprofit organizations around the globe to improve financial literacy.

This course aims to support the NFEC’s mission by providing people convenient access to real world personal finance lessons that can improve their lives. Individuals can learn about financial literacy at their own pace right from their mobile devices.

The mobile personal finance app includes lessons on ten money management topics that range from setting financial goals through basic investment principles. These lessons are delivered through: videos, quick tips, interactive surveys, guides and real time testing.

Read more here: http://www.prweb.com/releases/Mobile-personal-finance/applications/prweb10299007.htm

LearnKey and LearnCast Release 100 New Courses

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Better Learning Systems’ LearnKey has recently developed 100 new educational courses on LearnCast’s mobile publishing system. The courses range in a variety of useful topics from technical, like understanding HTML5, to more abstract ideas, like stress management. No matter your interests or career, there is a course available for everyone!

LearnCast’s convenient platform can be utilized with ease on any mobile device or computer. This allows each and every learner the ability to complete their courses at their own pace whenever and wherever works best for them.

Through this collaboration you can now brush up on your PhotoShop skills during your morning bus ride, learn how to start a home-based business while waiting in the doctor’s office, educate your teens about the dangers of sexting, and so much more.

Checkout all the courses on LearnCast’s Pinterest page:

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LearnKey is a premier global provider of self-paced training solutions for corporate, education, government and personal users. For over two decades, our mission has been to create flexible expert learning solutions – solutions that work for everyone because they are not only easy to use, but they are extremely engaging and interactive. LearnKey brings the classroom experience to you – where and when you need it.

LearnKey has helped organizations of all sizes and styles accomplish their goals. Large corporations such as 3M, Procter & Gamble, ALCOA, and Sylvan Learning and mid-market companies such as Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City and Boyd Gaming have all depended on LearnKey to deliver a training solution that successfully instructs and guides while keeping the subject matter interesting and appealing.

Learn more at www.learnkey.com.

Better Learning Systems (BLS) is a company powered by a group of people dedicated to the common goal of creating the ultimate learning experience for you. BLS represents three globally trusted brands that have come together to offer customized learning experiences.

LearnKey, a provider of self-paced online and offline training, Predix a company that identifies talents through behavioral awareness, and LearnCast, a mobile pushing platform joined forces to form Better Learning Systems in 2011.The collaboration of these three companies provides the unique opportunity to optimize behavioral strengths, learn from premium courses that align to careers that leverage talents, and receive those courses through robust online and mobile learning platforms.

Learn more at www.betterlearningsystems.com.

 

 

Digital Badges for Learning Provide Incentives to Develop Skills and Real Careers

New concepts are brewing in online education, known as digital badges or skill badges. “Digital Badges” will play a very important role in learning because they are a non-threatning, short learning experiences, with a personal reward system built in. Everyone wants recognition for the work they put toward learning and applying what can be done as a new or advanced skill.  These online digital badges provide a system approach for those who want to create and share knowledge (Authors), those who want to learn the skills and be recognized for new skills by passing the assessments (Learners). The certifying body is the organization who requires these skills (Sponsors such as industry employers and large organizations) who employ or contract those who can show proficiency in a particular trade skill or other complex tasks.

Life long learning is becoming the absolute standard to  stay current, to stay with compliance, to compete for jobs by showing the level of experience and ability.

Digital badges represent a valuable tool for for managers who are looking beyond the classical resume. Now the social networks such as Facebook and Linked are moving to support this movement. The rewards of “digital badges” or “skill badges” are almost immediate, providing an instantly publishable accomplishment into the most popular social media sites like FaceBook and Linked in. This is  gratifying to anyone looking to build a digital resume and showing that life long learning is important to their career plans.

Specific skills or competencies can be accomplished by any learner, at any age as long as   the learner has access to the internet. The accomplishment is certifiable. 

From the U.S. Department of Education, Secretary Duncan http://www.ed.gov/news/speeches/digital-badges-learning

“The President and I are convinced that with technology, we have an extraordinary opportunity to expand educational excellence and equity, and personalize the experience for students. Technology can enable the high-quality teaching and learning that today’s students need to thrive as citizens, workers, and leaders in the digital age, and the globally competitive knowledge economy.

We’re excited that, this year … the potential of digital badges. Badges can help engage students in learning, and broaden the avenues for learners of all ages to acquire and demonstrate – as well as document and display – their skills.

Badges can help speed the shift from credentials that simply measure seat time, to ones that more accurately measure competency. We must accelerate that transition. And, badges can help account for formal and informal learning in a variety of settings.

Posted by John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Chicago-based John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, which has spearheaded the digital-badges movement for lifelong learning by launching a competition for badge proposals in partnership with Mozilla, a nonprofit Web organization best known for its open-source browser Firefox, and HASTAC, or Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory, a network of individuals promoting new technologies for learning.

“Kids are learning in their peer group. They’re learning online. They’re learning in interest groups and after-school programs,” says Constance M. Yowell, the director of education for U.S. programs at the MacArthur Foundation. “One of the things that is abundantly clear to us is that learning is incredibly fragmented, and there’s nobody that’s helping the learning that’s happening across those connections.” Source - http://www.edweek.org/dd/articles/2012/06/13/03badges.h05.html

 

 

 

LearnCast Sponsors DevLearn 2012

LearnCast is proud to be co-sponsoring DevLearn 2012,  Oct 31- Nov 1, in Las Vegas. This year we will be introducing our new look and feel, rolling out the industries first and most robust mobile learning platform that has been selected by the top FORTUNE 50 companies as the fastest, simplest content creation tools, content delivery and measurement systems.

Our customers are excited to see us at DevLearn and meet our team. This year we will have our Southwest sales team present in the booth and around the show – please come over and meet them.

LearnCast is going to roll out our new brand, our new pricing plans, our new features and new road map.

If your company is seeking a better learning system, or advise and help from the most experienced company ( 25 year experienced company ) and the veterans in e-learning, mobile learning and behavioral learning, come over and meet with us at Dev Learn 2012. You will be very glad you did.

If your company is looking for more than a fluffy bag stuffer, come to our presentation Nov 1 2012 @ 2:00 where you will learn from the experts

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Learn from the Experts
 
In this session,  four experts from HP, Motorola, Better Learning Systems and LearnCast. Each of these presenters have an amazing story to tell, real-time data of their findings deploying  content through the use of mobile technology.
The sales force, technical force, educational force, are all represented here to share their stories.
 
Our Expert Presenters
 
Oliver Thompson         HP
Gene Polocsko            Motorola
Jeff Coruccini              Better Learning Systems
David Clemons            LearnCast
 
Take aways:
 
1.    Learn how these Fortune 100 companies benefit by Mobile Learning
2.    Learn how mobile technology speeds up workflow and communication
3.    Learn how mobile technology  has improved the distribution of content
4.    Learn about the risk,rewards and ROI
5.    Learn about how the  rules have changed regarding content
6.    Learn how each of our experts motivate learners to engage
 
Mobile Presentation can be viewed at :  http://Devlearn2012.push5.us/L7pKApP
 
We are looking forward to meeting with everyone at DevLearn 2012
David Clemons
Founder / CEO

LearnKey Adds MobiAlerts for Teachers in K-12

MobiMentoring goes LIVE !

Mobile Mentoring for Teachers

Facilitating online and mobile learning just got easier!

LearnKey’s self-paced video courseware training now includes “Mobile Mentoring for Teachers” – a powerful new feature providing the ultimate learning experience for both student and teacher.

Combining video training courseware, pre-assesments and post-assessments, workbooks, and MasterExams, Instructional Mobile Mentoring is the first in the eLearning industry to tie both teachers and students to mobile learning.

Features

  • Powered by LearnCast, a world-class mobile learning platform
  • Course-specific mobile instructional mentoring
    • Tips from author on key objectives and coverage of topics
    • Course-specific projects for students
    • Mobi Alerts ensure your lesson stays on track
    • Social engagement – interactive chat within each course
    • Quizzes and exams
    • Best practices for online learning
  • Teacher and student sessions delivered to any mobile device
  • Monthly polling and rapid feedback

Benefits

  • Streamlined learning process – a complete learning experience from beginning to end
  • Higher pass rates
  • Improves teacher and student engagement
  • Learning reach expanded to mobile and online
Contact a LearnKey representative to learn more about Mobile Mentoring and availability:

1.800.865.0165

CBS Money Watch Features Clemons-Kroth

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(MoneyWatch) Telecommuting can be a wonderful solution for people who live far from their office or want a flexible work schedule and environment. But it’s not a one-size-fits-all fix.

I recently spoke about this with David Clemons, co-author with Michael Kroth of “Managing the Mobile Workforce.” Clemons and Kroth have helped executives at mega-corporations like Samsung, Deloitte, and KPMG manage telecommuting employees. And while Clemons clearly believes in working remotely, he agrees that it’s not for everyone. Here are four reasons why telecommuting might stall your career:

Your company isn’t set up for it. If your company offers you a telecommuting option, take a look at the infrastructure in place for working remotely. For instance, Clemons says managers need to provide off-site employees clear expectations, work flow, and field support. Otherwise, you’ll quickly fall out of the loop and eventually flounder.

You don’t like working alone. Do you pack your weekends full of social and family activities because you dislike solitude? Or do you make it a priority to get solo time to recharge your batteries or get some work done? “If you think you need many people to interact with, be present with, and face-to-face with to ‘feel’ part of the team, you might reconsider going mobile,” says Clemons.

You don’t communicate well virtually. Are you best in face-to-face meetings when you can look someone in the eye? You may get tired of conference calls, phone check-ins, and email. If you do choose to telecommute but prefer meeting with people in person, make that a priority. Working remotely doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t come into the office on a regular basis.

You’re not self-motivated. Be honest with yourself: If no one is watching, will you not only get the job done, but push yourself to be better? Unfortunately, recent research has shown that telecommuters tend to get smaller raises and promoted less often than their of office-going colleagues. If you need a boss or even office rivalries to get your competitive spirit going, you may want to reconsider working from home.

See the actual link – here : http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-500395_162-57481870/4-reasons-to-say-no-to-telecommuting/

Amy Levin-Epstein is a freelance writer who has been published in dozens of magazines (including Glamour, Self and Redbook), websites (including AOLHealth.com, Babble.com and Details.com) and newspapers (including The New York Post and the Boston Globe). To read more of her writing, visitAmyLevinEpstein.com. Follow her on Twitter at @MWOnTheJob.

Mobile Learning Conference – MLearnCon

 Mobile learning continues to become the new concern for just about every company, large or small. This conference has always been valuable to LearnCast and we have been a vendor/sponsor since its first show – in San Diego in 2000. LearnCast was the first full platform that was specific to learning , ease of software, cloud based and detected 1000′s of devices. Today, LearnCast services fortune 50 clients as well as smaller companies that need a top breed of mobile platforms. It has been very exciting to learn from our clients and service their audience. Learncast has grown as a result, more client partnerships, a merger of e-learning LearnKey.com ( 25 year industry leader) , Predix and LearnCast  together to form Better Learning Systems ( BLS) .

I sometime wonder where this might all end up – but I can assure anyone who is interested, we have only begun to spin our new brand and to create a roadmap that is both exciting and gets me out of bed early. I owe a big thank you to organizations like E-Learning Guild and m-Learncon and other programs we participate in for our continued mutual growth.

We helped deliver mobile learning 6 years ago and we will continue to add success stories as we march forward. LearnCast is becoming a trusted brand, support system and mobile learning platform. We have really focused on simple solutions that every instructional manager or sales manager or thought leader can use.

Create , Deliver , Measure  was definately the  right path for us.

David Clemons

CEO / Founder LearnCast.com

How to Get More Engaged Learners – Creative Messaging, Alerts

Every company manager wants his or her messaging opened by the internal staff and external partner list, immediately and with feedback and follow up. Well, it’s tough to expect that you will get a high rate of “open” unless everything is perfect. “Perfect” is almost impossible.

When is it too much, or the frequency of sending your messages more than your audience will support? One thing for sure is that you don’t want your own audience to block your messages or ignore you completely. If you can build TRUST early on, by giving high value first, it helps your audience to trust your not wasting their time. We all know how URGENT your message is, but does your audience?

The best we have seen to get your messaging read is to have a full strategy, be everywhere your audience is looking. This means in print, in email, in SMS text messaging ,using mobile widgets that point to your message, bill boards, car wrappers, sides of building ….and the list it goes on and on.

If you’re not getting the high “Hit Rate” you are expecting consider some of these tips:

How many delivery methods are you using to get your message out? ( SEVEN SUGGESTIONS)

A.)   E-Mail – make sure you have the “From” and “Subject” carefully filled out. Most people would rather know the company and person , as compared to just the person. Subjects need to grab attention in 1.5 seconds. So carefully choose your “value to me” words. Test internally first – ask for feedback

B.)   SMS Text Messaging – For your internal group , those who know you , those who expect you to connect with their mobile device via a mobile carrier or mobile platform technology. Your message has very limited room and should be designed with high value words. Every word must provide value. Use every available character you can. Test it internally first and get feedback from your group – before you launch.

C.)   Widgets that fit into your web page strategy. Widgets are designed by various platforms to like your audience from a web page directly to content that has been customized for their device.

D.)  QR-Codes – these have a long way to go before people get tired of them. You know why? Ease of use – one click and the content you request is right infront of you. LearnCast builds these custom mobile tags automatically and allows you to print or download the artwork so you can use your QR-Codes everywhere. East to scan or click.

E.)   URL = easy to distribute and can go on everything that is connected to a web. If you include the URL on your internal Twitter like service or Group Chat or email, web page or blog – we know you will get clicks.

F.)   Key Words attached to Mobile Short Codes – this is a very easy way to have someone text to receive the content such as “LEARNCAST” to 878787

G.)  Mobile App – Free Download of your Android or Apple app with  your content already assigned to all new users – what a fantastic way to get more views and a more committed audience. Any content can be secured with PREMIUMS ( secured content)  and given away with FREEMIUMS (Free content) .

Send a compelling message, keep you promise of high value. If they are not opening your messages, one of three things are happening. One, they have too many messages and do not see your title / message as a priority. Two, they do not see your title / message as urgent – so they will get back to it later. But never will see the message again. Three, the first message was a poor user experience therefore they will not open another.

*Isn’t your goal to have them want to re-open the next message? Make this one the best.

Keep your delivery consistent, meaning, let your audience expect another good experience

Keep the consistency of when the users can expect to be alerted to your content. If they like it they will be waiting for the next round of content. Try to keep the style of delivery consistent even if you change up the messaging.

Build TRUST by not over whelming your audience with too much information.

Not always easy to do.

This is by far the most valuable advice we can give. Your audience needs to see a professional, well thought out program, campaign or learning experience. In any case, you should consider that short is valuable. “One Mobile Minutes” are very helpful to everyone because the content is pinpointed to interest quickly. Try to schedule the initial content in a consistent timelime. Sometimes “when” the message is sent is just as important as the content

Relevance – Keep the language so that this group, this team, this pool of people can understand the messaging.

Get feed back from everyone – all the time.  Asking your audience how to improve the user experience is a very good idea. Include them and listen. They will tell you something of value every time.

QR-Codes ( MobiTags) if you plan on peppering your TAGS everywhere make sure your landing pages are using both FREEMIUM and PREMIUM content. By delivering free content via the access point of a MobiTag, Your audience is only one scan away from viewing your content.

Contest, Win This, Chosen Best of Class, Top 5 Reasons, Award Given –  Each of these titles bring interest to you message and or program. Many times we have to incent our viewers to get them to open our messages and engage in our content. Try a word like one of the words or phrases above.

Write good content – the information your audience wants and then ask for feedback! Be clever, be smart and know what contents is considered “Engaging”. Ask your audience for their feedback – to share their opinion.  The more you listen to your customer the more you will know their real need.

Calls to Action – What do you want your audience to do ? Part of your plan is to know ahead of time where you want your audience to go – or what you are expecting them to view. With our goal to get more “opens” more “views” we need to plan our content to place high value upfront. A simple link into a common web page – might not be the right answer. We suggest you map out your strategy and really think through how much time is spent on every landing page, every link, video, poll, quiz etc.

Any of these small ideas above can and should work help you receive more views and more time spent by your audience reviewing your valuable offerings and messaging. You are asking them to stop what they are doing and or thinking about and view your message. Not an easy task with busy professionals. But try a few of these ides. You might find success is as simple as your Subject line or that you are using more than one delivery method.

 

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MobiAlert Added to LearnCast

Boise Idaho – May 3 2012,

MobiAlert ™  has been added to the LearnCast® Mobile Platform. This value added  feature of sending SMS Text Messaging along with e-mail support messages to learners to inform them about important learning initiatives, competitive information, training, reminders ETC.

LearnCast represents the first mobile publishing system specific to the enterprise mobile workforce that has created a truly unique learning experience for both our Authors and our client learners.

MobiAlert (TM) represents an enterprise grade, Software as a Service (SaaS) solution that can create, distribute and collect feedback in real-time. Now reaching the mobile workforce and learners is easy and automated.

MobiAlert ™  is simple, it creates an urgent message that is 6 times more likely to be read and engaged than standard email. 

With all the mixed communications thrown at sales teams today and tech teams today – it’s amazing these teams can stay productive while answering thousands of emails. Learncast provides a unified approach to communications and training that gets results in real-time.

MobiAlert is a necessary tool and a needed process for managers  that lead a mobile workforce, or those marketing managers that need to reach their mobile audience. “Alerts” are designed to repeating schedule of time, daily , weekly or monthly.

“If a manger wants to improve Learning Performance showing an improved  ROI, the key is reminding people what is expected and driving  clear expectations in small chunks that are manageable”, states David Clemons, CEO and Founder of LearnCast.

Mobile alerts create a simple and effective way to connect groups of people with relevant interests.

Send notifications to:

  • Learners, for course information, meetings and notifications.
  • Enterprise employees, for meeting reminders, announcements, & important information.
  • Consumers, for product announcements, services, and general interest notifications.