Tag Archives: social learning

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Five Signs Your Company Has an Information Hoarding Problem

Decades worth of newspapers piled to the ceiling, enough canned goods to sustain you through 10 apocalypses, and, dare we say it, far too many cats. These are the images typically associated with hoarding, and there’s no doubt about it; the effects are detrimental. Who could ever find what they’re looking for in a home […]

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Social Learning Encourages Your Sales Reps To Share Knowledge

Peter Henschel’s influential work on “The Seven Principles of Learning” showed that employees do between 70-90 percent of learning informally. That is, outside of traditional training or courses. Time and time again, knowledge sharing, mentorship, and informal conversation are where employees pick up lessons, skills, and experience. The reason most employees learn informally is simple: […]

Encourage Knowledge Sharing

5 Ways to Encourage Knowledge Sharing Within Your Organization

Poor sharing skills were a problem for some in kindergarten, and they’re a problem for many today in the workplace. When individuals struggle to access the information they need because others are unwilling or lack the tools to share it, the whole organization suffers. This is knowledge hoarding. Knowledge hoarding causes distrust among employees, halts […]

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How Better Knowledge Management Improves Training

There’s no denying organizations pour a large amount of time and resources into training new hires, but have you ever stopped to calculate just how much? According to the Association for Talent Development’s State of the Industry Report, organizations spend an average of $1,208 per employee and 31.5 hours per year on training and development. […]

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What Is Working Out Loud?

“Working out loud” is the concept of building relationships through narration and social collaboration. Even if you’ve never heard the term before, you’ve likely put it into practice. Whether you’re a foodie posting your Sunday brunch on Instagram or a travel junkie posting a video of you frolicking with a baby elephant on Facebook, you […]

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Build a More Productive MDR Team with Social Learning

There’s nothing like hiring a new market or sales development rep who’s ready to hit the ground running, only to have it take weeks or even months to get them up to speed and working productively. With an average MDR/SDR tenure of only a little over a year, it can seem like new hires are […]

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5 Tips To Increase Social Learning at Work

As an HR professional, you understand there are numerous benefits to social learning (employees gaining knowledge from one another rather than in a structured training setting). It’s more flexible and cost-effective than traditional learning methods, encourages engagement and participation, and improves collaboration. What’s harder to understand is what tactics HR professionals can use to improve […]

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Infographic Spotlight: The Social Learning Circus

Most organizations invest in training, but don’t provide the kind of training that caters to how people learn. A classroom isn’t the best place to discover the practical knowledge and everyday tricks that top performers use to be more effective. New technology is making it easier to share this “tribal knowledge” with new, current, and […]

Bloomfire Named A 2015 Best of Elearning! Finalist

We’re excited to announce that Bloomfire was named as a finalist in the Social Learning category of the 2015 Elearning! Awards. In its 11th year, The Best of Elearning! Awards program is a user’s choice award. Learning professionals vote with their ballot for best-in-class solutions. This year, readers and professionals from both the private and public sector cast […]

Webinar: (Bloom)Fireside Chat About Social Learning — With TicketForce

At our user conference this spring, one of the things we heard across the board is that people want to understand how other companies are using Bloomfire within their organization. Join us on November 3rd as we kick off our Fireside Chat series with TicketForce’s Ami Johnson and talk about how they are using Bloomfire […]

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Employees Will Have A Social Intranet, With Or Without You

Do you think your company can get by without a social intranet? Whatever you think, you may not have much of a say. Dave Gray, author of Gamestorming and The Connected Company, cautions senior business leaders, “Whether or not a social intranet happens is really not up to you. It’s like a tsunami; you simply […]

Are Gamification and Digital Motivation Part of your Company Culture?

My boss and I are a little competitive… ok very competitive. I don’t think this is a bad thing; in fact, I think most good professionals are driven by competition. Depending on your role and department, your goals and metrics will vary – for example, in our marketing department, we are always wanting to improve […]

Your Employees Prefer Social Learning

While there are many things you can reasonably teach employees during onboarding, some of the most important skills and techniques will always be learned best from other people in the company. In most jobs, there’s information employees will need to reference every once in a while that you can try to teach them during training, […]

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Blog Roundup: Employee Engagement

According to a report from the Harvard Business Review, 71 percent of business leaders believe that employee engagement is very important for the success of their companies. But only 24 percent of these same leaders said they felt like their employees were highly engaged. Employee engagement is mission critical for most organizations, so we’ve pulled […]

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How to Measure Employee Engagement in the Flow of Work

The question of how to measure employee engagement is on many employers’ minds. How do you determine who is fully invested in the success of the company, or who is collaborating with their co-workers most effectively? Fortunately, advancements in technology are making it easier for business to measure employee engagement and take meaningful action based […]

Letting Employees Choose Where and How to Learn

The idea that everything must be covered during onboarding has become outdated. Businesses can help new employees quickly transition into their positions by providing the most valuable information at the right time. Bill Cushard, head of training at ServiceRocket, argues that many businesses are trying to fit too much information into the onboarding period. “So […]

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Practical Knowledge Beats The Training Manual

You know that the time and resources your company sinks into training new hires each year is costing you, but have you ever really calculated how much? Research conducted by the Association for Talent Development (ATD) found that organizations spend $1,798 on average for every hour of employee training. That’s a sizable investment, and it’s […]

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Social Learning Tools and the Future of Work 

Social learning is the concept of learning from watching and interacting with other people. In the modern workplace, social learning may take place through company intranets, knowledge sharing platforms, blogs, videos, and more. As workplaces become more focused on collaboration across the organization–rather than top-down silos– the need for effective social learning tools is growing. […]

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Is the Generational Digital Divide Real?

Formal learning still plays an important role in the workplace, but the impact of social learning is empowering to today’s workforce, particularly to those younger workers who grew up with both social tools and mobile devices. The challenge to companies today is to empower all workers and provide them with an environment conducive to how […]

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How Social Learning Fills the Training Gap

Social learning is the process of learning through social interaction between peers. The most common illustration of social learning in the workplace is the chance meeting by the water cooler. Two or more people run into each other, share ideas, and walk away a little more knowledgeable in the process. Social learning can take place […]

Today’s Lesson: Social Learning (Infographic)

We’re excited to share our brand new infographic on the benefits and value of social learning. Click on the image below to open a larger version of the infographic for easy viewing. To dig deeper, check out our white paper,“Social Learning and The Future of Work.” It discusses the value of social learning in corporate education […]

Webinar: Using Social Learning to Improve Knowledge Sharing

The most commonly used method of delivering learning is led by an instructor in a classroom. This method is employed to at least some extent by 95 percent of organizations. But what happens after the classroom? How do people find the information and knowledge they need to do their jobs? At the same time, organizations […]

Bloomfire CEO Trey Tramonte to Speak at Chief Learning Officer Exchange

Session to Explore Social Learning and the Future of Work AUSTIN, Texas–Bloomfire today announced its CEO Trey Tramonte will present at the Chief Learning Officer (CLO) Exchange 2015 taking place April 26-28, 2015 at the Ritz Carlton, Sarasota, FL. In his session titled, Social Learning and the Future of Work, Tramonte will discuss how organizations […]

TMW Deploys Bloomfire for Social Learning

TMW Systems is a transportation management systems and trucking software provider, making their transportation customers more efficient and profitable. TMW helps make the most of available capacity, bringing workflow automation and powerful business intelligence to the complex world of logistics operations and fleet management. Based in Cleveland, TMW employs 700 people, with satellite offices across […]

The Five Characteristics of Successful Employee Onboarding

I recently read that 33 percent of new hires look for a new job within their first six months. This may speak to a more transient workforce, but there clearly are other factors at play here. Why would someone new to a job almost immediately seek another new job? The answer, I believe, lies in […]

ELI5: What is Social Learning? 

I was at a conference recently and heard a presentation about buzzwords. Since I consider myself pretty competent at buzzword bingo, I was surprised that there was one I had never heard of – ELI5 – which simply stands for Explain Like I’m Five. ELI5 started – like many great things – in an episode […]

Meet Shep Hyken, Customer Service and Experience Expert

Shep Hyken is the Chief Amazement Officer at Shepard Presentations. As a customer service and experience expert and professional speaker. He’s written five books, Moments of Magic, The Loyal Customer, The Cult of the Customer, The Amazement Revolution and, most recently, Amaze Every Customer Every Time. How did you get into the customer service field? After […]

Meet Mike Kunkle, Sales Transformation Leader

Mike is a Commercial Training and Development Leader. No matter what his current role has been over the years, he has always considered himself responsible for finding ways to improve sales performance. He loves doing sales transformation work.  How did you get into sales training?  I was a sales rep who outsold the rest of my office […]

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What is Social Learning and Social Learning Software

It wasn’t long ago that companies offered a long onboarding process that included formal training sessions and significant ramp up time before an employee really got started in their job. My father, for example, went through a six-week training session before he could even begin his sales position within the financial services industry. Today, the […]

Six Reasons to Include Social Learning in Your Training Plans

I’ve recently spoken with a number of Chief Learning Officers and others responsible for corporate training about their company’s goals and objectives. I’m curious about the corporate training process and the tools necessary for the job – both in terms of content and systems. Many have learning management systems (LMS). In fact, according to an […]

Webinar: Best Practices for Adopting Social Learning From Bloomfire Partner Cannon Financial

Thursday, February 19, 2015 1:30 – 2:30 PM CST Register Here Join Chris Nekvinda from Cannon Financial as he details the benefits of adopting Social Learning, outlines the best practices needed for a successful implementation in your firm, and demonstrates Cannon’s social learning technology approach using Bloomfire. About the presenter: Chris Nekvinda Chris is responsible […]

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Bloomfire Wins Prestigious Award for Social Learning

The Bloomfire team is proud to announce that we were just named a top Social Learning Company by Brandon Hall Group, a research organization specializing in performance improvement. In its 20th year, the Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards Program is the most prestigious awards program in the industry.  Often times called the “Academy Awards” by […]

GigaOM: The employee-centric evolution of HR software

GigaOM includes Bloomfire in its article on the consumerization of IT as it continues to change what employees expect from their devices and software. A reliance on employee-centric recruiting software is also changing how employees interact with HR. The article touts Bloomfire’s ability to create social learning environments by helping employees connect with colleagues or […]

Learn Or Die: A Primer

Behind most productivity problems is a learning problem. Productivity is a loaded term for good reason. We’ve seen an endless parade of newfangled systems and near-religious dogma — high aspirations and endlessly failing experiments. We’ve been there and we’ve done that. What’s next? Learn Or Die: A Primer

With 200 Customers on Board, Bloomfire Adds $8M for Knowledge Sharing Platform

Austin, TX-based Bloomfire is tackling knowledge sharing and content management for the enterprise, letting employees search for experts within their organization and find content relevant to their projects. Today the company is announcing that it has raised $8 million in Series A funding, led by Austin Ventures and Redpoint Ventures. With 200 Customers on Board, […]

How to Become More Efficient in Managing Information Overload

Having too much information is actually becoming a problem. It’s referred to as ‘Information Overload’. We are being inundated with this new found mantra of being connected 24/7 with our smartphones, tablets, laptops, phablets, etc. Which in turns keep us constantly connected and constantly receiving emails – information – that gets lost somewhere down the […]

Social Learning 101: For the People, By the People

[Editor’s note: Bloomfire founder, Josh Little, was recently featured in Learning Solutions Magazine. We’ve cross-posted the article here for your convenience.] Should training organizations cancel their LMS subscriptions, take a hammer to their laser pointers, and bury their Webcams? By all means, NO! Formal learning is needed in most organizations. What we must do is […]

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Online Social Learning: The 21st-Century Definition – Part 1

What Is Social Learning? In plain English, social learning is learning from others. There is both offline and online social learning. Currently, when online social learning occurs, it’s often facilitated via mechanisms made popular by social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn (e.g. comments, posts, webcams, etc.). Some organizations are implementing purpose-built social learning tools […]

The Creators of SocialFish Tell Us How They Use Their Bloomfire

Maddie Grant, CAE and Lindy Dreyer were both well-known association industry bloggers when they met and launched their consulting firm, SocialFish. (Click here to read their SocialFishing blog.) Lindy and Maddie provide everything you need to know about how social media can work for your association or nonprofit. Access step-by-step guides, on-demand Q&A, monthly virtual learning […]

Celebrating Home & Bloomfire – A Perfect Match

Celebrating Home is the largest party planning home-décor company in the United States, working with more than 50,000 designers from coast-to-coast. They had a challenge. We had a solution! They were in need of a content management solution for their ever-growing database of information. Celebrating Home Rallies Around Bloomfire Celebrating Home, the nation’s largest party-plan […]

Getting Started With Bloomfire: From the CTO to You

CTO Dave Mccann takes you through Bloomfire step by step. By Dave Mccann, CTO/Co-Founder However you have found us, Bloomfire is now available to add to your arsenal of weapons to fight off the repetitive email strings, lost content, content without context, lost productivity and the inability to onboard people in the organization or even […]

Learn or Die: 3 Ways to Change How Your Organization Shares

This week, Bloomfire CEO Craig Malloy is featured on Masahable in the article “3 Ways to Change How Your Organization Shares.” His many years as a successful CEO has certified him as a leading voice in team knowledge sharing. Instill your organization with these three principles and watch knowledge bloom. Read the full article here.

What is Social Learning? The 21st-Century Definition (Part 3)

Where online social learning products are going Steve Jobs, former Apple CEO “It’s really hard to design products by focus groups. A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.” — Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs, as quoted in a BusinessWeek article on May 25, 1998. That’s what […]

Revamped Q&A, Reply to Comment, Cleaner Look & More

Our amazing designer pulled out all the stops to dramatically improve our Q&A Engine and Comments system. Read on for some ‘show & tell’ on what makes Bloomfire even more awesome for our thousands of customers. As usual, if you’d like a personal tour, don’t hesitate to request a demo! Our Much-Improved Q&A Engine At […]

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What is Social Learning? The 21st-Century Definition (Part 2)

In the first part of this series, we discussed how social learning involves learning from others and explained how it can be applied to the modern workplace. Now, we’re taking a look at real examples of social learning and what makes them work. Examples of Social Learning in the 21st Century If we think of […]

Founder Investigates Link Between Technology and Closing the Communication Gap

Jayant Naharwal has been running a sole proprietary business (a L&D consultancy) by the name if Get Skilled Online, since January 2010. The company is a forum of a few like minded trainers/training consultants with a wide variety of experience in L&D in various industries. Readers can contact him at this URL which has links to […]

Collaborative Learning: The Seamless Integration of Learning with Work

Thomas “Tom” Reilly is chief operating officer of Family Office Exchange (FOX), overseeing daily operations and deployment of advanced digital systems that deliver FOX knowledge to members in new, more meaningful ways. He reports directly to Sara Hamilton, the firm’s founder and CEO. Before joining FOX, Mr. Reilly served as director of training and development […]

The Updated Monster List of 111 Online Learning Resources

The Bloomfire team wishes you a happy New Year! May 2011 be filled with exciting learning, and may this list help us start strong. If you’d like to add your favorite resource, please do so by leaving a comment. Shameless plugs welcome! Instructional Design ID and other reflections The Writers Gateway: One Stop Resource for […]

Monster Trends & The State of Social Learning Apps for 2011 (Report)

At Bloomfire, 2010 will certainly be a year to remember. We officially launched Bloomfire at SXSW in Austin, Texas, the tech conference where Twitter and foursquare got their start. After adding early adopters like Overstock.com and Kellogg’s to our client list, we launched version 2.0 in November, targeting not just the Fortune 500 but also […]

HP Training Manager: How to Turn Training Seen as “Cost” into Training Seen as “Investment” (Interview)

VS Girish Kumar is the Center Training Manager in Hewlett-Packard’s (HP) Training and Knowledge Management department. He is responsible for being a change catalyst by managing new hire on-boarding and training, managing content from knowledge transfer to business-as-usual, and developing a road-map for knowledge management towards maturity. You can contact Kumar directly via Linkedin. Q. […]

Cisco Systems’ Director (formerly of MySpace): The 3 Ingredients for Building Innovative Training Teams (Interview)

Kris Potrafka is a Director in the Strategic Marketing Organization at Cisco Systems.  He leads a team responsible for improving organizational capability and the professional effectiveness of roughly 1500 employees in the global Marketing community.  This includes managing a portfolio of programs, products, and services from change management to an online network of shadowing and […]

How Mobile Learning & Globalization Mixes

Frank Jaquez is an Instructional Designer in the Overseas Division at Bank of America. He is primarily responsible for providing learning solutions for over 90 banking centers located on military bases in Europe and Asia Pacific in support of their business goals. Frank also serves on the executive board of directors for the San Antonio […]

The New Golden Rule for Effective eLearning Design

gd enuf is good enough. We are busy. Busier than ever. Time becomes a more precious commodity day by day. We don’t have time for fluff. We don’t have time for things that don’t get results. In fact, we have to prioritize our time against the endless things that are worth doing. The increasing speed […]

Top 10 Nuggets of Knowledge from DevLearn 2009

  1. “The word social is overused” Andrew McAfee – Executives think of Woodstock and free love. If you’re trying to be innovative within your organization, tread lightly on the word social and underscore other words like collaborative, engagement, productivity, transparency, and communication. 3. “mLearning is not about courses, it’s about content” Clark Quinn – A common misconception about […]