Corporate Learning Disruptions

Josh Bersin of Bersin by Deloitte recently published “Watch Out, Corporate Learning: Here Comes Disruption” in Forbes which identifies a trend of major organizations moving away from traditional Learning Management Systems (LMSs).  These organizations are investing in a suite of new tools and technologies to help their employees and associates learn.    Josh points out that people are attuned to searching for instructional content on the internet in their personal life on sites like Youtube, Coursera and Udemy, yet their corporate learning environments are built on learning models that manage compliance rather than effective knowledge transfer and retention.

Many organizations have been part of this evolution by investing in micro-learning, curated content, social learning and MOOCs.  At Mzinga we recognized and prepared for this disruption by embracing these key concepts:  Mobile, Video, and Collaborative.  TWIL is our new mobile-first collaborative video learning platform that allows organizations and teams to take control of their learning and meet the challenges of today’s modern learner.  Try TWIL for yourself at TWILVideo.com

The Science of Learning

We just read a great post in ELearning magazine – The Science of Learning: Forgetting- The Great Training Robbery.  Written by BizLibrary’s CEO, the article highlights why learning is best delivered in bite-sized chunks and available over time.  Delivering training in this fashion increases retention and maximizes the ROI you have in your learning infrastructure AND your employees.  At Mzinga we subscribe to the same philosophy and embodied that in the design of TWIL – This Week I Learned, which allows organizations to deliver bite-sized learning in video and other formats with post-training reinforcements.

TWIL is highlighted in the Boston Business Journal with Suffolk University

Three Suffolk University MBA students visit the office of Mzinga, a Burlington-based learning technology company, an example of the shift toward experiential learning at the school’s MBA program. The students are helping Mzinga market a product toward a new customer base: sales professionals. They will be meeting with Mzinga executives at least four times this semester.

We’ve been thrilled to be working with the MBA class at Suffolk University titled “Leading and Implementing Change.”

This final course in the MBA curriculum ties together the integral components of the four industry clusters, strategy and business fundamentals to the experience of leading change. Students experience the change process personally through a simulation. Students then apply their learning to an applied project based in one of the four clusters that is team-based, client-focused, grounded in research, and integrates MBA concepts with a final presentation to a client. As part of understanding change, students also evaluate the wider societal impacts of the business change. Finally, students reflect on their MBA program in total, revisiting their career plan and vision. This course uses multiple approaches, defining, understanding and experiencing the strategic value of change at the organizational, team, and individual levels.

The class was selected to be showcased in this week’s Boston Business Journal (the BBJ) as the cover story.  Check out the article here.

Congrats to the students for this recognition, and in their future endeavors.

Congrats to our partner Vado for their 2016 Excellence Awards presented by ELearning! Magazine

Vado, Inc. is honored to announce they received two 2016 Excellence Awards presented by ELearning! Magazine. The Vado Leadership Development Learning Track has received the Best of 2016 Excellence Award presented for two years running. In addition, Vado’s Management Developopment Learning Track won the Excellence award. The award recognizes best-in-class corporate learning and technology solutions.

Celebrating 12 years, the Best of Elearning! Awards follow a unique, open nomination format where winners are nominated and chosen exclusively by users. The only requirement is that voters must be professionals who have used the eLearning products and services they nominate.

Since 2004, over 25,000 eLearning professionals have participated in the awards nomination process. 2016 Best of Elearning! participants had the option to vote for their favorite off the shelf e-learning courses and learning technology solutions across 30 different categories. Vado’s Leadership Development Learning Track received the Excellence Award in their “Best Leadership Development” category two years in a row. Vado’s Management Development Learning Track received the Excellence Award in their “Best Employee Soft Skills” category.

“This award is extra special to us because it expresses appreciation from our clients who have experience working with Vado and our unique instructional design that is changing the face of learning.” — Cindy Pascale, CEO, Vado, Inc.

Vado is changing the face of learning with micro-learning courses followed by step by step instructions on how to apply the course on the job where 70% of development happens. “We are honored to receive the Excellence Award in the 2016 Best of Elearning!. We view this award as recognition of our instructional design, which all 370+ of our courses follow” says Cindy Pascale, CEO, Vado, Inc. “We thank everyone who nominated us and Elearning! Magazine for creating an exceptional program that puts the voice of the customer first.”

The awards announcement will be published in the December 2016 issue of Elearning! Magazine.  A Best of Elearning! Awards ceremony will be held at the 2016 Enterprise Learning! Conference. To learn more, visit http://www.2elearning.com/awards/best-of-elearning-awards.

Mzinga is named a Hot Vendor in Learning by Aragon Research for TWIL

Mzinga is named a Hot Vendor in Learning by Aragon Research for TWIL

Mzinga focuses on mobile collaborative video learning

Burlington, MA – Aug 18, 2016 – Aragon Research (http://www.aragonresearch.com), a leading technology research and advisory firm, has identified Mzinga as a Hot Vendor in Learning with our new Mobile Video Learning platform – TWIL.  Mzinga (http://www.mzinga.com) is a leading provider of learning technologies and social media solutions for companies and organizations worldwide.

Each year, Aragon Research selects Hot Vendors across multiple markets that are doing something truly new or different. They may have new technology that expands capabilities, a new strategy that opens up markets, or just a new way of doing business that makes them worth evaluating.

This 2016 Hot Vendor report highlights a new emphasis in learning primarily due to the exploding demand for mobile video content aimed at employees as well as customers.  “Mzinga has invested heavily in social learning over the years.  As the demand for mobile video learning has increased, we chose to launch TWIL.  TWIL stands for This Week I Learned.  It is a mobile app and web portal that allows teams of any size to record videos and related content, share them with their team, solicit feedback and questions, and collaborate,” said Mike Merriman, CMO at Mzinga.   “We’re thrilled to be recognized as a Hot Vendor in this new mobile video marketplace.”

“What makes TWIL hot is the ease with which users can upload and share Videos and other content. TWIL is secure and shares information exclusively within the company. Users can comment, ask questions, and collaborate directly on TWIL’s Video learning platform,” reports Jim Lundy, CEO of Aragon Research.

TWIL can also be used in conjunction with other learning environments by leveraging The Mzinga Learning Record Store (LRS) and the Experience API (xAPI).  This allows organizations to track a wide variety of learning experiences that their employees, customers and partners want and need, in a format that’s engaging and exciting.

Learn more about the Aragon Hot Vendor Report here.

To learn more about TWIL, visit www.TWILVideo.com.  TWIL is available as a free trial.

About Aragon Research

Aragon Research is the next generation research firm with the experience you can trust.  It started out as an idea of going back to basics and providing thought leading research that was delivered every month to clients. At the same time there was a realization that clients had more complex problems and that they needed real trusted advisors to help them solve their business and technology problems.

Learn more at www.aragonresearch.com.

About Mzinga

Mzinga is a leading provider of learning technologies and social media solutions for companies and organizations worldwide.  Our Learning solutions include the OmniSocial Learning LMS, the xAPI enabled Mzinga Learning Record Store, and our mobile video learning platform TWIL – This Week I Learned.  We empower employees, customers, and partners through formal and informal learning, collaboration and engagement anytime & anywhere.  Mzinga’s social solutions provide brand protection, social crisis management, and customer engagement services for leading worldwide brands. To learn more about Mzinga’s offerings, visit www.mzinga.com, www.TWILVideo.com and www.OnlineModeration.com.

 

About The Aragon Hot Vendor Report

Aragon Research does not endorse vendors, or their products or services that are referenced in its research publications, and does not advise users to select those vendors that are rated the highest. Aragon Research publications consist of the opinions of Aragon Research and Advisory Services organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Aragon Research provides its research publications and the information contained in them “AS IS,” without warranty of any kind.

 

Mzinga Named a 2016 Top 20 Learning Portal Company by TrainingIndustry.com

Mzinga Named a 2016 Top 20 Learning Portal Company by TrainingIndustry.com  

Mzinga keeps in leading streak going

Burlington, MA – August 15, 2016 – Mzinga® (http://www.mzinga.com), a leading learning technology provider, today announced it was selected as a 2016 Top Learning Portal Company by TrainingIndustry.com.

“Learning portals are critical to the success of most training programs as they are often the initial point of interaction the learner has with the materials for a given course,” said Doug Harward, CEO, Training Industry, Inc. “The 2016 Top Learning Portal Companies show they understand how important these touches are to the success of your program, while still providing you with the administrative layer required to track and measure your organization’s learning initiatives.” Selection to this year’s Top 20 Learning Portal Companies was based on:

  • Breadth of functionality and capabilities
  • Commitment to the corporate training industry
  • Industry visibility, innovation and impactTrainingIndustry.com
  • Number and strength of clients
  • Geographic reach
  • Company size and growth potential

“Thanks to TrainingIndustry.com for naming us a leader in learning portals,” said Mike Merriman, Chief Marketing Officer of Mzinga. “Our focus on employee and extended enterprise learning has allowed us to maintain this leadership position for many years running as we continue to develop enhanced solutions for these clients and the market in general.”

View the 2016 Top 20 Learning Portal Companies

 

The Future of Learning is Video at FocusOnLearning 2016

The TWIL team has been busy.

We attended ATD2016 in Denver, CO recently and had great traffic at our booth.  We also were invited to exhibit at the Mass Innovation Night #MIN87 hosted at Bullhorn’s new Boston HQ. The event highlighted a select few new technology offerings in the Boston area.

Additionally we exhibited at the eLearning Guild’s FocusOnLearning 2016 conference in Austin, TX #FocusOnLearn.  In addition to our booth we presented “The Future of Learning is Video and Collaborative.”  We’ll do an encore presentation soon, but feel free to download the slides and contact us with any questions.FOL2016

Mass Innovation Nights 87

MINMzinga has been invited to exhibit at Mass Innovation Nights 87 #MIN87.  We’ll be showcasing our new mobile video learning platform, TWIL – short for This Week I Learned.  The event is on Wednesday, June 8th 2016 from 6pm-8:30pm at the new Bullhorn HQ in Boston’s Financial District.  These events fill up quickly, so please register at the Innovation Nights website ASAP.  It’s FREE to attend and there are always good snacks.

We’d LOVE to be one of the highlighted vendors – and you can help.  Please take a moment to vote for us.  Just look for us on the “vote here” page and click “Love It!”.  The top four vendors get special presentation time – and of course bragging rights. You can vote at the Innovation Nights website.  And spread the word!

We’ll be joined by some other great local innovators and entrepreneurs with offerings ranging from diet apps to fashion.

We hope to see you there!

Mass Innovation Nights – #MIN86

MINThe TWIL team recently attended the Mass Innovation Nights MIN86  event, hosted by Google in Cambridge MA.   MIN started in 2009 with a monthly event to bring local entrepreneurs and innovators together to create buzz around new products and new companies.  MIN86 was – you guessed it – their 86th event.  The format is low key but energetic.  Ten products are showcased in an open expo hall-like setting.  The host provided some GREAT snacks.  Attendees got the chance to vote for the product they were interested in hearing more from in advance, and the top four did a five minute presentation to the collected crowd.  The theme of MIN86 was “Innovation for Everyone” celebrating diversity, openness, and inclusion.  All ten vendors had fascinating products in various states of readiness.  Our favorties were:

Cake – @joincakeapp – a mobile app to help people plan for end of life preferences.

The Forever Ink Project – @iamjaewilliams – a nonprofit working with Boston Youth to discover creativity and confidence through the arts.

and Xpert Eye –@AMAapplications a VR/augmented reality experience for coaching, mentoring and support.

Mzinga and the TWIL team are looking forward towards #MIN87 on June 8th, hosted by Bullhorn in the Financial District.  We will be showcasing TWIL! Stay tuned for more info.

Mzinga Resells Vado Learning content for TWIL and OmniSocial Learning

Vado

Mzinga Resells Vado Learning content for TWIL and OmniSocial Learning

11 May 2016– Mzinga, a leading provider of learning technologies and social media solutions for companies and organizations worldwide, announces a new learning content partner, Vado. Vado will provide content to Mzinga’s new Video Learning app, TWIL and their award-winning Learning Management System – OmniSocial Learning.

Vado offers 350+ management development and employee soft skill development courses.  Vado courses are for individual contributors, front line leaders and managers and courses can be purchased in course bundles or in full learning tracks such as the award winning Leadership Development Learning Track, Management Development or Project Management.

“We are pleased to partner with Mzinga to provide our unique learning content that is “changing the face of learning,” comments Cindy Pascale, Vado’s CEO. “Research shows that 70% of development happens on the job, and Vado is the only off the shelf e-learning courseware provider that helps the learner apply on the job through step by step instructions. Our learning content is delivered in small bite sized chunks to maximize learning retention.”
“Short, targeted video content is very popular with our clients and our own employees. With Vado’s content, learners are not only gaining new knowledge, but clear action to apply what they learned on the job,” commented Mike Merriman, Mzinga’s CMO .  “This partnership allows us to deliver Vado’s great content not only to our LMS clients, but all clients on our new mobile platform, TWIL.

To learn more about Vado and arrange a demonstration please contact us at Learnmore@mzinga.com