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CDSM Interactive Solutions wins Brandon Hall Award for ‘Best Advance in Creating a Learning Strategy’

Swansea, 18th September 2015: CDSM Interactive Solutions Ltd, a leader in innovative digital learning solutions, recently won a coveted Brandon Hall Group bronze award for excellence in the ‘Best Advance in Creating a Learning Strategy’ category.

Now entering its 21st year, the Brandon Hall Group awards programme recognises outstanding achievements in Learning and Development. Entries are judged upon the following criteria: fit the need, design of the programme, functionality, innovation, and overall measureable benefits. CDSM’s win was announced on 10th September 2015, and a complete list of Brandon Hall Group Learning and Development Awards winners can be found on the Brand Hall Group website, here.
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CDSM’s Entry: Honda Motor Europe – Common Core Curriculum Project

The Common Core Curriculum Project was created to establish standards across all of Honda’s European dealerships, after a recent EU legal ruling increased competition for car servicing. With this ruling – ‘Block Exemption Regulation’ – in mind, and a desire to ensure that all of its customers receive the same high-quality experience, Honda identified the need to make its European dealerships compliant.

“We had a requirement to train nearly 10,000 customer-facing dealer staff in a short space of time, in order to comply with European Block Exemption Regulations,” said David Edwards, Manager of Honda’s European Training Delivery, “The most important aspect for us to consider was the ease and enjoyment for the end user in completing their learning task. I am happy that the time and effort CDSM and Honda took to make this compliance a positive learning experience for all has been recognised in this way!”

CDSM’s rollout of Honda’s Core Curriculum Minimum Project has enjoyed first-rate feedback from end users across Europe, many of whom noted its appealing and engaging nature. The course is currently recording much higher pass rates than the target of 25% per country, with an average pass rate of nearly 62%. With some countries even hitting the 90–100% mark, it’s clear that Honda have a successful e-learning rollout on their hands.

“We’re delighted to have received this award for our work with Honda,” said Cathy Sivak, CDSM’s Chief Operating Officer, “It reflects the good work we do each and every day. We’re proud of the talented and innovative team of people here at CDSM, all of whom make a difference and deserve recognition.”

“The high quality of work and commitment to driving business results among our award winners never fails to amaze me,” said Rachel Cooke, Chief Operating Officer of the Brandon Hall Group and head of the awards programme. “All of these winning programs deliver meaningful business results to their organizations. Winning an Excellence Award is a great honor, but the real winners are the organizations themselves and their customers and clients because of the innovation and customer focus they demonstrate.”

Excellence Awards winners will be honored at Brandon Hall Group’s HCM Excellence Conference at the PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida on 27th–29th January 2016.

CDSM will be present at this year’s World of Learning Conference & Exhibition, held at the NEC Birmingham on the 29th and 30th September 2015. Now in its 23rd year, World of Learning has established itself as the most comprehensive event for all aspects of Learning and Development, featuring the latest ideas, technology and services. At this year’s event, CDSM will be running a competition for the chance to win a customised 30-minute e-learning module, similar to the e-learning modules that saw them win the Brandon Hall Award.

About CDSM

CDSM Interactive Solutions (cdsm.co.uk) is a digital learning solutions provider, offering bespoke e-learning content and a contemporary learning platform. Founded by further education lecturers, their dedication to cutting-edge learning science and best practice allows them to deliver effective and engaging learning to their customers. The company’s collective experience and imagination has enabled them to work on major projects internationally, most recently with Welsh Government and Honda Motor Europe.

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Want New Employees to Stick Around? Use Digital Onboarding! [Infographic]

Onboarding is a challenge for every L&D manager, no matter what your strategy is!

Training for new employees is a mandatory need – and there is no escaping it – so you want onboarding that is quick, creates a cultural expectation, and provides a rapid enlightenment of your business values.

But what many don’t realise is that onboarding doesn’t have to be a time-consuming chore, completed just so you and your new employees can tick a box.

If anything, you can use onboarding to your advantage!

At CDSM, we recently looked at:

  • Why an onboarding program is important
  • How companies are currently training new employees; and
  • What you should expect from digital onboarding

To see what we found out, take a look at our latest infographic:

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Digital Onboarding

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Want New Employees to Stick Around? Use Digital Onboarding! [Text Version]

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Why is conducting an onboarding program so important?

Only 52% of people join a company with an official onboarding program.

More than 37% said their employer had no program, and just over 11% said they weren’t sure if a program existed or not.

Organisations with a standard onboarding process experience 54% greater new hire productivity and 50% greater new hire retention.

Nearly 4% of new employees leave their new jobs after a disastrous first day, and 33% decide within the first 30 days.

Companies lose 25% of all new employees within 12 months.

New employees who attended a well-structured onboarding orientation program were 69% more likely to remain at a company for up to 3 years.

25% of companies admitted that their onboarding program does not include any form of training, which can lead to a loss of 60% of a company’s entire workforce.

Organisations with structured onboarding programs enjoy a 60% year-over-year improvement in revenue per full-time employee, and a 63% year-over-year improvement in customer satisfaction.

A combined 71% of companies surveyed are currently in the process of updating their onboarding programs.

Currently, less than 40% of onboarding is completed through technology-based solutions.

The 16% who deliver more than 61% of their onboarding programs through technology-based solutions use either company-wide intranet or e-learning. Hiring employees takes time and money – on average 23 days and over £5000 to fill an open position.

Return on investment from technology onboarding:

Higher staff retention rate – decrease in skills gap
New employees contribute to the bottom line faster
Save employers time training
Reduce travelling time and costs to training

What’s CDSM’s onboarding approach? Proven contemporary learning science!

Typically, the time a worker must spend being trained is reduced by about 40% using e-learning.

However, there is e-learning… and then there is CDSM e-learning! By using best practice, contemporary learning strategies and effective pedagogy, organisations can rapidly improve their onboarding even further…

Scenario-based training can often reduce new hire training time by 25-50%

92% say video helps teach more effectively, and improves learning by 56%

Learning science can be incorporated to empower new starters with skills they wouldn’t usually get from e-learning, and this takes away some of the pressure of a new role.

To understand the difference that learning science can make, get in contact with CDSM now for a demo…

Sources:

http://www.impactinstruction.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/2013-Onboarding-Report_FINAL-REPORT.pdf
http://www.globoforce.com/gfblog/2014/five-ways-to-keep-your-new-hires-from-failing/
http://www.lesson.ly/blog/9-surprising-employee-onboarding-statistics/
http://www.rootinc.com/white_papers/new-hire-onboarding-overlooked-element-sustaining-successful-strategy-execution/
http://thehiringsite.careerbuilder.com/2014/12/24/onboarding-methods-produce-roi/
http://www.bizjournals.com/bizjournals/how-to/human-resources/2014/09/how-to-help-your-new-hires-first-day-great.html?page=all
http://www.icmi.com/Resources/People-Management/2013/06/Boost-Performance-With-Scenario-Based-Training
http://www.syberworks.com/articles/e-learningROI.htm

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Facts about neuroscience that you need to know… [Infographic]

Neuroscience… it’s the hot topic in Learning & Development at the moment. But what exactly is it, and what should it mean to you?

At CDSM, we’ve been busy picking through the research, and we’ve created a nifty infographic to highlight the facts about neuroscience that you need to know.

And if you’re wondering what impact neuroscience has on L&D, we look at four ways to integrate rapidly-evolving neuroscience into your e-learning.

So what are you waiting for? Take a look at the infographic now to find out more:

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Facts about neuroscience that you need to know… [Text Only Version]

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“Our brains build our learning, learning builds our brains.” – CIPD

  • Human attention span – 8.25 seconds
  • Goldfish attention span – 9 seconds
  • Humans handle approx. 40,000,000 pieces of information every second, but only 40 of those make it to our conscious brains.
  • The speed that the brain can be process information is as slowly as 0.5 meters/sec or as fast as 120 meters/sec(that’s about 431 km/hr).
  • You can commit about 3-4 things to short term memory. After 20 seconds they will disappear from memory unless you repeat them over and over.
  • The human mind wanders 30% of the time.

Based on these facts alone, you can see why 25% of L&D professionals are integrating neuroscience.

Neuroscience helps us to explore the question: What makes L&D effective?

Neuroscience enables:

  • More engagement for learners
  • Cost savings
  • Higher staff retention
  • Increased credibility as a practitioner

But two thirds of those who want to integrate neuroscience haven’t done it yet…

At CDSM, we have considered neuroscience in the development of our tools

4 Ways to Integrate Rapidly-Evolving Neuroscience into Your E-Learning:

The Challenge
E-learning should encourage curiosity and help people move towards an accepting state.
Our Solution
At CDSM, we’ve found that a visually-attractive and engaging user experience can immediately translate into high levels of acceptance and uptake amongst users.

The Challenge
People find it easier to retain information if it’s presented in small chunks.
Our Solution
Our Playlists curation tool allows learners to intake small, ‘bite-sized’ chunks of information, and all from one place!

The Challenge
People are better able to understand complex data if they have time to reflect.
Our Solution
CDSM’s Knowledge Tree gives learners the ability to view relevant content in their own time and at their own pace, helping them to achieve a better understanding of the subject matter.

The Challenge
E-learning needs to be challenging, but not threatening.
Our Solution
Our Networks function allows learners to become part of a ‘knowledge community’ – a place where they can share, reflect and discuss their new understanding of a subject with their peers.

Source:
http://www.cipd.co.uk/binaries/neuroscience-action_2014-applying-insight-LD-practice.pdf
Read more:
http://www.businessinsider.com/100-things-you-should-know-about-people-2010-11?op=1#ixzz3ejUKGyqo
http://www.nursingassistantcentral.com/blog/2008/100-fascinating-facts-you-never-knew-about-the-human-brain/
http://www.businessinsider.com/100-things-you-should-know-about-people-2010-11?op=1&IR=T
http://www.statisticbrain.com/attention-span-statistics
See more at:
http://cdsmteamblog.co.uk/wpmu/?p=1621#sthash.IWmr4oMn.dpuf
http://www.cipd.co.uk/blogs/cipdbloggers/b/leading-in-learning/archive/2014/12/11/applying-neuroscience-to-l-amp-d-initiatives.aspx

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CDSM yn Dangos y Cerdyn Coch i Hiliaeth mewn Noson Gwis Elusennol

Roedd CDSM yn falch iawn o gymryd rhan mewn noson gwis ac ocsiwn elusennol yn ddiweddar. Julie James AC drefnodd y digwyddiad er budd Street Football Wales – elusen sy’n gwella bywydau pobl ddigartref ac sydd wedi’u hallgáu’n gymdeithasol – a Dangos y Cerdyn Coch i Hiliaeth.

Dangos y Cerdyn Coch i Hiliaeth yw elusen addysgol gwrth-hiliaeth y DU, sy’n cyflwyno hyfforddiant i dros 50,000 o unigolion bob blwyddyn. Roedd y ffordd yr oedd yr elusen yn cyflwyno’r negeseuon positif hyn mewn cyd-destun addysgol, yn ogystal ag ymdrechion Street Football Wales i fynd i’r afael â digartrefedd ac allgáu cymdeithasol yn rhywbeth yr oeddem ni yn CDSM yn dymuno ei gefnogi. Felly fe wnaethon ni anfon tîm o saith unigolyn gwybodus i’r digwyddiad i weld faint oedden nhw wir yn ei wybod o gymharu ag eraill o Dde Cymru.

Wrth i’r noson fynd yn ei blaen, roedd y tensiwn amlwg – ennill oedd nod pawb. Cawsom ddechrau da, gan nodi mai Rhyfel Cant Un deg Chwech o Flynyddoedd oedd y Rhyfel Can Mlynedd mewn gwirionedd, ac roedden ni 4 pwynt o’r brig hanner ffordd drwy’r noson.

Doedden ni ddim ar ein gorau yn yr ail hanner – boed hynny oherwydd y cyri blasus a gawsom ni yn ystod y toriad – neu efallai oherwydd y botel fawr o Cobra! Pumed oedden ni yn y diwedd, a doedd hynny ddim yn ddrwg o gwbl wrth gwrs, ac roedden ni wedi cael llawer iawn o hwyl hefyd.

Yna, daeth yn amser ar gyfer prif nod y noson: rhoi arian i ddau achos da iawn. Fe wnaethon ni lwyddo i ennill crys pêl-droed rhyngwladol Cymru wedi’i lofnodi, a oedd wedi cael ei wisgo gan y capten Ashley Williams, ac roedd hynny’n un o uchafbwyntiau’r noson i ni.

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Er y byddai’r crys – sydd bellach wedi cael ei fframio – yn edrych yn dda iawn ar wal yn swyddfa CDSM, mae gennym ni gynlluniau gwell ar gyfer y memorabilia chwaraeon yma, felly gwnewch yn siŵr eich bod chi’n ein dilyn ni a thanysgrifiwch i gael rhagor o fanylion fel y byddwn ni’n eu rhyddhau!

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CDSM Win Brandon Hall Group Bronze Award

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Last night the Brandon Hall Group announced their 2015 Excellence Award winners, and we were delighted to find out that CDSM won Bronze for Best Advance in Creating a Learning Strategy.

Best Advance in Creating a Learning Strategy
Common Core Curriculum Project

Brandon Hall Group Bronze Award

“The high quality of work and commitment to driving business results among our award winners never fails to amaze me,” said Rachel Cooke, Chief Operating Officer of Brandon Hall Group and head of the awards program. “All of these winning programs deliver meaningful business results to their organizations. Winning an Excellence Award is a great honor, but the real winners are the organizations themselves and their customers and clients because of the innovation and customer focus they demonstrate.”

About Brandon Hall Group

Brandon Hall Group is a HCM research and advisory services firm that provides insights around key performance areas, including Learning and Development, Talent Management, Leadership Development, Talent Acquisition and Workforce Management.

With more than 10,000 clients globally and 20 years of delivering world-class research and advisory services, Brandon Hall Group is focused on developing research that drives performance in emerging and large organizations, and provides strategic insights for executives and practitioners responsible for growth and business results. (www.brandonhall.com)

Tonight, we are also excited about attending the South Wales Business Awards 2015, where CDSM are nominated for Technological & Innovative Business of the Year.

Check out our Honda Case Study, and to keep updated with our news, follow us on Twitter.

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The Donaldson Report – A CDSM Perspective (Part 1)

Earlier this year, Welsh Government published a comprehensive, independent review of the curriculum and assessment arrangements in Wales, written by Professor Graham Donaldson. Now, in a two-part series on the Donaldson Report (Successful Futures), CDSM explore the headline findings and provide a context from our perspective as an Education Technologies company based in Wales. In this first post, we’ll look at the task, the principles and some key recommendations, giving our perspective on the intended outcomes.

The Task

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“In recognition of the potential pitfalls of overload, complexity, and redundancy in the [current] curriculum, the Review was asked to stand back and to take a fundamental look at the ways in which today’s schools can prepare young people for an exciting but uncertain future.”

Successful Futures, page 11

CDSM believe that Wales has to ensure its learners are ready to play a role in the local and national industries that govern the prosperity of the nation. Only a wholesale transformation can make this possible. To try to adapt the 1988 curriculum in piecemeal fashion could add years of frustration to the process.

The Principles

School Science Class - Donaldson Report looking at School Improvement

“The purposes of the curriculum in Wales should be that children and young people develop as:

  • ambitious, capable learners, ready to learn throughout their lives
  • enterprising, creative contributors, ready to play a full part in life and work
  • ethical, informed citizens of Wales and the world
  • healthy, confident individuals, ready to lead fulfilling lives as valued members of society”

Successful Futures, page 29

While CDSM admit that a broad set of purposes, like these, can be used to say very little, we cannot help but be excited and energised by the focus on creating life-long learners who are well-rounded, worldly and outward focused. For us, it means that the classroom becomes a place of discovery, and an environment where pupils can take a lead in their own learning. It’s a perfect environment for the tools that we work so hard to create to flourish, fulfilling their potential alongside the potential of the students they are helping to teach.

It was impossible for us to overlook the references to inclusion in the report; Wales is leading the way through its adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), and we’re proud to see that this sentiment will be represented throughout the new curriculum proposals. CDSM believe that it’s vital we give our learners a holistic understanding of what it means to have rights and to be protected. This is contiguous with our own commitment to ensuring learner safety and freedom of expression.  

“Principles of curriculum design – the curriculum should be:

Inclusive: easily understood by all, encompassing an entitlement to high-quality education for every child and young person and taking account of their views in the context of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), and those of parents, carers and wider society”

Successful Futures, page 14

CDSM has, for a long time, banged a drum for teachers. We feel that teachers are the best-placed people to make decisions about their classroom. It is their passion, drive and invention that strengthens our education system, always responding to new demands and changes. Our intention is to enable teachers to successfully adapt to those changes, by creating tools that place teacher-generated content at the heart of the classroom. We make aggregation, sharing and collaboration easy and we facilitate networks of professional learning communities, helping the whole of Wales to benefit from established islands of excellence.

We can’t, therefore, fail to be excited by the commitment to subsidiarity, outlined in the report:

“Principles of curriculum design – the curriculum should be:

Based on subsidiarity: commanding the confidence of all, while encouraging appropriate ownership and decision making by those closest to the teaching and learning process.”

Successful Futures, page 14

Key Recommendations

School Classroom - Children and Teacher - Donaldson Report looking at School Improvement

“A digital competence framework and an accompanying ‘Routes to Learning Digital Competence’ should be developed and be included as a Cross-curriculum Responsibility.” 

Successful Futures, page 42

This recommendation is hugely welcomed by CDSM. As an SME based in South Wales that strives to recruit the best and brightest software developers from local schools and universities, the commitment to improving the levels of digital competence – not just in terms of using software, but in terms of becoming an active participant in the discovery and creation of tomorrow’s technological breakthrough – cannot be underestimated.

The Reception

School Classroom - children with hands up - Donaldson Report looking at School Improvement

It’s worth noting that the Donaldson Report has received near-universal support from our politicians and, although no concrete timelines have been announced, the feeling is that we should expect an ambitious timetable leading to implementation before 2020.

“We need a curriculum which is ambitious, engaging and fit for the challenges of the twenty first century. The national curriculum of 1988 has served an important purpose, but we can no longer address the weaknesses of the current curriculum through a ‘patch and mend’ approach.”

– Huw Lewis, Education Minister, July 2015

CDSM has a huge role to play in the realisation of the Donaldson Report. It’s potentially the biggest and most profound change in our education system in living memory and, crucially, it  represents the ambitious, forward-thinking and diverse framework we need. From the perspective of a learning technologies company based in Wales, with a vested interest in our young people, it’s as much as we could have asked for – and we can’t wait to get started.

In the second of this two-part series on the Donaldson Report, we’ll look into the report’s implications for teachers, the classroom and technology in the classroom. To make sure you don’t miss it, follow us and subscribe.

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