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When Selecting an LMS – Small Company vs. Big Corporation?

When Selecting an LMS – Small Company vs Big Corporation? ‘Think Big!’  Many of us are familiar with the saying…Big car, big house, big salary, just BIG. So it doesn’t come as a surprise when it’s time to choose a company/vendor to satisfy our needs, bigger is better. In this day and age many decisions […]

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Making your Implementation Execution as Successful as Hamilton: An American Musical

Making your Implementation Execution as Successful as Hamilton: An American Musical Blog #2 Customer Service Excellence during Implementation In my last article I shared how providing good customer service should never be your goal. Instead, a company should focus on fostering a culture of excellence. Excellent customer service flows naturally from a corporate commitment to […]

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Election Day – Using Social Media Campaign Methods to Enhance Learning Programs

Election Day – Using Social Media Campaign Methods to Enhance Learning Programs Many of you, much like myself are incredibly tired of the election build-up. I have heard countless friends’ and strangers’ state that they cannot wait for November 8th, just because we can finally be free of these intrusive campaign approaches. Well, I’m here […]

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Baseball and your Learning Organization

Baseball and your Learning Organization As an admitted Cleveland Indians fan and gracious World Series loser, I thought long and hard about how I could somehow link America’s Pastime to this unique blog. I could talk about learning techniques utilized in the past seven games and why players were less intimidated by pitches they encountered […]

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Aligning Learning Needs with Business Process

Aligning Learning Needs with Business Process It appears that the work of a learning professional is never done. In order to establish an effective learning program, there must be a great consideration for the future needs of the day to day business, and the workforce themselves. One cannot simply establish a program and walk away stating that it is as perfect as it will always be and there is nothing more we can […]

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Mad Skills – The Skill-Centric Approach

Mad Skills – The Skill-Centric Approach In the marketplace, you will find that there is a wide variety of people who are fulfilling the same role; however, at the end of the day, not everyone is capable of the same outcome. At least, not now, in their current point of training. In a skill-centric program, […]

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The Ultimate Benefit of Learning Management Systems

The Ultimate Benefit of Learning Management Systems The Benefits of a Learning Management System (LMS) are quite wide and can contain everything from basic functionality to cool recently implemented features. For the sake of this post, I will evaluate the barebones of the LMS and relay the immediate finding of what these systems are not […]

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The Power of Free Learnings – Non-SCORM Content

The Power of Free Learnings – Non-SCORM Content In the modern world, we have access to a wide-variety of free content. There are devoted websites that provide free E-Learnings and there is even a virtual Galaxy full of compliance offerings and operational tutorials on video hosting sites such as YouTube. When evaluating your learning program, […]

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Training Manager Frustrations: The Customer Service Solution

Training Manager Frustrations: The Customer Service Solution A post written by Debbie Weltmer Everyone wants to receive good customer service and every company would like to think they offer acceptable to great customer service. Yet we all have horror stories of disappointing service we’ve experienced. Online rants and YouTube videos of abysmal service are shared […]

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What Business Application Training Accomplishes

What Business Application Training Accomplishes In corporate training programs, often the focus is strictly on compliance. It seems that not everyone is hip to the idea that there is indeed a utilization that can improve their personnel’s’ capabilities in competitively selected industries. Well, I am here to tell you that there indeed is. In modern […]

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Connecting the dots: What Corporate Training Can Learn from Formal Education

Connecting the dots: What Corporate Training Can Learn from Formal Education When we reach our breaking point or time where we decide that we are officially done with our formal education, we often immediately disregard the skillset that made us so successful in school. This is mainly because life in the office-place is very different […]

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The Disruptive Approach to the Learning Industry

The Disruptive Approach to the Learning Industry Not too long ago, all the rage in our industry was shifting focus to the disruptive business model. Whenever there is a long-standing construct, it seems that someone comes out of nowhere and flips the model on its head. We see it all the time in this modern […]

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Learning and Development: The Presidential Debate Edition

Learning and Development: The Presidential Debate Edition Disclaimer: I shall start this post by stating that the internal views of this article are that of the blogger himself and not Gyrus Systems as an entity. However, with that in mind; some things are sacred, and I will not be announcing any sort of partisanship or […]

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xAPI – What it can mean for your learning Program

xAPI – What it can mean for your learning Program In the Learning and Development industry a very buzzworthy topic is xAPI (xAPI is also known as Tin Can API or the Experience API in case you have heard or read additional posts elsewhere, it will herein be referred to solely as xAPI within this […]

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Open Badges – What you need to know

Open Badges – What you need to know With gamification being such a buzzworthy topic and so many successful manners in which to implement into your program, it is hard to decide what the best manner is. Ideally, the solution that offers the greatest intrinsic motivation for your learners would be the ideal provision of […]

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Getting the Most out of your Social Learning Program

Getting the Most out of your Social Learning Program Undoubtedly, you have heard it before. Statements like, “how do we make our learning program work for us?” or “let’s get social with our learning plan.” But, how do you get your learning program up to speed? With so many social elements making their way into […]

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Fostering User Adoption in your Learning Program

Fostering User Adoption in your Learning Program As you transition from your outdated Learning Management System (LMS) to your new GyrusAim v16.1.0.4 application it is important to keep in mind your users’ perception of the change. Successful implementations hinge on how well the user base accepts the new program and what is has to offer. […]

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Fun Compliance Training – A Real Phrase

Fun Compliance Training – A Real Phrase

Fun Compliance Training – A Real Phrase In life, there are few certainties, one in particular which you will be exposed and subjected to is compliance training. It is not everyone’s favorite and with good reason. Compliance training as we know it is meant to be a boring and highly regimented experience. But as many […]

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The Role of Coaching in your Learning and Development Program

Coaching in your Learning and Development Program

The Role of Coaching in your Learning and Development Program As summer winds down, and the intense heat we have been experiencing here in Virginia starts to subside, it can only mean one thing. For those of you who do not know where I am going with this, it is finally here! The full gauntlet […]

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How to Persuade your Boss to Invest in an LMS

How to Persuade your Boss to Invest in an LMS

How to Persuade your Boss to Invest in an LMS Your learning program has been managing itself for years, or at least that’s what your boss thinks. But you know the dark secret that is lurking barely below the surface. You spend a ridiculous amount of time organizing and determining methods of learning dispersal among […]

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Skill and Competency

Mad Skills – The Skill-Centric Approach

Mad Skills – The Skill-Centric Approach In the marketplace, you will find that there is a wide variety of people who are fulfilling the same role; however, at the end of the day, not everyone is capable of the same outcome. At least, not now, in their current point of training. In a skill-centric program, […]

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What Business Application Training Accomplishes

What Business Application Training Accomplishes In corporate training programs, often the focus is strictly on compliance. It seems that not everyone is hip to the idea that there is indeed a utilization that can improve their personnel’s’ capabilities in competitively selected industries. Well, I am here to tell you that there indeed is. In modern […]

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How We Learn - Capitalize On Knowing

How We Learn – Capitalize On Knowing

How We Learn – Capitalize On Knowing Before I start, it is best to issue a few disclaimers: I am not a neuroscientist; this blog post is not written with appropriate scientific method. This post is written based on my personal understanding and could reflect deficiencies experienced in my own personal learning process. To begin […]

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The Difference between Training and Development.

The words training and development are mostly used together in the corporate world and are seen as activities focused on improving the knowledge, performance and productivity of the employees.  However, there is a distinct difference between their meanings and implications, which are often overlooked by a majority of professionals. Training programs are organized by the […]

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Why You Should Be Investing in Employee Development?

Employee Development is often seen as an optional requirement by organizations and they tend to neglect it without realizing its real potential. On the other side, employees are always eager to learn and develop and look forward to organization’s support and commitment towards employee development practices. Employee Development is equally or more beneficial for the […]

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Industry

The Truth Behind Skills Gap

The skills gap is widening across many industries and organizations are struggling to find people with right skills set despite the availability of a large pool of candidates. Let's understand the truth behind skills gap through our infographic.

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Oops, that hurt… The LMS and Workplace Safety

I chopped a finger off, well okay, just the last ½” of it at the lunula, about two weeks before I started my job with Gyrus Systems in a new industry for me: Learning Management. I was using my 31-ton hydraulic wood splitter on a cold, wet, and too dark of a December day with a frisky […]

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GyrusAim r15.1 LMS and Title 21 CFR Part 11

Release 15.1 of the GyrusAim Learning Management System (LMS) is now available and includes technical controls for the FDA's Title 21 CFR Part 11 compliance for both open and closed systems.  This is good news for FDA-regulated industries such as pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers, biotech, and other such businesses because training records are more […]

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Ensuring 21 CFR Compliance with GyrusAim LMS

Technology has so greatly improved the ability to track and verify training records and certifications via digital signatures that physical records and handwritten signatures are rare in today’s business environment.  To define the trustworthiness of such electronic signatures the FDA created Title 21 of the Code of Federal Regulations Part 11 which sets the standards and […]

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Training: The Key to Manufacturing Workforce Development Success

Manufacturing contributes $2.09 trillion to the U.S. economy and supports about 17.6 million jobs as it continually grows and changes. (NAM) In this dynamic environment, improving both employee competency and training processes are major challenges.  In such a large industry, employees are often distributed, because many manufacturing companies utilize multiple shifts, buildings and facilities.  Properly using a learning management system not only provides on-demand […]

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Gyrus Systems

Gamification, Badges, Levels, or Leaderboards

Gamification – Badges, Levels, or Leaderboards?

Gamification – Badges, Levels, or Leaderboards? Gamification is a buzzword you have undoubtedly encountered. The novel concept of taking something that is intrinsically fun and forming it around a learning exercise is an incredible notion that really invigorates the field of corporate learning and development. But anything new tends to lead to a lot of […]

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Surprisingly Cool Things You Can Do with an LMS

Surprisingly Cool Things You Can Do with an LMS Not all Learning Management Systems are created equally. In fact, you would be hard pressed to identify matching features across the entirety of the industry. So instead of "Surprisingly Cool Things You Can Do with an LMS" this article may be more aptly titled, "Things You […]

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Six Things I Learned From Our Visitors Part II

Six Things I learned From Our Visitors Part II

Six Things I Learned From Our Visitors Part II How to overcome challenges experienced by LMS users from ATD 2016 In my previous post “Six Things I Learned From Our Visitors” I delved shortly into the gloomy cloud of sadness that engulfs the perception of the entire LMS industry. In particular, I highlighted six statements […]

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My Mom and Customer Support

I spoke with my Mom last night.  During our weekly conversations she enjoys reviewing the week, both the good and the bad.  This call was all about a recent customer support experience she had with her utility company.  I settled into a comfortable chair and donned my headset because I work with customers at Gyrus […]

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Show Me the Release Notes!

I occasionally help out with RFPs. A common question is to provide a release or upgrade history (Release Notes) of our GyrusAim LMS that shows its revisions over time. Access to such a document is very important for prospects prior to signing a contract.  An ongoing history of software releases provided by an LMS vendor proves that they invest […]

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Learning Content

xAPI – What it can mean for your learning Program

xAPI – What it can mean for your learning Program In the Learning and Development industry a very buzzworthy topic is xAPI (xAPI is also known as Tin Can API or the Experience API in case you have heard or read additional posts elsewhere, it will herein be referred to solely as xAPI within this […]

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The Future of the LMS

The Future of the LMS

The Future of the LMS – Where Are We Going? Throughout the course of history, some very brilliant minds have endeavored the obscure task of forecasting the future of technology. As we embark hundreds of years down the road from some of these grand musings and green field possibilities, it is important to look back […]

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The Concept of Microlearning

The Concept of Microlearning

The Concept of Microlearning At Gyrus, we believe it is our duty to identify, discuss, and communicate our thoughts on upcoming industry trends. Today, we will evaluate microlearning and the potential it carries in reference to bolstering a learning program. To start the microlearning discussion we must first define what it is. Microlearning is a […]

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Successful E-Learning – A Roadmap

Successful E-Learning – A Roadmap

Successful E-Learning – A Roadmap As we become increasingly dependent on our technology, it only makes sense that it teach us as well. Elearnings as a whole are very attractive, as they offer an inexpensive alternative to classroom training. However, their effectiveness is often debated in the educational software community, as not all eLearnings are […]

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How We Learn - Capitalize On Knowing

How We Learn – Capitalize On Knowing

How We Learn – Capitalize On Knowing Before I start, it is best to issue a few disclaimers: I am not a neuroscientist; this blog post is not written with appropriate scientific method. This post is written based on my personal understanding and could reflect deficiencies experienced in my own personal learning process. To begin […]

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Training and Development

When Selecting an LMS – Small Company vs. Big Corporation?

When Selecting an LMS – Small Company vs Big Corporation? ‘Think Big!’  Many of us are familiar with the saying…Big car, big house, big salary, just BIG. So it doesn’t come as a surprise when it’s time to choose a company/vendor to satisfy our needs, bigger is better. In this day and age many decisions […]

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Making your Implementation Execution as Successful as Hamilton: An American Musical

Making your Implementation Execution as Successful as Hamilton: An American Musical Blog #2 Customer Service Excellence during Implementation In my last article I shared how providing good customer service should never be your goal. Instead, a company should focus on fostering a culture of excellence. Excellent customer service flows naturally from a corporate commitment to […]

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Baseball and your Learning Organization

Baseball and your Learning Organization As an admitted Cleveland Indians fan and gracious World Series loser, I thought long and hard about how I could somehow link America’s Pastime to this unique blog. I could talk about learning techniques utilized in the past seven games and why players were less intimidated by pitches they encountered […]

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The Ultimate Benefit of Learning Management Systems

The Ultimate Benefit of Learning Management Systems The Benefits of a Learning Management System (LMS) are quite wide and can contain everything from basic functionality to cool recently implemented features. For the sake of this post, I will evaluate the barebones of the LMS and relay the immediate finding of what these systems are not […]

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Connecting the dots: What Corporate Training Can Learn from Formal Education

Connecting the dots: What Corporate Training Can Learn from Formal Education When we reach our breaking point or time where we decide that we are officially done with our formal education, we often immediately disregard the skillset that made us so successful in school. This is mainly because life in the office-place is very different […]

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Project Management

When Selecting an LMS – Small Company vs. Big Corporation?

When Selecting an LMS – Small Company vs Big Corporation? ‘Think Big!’  Many of us are familiar with the saying…Big car, big house, big salary, just BIG. So it doesn’t come as a surprise when it’s time to choose a company/vendor to satisfy our needs, bigger is better. In this day and age many decisions […]

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Making your Implementation Execution as Successful as Hamilton: An American Musical

Making your Implementation Execution as Successful as Hamilton: An American Musical Blog #2 Customer Service Excellence during Implementation In my last article I shared how providing good customer service should never be your goal. Instead, a company should focus on fostering a culture of excellence. Excellent customer service flows naturally from a corporate commitment to […]

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Training Manager Frustrations: The Customer Service Solution

Training Manager Frustrations: The Customer Service Solution A post written by Debbie Weltmer Everyone wants to receive good customer service and every company would like to think they offer acceptable to great customer service. Yet we all have horror stories of disappointing service we’ve experienced. Online rants and YouTube videos of abysmal service are shared […]

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What Business Application Training Accomplishes

What Business Application Training Accomplishes In corporate training programs, often the focus is strictly on compliance. It seems that not everyone is hip to the idea that there is indeed a utilization that can improve their personnel’s’ capabilities in competitively selected industries. Well, I am here to tell you that there indeed is. In modern […]

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The Disruptive Approach to the Learning Industry

The Disruptive Approach to the Learning Industry Not too long ago, all the rage in our industry was shifting focus to the disruptive business model. Whenever there is a long-standing construct, it seems that someone comes out of nowhere and flips the model on its head. We see it all the time in this modern […]

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