What a 2014 it was for us here at the nerve center of Grovo HQ. In between microing all of your lessons and narrowing all your skills gaps, we’ve squeezed in a lot of fun here at Grovo. It was an eventful year for everyone, and indisputably the biggest to-date in the company’s history. Along the way, we had fun, bonded, and grew as a staff of people. Here are a few cultural highlights from 2014.
As a cloud-based service with a growing user base, Grovo takes our users’ experiences, and especially their security, extremely seriously. Over the past week, we’ve rolled out a number of security and service upgrades that will make Grovo a safer and more responsive product.
Most companies understand the need for skills training. In 2014, U.S. companies spent $70 billion on corporate training, a stunning 15% increase from a year prior. Globally, $130 billion is spent on corporate training every year. As we at Grovo know well, the digital skills gap is an enormous sap on productivity in the workplace, and addressing it is in every company’s best interest. Based on the numbers, it seems like most organizations recognize the necessity of solving it.
Grovo recently presented at TechKnowledge, hosted by ATD, where we discussed the digital skills gap, and how microlearning is a viable solution. See the presentation slides below!
In his sixth State of the Union address, President Obama laid out the foundations of “a bold new plan to lower the cost of community college — to zero.”
More specifically, “America’s College Promise” is a proposal to fully subsidize community college tuition for for students who maintain a 2.5 GPA and attend at least half time. About 9 million students would benefit from the program annually, which would cost federal and state governments together about $60 billion over 10 years.
Posted in Current Events
Three major developments in tech are poised to redefine the way we do business in 2015. Worker productivity will grow, businesses will save money, and life will be easier for everyone. Prepare your employees for success in the new year by equipping them to take full advantage of these three emerging strategic trends.
This week, Grovo Sapiens converged on Las Vegas to drop some knowledge on Techknowledge 2015, a gathering of our tech learning brethren. It was a great event from top to bottom; we had a fantastic time exploring the conference and were very excited by the energy of those who stopped by our booth and met Grovo for the first time.
By the time the ball has dropped and the confetti has settled on New Year’s Eve, most people have already given up on their resolutions. With the help of technology, however, you can overcome the hurdles and funnel your good intentions into action. Don’t give up just yet! Here are some of the most common commitments made around this time of year and the new mobile tools that will help you achieve them.
Posted in Tech
As work qualifications go, diplomas leave a lot to be desired. Most graduates leave their learning institutions with a piece of paper that says precisely one statement about their education: that it was completed. Aside from specifying a college major, perhaps, there is little in these certifications that attest to the graduate having a particular set of skills, let alone the digital skills that are going to help get them hired.
Posted in Competency-Based Training
Just like the guitar did for the word “distortion” and James Dean did for the word “rebellion,” the tech industry in the early days of Web 2.0 managed to pull a turnabout on a once-maligned term, making it not only cool, but a mode of being. “Disruption” debuted as a business term of art in a 1995 Harvard Business Review article, which itself built off the earlier work of McKinsey consultant Dick Foster in the 1980s. The term took off at a moment when a lot of genuine disruption (in the modern sense) had been going on. It pointed a brave way forward through the ruins of a world being driven by the Internet.
Posted in Business Profiles
A new enthusiasm is growing for an old concept in education. Rapid changes in the pace of change have called into question the traditional model of education, and raised the hope that a new norm could take over. Competency-based training could be that solution.
Competency-based training is a program of study with clearly defined objectives, of which every student must demonstrate mastery in order to qualify for course completion. It differs from the traditional model of schooling — known as the cohort model, referring to the body of students who attend school together — primarily in awarding not inputs, but results. A credit hour system rewards students for spending time learning, and then separately grades how well they perform on assessments. In competency-based training, there is no divide between assessment and course completion: subject proficiency is the minimum requirement.
Spreadsheets applications are the most important software in the history of personal computing. It was Apple’s VisiCalc and Lotus 123 that first convinced businesses to embrace personal computing in the 1980s, a revolution in functionality that put desktops in front of millions of professionals for the first time and flooding the young tech industry with the full financial backing of global commerce. Today, spreadsheets remain among the most widely-used digital tools in the world. The vast majority of the globe’s finances are likely tracked on Microsoft Excel, the current standard of spreadsheet software.
Posted in Software
Many schools recognize that they need to integrate digital skills training into their curricula, but most are not doing it as well as they would like. We believe this is mostly because they’re not approaching it the right way. Namely, the problem is that they’re trying to put it into the curriculum at all.
Instead, they should take a model at what they’re extremely successful at teaching. They’re good at it because it is the single most important skill a graduate can learn: the ability to read. It was for this that traditional schooling has been purpose-built.
Posted in K12
For about the last thirty years, personal technology’s evolution has been the story of ever-simplifying user interfaces sitting atop ever-growing computing power. There was once a time when every computer user had to type specific instructions into a command prompt simply to run an application. Today, interfaces are intuitive enough for people who have never touched a computer before to use them. And that’s great — technology’s focus on easing usability has hugely spread its reach. It’s also masked the profundity of the digital transformations taking place right under our noses.
Posted in Internet Trends
Keeping your team current with digital skills is essential to the success of any manager. Staying ahead of the technological curve, in our era of rapid change, is a crucial evolution without which no team can succeed.
The challenge arises in finding the right type of skills development. Not all training solutions are equal, because not all empower learners to the same degree. When learners aren’t in charge of their education, their manager is.
We have a word for the kind of system in which managers accept the responsibility for their subordinates’ knowledge growth: school. You, unless you’re a teacher, are not interested in running a school.
Most managers need a program whereby skills training can keep pace with technological change, but is owned by the learners. The challenge, in other words, is finding a training solution that allows accountability to sit squarely with the learner.
Posted in Microlearning