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L&D Meets the Cosmo Quiz: Grovo’s Friday Roundup

Written by Lenny DeFranco

Some forward-thinking organizations are moving L&D into decidedly Cosmo quiz territory. “Some companies are now beginning to incorporate tailored models based on personality types into their L&D strategies,” writes Chloe Taylor at HC Online. The four learning personality types they’ve identified are the Directive Driver, Contemplative Advisor, Adaptive Coach, and Consultative Counsellor. (I want to be whichever one Toby is.) Kudos to these companies for taking an innovative approach to delivering meaningful training.

Omanis crave learning and development. The Times of Oman recently reported that learning is the primary driver of employee satisfaction. In an employee survey asking employees about what gave them job satisfaction, the top result was “learning and personal growth,” with 87% of respondents judging this as the most important factor. Additionally, nearly half of Omani employees (46%) indicated that they are not happy with the current training they receive at work.

The US Office of Educational Technology releases a guide for ed-tech developers. No sooner does Rand Paul announce his presidential candidacy than the government tells us how to do our jobs. Just kidding—what they actually offered is a helpful resource for developers of K–12 educational technology.

This guide…will help you [the ed-tech developer] consider questions affecting design and logistics: Do teachers have the training to use your app in the right way? How do privacy and accessibility laws intersect with the features you want to include? Who makes the decision to purchase your tool, and how long does purchasing take? Can your app be equally effective at school and home?

These are essential questions for any educational technology company to answer. We applaud the US DoE for taking an active stand to push innovative learning forward. Thanks Arne! If you ever stop by Grovo, we have a basketball hoop.

E-learning gets a shout out in Dhaka, Bangladesh. An article in the Bangladeshi Financial Express touts the value of “virtual learning” in business. “Online learning can be easily incorporated into day-to-day responsibilities. Organisations can reach employees across geographies and time zones quickly and effectively” Preach.

Swedish company acquires South African learning company, contributes to global e-learning lovefest. The acquisition of learning companies didn’t stop with LinkedIn’s much buzzed-about purchase of Lynda.com this week. (Congrats to you both!) Sweden’s BTS Group AB, a strategy consulting firm headquartered in Stockholm, bought South African learning company AVO Vision. The acquisition gives BTS a presence across Africa. The company will retain the highly recognized AVO Vision brand.

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