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Thursday, November 02, 2017

New digital tools are here to disrupt corporate learning – and here’s how you can get in on it | Business Insider

"SmartUp co-founder and CEO Frank Meehan says the smartphone has changed the way employees want to undergo corporate training and development" reports Sujin Thomas, Business Insider Singapore.

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If you’re tired of subjecting yourself to classroom environments in order to attend courses on corporate development and training, you’re not alone.

Even online course platforms which you have to log into are often considered a drag, purely because of the time you need to dedicate to get through them.

This is why new knowledge-sharing platforms such as SmartUp, Lesson.ly, Grovo and EdCast are looking to disrupt the way employees learn by studying how people interact with content.

The biggest game-changer has been the smartphone, and people now want micro-learning as well as content that is interactive and gamified, said CEO and co-founder of SmartUp Frank Meehan.
In an interview with Business Insider, Meehan said: “Coursera and traditional learning platforms aren’t like that. SmartUp is built for the reality of learning today, not yesterday. It’s not long videos, where you have to log on at a certain time like Coursera.”

Photo: SmartUp co-founder and CEO Frank Meehan

The way platforms like SmartUp work is that it creates private communities, accessed through a mobile app, which are tailored by corporate entities to carry out onboarding programmes, leadership development and compliance training, among others.

These organisations can choose to create open channels of content to all employees or limit them to close channels, only accessible by certain groups.

For SmartUp, the content it carries is structured into “bite-sized” cards that can be text, an image, a video, a quiz or a poll – which can not only be consumed at a pace that works for an individual, but is also non-threatening to older employees.

The UK-based startup that began in 2015 now has offices in Silicon Valley and Europe among other territories.

Its Singapore office opened this year and has already snagged notable clients such as DBS Bank, Aviva, Hong Leong Bank, the Singapore Management University and the Institute of Banking & Finance, to name a few.
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Source: Business Insider 


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