LinkedIn’s feed is boring and could be improved by toning down promos and likes, and introducing an easy model (User-System-Content) for evaluating recommender systems in general. Like 40% of LinkedIn users, I’m on it every day. LinkedIn has a monopoly on public CVs which are useful for lots of reasons. And many of the articles are interesting. But the rest – epitomised by the activity feed – is dull. No wonder LinkedIn is one of the least sticky social media sites.
The system supporting skills and careers development is inept and that costs the world trillions. But the future for learning is bright: higher quality, justified, data-driven, technology-enabled, culturally embedded, more of it. That future arrives sooner with useful, relevant, high-quality, fresh, intelligent learning recommendations.
Research we conducted last year showed that inadequate training leads to skills gaps, reducing company profitability and wider economic growth. Over 2,000 UK workers contributed to that research. 60% claimed they need key workplace skills to perform in their jobs successfully, however only 25% received training on the skills they need. 41% never received any form of training from their employers at all. 85% admitted there is no compulsory training offered at work. (Source: UK workforce 2015: skills gaps and training habits - Filtered).
Topics: Learning & Development
It has been a very busy and rewarding start to the month for Filtered. We first attended Learning Technologies (Olympia, London), where we showcased our personalized approach to learning and ran a seminar on today's learners with benchmarking agency Towards Maturity. We then attended the Learning Awards (The Dorchester, London), where - all suited and booted - we were announced double-award winners (read the press release).
Change is in the air.
There's enormous - maybe unprecedented - change in L&D right now. It stands to reason: cloud services on the ascendancy as technology including bandwidth improvements and 4G; SCORM-constrained LMSs on the descendence; a growing (now near total) consensus that learning must be embedded in work; an awareness of and desire for the vast, mesmerising technology we all experience and enjoy as consumers.
Headspace, the meditation and mindfulness startup, raised $34m funding last month from a range of venture capitalists, business bigwigs and even hollywood celebrities. The app now has 3 million users in over 150 countries and is symptomatic of a rise in the popularity of activities intended to bring some calm to the data-laden modern mind.
With the General Election just round the corner, last week’s Budget gave us an important insight into the Government’s priorities. For SMEs there was quite a lot to be enthusiastic about. But more should be planned for upskilling the UK workforce.
Love // axes // examples // decisions
I use 2x2 matrices a lot when I’m struggling with a problem, concept etc. Super simple, super effective. I love it. The 2x2 happens to be very much in line with Filtered’s philosophy of maximising impact through minimising volume. But this isn’t about Filtered, this is about the 2x2.
We offer online training in a range of disciplines from Excel to Web Design to DIY. Our unique selling point is that we take a number of measures to reduce the required body of learning for the user, thereby increasing the level of engagement, completion rates and such. Last year we decided to build a new platform (from which you read this blog) and so we began the search for a new brand and url to somehow capture what we do in a marketable and classy way.