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News: Torch LMS Wins Big in 2014!

We are excited to announce that Torch LMS won three awards this month! […]

Cloud Based LMS: The Cloud is More Secure

Software as a Service (SaaS) is still relatively new for many organizations. One of the concerns that frequently comes up for potential buyers of SaaS or "cloud" products is the issue of security. Earlier this week, I hear a guy from Deloitte speak about SaaS. One of the points he addressed was security. He said virtually every data breach over the past 10 years has been on information systems is installed (on-premises) systems—and not on SaaS systems. I looked into this further, and there are plenty of data breach websites that support this conclusion (e.g., http://www.infosecurityanalysis.com/). The most recent example was when Home Depot's consumer site was breached. […]

Learning Management Systems: Choosing an LMS Infographic

Posted on March 21, 2014 By Jake White

There are many learning management systems to choose from, so it is easy to end up with buyers remorse. Avoid the pitfalls of choosing the wrong LMS. Check out our new infographic below or CLICK HERE to view it. […]

Torch LMS Wins Best Advance in Learning Management Technology Award

Torch Learning Management System (LMS)  won a coveted Brandon Hall Group gold award for excellence in the Best AdvaGoldin Learning Management Technology for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses category. Torch LMS’s win was announced on January 10th, 2014. The winners are listed at http://go.brandonhall.com/Excellence_Awards_Home. […]

Learning & Development: Social Learning

Did you know that we no longer know how to get to the moon? Really. NASA no longer has engineers who fully understand how we accomplished the moon landing. During the space race of the 1950s and 1960s, the fast pace of progress led to poor documentation about engineering that landed men on the moon. Now, with the prospect of revisiting the moon, NASA must reverse-engineer old parts from the Apollos program to figure out how to do it again. […]

Training Tools: Indispensable Classroom Training Tools

Posted on April 03, 2013 By Jake White

Great instructor-led training requires participant attention and engagement. Over the years, I have found three classroom training tools that I consider to be indispensable. Each of these tools significantly increases learner engagement. I. Audience Response Technology There are a number of good audience response tools out there. My preferred solution is TurningPoint response cards, by Turning Technologies. Response cards allow the instructor to measure learning throughout training session. Trainers can display questions, surveys, opinion polls and games that allow everyone in the audience to select a response via their wireless response card keypads and transmit and display the data immediately into the presentation slide. You can even have competitions, including team competitions with points. There are many advantages to using this tool: Participants are actively engaged in the training material, which increases knowledge retention. Trainers can conduct on-the-fly polls at any point during the training session; this can give feedback to the instructor about how well the learners are processing the course information. Trainers can run reports with the test/survey data—thus measuring learning with virtually no data entry outside of the training event. I like TurningPoint because your company can download the PowerPoint plug-in for multiple users without additional cost. So you are essentially just paying for the response cards that can be used by more than one trainer without extra costs. Response cards provide a fun and interactive way to engage learners while also giving trainers a tool to measure level 1 (response to the training) and level 2 (knowledge learned) training data (i.e., level 1 & 2 of the Kirkpatrick ROI model). II. Movie clips: I am a huge movie buff, so I love using movie clips as illustrations in instructor-led training sessions. One of the problems with using movies clips, however, is that you need to get permission to use the clips. Here are a few simple steps to effectively, and legally, use movie clips in your training sessions. Contact the Motion Picture Licensing Corporation 800-462-8855 MPLP.com; get a license for the movie (or an “umbrella license” for many movies). If you want to download a YouTube clip to show, you can use this YouTube downloader: savemedia.com To learn about ways you can use movies in training, take a look at Becky Pike Pluth  book on this topic: "101 Movie  Clips that Teach and Train."  See also Mark S. Carley's July 1999 article in Training & Development magazine, "Training Goes to the Movies." Use a video editing tool like iMovie or Windows Live Movie Maker to make the clip start/end where you want it, or to convert a clip into a wmv format so you can embed it in a PowerPoint slide. I recommend spending enough time to set up with clip with appropriate context, and also give learners something to look for in the clip. Leave yourself enough time to debrief after the clip. […]

Events: Upcoming Webinar - Trends in Learning Technology - Torch LMS

Upcoming Webinar: Trends in Learning Technology, by Torch LMS. Come join us for a live complimentary webinar this Friday, November 30th, 2012 at 11 am (1 pm ET/10am PST) to learn about "Trends in Learning Technology" by going to http://torchlms.com/live/ […]

Employee Training: Strategic Tuition Reimbursement

  While there are many potential benefits of tuition assistance programs (or TAPs), the challenge for business leaders is to manage investments in employee education in a way that maximizes returns--both for the employer and the employee. Not only does a TAP need to encourage the development of specific skills in your workforce, but it also needs to empower employees to pursue their educational goals. […]

Business (and Learning) is Social

We recently attended the Salesforce.com user conference—Dreamforce—in San Francisco. It was an enlightening event. Salesforce CEO, Marc Benioff, gave an excellent keynote called, "Business is Social." He highlighted the technology-based "social revolution" that is taking place in business. He included many case studies of Salesforce customers who are leading the way in this social revolution. For example, I found it fascinating that GE is bringing social media to machines! Humans being social with machines and machines being social with each other. These interactions are hard to imagine, but just think about how you use Siri on an iPhone today, now take that up a couple of notches. Tell your car where you want to go, take a picture of a house with your phone and get a loan approved in seconds, or even a pilot instant messaging with an aircraft engine. That is where it is going! […]

News: Torch LMS Joins Better Business Bureau

We recently joined the Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Utah. We value the idea of businesses being held accountable in the marketplace for the quality of their products and services. The BBB rates businesses on some criteria that help consumers find credible and reliable businesses. They have a simple letter grade rating system. Prometheus Development received an A- rating. Why the minus? Apparently, businesses that are relatively young get marked down. Our company is just two years old. So we were pleased with the rating and look forward to getting that up to an A+ in the months ahead. […]