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Nick Howe

Nick Howe
Nick Howe is an award winning Chief Learning Officer and business leader. He is the Chief Learning Officer at Area9 Lyceum, the global leader in micro-adaptive learning technology, a strategic advisor to the Institute of Simulation and Training at the University of Central Florida, and board advisor to multiple EdTech startups. For twelve years Nick was the Chief Learning Officer at Hitachi Data Systems where he built and led the corporate university and online communities serving over 50,000 employees, resellers and customers. With over 25 years’ global sales, sales enablement, delivery and consulting experience with Hitachi, EDS Corporation and Bechtel Inc., Nick is passionate about the transformation of customer experiences, partner relationships and employee performance through learning and collaboration.
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Pt 2. Incorporating “Refresh” into Your Learning Ecosystem: Ensuring that Knowledge Learned Is Knowledge Retained

Posted by Nick Howe on Oct 9, 2019 7:15:00 AM

The traditional assumption that completing a course generates knowledge and skills that are retained long-term and can be built upon is flawed. The majority of what is studied never makes the transition to long-term memory. Building and maintaining proficiency over time requires “refreshing” by revisiting the material in targeted ways.

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Topics: Adaptive Learning, Unconscious Incompetence, Refresh

Pt 1.“Refresh” As an Adaptive Learning Strategy: Gauging What Learners Learn—and How Much They Forget

Posted by Nick Howe on Sep 27, 2019 6:57:00 AM

 

Even the best instructional strategy will fail if it ignores one basic fact: humans are really good at forgetting things. Good news: reinforcement through deliberate practice solves this problem, and adaptive learning does this automatically.

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Topics: Adaptive Learning, Unconscious Incompetence

Adaptive Learning: Paying the “Technical Debt” of Ineffective L&D

Posted by Nick Howe on Aug 5, 2019 4:36:00 PM

 

A focus on quick fixes results in learning and development (L&D) “technical debt” that is too great for companies to bear today, given greater demands to build proficiencies throughout their workforce. By understanding what cutting-edge adaptive learning looks like, companies can take the first step toward paying down technical debt and improving L&D with a truly personalized approach.

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Topics: Adaptive Learning, 4th Industrial Revolution, Reskilling

Leveling the Playing Field with Adaptive Learning to Reskill Workers

Posted by Nick Howe on Jul 25, 2019 8:18:39 AM

 

To level the playing field of future job opportunities, all workers must be reskilled to meet the ever-increasing demands of the technology-enabled workplace. This requires the “rulebook” for learning to be rewritten, no longer assuming a distribution curve in performance, but rather seeing everyone as capable of achieving proficiency and mastery, provided they are given the targeted support and time they need.

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Topics: Adaptive Learning, 4th Industrial Revolution, Reskilling

Rethinking Recruitment: Why Retraining Is the Answer to the Skills Shortage

Posted by Nick Howe on Jul 16, 2019 9:07:00 AM

 

New talent development approaches are driving the thinking around hiring vs. retraining to respond to rapidly evolving technology, a global skills shortage, and the cost of continuously hiring new talent. As employers grapple with their talent demands, a conversation around reskilling must occur among managers, corporate leaders, HR, and chief learning officers (CLOs).

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Topics: Adaptive Learning, Corporate E-Learning, 4th Industrial Revolution, Reskilling

Is Data Privacy Compatible with Adaptive Learning in the Finance Industry?

Posted by Nick Howe on Mar 18, 2019 9:00:00 AM

One of the many benefits of using an adaptive learning platform is the amount of data generated to personalize learners’ experiences, based on what they have already mastered and where they need reinforcement. While the depth and granularity of such data are typically viewed positively for effective corporate learning and development (L&D), in some instances it could be perceived as problematic.

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Topics: Corporate E-Learning

The ‘Netflixization’ of Corporate e-Learning: Good or Bad Idea?

Posted by Nick Howe on Mar 13, 2019 9:00:00 AM

The “Netflixization” of corporate e-learning – the explosion of video-based content and microlearning, combined with ratings and recommendations – has received a lot of attention lately. Is it a step forward for corporate learning, or is it a distraction?

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Topics: Corporate E-Learning

CLO Strategy: Earn a Seat at the Table Part II - Measurement

Posted by Nick Howe on Mar 7, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Pursuing the ‘Holy Grail’ of Metrics and Measurement in Corporate e-Learning

For chief learning officers (CLOs), the Holy Grail of learning and development (L&D) is driving behavioral change aligned with business strategy. Key to this quest is obtaining evidence that L&D actions are making a difference; ideally, “leading indicators” of behavioral change, for example that interventions are actually helping people learn.

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Topics: Corporate E-Learning

CLO Strategy: Earn a Seat at the Table (part I)

Posted by Nick Howe on Feb 20, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Meeting the Needs of “New-Collar” Workers with Corporate e-Learning Strategies.

Traditional corporate training, a $100 billion market in the U.S. alone, is long overdue an overhaul. Time and again, costly programs have failed to change behavior among people and within organizations to produce better business outcomes. With training yielding such a low return on investment (ROI), corporate learning and development (L&D) in general and corporate e-learning in particular are in dire need of revamping—and that is putting more attention on chief learning officers (CLOs).

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Topics: Corporate E-Learning

Reinventing Corporate E-Learning

Posted by Nick Howe on Jan 21, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Corporate e-learning has deep roots, arguably dating back to the very first modern “distance education course” developed by Isaac Pitman in the mid-1840s. Pittman sent his correspondence-course students shorthand texts transcribed onto postcards and received transcriptions back from them to be graded. Feedback was a crucial element.

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Topics: Corporate E-Learning