Area9 Lyceum Blog

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

Learning As the Cornerstone of the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Posted by Dr. Khurram Jamil, President - Strategic Initiatives on Jul 8, 2019 6:52:00 AM


The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) offer a bold vision: addressing some of the most pressing challenges in the world today. As each goal is pursued, we must consider the impact of learning and education for all, from workers who need to be retrained to children for whom equality in education is the gateway to a better life.

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Topics: News & PR, Adaptive Learning, Corporate E-Learning, K-12, 4th Industrial Revolution

Simulators and Adaptive Learning: A Blended Solution for Aviation and High-Stakes Training

Posted by Ulrik Juul Christensen, M.D. and Nick J. Howe on Jun 10, 2019 12:19:01 PM

A pilot in command of a commercial airliner confronts the unexpected, such as a sudden mechanical failure requiring a system override or another aircraft in the same airspace. Immediately, the pilot and co-pilot must make critical decisions and take action.

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Topics: Adaptive Learning, 4th Industrial Revolution, Blended Learning

Open sourcing the “Flow” Language: The Advantage for Computer Programmers

Posted by Asger Alstrup Palm, Chief Technology Officer, Area9 Group on May 30, 2019 9:04:25 AM

We recently open sourced "Flow", a functional programming language developed by Area9 to solve many of the challenges of developing multi-platform, responsive, enterprise-capable applications. In this blog post, Area9 CTO Asger Alstrup Palm explains the relevance and value of Flow from a programmers point of view.

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Topics: News & PR, Adaptive Learning, Area9 Technology

Area9 Open Sources “Flow” Programming Language: Here’s What It Means for Area9 Customers

Posted by Asger Alstrup Palm, Chief Technology Officer, Area9 Group on Apr 30, 2019 4:27:11 PM


When CIOs invest in enterprise applications—whether developed in-house or purchased from third parties—they must balance a number of key characteristics: supportability, maintainability, deployability, and cost. Nine years ago, as Area9 developed its adaptive learning platform and related applications, we needed a programming language that would let us optimize those characteristics for ourselves and our clients. The result was Area9 Flow, and today we are releasing it to the open source community.

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Topics: Adaptive Learning, Sales Training, 4th Industrial Revolution, Area9 Technology


Posted by Area9 on Apr 9, 2019 9:58:33 AM

FARMINGTON, Connecticut—Airway Management Education Center (AMEC) is excited to introduce Airway Manager: Emergency™, the newest educational experience from the creators of The Difficult Airway Course™.

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Topics: News & PR, Adaptive Learning, Healthcare Training

Area9 and the Importance of Data Protection

Posted by Area9 on Sep 17, 2018 9:00:00 AM

One of the reasons companies love using Adaptive Learning for their training needs is because of the extensive and comprehensive data that it generates. 

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Topics: Adaptive Learning

Why Searchable Doesn’t Equate to Meaningful: Gaining Automaticity vs. Accessing User-Generated Content

Posted by Area9 on Sep 7, 2018 9:00:00 AM

On the surface it appears to be an easy win: tapping into the knowledge and expertise that exists within a company through user-generated content. Short how-to instructional videos can be cheaply and easily made and uploaded by experts across the company, then be searchable and accessible by every employee.

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Topics: Adaptive Learning, Unconscious Incompetence

Area9 Lyceum Recognized in New Adaptive Learning Survey Study from Researchers at Leading Health Organizations

Posted by Area9 on Aug 14, 2018 11:04:35 AM

Researchers and physicians at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and NEJM Group conducted a survey study to determine user experiences with an adaptive learning platform and the impact on first-time American Board of Internal Medicine Certifying Examination (ABIM-CE) test takers.  The study was published in AMEE MedEd Publish, an open access online journal for medical and health-care professionals.   

The survey study examines the NEJM Knowledge+ adaptive learning platform, which we co-developed with NEJM Group, and found that the majority of respondents rated the platform as helpful and the content as good or excellent for exam preparation and relevant to their learning needs. The study also found that a significantly higher proportion of users reported passing the ABIM-CE on their first attempt compared to the national average (95 percent vs. 89 percent).

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Topics: News & PR, Adaptive Learning, Healthcare Training

How Adaptive Learning Makes Learners More Accountable to their Compliance Training

Posted by Area9 on Jul 6, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Compliance training is not popular: most people find it to be the most painful form of corporate training. It is usually a recurring requirement and employees know they’ll have to retrain at again and again. In this post we’ll focus mostly on health and safety, but the same problems with traditional e-learning affect all forms of compliance training.

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Topics: Adaptive Learning