How can higher-ed better prepare students to enter the workforce?

ecampus news | April 29, 2019

A successful career in today’s digital economy involves developing and demonstrating both hard and soft skills. As we know, coding isn’t just for creating the next social network or gaming app. Every sector, from finance and fashion, to mining and hospitality, needs employees who can leverage technology, as well as understand, analyze, and manipulate data. Whether it’s using JavaScript, Python, or HTML to develop apps that sell mortgages or track exercise on a watch, to using R and SQL to analyze healthcare data, coding and technology skills are everywhere.In addition to technical know-how, however, soft skills such as communication, collaboration, and negotiation are just as important for a successful career. Innovation is based on teamwork, sharing ideas, and building new things together as an organization. And, of course, as young professionals develop expertise in their job, it’s likely they’ll become managers and mentors to others. We generally find that a combination of hard and soft skills is what sets one candidate apart from another—and serves to build great leaders of the future.

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In an ATD survey conducted for its 2014 research report, Playing to Win: Gamification and Serious Games in Organizational Learning, 71% of organizations reported that they prefer to develop serious games in-house. 83% said they planned to develop gamification in-house. I’d say that’s a confident group!In the same survey, only 20% of organizations were already using serious games for learning, while 25% were using gamification. That means most organizations have never used games for learning before and plan to do it without help from a vendor.

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In an ATD survey conducted for its 2014 research report, Playing to Win: Gamification and Serious Games in Organizational Learning, 71% of organizations reported that they prefer to develop serious games in-house. 83% said they planned to develop gamification in-house. I’d say that’s a confident group!In the same survey, only 20% of organizations were already using serious games for learning, while 25% were using gamification. That means most organizations have never used games for learning before and plan to do it without help from a vendor.

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Fullstack Academy | September 15, 2022

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RMA Launches Learning Platform to Help Banks Upskill Workforce

The Risk Management Association | October 21, 2022

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