The Ultimate Guide to Training Millennials

You’re building a team of passionate, committed employees in an awesome company culture. Your work environment is spot on, and every team member is engaged, enthused and ready to produce great work- or so you thought. Despite all the positive efforts your company is taking to create an ideal workplace, you’re continuing to lose great employees somewhere between the recruitment and “settling in” stages. So, what gives? Before taking the losses personally, it’s important to step back and identify the generation your employees are coming from. Chances are, you’re losing millennials– and more than likely, it’s because your company training isn’t relative to them at all.   First off, what Millennial characteristics effect their learning?  Short attention spans. Millennials have always had to dig through cluttered landscapes to find value- they tend to seek information in short bursts and ignore “noise”. Technology is a Millennials’ best friend. Technology and mobility are inherent in the life of a Millennial. Prefer collaborative/social spaces. This generation loves collaboration, feedback, interactivity and they’re socially driven. Value and task oriented. They have strong values and parallel them to many aspects of life, especially work and learning. In addition, they have a task oriented disposition, rather than time oriented. Time doesn’t dictate their workday- projects do.   Why should your company change training for just one group? Why? Well, simply put, they are your company’s future workforce. By 2025, 3 out of every 4 workers globally will be Millennials.   Traditional training tactics get a Millennial spin  Here are some examples of a few classic training techniques, why they aren’t reaching your Millennial employees and...

ATD International 2015

May 18th – 20th: ATD International 2015 Visit XanEdu at the Association for Talent Development’s International Conference and Exposition, booth #808, to learn about our solutions for Mobile Learning Enablement, Learning Personalization, and Learning Cost...

XanEdu Partners with Follett, Integrates with Follett Discover to Streamline Creation of Custom Course Materials

ANN ARBOR, Mich., March 12, 2015 /PRNewswire/ – XanEdu is excited to announce an enhanced level of collaboration with Follett Higher Education Group. Effective immediately, faculty at college and university campuses across the United States can use a new, streamlined process for creating and ordering custom course materials within Follett Discover, Follett’s proprietary course materials application comprised of the Faculty Discover and Student Discover tools. Partnering with XanEdu, the nation’s leading provider of custom course materials, Follett created a direct portal from its Faculty Discover tool to XanEdu’s customization platform in order to deliver a seamless experience for educators exploring custom content. Schools that have implemented Follett Discover empower educators to efficiently search, evaluate and order course materials, including publisher, Open Educational Resource (OER) and custom content. Through XanEdu’s self-service technology, educators can source, aggregate and order custom print and digital materials in just minutes. Faculty may select from XanEdu’s publisher-neutral library containing more than eight million licensed content items, request outside content using XanEdu’s development services and even upload original content. XanEdu’s Chief Operating Officer Brett Costello notes, “By increasing access to our customization platform and content research services, the new Follett Discover functionality provides faculty members with greater flexibility, choice and ultimately control over the price of their assigned course materials.” The custom books built in XanEdu are instantly sent to Faculty Discover for the campus store to place an order. As course listings are updated in Faculty Discover, required course material information also becomes immediately available for students to view in the Student Discover tool. “Together, the Follett Discover tools provide quick access to the best content to drive transparency, savings and learning outcomes,” said Clay Wahl, Executive Vice President of Sales...

XanEdu Unveils NimbleWerx

XanEdu Unveils NimbleWerx, a Content Control and Digital/Mobile Delivery Platform for the Corporate Learning, Training & Development Market ANN ARBOR, MI, October 29th, 2014 (PRNEWSWIRE) – XanEdu, Inc.™, a leading and award-winning provider of custom digital and printed course materials for higher education, today unveiled its new content control and digital/mobile delivery platform, NimbleWerx℠. NimbleWerx (www.nimblewerx.com) provides the most flexible and cost effective way to remix content from any source and deliver the right materials on any device, at any time while maintaining complete control. NimbleWerx is a turnkey, cloud-based service that extends digital/mobile publishing capabilities to organizations. Users can easily create remixable content libraries by uploading existing instructional materials, reference guides, and training materials. Materials can be quickly and easily customized, updated, and tailored to the unique needs of various learner groups or clients. Users in organizations of any size will find that NimbleWerx provides the shortest path to secure digital/mobile deployment of content to their end users. NimbleWerx extends the technology XanEdu has been using to deliver digital/mobile solutions to over 630,000 students annually. Users can easily deploy to a wide array of mobile devices via award-winning native apps or via a cloud-based reader. Learners can search, bookmark, and take notes electronically and have easy access to these materials when needed. “We have a practical way for organizations to take training materials that are currently trapped in print and make them available to learners immediately, without giving up any access controls,” said John DeBoer, CEO, XanEdu. To discuss NimbleWerx for your organization, visit www.nimblewerx.com. About XanEdu Since 1999, XanEdu has been a leader in the development of innovative solutions for...

XanEdu Hires Chief Operating Officer to Lead New Corporate Solutions Division

ANN ARBOR, MI, October 20, 2014 (PRNEWSWIRE) – XanEdu, Inc.™, a leading and award-winning provider of custom digital and printed course materials for higher education, today announced it has hired Mark Nelson as the Chief Operating Officer to lead the newly created Corporate Solutions Division. Nelson brings creativity and leadership skills to XanEdu in his role as Chief Operating Officer. His responsibilities include managing all aspects of XanEdu’s NimbleWerx platform, a content control and digital/mobile delivery platform. NimbleWerx (www.nimblewerx.com) provides the most flexible and cost effective way to remix content from any source and deliver the right materials on any device, at any time while maintaining complete control. “The growth of mobile devices in the corporate market is accelerating and it’s an exciting time to help organizations of all sizes address the employee demand for having content delivered simply, beautifully and on any device, said Nelson.” Nelson, a serial entrepreneur has co-founded multiple software companies and enjoys developing and growing new technologies. He previously was a co-founder of Applimation, a software company in the Oracle market, which was acquired by Informatica (Nasdaq:INFA). He has deep leadership skills honed from previous work experience at Oracle and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Mark is a CPA in the state of NJ, holds a BS in Accounting from Rider University and an MBA in Information Systems from Rutgers Graduate School of Management. About XanEdu Since 1999, XanEdu has been a leader in the development of innovative solutions for creating, delivering and managing course materials and training materials. At over 1,000 higher education institutions per year, XanEdu helps educators and learners save money, improve efficiency, collaborate, engage more...