Volute’s New OPM Model Helps Business Schools Capture More Corporate Market Share

By: Michael Croft

Image of two young businessmen using touchpad at meeting

Volute has primarily benefited its clients by serving as an authoring tool that allows learning designers to create visually-appealing, experiential programs. These programs are made of interactive, digital learning tools contributed to our ecosystem by a community of thought leaders. Tools assemble rapidly and foster design thinking.

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Navigating OPM (Online Program Management) with Volute’s Platform-less Approach

By: Victoria Antonelli

The online program management (OPM) movement is going through a transformation. OPM providers, such as 2U and Pearson, emerged about a decade ago to help schools develop and migrate programs online. A university will typically enter a 7 to 10-year all-inclusive contract with an OPM provider, and in exchange for service, OPM providers receive anywhere from 30 to 80 percent of each student’s tuition within the said program. (Lieberman, 2017) Although this is still the most common practice, fee-for-service options are becoming more attractive to universities.

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LOR of the Educational Things

By: Michael Croft

The Learning Object Repository, or LOR, is that mysterious place where educational content gets curated, packaged, tagged and ultimately consumed by learners, typically via a learning system. In a LOR, it’s all about taxonomy and curation of learning content. The content is reusable across learning systems with LTI (Learning Tool Interoperability) and can work in concert with other LORs, creating a network of dynamic content discovery.

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A Suite of Jobs-To-Be-Done for Corporate Training

By: Michael Croft

It’s important to understand the reasons why we need and use tools. For this article, a tool is not a drill, it’s a digital tool for learning. It’s something a learner uses to work through ideas or processes while demonstrating thought, planning and decision making for a desired outcome. Like a tool for construction, a tool for learning aids with completing a desired outcome in an innovative and effective way.

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Netflix Analogies for Corporate Learning – Is It All Just Vudu?

By: Michael Croft

At first glance, there seems to be a multitude of new corporate learning platforms with ratings and graphics, organized in a new yet familiar format that emulates the modern marketplace. This is all good, but what’s under the hood?

Efficient curation needs more than just a new design for organizing content. What about curating engagement, interaction, and comprehension?

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Hyper Bursts – Caffeine Rants or a Model for Professional Development?

By: Michael Croft

I’m sure many of us can relate to taking a course or training and thinking it could have been condensed or made leaner, while still providing the knowledge or skills we seek. Beyond removing “white noise,” perhaps the delivery methods and timing of the information could have been improved. As our attention spans get shorter and our task lists get longer, filtering out what we need when we need it is not a nicety, it’s a necessity. This is especially true for executive education and professional development.

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Learning Economies of Scale: Sharing & Experience

By: Michael Croft, Volute Founder & CEO

When I talk about economies of scale, I am referring to cost savings gained by increased levels of production. But how does one achieve economies of scale when customizing and personalizing programs? This issue has many implications that a learning management systems (LMS) does not—and, quite frankly, can’t—deal with. LMSs are the past; something different is needed for today’s learning demands.

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Mobility: A Learning Component in Executive Education & Professional Development

By: Michael Croft, Volute Founder & CEO

As we redefine the classroom, mobility should be at the forefront. In my years of collaborating with professional development providers – business schools, companies and consultants –I’ve discovered a timidity in leveraging mobility and maximizing the value of content through a multi-device delivery approach.

Mobility can play a key role for professional development, but it continues to be underutilized.

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A Global Community to Improve Learning – An Interview with Michael Croft

By: Victoria Antonelli

A decade ago, Michael Croft began brainstorming a solution to a problem that had plagued both his academic and professional ventures. While in college and during his 12-year “stint” at Amica Insurance Co, Croft was constantly managing an over-abundance of logins, procedures, platforms and devices. As he worked his way from an intern testing software, to an engineer, to an enterprise architect, the number of individual systems he had to learn continued to grow.

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