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Author: Matthew Brown, VP of Learning and Brand Success

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The Learning Xchange focuses on the ever-changing landscape of online learning and talent management. It is a place where L&D and HR practitioners and leaders can enjoy an “Xchange” of ideas, explore innovations in learning, and gain insights from others who share the same profession on how we can improve and influence the future of learning and development.
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How are virtual events inspiring digital trainers? Events and educators face similar challenges when it comes to keeping audiences engaged. Moving online presented challenges for both industries, however as virtual events have developed, they’ve presented some interesting ways to keep an audience’s attention. In this episode of The Learning Xchange, Matthew Brown reflects on how virtual events’ transformation can inspire online training. Schoox’s VP of Learning and Brand Success analyzes what’s made virtual events successful and shares what digital trainers can learn from them.Watch this episode to find out:What makes virtual events engagingWhy the traditional event model is less effective onlineHow your physical space influences your learning mindsetHow to increase participant engagement with a “sprint” modelWhy you should leverage digital tools in online learningIf you liked this episode, please subscribe and, if you’re feeling generous, please leave us a five-star review so more people can discover The Learning Xchange. Thank you. 
How does your organization define diversity, equity and inclusion? Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives are becoming an increasing focus for many organizations. After the disruption and uncertainty of 2020, businesses have been forced to pay more attention to DEI practices and how they affect their company culture. In this episode, Matthew Brown, the VP of Learning and Brand Success at Schoox, discusses diversity, equity and inclusion’s recent developments. He looks at how diversity and inclusion initiatives are constantly evolving and how the pandemic continues to affect equality challenges within organizations. Listen to find out:How the diversity, equity and inclusion conversation has developedHow remote working opened opportunities for diversity, equity and inclusion recruitment strategiesWhy remote working is an equality issueThe ongoing pandemic challenges for DEIThe future of diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplaceThank you for listening to this episode of The Learning Xchange, the podcast from Schoox. The Learning Xchange is our weekly feature that focuses on the ever-changing landscape of online learning and talent management.If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe and share it with your friends, family, colleagues, or on social media. The podcast is also available to access as blogs on our website, or you can find the video episodes on YouTube. 
As the rollercoaster year of 2020 finally comes to an end, it’s a good time to think about self-reflection. Self-reflection is so powerful because it leads to self-awareness. It challenges you to look inward, assess what you do and why, and think about ways to continue to grow as an individual. In this final episode of The Learning Xchange in 2020, Matthew Brown (VP of Learning and Brand Success at Schoox) takes time to reflect on the eventful (and often difficult) year of 2020. However, instead of looking out into the world, Matthew looks inward and invites you to join him on a journey of self-reflection and discovery.Listen in to find out:Why self-reflection is so important to achieve happiness both in your personal life and professional lifeHow to break down your goals for the new year using the start, stop, continue approachWhy you should cleanse your inbox before or at the start of the new yearWhy you need to consider updating your training contentWhy you should take an inventory of your personal valuesHow to identify your core values in three easy stepsThe importance of cross-checking that your values align with your company’s valuesIf you liked this episode, and want to listen to more, please subscribe to The Learning Xchange podcast. We appreciate every single subscriber and we also love to hear what you think!Good reviews mean the world to us, so if you’re enjoying The Learning Xchange, please leave us a five-star review so more people can find and listen to our weekly episodes. Thank you.
Now’s the perfect time to make sure you’re using the best L&D tools available to your organization. The right tools will help you build, embed, and deliver excellent L&D. As many businesses move their L&D to new and varied spaces, it’s more important than ever to think strategically so you can provide learners with connected and engaging content. In this episode of The Learning Xchange, Schoox’s VP of Learning and Brand Success, Matthew Brown, examines the many categories of L&D tools available, and asks you to assess which you’re using, what you can sharpen, and what’s missing from the mix. He breaks down the categories so you can understand how each technology provides specific learning experiences.Watch the video to find out: How organizations are using a wide range of tech tools to enhance the L&D experienceWhat tools should be in your organization’s toolkit, and how best to use themWhich tools you haven’t thought of and how to use them strategicallyWhy reconnecting with your existing tech can help you see the bigger picture    If you liked this episode, and haven’t already done so, please subscribe to The Learning Xchange podcast. We appreciate every single subscriber.Good reviews mean a lot to us, so if you’re enjoying listening to The Learning Xchange, please leave us a five-star review so more people can find and listen to our weekly episodes. Thank you.
How does L&D shape culture in your organization?If your organization is establishing or redefining their culture, then connecting to every employee is key. L&D can access employee insights, reinforce messages, and instigate change through their relationships with each individual–making them the perfect culture ambassadors.Schoox’s VP of Learning and Brand Success, Matthew Brown, reveals how you can discover the nuances of your organization’s culture and why it’s important to pay attention to it in this episode of The Learning Xchange. Listen in as he dives deep into how you can operationalize L&D to achieve your ideal company culture.Listen to find out:What is organizational culture?How understanding culture can benefit youHow L&D can elevate cultureWhy learning experiences shape organizational cultureIf you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe to The Learning Xchange podcast. We’re thankful for every subscriber, and also love to hear your feedback. Reviews help us reach more people so please leave us a five-star review and share this episode with your friends and colleagues!
What could better internal relationships help your organization achieve? As many businesses move their communications online, internal relationships need actively fostering in order to thrive.Whether you’re friends or colleagues, forming relationships with the click of a button rather than a handshake is common. While this can make you feel connected to your organization, a virtual relationship is very different from one forged in person. It needs intentionally nurturing to grow in the same way.With better connection comes greater opportunities. Companies are beginning to focus on improving online communication, but what could you achieve by actively encouraging a relationship-building culture? In this episode of The Learning Xchange, Schoox’s VP of Learning and Brand Success, Matthew Brown, examines the impact relationship building can have within a business. He looks at why organizations should intentionally focus on creating internal connections and its potential benefits. Listen to find out:How organizations are drifting away from the traditional ways of networkingThe benefits of intentional relationship buildingHow different perspectives can shape organizations for the betterWhy insights develop better learning experiencesImportant links and mentions:How HR and L&D Can Build a Better Culture Together3 Ways to Build Training for Maximum ImpactIf you liked this episode, and haven’t already done so, please subscribe to The Learning Xchange podcast. We appreciate every single subscriber and we also love to hear what you think!Good reviews mean the world to us, so if you’re enjoying The Learning Xchange, please leave us a five-star review so more people can find and listen to our weekly episodes. Thank you. 
As the year begins to draw to a close, we reflect on the challenges and changes that have impacted learning and development over the last 12 months. In this special Thanksgiving episode, the host of The Learning Xchange and Schoox’s VP of Learning and Brand Success, Matthew Brown, analyzes learning and development’s growth over the last eight months. He shines a light on L&D’s incredible developments and expresses his gratitude for the industries’ opportunities this year.Listen to the episode to hear Matthew discuss L&D’s management of unexpected events and how the industry continues to lead organizations to success, shaping the industry’s future, countless businesses, and many employees’ lives.Watch the video to find out:How L&D continues to drive innovation Why business and HR’s relationships with L&D changed for the betterHow L&D met increased demand with commitment and resilience  Important links and mentions:What types of learners do you have? How to build training for different learning typesOur free e-book, “The ROI of Online Training”What are you thankful for this year? We’d love to hear why you’re grateful to be part of the L&D community, so connect with us on your favorite social media platform and let us know. We’re on:Twitter, @SchooxFacebook, /SchooxLinkedIn, /SchooxTo learn more about Schoox, visit our website: www.schoox.com
How can HR and L&D come together to create a better workplace culture? Human resources and learning and development are often seen as the relationship-building teams of the workforce. But when they collaborate, they can unlock so much potential for improving your workplace’s culture.We invited our first special guest, Ellen Rockwell, to join our host Matthew Brown to discuss this topic. Ellen is a Founder and Chief People Officer at JRW Partners. Her years of experience in HR and L&D make her the best person to talk to about this topic!Ellen generously shares her thoughts on the active role of HR in learning and development, how the partnership between them can help to shape organizations for the better, and so much more. Listen to the episode to find out:How business transformations impact HR and L&DThe importance of culture ambassadorsHow to build a relationship-based cultureHow culture impacts learningThank you again to Ellen for being our very first special guest–stay tuned. There will be plenty more to come!If haven’t already, please subscribe to the podcast to hear more from experts and thought leaders in the L&D industry. To learn more about Schoox and how we turn learning into a holistic business growth process, visit: www.schoox.com 
If you’re an experienced L&D professional, you’ll have spent a good portion of your career designing training that leaves an impression on your learners. But what strategy do you use to make sure your learning experience impacts all learners to its maximum potential?In this episode of The Learning Xchange, host Matthew Brown (Schoox’s VP of Learning and Brand Success) explores how to create a more impactful learning experience. You’ll discover his strategy for developing learning content and what you can do to go above and beyond the traditional models.Listen in to find out:Why understanding what your training impacts is importantWhat the eight different learning styles are How to approach designing inclusive learning experiences Matthew’s three-step strategy for creating more impactful learning content How a community spirit can influence your learnersDo you want to learn more about creating more impactful content? Check out our FREE e-book, “Your Guide For Creating Better Online Courses.”
How can virtual events better connect learners?Facilitating and participating in an event has never been more different. With most live events canceled and many shifting to virtual, vendors and participants are still working out how to effectively alter their behaviors and expectations to achieve the human connections that events are known for.In this episode of The Learning Xchange, Matthew Brown, the VP of Learning and Brand Success at Schoox, shares his thoughts on the pros and cons of virtual events. He discusses what’s working, what isn’t, and what more we can do to help people connect digitally.Watch the video to find out:Why in-person events need to adapt to be successful virtuallyWhat attending virtual events taught MatthewWhy it’s crucial to keep the learner experience top of mindIf you liked this episode, please subscribe to our podcast to get each new episode downloaded automatically. 
How has the pandemic impacted your workplace? The learning and development community has adapted quickly and efficiently in the face of the pandemic. The shifting to remote learning remains one of the most impactful changes that this industry has ever seen. But what side effects have the community experienced as a result of this?In this episode of The Learning Xchange, Matthew Brown, the VP of Learning and Brand Success at Schoox, talks about the importance of community in overcoming the challenges of the virtual workplace. He discusses why you should prioritize communication, practice empathetic management, and why community is the key to overcoming virtual workplace challenges.Listen to the episode to hear Matthew’s thoughts about:How to overcome remote working issuesWhy managers need to approach leadership with empathyWhy training modalities should adapt to overcome virtual workplace challengesIf this podcast episode resonated with you, please share it with others in your community.Connecting to your community has never been more important, so we want to encourage you to join a local or online learning and development community to collaborate and share your ideas and experiences.If you’re not sure where to start, begin by connecting with us on social media. We’re on:TwitterFacebookLinkedInTo learn more about Schoox and how our technology can support the learning and development community, visit our website.
The last six months have been a time of unparalleled disruption for the learning and development community.Everyone has had to do more with less.But trainers have continually gone above and beyond to bring the learning experience to people, wherever they are.Matthew Brown (VP of Learning and Brand Success at Schoox) dedicates this episode of The Learning Xchange to the learning and development community. He recognizes the difficulties and successes that the community has experienced and offers his words of encouragement for the future.Listen to hear Matthew’s thoughts on:How the learning and development community adapted in a time of changeHow trainers utilized tools for an improved learning experienceWhy the community should continue evolvingLinks to resources:Prezi videoZoomMicrosoft TeamsWebexTo learn more about Schoox and how our technology can support the learning and development community, visit our website.
Need help choosing the best learning management system (LMS) for your business? There are many important factors to consider when selecting an LMS, and you must choose one that meets your business’s needs. In this episode of The Learning Xchange, our host Matthew Brown (VP of Learning and Brand Success at Schoox), explores the challenges that many of you face when selecting and implementing an LMS. You’ll learn what to look out for when choosing a learning management system so that you can make a confident decision that is right for your business.Listen in to find out:Why you should take your time when choosing a learning management systemWhy you need to create a plan before choosing an LMSWhy you must consider the end-user, identify business objectives, and clarify pain pointsThe benefits of building a broad stakeholder community How to increase LMS usageHow to choose the best learning management systemDo you want to learn more about choosing the best learning management system? Check out our FREE e-book, “Your Guide For Choosing The Best Learning Management System.”
Welcome to the first episode of The Learning Xchange.The Learning Xchange is a video podcast that focuses on the ever-changing landscape of online learning and talent management. It is a place where L&D and HR practitioners and leaders can enjoy an “Xchange” of ideas, explore innovations in learning, and gain insights from others who share the same passion for improving and influencing the future of learning and development.This episode is all about performance reviews.Performance reviews are a necessary part of any business. Despite their necessity, performance reviews can strike fear and panic in the hearts of both employees, managers, and HR departments around the country.  The good news is that you do not have to fear performance reviews. It’s time to take the confusion and fear out of performance reviews so that managers can create an effective experience and achieve what they set out to accomplish in the first place – improved performance!In this episode of our brand-new podcast, The Learning Xchange, Matthew Brown walks you through the tricky world of annual performance reviews and challenges you to consider a new and more effective way to approach performance reviews, training, and keeping employees happy. Listen in to find out about:How traditional performance reviews usually operateHow annual performance reviews are formatted  Why businesses need to leverage a competency-based review frameworkHow to keep younger generations happy at workHow to identify training gaps and build a foundation of competenciesDo you want to learn more about improving your performance management process?Watch our on-demand webinar: Handling Performance Reviews During Business Unusual.
Welcome to The Learning Xchange - a podcast that focuses on the ever-changing landscape of online learning and talent management. It is a place where L&D and HR practitioners and leaders can enjoy an “Xchange” of ideas, explore innovations in learning, and gain insights from others who share the same passion for improving and influencing the future of learning and development.Episodes will be weekly and around 15-20 minute longs. We’ll have solo episodes, interviews with guests, and panels with L&D professionals and industry experts.Our mission is to share how we can improve and influence the future of learning and development.Please subscribe to be kept up-to-date every time a new episode goes live.
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