LearnSmart New Releases Update for November 2014

Find out more about the newest releases that are available in our Knowledge Libraries. To learn more about these courses and LearnSmart Knowledge Libraries, contact a LearnSmart Sales Representative today at 1-800-418-6789.

Designing and Implementing a Server Infrastructure Series
The following courses teach the principles, techniques, and tools you’ll need to successfully prepare for and pass the 70-413 certification exam. You’ll become proficient in the skills needed to deploy and virtualize Windows Server 2012. You’ll also spend time going through demonstrations that will sharpen your required skills to plan and implement a server infrastructure. The topics covered in these courses align with the exam objectives as published by Microsoft. Each exam domain is covered over five courses:

1: Planning and Deploying a Server Infrastructure
Go beyond what you learned for the first three Windows Server 2012 certifications, as you focus on what you need to know to implement Windows Server 2012 in a large scale enterprise. This course is the first in the Microsoft 70-413 series. The goal of this course is to provide you not only with sufficient knowledge to pass the 70-413 exam, but also to allow you to perform well as an enterprise-level administrator. Automation encompasses a large part of the discussions. You’ll also look at the enhancements in virtualization technology that were implemented in Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2, as well as the enhanced features for File and Storage Services. Enterprise data centers can be extremely complex, and difficult to maintain; so spend time gaining an in-depth understanding of how to properly manage a Windows Server 2012 environment.

2: Designing and Implementing Network Infrastructure Services
In this second course of the Microsoft 70-413 certification series, you will look at three of the infrastructure services that are used in enterprise-level networks. They are Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol, the Domain Name System, and Internet Address Management. In studying these services, you will start with a system that’s already set up, and then observe discussions on ways to improve performance and reliability in an enterprise setting. Additionally, you’ll spend time learning about IPAM. In your studies for the 70-412 exam, you were introduced to IPAM, but there was a fairly significant overhaul done in Windows 2012 R2. As such there are a lot of new features to explore. Overall, the material provided in this course is a vital component when designing and implementing a well-functioning Server 2012 network infrastructure.

3: Designing and Implementing Network Access Services
This is the third course in the Microsoft 70-413 certification exam series. You’ll look first at designing a remote access solution, with either a VPN or DirectAccess.  Expanding on that topic, you will study how to design a scalable remote access solution. Then, you’ll find discussions on designing and implementing a Network Access Protection solution. You learned about all of these technologies in your studies for the MCSA certification; so in this course, we’ll focus mostly on the design aspects. Collectively these technologies can provide a network access solution that is secure and highly functional. Overall, you will gain essential skills needed to become a systems administrator.

4: Designing and Implementing Active Directory
Active Directory Domain Services have both a logical and a physical structure. To be a successful systems administrator, you need a thorough understanding of both sides of AD DS. For now, you’ll focus your studies on the design and implementation of the logical structure of Active Directory. Start by looking at the primary components in an AD DS infrastructure, specifically the forest and the domain. You will then learn about the various design decisions that relate to these components, and the steps that are taken to implement them successfully. You will then move on to designing a strategy for Group Policy implementation. Finally, your studies will concentrate on designing a permissions model for Active Directory. Many organizations must delegate authority within the Active Directory infrastructure based on the administrative model. You will observe a few considerations and methods for implementing control model delegation. All in all, the topics taught create the fourth course in the Designing and Implementing a Server Infrastructure series for the Microsoft 70-413 exam.

5: Designing and Implementing Active Directory Physical Topology
Take a look at the physical topology in Active Directory, as in the physical database and the machines on which that physical database is stored – domain controllers. You will study how to design replication to occur consistently and efficiently in an Active Directory environment that contains multiple domain controllers. You will also look at the implementation of domain controllers, specifically focusing on additional options such as global catalog servers and their placement within the organization. Finally, you spend time learning about designing and implementing branch office infrastructures. Branch offices may or may not contain Active Directory domain controllers, and as such will warrant different design considerations. This is the final course in the 70-413 series. With the information gained in this course, along with the other courses in this series, you now have a strong foundation in Designing and Implementing a Windows Server 2012 server infrastructure.

Workforce Generation Series
In the workplace, there is a generational mix where each age group has specific attributes and attitudes. As a manager, it is your responsibility to bridge generational gaps and aid multi-generational teams or departments to function cohesively. Explore each generation’s individuality and how to appropriately interact with them to unite the team. When you understand the basic distinctions of the workforce generations comprising your employed staff, you can begin reaping the benefits by putting that knowledge to good use. Each of these topics is covered over five courses. The first three courses were previously released, and now the final two are available:

Cross-Generational Teams
Cross-generational teams, or those made up of members of different generations, have a unique set of benefits and challenges. Ultimately, as the manager, it is up to you to help ensure that team members are able to work together effectively. In Cross-Generational Teams, you will learn that the characteristics of cross-generational teams parallel the attributes and attitudes of their individual team members: the Silents, Baby Boomers, Gen Xers, and Gen Nexters. The Workforce Generations series is dedicated to understanding each generation’s different behaviors, attitudes, and priorities; this is the fourth course.

Developing Generations
When you understand the basic distinctions of the workforce generations comprising your employed staff, you can begin reaping the benefits by putting that knowledge to good use. It only takes a little conscientious effort to bridge generational gaps before you start experiencing positive results. Developing Generations will show you the benefits of understanding and appreciating the generational mix, as well as the attributes and attitudes that each generation brings into the workplace. The Workforce Generations series is dedicated to understanding each generation’s different behaviors, attitudes, and priorities; this is the final course.

Problem Performance Management Series
Through this series, you will gain substantial insight into why employees and teams have performance problems, the causes of various performance problems, and different methodologies for correcting those performance problems. It is important to remember that, even though some employees may experience performance problems, more often than not, they are still contributing substantially to the organization. Focus on gaining the information and skills you’ll need to effectively handle performance problems in the workplace. Titles included in this series are:

1: Preventing Performance Problems
2: Identifying Performance Problems and Causes
3: Feedback and Counseling
4: Effectively Disciplining Problem Performance

Two new course types were added to the library called Show Me courses and Test Me courses. Show Me courses are a collection of demonstrations providing you with visual instruction on specific tools and industry practices; while, Test Me courses allow you to demonstrate your proficiency in the principles, techniques, and tools needed to prepare for a certification exam. The list below is just the start; there are many more to come. The newest releases in these categories include:

Show Me
Show Me: Planning and Implementing a Server Virtualization Infrastructure
Show Me: Planning and Implementing a Highly Available Infrastructure
Show Me: Managing and Maintaining a Server Infrastructure
Show Me: Designing and Implementing Identity and Access Solutions

Test Me
Test Me: (ISC)2 Exam CISSP
Test Me: Citrix Exam A20
Test Me: Cisco Exam CCNA Wireless 640-722 IUWNE
Test Me: Cisco Exam CCNA Security 640-554 IINS
Test Me: Cisco 200-120 CCNA
Test Me: Microsoft Exam 70-410
Test Me: Microsoft Exam 70-411
Test Me: Microsoft Exam 70-412
Test Me: Microsoft Exam 70-414
Test Me: PMI Exam Project Management Professional (PMP)®
Test Me: CompTIA Exam Network+ N10-005
Test Me: CompTIA Exam A+ 220-801 & 220-802
Test Me: CompTIA Exam Server+ SK0-003

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LearnSmart New Releases Update for October 2014

Our newest releases include courses that introduce you to the tools you’ll need to create jaw-dropping digital illustrations. Learn what it takes to become the next Creative Director for Apple, or how to create higher quality images for marketing purposes. You’ll find these courses available in our Knowledge Libraries.

Adobe Illustrator CS6 Series
Explore the new features offered in Adobe® Illustrator CS6, such as the touch type tool, font search, and CSS extraction. These Illustrator courses will teach you everything you need to know to create vector assets that can be used in any design project, ranging from logos to advertising graphics. You will learn to intuitively combine, edit, and fill shapes directly on their artboard without accessing multiple tools and panels. At the completion of this series, you will be prepared for the Graphic Design and Illustration with Adobe Illustrator CS6 (ACA) exam. Each exam domain is covered over three courses:

1: Illustrator CS6: What’s Inside
This is an introductory course to Adobe Illustrator CS6. As such, you’ll learn how to navigate and customize the new user interface, as well as manipulate the different artboard options. As a refresher, you will take a few minutes watching how to draw basic objects to build the foundation of your graphics project. These are just some of the tools that will allow you to handle your workload more efficiently and effectively. You’ll also spend time observing how to use the tools unique to Illustrator, such as Image Trace, pen and pencil tools, and the perspective grid. In the Image Trace section, you will find demonstrations on how to convert raster images into editable vector images. All in all, topics covered in this course will also help prepare you for the Graphic Design and Illustration with Adobe Illustrator CS6 (ACA) exam.

2: Illustrator CS6: Painting and Drawing Tools
As you learn about color swatches, opacity, and patterns, you are taking a closer look at the painting and drawing tools offered in Illustrator CS6. In Illustrator CS6, the tools available to manipulate and create graphics is limitless. Learn how to change elements in a pattern, change colors, manipulate objects opacity, and work with brushes. As you explore the Pattern Maker feature, you will also find demonstrations on how to add a pattern fill to a stroke with ease. The topics included make up the second course in the Adobe Illustrator CS6 series. Overall, the purpose of these discussions is to provide you with the skills and knowledge necessary to excel in Illustrator CS6, as well as prepare for the Graphic Design and Illustration with Adobe Illustrator CS6 (ACA) exam.

3: Illustrator CS6: Enhancing Your Artwork
This is the final course in the Illustrator CS6 series, dedicated to prepare you for the Graphic Design and Illustration with Adobe Illustrator CS6 (ACA) exam. The topics covered focus on the more advanced features offered by Illustrator to help you create projects for print, video, Web, or other Adobe applications. Enhance your artwork by adding text and transformation effects, as well as by applying vector- or raster-based effects. Along with effects and enhancement tools, you will go through demonstrations on how to save your project in different file formats. Everything you learn here will enable you to create vector assets that can be used to tackle any design project.

To learn more about these offerings and LearnSmart Knowledge Libraries, contact your LearnSmart Sales Representative today at 1-800-418-6789.

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LearnSmart New Releases Update for September 2014

Explore the newest course releases added to LearnSmart Knowledge Libraries. These releases are courses that explore the intricacies to Windows Server 2012 services, Access database tools, as well as the new gadgets in Outlook. Dive into these courses to become a more-efficient professional, or become a certified system administrator.

Microsoft Access Series
Are you wondering what’s changed since Access 2010? Discover Access 2013’s new look and the new web apps feature. You will learn how to design and apply templates for the purpose of web app creation that can be shared with others. Step by step, you are taken through database management focusing on the tools and knowledge needed to design, implement, and sustain a database using Access 2013. Topics covered in this 5-course series will also aid in preparing you for the Microsoft Access Exam 77-424.

1:  Databases, Existing Data and Relational Databases
2:  Create Tables, Modify Fields and Manage Table Relationships
3:  Create, Enhance, Format and Navigate Forms
4:  Create, Modify, and Calculate Queries
5:  Reports and Database Maintenance

Microsoft Outlook Series
Find out how to use Outlook 2013 for all your communication and calendar planning needs. You’ll gain a deeper understanding of the tools you can use to manage your life. Learn everything you need to know to work the tools and features of Outlook 2013 like the calendar and tasks mode. You’ll get into such topics as adding new contacts and groups, navigating between modes, configuring notifications and settings, as well as messaging. With a complete understanding of Outlook’s capabilities, you’ll save yourself time and energy. Furthermore, understanding these topics will prepare you for the Microsoft Outlook Exam 77-423.

1:  Getting Started in Outlook 2013
2:  Message and Contact Management
3:  Time and Task Management

Microsoft’s Implementing an Advanced Server Infrastructure (70-414) Series
The following courses will help prepare you for the Microsoft 70-414 exam, which is part of the MCSE certification. These courses teach the principles, techniques, and tools needed to successfully prepare for and pass the certification exam. This series contains four courses focusing on different aspects of a server infrastructure. The topics covered in these courses align with the exam objectives as published by Microsoft. All in all, you will gain a deeper understanding of the necessary details to planning, configuring, and managing the Windows Server 2012 services.

1:  Managing and Maintaining a Server Infrastructure
2:  Planning and Implementing a Highly Available Infrastructure
3:  Planning and Implementing a Server Virtualization Infrastructure
4:  Planning and Implementing Identity Access Solutions

To learn more about these video trainings and LearnSmart Knowledge Libraries, contact a LearnSmart Sales Representative today at 1-800-418-6789.

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LearnSmart New Releases Update for August 2014

Our newest releases include courses that introduce you to the 21st Century workforce, and prepare you to work with the diverse generations found in this workforce. All of these courses are available in our Knowledge Libraries. To learn more about these courses and LearnSmart Knowledge Libraries, contact your LearnSmart Sales Representative today at 1-800-418-6789.

Workforce Generations Series
In the workplace, there is a generational mix where each age group has specific attributes and attitudes. As a manager, it is your responsibility to bridge generational gaps and aid multi-generational teams or departments function cohesively. Explore each generation’s individuality and how to appropriately interact with them to unite the team. When you understand the basic distinctions of the workforce generations comprising your employed staff, you can begin reaping the benefits by putting that knowledge to good use. Each of these topics is covered over five courses:

1: Workforce Generations
At no other time in U.S. history has the workforce been as generationally diverse as it is currently, comprising four distinct age demographics across numerous ethnic and racial lines — the Silent Generation, Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Generation Next. Workforce Generations will teach you about generational behavior in the workplace and how you can leverage the talents and skills of all four generational workforces to boost the motivation, morale, and job performance of everyone in your organization. Additionally, this course is the first course in the Workforce Generations series dedicated to understanding each generation represented in the workplace.

2: Leading Silents and Baby Boomers
For today’s managers, it is essential to understand the unique needs and work habits of the companies’ elder statesmen – the Silent Generation and baby boomers. In this course, you will look at the characteristics of, historical impacts on, and learning styles of both the Silent Generation and baby boomers. You will learn how best to interact with these generations as a means of developing business relationships, the importance of integrating older generations with other employees, and what the future may hold for these knowledgeable and vital contributors to America’s workforce. You will focus on the generational mix between the Silent Generation and the Baby Boomer Generation, as well as the attributes and attitudes that each generation brings into the workplace. This is the second course of the Workforce Generation series, which contains courses dedicated to understanding each generation’s different behaviors, attitudes, and priorities.

3: Leading Generations X and Next
Now that virtually every business has “gone digital,” we are even more reliant upon those who grew up with the technology, and can use it to do more – better and faster than we ever thought imaginable.  In this course, you will see how best to work with Generations X and Next, to establish a workplace environment that is conducive to bringing out the best that they have to offer. In many ways, you have access to tomorrow’s experts today, and that is an opportunity that should not go to waste. This is course 3 in the Workforce Generations series.

Keep your eye out for the last two titles in this series:

4: Cross-Generational Teams
Cross-generational teams, or those made up of members of different generations, have a unique set of benefits and challenges. Ultimately, as the manager, it is up to you to help ensure that team members…

5: Developing Generations
When you understand the basic distinctions of the workforce generations comprising your employed staff, you can begin reaping the benefits by putting that knowledge to good use. It only takes a little conscientious effort to bridge…

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Creating IT Futures through Training

LearnSmart partners with Ricoh in an effort to train veterans using LearnSmart courseware. LearnSmart supplied Ricoh with 200 licenses, valued at over $80,000 in products for IT training. The eLearning training included in the contract will be used by Ricoh to serve veterans through its veteran program.

Ricoh offers an Information Technology program aimed at taking participants through phases of development and equips them with skills and knowledge in areas such as Microsoft Office certifications; web design, cryptography, and mobile app development. Training offered through LearnSmart’s IT Knowledge library also provides real-world experience in leadership and project management. These skills enable veterans to increase their skillset, and thus become more attractive candidates for employment in the information technology industry.

“We have a history of serving veterans” says Jay Gandee, President of LearnSmart. “We’re thrilled to partner with Ricoh to give back to those who’ve served our country.” To support the effort, LearnSmart opened its complete IT library to veterans participating in the program. Director of Brand Development Mark Norris says, “It is extremely important to have access to the information and techniques foundational to your subject area of expertise and pivotal to advancing in your career. This is an excellent opportunity for veterans.”

About LearnSmart
LearnSmart is a worldwide leader in corporate eLearning solutions and offers a full line of IT, project management, HR / compliance, workplace safety, and management & leadership training. Our clients represent a broad range of Fortune 1000 companies, small and medium business, as well as universities, government institutions, and the armed forces. LearnSmart has been recognized with awards including Tampa Bay Fast 50, Innovation of the Year Finalist, and Small Business of the Year Finalist.

About Ricoh
Ricoh is a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services. Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in about 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ending March 2014, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of approx. 21.7 billion USD.

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LearnSmart Connects With Local Youth Training Organization

For the second time in as many years, LearnSmart is supporting Computer Mentors Group in an effort to “Bridge the Digital Divide” by donating both cash and product. This year LearnSmart is donating over $10,000 in product, plus it is making a cash donation of $2,000. The donation will be used by Computer Mentors Group to support its summer version of the STEM Corps High School Program.

View press release:
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/learnsmart-connects-with-local-youth-training-organization-264978901.html

STEM Corps High School Program is a unique Information Technology program that takes students through phases of development and provides them tools like Microsoft Office certification; skills in web design, videography and mobile app development; and real-world experience in leadership and project management. These skills make students attractive candidates for internships and employment in the Information Technology industry.

STEM Corps is offered as both an after-school and summer program, and has just completed enrollment for the summer program. The youth will use the LearnSmart eLearning system to assist them in obtaining Microsoft Office certifications. They will then continue using the eLearning system to enhance their skills that will be used to accomplish a summer project for other non-profit organizations in the area.  Last summer the projects included two websites, a phone app, a graphical project, and a video for five (5) different non-profit organizations. The program is free and works with youth ages 14 through 18 years of age.

“Supporting youth and the local non-profit community is a natural for us” says Jay Gandee, president of LearnSmart. “For this reason, LearnSmart proudly partners with Computer Mentors Group in their efforts to train the next generation of Information Technology professionals.”  To support the effort, LearnSmart has opened its complete library to the youth and employees of Computer Mentors Group.

“I want to personally thank LearnSmart for the donation” says Ralph Smith director of Computer Mentors Group. “As a non-profit we run a very lean organization and this donation of both eLearning and cash will assist us to be able to help more youth and other non-profit organizations.”

About LearnSmart
LearnSmart is a worldwide leader in corporate eLearning solutions and offers a full line of IT, project management, HR/compliance, workplace safety, and management & leadership training. Our clients represent a broad range of Fortune 1000 companies, small and medium business, as well as universities, government institutions, and the armed forces. LearnSmart has been recognized with awards including Tampa Bay Fast 50, Innovation of the Year Finalist, and Small Business of the Year Finalist. More information about LearnSmart and our latest community involvement can be found at http://www.learnsmartsystems.com

About Computer Mentors Group
Computer Mentors Group, Inc. is a “digital divide” non-profit organization comprised of computer professionals, and others interested in the future job opportunities of disadvantaged youth.  The group’s flagship program is called the STEM Corps High School Program where youth provide service through technology projects for non-profit organizations as a way of learning the technology field.

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LearnSmart New Releases Update for June 2014

Our newest releases include courses on becoming a well-equipped leader, courses that review how to establish sexual-harassment-free workplaces, and courses on working with a multi-generational workforce represented in the 21st Century. All of these courses are available in our Knowledge Libraries.

Front-Line Leadership Series
Many of the driving forces behind today’s successful businesses exist there on the front lines. The aim of this series is to highlight those qualities attributed to front-line leaders and the company cultures they create. Be inspired as you observe how they overcome leadership challenges brought on by a rapidly evolving marketplace, incorporate change, energize their employees, and manage their company’s intellectual capital. In the end, you will come away with a solid understanding of the fundamental qualities all great leaders have developed in their corporate culture, as well as in themselves. Each of these topics is covered throughout these six courses:

1: Leadership Challenges
2: Changes in Corporate Culture
3: Keeping Employees Energized
4: Knowledge Management
5: Elements of Change
6: Leadership Dynamics

Sexual Harassment Prevention – Quick Refresh
Sexual harassment is one of the most litigated areas of the law. Virtually all major companies, government organizations, colleges and universities, and even the military, now have sexual harassment policies in place. Creating a supportive environment is one of the best ways to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace. Learn about sexual harassment prevention programs and other preventive actions you can take to eliminate harassing behavior in the workplace. Designed as a review to supplement a comprehensive sexual harassment prevention course, you are provided with an overview of certain topics. For the sake of brevity, some information has been omitted, summarized, or simplified.

Workforce Generations
At no other time in U.S. history has the workforce been as generationally diverse as it is currently, comprising four distinct age demographics across numerous ethnic and racial lines — the Silent Generation, Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Generation Next. Workforce Generations will teach you about generational behavior in the workplace and how you can leverage the talents and skills of all four generational workforces to boost the motivation, morale, and job performance of everyone in your organization. Additionally, this course is the first course in the Workforce Generations series dedicated to understanding the generations represented in the workplace.

To learn more about these offerings and LearnSmart Knowledge Libraries, contact your LearnSmart Sales Representative today at 1-800-418-6789.

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LearnSmart New Releases Update for May 2014

Our Knowledge Libraries are expanding. We are continually adding new titles. The newest releases include titles focusing on preparing you to implement a successful execution culture, on learning more about OSHA standards to establish a safe workplace, on reviewing the ethics associated with doing business. To learn more about these video trainings and other courses in the LearnSmart Knowledge Libraries, contact a LearnSmart Sales Representative today at 1-800-418-6789.

Introduction to OSHA
Many of the health and safety programs and procedures in this Health and Safety Guide are derived from federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations. Furthermore, this course provides you with some background information about OSHA and OSHA standards, inspections, citations, and penalties. At the end of this course, you will be able to distinguish between the role of OSHA and the role of the office of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS). Overall, you will learn more about the role of OSHA in establishing a safe and secure work environment.

Fall Protection
Fall Protection provides you with a look at the work conditions that require the use of fall protection and the available options to protect employees from falls. By taking this course, you will be able to identify fall protection methods available for protecting employees; the basic conditions that trigger the use of fall protection for employees in the general industry; and the importance of good work practices and training. Implementing each of these elements in your workplace will ensure that employees are protected from fall hazards whether four feet or forty feet from the ground.

Safety and Health Programs 
Safety and Health Programs focuses on why organizations should implement safety and health programs, and what must be in place in order for these types of programs to be effective. By taking this course, you will recognize the benefits of an effective safety and health program and be able to list the key elements of these programs. Whether you are a business owner looking for ways to improve costs and workplace safety, or a worker interested in learning more about how a safety and health program can benefit you, this course will provide you with the information you need.

Personal Protective Equipment 
OSHA standards for Personal Protective Equipment takes a deeper look at using PPE controls in the workplace. This course describes the two primary means of protecting employees from workplace hazards before considering PPE; explains what should be included in PPE training; lists PPE that may be used for protection; and identifies hazards that are reduced or eliminated by using the appropriate PPE for eye, face, head, hearing, foot, hand, and body protection.

Fire Safety and Prevention
Fire safety training is an important part of safety in the workplace. Employers must train employees about fire hazards that exist in the workplace, how to prevent fires, and what to do in the event one occurs. Through this course, you will learn how to identify fire hazards; know the proper way to evacuate safely in the event of a fire; and be able to identify fire extinguishers and how to use them properly.

Business Execution Series
Business execution is about taking ideas and turning them into reality. Discover how to make gradual changes to shift a lethargic organization to a thriving, effective one. This series walks you through the process of how to implement execution strategies and adopt an execution culture. You will explore how to inspire workplace excellence and eliminate those impediments to turning ideas into actions. In the end, these elements will aid you in creating a business execution culture that is energized, goal-oriented, and productive. Each of these topics are covered within three courses:

  1. Execution Strategies
  2. Inspiring Workplace Excellence
  3. Turning Ideas into Actions

Business Ethics – Quick Refresh
Designed as a review to supplement a comprehensive business ethics course, you’ll start out reviewing the definition of ethics and an understanding of how trust functions in our social interactions. We have an expectation of how others will behave towards us and how we will behave towards them. While engaging with each other, individuals behave unethically in ways that breach shared trust. You’ll also look at some of the thinking errors associated with unethical behavior. From there, you will find brief descriptions on the different rules defining business ethics. For the sake of brevity, some information has been omitted, summarized, or simplified.

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LearnSmart New Releases Update for April 2014

Our new releases are increasing the number of courses that are available in our Knowledge Libraries. To learn more about these offerings and LearnSmart Knowledge Libraries, contact a LearnSmart Sales Representative today at 1-800-418-6789.

Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services Series
As mentioned in our previous blog on course releases, this series contains six courses that will provide you with a practical and theoretical basis from which you can effectively administer Windows Server 2012. The goal of these courses is to thoroughly prepare you to sit for Microsoft’s Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services (70-412) exam. In this series, the remaining courses released include:

Configuring Identity and Access Solutions
The topics in this course represent some of the greatest capabilities to increase the overall level of security in a Windows Server 2012 infrastructure. You’ll begin with a look at the implementation of Active Directory Certificate Services (AD CS), which provide the foundation of a Public Key Infrastructure for organizations seeking to utilize digital certificates for the purposes of authentication and encryption.  The implementation of Active Directory Federation Services is introduced, which provides the ability to extend single sign-on capabilities outside of the organizational boundaries. Active Directory Rights Management Services (AD RMS) is introduced as another role available in Windows Server 2012 that increases the overall security of the organization and its data. This is course four of the Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services (70-412) series.

Configuring and Managing High Availability
Because network applications and services that are running on a Windows Server 2012 machine are extremely important, it is critical for network administrators to understand how to implement high availability for these technologies. This course covers the configuration and management of highly available Windows Server 2012 infrastructures. You’ll begin with a look at Network Load Balancing – its capabilities, the specific scenarios in which it is useful, the planning aspects of an NLB implementation, and deploying and configuring NLB. Failover clustering is introduced and the features and benefits are discussed, as well as the various components and steps involved in implementing them. You’ll be given an explanation and demonstration of failover clustering in Hyper-V, as well as configuring VMs in a failover clustering environment and available options in Hyper-V for managing virtual machine movement. This is the fifth course in the Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services (70-412) series.

Implementing Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery
When disaster strikes, network administrators are called upon to recover data and sometimes even entire operating systems. This course looks at implementing business continuity and disaster recovery in the Windows Server 2012 operating system. You’ll begin with a look at the process for configuring and managing backups of both servers and application data. This includes an overview of the concepts behind disaster recovery and the various processes which are involved. Recovering information using the Windows backup utility and implementing site level recovery to ensure business continuity in network infrastructures that utilize Windows Server 2012 is also covered. This is the final course in the Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services (70-412) series.

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Just In Time… Training

A few weeks ago, my Jeep had a flat tire. Just the thing I wanted to deal with on my Sunday afternoon [sarcastic tone]. As I am attempting to change the tire in the hot Florida sun, I realize that the tire wouldn’t come off of my Jeep. As several passer-bys came and gave advice as to how and why this had happened, we concluded that the tire was stuck because I had driven my Jeep on the beach while launching a kayak and the salt water must have rusted the wheel to the rotor. Several attempts of kicking and banging the wheel loose were unsuccessful, so I eventually turned to YouTube for advice. I quickly found a training video posted by a user that explained 3 different techniques to aid in loosening the well-attached wheel from the vehicle. The first two attempts were not successful but the last proved to be the ace I was looking for. The YouTube video suggested that I loosen the lug nuts slightly and drive the vehicle a few yards while swerving the steering wheel back and forth in an attempt to loosen the locked wheel. IT WORKED! After an hour and a half of sweating through this process, I found my much needed answer online as a tutorial video.

This is a long winded story to introduce one of the most exciting and useful “Technology Trends Your Company Can’t Ignore” – “Just-in-Time Training.” It is just what it sounds like. Consider this scenario:

“Suppose your IT staff has to install some new hardware at all your company’s office locations. The hardware is brand new, complex, and requires special installation procedures. Rather than taking your IT staff out of work and putting them in a training course, you keep them on site without the specific training. Then, when they have to install the hardware or troubleshoot it, they can receive the training on how to do so in real time via their mobile device as they are installing or servicing the hardware.” – Daniel Burrus, 3 Technology Trends Your Company Can’t Ignore, LinkedIn.

LearnSmart excels in this area already! With the LearnSmart iPad app and soon-to-be-released Android app, your support staff can pull up training videos and tutorials on the fly. The LearnSmart apps allow users to access eLearning courses and videos through WiFi access or through the convenience of offline access, which gives the flexibility to be on the most remote job and still have the safety net of LearnSmart video to back them up – when WiFi, Internet, or even cellular signals just aren’t available.

According to LinkedIn influencer, Daniel Burrus, “using cloud-based technology for just-in-time services goes way beyond installation and repair. It could be used to train people on new software, train salespeople on product upgrades, instruct employees on new policies and procedures, etc. And it’s different and better than a standard tutorial, because the training can be accessed via any device, anywhere, and at anytime…”

With this kind of accessibility, training is always just under your fingertips. It’s an exciting time to be in the eLearning industry as the availability of technology and cloud-based services are combining to bring usability and flexibility to a whole new plane.

See Burrus’ full story title, “3 Technology Trends Your Company Can’t Ignore” here: http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140320165004-48342529-3-technology-trends-your-company-can-t-ignore.

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