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Turning point for audience response systems

n Turning Technologies showcases TurningPoint, an easy-to-use, powerful polling solution for Macs and PCs aimed at senior L&D professionals, on stand A210 at this year’s World of Learning Conference. TurningPoint is a versatile solution for assessment delivery and data collection and offers one simple interface for polling in PowerPoint, polling in any application and self-paced polling. The dashboard allows for instant management of polling, content, participants, sessions and reports and is available in install and no-install versions. Also new to the stand is the highly secure Triton Data Collection System for exams and assessments, and ResponseCard SE. The Triton Data Collection System eliminates the need for standard bubble sheets. Students enter answers to test questions using the ResponseCard NXT handset; invigilator software is stored on a USB drive and administers tests with one click. Specifi cally designed for events, Turning’s low-cost ResponseCard SE keypad can be used for up to 10 days, eliminating the need for post-event collection or management of devices.

Long live the job

n New fi gures suggest that the job for life may not be a thing of the past just yet. Data from a recent report by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development shows that job turnover rate has fallen by 40 per cent since 1998. Mark Beatson, chief economist at the CIPD commented: “We have been told for a long time to expect the end of the ‘job for life’ and more frequent changes of employers and careers but the data appears to have been moving in the opposite direction. “We expect job turnover to be low in recessions because people ‘sit tight’ waiting for the jobs market to improve, but in fact turnover was falling well before the recession took hold. Our research suggests turnover may also have fallen because of changes that have taken place within the workplace. For example, increased job satisfaction and employee engagement may have reduced the number of disaffected

employees jumping ship.

“Employers have also got better at providing opportunities for people to move within their organisations – giving people opportunities to develop and grow without moving employers. Employment legislation might also have played a supporting role.”

Beatson said that while employers benefi t from a low turnover, this also means that they must think of ways to keep employees motivated, engaged, and up to date with business practice. “Innovative organisations require new thinking and challenges to existing ways of doing things,” he added. “A lack of new blood means businesses will need to carefully tap into the knowledge and commitment of the existing workforce to generate a culture of innovation – boosted by genuine cultures of lifelong learning and meaningful career progression.”

Kallidus rated as ‘Core Challenger’ in Elearnity 9-Grid Models

n Kallidus, a leading provider of learning and talent management solutions, has been rated as a ‘Core Challenger’ by Europe’s leading independent analyst, Elearnity, in two newly released 9-Grid models for Learning Management Systems and Bespoke E-Learning Development. The Elearnity reports provide a unique analysis of the key vendor’s in the UK learning and talent marketplace and compare performance, potential, market presence, total cost of ownership and future trajectory.

Overall, Kallidus’ key strengths are recognised to be its ‘customer approach’, ‘broader portfolio’ of learning, talent management and content development

solutions, ‘strong focus on customer service’ and ability to provide ‘quality’ solutions which deliver ‘good value for money’. Rob Caul, CEO of Kallidus, said: “We are very pleased that our broad portfolio of solutions,

customer focused approach and fi rst-class customer service have been recognised by Elearnity’s unique 9-Grid Models. These reports highlight the growth we have achieved in the

mid-market and demonstrate how we are punching above our weight as a true British provider to successfully challenge the larger players in today’s increasingly competitive marketplace.”Kallidus will be exhibiting at The World of Learning stand E50

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