EDHEC and Teach on Mars joins forces for even more engaging mobile learning

EDHEC and Teach on Mars joins forces for even more engaging mobile learning

On 28 September 2018, Benoît ARNAUD, Associate Dean, EDHEC Online, and Vincent DESNOT, CEO and Co-Founder of Teach on Mars, signed a partnership agreement with a view to triggering a new phase in the usage of mobile learning in the academic sector.

Off-the-shelf training courses for customers of Teach on Mars

The mobile courses produced by EDHEC within the framework of this partnership will be added to the Marketplace, a catalogue of off-the-shelf training courses offered by Teach on Mars through its application. “This partnership is testimony to the fact that mobile learning is now very much an essential part of the contemporary learning experience, right through from corporate training to Executive programmes”, sums up Vincent DESNOT.

EDHEC, one of Europe’s top 15 business schools, is recognised for the academic excellence of its programmes and the effectiveness of its pedagogical approach, directly connected to business reality and trends. Its new entity “EDHEC Online” will award 100% online diplomas, including mobile learning courses designed by its experts.

Logos Teach on Mars et EDHEC

Mobile learning: micro-learning and personalisation

“We are aiming to reach a target audience who cannot make the journey to academic campuses, due to geographical, professional or family constraints. We want to help these learners and offer them a new way of learning on a daily basis, thanks to micro-learning”, explains Benoît ARNAUD in a interview given to coincide with signature of the partnership.

He goes on to underline one other advantage of mobile learning, that of being “as close as possible to managers’ everyday experience”. The strength of mobile is being able to propose the most relevant learning activity at just the right time”. The principle of “Just-In-Time Learning” as a new lever to optimise learning performance!

For EDHEC, the Teach on Mars ecosystem offers the possibility “to personalise the learning experience much more than ever before. It also allows teachers to get to know their students even better than they would in face-to-face training sessions”, adds Stefan CRISAN, Director of Operations, EDHEC Online.

You will soon be able to find titles from EDHEC in the Learning Station Playlist, available to download here!


Join us on 9 November for a Breakfast on Mars exploring digital adoption!

Join us on 9 November for a Breakfast on Mars exploring digital adoption!

As autumn sets in, and with it the inevitable grey skies, the good news is that our Teach on Mars themed breakfasts are back. Set aside your morning on 9 November and book for the next Breakfast on Mars held at Village by CA, 55 rue la Boétie in Paris.

Mobile learning to serve the digital transformation

An increasing number of innovations and new tools are available to us in our personal lives, disrupting our habits and digital practices. But what about our professional ones? While use of digital technology is omnipresent in our daily lives, it’s clear that some companies are struggling to get their digital transformation off the ground and implement effective tools for their employees.

Digital adoption has become a key pillar of every company’s global strategy. Becoming aware of digital issues is great! Adopting a proper digitisation process in your company and getting your employees involved is even better! Discover how the Teach on Mars mobile learning solution can bring new life to digital practices at work.

“Accelerate digital adoption with mobile learning” is the theme explored by Tiphaine Duchet, VP Operations at Teach on Mars, at our next breakfast. Nicolas Chalons will also share the best practices he follows when creating digital adoption programmes in the companies he advises. Pierre Pilon of Groupe BPCE will share his feedback with us on the system set up for the 106,000 employees of Groupe BPCE.

What the Martians have in store for you on this cosmic morning:

  • 8:30: Coffee and pastries in the Village square
  • 08:55: Introduction by Tiphaine Duchet: “Mobile learning in the landscape of digital adoption”
  • 9:10: Best practices for building a digital adoption programme by Nicolas Chalons, Director YES’N’YOU DIGITAL
  • 9:35: Feedback on the system set up at BPCE, by Pierre Pilon, Digital Project Manager
  • 10:00: Event finishes

Would you like to join us for the breakfast? Register by sending us an email with your details (last name, first name, position, company) to breakfast@teachonmars.com.

This autumn, Halloween is coming to haunt your smartphone! Are you ready for it?

This autumn, Halloween is coming to haunt your smartphone! Are you ready for it?

Trick or treat? From 30 October to 30 November, Teach on Mars takes you on a mysterious journey where horror turns to happiness through its Halloween Battle.

Face your biggest fears!

What is the dark legend of Halloween? Who is the mysterious Jack-o’-Lantern? Which spells protect you from witches?

This autumn, Teach on Mars prepares you for the party with a Halloween Battle! From 30 October to 30 November, test your knowledge of an event that’s darker than you might think. At the end of a spellbinding battle, the person at the top of the rankings will be given more than just a pumpkin – expect a special, rare and powerful prize! Coveted by those who must not be named…

halloween battle dual

Find Halloween Battle on the Teach on Mars app, available to download right now on the App Store and Google Play.

A rocket with French Tech Pass certification

A rocket with French Tech Pass certification

On 24 September 2018, Teach on Mars was awarded the French Tech Pass certificate for 2017-2018 at the Elysée Palace by Mounir MAHJOUBI, Minister of State reporting to the Prime Minister, with responsibility for Digital Affairs.

A national certification system

Teach on Mars, a member of the delegation of companies awarded the French Tech Pass for 2017-2018 was received at the Elysée Palace on 24 September.
At the annual meeting for business leaders, Minister of State Mounir MAHJOUBI handed over the official certificate to Pierre PEIGNE, VP Corporate Development at Teach on Mars.

Mounir Mahjoubi et Pierre Peigne

Mounir Mahjoubi, Minister of State reporting to the Prime Minister, with responsibility for Digital Affairs, and Pierre Peigne, VP Corporate Development at Teach on Mars

French Tech Pass is a national support programme for French tech start-ups with hyper-growth status. Launched in 2014, certification is awarded for a period of one year to innovative companies with ultra-high growth and excellent development potential, especially internationally. Three new companies, including Teach on Mars, were awarded the French Tech Pass in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region. Companies must meet a set of exacting standards with highly ambitious revenue growth and profitability criteria.

Laureats Passe French Tech 2017-2018

The companies awarded French Tech Pass status in 2017-2018

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The View From Across The Channel: The UK’s Hottest L&D Trends

The View From Across The Channel: The UK’s Hottest L&D Trends

For the second consecutive year, the second edition of the Mobile Learning Summer University took place on July 4th and 5th in Sophia Antipolis. On this occasion, Tony Small, Managing Director at Inova stepped in to host the “The View From Across The Channel: The UK’s Hottest L&D Trends” keynote.


Curiosity and Performance

There are two key themes and challenges underpinning all the fundamental recent trends and hot topics in organisational learning in the UK. The first of those is curiosity, or more precisely, how can we as L&D professionals encourage our learners to best leverage that most human of traits, their natural curiosity. The second is the question of improvement of operational performance in organisations.

Curiosity is a broad theme to say the least, and there are a number of sub-texts running behind it. Albert Einstein was convinced of the vital importance of human curiosity. “The most important thing,” he is reputed to have said “is to never stop asking questions. Curiosity is its own reason.” As an L&D profession, we need to recognise that curiosity is vital not only to the continuing evolution of our species, but to the spread of ideas and the development of knowledge and skills. So we need to nurture curiosity and harness its power, but without ever suffocating it. Because too much structure, too many constraints, too restrictive a learning environment will slow and even crush curiosity. “It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education,” as another famous quotation goes.
So a clear trend in organisational learning in the UK right now is a quest for ways to encourage learners to use their curiosity and draw momentum from their natural desire to learn and improve their knowledge and skill-sets.

Microlearning: myth or reality?

The growing importance of the notion of learner curiosity has given rise to the phenomenon of the “pull” learning culture, where learners – rather than the learning or development organisation – are the driving force behind the creation of learning opportunities. Microlearning has been identified as a critical enabler in this sense, obliging instructional designers to conceive learning resources in easily accessible, easily digestible units. “Snackability” has become a critical learning design criterion, in the hope that learners will be enticed into choosing quick, convenient and satisfying learning activities at times that suit them, exploring development opportunities they select themselves in response to opportunities arising in the course of their professional or private lives.

Microlearning is also becoming a major factor in a ground-up rethink of instructional design practices. The accent is now more and more on quality rather than quantity. Where content authors have often been guilty in the past of padding out learning resources with unnecessary volume – particularly in some forms of digital learning – they are now being asked to pare down what they create to a chiselled, precise and impactful learning item capable of standing alone and delivering learning value or performance support efficiently. And before the budget people start to get too carried away, we should make it clear straight away that producing shorter and more concise learning resources does not mean cheaper learning resources. Often quite the contrary. As Winston Churchill said: “If you want me to speak for two minutes, I’ll need three weeks to prepare. If you want me to speak for thirty minutes, then I can be ready in a week. But if you want me to speak for an hour, I can speak right now.” Microlearning will not enable organisations to cut their L&D budget, but it may enable them to invest more efficiently in impactful, relevant content that does not dilute the message with excessive volume.

The power of the instructional design principles and format of microlearning is being amplified by rapid advances in the fields of data analysis and machine learning. This is adding a new dimension to the notion of personalised learning, with systems now able to direct learners towards content that they would not otherwise have known how to access and which can help them build the skills or access the knowledge they need to do their jobs better. At the same time, any resources that are not directly relevant to them can be stripped out of their personal learning environment or experience. A great practical example of this in use is the IBM artificial intelligence program Watson, which is now being used as the backbone for an online, interactive learning platform. Learners can ask Watson questions related to their learning needs through a natural language interface and the software will use its stored metadata to draw up a specific selection of resources and content to meet their requirments.

The emergence of next-generation learning ecosystems

The vision of Teach on Mars, which is to make every moment a potential learning moment is directly aligned with this thinking on the future of learning. With learners having less and less time in their professional environment to take part in traditional organisational learning, they are demanding that any training opportunities offered to them follow the “J3 Model” – Just In Time, Just Enough and Just For Me. This means building in different types of learning content, integrating opportunities for social and collaborative learning and embracing features that modern learners expect such as gamification and sharing/friendly competition across learner communities.
Next-generation learning ecosystems, offering a more varied, fluid and agile development experience than a traditional LMS-based approach, are at the forefront of this evolution. Upstream technological standards are evolving too, with SCORM – a non-negotiable instructional design staple for the last two decades – now gradually conceding territory to new standards such as xAPI (eXperience API) or TinCan. These enable a far broader range of activities which historically have been outside the scope of “pure digital learning” to be integrated, recorded and tracked as learning opportunities.

Moreover, many feel this sea-change in the marketplace is just the start. With the development of the Internet Of Things, every interaction with a connected object potentially becomes a fully integrated step in a learning pathway that the learner co-designs and co-builds in partnership with his employer or organisation. Meanwhile, on the client side, recent feeling in the UK is that next-generation learning ecosystems have now become a fully paid-up legitimate alternative to the traditional LMS option. Whereas until recently corporate clients believed that deploying a next-generation approach solution would require additional investment in their incumbent LMS, they are now coming to realise that the two can happily cohabit without increased complexity or cost. Some are even arriving at the conclusion that a next-generation learning ecosystem can possibly replace their traditional LMS, which we are beginning to see starting to happen in some places.

The move towards Performance Enablement

At the same time, the L&D profession is being encouraged to reconsider and redesign the role it plays and the value it creates in the organisation. More and more, performance enablement, which has long been central to sales and business development management, is becoming a key objective of learning objectives across the whole organisation. Simply put, this entails involving learners directly in their own development and analysing pragmatically with them the skills, knowledge, information or support they need to do their jobs better and obtain improved operational results. In parallel, measures are put in place to improve managerial behaviour and efficiency, to right-size resources placed at employees’ disposal and monitor the proper alignment and tracking of performance goals across all hierarchical levels. Organisational learning becomes one tool in the suite of tools that senior management have at their disposal to optimise results and make a different to the bottom line.
What we are observing in the UK right now is that in organisations where this new approach is gaining momentum, the skill-set of L&D professionals is evolving. New roles like that of the performance analyst – working closely with management and operational teams alike to identify key zones of underperformance and then work on the ground to deploy practical solutions at the point of need – are in the view of many becoming just as important as that of the “traditional” programme manager or instructional designer.

Encourage learners to build their own playlists

The renowned US organisational learning and EdTech expert Elliott Masie argues that the modern learner has outgrown the tried and tested « training formulas » that many learning initiatives are built on. My understanding is that by this he is referring to the approach based on definition of learning objectives and deployment of a catalogue and course solution that has been the mainstay of instructional design theory for as long as anyone can really remember. A powerful analogy Elliott uses is that of the way modern listeners consume music. In the past, music fans have had no choice but to purchase whole albums and listen to songs in the order defined on those albums by the artist and the producer. “But nowadays,” asks Elliott, “who buys albums anymore?” The modern music industry has evolved to let music fans download cherry-picked songs across genres and artists and then build playlists that are specifically tailored to their various listening environments. The traditional LMS-based organisational learning industry, on the other hand, is still forcing learners to consume “albums” of learning, instead of enabling them to build their own “learning playlists”.

In other words, the sooner we understand that it is time to break with the traditional scholastic language and paradigms, the better. Modern organisational learning is a dynamic and interactive process requiring us to rewire our mindsets, our communication habits and our learning culture. For example, “what do we actually need to teach our learners?” asks Elliott Maisie. Modern technology and the memorisation power it puts in all our hands means that there are vast corpora of information that we no longer need to acquire as knowledge in the traditional sense. Powerful tools such as the modern smartphone, for example, mean that we no longer need to memorise telephone numbers, addresses, our diary engagements or our PIN codes. And that’s just scratching the surface. Elliott Masie contends that L&D professionals need to start thinking about how to teach learners the navigational skills that will enable them going forward to find the best place for the right answer, whatever their requirement.

Now you may be wondering whether all this pragmatic focus on performance enablement is not going to stifle and frustrate the natural human curiosity that I identified as so critical earlier. Curiosity, after all, is a deeply human, personal and subjective trait, while operational performance is by definition an objective organisational notion depending heavily on measurable concrete data. So are the two mutually contradictory? Well, no. In fact, they are complementary – but the L&D profession has a key role to play in ensuring they cohabit harmoniously, encouraging learners to nurture and satisfy their curiosity while helping them keep a critical eye on their results and performance.

Re-engineer your own learning lifestyle

One thing we must all keep in mind in these exciting but challenging times of change is that as L&D professionals we all have a duty to examine, analyse and even challenge the way we ourselves learn. What are our everyday learning habits? How do we pick up the little stuff we need to operate better on a daily basis? And how do we build the life-changing new skills that develop us as a person?
This is something I’ve been trying to discipline myself to do more and more over the last year or so, and I’ve come to three early conclusions that I’d like to leave you with as I wind up my thoughts here today:

  • There is no direct correlation between the length or complexity of a learning activity and the value it delivers. The quality of the overall learning experience and the learner’s mindset are far more important determining factors.
  • Explore every avenue in your personal learning and development mix. Don’t just stick to the tried and tested formulas – be adventurous and look for learning opportunities off the beaten track.
  • Leverage the power of “serendipity” – understand how to identify and seize learning opportunities everywhere. Become a “lucky learner”, the one upon whom learning fortune smiles, and get into the habit of putting yourself in the right place (to access learning) at the right time. Because, as golfing great Gary Player was in the habit of saying “the harder you work, the luckier you get!”