Apps Associates Launches Apps University Education Services

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Apps Associates LLC, a leading professional IT services provider, is pleased to announce the addition of Apps University, a service offering dedicated to providing client education needs associated with IT solutions. Via Apps University, Apps Associates acknowledges the IT community’s yearning for structured, value added education that harnesses resources and talent to develop and deliver training using development strategies consistent with the client’s education demands and timeline. This offering also allows Apps Associates to package and convey its expertise in its other current service offering in a new, interactive, value added manner.

On April 6, 2011 Apps Associates LLC introduces a new service offering focused on delivering client based IT education solutions. Termed “Apps University”, this global business unit will provide value added education and training services to clients striving to gain a greater return on investment and expectations with regard to system adoption, proficiency and resulting productivity.

Perceived returns on consulting services may typically be measured in terms of a dollar savings or increased productivity by its resources. In the education space, returns are more accurately measured via increased knowledge leading to the ability to think differently and more creatively to accommodate new and unique business challenges.

One way Apps Associates can assist in certifying that an organization is well positioned for stability and growth is to ensure its resources are well trained to handle current issues as well as foresee future challenges. Typically, knowledge-sharing requires cross-specialty training which is increasingly being accommodated not by the more traditional instructor led training sessions, but instead by virtual programs and performance support programs that have the following tenets:

  •     Assembling online for a virtual session
  •     Expanding learning after the session
  •     Applying knowledge via blended learning on the job techniques
  •     Receiving and evaluating feedback on performance     

“Over the past decade, the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) has reported that the world of learning and development is increasingly characterized by technology. In its 2008 State of the Industry report, ASTD declared that technology accounts for nearly one-third of the delivery methods for employee-learning and development used by companies and government agencies. Organizations are using technology-based solutions for employee training, performance support, talent identification and development, performance improvement, collaborative learning and more.” (Using Technology to Turn Training into Performance, Adobe Systems Incorporated, 2010)

Apps Associates understands the circumstances leading to this shift in thinking, as a result, is able to collaborate with clients who share this mindset to develop and execute training programs that accommodate a dynamic training environment supported by packaged business scenarios and interactive training content that allows for immediate feedback during the session. Providing continuous in-session feedback to trainers and learners alike using techniques such as polling and non-punitive assessments confirms areas requiring further instruction or discussion now. Communicating and instructing in this way presents a better opportunity for learners to apply what has been learned in the session to required business or system tasks after the session concludes. Developing a clear path for learners to seek out answers is essential to performance and Apps Associates understands this. Promoting blended learning techniques, where a learner is paired with an on the job mentor and other organizational colleagues allows for training content to be applied in practice and therefore absorbed more fully. It also provides the opportunity for identifying areas of the training content that need to be updated to reflect current tactical steps in performing job functions.

As organizations move from instructors to blended teams, from classrooms to the field or floor, blended learning redefines the way learners (i.e., employees, managers, subject matter experts in an organization) and instructors participate in the learning process.

Apps Associates is ready to work with clients who understand that it is not all about getting the work done at whatever the cost. Developing and delivering training based on a client’s education demands requires that the client know the type of training that is best suited for the organization. Apps Associates asks the key questions to scope the engagement so that the proper training content development tools can be used while delivering on time and on budget, and without the limitations of executing training events at a specific time and place.

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