How CrossKnowledge’s CK CONNECT Solution Effectively Assesses and Trains People Skills: A Neuroscience Evaluation

In a recently published Market Milestone, Todd Maddox, Ph.D., Learning Scientist and Research Fellow for Amalgam Insights, evaluated CrossKnowledge’s CK CONNECT Solution Suite from a neuroscience perspective.

Maddox argues that people (aka soft) skills training is an important part of any organizations Learning & Development strategy, but that most people skills training solutions are ineffective because they engage only the cognitive learning systems in the brain, instead of engaging a combination of cognitive, behavioral, and emotional learning systems in the brain. CK CONNECT meets these challenges and provides the competitive advantage that organizations need to attract, train, and retain the best talent.

For more information, read the full Market Milestone available on the CrossKnowledge website at no cost.

Skillsoft’s Compliance Solution Provides the Competitive Advantage Organizations Need in the Modern Workplace

In a recently published Analyst Insight, Todd Maddox, Ph.D., Learning Scientist and Research Fellow for Amalgam Insights, evaluated Skillsoft’s Compliance Solution Suite from a learning science perspective—the marriage of psychology and brain science.

Maddox argues that compliance is an area where organizations cannot afford to be negligent. Training isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity. For training to be effective, it needs to optimally engage appropriate learning systems in the brain and be designed in such a way that it effectively trains hard skills, behavioral skills, interpersonal skills, and situational awareness.

For more information, read the full Market Milestone available on the Skillsoft website at no cost.

Why Skillsoft’s Workplace Harassment Prevention Training Solution Primes Behavior Change: A Learning Science Evaluation

In a recently published Analyst Insight, Todd Maddox, Ph.D., Learning Scientist and Research Fellow for Amalgam Insights, evaluated Skillsoft’s Workplace Harassment Prevention Training Solution from a learning science perspective—the marriage of psychology and brain science.

Maddox shows that effective harassment prevention training requires content that is engaging and highlights the nuances of harassing behavior. This content must then be delivered in a way that broadly engages multiple learning and memory systems in the brain in a way that “draws the learner in” and primes the learner for behavior change.

For more information, read the full Market Milestone available at no cost on the Skillsoft website.

Amalgam Insights Speaking at Informatica’s Virtual Summit on AI-Powered Data Cataloging

On August 27, Amalgam Insights invites you to Informatica’s AI-Powered Data Cataloging Virtual Summit which focuses on the core questions of

Where is all your data?

and

How do you find it, organize it, and accelerate time-to-value with AI?

The virtual summit features the following speakers

Awez Syed, Sr. Vice President for Metadata Intelligence and Enterprise Data Catalog – Informatica
Hyoun Park, CEO and Principal Analyst – Amalgam Insights
Rob Ray, Senior Data Architect – Nissan
Dave Falder, Senior Technical Specialist – Maersk
Anil Bandarupalli, Sr. Software Engineer – Rabobank
Dan Jewett, Vice President of Product Management – Tableau
Joe Brandenburg, Data Steward of the Enterprise Data Governance Office, New York Life

This virtual summit will be held on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at 9:00 AM PDT | 12:00 PM EDT. We look forward to seeing you there!

Todd Maddox quoted on IT training flaws leading to a DevOps skills shortage

On August 14th 2019, Todd Maddox was quoted on a TechTarget article written by Beth Pariseau on “IT training flaws compound DevOps skills shortage.” In this piece, Todd Maddox explains why simply knowing all the answers does not lead to knowledge or skills.

“Information and knowledge is mediated by one system in the brain, [while] behavior is mediated by a completely different system in the brain,” said Todd Maddox, a learning scientist and research fellow at Amalgam Insights in Arlington, Mass. “So, learning technologies that train behavior effectively will not be the same learning technologies that effectively obtain information.”

Click through to read the entire article, including Beth Pariseau’s experience with Udemy DevOps training,