9Slides is Closing

As you may know, 9Slides was recently acquired by Limeade, a company dedicated to improving the health, well-being, performance and culture of large organizations. We will be integrating the 9Slides platform, quiz and analytics capabilities into the Limeade employee engagement platform.

Since we’ll transition our technology to Limeade, we’ll no longer offer 9Slides as a standalone product after July 31, 2015.

What does this mean?

In August, the 9Slides platform will close down. Current 9Slides customers won’t be able to create or store synced audio/visual presentations, or have access to the quiz functionality or back-end analytics.

Customers can, however, save previously created synced slide/video presentations with our new download function, which will be available for the next 30 days.

How do I do this?download

Visit the “My Talks” tab on the Trainer Dashboard. From here, you’ll see a list of all the presentations
you’ve created. At the bottom of each tile, you’ll see the new “Download” button. Click this to download your presentation into an MP4 video format, which you can upload to a video-sharing site like YouTube or Vimeo. (Please note: This function is only for presentations with audio/video sync.)

What now?

Before July 31, 2015, please log into your dashboard to download any presentations you’d like to keep. Monthly subscribers won’t be charged for July 2015 and annual subscribers will receive separate communications from us regarding refunds.

Questions?

Please let us know if you need any additional assistance during this transition, or if you have any questions or comments. You can reach us at learning@limeade.com.

Online Learning In Health & Medicine

As part of  our new series to recognize 9slides global customers and share the success stories and  learnings amongst rest of the 9slides family, we recently interviewed Professor Theofilos  Rosenberg from Athens  University Of Medicine, Greece. We want to thank you Professor  Theofilos for time he has taken out for this interview over email. Below are excerpts:

 Professor Theofilos, tell us about your organization and department to our audience:

The MSc in “International Medicine and Health Crisis Management” is an interdisciplinary  programme of postgraduate studies. It is specially designed for medical doctors, nurses and other  health professionals who are looking to improve their professional skills and knowledge and pursue a  career in international public health bodies, relief or development aid agencies. Our department belongs to the Athens University School of Medicine, one of the country’s oldest and most respected universities.

What is your role in your organization and department you are associated with?

My name is Theofilos Rosenberg and I am associate Professor of Surgery at Athens University School of Medicine. In addition, I am serving as the academic director of the aforementioned postgraduate program. There, apart from teaching, I am also leading a team of young researchers and professionals in providing innovative education to audiences around the country and the broader region.

What problem were you trying to solve with 9slides?

Having decided to offer education to students who are not physically present in the classroom we were looking for the appropriateUniversity Of Athens technology to improve our distance learning services. We were seeking for a web-based solution for delivering convenient video lectures to our postgraduate students’ computers. Currently all of our courses offered online, feature video lectures that have been edited and published by 9slides.

How long have you been using 9slides for and how is your experience so far?

We have used 9slides for the last two years. From initial enquiry to the launch of our first online video-lecture, 9slides were very helpful and professional showing genuine interest in our needs. What’s most important for us is that out students like it and it has added a lot to the overall online learning experience they enjoy.

Would you recommend 9slides to our customers and why?

Definitely. From a user’s point of view I know that my team has been contented with using it when editing our video lectures. 9slides has been so far fast, stable and reliable. It has helped us building effective engagement with our students. We did a lot of enquiry before choosing it and we feel we made the right choice.

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More About Theophilos Rosenberg MD.

Theophilos Rosenberg is Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Athens, School of Medicine. Dr Rosenberg has graduated the Athens University School of Medicine in 1973 and was specialized in general Surgery at the 1st University. He followed residency studies in Cardiothoracic Surgery as a fellow of the “College de Medecine des Hopitaux de Paris” in the Departments of Cardiac Surgery of the Hopsitals Broussais (1981-1982) and Laennec (1992-1994) Paris.

Dr Rosenberg started his academic career in 1980 and is actually Associate professor Department of Surgery of the University of Athens, “Laikon” Hospital, in at the 1st Athens, Greece.

His special interests are minimal invasive and robotic surgery.

Pr Rosenberg has a particular academic interest in the fields of Emergency Medicine, Medicine in austere environments and Global Health. He is the coordinator and Director of the MSc. course “International Medicine/Health Crisis Management” (http://crisis.med.uoa.gr/) at the Athens University School of Medicine. This highly successful MSc. Program, for over a decade trains personnel for emergency relief operations, civil protection and public health.

Professor Rosenberg has a considerable social and academic activity as a member of boards of trustees of several charitable Organizations. He is the founder and president over many years, of the Medical NGO “Doctors of the World –Greece” with considerable experience in health aid missions to vulnerable populations and in major disasters in developing countries

Intelligent Learning Solution Is Here!

Today 9slides is announcing the next generation of its intelligent online training solution, which uses the power of data signals and the web to auto-curate and suggest learning content tailored uniquely for individual learner needs.

Intelligent learning solution

For the first time ever we have so much information available to us, which can be directly applied to the learning and growth of individuals. Old styled pre-set training content & plans are no longer sufficient for rapidly changing market dynamics, and is one of the biggest reason training & learning within organization play catch-up with market requirements. With our intelligent learning solution, organizations would not only be able to provide a very personalized learning experience for their employees, but would also be able to leverage large number of content put together by professional content developers on varied topics. Its a major milestone for learning solutions.

9slides is rolling out today an exciting new dashboard experience that works across different devices such as desktop, tablet and phones with live activity reports from your learners as well as social interactions. Some of the selected customers and partners will start seeing intelligence right away in their 9slides dashboard, and rest of the customers would see newer functionality over next few weeks.

Check it out your new 9slides experience by logging into www.9slides.com

Measure comprehension by adding quiz

Part of sharing knowledge involves being able to measure audience comprehension and 9slides allows you to do so by adding multi choice questions which gets presented at the end of the content.

Here is how it looks like when a question get presented after the content. You can add up-to 5 answers to a question. You can add up-to 10 multiple choice questions.

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Below user makes his selection by clicking on one of the answers. As soon as user clicks an answer, “Check Answer” highlights which would not only record user’s response but would also display if user responded correctly.

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As soon as user hits “check answer” system tells if user responded correctly (or not). Notice red color highlighting user responded wrong and correct answer is ‘Friday’.  After this user can move to next question by clicking ‘Next’

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If user responds correctly, it turns green (as shown below). Its that simple.

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Its very simple and yet effective for trainer as well as trainee to participate in these quick quizes, helping trainer evaluate trainee comprehension.

Sexual Harassment Training at Workplaces – Dealing With Dignity

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In a very unusual and unheard case of sexual assault at workplace that is currently doing rounds of the digital media, Maria Zhang, Yahoo’s top-level Executive has been accused of having forced her female sub-ordinate Nan Shi to engage in oral and digital sex with her while they shared the company apartment and threatening Shi of dismissal in case of refusal. In her complaint, Shi says that when she disapproved of Zhang’s advances, her performance reviews were wrongly pulled down; she was detached from important projects and assigned lesser roles. The accused however, has counter-sued Shi on account of defamation and claims that Shi was under-performing and has cooked up this story as a last attempt to save her job. Yahoo conducted an internal investigation in the matter but found no evidence to validate Shi’s complaint. The company in fact stands by Zhang and asserts of her being an exemplary employee.

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Making unwanted sexual advances, demanding sexual favors under threats, and any other physical or verbal conduct that is sexual in nature amount to sexual harassment. Such behavior interferes with employees’ work performance and also creates an intimidating and offensive work environment. To ensure that organizations don’t lose good employees to harassment, to maintain the dignity of each employee at the workplace and to minimize their financial liability that comes in form of pay-out, many organizations are introducing harassment training programs in workplaces. These training programs can not only help in dealing with sexual harassment in a stronger manner but also help prevent it. Through such programs a prospective victim is educated about company policies, complaint mechanisms, and general laws against harassment as well as techniques to identify and stop a sexual assault the very first time it takes place. On the other hand, a prospective perpetrator can be warned about the possible consequences of such conduct in a very subtle yet strict manner. These training programs can also help employers become more responsive to sexual harassment occurrences and more responsible to take immediate and appropriate action.

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Sexual Harassment at workplaces is an epidemic that inflicts societies across the globe and according to a recent survey, 60% of the victims never speak because of the fear of retribution. Every year, approximately 15,000 complaints of sexual harassment are made to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. (Link: http://www.aauw.org/what-we-do/legal-resources/know-your-rights-at-work/workplace-sexual-harassment/) In 2013, state and federal agencies received more than 30,000 complaints alleging harassment on the job while the actual number is much higher. (Link:http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/may/09/workplace-sexual-harassment-loophole) According to the EEOC, apart from the increasing number of sexual harassment complaints filed by women, the number of sexual harassment complaints filed by men has also more than tripled in the recent years. These numbers are incredibly alarming. It’s not only a common workplace experience among women, but also an increasing source of worry of being falsely accused, among men.

In case of Maria Zhang and Nan Shi, whether the allegations were fabricated or the negative performance reviews were fabricated; only time and jury will tell. But had there been sufficient amount of training on sexual harassment, this matter could have been dealt with in a more dignified manner and the reputation of all the stake holders could have been protected. Prevention is the best tool to eliminate sexual harassment in the workplace and prevention can only come with proper training.