Using SiriusDecisions Learning Solutions November 22 2016

We're often asked how clients use our learning. Every organization is different and every leader has a different vision. But they all have a common goal; to grow their team and their organization. Here are some of our favorite examples of how to use SiriusDecisions Learning effectively.

Target the Skills Gaps

Some clients come to us knowing exactly what skills their teams need to work on. Others know that their team needs to learn and be certified, but are not sure where to start. When leaders need to understand what courses would work best for their gaps, we have their teams take our individual skills assessment. After completing a skills assessment, each individual will be able to see which courses align to their needs and view a demo of those courses. The teams can then meet to discuss where their skills gaps were overlapping and create a team curriculum based on the results.


Pair SiriusDecisions Learning with Advisory Services for an Integrated Solution

No leader is an island; if you are a leader who is already using SiriusDecisions Advisory services, how will your team be able to implement and take action on the frameworks and best practices you're using? Learning allows your teams to make that intelligence actionable while leaders work with SiriusDecisions analysts to plan initiatives. Using a fully integrated SiriusDecisions solution puts you on the fast track to successful growth.


Gamify Your Learning Initiative

Gamification is a hot topic in e-learning right now. But it doesn't have to be complicated, and with us, it doesn't require you to purchase any fancy software solution. All you need to do is work with SiriusDecisions Learning to develop a curriculum that aligns to your business goals. Once we have that curriculum set, your leadership will decide on what the team prize will be. Prizes and bonuses incentivize your team to complete the learning and apply the learning. You'll break your learners into teams of 3 or more (depending on the number of total users) and then it's off to the races! We'll schedule leader reports to you and you can watch the progress happen. Some clients make their gamification initiative two fold: one prize for being the team that completes the curriculum first, another prize for being the team that best proves application of the learning. 


Delegate, Delegate, Delegate

If you're a leader with a large number of business goals within your marketing organization, you may have several directors or lower level managers who have teams in need of upskilling. Our learning tokens provide a great deal of flexibility in this arena. You can buy a large number of learning tokens and then transfer them in smaller numbers to each manager. That manager can then transfer them to each of their team members, creating a sub-curriculum that they are able to monitor. 


Strategic Rollout

We always encourage our clients to choose courses based on skills gaps or business goals for the year. If you want to take a more flexible approach to your program, you can buy a large number of tokens to start and then roll them out strategically aligned with your year's business goals. For example, leaders can choose three courses to offer each quarter, allow a week for sign up, then kickoff the first cohort with a internal schedule of deadlines to ensure completion at the end of the quarter. When the quarter is complete, each class cohort meets on a webinar to discuss the course content and ask questions. At the beginning of the next quarter, a new round of classes is offered. 

A Pathway to Certification: Time Management Tips for Completion of SiriusPathways™ May 03 2016

SiriusPathways™ are robust e-learning courses with a large amount of content. On top of that, in order to become SiriusDecisions Certified, you have to pass the course with a score of 90 or greater. Each competency ends with an assessment and that assessment asks you to apply the concepts to a business case. These assessments are challenging!

As such, it's no surprise that people often ask us how long it takes to complete a SiriusPathway™. The trouble is, there is no easy answer to this question. With that in mind, here are some of our favorite time management tips that can help you find the time in your busy schedule to complete a SiriusPathway™.

    • Set your pace. SiriusPathways™ will take somewhere between 4-8 hours to complete. We know that everyone learns at a different pace and that pace is set by your schedule, your ability to comprehend new information, and your experience level in the subject area. That's why we don't reply with a firm number of hours for course completion.
    • Map your time. SiriusPathways™ are made up of Competencies, and within each competency there are modules. Within those modules there are activities. The courses are not designed to be taken in one siting, so make sure to review how many competencies are in your SiriusPathway™ and how many modules make up each of the competencies. Typically, it will take an average user 30 minutes to complete one module - but that, again, is an estimate that will vary person to person.
    • Decide how you learn best. Modules are broken into See It, Read It, Apply It activities. See Its are a series of videos with graphics and audio, Read Its are our SiriusDecisions briefs that explain the concepts in detail, and Apply Its offer you templates and frameworks that encourage you to take what you've just learned and apply the concepts to your role or organization. You do not need to take these activities in order - you can try applying it first, and then go back and Read It and See It. Or you can Read It, then See It, then Apply It. 
    • Block off the time you'll need. Your calendar is probably hectic. Look for open time slots throughout the week. It can be 20-30 minutes a day, an hour a week, whatever you can squeeze in. Google Calendar even offers a way to make time for your goals; check it out!
    • Leave time to process and review. This is new information for many of you. Make sure to leave time for yourself to return to the material for review after you've finished the course. We even suggest printing all of the documents and taking screenshots of the videos so that you can use them for note-taking and return to them after you no longer have access to the course.

With this kind of preparation, you're bound to succeed and be added to the growing number of b-to-b marketers who are #SDcertified. 

For more information on how to complete a SiriusPathway™ and become certified, watch our deep dive video that walks you through the steps to achieve certification.