Benchmarking Tertiary Education Sector capability development

All Tertiary Education Organisations (TEOs) are confronted with how to reframe how they offer learning that incorporates technology in an effective way. This challenge impacts not only on the learning experience itself, but also on the systems and processes that underpin their design and development.

Synapsys is partnering with Ako Aotearoa in a project that will provide a range of organisations with a chance to benchmark themselves against a rubric of relevant indicators, and explore opportunities for improving how they go about assimilating technology into learning. Project participation is open to Industry Training Organisations, Private Training Establishments and Tertiary Education Institutions. If you’re interested in participating, have a look a the Ako Aotearoa project page here, or to request a copy of the invitation please email

Phil Garing, Synapsys Director

Phil Garing, Synapsys Director


Blended Learning eBook:

How Australian Universities are 
implementing innovative blended learning methods to boost student engagement

This eBook focuses on three areas:

  1. Establishing a culture where blended learning can be effectively developed and delivered
  2. Capability development
  3. Measuring student engagement

Practical ‘case study’ style information makes it worth a read, particularly if you’re interested in Pharmaceutical Studies, Nutrition and Exercise, or Workplace Learning. While the case studies are all university based, there is plenty in here for corporate and government organisations to think about.

Read and download here 

Synapsys Keynote at NZATD

Synapsys’ Phil Garing is keynoting at NZATD in Auckland on the 12th and 13th of October. Global trends in talent management are seeing Learning and Development emerge as a genuine strategic tool, rather than being seen as a Cost Centre. The opportunity for L&D to impact on an organisation is growing exponentially, but so are the challenges involved. Better engagement with stakeholders, demonstrated benefit from activity, and compelling use of technology are just some of the growing expectations.

In his keynote, Phil will pull together the global responses to these challenges that emerged at the 2016 ATD International Conference in Denver. He’ll then sheet these back to local initiatives that provide the New Zealand flavour so critical to effective practice in our own backyard.

Phil will also look at what this all means for the competencies an L&D practitioner is going to have to look to develop if they’re planning to keep up with the change.


Disruptive technologies: Interactive micro-learning through video

If you’re looking at breaking the shackles of your LMS and pushing out engaging, interactive micro-learning without learners having to log in, have a look at Hi Ha Ho

It’s a cloud based solution for embellishing video with various flavours of interactivity and tracking learner responses – all without having to log in to anything. It struck a chord at our recent Wellington L&D Innovation Seminar, so we have an Advisory Group looking at it and other emerging/disruptive technologies.


Human Capital Trends

If you’re looking for a high level overview of the wider human capital space and where Learning and Development fits in, this article from Deliotte is worth a look here.

Based on interviews with more than 7,000 business and HR leaders from 130 countries, the article argues that organisational design, particularly around effective networks of teams is key. Learning (and development) rates as fourth priority with 84% of executives rating it as important, or higher. Technology adoption and making learning “consumer like” are some of the themes.