In reflection, 2011 has been a year where we celebrated the employee and cultivated business culture in the training industry. Companies focused on creating and sustaining a positive work environment where employees feel valued and empowered. It’s been a “back to the basics” kind of year with trainers researching how people learn in order to effectively train and engage employees.

With the unpredictable economy still looming, increasing employee retention and retaining talent has been a focus and concern this year; businesses have turned inward to refine company culture. Creativity and innovation has led this transformation with new technology and ideas. Trainers are becoming more creative with learning initiatives and employees are taking learning into their own hands.

These trends were among those reflected in  the Top articles published on, with authors and business experts from around the globe sharing thoughts, ideas and inspirations with visitors. These articles are published by to enhance the understanding of industry best practices, learning solutions and emerging trends in training.

Here are the Top 10 articles of 2011 in terms of readership:

  1. Key Trends for 2012: New Era of Personal Learning is Transforming the Training Industry
  2. Using Strategic Employee Recognition to Train Employees on Company Values and Objectives
  3. SharePoint: Best Practices for Business Integration
  4. How the Brain Learns
  5. Culture vs. Creativity: Is Your Organizational Culture Killing Ideas?

Articles are also shared through the Training Industry Quarterly e-magazine , which publishes four times a year and mails to more than 40,000 subscribers. The magazine is designed by colleagues and peers to reflect a variety of issues, ideas and inspiration for learning professionals. Each issue is themed around a topic of interest and importance to learning leaders.

Here are the Top 10 articles of 2011 from Training Industry Quarterly:

  1. Adding Social Media Tools to Learning Portfolios: 10 Questions to Consider  (Summer 2011 )
  2. Improving Training: Thinking Like a Game Developer    (Fall 2011 )
  3. Onboarding: A Driving Force for Employee Engagement    (Winter 2011 )
  4. Bridging the Gap: Training and Business Results    (Summer 2011)
  5. Video: The Next Hot Learning App?    (Spring 2011 )
  6. 7 Solutions for Workforce Training    (Winter 2011 )
  7. Proving Training’s Value: Linking Training to Business Outcomes   (Winter 2011 )
  8. Performance Management: Focus on People … and Profit    (Summer 2011 )
  9. Managing Knowledge in High Performance Organizations    (Summer 2011 )
  10. Redefining the ‘e’ in e-Learning    (Fall 2011 ) will continue to publish timely articles on pertinent topics in 2012. Training Industry Quarterly e-magazine themes will focus on measuring outcomes, developing leaders and emerging learning technologies. Check back and stay tuned for ongoing resources from industry thought leaders.