Apply by Dec. 1 for consideration

Elearning! Media Group hosts the second annual Learning! Champion Awards recognizing individuals for exceptional contributions to the industry. Nominees can be innovators, thought-leaders, trail-blazers, mentors, cutting-edge technologists, rookie of the year, creative consultants, or high performing learning leaders that positively impact the learning industry.  Nominate a client, leader, mentor or partner for consideration.

Those interested in nominating a candidate may do so via an online ballot. There is no charge for applying. Candidate can be submitted only one time per year for consideration. The following will be asked when submitting candidates for consideration:

- Which category of six categories are you submitting the candidate?

- Who and why are you nominating him/her?

- How did the candidate contribution to the industry and the impact?

- Basic background information on the candidate.

Nominate someone by December 1 at http://www.2elearning.com/rss2/item/56378-elearning-champion-award

 

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 The Top 100 Learning Organizations from Public and Private Sectors Convene to Celebrate

Today, the Elearning! Media Group announced the Learning! 100 top learning organizations for 2016. The rankings will be revealed at the awards dinner and reception on June 7 at the Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA.  The awards program is hosted at The Enterprise Learning! Conference (ELC), on June 7-8 at the convention center.

“The Learning! 100 recognizes the top 100 global learning organizations for high performance. These organizations are innovative, collaborative and have a truly immersive learning culture,” reports Catherine Upton, Award Chairperson. “Organizations from three to 500,000 employees are honored this year, and shows size does not matter when it comes to making a difference in the learning field.”

Celebrating six years, the Learning! 100 are comprised of 60 corporate enterprises and 40 public sector organizations. Previous honorees include American Heart Association, AT&T, Cisco, Defense Acquisition University, Khan Academy and Verizon. View previous honorees here.

The 2016 Learning! 100 Award Dinner and Reception is being hosted at the Enterprise Learning! Conference. The conference brings together learning, talent and HR executives charged with building smarter organizations to drive performance. The Learning! 100 Awards Ceremony will take place June 7 proceeded by the award reception hosting all the conference attendees. The two-day conference offers more than learning opportunities including Learning! 100 sessions and three keynotes. Executives should attend Enterprise Learning! Conference to discover how to build smarter organizations via learning and workplace technologies.

 

The 2016 Learning! 100 Corporate Enterprise and Public Sector Honorees in Alphabetical Order Are:

Amazon Web Services

ADI Global Distribution N.A., a Honeywell Company

Adobe

Advanced Distributed Learning Initiative

Allied Command Transformation NATO

AlliedBarton Security Services

American Heart Association

American Society of Association Executives

Ascension Information Services

Bayer

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate

Brainshark

Broward Health

CapGemini

Cenegenics Education & Research Foundation

Choice Logistics

Cisco

College for America, Southern New Hampshire University

Coursera

D4

DDB Worldwide

Defense Acquisition University

Defense Security Service Center

Edward Jones

EDX

E-learning for Kids

Express, Inc.

Facebook

Fedreal Government Distance Learning Association

Fidelity National Title

First Insight Corporation

Fivel Systems

Florida Virtual School

Forward Eye

G4S North America

Gigya

Habitat for Humanity

Healthstar Communications

HEI Hotels and Resorts

IBM

immixGroup (an Arrow Company)

iNACOL

Ingersoll Rand

Institute of Finance & Management

INXPO

International Society for Technology in Education

Jafra Cosmetics International, Inc.

Khan Academy

Lawrence Livermore National Labs

LinkedIN

LivePerson

Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center

Luck Companies

MarketWired

Mercy

Mesilla Valley Transportation

MobileIron

MTR Corporation Limited

NASCAR

National Training & Simulation Association

Native American Professional Parent Resources

Navy Federal Credit Union

nCino

National Defense University

Neiman Marcus

Paycor

Publicis.Sapient

Red Roof Inn

RK Stratman

Saab Australia

Saatchi & Saatchi

Salesforce

Scripps Health

Service Max

Shaw Industries Group, Inc.

SkillsUSA.org

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Stanford University

SurveyMonkey

Team Orlando

The Go Solution

The Healthcare Information Management Systems Society

The Management Trust - Oregon

T-Mobile

U. S. Department of Veteran Affairs

UNC-Chapel Hill

United Healthcare

University of Central Florida, Institute of Simulation Training

University of Phoenix

US Air Force

US Marine Corp

US Pacific Command Cyber War Innovations Center

USC Institute for Creative Technologies

United States Distance Learning Association

Veterans Affairs Acquisition Academy

Vi

Waddell & Reed

Watco Companies, LLC

Western Governors University

World Fuel Services

 

How to Register for Enterprise Learning! Conference

Register now to secure your three-day conference pass. Government, Education and Non-profits, as well as teams of three or more earn 30 percent off when registering at http://www.elceshow.com.   To learn about sponsorship opportunities, contact Sales at 888-201-2841 x842 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

About Enterprise Learning! Conference
Since 2008, Enterprise Learning! Events bring onsite and online audiences together to learn, network and share. Enterprise Learning! Conference, the exclusive learning and workplace technology conference, occurs June 7-8, 2016 in Anaheim, California. Enterprise Learning! Conference hosts the Learning! 100, Learning! Champion & Best of Elearning! Awards. The Enterprise Learning! Conference Online edition is slated for September 8, 2016 featuring new and exclusive content. For more information about the Enterprise Learning! Conference, visit http://www.elceshow.com

About Elearning! Media Group
Elearning! Media Group, owned by B2B Media Group, LLC, consists of 12 media products including: Elearning! Magazine, Government Elearning! eMagazine, Alert email newsletter, SalesTec eNews, 2elearning.com, Elearning! Web Seminar Series, Elearning! Institute, Enterprise Learning! Summits and Enterprise Learning! Conference. Elearning! Media Group serves the $225 billion enterprise learning market. In combination, these brands reach more than 2 million executives, practitioners and professionals, all evaluating or implementing enterprise learning and workplace technologies across their organizations each year. Suppliers and practitioners can follow us: online at: http://www.2elearning.com; on Twitter: 2elearning, #ELC16, #ELS16; via Facebook: Elearning!-Magazine; and, LinkedIn: Elearning! Magazine Network or Enterprise Learning! Events.

 

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---Eighth Annual Event Expands to Host Learning! 100, Learning! Champions & Best of Elearning! Awards Celebrations

Elearning! Media Group, the leader in learning and workplace technology media, announced the Enterprise Learning! Conference will go west for the 2016 event, occurring June 6th – 8th at the Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA. Mark your calendar as registration will open February 14, 2016.

The Enterprise Learning! Conference 2016 will be an unprecedented gathering of the nation’s most influential and innovative thought leaders and executives from corporate enterprise, government agencies, higher education and non-profit organizations. This conference reveals how leaders are building smarter organizations via learning and workplace technologies. A robust $225 billion industry, the enterprise learning market is growing at robust 24% CAGR.

“ The Enterprise Learning! Conference returns home to the heart of innovation, virtual reality, and collaboration. There is no better location to share what’s now and next than California. From self-driving cars, emerging virtual reality technologies, and intelligent systems, these innovations are shifting learning dramatically,” said Catherine Upton, ELC16 conference chair.  “It is exciting to witness the evolution taking place now across global learning organization in attendance.”

Celebrating Excellence

The Enterprise Learning! Conference 2016 (ELC16) hosts the exclusive Learning & Workplace Technology Conference for corporate, government and higher education executives. ELC16 provides executives an engaged environment to network, share and learn from leaders across the globe. Coupled with cutting edge research, expert learning technologists and 3 prestigious industry award programs; Learning! 100, Best of Elearning!, and Learning! Champions, this is the “Must Attend” forum for learning and performance executives.  Mark your calendar as registration will open February 14th at www.ELCEShow.com

 

ELC16 Session Tracks

ELC16 conference features four distinct tracks to support the theme of Building Smarter Organizations. They are:  Engaging the Smarter Workforce, Empowering the Smarter Learner, Best Practices of the Smarter Leader, and Building the Smarter Enterprise. 

Engaging the Smarter Workforce

Ignite Passion, Performance, Collaboration & Culture

Employee engagement is the #1 priority among corporate leaders. High engagement equals high performance. But, how do learning leaders flip the engagement switch? Leverage the right tools, practices and ideas to spur engagement.  From gamification, mobile, video and virtual learning, engaging e-learning to eMentoring and team collaboration, the solutions abound. Hear from these experts who have improved engagement within their organizations.

Empowering the Smarter Learner

E-learning is the fastest growing segment in the global education market, targeted to reach $225 billion by 2017. Learners are empowered with anytime access of information, via any device, videos, mobile apps, and more. Virtual, video and mobile learning are delivering more training hours than traditional methods. But, the transition from classroom to continuous learning, is not a simple step. Discover the design, implementation and deployment challenges of training in an always on environment. And prepare for the next generation of intelligent systems.

Best Practices of the Smarter Leader

Who is the next CEO? What if your top sales leader departs?

Leadership is part art and science. With the right talent management solutions and practices, your team will be prepared with a robust talent pipeline and scenarios in hand. Discover how the Learning! 100, leaders from the top global learning organizations, manage leadership development. Hear real-world case studies, best practices and lessons learned from leaders of these high performing organizations and the 2016 Learning! Champions. Network, learn and share with the global learning elite at ELC16.

Building the Smarter Enterprise

From Internet of Things, to social channels like YouTube, LinkedIn, and unlimited access to free content via MOOCs, learners demand a user experience to match their personal lives.  The learning ecosystems are evolving to keep pace and optimize the User Experience. Consumerization is changing learning, the platforms and delivery systems to meet immediate and life-long learning challenges of the 21st century learner.  Discover how emerging technologies, culture, and big data are influencing the way we can and will learn throughout the learning cycle: during personal learning, collaboration among peers, informal learning, when we are at work, play, and in a community.

Who Should Attend

Executives charged with driving enterprise performance via learning and workplace technologies, including HR, Talent, Development, Training, E-learning, Project Management, Education, Sales & Service should attend ELC15.  Government, non-profit agencies and educational institution leaders are also in attendance to collaborate on the now and the next in learning. Attending this conference is an amazing opportunity to meet colleagues from across the globe.  Registration will open February 14th, 2016 at www.ELCEShow.com.

 

About Elearning! Media Group

Elearning! Media Group is owned by B2B Media Group LLC. Elearning! Media Group consists of eleven media products including: Elearning! Magazine, Government Elearning! E-Magazine, e-mail newsletters, Alerts, Websites, Web seminars, the Enterprise Learning! Summit and Enterprise Learning! Conference. Elearning! Media Group serves the $225 billion learning & workplace technology market.  Suppliers and practitioners can follow us: online at www.2elearning.com; on Twitter: 2elearning or #ELSummit; via Facebook: Elearning!-Magazine or LinkedIn: Elearning! Magazine Network or Elearning! Summit. 

Enterprise Learning! Events

Since 2008, Enterprise Learning! Events bring onsite and online audiences together to learn, network and share. Mark your calendar for Enterprise Learning! Conference on June 6-8, 2016 in Anaheim, CA. Enterprise Learning! Conference hosts the Best of Elearning!, Learning! 100 and Learning! Champion Awards. The Enterprise Learning! Conference Online is slated for September 8th, 2016. For more information about the Enterprise Learning! Conference visit http://www.elceshow.com

 

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ELC Abstract Submissions Open Until February 1st, 2016

 

 

 Corona, CA, November, 2016 Elearning! Media Group, hosts of Enterprise Learning! Events, announced today a call for papers for the Enterprise Learning! Conference 2016 (ELC16). ELC16 Call for Paper submissions will be accepted until February 1st, 2016.

Enterprise Learning! Conference 2015 (ELC16) hosts the exclusive Learning & Workplace Technology Conference for corporate, government and higher education executives. ELC16 provides executives an engaged environment to network, share and learn from leaders across all sectors. Coupled with cutting edge research, Learning! 100 award winners, and expert learning technologists, this is the “must attend” forum for learning and performance executives.  Join the dialog as a conference presenter by submitting a call for paper by February 1st at: http://www.2elearning.com/rss2/item/56406-enterprise-learning-conference-call-for-papers

“Since 2008, the Enterprise Learning! Events provide an highly engaged intimate conference where top global learning leaders can share advice and best practices with leading edge technologists and colleagues, says Catherine Upton, Conference Chair and Group Publisher, Elearning! Media Group, “In 2016, we are expanding our reach to include the Best of Elearning! and Elearning! Magazine’s new Learning! Champion awards. Literally, the best of the best are attending this annual celebration of excellence,”

 

ELC16 Themes

ELC16 conference features four distinct tracks supporting the theme of “Building Smarter Organizations.” They are:  The Engaged Employee, Evolving Learning Ecosystems, Learning! 100 Best Practices, and Learning Technology at Work. Submissions should  be made at: http://www.2elearning.com/rss2/item/56406-enterprise-learning-conference-call-for-papers

and relate to one of the following topic areas:

  1.                    The Engaged Employee

Engaging the Smarter Workforce: Employee engagement is the #1 priority among corporate leaders. High engagement equals high performance. But, how do learning leaders flip the engagement switch? Presenters should focus on how learning leaders can impact engagement; How to ignite passion, performance and collaboration; The role of culture, caring and transparency; And, the change management process leaders face. Research and case studies should point to convincing evidence and best practices to share with this executive audience. 

  1.                    Consumerization of Learning Ecosystems: Enhancing the User Experience

Building the Smarter Enterprise: From Internet of Things, to social channels like YouTube, SnapChat, and unlimited access to free content via MOOCs, learners demand a user experience to match their personal life.  The learning ecosystems are evolving to keep pace and optimize the User Experience. Presenters should focus on how consumerization is changing learning, the platforms and delivery systems to meet immediate and life-long learning challenges of the 21st century learner. Focus on how the

emerging technologies, culture, and big data are influencing the way we can and will learn throughout the learning cycle: during personal learning, collaboration among peers, informal learning, when we are at work, play, and in a community.

  1.                   Best Practices of the Learning! 100

Best Practices of the Smarter Leader: The Learning! 100 represent the top global learning organizations across the private and public sectors. These sessions feature real-world case studies, best practices and lessons learned from leaders of these high performing organizations. Learning! 100 winners are invited to submit a session for the ELC16 conference. (Only past and present 2016 Learning! 100 organizations qualify to submit for this category. Those with pending applications to the 2016 Learning! 100 Award will also be considered.)

  1.                     Learning Technology at Work

Empowering the Smarter Learner: E-learning is the fastest growing segment in the global education market, targeted to reach $225 billion by 2017. Learners are empowered with anytime access of information, via any device, videos, mobile apps, and more. Virtual, video and mobile learning are delivering more training hours than traditional methods. But, the transition from classroom to continuous learning, is not a simple step.  Presenters should discuss the design, implementation and deployment challenges of training in an always on environment. Focus should be on novice to expert levels on technology-enabled learning. 

  1. 5.                        Optional:  Workshops

Building the Smarter Organization: These half-day workshops are deep-dives into building the smarter organization. Submit your workshop topic for consideration.

 

Submissions are accepted until February 1st, 2016 at: http://www.2elearning.com/rss2/item/56406-enterprise-learning-conference-call-for-papers

About the ELC16 Audience

ELC16 attendees are management level professionals charged with building smarter organizations via learning & workplace technologies. Each manages enterprise learning budgets up to $13.8 million annually and has active learning and workplace technology initiatives. All submissions must aligned with ELC16 themes and provide actionable content for real-world application. Vendors may submit proposals but will be subject to an additional sponsor fee. Potential sessions may be best practices, case study, technology implementation, strategy & leadership, research or trends format.  Submit your paper at: http://www.2elearning.com/rss2/item/56406-enterprise-learning-conference-call-for-papers

Selection Process

ELC16 Conference Advisory Committee seeks innovative, creative, solutions-oriented sessions that will help attendees build smarter organizations and drive employee performance. Each session will be 50 minutes long and presented to a live, and possibly, virtual audience.   The ELC16 conference advisory board will review all proposals submitted on or before February 1st, 2016 at: http://www.2elearning.com/rss2/item/56406-enterprise-learning-conference-call-for-papers    All abstract proposals will be notified of their status on or before March 1st, 2016. 

To learn more about ELC16, visit: http://www.2elearning.com/rss2/item/56406-enterprise-learning-conference-call-for-papers

About Elearning! Media Group

Elearning! Media Group is owned by B2B Media Group LLC. Elearning! Media Group consists of eleven media products including: Elearning! Magazine, Government Elearning! E-Magazine, e-mail newsletters, Alerts, Websites, Web seminars, the Enterprise Learning! Summit and Enterprise Learning! Conference. Elearning! Media Group serves the $225 billion learning & workplace technology market.  Suppliers and practitioners can follow us: online at www.2elearning.com; on Twitter: 2elearning or #ELC16 or #VLS15; via Facebook: Elearning!-Magazine or LinkedIn: Elearning! Magazine Network or Elearning! Summit or Enterprise Learning! Conference.

Enterprise Learning! Events
The Enterprise Learning! Events bring onsite and online audiences together to learn, network and share. Mark your calendar for Enterprise Learning! Conference 2016, the exclusive learning and workplace technology marketplace, June 2016. Enterprise Learning! Conference hosts a Celebration of Excellence, with the Learning! 100 Award Reception & Dinner, Best of Elearning! Awards and Learning! Champion Awards Receptions. For more information about the Enterprise Learning! Conference visit http://www.elceshow.com after January 1, 2016. The Enterprise Learning! Virtual Events are held September 2016 and December 2016. Learn more at:  http://www.2elearning.com/events 

 

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Elearning! Media Group, publishers of Elearning! and Government Elearning! magazines, announced the call for nominations for the first annual Learning! Champion Award 2016. The Learning! Champion Award honors Individuals for exceptional contributions to the Learning industry. Nominations are open until December 31st, 2015 at: http://www.2elearning.com/awards/learning-champion-award

 “We are honored to host the industry’s 11th Annual Best of Elearning! Awards recognizing best-in-class technologies, and the 6th Annual Learning! 100 Award honoring top global learning organizations,” reports Catherine Upton, CEO/Group Publisher, Elearning! Media Group. “It is now time to recognize individuals for their contributions in advancing our industry, Upton continues.”

Who Should Apply

New in 2016, Learning! Champion nominees can be innovators, thought-leaders, trail-blazers, mentors, cutting-edge technologists, rookie of the year, creative consultants, or high performing learning leaders that positively impact the learning industry.  Nominees can be a client, leader, mentor, technologist, or partner. There is no application fee to submit nominations.

The Nomination Process

Nominating a candidate is easy via the online ballot and takes only minutes to apply. There is no charge for applying.   The applications is very streamlined consisting of 6 questions and the opportunity to upload supporting information. Nominators will receive a confirmation email upon submission. All submissions received by December 31st, will be considered.

 

Judging Process

All completed nominations will be reviewed, categorized and evaluated by the Learning! Champion Award Committee. The Committee consists of analysts, Elearning! Advisory Board Members (learning practitioners) and Elearning! Magazine’s editors.

Award Notification & Announcements

All honorees and the nominating contacts will be notified in March 2016 of their award status. Learning! Champion award-winners will be featured in Elearning! May 2016 edition, and invited to join the Learning! Champion Award Reception at the Enterprise Learning! Conference 2016. Award-winners are also invited to participate in educational sessions, web seminars, articles, blogs and other media options across the year to share their insights, best practices and wisdom.

To learn more about the 2016 Learning! Champion award program, visit: http://www.2elearning.com/awards/learning-champion-award

 

Important Dates:

Nominations Open:     Oct. 20-Dec. 31, 2015

Judging:                      Jan-Feb 2016

Award Notifications: March 2016

Award Publication:     May 2016

Award Reception:       June 2016

Web Seminars, Articles, Blogs            June ’16-June ‘17

 

About Elearning! Media Group

For 17 years, Elearning! Media Group helps executive build smarter organizations. The 20-time award winning publications provides executives a roadmap to building a high-performance organization by focusing on industry best practices, real-world case studies, trends, analysis, technologies and services. Elearning! Media Group consists of 12 brands including: Elearning! Magazine, Government Elearning! Magazine, eMagazines, E-News, Alerts, Enterprise Learning! Events, Virtual Summits, 2elearning.com, the Best of Elearning!, Learning! 100 Award and Learning! Champions Awards.  Elearning! Media Group is owned by B2B Media Company, LLC. Learn more at: http://www.2elearning.com.   

 

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The learning industry came together during the Enterprise Learning! Conference, a three-day live event held in Manassas, Va., June 8-10, and a two-day virtual follow-up held July 16-17.

Cutting-edge keynoters addressed the crowd. Keynoter Wayne McCulloch revealed the future of learning by showcasing the learning ecosystem of Salesforce, an organization named the Most Innovative Company four years running by Fortune magazine. Dr. Jennifer Golbeck shocked attendees by revealing how much of our personal data is available to virtually anyone, unbeknownst to most of us. Keynoter Col. Ronald Dodge disclosed that the greatest threat to a company’s cybersecurity is actually the users. McCulloch is senior vice president of Salesforce; Golbeck is director of the Human-Computer Interaction Lab at the University of Maryland; Dodge is CIO and associate professor at the West Point Military Academy.

The on-site event was held in Manassas, Va. June 8-10 while a live virtual edition was held July 16-17. A combined 1,897 learning professionals registered for the hybrid event.

The conference theme of “Building Smarter Organizations” provided four distinct learning tracks that examine learning ecosystems, smart connected things in learn, big data and learning analytics and best practice of the Learning! 100.

“The way we conduct business and train our employees in today’s world is different than any other era, and the popularity of having the option to attend an on-site or virtual, from-your-desktop learning event was reflected in the robust attendance for both events,” notes Catherine Upton, group publisher and event producer.

The July online event featured six live sessions and video broadcasts of the most popular onsite sessions. A live Q&A opportunity was made available to all virtual attendees during the keynote address by Wayne McCulloch as well as a learning CEO panel featuring Todd Tauber from Degreed and Malcolm Lotzof from INXPO.

Another important function of the annual conference is presentation of the annual Learning! 100 awards. The honorees represent 60 corporate enterprises and 40 public-sector/nonprofit organizations. The top winner in the corporate enterprise category was Salesforce, and the public-sector winner is Defense Acquisition University. (See article beginning on page 24.)

The conference programming was designed by George Mason University, Defense Acquisition University and Elearning! Media Group. Those that missed the event can still view content, Q&A and chats on the ELC online platform through Oct. 16.

              -To register: https://presentations.inxpo.com/Shows/ELearning/Microsite/registration.htm

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More than 100,000 education stakeholders throughout the world take advantage of the wide range of programs and services that the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) offers. Besides using ISTE Standards for learning and teaching, they engage in webinars, face-to-face and virtual conferences or local trainings. They can join any of the 29 ISTE Professional Learning Networks.

"ISTE is an incredibly passionate, dedicated nonprofit focused on supporting educators as they embrace, and help their students to embrace, learning with technology," says ISTE CEO Brian Lewis. "We often say, 'It's not about the technology, it’s about learning and teaching,' and that’s exactly right."

The organization's expertise cuts across all those programs and offerings.

For instance, ISTE's new Lead & Transform Diagnostic Tool allows educators to measure progress along each of the "Essential Conditions," the 14 critical elements necessary to effectively leverage technology for learning. The Essential Conditions are the foundation of ISTE's Standards for learning and teaching.

The ISTE Standards team regularly refreshes the five sets of standards for digital age teaching and learning. In 2016, an updated version of the Standards for students will be released at the organization's annual conference.

And one of the newest programs ISTE offers is the Verizon Mobile Learning Academy, a free, virtual professional learning program designed for school teams that are integrating mobile technology into learning and teaching.

In 2014, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, ISTE created Project ReimaginEd, a new social learning community dedicated to redesigning learning activities that meet ISTE Standards and the Common Core State Standards. At the end of the 2015, ISTE members will have collaborated on the creation of 200 sample lessons, artifacts and resources.

"Education must continue to innovate," Lewis says. "The rapid pace of global change means we must be in a continuous state of improvement and growth. As educators and education leaders, we have to empower students to succeed in and create a world we can’t anticipate."

Of course, change is hard, and deep change in education is harder.

"The good news is that we're getting better at it," Lewis offers. "We've seen enough successes that we're learning much more about how to do deep, serious innovation in education. We're broadening not only the definition of student success, but our understanding of how to achieve it, and we will continue to do so."

Lewis believes that three key factors help ISTE to innovate in education:

  1. We accept that the pace of change is going to continue and education will continue to evolve - probably faster than ever. The school culture can set a powerful example of lifelong learning to deal with change and uncertainty.

  2. We create non-punitive cultures that value what is learned from mistakes. If we're not making mistakes, we're not innovating. We need to live up to our promise to support one another as lifelong learners.

  3. We promote collaboration through the evolution from traditional teacher isolation to collegial support. All of us in education are going to need vibrant, ongoingprofessional development, as well as an environment that encourages us to learn from and share with peers.

"We must think deeply about everyaspect of learning," Lewis concludes. "ISTE opens opportunities for teachers to test their theories with like-minded peers. We collaborate with others across the industry to create different pathways for success by equipping and empowering educators to embrace a constantly evolving future and supporting them in their lifelong learning. In turn, they create digital learning environments that inspire and excite students."

IST is a two-time Learning! 100 winner.                                         ISTE 2

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In an effort to meet a number of objectives, learning styles, diversity in experience and product/service exposure, SWBC has launched a unique mentoring program. It is for this effort that the finance company was named one of the leading private-sector learning organizations in this magazine's Learning! 100 competition for 2015.

According to SWBC vice president of Training and Employee Development Mandy Smith, the majority of its employees had indicated they wanted to participate in a mentoring program, but they had little to no experience or knowledge of how to do it.

"The result is a fairly structured program, where mentors and mentees (protege) learn how to get the most out of the program," she wrote in her nomination form. The group as a whole met regularly to discuss objectives, goals, experience and success stories. Subsequently, participants were given instructions on how to get the most out of the programs, like how often to have meetings, agenda suggestions and goal-setting.

                                                                                          Mentoring 2

Initially, program administrators were concerned about whether mentors/mentees would be able to commit to a year-long program. They also wanted to ensure that the established methods of matching mentors to mentees would be successful.

An accelerated pilot program kicked off the effort, to ensure its structure would be successful. The 20 voluntary employees who participated in the pilot program were very generous with their feedback, which was almost all positive. They were able to share some suggestions, and as a result program administrators were able to develop additional tools (handouts, worksheets, etc.) before officially launching the program. The pilot group also served as champions of the program. They were so excited and were benefiting so much, they spread the word, so there was a lot of enthusiasm among employees prior to the official launch.

"We wanted the program to have some richness and depth," Smith admits. So face-to-face interactions among employees who work in the same locations was one of the keys. "But we have employees across the country, so they may use Skype and SharePoint - which helps us collect and have discussions and have a landing place - and eLogic for enrollment, record-keeping and launching surveys."

Employees who are interested in the program fill out application forms and get approval from their managers. Then Human Resources and Training personnel go through the applications, determining short- and long-term goals, areas of strengths and world experience to share. Then they make the pairings.

Members of SWBC's executive management team also are very active as mentors - and they take the role very seriously, because it demonstrates their dedication to the employees as a whole.

"The initial results were better than we anticipated," Smith continues, citing a survey that showed unanimous approval of the mentor/mentee matches. "Not only was the participant feedback positive, we heard stories of process improvements taking place across division lines. In addition, six of the 30 participants received promotions during their program and attribute their success to their mentor."

In the future, many of the mentoring program’s core pieces will remain steady, but with different business units and different employees becoming involved, administrators will need to evolve to their needs. "We need to bring in additional development opportunities, like having a dedicated session/workshop on communication skills," Smith concludes.

SWBC is a first-time Learning! 100 winner.                                  Mentoring 3

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The U.S. Office of Personnel Management has a vibrant training and learning core based on a cross-domain communications model. For the agency's work in federal agency collaboration and technology, it was named a top performer in the 2015 Learning! 100 awards program.

The cross-domain communications model is designed to allow a course or course content to be stored and maintained in one centralized domain location so that it can be directly accessed by multiple agency learning management systems (LMSs).

"Implementing the cross-domain communications model eliminates the need to distribute and configure copies of courses for various LMS configurations," says OPM's Will Peratino, director of innovation for Emerging Solutions. "And it eliminates all of the technical support staff hours associated with implementing the course in each agency's LMS.

"Instead, the agency user signs into the agencies LMS, and when the course is selected, it is seamlessly launched and delivered to the user. The most important point is that the training event record is recorded via cross-domain communications back in the agency's LMS of origination. As a result, the agency has a real-time accounting of all of the employees training that has occurred within the LMS environment."

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Configuration management is also simpler, Peratino says, because as course content changes, the changes do not have to be sent out and implemented at each agency.

The previous model used a relational database architecture and unique file names for each unique course. To reuse that course for any other purpose meant reprogramming another unique instance.

Conversely, using an object-oriented database architecture to house very lowlevel granular knowledge objects such as animations, an explanation of a concept, graphics, audio files, PDFs and text content allows agencies to reuse the objects multiple times for different purposes and only have one occurrence of the object in the repository. These knowledge objects in the content repository can then be assembled to compose not only courses but best practices, FAQs, just in time training, job aids, references, refresher training, and different levels of support for different target audiences - which all are accessed and delivered dynamically to meet multiple real-time requirements that can be adapted to the needs of the learner.

Within the knowledge portal, content files are separated from the presentation layer, which can be a desktop computer, a website, a PDA device. "We don’t care, because we have a skin for each device that frames, structures and formats the content that's dynamically populated from the knowledge object repository into that skin as it’s delivered to the user," Peratino notes.

Another factor in OPM's entry into the Learning! 100 competition was its HRU virtual university, for all HR specialties (HRU.gov). Instead of being a typical LMS, it's an HR knowledge repository that’s object-oriented. Agencies open their CDC from their LMS environment. They sign on to their LMS, see the table of contents in the LMS, click on one and are linked to where course is delivered from. "The really cool thing is that finishing course, instead of writing the completion data at OPM, it writes it back in the LMS at the origination agency, which is what the agencies have wanted all along," Peratino says.

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With more than $4.8 billion in annual sales and more than 24,000 customers worldwide, sales training is vitally important to Shaw. Its sales training program encompasses a multi-tiered approach using a variety of media and instructional techniques to developing the salesforce necessary to support the diverse customer needs for Shaw. Included

in the approach are a new talent pipeline, facilities for keeping the salesforce current on new product introductions, and ensuring that it has the skills to serve a diverse customer base.

These and other factors resulted in Shaw being named one of Learning! 100's top organizations.

Shaw's sales workforce of more than 1,700 is faced with meeting the needs of a diverse, global customer base that requires a diverse product mix. New products are introduced two to three times a year - often dozens of styles across multiple product lines.

The salesforce is scattered all across the world, which often can make training challenging when traditional instructor-led approaches are used exclusively. Not only must training be offered in multiple languages, but it must also take into account cultural differences around the world. And that's something new for a company that is just emerging globally.

Additionally, the subject matter - floor coverings - is more technical than you might expect. "We have sales people that sell hard surfaces, carpet and sports turf," says Shaw's Chris Clement. "It's really a wide range of products with technical nuances that separate them from competition. The topic of functionality can also become complex.

"The biggest challenge is that our target audience is not in the same geography as our base it. It’s all over the globe. The feedback is we can’t take as much time out of market coming to Dalton (Ga.). We’ve got to figure out where our clients are, and that’s everywhere. ILT is the best way to asses performance, but you can’t do it all that way."

Maintaining a pipeline of new talent is one challenge that must be met, in order to not lose ground to competitors when retirements or turnover occur.

New hires spend 12 weeks at the corporate headquarters in Dalton, attending a "boot camp" to learn the industry, the company and its products. Many hires are right out of school, so they have the learning habits of Millennials: shorter batches of information with more frequent bursts.

"We've gamified a lot of the training, too," says Clement. "Gamification for us is allows sales people to win points through answering questions correctly. But we're very, very early in developing that facet of our training; our last class was our pilot program. They were our guinea pigs, and it worked beautifully, so we're planning to expand that portion of our sales training. It's a competition, and sales is definitely a competition."

Testing is done via the Trivie mobile format. "We test for comprehension," Clement notes. "Before Trivie, we used written tests that took long time to take and grade. But with Trivie, the results are instantaneous, in real-time. That affords us the opportunity to give needed coaching quickly."

Because the training is competitive, like the sales profession, it has an uptodate leaderboard, and participants are given a monetary incentive to excel.

But experienced new hires don’t attend the corporate university. They are given more condensed training. "We do a lot of things in our mobile app," Clement says. "The idea is, if you're a sales person, we give you information when and where you need it, not just when you can show up."

Diversity is the key, Clement notes: "We've diversified as a company in our product offeriengs and locations. Our learning programs are reflections of that."

 

Shaw Industries is a five-time Learning! 100 winner.                        Shaw 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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