Veterans from across the country began a new career journey in the VA Acquisition Academy (VAAA) Acquisition Internship School’s Warriors to Workforce (W2W) Program. They came into the program not knowing what to expect. Many of them had their military career cut short by battlefield injuries and were left to answer the question, “What’s next?” The W2W Program was created to answer that question and provide returning wounded veterans an opportunity to apply military experiences and highly transferrable skills to the contract specialist career field within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and other federal government agencies. The holistic program leverages GI Bill benefits to meet mandatory college education requirements and provides extensive technical and business skills training, advanced biofeedback work, and mission service. It utilizes a cohort model that provides a built-in support system and network that mirrors the team environment and camaraderie veterans experience in the military, easing the transition to the civilian professional world.

In their first year, the interns earn 36 college credits in business courses. To date, W2W participants have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.5 in college level courses. At completion of year one, participants transition into existing career development programs, such as our award-winning Acquisition Intern Program (AIP). Through AIP, they go on to complete the education requirements to achieve a Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting (FAC-C) Level II, which is recognized throughout the federal sector as evidence of a solid education in the professional career field.

More than 120 wounded warrior veterans have been hired into the W2W program to date, which includes VA as well as three other government agency participants. Ninety-four percent have completed the W2W Program. Three cohorts have successfully transitioned to the VA’s Acquisition Intern Program (AIP) and one to the VA’s Project Management Fellows (PMF) Program. One-hundred percent of the inaugural W2W cohort that graduated from AIP was placed permanently in the acquisition workforce across the country. They come from all across the country, represent all branches of service and, between them, earned 27 Purple Hearts, 46 Combat Action Ribbons and six Bronze Stars.

Veterans display many of the attributes that are important in contracting like trust, integrity, teamwork, problem solving, and leadership. Supervisors in the field offices where they conduct job rotations and are ultimately integrated into the acquisition workforce often remark that they wish they could be cloned.

The undertaking supports VAAA’s mission of recapitalizing the acquisition workforce and the VA’s commitment to veteran employment.

The program offers new optimism and confidence to returning wounded warriors and provides a great source of talent for the federal workforce. It’s mutually beneficial and rewarding.

More information about VA’s Acquisition Academy is available atwww.acquisitionacademy.va.gov

By Stephanie Belella, Acquisition Internship School Program Manager, VA Acquisition Academy

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Private enterprise Learning! 100 winners reported an average revenue of $11 billion in 2015. The top three winning industries were information and technology services (21.6 percent), media (10 percent) and health care (8.3 percent). Eighty-four percent of the organizations report having a Chief Talent, Workforce, People, OD or Learning Officer on staff and of these, 75 percent report to the Chief Executive Officer or President. The average number of employees at each company was 43,073. (Data compiled from supplied information only.)

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Executives Nominate 99 Solutions Across 29 Categories for Excellence

  

Elearning! and GovernmentElearning! magazines, the industry voices of the enterprise learning and workforce technology market, announced today the Best of Elearning! Awards 2016 Finalists. Readers and professionals from both the private and public sector cast more than 4,000 nominations for the best-in-class solutions across 29 product categories. Winners of each category will be revealed in Elearning! and Government Elearning! magazines in December and honored at the Best of Elearning! Celebration at the Enterprise Learning! Event.

In its 12th year, The Best of Elearning! Awards program is the industry gold standard for excellence. The program is the exclusive Industry Users Choice Award whereby learning professionals vote with their ballot for best-in-class solutions. Eighty-five percent of professionals have personally recommended a learning solution to a colleague over the past 12 months and this awards program formalizes this personal recommendation process. Award recognition is important for buyers, as 61 percent agree that award recognition impacts their buying decision, according to Elearning! Media Group’s research.

This year, 99 individual products and solutions are being named as finalists.

“We are in an exciting time of innovation, creativity and competition,” says Catherine Upton, Group Publisher, Elearning! Media Group. “The Best of Elearning! awards recognize those brands that solve real business learning challenges. There is no greater honor than having your customers nominate and vote for these best-in-class solutions. We continue our commitment to recognizing innovation and user satisfaction across a diverse group of solution providers.”

 

All 99 brands will be honored for excellence, and the top vote-getter in each category is named the winner. “Every finalist will receive an award of excellence or winner honors. Given the high volume of votes and the number of nominated products, every one of these solution providers should be proud to be voted as best-in-class by their customers,” adds Upton.

 

The Voting Process

Elearning! Media Group readers, practitioners and community members nominate and vote for products and solutions via Elearning! Media Group’s online ballot. All ballots were cast between June 1 and September 1, 2016. Each ballot was reviewed and validated by the editorial team. All vendor ballots were voided.

 

Best of Elearning! Awards Programs

 

Discover what your peers and colleagues say about their solution providers. See who made the cut in 2016. The Best of Elearning! honorees are featured in Elearning! and Government Elearning! magazines’ December 2016 editions. “The awards issue is by far the most popular edition of the year. Those seeking world-class solutions go to the Best of Elearning! issue to short-list brands and see what real users say about the solutions,” reports Upton.

The Best of Elearning! Awards Celebration will be hosted at the Enterprise Learning! Event in February 2017. This industry event offers executives the opportunity to network, share and learn about the best learning options and dialogue directly with technologists and learning leaders, all in one place. Attend Best of Elearning! sessions, hear customer stories and share advice on learning architecture at the event, live streamed to the larger learning community.  To learn more about The Best of Elearning! events, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.2elearning.com/events

The Best of Elearning! Finalists for 2016 are as follows:


1. Learning Mgt System Cloud

Blatant Media

Absorb

ePath Learning

ASAP

ICS Learning Group

Inquisiq R4

Litmos by CallidusCloud

Litmos LMS

   

2. Learning Mgt System Enterprise

SumTotal Systems

Learn

SAP

SuccessFactors LMS

NetDimensions

Learning

LearnDash

LearnDash LMS

   

3. Learning Content Mgt System

Dominknow

CLARO

Xyleme

Xyleme LCMS

CD2 Learning

LCMS

   

4.Other Learning Platform

Articulate

Articulate Online

Biz Library

Company College

iSpring

iSpring Learn LMS

ej4

Thinkzoom

Skillsoft

SkillPort

   

5. Talent Mgt System

 

Cornerstone

TMS

SAP

SuccessFactors TMS

NetDimensions

Performance

Oracle

Taleo Cloud

   

6. HR Technology

 

Workday

Workday

Oracle

HCM Cloud

SAP

HCM Cloud

Infor

Lawson

   

7.  Content Aggregation Platform

BizLibrary

The BizLibrary Collection

Degreed

Degreed

OpenSesame

OpenSesame

   

8. IT Training

 

ej4

Software Skills Library

LinkedIn

Lynda.com

Skillsoft

IT Skills Library

   

9. Leadership Training

ej4

Leadership Development

Vado

Leadership Development Track

Vital Learning

Leadership Essentials

BizLibrary

Leadership & Mgt

   

10. Softskills Training

 

BizLibrary

Business Skills 

BCI

Win-Win Negotiations

EJ4

Business Skills Library

Vado

Management Training Library

Vital Learning

Motivating Team Members

   

11. Compliance Training

ej4

Workplace Compliance Library

Vubiz

WHMIS

Mastery Technology, Inc

Bloodborne Pathogens

   

12. Sales Training

 

ej4

Selling Skills

BCI

Customer Outcome Selling

Franklin Covey

Helping Clients Succeed

Richardson

Selling With Insights

   

13.  E-learning Dev Tool

Articulate

Storyline 2

iSpring

iSpring Suite

Harbinger Knowledge Products

Raptivity

   

14. Simulations Solution

Adobe

Captivate 9

iSpring

iSpring TalkMaster

Simformer.com

Business Simulation

Platform

   
   

15. Gamification Solution

Gamelearn

Pacific

Trivie, Inc

Trivie for Business

Allen Interactions

Zebra Zapps

   

16. Video Capture Tools

Articulate

Replay

TechSmith

Camtasia

iSpring Solutions

iSpring Free Cam

   
   

17. Video Publishing Tool

Adobe

Premiere

iSpring Solutions

iSpring River

Sony

Sony Vega Studio

Vimeo

Vimeo

   

18. Testing & Assessment

Articulate

Articulate Quizmaker

iSpring

iSpring QuizMaker

Questionmark

Perception

   

19. Learning Analytics Solution

Intelliboard

Reports

Watershed

LRS

Yet Analytics

Yet Core

   

20. Social Learning Solutions

Bizlibrary

Community

Atlassian

Confluence

SuccessFactors

Jam

Learning@Cisco

Cisco Collaborative Knowledge

   

21. Mobile Authoring Tools

Articulate

Storyline 2

Adobe

Captivate

Dominknow

Flow

   

22. Presentation Tool

 

Articluate

Articulate Presenter

Micosoft

PowerPoint

Prezi

Prezi

   

23. Web Seminar Solution

Cisco

WebEx Meeting Center

Citrix Online

GoToMeeting

INXPO

XPOCast

   

24. Virtual Classroom Solution

Adobe

Connect

Cisco

Training Center

ON24

ON24 Webinars

Citrix Online

GoToTraining

   

25. Virtual Learning Environmt Solution

INXPO

VLE

ON24

Virtual Environment

West

InterCall VLE

   

26.Mobile Application

 

Articulate

Articulate Mobile Player

iSpring Solutions

iSpring Play App

Colorado Technical University

CTU Mobile

   

27. Translation & Localization Svcs

Transperfect

Translation and Localization

WeLocalize

Translation and Localization

Golocalise

Golocalise Translation &

Localisation Services

   

28. Outsource Learning Svcs

Global Knowledge Corp.

Organizational Svcs

Skillsoft

Learning Svcs

IBM

Learning Services

   

29. Open Source Solution

MOODLE

MOODLE LMS

Adapt

E-learning Authoring Tool

Mambo.io

gamification platform

 

About Elearning! Media Group

Elearning! Media Group serves the $225 billion enterprise learning market.  Elearning! Media Group, owned by B2B Media Group, LLC, consists of 13 media products including: Elearning! Magazine, Government Elearning! magazine, e-magazines, e-mail newsletters, Alerts, website, Web Seminar Series, Enterprise Learning! Summits and Enterprise Learning! Conference, Learning! 100, Learning! Champion Award and Best of Elearning!.  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 www.2elearning.com; on Twitter: @2elearning, #BoEL #ELC16, #ELS16; via Facebook: Elearning!-Magazine; and, LinkedIn: Elearning! Magazine Network or Enterprise Learning! Events.

 

About 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! Events in February 2017 and August 2017.  For more information about the Enterprise Learning! Events, visit: www.2elearning.com/events

 

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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

 

Published in Latest News

Riptide’s Learning Division added WayPoints to its html5 courseware arsenal. In addition to the Elements courseware, that delivers highly interactive e-learning to any device and in any language, Elements released an innovative new courseware product, Waypoints. Elements WayPoints provides an in-line training experience that can work for any web-based software. The major portion of WayPoints courseware involves a unique learning experience in-line with the product and it provides simulations through guided workflows that have the learner directly interfacing with the software. Using xAPI, Waypoints also provides competency based assessments and training activity data.

In only a couple of months Waypoints has seen a measurable amount of success in large enterprise business and for military training systems. Two major corporations, a legal research, technology, and human expertise platform; and a company that provides services to the global airline industry, both multi-billion dollar in revenue, are able to prove software usage competencies with Waypoints. Both companies are using multiple services from the Elements platform. The airline service company is using the entire LMS platform, while the technology and human expertise platform is using a collection of micro-services and Riptide Elements is integrating into their proprietary LMS.

To complement the Waypoints product, Riptide is adding an authoring feature to allow training workflows to be created directly by the end user very rapidly. This authoring component makes Waypoints accessible to non-technical authors allowing them to create their own workflows. In addition, the author can create different types of overlays from popovers, transitions, to modals.

—Learn More: http://learning.riptidesoftware.com/products/
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Learning isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon. It takes hard work, dedication and creative thinking.

BY CLAIRE JOHNSON

The 2016 Learning! Champion Award honors individuals for exceptional contributions to the learning industry. Elearning! Magazine names 47 professionals across eight categories: Lifetime Achievement, Thought Leader, Trail Blazer, High Performer, Mentor, Creative Consultant, Innovator and Rookie of the Year. Each winner was nominated by their peers and selected from hundreds of submissions.

The Lifetime Achievement winners have dedicated their entire lives to learning and have helped thousands of others do the same. The Thought Leaders are industry experts always willing to share their expertise and are dedicated to bettering their communities and industries. The High Performers have gone above and beyond, usually in a relatively short time frame, to implement new learning techniques in their organizations. The Mentors take a special interest in others to help them achieve their potential. Creative Consultants have the ability to create solutions to learning problems that scale beyond the current challenge. Innovators are technologists and problem solvers who often bring these solutions to market for others to share. Rookies of the Year are new to their role or the industry and have surpassed performance expectation and are on their way to a successful career. Thank you to the 2016 Learning! Champions who include...

 

 

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT  

 

Frank Anderson, Retired, Defense Acquisition University

Frank Anderson, a retired Brigadier General, United States Air Force, is the former president of Defense Acquisition University (DAU) and former director of Human Capital Initiatives which is responsible for training and workforce development. He served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Contracting and as Air Force Competition Advocate General. A graduate of the Defense Systems Management College, Air Command Staff College, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Anderson is certified in Program Management and Contracting. He cares strongly about the evolving practice of workflow learning and has dedicated his career to it. Throughout the course of his career, Anderson received the highest performance excellence awards presented by the President and the Secretary of Defense to federal civilian employees: the Meritorious and Distinguished Presidential Rank Awards and the Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Award. He also received the Herbert Robach Memorial Award, the National Contract Management Association’s highest honor. In 2002 and 2006, he received the Corporate University best-in-Class (CUBIC) Award as Corporate University Leader of the Year and DAU was selected as Best Overall Corporate University. An since, DAU has continued its excellence in corporate university leadership.

Anderson served as a major weapon system program director, product group manager, and director of contracting for the Air Force’s largest buying and acquisition center. He commanded the largest Air Force B-1B in-plant contract management office and served as director of the In-Plant Sub-Contract Management Division.

Anderson co-authored the book “Leading A Learning Revolution, The Story Behind Defense Acquisition University’s Reinvention of Training.”

http://www.hci.mil/ 

 

Josh Bersin, Chief Executive Officer, Bersin by Deloitte

Josh Bersin founded Bersin & Associates, his own research and advisory consulting firm that focused on enterprise learning and talent management. Later acquired by Deloitte, the firm offers premier analyst and advisory services through in-depth research, trends, benchmarks, and best practices for corporate human resources, training, leadership, and talent management. As founder of Bersin & Associates, he has researched and implemented key industry learning and talent best practices. His commitment to advancing e-learning, learning technology and HR talent practices qualifies him for the Learning! Champion Lifetime Achievement Award. Bersin has spent 25 years in enterprise software with DigitalThink, Sybase and IBM. Bersin obtained a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Cornell University, a Master of Science in engineering from Stanford University, and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.

He is responsible for Bersin by Deloitte’s long term strategy and market eminence and is a frequent speaker at industry events. Bersin is a contributing writer for Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, CBS Radio and National Public Radio. He frequently covers topics ranging such as feedback, company restructuring and workplace learning.

www.linkedin.com/in/bersin

 

Dr. Ken Blanchard, Founder, The Blanchard Companies

Dr. Ken Blanchard has had a long and successful career leading people. The former assistant dean at Ohio University gave a speech while on sabbatical “Different Strokes for Different Folks” at a Young Presidents Organization event and was met with such an enthusiastic response, he and his wife started their own management consulting company, The Blanchard Companies, which now has more than 300 employees and offices around the world.

Blanchard co-authored “The One Minute Manager” in 1982 which sold more than 13 million copies and was on the New York Times’ bestseller list for years.

Blanchard follows a two-part rule for great leadership. Leaders must have a vision or direction and servant leadership, where the traditional pyramid structure is turned around and the leader does everything possible for the organization and employees, acting as an example for accomplishing and maintaining the company’s vision.

Always looking for the best in people, his advice to leaders and managers is to find something team members are doing well, and let them know they are appreciated. Positive feedback goes a long way making the employees feel valued and encouraging them to continue to work hard and perform well. He also lives by advice his mother gave him: “Don’t act like you’re better than anyone else, but don’t act like they’re better than you either.” Everyone has good qualities, they just need to be sought.

www.linkedin.com/in/kenblanchard1

 

 

THOUGHT LEADER

Ajay Pangarkar, Workforce Revolutionary, CentralKnowledge

Ajay Pangarkar is pursuing the need for organizational learning leaders to build and implement simple learning solutions and focus their efforts and resources on business relevance. Pangarkar wants learning leaders to see themselves as a business unit with their sole purpose of existence to achieve their leader’s imperative, meeting organizational strategic objectives. He has a passion for making workplace learning relevant to business results.

CentralKnowledge designs, develops and delivers complete and tangible workplace learning solutions under Pangarkar’s leadership contributing to organizational performance expectations and achieving business objectives. His focus is on developing real time learning opportunities by leveraging technology to ensure employee performance improvement. Through his unique consultative approach, Pangarkar guides practitioners through the selection and implementation of innovative learning approaches, on-demand e-learning, and award-winning assessment products and strategies.

A Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and a Certified Training and Development Professional (CTDP), Pangarkar prefers to re-think and alter the traditional visions workforce and employee performance management. A three-time published author with Wiley & Sons, Pangarkar recently published a book titled, “The Trainers Balanced Scorecard: A Complete Resource for Linking Learning and Growth to Organizational Strategy.”

www.linkedin.com/in/ajaypangarkar

 

Nicole Brown, Vice President, GlobalEnglish, a Pearson company

Learning is in the fabric of Nicole Brown and part of what drives her to succeed. For more than two decades she’s evolved and transformed her career while incorporating the development of her team and her community.

Brown has worked with many companies to understand their needs around Business English and works with the product team with Pearson English Business Solutions to develop solutions matching the needs in the market. Pearson English Business Solutions helps corporations develop talent to realize their potential and enables them to communicate, collaborate and operate in a common language which is essential in such a globally connected world.

Brown received an invitation to the inaugural meeting of the White House Technology in English Conference because of her work with the organization. A small group of 24 attendees, most of whom were academics, policy makers, and private and public executives collaborated to help more people communicate in English.

Brown was also instrumental in closing a large deal with HCL TalentCare in India. HCL TalentCare aims to be a global talent-solutions company offering integrated products and services to meet the growing demand for quality talent. Its focus is to create development solutions that offer a career launchpad for students and a ready pool of employable talent for enterprises in the IT, banking, insurance and healthcare sectors.

www.linkedin.com/in/nicolerbrown

 

Steven Stone, Vice President of Learning, Performance and Development, USAA

Steve Stone has transformed learning at United Services Automobile Association (USAA) since he joined the team in October of 2009. He started by ensuring each team member had a defined job description with well-written and specific objectives. He then created an educational strategy to develop the learning and development team. He instilled a principle of running learning as a business and pushed for business impact metrics to track and report progress to the clients he supports.

Inspired by a leader he met early in his career who stressed the need to contribute to the profession, Stone spends considerable time sharing the latest thinking and concepts advancing the learning profession with business leaders. The phenomenal support this organization provides to the business clients he supports is evident through scorecards and business practice metrics. He speaks at many industry events and has hosted campus visits for organizations interested in learning about how USAA approaches learning and development.

Reinvented curriculum driven by Stone’s vision is projected to see a $15.4 million return on labor productivity costs. Additionally, a new sales course is delivering a 38-percent increase in sales by new employees.

www.linkedin.com/in/stevenjamesstone

 

Dr. Anders Gronstedt, President, The Gronstedt Group, Inc.

The Gronstedt Group was founded in 1997 by Dr. Anders Gronstedt. It creates customized learning programs using simulations, podcasts, vodcasts, mobile learning, social media, gaming and virtual worlds. Gronstedt leads the group in creating customized learning programs for people teaching the skills they need to succeed in a thoughtful and engaging way. Boasting clients such as Eli Lilly, Coldwell Banker, Jamba Juice, United Healthcare and the City of New York, Gronstedt and his team delivers innovative and cost-effective learning solutions to their clients.

Before starting The Gronstedt Group, Gronstedt was an assistant professor at University of Colorado in Boulder. As a faculty member of the School of Journalism, he worked in the Integrated Marketing Communications Program. He holds a Ph. D. in Mass Communications from University of Wisconsin in Madison and studied business at Stockholm School of Economics.

Gronstedt is delivering his keynote address “Next Gen Learning: The Virtual Reality Experience” at Enterprise Learning! Conference 2016 (ELC16) where he’ll immerse attendees in a virtual reality experience. There, he’ll showcase a high end learning experience via Oculus Rift and take the audience on a tour of the virtual realm. Then, each attendee will experience 360 degree applications, as well as open-source learning content and apps via Google Cardboard Viewers. Gronstedt continues to push the boundaries to immersive learning.

www.linkedin.com/in/andersgronstedt

 

 

TRAIL BLAZER

 

Dr. Christopher Washington, Provost & Chief Academic Officer, Franklin University

Dr. Christopher Washington’s latest call to action invoked the development and implementation of groundbreaking work to increase student success among the university’s adult population, 70 percent of whom are first-generation college students. Through extensive data collection, analysis and decision-making across all academic units, Washington is leading students to continue to follow their dreams despite the high rates of challenges they face. He’s accomplished this through increasing cooperation and evidence-driven interventions for high impact gateway courses that can often lead students to abandon their dreams.

Washington opened the International Institute of Innovative Instruction, a collective body of learning scientists from across the globe that work to create and teach dynamic and innovative courses in more than 40 programs. Washington identified 24 gateway and high-impact courses that repeatedly experienced low student success, retention and persistence. In order to increase student performance, Washington tasked the institute and faculty to utilize university performance data, identify the challenges and develop instructional design, teaching, sequencing, and student support interventions. It took the team five months of collecting and analyzing data to develop solutions and interventions based upon the analysis.

www.linkedin.com/in/christopher-washington-b4395b6

 

Louis Carter, Chief Executive Officer & Founder, Best Practice Institute

Louis Carter, best known for his role as CEO and founder of Best Practice Institute, continues to blaze a path for global learning leaders, provoking traditional thinking in social collaboration, technology, and feed-forward appreciative coaching. His methods include case study creation with highly customized e-learning platforms and confidential in-person experiences — that are so secure even the United Nations and the Pentagon have used them — to ensure that executives who participate have a clear structure to follow and base their work on measurable results and appreciation.

Carter created a Benchmark-It process that is used monthly with a group of senior executives that is quick and rooted in positive psychology and appreciative inquiry. This includes round robin case sharing through presentation, questions, recommendations and appreciation. Results from Benchmark-It sessions have led to enterprise-wide applications within Fortune 500 companies including leadership development center of excellence creation, redefinition of high potential leaders, culture map adjustments, integrated learning architecture changes and more.

Additionally, Carter created two online platforms directly related to learning and his most recent book “The Change Champion’s Fieldguide” has been listed as one of the top 100 books in organizational change on Amazon.com. His other books, “Best Practices in Talent Management” and “Best Practices in Leadership Development and Organization Change” have been on the top 10 list for leadership development books on Amazon.

www.linkedin.com/in/louiscarter

 

Dr. Karie Willyerd, Workplace Futurist, SAP SuccessFactors

Dr. Karie Willyerd has served as Chief Learning Officer for five Fortune 500 companies and co-founder and CEO of Jambok, the industry’s first video-based informal social learning software platform, which was acquired by SuccessFactors in 2011. She is also the co-author of the award-winning bestseller, “The 2020 Workplace: How Innovative Companies Attract, Develop & Keep Tomorrow’s Employees Today.” Willyerd’s newest book is “Stretch: How to Future Proof Yourself for Tomorrow’s Workplace,” was selected as an Amazon Editor’s Pick in Business and Leadership in January, 2016.

She’s also written many articles and blogs for Harvard Business Review and Forbes. Immersed in higher education, she’s an advisor to the business school at Colorado State University and the Center for Effective Organizations at University of Southern California. Always looking to make a difference, Willyerd serves on Silicon Valley’s City Year board.

Willyerd keynotes at Enterprise Learning! Conference 2016 in Anaheim, Calif. this month. She’ll address ways to stretch skill sets in the workplace.

www.linkedin.com/in/kariewillyerd

 

Darren Louie, Enablement Architect Skills & Practice Management, SAP SE

For more than three decades SAP software has powered the vast majority of Fortune 500 companies with its enterprise software suite. In 2014, the company faced rapidly changing markets, increasing customer demands and intensifying competition from smaller and more agile cloud software companies. As a result, they embarked on a difficult journey to redesign its core platform and applications and reinvent itself as a cloud company powered by SAP HANA. Soon began a turbulent cycle of innovation that produced an impressive suite of new products and solutions but also created an unprecedented enterprise learning challenge across the company. To address this challenge, Darren Louie used design thinking and gamification concepts to build a Communities of Practice (CoP) site that would promote learning and collaboration across product management, presales, support and consulting for the company’s game changing software solution. This community serves as holistic platform for training employees with both formal and informal learning methods and provides a place for employees to access courses, role-based learning plans, case studies and collaborate with each other through forums and knowledge sharing sessions. A business value study in the second quarter of 2015 determined that this community helped employees to learn more effectively, increase productivity, and ultimately drive more than $10 million in consulting revenues through its trained workforce.

www.linkedin.com/in/darren-louie-3565813

 

Dr. Karen Miner-Romanoff, Associate Provost of Academic Quality & Executive Director, International Institute of Innovative Instruction, Franklin University

Dr. Karen Miner-Romanoff combines her passion for criminal justice reform, teaching, research, and learning into a university-wide event that supports all of those ambitions. The event has garnered national attention and raised awareness, forged new lifelong learning advocates, supported the scholarship of the intersection of art and crime, and raised funds for a charitable foundation for at-risk youth. She seeks to reach new stakeholders and communities beyond the traditional student and forge change through learning, showing and inspiration.

Inspired by a high school art teacher when conducting interviews in an Ohio youth institution in 2011, Miner-Romanoff came up with the idea to gather, frame, exhibit and auction youths’ art in a collaboration with the Ohio Department of Youth Services and Franklin University. The project, Voices from the Inside, includes a silent auction with proceeds beneftiting the youths’ chosen charity. Research indicates that the participating youth are benefitting from the development, exhibition and charitable sale of their art. Those who view the art and corresponding educational materials are reporting that their punishment philosophies, viewpoints and perspectives have altered or been questioned based upon both the voices of the art and the materials that explained the realities of youth crime, at-risk communities and behaviors, and restorative justice and rehabilitative successes with youth. The art has become the voice of social transformation.

www.linkedin.com/in/karen-miner-romanoff-ph-d-j-d-52848546

 

 

HIGH PERFORMER

 

 Amanda Smith, Vice President of Training & Employee Development, SWBC

Amanda Smith’s dedication to employee learning and development is unmatched. Leading the training and development initiatives for a rapidly growing financial services provider comes with a number of challenges. Smith has succeeded not only in developing trendsetting compliance training programs that are proven effective and recognized as outstanding by industry analysts; she also cares about employees, listens to their feedback, and develops the learning programs for which they ask. She challenges her team to live up to SWBC’s core value of excellence through continuous improvement. In addition to being smart, tech savvy and compassionate, Smith goes above and beyond to establish meaningful and accurate training ROI to ensure her programs provide real value to SWBC and its employees.

Smith challenged market providers by designing a unique process for advanced manager approval, as well as library management functionality for SWBC. Recognizing the need for the intelligence of this functionality, she worked with SWBC to build it into its standard system design.

Smith helped develop a mandatory compliance training workflow and reporting process. These enhancements have also been broadly accepted as best practices, and recently earned SWBC a Brandon Hall Excellence Award for Compliance Training.

www.linkedin.com/in/amanda-mandy-smith-23589b3

 

Carol Wludyka, Corporate SRU Training Specialist, Wakefern Food Group

Carol Wludyka is solely responsible for the training and development of all of Wakefern’s corporate associates. She held focus groups to gain understanding of what the nearly 2,500 associates needed and has added many engaging programs to accommodate them. She regularly engages with those in the programs to ensure that they have a good experience from the trainings offered. Showcasing her ability to think creatively, Wludyka is implementing fun programs, such as Wacky Wednesdays, to offer short sessions on diverse subjects. She also engages associates by having them facilitate topics. She’s implemented the new Managers Training Program and much more.

Wludyka only works with premium instructors to facilitate training workshops. Her background makes those working with her feel confident and trust her opinion as an industry expert. She’s been with Wakefern for more than 30 years and has been a member of the human resources team for more than a decade.

www.linkedin.com/in/carol-wludyka-6b837312

 

Johnny Hamilton, Online Instructional Designer, Providence Health & Services

Johnny Hamilton has an instinct to identify needs within Providence Health & Service’s development process and then finds high-value solutions before people really realize they need them.

Hamilton identified the greater need that many employees at Providence who develop learning do not understand basic design principles, and thus their learning is not as effective as it could be. In response, he wrote an article describing ten design guidelines. However, to assist people to understand and implement these guidelines, he created an interactive, online tool in which users apply the guidelines to step-by-step transform an e-learning page from poor to good design. Hamilton then provided and presented this free online tool and concept at three national learning conferences, in which learning professionals from across the country twice voted his ideas and tools as the best.

Hamilton elevates the learning that Providence provides to its more than 78,000 employees. He developed a brand for his department, brought innovation to its e-learning production capabilities, supported and trained other employees to develop their own e-learning, and shared his insights with the learning industry through a number of presentations at national conferences and free interactive online resources.

www.linkedin.com/in/johnnyhamilton1

 

Kristen Kubasko, Clinical Education & Training Manager, Quantum Rehab/Pride Mobility Products Corp.

Kristen Kubasko has strategically extended her organization’s training reach by deploying an enterprise-wide learning platform with mission-critical online courses, communities and collaboration components.

As Clinical Education and Training Manager, Kubasko manages internal and external training programs which include program design, continuing education tracking practices, budget, program compliance, annual clinical development and technical training schedules that focus on increasing rehab market share.

Leading the transformation and actively developing and teaching courses, Kubasko brings the real world to the classroom in a personal, engaging, and virtual manner as a clinical instructor.

She is also a Reimbursement Clinical Instructor Course Developer and instructs courses about Medicare policy including compliance, documentation requirements, the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System and government regulation.

At Pride Mobility, Kubasko has created CDs and videos for presentations across the country on seminar tours.

www.linkedin.com/in/kristen-kubasko-mba-76a2637

 

Michele Chetwynd, Instructional Designer and LMS Administrator, Instruction By Design

When Michele Chetwynd started with a health care organization five years ago, she was challenged by an antiquated LMS system that suffered a critical failure. Since education and training for a health care system is a huge part of required record-keeping for regulatory and accrediting agencies, Chetwynd was faced with the daunting task of restoring lost records and training modules; conducting needs assessments; investigating new LMS possibilities; presenting and proposing potential solutions; and finally, implementing a new system. She created a robust learning environment that she’s sustained and supported and has successfully provided an enhanced learning experience for users.

Chetwynd has been solely responsible for the LMS system as the LMS Administrator. Additionally, she is the only instructional designer serving the needs of more than 8,000 associates in the organization. She works closely with leadership and other stakeholders to ensure that the education provided, and the platform by which that education is offered is nothing short of excellent. Her work assists the organization in providing excellent and engaging education while maintaining accurate, timely, and relevant reports and records to comply with regulatory and accrediting agency standards.

www.linkedin.com/in/michelle-chetwynd-5b361b48

 

Paul Thurkettle, NATO E-learning Program Manager, Allied Command Transformation

Paul Thurkettle is the leader of NATO’s e-learning program which provides distance learning courses and education and training technology capabilities globally to NATO, nations and partner countries. In fulfilling his mission, his team provides e-learning materials via NATO learning management systems that enable synchronous or asynchronous distance learning supporting operations, exercises and academic areas.

E-learning is a new area for NATO and Thurkettle created a NATO e-learning capability which serves more than 85,000 customers from 55 countries with more than 120 courses.

His programs have supported the NATO International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), (now Resolute Support Mission) in Afghanistan with 12 hours of online pre-deployment training enabling more than 50,000 augmentees from 35 nations to prepare themselves with no classroom or residential training for deployment into operational theatre. The courses requested by the ISAF Commander have met and exceeded expectations.

www.linkedin.com/in/paul-thurkettle-a6828414

 

Pete Blank, Training & Development Division Manager Personnel Board, Jefferson County

Pete Blank currently serves as the Training & Development Division Manager with the Personnel Board of Jefferson County where he directs learning activities for a system consisting of 24 cities and government agencies and more than 7,500 employees. Blank has an overwhelming impact on employees and organizations through enhanced employee skill and engagement and organizational performance. Through Blank’s efforts, and the efforts of his division, the Personnel Board has experienced a more than 100-percent increase in the number of participants in training classes in 2015.

As a member of the National Speakers Association, Blank shares his knowledge and stories enhancing leadership and employee engagement within organizations across the country. He actively engages in promoting the learning industry through membership and leadership positions in professional associations such as the Blue Ridge Conference on Leadership and the Greater Birmingham Chapter of Association for Talent Development. Whether it is through facilitating training in the classroom, developing strategic plans and initiatives targeted at enhancing learning, engaging employees and organizations through keynote addresses and presentations, or serving in leadership capacities for professional learning organizations, Blank continuously champions learning and greatly impacts the employees and organizations with whom he interacts.

www.linkedin.com/in/peteblank

 

ReLita Clarke, Corporate Training Manager, immixGroup, an Arrow Company

Responsible for managing internal training and corporate development initiatives, ReLita Clarke spearheaded and designed immixGroup’s first LMS also known as immixUniversity online, a global enterprise system that improves the delivery of training, increases employee engagement, and accelerates employee performance. Clarke is also known for establishing and developing an internal “Train the Trainer” program for the corporate facilitators of immixUniversity (immixGroup’s Corporate Learning & Development University). Other notable achievements in her position include developing a high-potential program for leadership and career advancement, establishing metrics for measuring corporate training ROI, and creating an e-learning library. In Clarke’s five-year tenure at immixGroup, she’s earned prestigious certifications including Everything DiSC and Gallup’s Strength Finders Coach. Additionally, Clarke streamlined immixGroup’s onboarding process for new hires, restructured corporate training to match both job role and performance, and worked with key stakeholders to develop multiple programs within immixUniversity.

Clarke helps to shape and create a learning environment within the organization that is encouraging, informative and exciting. The continuous education of the organization is extremely important to her and she finds ways to get leaders, peers and employees engaged and interested in the learning and development of others.

www.linkedin.com/in/relita-clarke-0ba6093b

 

Richard Walker, Managing Partner & Chief Growth Officer, York Solutions

Richard Walker created a professional development association, Think IT, for IT professionals which is a service of York Solutions. Presently, Think IT has more than 2,500 IT leaders in the community encompassing seven different groups based on levels of leadership and specialties. Members have access to monthly collaborative meetings that allow for members to discuss common issues and best practices to help them further their personal and professional growth. Walker also created a mentorship program which matches Think IT members based on their goals to help provide them with a sounding board and source of ideas and advice outside of their organizations. Another program that Walker spearheaded was the Link to Leadership Development Program which is a six-month program led by local Chief Information Officers and senior IT leaders. This program focuses on helping those who are considering making the change from individual contributor to leader within the IT world. All profits from Link to Leadership are donated directly to Genesys Works, a local non-profit that provides at-risk youth with business and technical training and internships at Fortune 500 companies.

Since its inception, the mentorship program has facilitated more than 250 matches. And more than 125 people have participated in the Link to Leadership program since it first began. Results-oriented, Walker has helps raise $175,000 for Genesys Works and six $8,000 college scholarships.

www.linkedin.com/in/rwalkercgo

 

Shari Foster, Vice President & Director of Education and Training, Fidelity National Title Group — Southwest Agency Division

Shari Foster’s vision for streamlining and enhancing Fidelity National Title Group’s (FTNG) training of attorneys, agents and underwriters across three states includes standardizing training processes for hundreds of employees while making training more accessible.

In 2013, her department issued more than 7,000 certificates to their customers’ employees. Training was conducted using a mix of web meetings and conference calls, and much of the data needed to verify course completion by each individual was collected and processed manually. Foster identified webcasts as an ideal tool to unify and simplify delivery of the content, allowing replication of courses across thousands of agents. She expanded her thinking to include a virtual conference center — a single location that would organize and provide easy access to all the webcasts. She decided that InterCall’s Virtual Learning Environment would work best because of its capabilities developed specifically to meet the needs of her department and geographically dispersed customers. Her collaboration and leadership helped create a streamlined and easily accessible training program.

FTNG is now able to digitally monitor each individual’s completion of the course and issue printed certificates, automatically from within the virtual platform. Manual processes such as the issuing and distributing certificates have been eliminated.

www.linkedin.com/in/shari-foster-a2496558

 

Wanda Miller, Compliance & Ethics Lead of Education and Communication, Bristol-Myers Squibb

Wanda Miller presented her new communication plan to more than 40 global compliance professionals at the Global Ethics and Compliance Summit. After the meeting, her first compliance and ethics newsletter (that featured many new styles of communication including cartoons, a video, and ethical storytelling) generated a positive buzz that resonated throughout the entire global organization. People want to be involved, and that’s something Miller has always wanted for the ethics and compliance department.

This year, her passion for effective communication and her willingness to take on a new style of messaging has changed the way compliance and ethics is talked about and the way that the rest of the organization operates. From the top down, she’s receiving incredible amounts of positive feedback for her contributions. Other internal groups now have the chance to take creative risks and make their learning and training more effective in all departments throughout Bristol-Myers Squibb.

www.linkedin.com/in/wanda-miller-9775874

 

 

MENTOR

 

Ritchie Djamhur, Head of Learning & Culture, Bing Lee and Host of Ritchie’s Room

Boasting more than 20 years’ experience in the consumer electronics sector, it’s no surprise that Ritchie Djamhur has such a strong and loyal following. Host of the Australian hit television show Ritchie’s Room, Djamhur has covered everything from analogue phones and floppy disks to smartphones and cloud storage. A marketing genius, Djamhur’s YouTube channel for Ritchie’s Room has more than 17 million views. Each week, he shows his viewers a hands-on look at technology, including guides and previews of the latest apps and software. His show features running commentary on smartphones and tablets keeping his followers up to date with the latest technology and helping them get the most out of their devices. His blog, also titled Ritchie’s Room, has been quoted in the New York Times and he updates it regularly with the latest news and podcasts.

Djamhur’s passion for learning and technology is apparent in all that he does. Between hosting his 4 a.m. radio show, hopping on conference calls at all hours with those on the other side of the world and his comprehensive reviews of electronics, it’s clear that teams and their managers can learn a lot from Djamhur.

www.linkedin.com/in/ritchiedjamhur

 

Mike Jewett, Technical Trainer, Bulletproof Solutions

Mike Jewett has worked in the training industry for the past eight years and in that time he’s excelled in multiple areas of training. As a contractor for an e-learning company he is the most requested administrator because of his expertise and knowledge of their LMS. He is also an ILT instructor for Microsoft end-user products. He’s dedicated to making sure no one struggles with their day-to-day tasks and customizes any of his courses to benefit learners. His passion in the classroom and on his website have led him to two Microsoft MVP Awards.

Jewett conducts complimentary weekly training sessions through his website because he knows that not everyone can afford to take training. His one hour sessions are exactly what some users need as they might just need a new perspective when looking at things. His blogs are also a quick reference for immediate troubleshooting.

Jewett also participates in Computer Science Education Week where he visits schools in the area to teach kids the basics of coding, preparing them for the future. During Jewett’s first year he was able to teach scratch coding to more than 700 students. Three teachers that he worked with this past year have kicked off six-week coding camps for their students to continue learning. This year he will reach more than 1,000 students. Teachers are seeing such a great response from his classes that many of them are inviting him to host six- to eight-week programs for their students.

www.linkedin.com/in/mike-jewett-70805828

 

Dr. RK Prasad, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Offcer, CommLab India LLP

As the CEO of CommLab India, Dr. RK Prasad has introduced several measures within CommLab India to foster learning. He ensures that a fixed time is allocated every week for learning purposes across all departments of the organization. He enthusiastically shares his knowledge and expertise in the form of webinars, workshops and talks to bring about awareness and understanding about key aspects of instructional design, e-learning in particular and corporate training in general.

In 2015, Prasad conceived and promoted a unique cross-functional learning within the organization. An entire month was earmarked for a learning seminar and for the duration of it all employees dedicated two hours daily to train and learn from one another in a collaborative way, resulting in a substantial leap of knowledge for the employees. This simple model can easily be replicated by other organizations.

The event accrued a total of 1,500 learning hours and resulted in phenomenal user-generated content — 252 unique pieces of content in the form of blogs, infographics, videos, and PowerPoint presentations.

These highly educative learning snippets were converted into an attractive e-book so that the knowledge can be shared with the learning and development team. The e-book serves as a handbook for all managers who are interested in improving their team’s performance using technology-enhanced learning strategies and tools.

The impact of the month-long learning activity resulted in a beautifully illustrated 30-page handbook that provides pertinent and practical information for managers.

www.linkedin.com/in/rkprasad

 

Harriett Schenck, Director of Operations, CapitalTristate

As a mentor, Harriett Schenck’s advice to others is to continually seek new experiences and add value to every opportunity. She fully devotes herself to her mentees — advocating for them, consistently seeking performance feedback from colleagues, and recommending additional training to help develop each mentee’s capabilities. Schenck believes that learning is a process, not just an event. She contacts other members of the CapitalTristate team, and works with them to set objectives and create agendas to provide job shadowing, training, and hands-on experience.

Schenck has been known to push the envelope on comfort zones, yet she help others maneuver challenges and obstacles. She creates a comfortable learning environment and coaches problem solving skills to help mentees work through issues and concerns.

Schenck is a living example of her own advice. She has held positions ranging from executive assistant to director of operations, always seeking the next opportunity to help CapitalTristate succeed. In seeking these opportunities, Schenck always looks for new ways to go beyond the standard expectations and provide something more. In teaching those around her how to add value to the company, she has made CapitalTristate more successful while fostering an environment of positive encouragement.

www.linkedin.com/company/capital-tristate

 

 

Thomas Toth, Managing Director & Founder, dWeb Studios, Inc.

Thomas Toth is a passionate and dedicated learning professional who motivates those around him to become better. Toth has more than 20 years’ experience designing and developing training that drives behavior change. He is a professional who is constantly improving his own skills and he’s an early adopter when it comes to new technology which inspires those around him. He cares deeply about the profession and demonstrates this by investing his time to mentor those who are new to the industry. He also volunteers his time to speak at Association for Talent Development events and reaches thousands of learning professionals annually both in person and through his blog TechnologyforTrainers.com.

In 2008, Toth’s programs contributed to winning the ATD Best Award. He’s written two books on e-learning authoring, the first and second editions of “Technology for Trainers,” and is a contributing author in two books for trainers including Michael Allen’s “eLearning Annual 2012” and “ASTD Handbook for Workplace Learning Professionals,” published in 2008.

www.linkedin.com/in/thomasatoth

 

 

CREATIVE CONSULTANT

 

Helen Geiger, President & Chief Executive Officer, Prometheus Training, LLC

Helene Geiger consulted with Abraham Institute to design its new e-learning platform and curriculum. Known for her professionalism, creativity, work ethic, problem solving skills, collaboration and impressive demeanor no matter the situation. Geiger works closely with clients, both beginners and those that are more advanced, to implement e-learning and blended learning platforms. She strives to help her clients get the platform going and continues to work with them to make sure it performs as it is intended. A patient problem solver, Geiger gets involved in troubleshooting to resolve issues or come up with workarounds.

Clients are impressed with Geiger’s courses. Abraham Institute was able to gain a full electronic solution on all the curriculum deliverables that gives them the ability to protect the intellectual property of the material while enhancing the learners’ experiences. The result of Geiger’s work with the Abraham Institute was a breakthrough learning-and-doing curriculum, providing a true 70:20:10 solution for the executive training market.

www.ptrain.com

 

Ricardo Latorre, Creative Director, Chasse Consulting

With more than 15 years in the learning industry, Ricardo Latorre has handcrafted solutions targeted toward struggling learners ranging from school children to employees at Fortune 500 companies. His repertoire boasts a number of solutions including several year-long e-learning curriculums designed to aid children in grades K-12 with learning disabilities and global initiatives for companies training their transcontinental sales forces simultaneously. Inspired to pursue a career in creative design thanks to his passion for storytelling, Latorre’s main contribution to the learning industry are character-based stories crafted to simplify messages in an educational way that engages audiences of all ages. Personification is what Latorre brings to the learning industry which truly keeps the person behind the lesson in mind.

Through solutions tailored to different types of learners, Latorre has composed visually appealing stories that unveil and enhance the hidden potential of students that would have otherwise been written off by the system in school and business settings. Each solution he’s had a hand in has resulted in transforming struggling students into proficient professionals. Sales representatives around the world and children in elementary school though high school have benefitted from Latorre’s efforts to compose meaningful, relatable and engaging lessons with the goal to augment the capability every individual already has inside them.

www.linkedin.com/in/rlatorre

 

Jerry Roche, Editorial Director, Elearning! Media Group

Jerry Roche spent his entire career writing. The first half he spent covering the turf industry focusing on landscape and irrigation. He was inducted into the Turf & Ornamental Communicators Association (TOCA) Hall of Fame in 2014 after being an integral part in the organization and being elected the first president in 1990. He was instrumental in recruiting new members and helped organize the first annual meeting. In 1996, he left his position at Landscape Management to become editorial director for seven magazines for Adams Business Media. He rejoined the TOCA board of directors in 2000. In 2007, Roche published his first work of science fiction: “The Armageddon Chronicles.”

Roche spent the next part of his career as Editorial Director of Elearning! and Government Elearning! magazines. Some would say technology is a foreign language to him, but his masterful interviewing style and easy-going approach to finding what’s relevant made him successful. Roche has been an integral part in the success of the organization after nine years of leading the 23-time award-winning magazine group. This year, Roche handed over the editorial reigns to Claire Johnson and Joe DiDonato. Elearning! Media Group is proud to name Jerry Roche 2016 Learning! Champion for his contribution to our industry.

www.linkedin.com/in/jerry-roche-47395119

 

 

INNOVATOR

 

Andrew Hughes, President, Designing Digitally, Inc.

For nearly a decade, Andrew Hughes has made it his personal mission to ensure that commonly-used ineffective and lackluster training techniques are a thing of the past. Realizing his passion for changing the way we learn and evolve, in 2006 Hughes founded and became President of Designing Digitally, Inc., an e-learning and serious game development firm that creates fully customized learner retention solutions for various types of industries. Starting with a solo team, Designing Digitally has grown to encompass a staff of 1,520.

Hughes manages the sales and solutions team while providing guidance and knowledge to the production teams for Fortune 1000 companies. Throughout the years, he has had the pleasure of working with courteous and prestigious clients including NASA, Comcast, Hewlett-Packard, Wyndham Hotels, Procter & Gamble, General Electric, the United States Air Force, Samsung, Williams-Sonoma and others.

In addition to being president of Designing Digitally, Inc., Hughes is also strongly devoted to the prosperity of the community. He is currently a professor at the University of Cincinnati Clermont College in the Business, Law, and Technology Department, and an Accredited Curriculum Consultant for the Accreditation of Independent Colleges and Schools. He’s the coordinator for the Business Development Plan contest hosted by the Clermont Chamber of Commerce and is an avid guest speaker at more than two dozen e-learning and industry specific conferences annually. In his free time, Hughes teaches middle school students at a technology camp.

www.linkedin.com/in/designingdigitally

 

Anne Paine, Learning Solutions Manager, Apex Performance Solutions

For the past four years, Anne Paine and her team have consistently provided an innovative approach to two primary learning areas. She and her team are adding gamification strategies to otherwise traditional training. This was done specifically for a gold mining client that desired a new engaging and interactive approach to employee onboarding and benefits training. She’s also working with her team to create new e-learning widgets including an animated white board illustration widget that plugs into Captivate or PowerPoint and a widget that includes libraries of animated characters and icons that can be easily inserted into Captivate or PowerPoint to add visual interest and impact to e-learning.

Paine has been president of the Sierra Nevada Chapter of Association for Talent Development (ATD) since 2013. In that role, she’s presented several e-learning and gamification talks to the Online Learning Consortium in Denver and the Learning and Leadership Conference in Reno, Nev. Paine’s Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Associate of Project Management (CAPM) study course has resulted in 98 students who have successfully prepared for and passed the rigorous PMP or CAPM certification exam. This has not only helped Apex employees gain their certification and the knowledge and credibility that comes with it, but has also helped other employers achieve the same result.

www.linkedin.com/in/anne-paine-03357020

 

Daniel Munson, Associate Vice President of Process Improvement, Bisk Education

Web conferencing tools have been in use for more than a decade now allowing for the use of Voice Over Internet Protocol, PowerPoint, and shared screens often using just a web cam showing a talking head. Daniel Munson has incorporated the use of the light board in his web conferences when teaching Villanova University’s online Six Sigma program that keeps the students entertained while learning. In them, he stands behind a lighted glass wall that the student does not see and when he writes on the board it appears that he is writing on air. Munson was named the Associate Vice President of Continuous Process Improvement in 2015. He joined Bisk Education in 2003 and has been the chief architect and director of a suite of Six Sigma Courses for Villanova University. His background includes more than 25 years at Honeywell and Storage Technology (now Sun Microsystems). Munson has consulted process improvement methodologies worldwide to the likes of BP-Alaska, Ryder System, 3M, Alcoa-Fujikura, Litton, Sumitomo, Lily, Amp, Omron-Mexico, AMP, Boeing, Philips-Austria, National/Panasonic-Japan, and Siemens.

www.linkedin.com/in/munsondan

 

Dr. Rohit Kumar, Senior Scientist, Raytheon BBN Technologies

As co-principal Investigator of the Office of Naval Research (ONR) funded STEM Grand Challenge program, Dr. Rohit Kumar is leading Raytheon BBN Technologies’ efforts to bring together problem-solving, a time-tested pedagogical practice across numerous STEM disciplines and recent advances in intelligent tutoring. The structure of carefully crafted problems enables accurate tracking of problem-solving behaviors making it possible to provide intelligent support for students.

The result of Kumar’s recent work, the BBN Learning Platform, implements elegant interfaces for creating and practicing problem-solving based learning activities. It gives high school physics teachers an engaging tool that promotes self-paced learning through problem solving and provides immediate guidance and feedback to students. It also gives teachers insights into their students’ progress, painting a clear and accurate picture of what material students understand and where they need to improve. In addition to his work on the BBN Learning Platform, Kumar leads the company’s efforts to create error-tolerant spoken language translation systems that facilitate cross-lingual communication.

www.linkedin.com/in/rohitkumar

 

David Lloyd, E-learning Leadership Development Specialist, Community of Christ

With no previous e-learning experience, David Lloyd and the eLearning Development Team at Community of Christ moved 2,000 ministers to interactive, innovative online learning from paper-based tests. The initial target audience was in English-speaking countries, but it is anticipated these classes will be translated into multiple languages to be used in the more than 40 countries in which the church has a presence.

Lloyd and his team first created 10 completely new print resources for the various priesthood offices in the church. They then helped change the paradigm from only live classes and paper correspondence classes, to community-based learning experiences which included re-confguring the print classes into an aggressive e-learning experience.

The pilot program for these e-learning classes was a heightened sense of community for the students and a more focused learning environment. In the past, students would have to dedicate a weekend and travel to take the classes, which was especially difficult for those with families. The e-learning platform is spread over eight weeks allowing the delivery of more information and permits students to plan their own schedule each week.

www.linkedin.com/in/david-lloyd-02320810

 

Drew Rosen, Senior Director, Content Development, Cisco Systems

Drew Rosen has a passion for technology in adult education delivery, the digitization of education, deploying knowledge services for performance support, and the migration from instructor-centric to student-centric delivery pedagogy.

Under Rosen’s vision and leadership, Learning@Cisco has transformed its certification training program from a five-day, instructor-led, one-size-fits-all delivery model to offering customers a choice of flexible learning options empowering them to study anywhere, anytime, in a rich, multi-model learning experience. Throughout the curriculum’s evolution, Rosen encouraged the team to experiment with new approaches in design and development of content, while keeping the focus on the learner and the learning experience. Rosen’s leadership and vision inspired the organization to expand learning options for its self-study community and embrace the next generation of learning strategies.

Rosen is leading the organization in a transition from Microsoft Word and PowerPoint courseware development to Extensive Markup Language authoring, allowing the creation of multiple learning outputs including PDF and ePub for self-paced e-learning from a single-source development effort.

He challenged the software enablement team to design a rich, interactive learning platform that incorporated multimodal delivery, gamification, formative assessment, hands-on labs, and virtual mentoring. The resulting online learning platform won LearnX and Brandon Hall Excellence awards in 2015.

www.linkedin.com/in/drew-rosen-161203a

 

Frank Russell, Chief Executive Officer, Prositions, Inc

Frank Russell is the Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Prositions, Inc. He leads the Board of Directors and is responsible for the strategic vision and direction of the company. Russell has more than 30 years of human resource management experience. Since 1985 he’s founded and led three companies, headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, to continually grow, expand, and evolve the learning industry. Since the inception of his first company, his goal has been to provide exceptional learning technology to organizations who need them and that mantra has permeated his entire career.

Through the years, Russell has consolidated training for the state of Iowa, aggregated content through a revolutionary distribution model, converting training media from analog to digital platforms, developed a cutting edge LMS delivered via the internet, and created mentoring software that increases visibility by tracking all instances of learning. As founder and former Chief Executive Officer of both GeoLearning and Excellence in Training Corporation, Russell has impacted many over the course of his career.

Russell’s emphasis on helping people is what sets him apart. Prositions was founded in order to help individuals find jobs after a major downsizing and it works to help individuals achieve their dreams. Today, Prositions has grown into a full-fledged talent consulting firm with its own software designed to continue its positive impact on today’s workforce.

www.linkedin.com/in/frank-russell-60285640

 

Ibrahim Jabary, Chief Executive Offcer, Gamelearn

Ibrahim Jabary is revolutionizing the field of e-learning thanks to his innovative learning methodology based on the use of video games. The expert management consultant has pioneered the development of game-based learning solutions. In 2009, he founded Gamelearn, where he developed his three serious games reaching more than 100,000 professionals in 700 companies worldwide.

Jabary has overcome many of the main struggles associated with e-learning, especially in the development of soft skills such as negotiation, leadership and time management.

His games garner a 92-percent completion rate, a 97-percent applicability rate and a 93-percent recommendation rate. His games incorporate high quality content, fundamentally practical approaches and sophisticated simulators that allows students to practice the learned skills and techniques and receive personalized feedback.

Jabary and Gamelearn utilize the cloud so clients don’t need to install additional software. The games adapt to numerous devices including desktop computers, tablets and smartphones. The programs can be translated to more than five languages.

His methodology has garnered international recognition including several awards from Elearning! Media Group, a gold medal in the Excellence in Technology Brandon Hall Awards, Best Service Award in CIPD’12 Manchester Exhibition, and Top 10 European Startup (San Francisco Demo Night, 2011) among others.

www.linkedin.com/in/ibrahim-jabary-2457661

 

Jared Martinez, Chief Executive Offcer and Founder, Market Traders Institute

The currency world wrecked Jared Martinez’ original business so he founded Market Traders Institute (MTI) and started mentoring more than 30,000 international traders of all skill levels. He built an e-learning package using his simple and effective formula to profit from trading.

While Martinez wanted his education package to be virtual, enabling traders all around the world to use it and be successful, he also wanted to make sure that he could mentor them, helping them through the emotional struggles and learning curves of trading.

Now, Martinez’s package includes live analyst broadcasts and twice-weekly mentorship sessions where he takes questions from any and all MTI students, answering them live on the spot. He hosts sessions with students for a few hours each day and teaches many of the classes himself.

Beyond leading the company from one employee to more than 140 employees, Martinez also helped the company make the Inc. 5000 list. Now, his e-learning package serves tens of thousands of traders across more than 15 countries.

www.linkedin.com/in/jaredmartinezmti

 

Jill Betters, Marketing Manager of Commercial & Architectural Programs, CertainTeed Corp.

Jill Betters and her team have designed, launched and managed a learning management system implementing user and facilitator attendance tracking technology in the architectural credential maintenance industry. Betters manages the only regularly running webinar hosted by a building product manufacturer focusing on this audience, which includes several panel discussions and more than 100-percent attendance growth in 2015. Content ideas, design, building and delivery requires the coordination of 300 individuals across a varied combination of subject matter experts, marketers, technical researchers and sales people.

CertainTeed has completely digitized attendee tracking for in-person courses — the sales force utilizes iPads to allow users to enter their own information at the time of course delivery. Demonstration of attendance happens automatically and the user can access electronic copies of their certificates anytime. Program and sales managers can utilize attendee information to track sales initiatives, analyze trends and explore content efficacy.

www.linkedin.com/in/jillmbetters

 

Ken Rogers, Director of Education, E-learning, Mobile Learning and Knowledge Distribution, The Kelly Companies

For the past five years, Ken Rogers has been leading union-oriented online learning programs across several similar but separate international union apprenticeship and journeyman programs. He’s been implementing and blending learning programs that have transformed first time passing rates for online instructor certification preparatory courses.

Additionally, Rogers’ leadership has touched the lives of apprentices and journeymen in a way that can rarely be measured but can’t be lived without. His impact has helped contribute to safer and more knowledgeable workforces in critical classroom and online training programs. The organizations being impacted are enjoying unprecedented success utilizing e-learning courses, LMS technologies and integration with other enterprise platforms.

Rogers combines a straightforward common sense approach when solving organizational challenges and leaves a trail of success in his wake. By applying underlying learning technologies to new initiatives, Rogers has dramatically impacted learners across a diverse spectrum of blue collar industries.

www.linkedin.com/in/ken-rogers-8583a15

 

Rich DiBenedetto, Vice President, Learn it Solutions — a Verisk Analytics Business Unit

Author of “Inspired to Learn - 10 Keys for Elevating Confidence, Performance, and Profts Through Exceptional Learning Experiences,” Rich DiBenedetto is revolutionizing the design and delivery of training in many industries including retail, human resources, transportation safety, investigations, police leadership and ethics. He works to improve the effectiveness of training through the incorporation of multimedia and real-life scenario examples, simulated decision-making, and recursive and comprehensive testing. He improves the efficiency of training through online delivery and accessible interfaces.

His programs and methods have been adopted through multiple large retail companies’ loss prevention departments as the official de facto training standard and offers continuing education credits. The New Jersey State Safety Council has adopted another one of his programs as an accepted online driving school method for insurance rate reductions.

Through his vision of creating an online learning method that promotes retention, maintains engagement and maximizes confidence, DiBenedetto presents a path forward that many in the industry would be wise to emulate.

linkedin.com/in/rdibenedetto

 

Emma King, Vice President of Event & Learning Strategy, INXPO, Inc.

Emma King works with INXPO clients from many industries identifying ways to evolve traditional enterprise training programs into online platforms. She recently received the Innovator award from her company for revamping its own learning portal and processes. She is also a regular contributor to Elearning! Magazine.

Additionally, King delivers webinars and workshops on topics such as measuring comprehension, generational learning styles, blended learning, knowledge management, innovations in software simulations, learning practices for small-to-medium sized businesses, and aligning learning technologies with business strategies.

King has been invited to evangelize learning best practices, tips and techniques at learning conferences such as Training, Association for Talent Development, TechLearn, eLearning Guild, CheckPoint in Europe, Society for Applied Learning Technology and many others.

King offers strategic direction and oversight for INXPO clients and several of them have received awards or promotions, while nearly all can boast positive business return on investment. Several of King’s clients have been recognized as Learning! 100 honorees. She worked with Mondelez to define and implement a new virtual classroom that accelerates learning and reduces training costs for the firm. More recently, she is in the midst of a project with one of the world’s largest consumer packaged goods firms where she is revamping and relaunching its training program for product, brand, and marketing.

www.linkedin.com/in/emmaking

 

 

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

 

Jonathan Hollenbeck, Software Engineer, Cisco Systems

A recent graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science and Statistics, Johnathan Hollenbeck quickly navigated the complex maze of large corporate acronyms, processes, and culture after joining Cisco in July 2014.

Hollenbeck is a talented data analyst always willing to step up to the plate and take on new challenges to help his teammates. With the keen ability to look at data from many perspectives, he not only sees numbers, but has an established sense of clues and patterns to look for in learner behavior. Recently he observed an interesting pattern when analyzing learner medals earned in Cisco’s e-learning platform. While there were several learners who had accumulated an impressive medal count, some of them were achieving gold medals by retrying challenges and retaking assessments over and over in quick succession, essentially cheating the system and themselves out of learning and understanding the concepts well enough to be prepared for the certification exam. Hollenbeck’s astute observation of learner achievement data is something one might expect from someone with years of experience, not someone fresh out of college.

www.linkedin.com/in/jonathan-hollenbeck-06489229

 

Robert Kriner, Senior Technical Trainer, Polytron, Inc

During his first nine months with Polytron, Robert Kriner worked directly with an equipment vendor to identify changeover issues when equipment was shipped to new clients. Even though he’d never worked with e-learning tools, he was able to create a very successful solution.

Smaller equipment vendors in the food and beverage packaging industry have struggled with providing clients with up-to-date information for equipment operation and in 2015, Kriner worked with MeadWest Vaco (now WestRock) to identify information that its clients needed to know. He used the older manuals as a baseline and developed a set of job aids that matched with a Computer Based Training (CBT) solution. The CBT could be loaded on the equipment for easy reference on the Human Machine Interface at the line. These CBTs included short step-by-step procedures and explanations, combined with video of the procedures. The hard copy job aids were also made available at the line. Favorable feedback was received from the first installed location and the information was accurate and easy to reference. The combined CBT with handouts was valuable to the end user and contributed to decreased operational change over time.

www.linkedin.com/in/robertkriner

 

Linda Renville, Online Instructional Designer, Providence Health & Services

Although she’s not new to learning, Linda Renville has found success in her new role as an Online Instructional Designer developing online courses for more than 78,000 employees in California, Oregon, Alaska, Washington and Montana in the past year. Regardless of the type of course, Renville produces high quality and high volume. In 2015, she produced more than 70 courses for her department, a remarkable feat. Renville continually shares her knowledge and expertise. Providence uses HealthStream as its LMS and she supports the more than 30 Providence HealthStream administrators. Many of the administrators aren’t instructional designers and don’t have the software to create content, because of this, she provides them with ongoing support for HealthStream’s HTML Editor through one-to-one mentoring, periodic online training. This past fall she presented two workshops at a conference her department hosted for more than 30 administrators.

Renville also focuses on rapid e-learning development and has produced more courses than the rest of her department combined, helping Providence meet the growing demand of online courses from various departments, facilities, regions and system-wide initiatives.

Her contributions helped her team win the HealthStream 2015 award for Excellence Through Innovation in Industry Driven Initiatives.

www.linkedin.com/company/providence-health-and-services

 

How to Apply for the 2017 Learning! Champion Award

The Learning! Champion Award recognizing individuals for exceptional contributions to the industry. Nominees can be innovators, thought leaders, trail blazers, mentors, cutting-edge technologists, rookies 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.

Nominating a candidate is easy via the online ballot available at http://www.2elearning.com/awards/ learning-champion-award. Be prepared to share information about the nominee including the category; why are you nominating him/her; the candidate’s contribution to the industry and the impact; and basic background information on the candidate. All applications must be received by December 30, 2016 for consideration. Learning! Champions are recognized in Elearning! Magazine, at The Learning! Champion Award Ceremony and invited to participate in web seminars, articles, blogs and more. Nominations will open fall 2016.

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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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Survey says learning leaders should be preparing their employees for the future as well as the here-and-now.

By Chris Osborn

Each year, multiple organizations publish reports about the state of the training industry featuring data points developed by asking questions from the organizational perspective. The value of some of that benchmarking should not be diminished. It’s important to know that investments in employee training are rising, and that organizations are telling the industry that they are making a certain amount of training available to employees, and that some training topics are more important than others. But we think another perspective is important, too.

Now consider nearly every other industry. How do they report on their health and vitality? How about electronics? Automotive? Telecommunications? Entertainment? Without exception, every other industry asks its consumers about the products and services it delivers to gauge the effectiveness and health of its respective industry. How much credibility would any of us give a report about the state of the cable industry, if the only people surveyed are cable providers? Aren’t we really most interested in how the consumers of cable services feel?

Since there isn’t much widely published data on what consumers (employees) of the training industry’s products and services think, we thought that kind of research would be invaluable. Therefore, starting in early June of this year and running until early August, BizLibrary gathered 1,821 survey responses from employees about their employer-provided training programs. The respondents answered three strategic questions:

1  How effective is your employerprovided training program at teaching you new things?

2  How effective is your employerprovided training program at improving your performance?

3  How effective is your employerprovided training program at preparing you for the future?

The responses were separated into two broad categories: 1,002 who work at organizations that are not clients of BizLibrary, and 819 who work at BizLibrary clients (the “control group”). For the purposes of this conversation, it’s less important who provides the solution. What is relevant is the type of solution the employees use. The control group uses a solution with the following characteristics:

>> Heavy emphasis on technology-enabled learning
>> Video-based content >> Primarily micro-learning (seven minutes is average length of the most recently added 2,500 courses)
>> A completion average of 4.8 courses per month
>> LMS’s that are designed expressly to maximize impact of video
>> LMS and video that’s all fully mobileready and mobile-optimized
>> A wide selection of content topics, and generally a high awareness of content availability
>> Minimum of 5,000 courses, and in some organizations 14,000-plus video courses
>> Low emphasis on ILT, though most organizations use some classroom instruction

The broader public participants reported a wide range of content-delivery tools, with ILT being the dominant form. The public participants reported some access to technology-enabled learning including traditional e-learning (click-and-advance PowerPoint-style courseware), virtual classroom and online videos. These participants generally reported fewer content options than the control group. In other words, the public participants generally reported access to traditional employee training programs.

THE RESULTS

Question 1: How effective is your employer’s training program at teaching you new things?

Employee learning is about acquiring new skills and knowledge. For training programs, this should be a foundational competency. Every employee learning program should be effective or very effective at teaching employees new things.

The chart on the below compares the responses for the public participants to the control group in response to Question 1.

 

trainingfeaturegraph1

 

There are significant differences between the public responses and the control group responses. When we combine the responses “Very Effective” and “Effective,” control group employees report that their training programs are 23.77% more effective at teaching them new things than nonclient employees (69.79% to 56.39%). The negative ratings are also lower.

Question 2: How effective is your employer’s training program at helping improve your performance?

Employees should perform at higher levels of mastery after they have been trained. That’s a given. Unfortunately, not all training programs deliver improved performance, and the survey confirms that employees believe many programs substantially under-perform.

Once again, the difference in the top two tiers, “Very Effective” and “Effective,” are striking. The control group employees report they believe their training programs are “Very Effective” or “Effective” at helping improve their performance at a combined rate of 66.41%, but 50.90% of public employees report the same levels of effectiveness for their employers’ training programs. The difference is 30.47% (66.41% “Very Effective” and “Effective” combined, compared to 50.90%).

Question #3: How effective is your employer’s training program at preparing you for the future?

Control group employees report even greater disparities in how their training programs help prepare them for the future: 34.99% better than their peers at other companies. In the top two tiers, 58.33% of employees at control group companies say their training program is either “Very Effective” or “Effective” at preparing them for the future. Only 43.21% — less than half — of the public participants said the same thing.

Of the three strategic questions in the survey, this question about preparing employees for the future elicited the fewest positive responses across the board. This ought to be an area of concern for all of us in the learning and development and training industry. Teaching employees new things and improving performance are outcomes that benefit our organizations in the here-and-now. However, preparing employees for the future is something that we should be working toward for the ongoing success of our organization.

The top graph below summarizes the differences between the public responses and the responses of control group employees. When the survey was launched, we did not expect to see this much of a difference between the perceptions of the control group (BizLibrary client employees) and employees at non-client organizations. The differences are real and rather dramatic — the product of substantive distinctions between the ways employees access learning resources. We believe this because we asked some details about the training programs of the survey participants.

 

trainingfeaturegraph2

 

Doubtless, much more research is needed. In fact, you can learn more about this research at http://goo.gl/crrCo5. But we need data on actual performance.

Data from this survey tells us an important story about what employees think — and they don’t think traditional training programs work very well. Employees tell us to give them more choices, more video and to minimize the use of classroom delivery. Does this data prove the effectiveness of the methods employees prefer? Not conclusively, but when employees are engaged in the training methods, there is a far greater likelihood of success than when they are checked out and not engaged in boring, out-of-date training methods.

SUMMARY, CONCLUSION

Think carefully about critical jobs and professions that most organizations need. They rely on professionals with expertise in Web design, user interface, social media recruiting, and inbound marketing. More jobs or critical job skills (depending upon your specific industry) are likely “hard to find.” Some of these jobs and skills simply did not exist as recently as five years ago. The reality of today will certainly not be the reality of tomorrow. That’s why it’s so important we help employees — and, by extension, our organizations — prepare for the future. We can get ahead of some of this by shifting our training efforts to develop skills and competencies around things like adaptability, learning agility and change leadership. If we can make that strategic shift in our development focus, we might see the next round of answers to this question be more favorable.

—The author is vice president of Marketing for BizLibrary

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The 2015 “Best of Elearning!” awards honor best-in-class solutions across the learning and technology marketplace. Celebrating their 11th year, the awards received more nominations for more brands in more categories than ever.

Best of Elearning! awards are the industry’s exclusive users’-choice awards. All nominations are made directly by users of solutions. More than 4,000 nominations were received in 2015.

“Given the number of nominations, to make the list in 2015 is quite an honor,” says Catherine Upton, Elearning! Media Group’s publisher. “There is no better honor than to be nominated by users and customers of these best-in-class solutions.”

The Best of Elearning! awards program was first implemented to formalize the recommendation and purchase process for the e-learning community. Research indicated 85 percent of readers had recommended an e-learning solution to a peer over the most recent 12-month period, and 61 percent claimed that award recognition “impacts their decision” to consider a product or service. The “Best of E-learning!” program formalizes this referral process.

BIG WINNERS

Multiple winners this year are BizLibrary (three), ej4 (three) and Adobe (two). Repeat winners from last year are:

>> Skillsoft Leadership Development Training in the Leadership Development category,
>> Cornerstone OnDemand Unified Talent Management in the TMS category,
>> Inxpo Online Learning Environment in the Virtual Learning Environment category,
>> ej4 Business Skills Library in the Soft Skills Content category, >> mLevel’s Game-Based Learning Platform in the Gamification category,
>> Vubiz Compliance Training in the Compliance Training category, and
>> Adobe Captivate in the Mobile Authoring category this year and the Best Simulation category last year.

BEST OF THE BEST

An exclusive handful of organizations have won Best of Elearning! (best-in-class solution) and Learning! 100 honors (top global learning organization). These honorees are: Skillsoft; Cisco; SuccessFactors, an SAP Company; Inxpo; IBM; Adobe; and Oracle.

ABOUT THE VOTING PROCESS

Elearning! Media Group community members, readers, subscribers and online visitors were invited to nominate their solution provider via an online ballot during June 1 to October 15, 2015. The ballot was openended with 30 categories stipulated. At close, the ballots were reviewed. Duplicates were removed, vendor ballots were nullified as well as votes without a verifiable company domain address (ex.: gmail, aol, etc.). Editors verified product types and categories before counting. The top vote earners in each category were identified as finalists. Those with a 10 percent lead over all other products in a category earned category winner status. Close vote counts and runner-ups earned Award of Excellence. To learn more, visit www.2elearning.com/ awards/best-of-elearning-awards.

AND THE WINNERS ARE….

Elearning! and Government Elearning! magazines take great pride in announcing the Best of Elearning! 2015 winners:

 

Learning Platforms

 

LMS CLOUD

 

Winner:
BizLibrary LMS

PRODUCT INFORMATION

BizLibrary’s complete learning platform meets the needs of today’s learners involved with both online training and classroom training.

The LMS delivers all of its critical functions at an affordable price. As a Softwareas-a-Service (SaaS) provider, BizLibrary manages access to the application, including security, availability, and performance, allowing I.T. personnel to focus on improving the day-to-day technical operations of your company providing rapid deployment, easy administration and quicker return on investment.

FEATURES/BENEFITS

>> Fully hosted and maintained
>> Easily import of SCORM and AICC content
>> Integrated email messaging and notifications
>> User-generated comments and ratings
>> More than 50 standard reports
>> Filtering based on groups, date range, courses, activity and more

CUSTOMERS

Go Solution, Marquette Savings Bank, Covenant Healthcare, Bally Technologies

CONTACT INFORMATION

285 Chesterfield Business Parkway Chesterfield, MO 63005

(888) 432-3077

www.bizlibrary.com

 

Award of Excellence:
Intellum Exceed LMS

PRODUCT INFORMATION

Intellum’s Exceed combines flexible content management, enrollment, assessment and reporting functionality with a clean user experience that drives course completion. It seamlessly handles off-the-shelf and custom courseware, instructor-led, “blended,” and virtual classes, videos, and a wide range of informal learning content.

Optimized for mobile devices, it also has cutting-edge assessment and survey functionality built-in. Access a variety of auto-graded question types or free-form response options, like long-text answers and user-recorded video responses, which can then be graded by instructors or peers.

FEATURES/BENEFITS

>> Powerful, elegant and simple to use
>> Rapid deployment: most customers are up and running in less than a month
>> Unlimited, real-time reporting
>> User language localization
>> Rapid integration with enterprise and HR software

CUSTOMERS

AlliedBarton Security Service, Randstad Professionals U.S., Titleist

CONTACT INFORMATION

3525 Piedmont Rd. NE, Suite 7-210 Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 890-7690
www.intellum.com

 

Award of Excellence:
Litmos LMS

PRODUCT INFORMATION

The Litmos API platform allows you to integrate with any system, including a separate version that integrates with Salesforce (“Litmos LMS for Salesforce”).

The best part of Litmos is that it is a hosted training system, which means you don’t need help from the I.T. department to set it up and get started. You can literally begin creating your courses in minutes.

And it has an intuitive user interface that is fully responsive, built using powerful and flexible BootStrap technology.

FEATURES/BENEFITS

>> Accessible anywhere from the Cloud or mobile device
>> Partner and contractor certification
>> SCORM- and Tin Can-compliant
>> Core features include course builder, assessment, quizzes, surveys with feedback, checklists, course library, reports, dashboards, e-commerce, gamification with leaderboards and CEUs, messages, learning paths

CUSTOMERS

Zumba, Build.com, Advance Financial, Cenegenics, West Bend Insurance

CONTACT INFORMATION

4140 Dublin Blvd., Suite 400 Dublin, CA 94588
(925) 251-2220
www.litmos.com

 

 

LMS ENTERPRISE

 

Winner:
SumTotal Learn

PRODUCT INFORMATION

SumTotal Learn provides the personalized, contextual learning required to help your people be better at their jobs while they are doing them. The company can serve all your learning needs — from simple to complex requirements. Especially in compliance-heavy industry verticals, such as manufacturing, airlines, healthcare and financial services. It has been in learning management since 1985, serving hundreds of industries, across 156 countries worldwide.

FEATURES/BENEFITS

>> Choose your deployment option, SaaS, hosted or on-premise
>> Reduce your total cost of ownership
>> Personalized, intuitive user experience
>> Built-in advanced reporting
>> Mobile and offline learning capabilities CUSTOMERS McAfee, Edward Jones, Capgemini

CONTACT INFORMATION

2850 NW 43rd St., Suite 150 Gainesville, FL 32606
(352) 264-2800 or (866) 768-6825
www.sumtotalsystems.com

 

 

TMS

 

Award of Excellence:
IBM Kenexa Talent Manager

PRODUCT INFORMATION

The suite of IBM Kenexa talent products includes BrassRing, Skills Assessments, Talent Insights, Talent Acquisition Suite, Survey Enterprise and BrassRing Candidate Relationship Manager.

BrassRing allows its users to attract and hire top talent using applicant tracking systems. Then, you can quickly sift through talent pools with the right skills assessment test. Making decisions is easier using Talent Insights’ analytics. The Talent Acquisition Suite hiring solution helps you attract, hire and onboard top talent. The remaining two products help you build a better employee engagement survey and devise a proactive recruitment marketing campaign.

FEATURES/BENEFITS

>> Attract the right candidates to the right roles
>> Understand what motivates and engages employees
>> Build compensation and reward programs that invest in your employees
>> Foster organizational growth
>> Manage talent while maximizing their performance

CUSTOMERS

Potash, FRHI, the Apollo Education Group, H&R Block

CONTACT INFORMATION

650 E. Swedesford Rd. Wayne, PA 19087
(877) 426-3774
www-01.ibm.com/software/smarter workforce/

 

Award of Excellence:
SumTotal Talent

PRODUCT INFORMATION

SumTotal Talent offers the ability to discover hidden talent and capabilities within your current workforce and provide tools to help all of your people be more productive. With SumTotal Talent solutions, you can unlock hidden potential in your people and watch your business soar.

FEATURES/BENEFITS

>> Improve employee engagement because employees understand how their work connects to overall strategy
>> Reduce voluntary turnover as employees understand how to build a career with you and acquire new skills
>> Increase productivity as you show employees how to get better at their jobs
>> Achieve better visibility because analytics are embedded in all of our solutions
>> Integrate solutions easily because our solutions are built on the flexible, scalable elixHR Platform
>> Offer employees the best possible development opportunities that are most applicable to building the skills and competencies required for the job with contextual recommendations and actions

CUSTOMERS

Edward Jones, Capgemini, Express Scripts, Pfizer

CONTACT INFORMATION

2850 NW 43rd St., Suite 150 Gainesville, FL 32606
(352) 264-2800 or (866) 768-6825
www.sumtotalsystems.com

 

 

SOCIAL LEARNING

 

Winner:
BizLibrary Community

PRODUCT INFORMATION

In a knowledge-based world, employees need immediate access to information and data to perform at their full potential. BizLibrary’s Community puts the collective knowledge of your entire organization at everyone’s fingertips.

With Community, your business can increase employee engagement, communication, collaboration and innovation. You can also increase (a) the efficiency of your employee learning and training and (b) organizational I.Q.

FEATURES/BENEFITS

>> Share documents, files, ideas and status updates
>> Ask and answer questions
>> Organize employees into communities based on job role, function, team, project, etc.
>> Share links or files for input, ideas and suggestions
>> Post best practices learned from clients
>> Search and sort posts by content and tags CUSTOMERS Go Solution, Marquette Savings Bank, Covenant Healthcare, Bally Technologies

CONTACT INFORMATION

285 Chesterfield Business Parkway Chesterfield, MO 63005
(888) 432-3077
www.bizlibrary.com

 

Award of Excellence:
Cisco Collaborative Knowledge Program

PRODUCT INFORMATION

Cisco Collaborative Knowledge is a complete, end-to-end solution that strategically combines best-in-class digital workplace capabilities to redefine the customer and employee experience. With it, organizations can gain the critical information they need in real-time to make informed business decisions. The result: improved performance, productivity, and competitive advantage.

The Cisco Collaborative Knowledge “digital workplace” solution can empower your organization with the digital tools and technology it needs to access experts, learning, and knowledge in real time. It can help you solve real-world business challenges anytime, anywhere.

FEATURES/BENEFITS

>> Mobilize your workforce with knowledge, speed, and flexibility to create a more empowered, productive and engaged organization
>> Foster a culture of continuous learning and innovation
>> Form agile teams to rapidly collaborate on and innovate new solutions
>> Capture, share, and manage content with laptops, tablets, and smartphones
>> Access data that is synchronized and stored in Cisco Collaborative Knowledge
>> View information online or offline

CONTACT INFORMATION

170 West Tasman Dr. San Jose, CA 95134

(800) 553-6387

 

 

VIRTUAL CLASSROOM

 

Award of Excellence:
Inxpo Virtual Classroom

PRODUCT INFORMATION

Inxpo’s Virtual Classroom is an interactive way to educate corporate and enterprise learners through video and open collaboration on a single platform. Virtual Classrooms have enabled organizations to better track learning progress, provide certification, and analyze knowledge gaps for better education programs.

Inxpo’s Learning Environments & Virtual Classrooms are globally accessible, and can be cloned and reused for different programs. With the combination of video, collaborative tools and making learning truly a conversation, Inxpo’s Learning Environments and Virtual Classrooms deliver the ultimate blended learning experience in a cost-effective way.

FEATURES/BENEFITS

>> Scheduled and self-paced virtual classroom
>> Engagement through gamification, badging and interaction
>> Mentoring and peer to peer community support

CONTACT INFORMATION

770 N. Halsted St., Suite 6S Chicago, IL 60642

(312) 962-3708

 

 

VIRTUAL EVENT PLATFORM

 

Winner:
Inxpo Virtual Learning Environment

PRODUCT INFORMATION

Inxpo’s Learning Environments are private and secure virtual learning portals that incorporate interactive user forums and group collaboration to help build a community and promote knowledge transfer through open content sharing.

Inxpo’s Online Learning Environment gives users the power to connect with a global audience and tailor the event to meet business objectives. The environment gives learning professionals full and self-service options for creating stimulating, measurable and secure online events. It also has robust analytics and reporting that includes chart slicing, monitoring of downloads and interactive data zoom and scroll.

FEATURES/BENEFITS

>> Live and on-demand programming
>> Recommended content keeps users engaged
>> Scalable to more than 100,000 visitors
>> Track results real-time and measure effectiveness

CUSTOMERS

Association of Corporate Travel Executives, RSA Security Analytics, Professional Convention Management Association

CONTACT INFORMATION

770 N. Halsted St., Suite 6S Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 962-3708

 

Award of Excellence:
InterCall Virtual Event Platform

PRODUCT INFORMATION

InterCall virtual events for marketing, training and recruiting are an innovative channel to engage with your customers, prospects, partners and employees. Some ways to use virtual events include: user conferences, trade shows, product launches, company meetings, partner communities, road shows, sales kick-offs, employee training, corporate universities, roundtables and job fairs.

FEATURES/BENEFITS

>> Easy to use and learn: The platform is intuitive and easy to navigate. It does not require users to switch applications or click through multiple pop-ups
>> Better communication tool: Rich registration information, activity data and comprehensive lead ranking. All data is delivered through web-based reporting, which makes it easy to access and share information with partners and sponsors
>> Customizable branding: Up and running in a matter of hours, with point-and-click customization and predefined templates and themes
>> Global reach in multiple languages: available in 17 languages with a global services model, which is crucial for delivering online events to an international audience

CUSTOMERS

Novartis, IBM, KPMG, Fortune magazine, Spark Interactive

CONTACT INFORMATION

8420 W. Bryn Mawr, Suite 1100 Chicago, IL 60631
(773) 399-1600
www.intercall.com

 

Content

 

ADAPTIVE LEARNING CONTENT

 

Award of Excellence:
Salesforce Success Community

PRODUCT INFORMATION

Salesforce University offers a wide range of training options, from in-person classes featuring hands-on instruction, to virtual training, self-led courses, private workshops, and more.

You can choose from classes for Sales Cloud, Service Cloud, Marketing Cloud, Analytics Cloud, and Community Cloud, along with training for the Salesforce1 Platform. Classes are available for administrators, developers, solution designers, technical architects, marketers, sales and service management, and end-users.

FEATURES/BENEFITS

>> One- to five-day, instructor-led regional or virtual classes available
>> Main topics: sales Cloud, service Cloud, marketing Cloud, community Cloud, analytics Cloud and more
>> Integrated Success Community for collaboration and learning CUSTOMERS Shutterstock, Information Logistics, Siemens

CONTACT INFORMATION

The Landmark at One Market, #300 San Francisco, CA 94105
(877) 872-4610

 

 

CONTENT LIBRARY/AGGREGATION

 

Winner:
BizLibrary Collection

PRODUCT INFORMATION

The BizLibrary Collection is an awardwinning “NetFlix-style” employee training solution of online training videos and eLearning courses.

Employees have unlimited access to thousands of online training programs on virtually every topic they might need, including Communication, Leadership, Management, Customer Service, Compliance and Desktop Computing, and much, much more.

More than 50 new courses are added monthly.

FEATURES/BENEFITS

>> Twenty-five topic areas include communication, leadership, customer service, computer skills
>> Unlimited employee access from desktop, mobile and/or tablet
>> Variety: 60-minute e-learning courses, 15- to 25-minute videos, 2-to 5-minute performance-support programs

CUSTOMERS

Go Solution, Marquette Savings Bank, Covenant Healthcare, Bally Technologies

CONTACT INFORMATION

285 Chesterfield Business Parkway Chesterfield, MO 63005
(888) 432-3077
www.bizlibrary.com

 

Award of Excellence:
Degreed for Enterprise Learning Platform

PRODUCT INFORMATION

Degreed for Enterprise is an award-winning learning experience system that helps individuals and organizations discover, measure and recognize all learning. Founded in 2012, Degreed helps solve corporate learning challenges by integrating organizations' internal learning systems (LMS, TMSs, Sharepoint etc.), external vendor content, and open learning resources into a single system for L&D professionals and employee learners.

Degreed offers an innovative “learner-centric” platform that aggregates all kinds of learning content and experiences- academic, professional, and informal - and helps organizations get a more complete and continuous view of everything that their employees know. Degreed enables employees, managers and L&D professionals to curate and share resources, set learning goals, and helps create a culture that values learning across the organization.

FEATURES/BENEFITS

>>World's largest learning ecosystem: 250,000+ courses and 3 million+ articles and videos from 1,200 sources through a single-sign-on platform.
>> Powerful tools: learning pathways designed specifically for roles and career development, daily learning playlists, unified search and sharing, drag-drop features and a lifelong profile.
>>Social functions: follow people and create groups, so employees can learn with (and from) mentors and colleagues.
>>Comprehensive feedback: reporting and analytics on ALL the learning employees do -- courses, articles, videos, conferences and more.

CUSTOMERS

Fortune 10, Fortune 50, and Fortune 50 organizations

CONTACT INFORMATION

449 Bryant Street 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94107
(800)311.7061
http://get.degreed.com/

 

 

 I.T. TRAINING

 

Award of Excellence:
ej4 Microsoft Office Package

PRODUCT INFORMATION

All aspects of MS Office are available, but the luxury of being able to select the most important course for your employee at that specific time is rewarding. ej4 lets administrators easily group software courses that are critical for their department. No wading through introductions of Excel to get to what matters most.

For instance, your accounting division’s ability to learn and apply a course on pivot tables to make better spreadsheets explaining company financials. Perhaps your sales team needs to learn how to make better PowerPoint presentations for prospects. It could be that everyone in the office needs to learn how to format memos and create company templates with a detailed walkthrough of Word.

COURSE LIST

>> New Features Training: Office, Excel, Word, PowerPoint
>> Special Features Training: Office, Excel, Word, PowerPoint
>> Essentials Training: PC Fundamentals, Office, Excel, Word, PowerPoint

CUSTOMERS

Allison Transmission, Mahindra, The Corridor Group

CONTACT INFORMATION

12125 Woodcrest Executive Dr., Suite 300 St. Louis, MO 63141
(314) 878-6700 or (800) 566-3159
www.ej4.com

 

Award of Excellence:
BizLibrary I.T. Content Library

PRODUCT INFORMATION

BizLibrary offers a series of specialty content bundles of e-learning courses designed to supplement the BizLibrary Collection. These small, single-topic bundles are designed to meet the advance and specialized learning needs of small groups of employees.

E-learning bundles are available in three categories: business skills, computer skills, and certification, and custom bundles are also available. These e-learning bundles are available in flexible quantities of 5, 10 or 20 courses.

COURSE LIST

>> Security Essentials, Avoid Social Engineering Attacks
>> Protecting Your PC
>> MS Windows 8.1: File Management and Organization

CUSTOMERS

Cellular One, Farmway Co-Op, Celergo

CONTACT INFORMATION

285 Chesterfield Business Parkway Chesterfield, MO 63005
(888) 432-3077
www.bizlibrary.com

 

 

COMPLIANCE

 

Winner:
Vubiz Compliance Library

PRODUCT INFORMATION

Vubiz provides full service — content, development, and delivery software — offering solutions that are extraordinarily flexible in practice. Thousands of hours of off-the-shelf content are available for purchase as-is or tailored to a specific client situations.

The company has built an excellent reputation over the past decade, offering outstanding value with comprehensive services from its large, impressive online library to content creation, an LMS and Vubuild, which is a do-it-yourself authoring tool.

FEATURES/BENEFITS

Vubiz has 93 titles in its Compliance Training library. Included are:
>> Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action
>> Business Ethics >> E-mail and Internet Use
>> Fair Labor Standards
>> Harrassment/Discrimination
>> Sarbanes-Oxley
>> Family and Medical Leave

CUSTOMERS

Forbes Industries, Goodrich, Lockheed Martin, Mattel

CONTACT INFORMATION

2872 Colorado Ave. Santa Monica, CA 90404
(310) 358-9583
www.vubiz.com

 

 

COMPLIANCE TRAINING

 

Award of Excellence:
ej4 Workplace Compliance Library

PRODUCT INFORMATION

ej4’s Workplace Compliance Library supplies you with the courses needed to maintain compliance. The programs included are: Anti-Harassment, Anti-Harassment for California, Connecticut, and Maine, HIPAA, FLSA, FMLA, Hiring and Firing procedures, and more. When the regulations change, programs are updated accordingly, so you don’t have to keep track of the changes.

FEATURES/BENEFITS

>> Short, tactical e-learning
>> Fully customizable
>> Multi-platform, including mobile
>> Most video titles are 10 minutes or less in length
>> Off-the-shelf programs can be customized using ej4 Thinkzoom

CUSTOMERS

Pepsi-Cola Bottlers, Golden Harvest, Community Coffee

CONTACT INFORMATION

12125 Woodcrest Executive Dr., Suite 300 St. Louis, MO 63141
(314) 878-6700 or (800) 566-3159
www.ej4.com

 

 

SOFT SKILLS CONTENT

 

Winner:
ej4 Business Skills Library

PRODUCT INFORMATION

ej4’s off-the-shelf e-learning is a collection of proven solutions that are built with instructional design specific for e-learning in today’s multi-platform mobile workforce.

ej4 offers an immediate solution that employees can use to get the information they need while being back to work in 10 minutes or less. Plus, with ej4’s Thinkzoom platform, you have the ability to personalize the learning with your own custom video.

FEATURES/BENEFITS

>> More than 1500 courses on everything from sales, compliance, IT training, and general soft skills for every business.
>> Content that is delivered through any device or platform
>> Professionally created videos that are informative and up-to-date
>> A customizable learning management system (Thinkzoom)
>> Dedicated learning professionals to support your business
>> Complete custom videos for your unique needs

CUSTOMERS

Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, greatcall, Goodwill

CONTACT INFORMATION

12125 Woodcrest Executive Dr., Suite 300 St. Louis, MO 63141 
(314) 878-6700 or (800) 566-3159 
www.ej4.com

 

 

SALES TRAINING

 

Winner:
ej4 Sales Skills Library

PRODUCT INFORMATION

ej4’s libraries of courses consist of ready to use solutions for your organizations specific needs. They are broken up by topic in Business Skills, Workplace Compliance and Microsoft Office that can be deployed on any platform.

The company’s Business Skills Library offers courses in Professional Productivity, Communications, Sales, Project Management, Leadership, Supervision, Safety and Presentation Skills — to name a few.

FEATURES/BENEFITS

>> Other titles: Assertive Verbal Skills, Business Travel, Business Statistics, Business Writing, Time Value of Money, and more
>> Library expands every month, based on customer feedback
>> Course titles can be added upon customer request

CUSTOMERS

Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, The Corridor Group, Western Equipment Dealers Association

CONTACT INFORMATION

12125 Woodcrest Executive Dr., Suite 300 St. Louis, MO 63141
(314) 878-6700 or (800) 566-3159
www.ej4.com

 

 

ej4 - AWARD WINNING CONTENT

PEOPLE GROW BUSINESS.  WE GROW PEOPLE.

ej4 creates award-winning content based on the 4 “J’s”: just as needed, just enough, just in time, and just right. This content is delivered through short, tactical videos designed to teach new skills and change behaviors through an engaging delivery style based on adult learning methodology. ej4’s content library contains more than 1,500 courses with new and updated content every month.

ej4’s off-the-shelf e-learning is more than a video learning library. It offers a collection of proven solutions that are built with instructional design specific for e-learning in today’s multi-platform mobile workforce. The current and future business environment demands tools that are quick, strategic, and accessible on all devices. ej4’s content delivers in all areas.

ej4 provides your company with an immediate solution that employees can use to get the information they need while being back to work in 10 minutes or less. Plus, with ej4’s Thinkzoom platform, you have the ability to personalize the learning with your own custom video.

ej4 bridges the gap between potential and results. It offers:

>> More than 1500 courses on everything from sales, compliance, I.T. training and general soft skills for every business
>> Content that is delivered through any device or platform
>> Professionally created videos that are informative and up-to-date
>> A customizable learning management system (Thinkzoom)
>> Dedicated learning professionals to support your business
>> Complete custom videos for your unique needs

PRODUCTS:

Off the Shelf Videos - At ej4, e-learning is done a little differently. While the company does offer hundreds of e-learning courses on topics like Management, Productivity, Anti-Harassment and Customer Service, it looks for the business need first. It analyzes your problems and builds solutions that fit your needs.

ej4’s libraries of courses consist of readyto-use solutions for your organization’s specific needs. They are broken up by topic in Business Skills, Workplace Compliance and Microsoft Office that can be deployed on any platform. http://ej4.com/resources-catalog

LMS Platform - Thinkzoom by ej4 is more than a learning management system. It’s a powerful knowledge-sharing platform tool for a customized user experience. Thinkzoom is an easy-to-use platform that allows you to record, edit, track and share your company-specific knowledge that integrates seamlessly with all ej4 content. http://ej4.com/services-thinkzoom

Custom Videos - There are times when an off-the-shelf course does not effectively teach an industry-specific skill or communicate your company message. Partner with ej4 to create custom e-learning videos that are short, to-the-point, and communicate YOUR message. http://ej4.com/services-custom-elearning

Support - It’s easy to get started using the ej4 solution. You can be up and running in a few days. Its team of dedicated learning professionals partner with you to ensure your learning program meets the needs of your learners.

CUSTOMERS

ej4 has customers that cover the spectrum in size, industry and products. To name a few: Goodwill, TigerDirect, First American Title, Allison Transmission, Pepsi, Dr. Pepper Snapple, Mahindra, Wells and Community Coffee.

WHAT CUSTOMERS SAY:

>> Dr. Pepper Snapple Group: “At Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, we needed to take the disciplines and common practices that we wanted to instill to over 20,000 employees across 250 locations. Using ej4, we were able to achieve these goals in a quick, efficient, and effective manner.”
>> Greatcall: “With ej4, course completion rates have increased over 80 percent, and employees continually request additional professional development.”

CONTACT INFORMATION:

12125 Woodcrest Executive Dr., Suite 300 St. Louis, MO 63141
Sales: (800) 566-3159
Headquarters: (314) 878-6700
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www.ej4.com

 

 

Tools

 

GAMIFICATION

 

Winner:
mLevel GameBased Learning Platform

PRODUCT INFORMATION

mLevel offers a low-cost solution that immerses employees in a fun, casual learning experience that can be easily scaled across an organization. Its SaaS-based platform makes quick creation and delivery of interactive learning games easy. Employees can play anytime or anywhere, all backed by leaderboards, badges, social learning interactions and detailed analytics.

Users can access mLevel on any device, and training missions can be completed just about anywhere. Because mLevel’s training is progressive, users have to score above a certain threshold before they can unlock the next round of educational content. Their colleagues’ scores become visible once a mission is complete, adding a friendly, competitive component and an incentive to score well, too. Thus, engagement is at the center of the platform.

FEATURES/BENEFITS

>> No coding required to create rich, interactive learning missions in hours
>> Its games drive individual and team competition, as well as social learning
>> Analysis function allows managers to uncover what employees know and don’t know about critical business topics, then react in real-time to close the gaps

CUSTOMERS

D4, IHG, U.S. Foods

CONTACT INFORMATION

205 W. Wacker Dr., Suite 422 Chicago, IL 60606
(888) 564-5395
www.mlevel.com

 

 

VIDEO CAPTURE

 

Winner:
ej4 Thinkzoom

PRODUCT INFORMATION

Thinkzoom by ej4 is a powerful knowledge-sharing platform tool for a customized user experience. It’s an easy-to-use platform that allows you to record, edit, track, and share company-specific knowledge. The bottom line is that ej4’s Thinkzoom does more than house e-learning. It’s a tool that you can use every day to train, communicate and share information with teams.

Its easy-to-use recording features allow you to create video content with your computer or mobile device. Think of the knowledge sharing opportunities that exist outside of the training department! Thinkzoom allows you to record and share best practices from the field, the sales floor, or even information from your customers and competition. Then you can build a training plan around the content with existing off-the-shelf courses and business book summaries.

FEATURES/BENEFITS

>> Create completely custom training: record and share best practices
>> Reporting features allow managers to see who’s taking which courses, and then analyze viewing trends

CUSTOMERS

Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, Pepsi-Cola Bottlers, Golden Harvest

CONTACT INFORMATION

12125 Woodcrest Executive Dr., Suite 300 St. Louis, MO 63141 
(314) 878-6700 or (800) 566-3159 
www.ej4.com

 

 

Services

 

TRANSLATION AND LOCAL SERVICES

 

Winner:
TransPerfect Translation & Localization Services

PRODUCT INFORMATION

TransPerfect can provide multi-language translation of company training materials or a centralized e-learning solution to serve an internationally distributed workforce. TransPerfect’s education experts can help you enhance sales force effectiveness, drive customer satisfaction, and deliver on-demand research and collaboration to take your global learning and training programs to the next level.

TransPerfect offers multiple levels of service based on client needs, ranging from draft / summary translation up to certified translation, featuring our three-step process with a translator, editor, and proofreader, all designed to meet the evolving needs of global businesses.

Its Human Translation Quality Assurance process assigns three professional linguists — translator, editor and proofreader — to create each translation.

FEATURES/BENEFITS

>> Network of more than 4,000 linguists, all of whom are native speakers of the target language, experts in their subject areas, and accredited by numerous translation and interpretation industry organizations

CORPORATE FAMILY

Adams Globalization, Epic Global Solutions, WorldLingo, eTranslate

CONTACT INFORMATION

3 Park Ave., 39th Floor New York, NY 10016
(212) 689-5555

 

 

OUTSOURCED LEARNING SERVICES

 

Award of Excellence:
Skillsoft Learning Services

PRODUCT INFORMATION

Skillsoft e-learning consultants, customer support and application engineers provide core program support services, a fundamental value-add. These teams deliver the expert e-learning services and advice to help establish general strategy for deployment and adoption of powerful learning programs.

FEATURES/BENEFITS

>> Deliver strategy, competency mapping, blended learning design, technology deployment and value measurement
>> Boost the ROI, engagement, and success rate of any implementation
>> Empower managers to effectively manage complex blendedlearning programs
>> Reduce overall administrative burden
>> Help identify when custom development services could be more effective
>> Include customer support, 24x7x365, by telephone, email, Web or chat

CUSTOMERS

FM Global

CONTACT INFORMATION

107 Northeastern Blvd. Nashua, NH 03062
(603) 324-3000 or (877) 545-5763)
www.skillsoft.com

 

 

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