The Industry’s Exclusive Users Choice Award Opens for Nominations

Elearning! Magazine, the industry voice of the enterprise learning and workforce technology market, announced today the Best of Elearning! Awards 2019 voting opens June 3rd, 2019 at:

Learning professionals from both the private and public sector are invited to nominate their best-in-class solution provider for consideration across 27 different categories for 2019.  Winners of each category will be revealed in Elearning! Magazine November/ December 2019 and announced at Best of Elearning! Awards broadcast.

In its 15th 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 via online 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.

“We are honored to host an award program recognizing the industry’s most innovative and impactful solution providers,” says Catherine Upton, Group Publisher, Elearning! Media Group. “The Best of Elearning! Awards recognize brands that solve real business learning challenges. There is no greater honor than having customers nominate and vote for their best-in-class solutions.”

In 2019, we have continued hosting an open-ended category for Most Innovative Solution Provider. This offers emerging technologies to compete in this highly regarded awards program. In 2018, the three honorees were all in the VR/AR category. Voters may cast a ballot online at:


Elearning! Media Group will also recognize Hall of Fame brands in 2019 for outstanding contributions to the learning industry and innovations. Previous Hall of Fame winners are Adobe Captivate, BizLibrary and eJ4.  

The Best of Elearning! Awards issue will reveal Award of Excellence and Category Award Winners in the November/December 2019 edition. This timing gives buyers the “Must Have” list of best-in-class solutions in a timeframe to allot budgets for their 2020 purchases.

The Voting Process

Elearning! Media Group readers, industry professionals and community members can nominate and vote for products and solutions at NO COST via Elearning! Media Group’s online ballot at:

Voting opens June 3rd and closes September 1st, 2019. Each ballot is verified with vendor ballots and those cast with Gmail, AOL, and other non-company domain email addresses being nullified.

Recognizing Excellence

Sixty-one percent of learning leaders shared that award recognition impacts their decision to consider a solution provider.  Therefore, the Best of Elearning! honorees are featured in Elearning! Magazine’s November/December 2019 edition. Buyers discover what their peers and colleagues say about various solution providers. See who made the cut in 2019 in Elearning! Magazine. Learn more about the program at:

“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 broadcast will also return. This online industry celebration offers executives share and learn about the best learning options and engage with technologists and learning leaders. Attend additional Best of Elearning! sessions across the year to hear customer stories and share advice on learning ecosystems and more. Watch for announcements at:

About Elearning! Media Group

Elearning! Media Group serves the $243 billion enterprise learning market.  Elearning! Media Group, owned by B2B Media Group, LLC, consists of 7 media products including: Elearning! Magazine, e-magazine, e-mail Alerts,, Elearning! Web Seminar Series, Learning! 100 Awards, and Best of Elearning! Awards.  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; on Twitter: @2elearning, via Facebook: Elearning!-Magazine; and, LinkedIn: Elearning! Magazine Network or Enterprise Learning! Events.

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Conference Features Technology & Design, Gamification, Brain Science Sessions

Elearning! Media Group, publishers of Elearning! and Government Elearning! magazines, announced today the 2018 Best of Elearning! Award Ceremony will be hosted at Federal Government Distance Learning Association’s (FDGLA) Government Learning Technology on November 29th at 3:30 PM in Room 203 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington D.C.

We are thrilled to bring the Best of Elearning! Awards to GLTS, reports Catherine Upton, Group Publisher, Elearning! Media Group. The public sector accounts for billions in learning technology investment, and GLTS focuses on best practices and solutions for this active market.”

In its 14th year, the Best of Elearning! Awards is the industry’s exclusive user’s choice awards. The 2018 class of honorees includes 73 brands across 23 different categories from learning and talent platforms to e-learning development, mobile, video and emerging solutions. Attend this one session and meet the industry’s top brands as named by users.  To attend the Awards ceremony, register for GLTS and attend Best of Elearning! Session on Thursday, November 29th at 3:30 PM in Room 203. To see complete list of finalists visit:

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About GLTS

GLTS will hold several sessions focused on effective use of technologies for distance learning at the two-day Government Learning Technology Symposium (GLTS). Join Government learning technology professionals November 28-29, 2018 for FGDLA's at-no-cost Government Learning Technology Symposium.

FGDLA is proud to present a noteworthy speaker lineup with workshops and presentations to aid you in your work.  View complete conference program at:

About Elearning! Media Group

Elearning! Media Group is owned by B2B Media Group LLC. Elearning! Media Group consists of twelve media products including: Elearning! Magazine and eMagazine, Elearning! Alert,, Elearning! Web Seminar Series, Enterprise Learning! Events, Best of Elearning! and Learning! 100 Awards. Elearning! Media Group serves the $243 billion learning & workplace technology market.  Suppliers and practitioners can follow us: online at; on Twitter: 2elearning or #ELSummit; via Facebook: Elearning!-Magazine or LinkedIn: Elearning! Magazine Network or Elearning! Summit. 

About Federal Government Distance Learning Association (FGDLA)

The Federal Government Distance Learning Association (FGDLA) is a nonprofit, professional association formed to promote the development and application of distance learning in the Federal Government, in accordance with  Section 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code for Business Leagues and charted by the State of Ohio. Additionally, the Association actively fosters collaboration and understanding among those involved in leveraging technology and instructional media in support of the education and training needs of the Federal Government. 

Focused on supporting Federal Government agencies involved in distance learning, the FGDLA encourages the application of all forms of distance learning media, as well as embracing innovative methods in integrating instructional technologies to meet the training and education needs of the Federal Government. Our membership is derived primarily from individuals from individuals employed by the various agencies within the Federal Government. The FGDLA is a chapter of the United States Distance Learning Association. employed by the various agencies within the Federal Government. The FGDLA is a chapter of the United States Distance Learning Association. Learn more at:

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Most of the new hires are not well prepared to perform at a high level in a professional environment, primarily because of insufficient skills, cites a study conducted by Bloom-berg and Workday. The absence of aligned collaboration between academia and business are impeding efforts to effectively prepare students for employment and to reskill existing workers. Findings include:

>> Opportunity for Greater Collaboration: Only 30 percent of corporations and 39 percent of educators say they are collaborating to help reskill and retrain employees.

>> Plans to Invest in Reskilling: Roughly four in 10 corporate respondents plan to invest in reskilling current employees.

>> Adapting to New Technology: More than 50 percent of corporate respondents plan to evolve job responsibilities to reflect future needs and improve their recruitment of diverse talent to address the impact new technology has on their workforce.

>> Budget Constraints a Challenge: Approximately half of corporate respondents anticipate facing budget resource constraints when deploying a plan to address the impact of emerging technologies on the workforce; 84 percent of academic respondents say budget limitations will be their biggest anticipated challenge in deploying plans to better prepare students for the future workforce.

“[It] is the time to rethink how to put reskilling our people at the center of corporate talent strategies…while building stronger bridges to the academic world so we can establish a clear path forward,” concluded Leighanne Levensaler, senior vice president of corporate strategy, Workday.

Download Building Tomorrow’s Talent: Collaboration Can Close Emerging Skills Gap at

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The Top 100 Learning Organization Rankings to be Revealed August 27th 

The Elearning! Media Group revealed the Learning! 100 top learning organizations finalists for 2018. The final rankings will be celebrated at the Learning! 100 Awards Reception and Ceremony on August 27th in Alexandria, VA at the Hilton Mark Center. The event is co-located with ADL’s iFest event. 

“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 6 to 2 million employees are among the finalists this year proving size does not matter when it comes to making a difference in learning.”

This year, the Learning! 100 Award’s Opening Keynote will be Sae Schatz, Director of Advanced Distributive Learning Initiative. Her Keynote will kick off the Learning! 100 Seminar Series themed “Destination 2025.”   Learning! 100 leaders will present insights, advice and lessons learned over the coming months.  

“The Learning! 100 Seminar Series is a valuable resource for learning professionals to share, network and learn from the world’s learning elite, says Jerry Roche, Executive Director, Elearning! Media Group. The forum is easily accessible to leaders and their teams and provides real-world advice on challenges our industry faces.

2018 Learning! 100 Finalists

In its 8 year, the Learning! 100 are comprised of 60 corporate enterprises and 40 public sector organizations.  This year’s Corporate finalists are:



African Global Operations

Agilent Technologies

Amazon Web Svcs

American Credit

Acceptance, part of The Johnson Group


Brown & Brown Insurance



Choice Hotels Intl


Coupa Software



Dine Aware


DR Pepper Snapple


First Insight Corporation G4S Secure Solutions (USA) Inc.

Global Council of Corporate Universities

Global Mindset




IBM Integrated Manufacturing and Assembly



Lehigh Valley Hospital Network  


Lloyd's Banking Group


Institute of Learning


Mercy Technology Services MITEL

Navy Federal Credit Union 



Progressive Insurance



RBC Financial

Robbins Research

Rogers Communications


Salesforce Scripps Health Shaw Industries Group, Inc.



The Corridor Group



United Electric Supply UnitedHealthcare VCA Inc.



Watco Companies, LLC WD-40 Company


Public Sector finalists are:

American Heart Assoc

American Society of Assoc Executives

Canadian Marketing Assoc

Defense Security Services Center for Development of Security Excellence

E-learning for Kids

Federal Government Distance Learning Assoc

George Mason University


International Society of Technology in Learning

Khan Academy

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASCAR Event Management

National Training & Simulation Assoc

NATO Allied Command Transformation 

Personnel Board of Jefferson County

Team Orlando

U.S. Advanced Distributed Learning Initiative

U.S. Air Force

U.S. Defense Acquisition Academy

U.S. Navy

U.S. Office of Personnel Management

U.S. Veterans Affairs Acquisition Academy

University of Arizona

University of Central Florida

USC's Institute for Creative Technologies 

Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States 

Western Governors University

William & Mary University

YMCA of San Diego County


Previous honorees include Amazon, American Heart Association, Cisco, Khan Academy, NASA and Zappos. View previous winners at: 

About the Learning! 100 Awards

The Elearning! Media Group’s (EMG) Learning! 100 Awards recognize excellence in learning across enterprises that invest in a truly immersive learning culture. Learning! 100 Awards recognize the top 100 organizations for their best-in-class learning and development programs, enabling learning culture that creates outstanding organizational performance. Whether your firm is large or small, learning is departmentled or enterprise-wide, you should consider applying for the Learning! 100 Awards.

The Learning! 100 are honored at the annual awards reception and ceremony. They are also featured in articles, Web seminars, conference sessions hosted across the year by Elearning! and Government Elearning! magazines.

About Elearning! Media Group 

Elearning! Media Group (EMG), owned by B2B Media Group, LLC, a privately held trade media company. A 24-time award-winning media brand, EMG consists of 11 media products including:

Elearning! Magazine, Government Elearning! eMagazine, Alert, Edge eNewsletter,, Elearning! Web Seminar Series, Enterprise Learning! Events, Best of Elearning! Awards, Learning! Champion and Learning! 100 Awards. Elearning! Media Group serves the $243 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:; on Twitter: 2elearning, #ELC17; via Facebook:

Elearning!-Magazine; and, LinkedIn: Elearning! Magazine Network or Enterprise Learning! Events.


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Diversity, inclusion, and belonging are unique areas of both challenge and opportunity for learning professionals.

To address these topics, Elliott Masie has partnered with international learning leader Jayzen Patria to produce The Diversity & Learning LAB Experience. Sessions will be held at the MASIE Center in Saratoga Springs April 10-12, 2018. Jayzen will host and facilitate a small group of learning colleagues in the lab as diversity, inclusion, and learning leaders from around the world interact with participants by video throughout the program. Participants are encouraged to come prepared to share, learn, and design with fellow learning professionals and thought leaders, as well as their own board of stakeholders back at the office (via connected technology).

Learn more:

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The annual Learning! 100 award program honors public and private sector organizations for innovation, collaboration and learning culture that drives performance.  Applications can be submitted at:

“The Learning! 100 award winners are an elite team of high performers. From small to large enterprises, this award honors those that push the limits of learning and development, to over achieve by exceeding performance expectations,” says Catherine Upton¸ Group Publisher, Elearning! Media Group. “Learning is at the core of their success. Every Learning! 100 winner inspires us with their innovation, passion and performance.”

Previous Learning! 100 honorees include: T-Mobile, Amazon Web Services, American Heart Association, Salesforce, NASCAR, Defense Acquisition University, and Scripps Health to name a few. Application deadline has been extended to April 15th.

Learn More:

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Americans are eager to work but no longer for somebody else. The number of Americans working for themselves looks to triple—to 42 million people—by 2020, according to Research Now.

Millennials are driving the freelance trend. Of the 27 million independent workers, 42% will be millennials. The study also finds Americans who already work for themselves are very content to keep doing so, with 97% of them (up from 10%) reporting no desire to return to the traditional workplace. These findings are consistent with Intuit’s 2006 study on the topic.

“Given these trends, companies need to proactively create what I call approved workplace ecosystems that will likely include the corporate campus, home office… or any place with a decent Wi-Fi or 4G signal,” claims Jeremy Neuner, CEO, NextSpace.“A real ecosystem is about more than just a collection of places. It’s about the norms, the culture, and the vibe that knit [us] together,” concludes Neuner.

Source: freshbooks/brand-assets/freshbooks-survey-2017.pdf

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According to McKinsey Global, 32% of U.S. jobs will be replaced by automation by 2030. This is a small percentage across the global front. McKinsey estimates that 400 million to 800 million people will need new jobs as automation and machine learning creep into industries all over the world. Of that number, McKinsey suggests 375 million will have to switch occupational categories entirely.


“It’s going to take a shift in mindset,” says Susan Lund, a leader of the McKinsey Global Institute. “People need to expect they may not only have entirely different employers, but entirely different occupations. We talk about lifelong learning, but in the next five to 10 years, we’ve actually got to make that a reality—it will require changes from employers and policy-makers, but also individuals, on how we think of jobs.”

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HR needs to put proper foundations in place first before implementing to AI.

“We’ve gone from the mainframe to DOS to Windows to client- server to web,” says Jason Averbrook, Principal of LeadGen.  In five generations of technology, I’ve been really doing the same things, only on a new piece of technology. This [AI] isn’t that. This is not doing the same thing on a new piece of technology. This is actually changing the way work is done and doing things completely differently.”

HR must step up to the mark with digitization and AI by:

>>  Constructing solid data sets

>>  Creating a great user experience

>>  Shifting focus from automation to digitalization which changes the work experience

“The danger is that HR will be caught napping when the executive team comes knocking and wants to know what HR’s plans are for this new way of working,” concludes Averbrook.Source:

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Sixty-nine percent of organizations are using Artificial Intelligence in IT functions today says Infosys study.  While 75% are currently or planning to replace workforce resources with AI technology, 80% of organizations will retrain or redeploy displaced employees.

How Companies Are Preparing Staff


McKinsey & Company claims that AI can automate as much as 45 percent or more of any particular job – allowing workers to focus on higher level, mission-critical activities.

With 76% of senior executives saying AI is fundamental to their organization’s success, AI will only grow in adoption over the next 3 years.


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