Are You Wasting Money Developing Leaders?

The most pressing issue at hand for human resources functions in most companies is leadership and talent development. Yet these same companies freely admit this is a keen area of weakness for them. These organizations waste millions of dollars each year developing workshops, coaching sessions and corporate universities that don’t provide the tools managers need … Continue reading Are You Wasting Money Developing Leaders?

LinkedIn to acquire Lynda.com for $1.5 billion in notable effort to link education & global opportunity #learning #development

LyndaToday, LinkedIn Corp. announced it has agreed to buy Lynda.com, an online learning company based in Carpinteria, California, in a deal valued at $1.5 billion. The deal is expected to close second quarter this year, and LinkedIn will pay some 52 percent in cash and 48 percent stock for the company.

It’s an appropriate match; Lynda.com specializes in courses and video tutorials on technology and business skills. In a brief from MarketWatch, LinkedIn’s Chief Executive Jeff Weiner said the company’s extensive library of premium video content will help empower people to develop the skills they need to accelerate their careers. “When integrated with the hundreds of millions of members and millions of jobs on LinkedIn, Lynda.com can change the way in which people connect to opportunity.” Continue reading “LinkedIn to acquire Lynda.com for $1.5 billion in notable effort to link education & global opportunity #learning #development”

$1.55M MOOC Project to Expand Global Education #learning #development #MOOCs

Online EducationThe U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and CourseTalk.com, an online course review company, are launching a two-year, $1.55 million project to expand quality education and career training globally. The companies have committed cash resources of $1.05 million, plus an additional $500,000 of in-kind services and support.

The two-year initiative, Advancing MOOCs for Development, will be driven by research on online course enrollment in the Philippines, Colombia and South Africa. The Technology & Social Change Group, or TASCHA, at the University of Washington’s Information School will conduct the research with support from IREX, a nonprofit development organization.

“In many developing countries, traditional education systems are failing students,” said Rachel Blum, USAID’s senior advisor for youth workforce development in a release. “Economic constraints, political upheaval, war and natural disaster are all leading causes. But MOOCs have the potential to change this. By answering key questions — who takes MOOCs, why they take them and what inhibits those who don’t — this project will help us better understand MOOCs and their role in offering affordable, quality education to young people worldwide.” Continue reading “$1.55M MOOC Project to Expand Global Education #learning #development #MOOCs”

Succession Planning and Learning in the State of Tennessee #government #learning

Everything you ever wanted to know about succession planning and learning strategy for the State of Tennessee. Okay, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but Chief Learning Officer Trish Holliday took time to talk in detail with me about the impact her work has had on the state and on the workforce. Continue reading Succession Planning and Learning in the State of Tennessee #government #learning