CORPORATE LEARNING SYSTEMS
Cornerstone | November 17, 2021
Cornerstone OnDemand, Inc., a leader in adaptive HR solutions, today announced new content offerings expressly designed for today’s modern, skills-forward workforce. These updates include a groundbreaking new learning series, “A Seat at the Table,” the hiring of Emmy-award winning producer, Dave Grant, and new partnerships with Skill Pill and Sponge Compliance to support business performance skill-building. Today’s announcements come on the heels of the launch of Cornerstone Xplor, the market’s first solution to bring every element of people growth into a single experiential destination. When combined with the company's vast content offerings, Cornerstone Xplor helps organizations meet their people where they are with a highly personalized and fully connected growth experience, at scale.
Through its own content production studio, Cornerstone Studios, the company is delivering innovative content designed in non-traditional formats. Considered one of its most ambitious series to-date, “A Seat at the Table,” is a new original learning series that showcases honest and authentic dialogues to develop the understanding of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB) as a skill in the workplace. By featuring multiple perspectives from non-actors in unscripted, open conversations around sensitive, yet critical, topics within the workplace, the series helps to facilitate more inclusive and authentic work environments. To supplement the series, Cornerstone Studios developed thoughtful guides to encourage leaders to take action and actively promote team dialogue. Cornerstone will premiere the first episode, "Talking about Depression," today at Cornerstone Convergence 2021, and the full series will drop in Cornerstone Content Anytime, the company's content subscription offering, in December.
To elevate Cornerstone Studios’ production of high-quality, binge-worthy content, Cornerstone has hired a new head of production, unscripted television executive Dave Grant. A three-time Emmy-award winning producer, Grant will play a key role in meeting learners where they are with innovative and engaging consumer-grade content. Since joining Cornerstone, Grant has been instrumental in the production of the “A Seat at the Table” series and will be responsible for helping the organization evolve workplace learning content.
“Reengaging modern, tech savvy employees will require new content that is fresh, educational, inclusive and entertaining,” said Dave Grant, Head of Production, Cornerstone. “By expanding Cornerstone’s learning experience to meet the expectations of today’s modern workforce, we are acknowledging the high expectations for quality content required by consumers and pivoting our strategy to meet that demand.”
In addition to investing in original content creation, Cornerstone is also focused on augmenting its curated content offerings through partnerships. Now available within Cornerstone Content Anytime subscriptions, new business performance and integrity content from Skill Pill and Sponge Compliance will provide organizations with access to a vast, multilanguage content library. By the end of the year, fully localized courses in French, German, Spanish, Dutch, Italian, Arabic and Turkish and subtitled courses in Chinese, Korean and Japanese will all be available. Cornerstone is also offering flexible catalogs from Skill Pill, allowing organizations to choose specific courses and provide them with the flexibility to customize their catalog to their exact needs.
“We are set on breaking down barriers and pushing the envelope in how we deliver authentic, relevant and brief learning content to employees around the world. Continued innovation in this area, combined with our organization’s unique ability to connect learning back to skills, reinforces our fierce dedication to providing customers with resources for creating a more engaged, inclusive, future-ready workforce.”
Summer Salomonsen, Vice President, Content Product, Cornerstone
Cornerstone’s continued focus on its content business stems from an increased demand in online learning correlated with changing work environments and a focus on developing new and different skillsets. Due to ongoing shifts caused in part by the pandemic, Cornerstone has seen a 4x increase in registrations of self-directed learning content in February 2021 compared to pre-pandemic levels in February 2020. In 2021, 36 million minutes of learning content have been consumed through Cornerstone Content Anytime. Of those 36 million minutes, 50% of that time was spent on self-directed learning, implying a newfound interest in personal skill building from both organizations and people.
Cornerstone powers the future-ready workforce with adaptive HR solutions designed to unite technology, data and content and inspire a work environment of growth, agility and success for all. With an AI-powered, skills-forward, experiential system designed for the contemporary workforce, we help organizations modernize their learning and development experience, deliver the most relevant content from anywhere, accelerate talent and career mobility and establish skills as the universal language of growth and success across their business. Cornerstone serves over 6,000 customers and 75M users and is available in 180 countries and 50 languages.
IBM | July 29, 2020
Creating diversity in the technology field can begin with preparing students for STEM careers at an early age, according to IBM. The tech giant is offering 1,000 paid internships to students and graduates of its Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools (P-TECH) program, IBM announced July 20. The internship program will run through Dec. 31, 2021.IBM's P-TECH program, established in 2011, is a public education model that provides an opportunity, at no cost, for students to earn both their high school diploma and a two–year associate degree linked to STEM fields such as cybersecurity. The company usually has about 150 interns a year from P-TECH. In the expansion, the paid internship program is a 10-time incremental increase from the company's most recent internship goals, according to IBM.
AWS | May 11, 2020
Amazon Web Services (AWS) and SXSW EDU collaborate to issue a challenge, the edtech world.
Blast Learning helps students remember information they learned, while identifying and filling in knowledge gaps.
Edtech companies across the U.S. submitted innovative ideas to bolster student learning, teacher productivity, accessibility and the home-school connection.
When Amazon Web Services (AWS) and SXSW EDU collaborate to issue a challenge, the edtech world answers. In July 2019, the Amazon Alexa EdTech Skills Challenge gave developers a chance to make cutting-edge Alexa skills for creative educational improvements. Edtech companies across the U.S. submitted innovative ideas to bolster student learning, teacher productivity, accessibility and the home-school connection. The winners for this competition will be decided in two parts: the Judge’s Choice award and the People’s Choice award.
An expert panel of judges has already narrowed down the competition to six finalists, based on each skill’s innovation, impact, usability and stickiness factor. One finalist from this group—Blast Learning, Healthy Teen Network, NuMoola, SayKid, StrongMind or VOGO Voice—will win the Judge’s Choice award, receiving $50,000 in AWS Promotional Credit to help bring their next big idea to life. Voting is now open for the People’s Choice award, where the winner will receive $25,000 in AWS Promotional Credit. Cast your vote by May 15, 2020 to be eligible to win an Amazon Echo Show (2nd Gen).
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“Blast Learning Alexa skill quizzes students in a way that helps them ace the test on a current unit and then continues to periodically quiz them on the material until the knowledge and skills become durable”.
~ Bruce Lewolt, Founder Blast Learning.
Blast Learning helps students remember information they learned, while identifying and filling in knowledge gaps. Leveraging research on how to accelerate long-term memory formation, “the Blast Learning Alexa skill quizzes students in a way that helps them ace the test on a current unit and then continues to periodically quiz them on the material until the knowledge and skills become durable. Along the way, when a learning gap is discovered, the skill re-teaches that information and provides additional reinforcement,” explains Bruce Lewolt, Founder of Blast Learning.
“When Blast asks a question that the learner can’t answer, the concept is retaught before engaging in memory enhancing activities. Blast adapts to each learner’s unique set of gaps as well as their unique forgetting curve,”.
“When Blast asks a question that the learner can’t answer, the concept is retaught before engaging in memory enhancing activities. Blast adapts to each learner’s unique set of gaps as well as their unique forgetting curve,” he adds. We know that studying effectively requires focused, dedicated time and consistency. Voice technology provides students flexible and easier access to studying through portable devices or smartphones and does not require sitting in a fixed location. Learners can use this skill to study even while they exercise, which has been shown to supercharge the brain for learning, Lewolt described. “Imagine being able to jog and study at the same time. Now, imagine how good it would feel to know that jogging is a force multiplier for your studying!”
With a product backed by neuroscience and learning research, the folks at Blast Learning are excited to continue supporting all kinds of learners in academic and professional contexts. “Blast Learning can look across the study requirements for all of a student’s courses and build a prioritized, personalized study schedule across all subjects,” Lewolt says. “Since Blast remembers everything a student has ever studied and learns the best way for that student to study, the intelligent application becomes a lifetime learning resource for students.”
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