Issue 101: Doomsday for Education 😱
We’re excited to start our first long-form coverage of one research study and even more thrilled that it was commissioned by Intellum. Including this issue, expect a 5 week exploration of findings (and other things too 😉).
This study specifically asks:
- How can you ensure your workplace education initiative drives positive outcomes?
If you’re paying attention to the very grim news broadcasts, and the steady stream of bummer LinkedIn announcements of mass layoffs, it’s obvious that both public and private companies are bracing for an economic downturn. With customer education increasingly becoming a core function within businesses, the concern becomes, what does economic stress mean for the current state of corporate education? While goals change from company to company, learning initiatives need to generate revenue and positive business outcomes. If revenue is at risk, how do companies ensure that their custom education function remains (or becomes) an asset rather than a liability?In this study, Intellum surveyed 502, full-time decision makers involved in workplace education. They found that most companies are taking a serious approach to their education initiatives — and that those who abide by known best practices achieve the most favorable outcomes. While many businesses are delivering education, few organizations have created a formalized organizational education program that leverages technology to deliver positive learning outcomes for not just customers, but all three of their audiences- customers, partners, and employees.
Key Takeaway(s): P.I.C.N.I.C. (Problem In Chair, Not In Computer), kinda. If you are hoping to build and deliver an education program that provides a return on the investment you’re making, don't solely rely on your technology solutions. The best best bet is to take time building a solid strategy that educates ALL of your audiences instead of just one or some.Additionally, you will want to make sure you fill the “chair” and designate a program owner that can own it. If you aren't measuring effectiveness your program can't and won't help you achieve the results you're hoping to.
Read More (Open): Transforming Organizational Education Initiatives from Cost Center to Profit Center
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Pets of Learning Science Weekly
Our friend Irina K. shared an adorable photo of her 10-year-old German Spitz, Zara. Like the princess she is "she doesn't do anything she doesn't want to do. Including cuddles!" but "can be quite sweet (when SHE wants to)."
Zara is a show-stopping scene-stealer. Irina tells us that a painting of her sits visibly in her office, and "during training sessions and webinars she always ends up being a topic of conversation!" We can certainly see why! 😍
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