Integrating Learning Experiences: A Vision for the Corporate MOOC

Friday, April 4, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT  
Host: Association for Talent Development
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Over the last few years, corporate learning has been impacted by an onslaught of powerful technology trends—social, mobile, cloud, big data, etc. As learning professionals, we struggle to leverage these trends to create integrated, effective learning experiences—versus a dizzying array of disconnected technology point solutions. We must shift our perspective to create learning experiences that seamlessly integrate the power of these technology trends. In effect, how can we create the next generation of blended learning solutions that deliver improved human performance and business results?

Enter the MOOC, an innovative new technology-enabled learning experience that focuses on “opening up” academic courses to a world of learners. As we consider bold new blended learning approaches, could the MOOC learning experience be re-imagined to serve the learning needs of corporations? We’ve polled dozens of business and learning leaders in recent months about the potential for the corporate MOOC applications. Not only have we learned a tremendous amount from these conversations, we’re already working with clients to develop MOOCs to meet their business challenges. Through our conversations and client work, we’ve developed answers to pressing questions about how the MOOC phenomenon can be applied to specific corporate learning need, such as:

  • What is a corporate MOOC, and how is it different from current technology-enabled learning options?
  • How might MOOCs be applied to the specific challenges that corporations face?
  • Which business challenges might best be addressed through the use of a corporate MOOC?

Sam Herring, co-founder and CEO of Intrepid Learning, and Sanjay Advani, Vice President of Marketing and Alliances, will share their insights with you in this webinar. You’ll learn:

  • the definition of the term “corporate MOOC,” and how it is different from the traditional academic MOOC
  • the top business challenges to which a corporate MOOC can be applied, with specific market examples
  • how to apply key MOOC design and implementation best practices to solve your organization’s most pressing learning and development challenges
  • what a corporate MOOC could look like for your organization.


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Sam Herring is co-founder of Intrepid Learning and leads the company’s strategic direction. With partners, he started the company in 1999 with a focus on learning research and best practices, and grew the business to become a market leader in learning consulting, outsourcing and technology. Today the company works with leading global companies to help them improve performance, and achieve their most promising business opportunities through innovative learning solutions.

Sam is immediate past Chairman of the American Society for Training and Development’s (ASTD) Board of Directors, and is recognized as a “Who’s Who” training industry thought leader by TrainingIndustry.com. Sam regularly speaks and consults with clients on topics such as innovation, business agility, learning trends and best practices, enterprise learning strategy, and more. He is published on BigThink.com, and in Fast Company and T+D magazine, and is a frequent keynote speaker at leading industry conferences, seminars, universities, and global corporations.

Sam holds a master’s degree from Harvard University, where he studied ethics, religion, and public policy, and a bachelor’s degree in history from Yale University. In 2008, he was recognized as a top business leader through the Puget Sound Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” awards. He is a past director of New Futures, a Seattle area children and family services agency. Sam lives in Seattle with his wife Lynn and children Anneka and Malcolm.

Sanjay Advani
Sanjay Advani

Global VP, Alliances & Strategic Partnerships, Degreed (former)

Sanjay focuses on strategic marketing and building channel partnerships to better serve customer needs. He is responsible for driving and promoting a clear market message for Intrepid Learning, which includes an integrated go-to-market plan and a differentiated point of view around learning.

Sanjay brings more than 20 years of successful learning industry leadership experience to his role, drawn from such diverse arenas as talent management, learning and development, and corporate training and certification. He joined Intrepid Learning after concluding a role as Senior Director of Education and Partner Management at Parallels. In previous leadership roles at Microsoft and Cisco Systems, he led teams that refined readiness and enablement for internal, customer and partner audiences worldwide to drive skills and capabilities as a competitive advantage. Sanjay's global experience also includes business strategy, professional services and consulting. He holds a master's degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Indiana University.