Revolutionizing Corporate Learning

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm EST

Host: Association for Talent Development
By: Rick Levin, CEO, Coursera; Barbara Oakley, Professor of Engineering, Oakland University; and Laurent Reich, Learning Practice and Digital Learning Director, L'Oréal

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Corporate learning is constantly evolving. A rapidly changing economy and a new Millennial workforce are putting new pressures and expectations on learning and development (L&D). As L&D moves to the center stage of corporate strategy, there are also new opportunities. The most successful corporate learning programs will be those that provide accessible, flexible, and relevant content for employees at all career levels and stages.
In this webcast, three experts discuss the shifts in work and learning, and the challenges and opportunities for L&D leaders in this new landscape. The webcast will include topics such as the:

  • democratization of learning in the corporate environment
  • science and mechanics of learning
  • importance of corporate learning in the changing economy and the role companies like Coursera play in this revolution.


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Rick  Levin
Rick Levin

CEO, Coursera

Rick Levin is the CEO of Coursera. In 2013, he completed a 20-year term as president of Yale University, during which time he played an integral role in growing the university’s programs, resources, and reputation internationally. He was named to the Yale faculty in 1974 and spent the next two decades teaching, conducting research, serving on committees, and working in administration at the university. Rick served on President Obama’s Council of Advisors for Science and Technology. He is a director of American Express and C3 Energy. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. Rick received his bachelor's degree in history from Stanford University and studied politics and philosophy at Oxford University, where he earned a bachelor of letters degree. In 1974, Rick received a PhD from Yale University and holds honorary degrees from Harvard, Princeton, Oxford, and Peking Universities.

Barbara Oakley
Barbara Oakley

Professor of Engineering, Oakland University

Barbara Oakley is a professor of engineering at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan; a visiting scholar at the University of California, San Diego; and Coursera’s inaugural innovation instructor. Her work focuses on the complex relationship between neuroscience and social behavior. Barbara’s research has been described as “revolutionary” in the Wall Street Journal, and she has published in outlets as varied as the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and the New York Times. She has won numerous teaching awards, including the American Society of Engineering Education’s Chester F. Carlson Award for technical innovation in engineering education. Together with Terrence Sejnowski, the Francis Crick Professor at the Salk Institute, she co-teaches Coursera—UC San Diego’s Learning How to Learn, the world’s most popular massive open online course. Her book A Mind for Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science (Even If You Flunked Algebra), is a New York Times bestselling science book.

Laurent  Reich
Laurent Reich

Learning Practice and Digital Learning Director, L'Oréal

Laurent Reich joined L'Oréal four years ago as the learning practice and digital learning director. He has a deep background in the learning field and a passion for training and educational engineering: He worked for 20 years as a consultant and has led several projects for top international Global 500 organizations. Today, his mission is to professionalize learning at L’Oréal, and make its vision for a “fast learning company” a reality by leveraging digital learning. His view is that the world is changing so fast, we need to learn at the speed of change and fight every day against skills obsolescence.