Introducing Guided Projects: Hands-On Learning That Accelerates Digital Transformation

Tuesday, June 23, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT

Host: Association for Talent Development
By: Anthony Tattersall, Senior Director and Head of EMEA, Enterprise, Coursera; Steve Tadeo, Data Science and Analytics Specialist, Nokia; and Namit Yadav, General Manager, Rhyme, Coursera

The urgent need for digital transformation is more apparent than ever. Even before COVID-19, 92 percent of companies believed digitization would disrupt their business model. Now, executives are working at a dramatically accelerated pace to build tech-enabled businesses to serve their customers and remain competitive. Companies have invested heavily in software development, data science, and cloud technologies in recent years, but now, they need to train their workers to take full advantage of these tools. Please join leaders from Coursera and Nokia for a discussion about a new kind of online learning called Guided Projects. These short, hands-on projects teach applied skills using real-world software tools. We’ll explore how Guided Projects can drive successful digital transformation and how Nokia is using this approach to upskill their technical teams.

Three learning takeaways for attendees:

  • Get introduced to Coursera Guided Projects and how hands-on learning helps enterprises drive faster adoption of software technologies.
  • Hear how Nokia uses applied learning approaches to achieve skill mastery within their data science team.
  • Learn how organizations can create proprietary Guided Projects tailored to their installed technologies and use cases.


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Anthony Tattersall
Anthony Tattersall

Senior Director and Head of EMEA, Enterprise, Coursera

As senior director for Enterprise at Coursera, Anthony Tattersall brings more than 20 years of experience in the industry and has worked in multiple areas of human resources solution provision with a significant focus on L&D. He has had an extensive career advising senior executives on transformative projects. Prior to working at Coursera, he was with Cornerstone OnDemand as area vice president United Kingdom and was responsible for the direct sales organisation across the United Kingdom and Ireland. His team provided HR solutions encompassing learning, content, recruiting, performance management, and core human resources. He has a master of business administration from Durham University Business School, was nonexecutive director at Launchpad before joining full-time, and was advisor to the chief executive officer at Radiant Law.

Steve Tadeo
Steve Tadeo

Data Science and Analytics Specialist, Nokia

Steve Tadeo is a data science and analytics specialist with Nokia. He has always had a passion for data and analytics and finds it to be an exciting and rewarding time to be part of a learning organization helping others prepare for the data demands of the fourth industrial revolution. Data is everywhere and its effect on life increases every day. The Internet of Things and all the associated devices generate an exponential amount of data and locked inside this data are the answers to endless business, medical, financial, and social challenges. What Steve finds most satisfying is the collaborative process by which a data challenge is uncovered and how data discoveries and insights can be used to change business operations and strategies. Steve has a Mechanical Engineering Degree from the University of Bridgeport, and an MBA from Virginia Polytechnical Institute.

Namit Yadav
Namit Yadav

General Manager, Rhyme, Coursera

Namit Yadav is the general manager of Rhyme at Coursera. He oversees Coursera’s hands-on Guided Projects running on Rhyme. Prior to Coursera, he was the founder and chief executive officer of Rhyme Softworks, which Coursera acquired in 2019. Previously, he founded an iOS K–12 education app and has held various product management and engineering roles, including at Groupon and Cloudian. He has a master of business administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee.