Let Learners Lead: Lessons From Microsoft’s Social Learning Frontier

Wednesday, February 22, 2023 2:00pm - 3:00pm EST

Host: Association for Talent Development
By: David Linder, Co-Founder and Creative Director, Sublime Media and Jason Gray, Senior Learning Development Consultant, Microsoft

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Social learning happens every day, but it’s not always by design. How do we harness the richness of social learning to guide learners’ growth and performance? This webinar delves into how Sublime Media and Microsoft crafted a facilitator-free L&D cohort program that prioritizes community over traditional learning objectives. David Linder, founder and creative director of Sublime Media, and Jason Gray, senior learning development consultant for Microsoft, will reveal how they designed meaningful social learning opportunities for Microsoft’s Aspire Pi program.

In this webinar, you will learn to:

  • Balance free-form learning with the expertise learners need to succeed.
  • Increase engagement through social learning opportunities.
  • Build meaningful relationships that improve satisfaction and retention in a hybrid workplace.


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David Linder
David Linder

Co-Founder and Creative Director, Sublime Media

David Linder leads Sublime Media’s creative and product development and specializes in learning approach design. With more than 25 years of experience in the training industry as a developer and instructional designer, his expertise allows him to view how things work from the inside, learn something so well he can teach it, and make beautiful products.

Jason Gray
Jason Gray

Senior Learning Development Consultant, Microsoft

Remember learning algebra? I remember sitting confused as Mrs. Owens wrote, 5000x+15=4.5. Solve X, she said, as I thought, “I’m never figuring out X.” She noticed my confusion and helped me out. One day something stuck. I GOT IT! Fast forward, and I now work at Microsoft where challenges like this math problem are everywhere. My job is to make solving X for our early-in-career hires easier. I grow the 5,000 recent university hires to achieve 4.5 trillion market cap. And X? I’m an X factor in that success.