White Paper Reveals Highlights from Recent “Learning Executive Think Tank” Event

Mountain View, CA – November 15, 2010 – Expertus, a global provider of software and services that optimize the business impact of learning, today released a white paper entitled 2010 ‘Best’ Best Practices of High Functioning Learning Organizations” (http://bit.ly/9SLoQV).  The 17-page resource showcases findings from the live Learning Executive Think Tank recently held in Scottsdale, Arizona as part of the CLO & Talent Management Forum.

During the half-day event, moderators Tom Clancy, VP of Education at EMC, and Cushing Anderson, Program Vice President, Project Based Services – Consulting, HR and Learning at IDC, led a lively discussion with 11 cross-industry, high-level learning leaders about trends and best practices.

While last year’s discussion was dominated by economic uncertainty and techniques for learning departments in survival mode, this year’s discussion marked a dramatic shift, focusing on creativity and innovation in the light of new technology and worklife trends.

The session kicked off with a discussion of current learning trends, including the following:

  • Increase in types of training modalities
  • Increase in mobile learning
  • Social and informal learning are on the rise

Then best practices among learning leaders were shared among participants. Here is a sampling:

‘Best’ Best Practice #1: On-Demand Learning

Now more than ever before, there is a need for a more flexible, user-friendly platform for learning – one that can ensure the right information is accessible at the right time and with the right content. Think Tank learning leaders shared a number of ways in which they are utilizing on-demand learning to enhance their training programs.

‘Best’ Best Practice #3: Mentoring and In-House Experts

Many of our Think Tank participants have been very creative in tapping into the talent already present in their organizations as a valuable resource for training new hires. In fact, some have been so successful that they have implemented formal mentoring programs that teach a specific coaching model to ensure that both the mentor (coach) and the learners are clear on what they are expected to learn and how.

The Learning Executive Think Tank, sponsored by Expertus and co-hosted by IDC, is different from other learning industry groups because it is focused on the business aspects of training and its impact on ROI. Members are hand-selected, senior-level learning executives who have long track records of successful learning leadership. The sessions concentrate on real results and best practices and not theoretical or “bleeding edge” solutions.

Since 2008, 10 Learning Executive Think Tanks have been conducted, with insightful white papers produced after each session (http://www.trainingefficiency.com/explore-resources). To inquire about participating in future Think Tanks, contact Gordon Johnson at gordonj@expertus.com. The next Think Tank will be held virtually on December 7, discussing the question, “How has the LMS evolved in recent years, and what is its future?”

For information on Expertus, please visit www.expertus.com or call Mohana Radhakrishnan mohanark@expertus.com.

About Expertus

Expertus is the leading global provider of software and services that optimize the business impact of learning. For more than a decade, the firm’s 500+ learning management professionals have defined and implemented plans, processes and technologiesthat transform training organizations – creating measurable value for the world’s most successful corporations. Clients include ADP, AstraZeneca, Cisco, ConocoPhillips, EMC, Honeywell and Lockheed Martin. Every day at these and other companies, more than a million employees, customers and business partners are educated as a result of Expertus’ innovative business strategies, outsourcing services and technology-rich solutions.

Based in Silicon Valley, Expertus serves its clients from offices in the US, UK and India. For more information, visit www.expertus.com, or call toll-free 1-877-827-8160.