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Leveraging Online Content in Higher Ed: Your Top 5 Questions

As academic institutions around the world prepare to transition to new models of teaching and learning next term and beyond, many face the same core challenges and questions around effectively integrating and structuring online learning experiences.

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How a Postmates Courier is Leveraging Online Learning During the Pandemic

According to Pew Research, over 14 million Americans lost their jobs between February and May 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. When Maggie, a young professional living in Nashville, TN, was laid off from her administrative job in the early weeks of the U.S. shutdown, she became a courier for the delivery service platform Postmates to help make ends meet.

Through her work with Postmates, Maggie has been able to take advantage of learning on edX. Postmates partnered with edX For Business to offer learning opportunities as part of their Flexible Toolkit, an always available one-stop shop that aggregates services and resources for couriers. Postmates couriers find value in learning and improving their future career prospects while working–and all with the flexibility of their own schedule. Interest in this program has been especially high during the pandemic.

Read the Article

3 Ways to Drive Digital Transformation With Online Campus

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, schools across the globe turned to edX Online Campus to help ease the emergency transition to delivering digital learning content to students. As the next academic term approaches and organizations begin to imagine a “new normal,” it’s clear that a sustainable online learning strategy will be a top priority.

Read the Article

How Postmates Quickly Scaled Effective eLearning for Frontline Workers

Lessons from Community Engagement Leader Rachel Kamen

By nature, Rachel Kamen’s role at Postmates is to put its people first. Rachel heads up community engagement on the company’s public policy team with the goal of bettering the Postmates platform and Fleet experience by elevating the voices of the thousands of Postmates contract couriers that deliver local food and merchandise in cities across the U.S.. One of her focuses is providing resources and partnerships, including eLearning through edX, that support the Fleet not just in their work with the company, but also in their day-to-day lives.

In this article, Rachel shares her keys to success in launching and growing programs and resources that are sustainable, valued, and put employees first while also strengthening the company. In particular, she shares her experience of quickly, effectively scaling eLearning as a resource during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read the Article

Building Learning Pathways for At-Risk Workers: 3 Solutions

E-learning can be a powerful tool and benefit for employees across your workforce. The wave of economic disruption from COVID-19 across every industry has expedited and underscored the need for solutions designed specifically for your at-risk workers—employees whose jobs may be endangered as a result of technological changes, declining demand for certain skill sets, and challenges posed by the pandemic.

Read more about how companies use e-Learning as part of their offerings and support for at-risk employees.

Read the Article

Surviving to Thriving: Creating Scalable Remote Workflows

The world will remember 2020 as the year when everyone from the office suddenly started working from home.

While nobody can predict the future and offices are not disappearing forever, rapid economic disruption from COVID-19 and remote connectivity suggest that work patterns have permanently changed. Remote work that was the exception but is now a rule requires different and new approaches.

To adapt to this remote work future, organizations must move beyond simply promoting connectivity to establishing scalable remote workflows that enable distributed teams.

Read the Article

An E-Learning Program for Organizations and Workers Impacted by COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored both the risk many job functions face during severe economic change, alongside technological changes like automation, and the skills and disciplines that remain resilient during such changes.

As part of our ongoing commitment to support organizations in identifying and growing the skills and capabilities needed to compete, edX has launched a new program specifically for workers, businesses, and institutions impacted by COVID-19. In coordination with Emerson Collective (Laurene Powell Jobs' Foundation) effort on workforce skilling, we designed the Workforce Acceleration Recovery Program to help upskill current and support displaced workforces as quickly as possible with strong, future-resilient skill sets.

Whether upskilling your workforce to fill gaps and safeguard against the continued economic impact of COVID-19, or arming displaced workers with pathways to job opportunities elsewhere, learn how you can leverage the Workforce Acceleration Recovery Program for your business.

Read the Article

Harness the Power of Online Learning for Your Remote Students

The benefits of online learning go far beyond flexibility. Learn more about how to fully harness this powerful way of learning, from offering the opportunity to build valuable hybrid skill sets to creating lasting connections between students around the world.

Empower your students to join thousands of other learners from across the globe in an online learning community: Learn how edX Online Campus enables colleges, universities, and more to add high-quality, on-demand content to their overall learning environments in a turnkey, scalable way.

Read the Article

Keep Students on Track With Free Online Classes From Harvard, MIT, and More

In an effort to help as many universities and students as possible across the globe affected by COVID-19, edX and our founding partners, Harvard and MIT, are joining together to launch an initiative for accredited academic institutions around the world.

Through June 30, 2020, any accredited academic institution in need of additional learning resources can use this program to gain access to a free catalog of high-quality, relevant courses and programs from participating top universities. Learn how your college or university can use the program to:

Read the Article

Tips For L&D Leaders: Supporting and Engaging Remote Workforces

Whether by design or circumstance, more and more organizations have at least some portion of their workforces working remotely.

Especially for those who have suddenly found themselves in this uncharted territory, we’ve put together a collection of key considerations and tips for navigating the shift to remote work and delivering learning that keeps remote employees productive, engaged, and moving forward.

Read the Article

Bridging the Skills Gap for Frontline Employees

Your industry is evolving, your business needs are changing, and your talent pool is shrinking. With rapid innovation comes an ever expanding need to stay up to speed in areas that keep your business competitive, and nowhere is that more evident than in IT management and computer science. Even at the most junior, entry-level positions, there is a growing skills gap that makes it increasingly difficult to find qualified candidates, and even harder (and more expensive) to hire them.

But what if the employees you need already exist among your workforce? They know your brand, are motivated to stay at your company, and want to play a larger role. Armed with the ability to build the types of skills you're looking for, can this group provide a solution that’s more effective, timely, and affordable?

Read the Article

The Boston Globe Forges a New Tech Talent Pipeline With edX

As digitization continues to transform companies across industries, organizations are finding new ways to grow and adapt their workforces.

To source candidates with data, digital, and strategic skill sets, Boston Globe Media Partners (BGMP) is collaborating with edX to offer job interviews for select MicroMasters® program certificate holders for key roles with its The Boston Globe, Boston.com, and STAT brands.

“Digital transformation has fundamentally changed how media organizations operate. The Boston Globe recognizes the need to be forward-thinking and prepared to identify and capitalize on new opportunities and navigate the challenges of our industry,” said Claudia Henderson, chief human resources officer for Boston Globe Media.

Learn more about how New England's leading media company is working with edX to identify and recruit new talent and drive the organization's digital transformation.

Read the Article

The Future of Workplace Learning is Modular

Digitization and automation continue to rapidly transform the needs of today’s workforce. Your employees feel pressure to keep up, but continuously updating, diversifying, and building new skill sets is daunting and counters the traditional mental model of education.

The pace of change is faster than ever while the skill sets that set companies and workers apart increasingly cannot be obtained through a traditional degree or career path. Instead, today’s fastest-growing, most automation-resistant, and in-demand roles feature combinations of skills that never used to be found in the same job; they’re hybrid.

Read the Article

3 Ways to Use e-Learning to Build a Happier, More Productive Workplace in 2020

Business leaders increasingly understand that supporting workforce wellbeing — happiness — is critical for both individual employees and the organization. Balanced, inclusive companies see higher retention rates, lower absenteeism, increased innovation, higher quality of work, and other tangible benefits.

Read the Article

Delivering Learning at Scale: Insights From edX’s Senior Learning Designer

True, impactful online content is much more than a video recording of a lecture delivered to 30 in-person students. Online learning is a unique environment with its own distinct strengths and opportunities for engagement.

Read the Article

Follow the Data: Make Soft Skills Your L&D Super Power

In a surprising study, Google discovered that its highest performing teams aren’t those stacked with scientists, but interdisciplinary groups heavily benefitting from employees bringing strong soft skills to the collaborative process. Further, additional research found that it’s these soft skills, like good communication and empathetic leadership, not hard skills, that comprise the top predictors of success within the company.

Research from MIT Sloan echoed Google’s findings, showing that soft skills training, even in more hands-on, technical roles in a factory setting, can improve work productivity. Initiated at five Bangalore factories, a controlled, twelve-month trial revealed that training in problem solving, communication, and decision-making yielded a 250 percent ROI in eight months.

Time and time again, industry data, market trends, and insights from top business leaders highlight soft skills as important, and yet they’re still often overlooked.

Read the Article

3 Employee Learning Myths Debunked: Competency, Retention, and Productivity

As technology reshapes the future of work, workers are struggling to remain relevant. In an edX survey conducted last year, only one fifth of respondents considered the education from their college major to be translatable to their current field and more than one third experienced a lack of proficiency in at least one new skill area or subject area of a current or past job. In other words, your employees are also feeling the skills gap.

Workers are aware that they aren’t fully prepared for today’s changing skill requirements — but unsure how best to ask for help with professional development and training. In the same edX survey, almost half of respondents reported feeling uncomfortable asking their employer for help with learning opportunities and costs.

To counter the stigma of asking for help, anticipate the reasons employees are nervous to ask in the first place, and structure your messaging and programming accordingly. In this article, originally published in Forbes, edX founder and CEO Anant Agrawal debunks the three most common myths about employee learning:

Read the Article

Why Corporate Learning Strategies Need to Include Active Learning

Today’s companies aren’t asking if it makes sense to implement e-learning and training programs, but how. Employees’ time is limited, resources are constrained, and navigating the learning landscape can be difficult. How do you maximize your employees’ attention, get them up to speed on critical skills as quickly as possible, and, most importantly, ensure that learning is effective?

The problem is complex and the stakes are higher than ever. Businesses face enormous risk and competition in today’s digital economy and need to ensure that critical functions are in the hands of people with the proven ability to do. To meet this demand, companies must provide learning to their employees that is deep and transformational.

Read the Article

Customer-Driven Innovation: Why We Have a Corporate Advisory Board

We are at a moment of great inflection in education. The gap between traditional higher education and the competencies companies need is widening as the evolution of technology and related skills accelerate.

edX sits at the center of industry and academia, bridging the gap between in-demand skills and education opportunities. As a non-profit founded by MIT and Harvard, our mission is to expand access to high-quality education to everyone, everywhere, including corporate learners. Our corporate partners share this mission and are similarly committed to providing their employees with the skills and learning they need for the future of work.

Read the Article

How Boston’s C-suites can prepare their employees for the future of work [via The Boston Globe]

Corporate America is grappling with the impact of automation and artificial intelligence on today’s workforce, and many industries are facing obstacles when it comes to hiring and retaining workers who have the skills needed in our increasingly changing economy.

So how can business leaders adapt to the changing landscape?
edX President and COO, Adam Medros, discusses in his latest piece on BostonGlobe.com

Read the Article

Make Corporate Learning a Year-Round Activity

Business never stops, even in the summer months, but sometimes your employees need a boost to stay motivated. In a recent survey of edX For Business customers, 75% of respondents said that engagement is a top challenge in implementing a corporate learning program. While employees are clamoring for training and new skills, our research shows that intentions and motivation can waver at different points in the learning journey as life and work responsibilities compete for time and attention.

Read the Article

Process Improvement with Six Sigma

A very elemental objective for every business is (or should be) increasing customer/user satisfaction while also decreasing costs. But this simple idea is not necessarily simple to achieve. If it were, more companies would be profitable and stay in business. For organizations whose products or outputs are the results of repetitive processes, implementing the Six Sigma method can mean the difference between barely making your margins and being hugely profitable, between failure and success. 

Read the Article

The Science of “Doing:” Corporate Learning that Sticks - Recap

Corporate leaders identify Digital Transformation as a key priority for new skill development in their organizations. With emphasis on transformative change and the continuing need to develop new capabilities in every organization, where does superficial learning play a role, and where are organizations focusing on deep learning? What kinds of learning activities translate into truly transformative change to support business needs?

Read the Article

Building Blocks for the Digital Economy

The rise of the digital economy means that jobs across all sectors are increasingly requiring digital literacy skills. Digital technology has been integrated into every part of the way we do business, from the tools we use to the products we make. While digital skills used to be held predominantly by professionals in technical capacities, it is now a common skill set necessary to navigate the professional world effectively.

Read the Article

Foundational Skills Teams Need for Success in the Digital Age (Part 2)

With the rise of the digital economy and Industry 4.0, companies in every sector are gearing up to meet the demands of a quickly shifting technological playing field. Automation is rendering some jobs obsolete, while others never even conceived of 5 years ago are being created in the process. These deep changes raise big questions: How do humans add value in the workplace? What skills do companies need most? How do individuals keep learning to keep pace?

Read the Article

14 Foundational Skills Teams Need for Success in the Digital Age

As part of its research for the new report "The New Foundational Skills for the Digital Economy", Burning Glass Technologies examined 150 million unique job postings in the United States. The results suggest that three inter-related categories of skill types (containing a total of 14 foundational skills) are the cornerstones upon which digital transformation takes place.x

Read the Article

5 Tips to Improve Your Corporate Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity is top of mind for all C-suite executives. Why? Almost 1 in 3 companies will experience a major breach within the next 24 months - and at an average of $3.86M per incident. Beyond the cost, most executives find the real price tag comes in reputational losses.  

“Protect your reputation, because that’s usually the hardest aspect of a breach to fix. Software can be reinstalled. Data can be restored from backups. However, once you’ve lost your reputation, people might not want to do business with you anymore,” says Professor Jonathan S. Weissman, Senior Lecturer, Department of Computing Security, Rochester Institute of Technology and the RITx Cybersecurity MicroMasters® program on edX.org.

Read the Article

The Four Keys to Happiness at Work

Developing a state of happiness on the job doesn’t just benefit people as individuals; it also has real business implications. Research shows that happier employees are more committed to their organizations; rise to positions of leadership more rapidly; are more productive and creative; and suffer fewer health problems.

Read the Article

What’s Next in Corporate eLearning?

Ubiquitous connectivity and the resulting consumer expectation of receiving anything, anytime and anywhere, have fueled the rise of online learning in corporations. This is a win-win, as employees are able to reskill and upskill while companies benefit from these new competencies without suffering the usual downtime associated with traditional in-person training experiences. With corporate online learning becoming the norm, edX considers what is on the horizon.   

Read the Article

AWS and edX Collaborate to Close the Machine Learning Skills Gap

Today’s global companies are all considering how artificial intelligence (AI) can positively impact their business – using it to acquire and engage customers, forecast their business, provide high-quality customer support and more, according to DZone. This makes talent with Machine Learning (ML) skills more in demand than ever, widening an already notable skills gap.

Read the Article

Soft Skills: What Every Manager Needs to Know

Trends in corporate eLearning in the age of Digital Transformation have been focused around the development of new technical skills as more and more jobs are lost to automation. While companies and workers have been scrambling to stay ahead of the technology curve in order to remain employable and competitive, recent surveys and research have shown that “soft skills” are just as important, if not more-so, to a company’s success. Soft skills have become today’s power skills.

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3 Steps to Developing a Data-Savvy Workforce

A key challenge facing companies today isn’t the collection and management of customer data but, rather, its analysis. While technologies like Hadoop and Azure make it easier to collect large amounts of data from multiple customer touch points, much of this data’s potential is largely untapped. To keep up with the quantity of new information, companies need well-trained, analytics-savvy employees who can spot trends, identify inefficiencies, and create strategic action plans to put this rich customer information into use.

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5 Ways to Identify Effective Unconscious Bias Training

Organizations and business professionals are becoming more and more aware that everyone has unconscious bias. But having an unconscious bias doesn’t make us bad—it just makes us human. Unconscious biases can have a significant negative impact on workplaces, leading to differences in who gets hired and recruited, who gets offered new opportunities, and whose voice is listened to in meetings and beyond.

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12 Practical Tips to Elevate “Culture of Learning” in Your Corporate Environment

According to the World Economic Forum, more than 30% of the skills employees will need by 2020 are not considered crucial today. On-the-job training is officially required to keep pace with advancing technology. So, how do you foster a culture that values ongoing learning at a big company? 

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Leveraging Online Content in Higher Ed: Your Top 5 Questions

As academic institutions around the world prepare to transition to new models of teaching and learning next term and beyond, many face the same core challenges and questions around effectively integrating and structuring online learning experiences.

How a Postmates Courier is Leveraging Online Learning During the Pandemic

According to Pew Research, over 14 million Americans lost their jobs between February and May 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. When Maggie, a young professional living in Nashville, TN, was laid off from her administrative job in the early weeks of the U.S. shutdown, she became a courier for the delivery service platform Postmates to help make ends meet.

Through her work with Postmates, Maggie has been able to take advantage of learning on edX. Postmates partnered with edX For Business to offer learning opportunities as part of their Flexible Toolkit, an always available one-stop shop that aggregates services and resources for couriers. Postmates couriers find value in learning and improving their future career prospects while working–and all with the flexibility of their own schedule. Interest in this program has been especially high during the pandemic.

3 Ways to Drive Digital Transformation With Online Campus

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, schools across the globe turned to edX Online Campus to help ease the emergency transition to delivering digital learning content to students. As the next academic term approaches and organizations begin to imagine a “new normal,” it’s clear that a sustainable online learning strategy will be a top priority.

How Postmates Quickly Scaled Effective eLearning for Frontline Workers

Lessons from Community Engagement Leader Rachel Kamen

By nature, Rachel Kamen’s role at Postmates is to put its people first. Rachel heads up community engagement on the company’s public policy team with the goal of bettering the Postmates platform and Fleet experience by elevating the voices of the thousands of Postmates contract couriers that deliver local food and merchandise in cities across the U.S.. One of her focuses is providing resources and partnerships, including eLearning through edX, that support the Fleet not just in their work with the company, but also in their day-to-day lives.

In this article, Rachel shares her keys to success in launching and growing programs and resources that are sustainable, valued, and put employees first while also strengthening the company. In particular, she shares her experience of quickly, effectively scaling eLearning as a resource during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Building Learning Pathways for At-Risk Workers: 3 Solutions

E-learning can be a powerful tool and benefit for employees across your workforce. The wave of economic disruption from COVID-19 across every industry has expedited and underscored the need for solutions designed specifically for your at-risk workers—employees whose jobs may be endangered as a result of technological changes, declining demand for certain skill sets, and challenges posed by the pandemic.

Read more about how companies use e-Learning as part of their offerings and support for at-risk employees.

Surviving to Thriving: Creating Scalable Remote Workflows

The world will remember 2020 as the year when everyone from the office suddenly started working from home.

While nobody can predict the future and offices are not disappearing forever, rapid economic disruption from COVID-19 and remote connectivity suggest that work patterns have permanently changed. Remote work that was the exception but is now a rule requires different and new approaches.

To adapt to this remote work future, organizations must move beyond simply promoting connectivity to establishing scalable remote workflows that enable distributed teams.

An E-Learning Program for Organizations and Workers Impacted by COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored both the risk many job functions face during severe economic change, alongside technological changes like automation, and the skills and disciplines that remain resilient during such changes.

As part of our ongoing commitment to support organizations in identifying and growing the skills and capabilities needed to compete, edX has launched a new program specifically for workers, businesses, and institutions impacted by COVID-19. In coordination with Emerson Collective (Laurene Powell Jobs' Foundation) effort on workforce skilling, we designed the Workforce Acceleration Recovery Program to help upskill current and support displaced workforces as quickly as possible with strong, future-resilient skill sets.

Whether upskilling your workforce to fill gaps and safeguard against the continued economic impact of COVID-19, or arming displaced workers with pathways to job opportunities elsewhere, learn how you can leverage the Workforce Acceleration Recovery Program for your business.

Harness the Power of Online Learning for Your Remote Students

The benefits of online learning go far beyond flexibility. Learn more about how to fully harness this powerful way of learning, from offering the opportunity to build valuable hybrid skill sets to creating lasting connections between students around the world.

Empower your students to join thousands of other learners from across the globe in an online learning community: Learn how edX Online Campus enables colleges, universities, and more to add high-quality, on-demand content to their overall learning environments in a turnkey, scalable way.

Keep Students on Track With Free Online Classes From Harvard, MIT, and More

In an effort to help as many universities and students as possible across the globe affected by COVID-19, edX and our founding partners, Harvard and MIT, are joining together to launch an initiative for accredited academic institutions around the world.

Through June 30, 2020, any accredited academic institution in need of additional learning resources can use this program to gain access to a free catalog of high-quality, relevant courses and programs from participating top universities. Learn how your college or university can use the program to:

Tips For L&D Leaders: Supporting and Engaging Remote Workforces

Whether by design or circumstance, more and more organizations have at least some portion of their workforces working remotely.

Especially for those who have suddenly found themselves in this uncharted territory, we’ve put together a collection of key considerations and tips for navigating the shift to remote work and delivering learning that keeps remote employees productive, engaged, and moving forward.

Bridging the Skills Gap for Frontline Employees

Your industry is evolving, your business needs are changing, and your talent pool is shrinking. With rapid innovation comes an ever expanding need to stay up to speed in areas that keep your business competitive, and nowhere is that more evident than in IT management and computer science. Even at the most junior, entry-level positions, there is a growing skills gap that makes it increasingly difficult to find qualified candidates, and even harder (and more expensive) to hire them.

But what if the employees you need already exist among your workforce? They know your brand, are motivated to stay at your company, and want to play a larger role. Armed with the ability to build the types of skills you're looking for, can this group provide a solution that’s more effective, timely, and affordable?

The Boston Globe Forges a New Tech Talent Pipeline With edX

As digitization continues to transform companies across industries, organizations are finding new ways to grow and adapt their workforces.

To source candidates with data, digital, and strategic skill sets, Boston Globe Media Partners (BGMP) is collaborating with edX to offer job interviews for select MicroMasters® program certificate holders for key roles with its The Boston Globe, Boston.com, and STAT brands.

“Digital transformation has fundamentally changed how media organizations operate. The Boston Globe recognizes the need to be forward-thinking and prepared to identify and capitalize on new opportunities and navigate the challenges of our industry,” said Claudia Henderson, chief human resources officer for Boston Globe Media.

Learn more about how New England's leading media company is working with edX to identify and recruit new talent and drive the organization's digital transformation.

The Future of Workplace Learning is Modular

Digitization and automation continue to rapidly transform the needs of today’s workforce. Your employees feel pressure to keep up, but continuously updating, diversifying, and building new skill sets is daunting and counters the traditional mental model of education.

The pace of change is faster than ever while the skill sets that set companies and workers apart increasingly cannot be obtained through a traditional degree or career path. Instead, today’s fastest-growing, most automation-resistant, and in-demand roles feature combinations of skills that never used to be found in the same job; they’re hybrid.

3 Ways to Use e-Learning to Build a Happier, More Productive Workplace in 2020

Business leaders increasingly understand that supporting workforce wellbeing — happiness — is critical for both individual employees and the organization. Balanced, inclusive companies see higher retention rates, lower absenteeism, increased innovation, higher quality of work, and other tangible benefits.

Delivering Learning at Scale: Insights From edX’s Senior Learning Designer

True, impactful online content is much more than a video recording of a lecture delivered to 30 in-person students. Online learning is a unique environment with its own distinct strengths and opportunities for engagement.

Follow the Data: Make Soft Skills Your L&D Super Power

In a surprising study, Google discovered that its highest performing teams aren’t those stacked with scientists, but interdisciplinary groups heavily benefitting from employees bringing strong soft skills to the collaborative process. Further, additional research found that it’s these soft skills, like good communication and empathetic leadership, not hard skills, that comprise the top predictors of success within the company.

Research from MIT Sloan echoed Google’s findings, showing that soft skills training, even in more hands-on, technical roles in a factory setting, can improve work productivity. Initiated at five Bangalore factories, a controlled, twelve-month trial revealed that training in problem solving, communication, and decision-making yielded a 250 percent ROI in eight months.

Time and time again, industry data, market trends, and insights from top business leaders highlight soft skills as important, and yet they’re still often overlooked.

3 Employee Learning Myths Debunked: Competency, Retention, and Productivity

As technology reshapes the future of work, workers are struggling to remain relevant. In an edX survey conducted last year, only one fifth of respondents considered the education from their college major to be translatable to their current field and more than one third experienced a lack of proficiency in at least one new skill area or subject area of a current or past job. In other words, your employees are also feeling the skills gap.

Workers are aware that they aren’t fully prepared for today’s changing skill requirements — but unsure how best to ask for help with professional development and training. In the same edX survey, almost half of respondents reported feeling uncomfortable asking their employer for help with learning opportunities and costs.

To counter the stigma of asking for help, anticipate the reasons employees are nervous to ask in the first place, and structure your messaging and programming accordingly. In this article, originally published in Forbes, edX founder and CEO Anant Agrawal debunks the three most common myths about employee learning:

Why Corporate Learning Strategies Need to Include Active Learning

Today’s companies aren’t asking if it makes sense to implement e-learning and training programs, but how. Employees’ time is limited, resources are constrained, and navigating the learning landscape can be difficult. How do you maximize your employees’ attention, get them up to speed on critical skills as quickly as possible, and, most importantly, ensure that learning is effective?

The problem is complex and the stakes are higher than ever. Businesses face enormous risk and competition in today’s digital economy and need to ensure that critical functions are in the hands of people with the proven ability to do. To meet this demand, companies must provide learning to their employees that is deep and transformational.

Customer-Driven Innovation: Why We Have a Corporate Advisory Board

We are at a moment of great inflection in education. The gap between traditional higher education and the competencies companies need is widening as the evolution of technology and related skills accelerate.

edX sits at the center of industry and academia, bridging the gap between in-demand skills and education opportunities. As a non-profit founded by MIT and Harvard, our mission is to expand access to high-quality education to everyone, everywhere, including corporate learners. Our corporate partners share this mission and are similarly committed to providing their employees with the skills and learning they need for the future of work.

How Boston’s C-suites can prepare their employees for the future of work [via The Boston Globe]

Corporate America is grappling with the impact of automation and artificial intelligence on today’s workforce, and many industries are facing obstacles when it comes to hiring and retaining workers who have the skills needed in our increasingly changing economy.

So how can business leaders adapt to the changing landscape?
edX President and COO, Adam Medros, discusses in his latest piece on BostonGlobe.com

Make Corporate Learning a Year-Round Activity

Business never stops, even in the summer months, but sometimes your employees need a boost to stay motivated. In a recent survey of edX For Business customers, 75% of respondents said that engagement is a top challenge in implementing a corporate learning program. While employees are clamoring for training and new skills, our research shows that intentions and motivation can waver at different points in the learning journey as life and work responsibilities compete for time and attention.

Process Improvement with Six Sigma

A very elemental objective for every business is (or should be) increasing customer/user satisfaction while also decreasing costs. But this simple idea is not necessarily simple to achieve. If it were, more companies would be profitable and stay in business. For organizations whose products or outputs are the results of repetitive processes, implementing the Six Sigma method can mean the difference between barely making your margins and being hugely profitable, between failure and success. 

The Science of “Doing:” Corporate Learning that Sticks - Recap

Corporate leaders identify Digital Transformation as a key priority for new skill development in their organizations. With emphasis on transformative change and the continuing need to develop new capabilities in every organization, where does superficial learning play a role, and where are organizations focusing on deep learning? What kinds of learning activities translate into truly transformative change to support business needs?

Building Blocks for the Digital Economy

The rise of the digital economy means that jobs across all sectors are increasingly requiring digital literacy skills. Digital technology has been integrated into every part of the way we do business, from the tools we use to the products we make. While digital skills used to be held predominantly by professionals in technical capacities, it is now a common skill set necessary to navigate the professional world effectively.

Foundational Skills Teams Need for Success in the Digital Age (Part 2)

With the rise of the digital economy and Industry 4.0, companies in every sector are gearing up to meet the demands of a quickly shifting technological playing field. Automation is rendering some jobs obsolete, while others never even conceived of 5 years ago are being created in the process. These deep changes raise big questions: How do humans add value in the workplace? What skills do companies need most? How do individuals keep learning to keep pace?

14 Foundational Skills Teams Need for Success in the Digital Age

As part of its research for the new report "The New Foundational Skills for the Digital Economy", Burning Glass Technologies examined 150 million unique job postings in the United States. The results suggest that three inter-related categories of skill types (containing a total of 14 foundational skills) are the cornerstones upon which digital transformation takes place.x

5 Tips to Improve Your Corporate Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity is top of mind for all C-suite executives. Why? Almost 1 in 3 companies will experience a major breach within the next 24 months - and at an average of $3.86M per incident. Beyond the cost, most executives find the real price tag comes in reputational losses.  

“Protect your reputation, because that’s usually the hardest aspect of a breach to fix. Software can be reinstalled. Data can be restored from backups. However, once you’ve lost your reputation, people might not want to do business with you anymore,” says Professor Jonathan S. Weissman, Senior Lecturer, Department of Computing Security, Rochester Institute of Technology and the RITx Cybersecurity MicroMasters® program on edX.org.

The Four Keys to Happiness at Work

Developing a state of happiness on the job doesn’t just benefit people as individuals; it also has real business implications. Research shows that happier employees are more committed to their organizations; rise to positions of leadership more rapidly; are more productive and creative; and suffer fewer health problems.

What’s Next in Corporate eLearning?

Ubiquitous connectivity and the resulting consumer expectation of receiving anything, anytime and anywhere, have fueled the rise of online learning in corporations. This is a win-win, as employees are able to reskill and upskill while companies benefit from these new competencies without suffering the usual downtime associated with traditional in-person training experiences. With corporate online learning becoming the norm, edX considers what is on the horizon.   

AWS and edX Collaborate to Close the Machine Learning Skills Gap

Today’s global companies are all considering how artificial intelligence (AI) can positively impact their business – using it to acquire and engage customers, forecast their business, provide high-quality customer support and more, according to DZone. This makes talent with Machine Learning (ML) skills more in demand than ever, widening an already notable skills gap.

Soft Skills: What Every Manager Needs to Know

Trends in corporate eLearning in the age of Digital Transformation have been focused around the development of new technical skills as more and more jobs are lost to automation. While companies and workers have been scrambling to stay ahead of the technology curve in order to remain employable and competitive, recent surveys and research have shown that “soft skills” are just as important, if not more-so, to a company’s success. Soft skills have become today’s power skills.

3 Steps to Developing a Data-Savvy Workforce

A key challenge facing companies today isn’t the collection and management of customer data but, rather, its analysis. While technologies like Hadoop and Azure make it easier to collect large amounts of data from multiple customer touch points, much of this data’s potential is largely untapped. To keep up with the quantity of new information, companies need well-trained, analytics-savvy employees who can spot trends, identify inefficiencies, and create strategic action plans to put this rich customer information into use.

5 Ways to Identify Effective Unconscious Bias Training

Organizations and business professionals are becoming more and more aware that everyone has unconscious bias. But having an unconscious bias doesn’t make us bad—it just makes us human. Unconscious biases can have a significant negative impact on workplaces, leading to differences in who gets hired and recruited, who gets offered new opportunities, and whose voice is listened to in meetings and beyond.

12 Practical Tips to Elevate “Culture of Learning” in Your Corporate Environment

According to the World Economic Forum, more than 30% of the skills employees will need by 2020 are not considered crucial today. On-the-job training is officially required to keep pace with advancing technology. So, how do you foster a culture that values ongoing learning at a big company? 

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