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Learning! Champions: Setting the Pace Featured

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Learning isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon. It takes hard work, dedication and creative thinking.

BY CLAIRE JOHNSON

The 2016 Learning! Champion Award honors individuals for exceptional contributions to the learning industry. Elearning! Magazine names 47 professionals across eight categories: Lifetime Achievement, Thought Leader, Trail Blazer, High Performer, Mentor, Creative Consultant, Innovator and Rookie of the Year. Each winner was nominated by their peers and selected from hundreds of submissions.

The Lifetime Achievement winners have dedicated their entire lives to learning and have helped thousands of others do the same. The Thought Leaders are industry experts always willing to share their expertise and are dedicated to bettering their communities and industries. The High Performers have gone above and beyond, usually in a relatively short time frame, to implement new learning techniques in their organizations. The Mentors take a special interest in others to help them achieve their potential. Creative Consultants have the ability to create solutions to learning problems that scale beyond the current challenge. Innovators are technologists and problem solvers who often bring these solutions to market for others to share. Rookies of the Year are new to their role or the industry and have surpassed performance expectation and are on their way to a successful career. Thank you to the 2016 Learning! Champions who include...

 

 

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT  

 

Frank Anderson, Retired, Defense Acquisition University

Frank Anderson, a retired Brigadier General, United States Air Force, is the former president of Defense Acquisition University (DAU) and former director of Human Capital Initiatives which is responsible for training and workforce development. He served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Contracting and as Air Force Competition Advocate General. A graduate of the Defense Systems Management College, Air Command Staff College, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Anderson is certified in Program Management and Contracting. He cares strongly about the evolving practice of workflow learning and has dedicated his career to it. Throughout the course of his career, Anderson received the highest performance excellence awards presented by the President and the Secretary of Defense to federal civilian employees: the Meritorious and Distinguished Presidential Rank Awards and the Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Award. He also received the Herbert Robach Memorial Award, the National Contract Management Association’s highest honor. In 2002 and 2006, he received the Corporate University best-in-Class (CUBIC) Award as Corporate University Leader of the Year and DAU was selected as Best Overall Corporate University. An since, DAU has continued its excellence in corporate university leadership.

Anderson served as a major weapon system program director, product group manager, and director of contracting for the Air Force’s largest buying and acquisition center. He commanded the largest Air Force B-1B in-plant contract management office and served as director of the In-Plant Sub-Contract Management Division.

Anderson co-authored the book “Leading A Learning Revolution, The Story Behind Defense Acquisition University’s Reinvention of Training.”

http://www.hci.mil/ 

 

Josh Bersin, Chief Executive Officer, Bersin by Deloitte

Josh Bersin founded Bersin & Associates, his own research and advisory consulting firm that focused on enterprise learning and talent management. Later acquired by Deloitte, the firm offers premier analyst and advisory services through in-depth research, trends, benchmarks, and best practices for corporate human resources, training, leadership, and talent management. As founder of Bersin & Associates, he has researched and implemented key industry learning and talent best practices. His commitment to advancing e-learning, learning technology and HR talent practices qualifies him for the Learning! Champion Lifetime Achievement Award. Bersin has spent 25 years in enterprise software with DigitalThink, Sybase and IBM. Bersin obtained a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Cornell University, a Master of Science in engineering from Stanford University, and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.

He is responsible for Bersin by Deloitte’s long term strategy and market eminence and is a frequent speaker at industry events. Bersin is a contributing writer for Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, CBS Radio and National Public Radio. He frequently covers topics ranging such as feedback, company restructuring and workplace learning.

www.linkedin.com/in/bersin

 

Dr. Ken Blanchard, Founder, The Blanchard Companies

Dr. Ken Blanchard has had a long and successful career leading people. The former assistant dean at Ohio University gave a speech while on sabbatical “Different Strokes for Different Folks” at a Young Presidents Organization event and was met with such an enthusiastic response, he and his wife started their own management consulting company, The Blanchard Companies, which now has more than 300 employees and offices around the world.

Blanchard co-authored “The One Minute Manager” in 1982 which sold more than 13 million copies and was on the New York Times’ bestseller list for years.

Blanchard follows a two-part rule for great leadership. Leaders must have a vision or direction and servant leadership, where the traditional pyramid structure is turned around and the leader does everything possible for the organization and employees, acting as an example for accomplishing and maintaining the company’s vision.

Always looking for the best in people, his advice to leaders and managers is to find something team members are doing well, and let them know they are appreciated. Positive feedback goes a long way making the employees feel valued and encouraging them to continue to work hard and perform well. He also lives by advice his mother gave him: “Don’t act like you’re better than anyone else, but don’t act like they’re better than you either.” Everyone has good qualities, they just need to be sought.

www.linkedin.com/in/kenblanchard1

 

 

THOUGHT LEADER

Ajay Pangarkar, Workforce Revolutionary, CentralKnowledge

Ajay Pangarkar is pursuing the need for organizational learning leaders to build and implement simple learning solutions and focus their efforts and resources on business relevance. Pangarkar wants learning leaders to see themselves as a business unit with their sole purpose of existence to achieve their leader’s imperative, meeting organizational strategic objectives. He has a passion for making workplace learning relevant to business results.

CentralKnowledge designs, develops and delivers complete and tangible workplace learning solutions under Pangarkar’s leadership contributing to organizational performance expectations and achieving business objectives. His focus is on developing real time learning opportunities by leveraging technology to ensure employee performance improvement. Through his unique consultative approach, Pangarkar guides practitioners through the selection and implementation of innovative learning approaches, on-demand e-learning, and award-winning assessment products and strategies.

A Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and a Certified Training and Development Professional (CTDP), Pangarkar prefers to re-think and alter the traditional visions workforce and employee performance management. A three-time published author with Wiley & Sons, Pangarkar recently published a book titled, “The Trainers Balanced Scorecard: A Complete Resource for Linking Learning and Growth to Organizational Strategy.”

www.linkedin.com/in/ajaypangarkar

 

Nicole Brown, Vice President, GlobalEnglish, a Pearson company

Learning is in the fabric of Nicole Brown and part of what drives her to succeed. For more than two decades she’s evolved and transformed her career while incorporating the development of her team and her community.

Brown has worked with many companies to understand their needs around Business English and works with the product team with Pearson English Business Solutions to develop solutions matching the needs in the market. Pearson English Business Solutions helps corporations develop talent to realize their potential and enables them to communicate, collaborate and operate in a common language which is essential in such a globally connected world.

Brown received an invitation to the inaugural meeting of the White House Technology in English Conference because of her work with the organization. A small group of 24 attendees, most of whom were academics, policy makers, and private and public executives collaborated to help more people communicate in English.

Brown was also instrumental in closing a large deal with HCL TalentCare in India. HCL TalentCare aims to be a global talent-solutions company offering integrated products and services to meet the growing demand for quality talent. Its focus is to create development solutions that offer a career launchpad for students and a ready pool of employable talent for enterprises in the IT, banking, insurance and healthcare sectors.

www.linkedin.com/in/nicolerbrown

 

Steven Stone, Vice President of Learning, Performance and Development, USAA

Steve Stone has transformed learning at United Services Automobile Association (USAA) since he joined the team in October of 2009. He started by ensuring each team member had a defined job description with well-written and specific objectives. He then created an educational strategy to develop the learning and development team. He instilled a principle of running learning as a business and pushed for business impact metrics to track and report progress to the clients he supports.

Inspired by a leader he met early in his career who stressed the need to contribute to the profession, Stone spends considerable time sharing the latest thinking and concepts advancing the learning profession with business leaders. The phenomenal support this organization provides to the business clients he supports is evident through scorecards and business practice metrics. He speaks at many industry events and has hosted campus visits for organizations interested in learning about how USAA approaches learning and development.

Reinvented curriculum driven by Stone’s vision is projected to see a $15.4 million return on labor productivity costs. Additionally, a new sales course is delivering a 38-percent increase in sales by new employees.

www.linkedin.com/in/stevenjamesstone

 

Dr. Anders Gronstedt, President, The Gronstedt Group, Inc.

The Gronstedt Group was founded in 1997 by Dr. Anders Gronstedt. It creates customized learning programs using simulations, podcasts, vodcasts, mobile learning, social media, gaming and virtual worlds. Gronstedt leads the group in creating customized learning programs for people teaching the skills they need to succeed in a thoughtful and engaging way. Boasting clients such as Eli Lilly, Coldwell Banker, Jamba Juice, United Healthcare and the City of New York, Gronstedt and his team delivers innovative and cost-effective learning solutions to their clients.

Before starting The Gronstedt Group, Gronstedt was an assistant professor at University of Colorado in Boulder. As a faculty member of the School of Journalism, he worked in the Integrated Marketing Communications Program. He holds a Ph. D. in Mass Communications from University of Wisconsin in Madison and studied business at Stockholm School of Economics.

Gronstedt is delivering his keynote address “Next Gen Learning: The Virtual Reality Experience” at Enterprise Learning! Conference 2016 (ELC16) where he’ll immerse attendees in a virtual reality experience. There, he’ll showcase a high end learning experience via Oculus Rift and take the audience on a tour of the virtual realm. Then, each attendee will experience 360 degree applications, as well as open-source learning content and apps via Google Cardboard Viewers. Gronstedt continues to push the boundaries to immersive learning.

www.linkedin.com/in/andersgronstedt

 

 

TRAIL BLAZER

 

Dr. Christopher Washington, Provost & Chief Academic Officer, Franklin University

Dr. Christopher Washington’s latest call to action invoked the development and implementation of groundbreaking work to increase student success among the university’s adult population, 70 percent of whom are first-generation college students. Through extensive data collection, analysis and decision-making across all academic units, Washington is leading students to continue to follow their dreams despite the high rates of challenges they face. He’s accomplished this through increasing cooperation and evidence-driven interventions for high impact gateway courses that can often lead students to abandon their dreams.

Washington opened the International Institute of Innovative Instruction, a collective body of learning scientists from across the globe that work to create and teach dynamic and innovative courses in more than 40 programs. Washington identified 24 gateway and high-impact courses that repeatedly experienced low student success, retention and persistence. In order to increase student performance, Washington tasked the institute and faculty to utilize university performance data, identify the challenges and develop instructional design, teaching, sequencing, and student support interventions. It took the team five months of collecting and analyzing data to develop solutions and interventions based upon the analysis.

www.linkedin.com/in/christopher-washington-b4395b6

 

Louis Carter, Chief Executive Officer & Founder, Best Practice Institute

Louis Carter, best known for his role as CEO and founder of Best Practice Institute, continues to blaze a path for global learning leaders, provoking traditional thinking in social collaboration, technology, and feed-forward appreciative coaching. His methods include case study creation with highly customized e-learning platforms and confidential in-person experiences — that are so secure even the United Nations and the Pentagon have used them — to ensure that executives who participate have a clear structure to follow and base their work on measurable results and appreciation.

Carter created a Benchmark-It process that is used monthly with a group of senior executives that is quick and rooted in positive psychology and appreciative inquiry. This includes round robin case sharing through presentation, questions, recommendations and appreciation. Results from Benchmark-It sessions have led to enterprise-wide applications within Fortune 500 companies including leadership development center of excellence creation, redefinition of high potential leaders, culture map adjustments, integrated learning architecture changes and more.

Additionally, Carter created two online platforms directly related to learning and his most recent book “The Change Champion’s Fieldguide” has been listed as one of the top 100 books in organizational change on Amazon.com. His other books, “Best Practices in Talent Management” and “Best Practices in Leadership Development and Organization Change” have been on the top 10 list for leadership development books on Amazon.

www.linkedin.com/in/louiscarter

 

Dr. Karie Willyerd, Workplace Futurist, SAP SuccessFactors

Dr. Karie Willyerd has served as Chief Learning Officer for five Fortune 500 companies and co-founder and CEO of Jambok, the industry’s first video-based informal social learning software platform, which was acquired by SuccessFactors in 2011. She is also the co-author of the award-winning bestseller, “The 2020 Workplace: How Innovative Companies Attract, Develop & Keep Tomorrow’s Employees Today.” Willyerd’s newest book is “Stretch: How to Future Proof Yourself for Tomorrow’s Workplace,” was selected as an Amazon Editor’s Pick in Business and Leadership in January, 2016.

She’s also written many articles and blogs for Harvard Business Review and Forbes. Immersed in higher education, she’s an advisor to the business school at Colorado State University and the Center for Effective Organizations at University of Southern California. Always looking to make a difference, Willyerd serves on Silicon Valley’s City Year board.

Willyerd keynotes at Enterprise Learning! Conference 2016 in Anaheim, Calif. this month. She’ll address ways to stretch skill sets in the workplace.

www.linkedin.com/in/kariewillyerd

 

Darren Louie, Enablement Architect Skills & Practice Management, SAP SE

For more than three decades SAP software has powered the vast majority of Fortune 500 companies with its enterprise software suite. In 2014, the company faced rapidly changing markets, increasing customer demands and intensifying competition from smaller and more agile cloud software companies. As a result, they embarked on a difficult journey to redesign its core platform and applications and reinvent itself as a cloud company powered by SAP HANA. Soon began a turbulent cycle of innovation that produced an impressive suite of new products and solutions but also created an unprecedented enterprise learning challenge across the company. To address this challenge, Darren Louie used design thinking and gamification concepts to build a Communities of Practice (CoP) site that would promote learning and collaboration across product management, presales, support and consulting for the company’s game changing software solution. This community serves as holistic platform for training employees with both formal and informal learning methods and provides a place for employees to access courses, role-based learning plans, case studies and collaborate with each other through forums and knowledge sharing sessions. A business value study in the second quarter of 2015 determined that this community helped employees to learn more effectively, increase productivity, and ultimately drive more than $10 million in consulting revenues through its trained workforce.

www.linkedin.com/in/darren-louie-3565813

 

Dr. Karen Miner-Romanoff, Associate Provost of Academic Quality & Executive Director, International Institute of Innovative Instruction, Franklin University

Dr. Karen Miner-Romanoff combines her passion for criminal justice reform, teaching, research, and learning into a university-wide event that supports all of those ambitions. The event has garnered national attention and raised awareness, forged new lifelong learning advocates, supported the scholarship of the intersection of art and crime, and raised funds for a charitable foundation for at-risk youth. She seeks to reach new stakeholders and communities beyond the traditional student and forge change through learning, showing and inspiration.

Inspired by a high school art teacher when conducting interviews in an Ohio youth institution in 2011, Miner-Romanoff came up with the idea to gather, frame, exhibit and auction youths’ art in a collaboration with the Ohio Department of Youth Services and Franklin University. The project, Voices from the Inside, includes a silent auction with proceeds beneftiting the youths’ chosen charity. Research indicates that the participating youth are benefitting from the development, exhibition and charitable sale of their art. Those who view the art and corresponding educational materials are reporting that their punishment philosophies, viewpoints and perspectives have altered or been questioned based upon both the voices of the art and the materials that explained the realities of youth crime, at-risk communities and behaviors, and restorative justice and rehabilitative successes with youth. The art has become the voice of social transformation.

www.linkedin.com/in/karen-miner-romanoff-ph-d-j-d-52848546

 

 

HIGH PERFORMER

 

 Amanda Smith, Vice President of Training & Employee Development, SWBC

Amanda Smith’s dedication to employee learning and development is unmatched. Leading the training and development initiatives for a rapidly growing financial services provider comes with a number of challenges. Smith has succeeded not only in developing trendsetting compliance training programs that are proven effective and recognized as outstanding by industry analysts; she also cares about employees, listens to their feedback, and develops the learning programs for which they ask. She challenges her team to live up to SWBC’s core value of excellence through continuous improvement. In addition to being smart, tech savvy and compassionate, Smith goes above and beyond to establish meaningful and accurate training ROI to ensure her programs provide real value to SWBC and its employees.

Smith challenged market providers by designing a unique process for advanced manager approval, as well as library management functionality for SWBC. Recognizing the need for the intelligence of this functionality, she worked with SWBC to build it into its standard system design.

Smith helped develop a mandatory compliance training workflow and reporting process. These enhancements have also been broadly accepted as best practices, and recently earned SWBC a Brandon Hall Excellence Award for Compliance Training.

www.linkedin.com/in/amanda-mandy-smith-23589b3

 

Carol Wludyka, Corporate SRU Training Specialist, Wakefern Food Group

Carol Wludyka is solely responsible for the training and development of all of Wakefern’s corporate associates. She held focus groups to gain understanding of what the nearly 2,500 associates needed and has added many engaging programs to accommodate them. She regularly engages with those in the programs to ensure that they have a good experience from the trainings offered. Showcasing her ability to think creatively, Wludyka is implementing fun programs, such as Wacky Wednesdays, to offer short sessions on diverse subjects. She also engages associates by having them facilitate topics. She’s implemented the new Managers Training Program and much more.

Wludyka only works with premium instructors to facilitate training workshops. Her background makes those working with her feel confident and trust her opinion as an industry expert. She’s been with Wakefern for more than 30 years and has been a member of the human resources team for more than a decade.

www.linkedin.com/in/carol-wludyka-6b837312

 

Johnny Hamilton, Online Instructional Designer, Providence Health & Services

Johnny Hamilton has an instinct to identify needs within Providence Health & Service’s development process and then finds high-value solutions before people really realize they need them.

Hamilton identified the greater need that many employees at Providence who develop learning do not understand basic design principles, and thus their learning is not as effective as it could be. In response, he wrote an article describing ten design guidelines. However, to assist people to understand and implement these guidelines, he created an interactive, online tool in which users apply the guidelines to step-by-step transform an e-learning page from poor to good design. Hamilton then provided and presented this free online tool and concept at three national learning conferences, in which learning professionals from across the country twice voted his ideas and tools as the best.

Hamilton elevates the learning that Providence provides to its more than 78,000 employees. He developed a brand for his department, brought innovation to its e-learning production capabilities, supported and trained other employees to develop their own e-learning, and shared his insights with the learning industry through a number of presentations at national conferences and free interactive online resources.

www.linkedin.com/in/johnnyhamilton1

 

Kristen Kubasko, Clinical Education & Training Manager, Quantum Rehab/Pride Mobility Products Corp.

Kristen Kubasko has strategically extended her organization’s training reach by deploying an enterprise-wide learning platform with mission-critical online courses, communities and collaboration components.

As Clinical Education and Training Manager, Kubasko manages internal and external training programs which include program design, continuing education tracking practices, budget, program compliance, annual clinical development and technical training schedules that focus on increasing rehab market share.

Leading the transformation and actively developing and teaching courses, Kubasko brings the real world to the classroom in a personal, engaging, and virtual manner as a clinical instructor.

She is also a Reimbursement Clinical Instructor Course Developer and instructs courses about Medicare policy including compliance, documentation requirements, the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System and government regulation.

At Pride Mobility, Kubasko has created CDs and videos for presentations across the country on seminar tours.

www.linkedin.com/in/kristen-kubasko-mba-76a2637

 

Michele Chetwynd, Instructional Designer and LMS Administrator, Instruction By Design

When Michele Chetwynd started with a health care organization five years ago, she was challenged by an antiquated LMS system that suffered a critical failure. Since education and training for a health care system is a huge part of required record-keeping for regulatory and accrediting agencies, Chetwynd was faced with the daunting task of restoring lost records and training modules; conducting needs assessments; investigating new LMS possibilities; presenting and proposing potential solutions; and finally, implementing a new system. She created a robust learning environment that she’s sustained and supported and has successfully provided an enhanced learning experience for users.

Chetwynd has been solely responsible for the LMS system as the LMS Administrator. Additionally, she is the only instructional designer serving the needs of more than 8,000 associates in the organization. She works closely with leadership and other stakeholders to ensure that the education provided, and the platform by which that education is offered is nothing short of excellent. Her work assists the organization in providing excellent and engaging education while maintaining accurate, timely, and relevant reports and records to comply with regulatory and accrediting agency standards.

www.linkedin.com/in/michelle-chetwynd-5b361b48

 

Paul Thurkettle, NATO E-learning Program Manager, Allied Command Transformation

Paul Thurkettle is the leader of NATO’s e-learning program which provides distance learning courses and education and training technology capabilities globally to NATO, nations and partner countries. In fulfilling his mission, his team provides e-learning materials via NATO learning management systems that enable synchronous or asynchronous distance learning supporting operations, exercises and academic areas.

E-learning is a new area for NATO and Thurkettle created a NATO e-learning capability which serves more than 85,000 customers from 55 countries with more than 120 courses.

His programs have supported the NATO International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), (now Resolute Support Mission) in Afghanistan with 12 hours of online pre-deployment training enabling more than 50,000 augmentees from 35 nations to prepare themselves with no classroom or residential training for deployment into operational theatre. The courses requested by the ISAF Commander have met and exceeded expectations.

www.linkedin.com/in/paul-thurkettle-a6828414

 

Pete Blank, Training & Development Division Manager Personnel Board, Jefferson County

Pete Blank currently serves as the Training & Development Division Manager with the Personnel Board of Jefferson County where he directs learning activities for a system consisting of 24 cities and government agencies and more than 7,500 employees. Blank has an overwhelming impact on employees and organizations through enhanced employee skill and engagement and organizational performance. Through Blank’s efforts, and the efforts of his division, the Personnel Board has experienced a more than 100-percent increase in the number of participants in training classes in 2015.

As a member of the National Speakers Association, Blank shares his knowledge and stories enhancing leadership and employee engagement within organizations across the country. He actively engages in promoting the learning industry through membership and leadership positions in professional associations such as the Blue Ridge Conference on Leadership and the Greater Birmingham Chapter of Association for Talent Development. Whether it is through facilitating training in the classroom, developing strategic plans and initiatives targeted at enhancing learning, engaging employees and organizations through keynote addresses and presentations, or serving in leadership capacities for professional learning organizations, Blank continuously champions learning and greatly impacts the employees and organizations with whom he interacts.

www.linkedin.com/in/peteblank

 

ReLita Clarke, Corporate Training Manager, immixGroup, an Arrow Company

Responsible for managing internal training and corporate development initiatives, ReLita Clarke spearheaded and designed immixGroup’s first LMS also known as immixUniversity online, a global enterprise system that improves the delivery of training, increases employee engagement, and accelerates employee performance. Clarke is also known for establishing and developing an internal “Train the Trainer” program for the corporate facilitators of immixUniversity (immixGroup’s Corporate Learning & Development University). Other notable achievements in her position include developing a high-potential program for leadership and career advancement, establishing metrics for measuring corporate training ROI, and creating an e-learning library. In Clarke’s five-year tenure at immixGroup, she’s earned prestigious certifications including Everything DiSC and Gallup’s Strength Finders Coach. Additionally, Clarke streamlined immixGroup’s onboarding process for new hires, restructured corporate training to match both job role and performance, and worked with key stakeholders to develop multiple programs within immixUniversity.

Clarke helps to shape and create a learning environment within the organization that is encouraging, informative and exciting. The continuous education of the organization is extremely important to her and she finds ways to get leaders, peers and employees engaged and interested in the learning and development of others.

www.linkedin.com/in/relita-clarke-0ba6093b

 

Richard Walker, Managing Partner & Chief Growth Officer, York Solutions

Richard Walker created a professional development association, Think IT, for IT professionals which is a service of York Solutions. Presently, Think IT has more than 2,500 IT leaders in the community encompassing seven different groups based on levels of leadership and specialties. Members have access to monthly collaborative meetings that allow for members to discuss common issues and best practices to help them further their personal and professional growth. Walker also created a mentorship program which matches Think IT members based on their goals to help provide them with a sounding board and source of ideas and advice outside of their organizations. Another program that Walker spearheaded was the Link to Leadership Development Program which is a six-month program led by local Chief Information Officers and senior IT leaders. This program focuses on helping those who are considering making the change from individual contributor to leader within the IT world. All profits from Link to Leadership are donated directly to Genesys Works, a local non-profit that provides at-risk youth with business and technical training and internships at Fortune 500 companies.

Since its inception, the mentorship program has facilitated more than 250 matches. And more than 125 people have participated in the Link to Leadership program since it first began. Results-oriented, Walker has helps raise $175,000 for Genesys Works and six $8,000 college scholarships.

www.linkedin.com/in/rwalkercgo

 

Shari Foster, Vice President & Director of Education and Training, Fidelity National Title Group — Southwest Agency Division

Shari Foster’s vision for streamlining and enhancing Fidelity National Title Group’s (FTNG) training of attorneys, agents and underwriters across three states includes standardizing training processes for hundreds of employees while making training more accessible.

In 2013, her department issued more than 7,000 certificates to their customers’ employees. Training was conducted using a mix of web meetings and conference calls, and much of the data needed to verify course completion by each individual was collected and processed manually. Foster identified webcasts as an ideal tool to unify and simplify delivery of the content, allowing replication of courses across thousands of agents. She expanded her thinking to include a virtual conference center — a single location that would organize and provide easy access to all the webcasts. She decided that InterCall’s Virtual Learning Environment would work best because of its capabilities developed specifically to meet the needs of her department and geographically dispersed customers. Her collaboration and leadership helped create a streamlined and easily accessible training program.

FTNG is now able to digitally monitor each individual’s completion of the course and issue printed certificates, automatically from within the virtual platform. Manual processes such as the issuing and distributing certificates have been eliminated.

www.linkedin.com/in/shari-foster-a2496558

 

Wanda Miller, Compliance & Ethics Lead of Education and Communication, Bristol-Myers Squibb

Wanda Miller presented her new communication plan to more than 40 global compliance professionals at the Global Ethics and Compliance Summit. After the meeting, her first compliance and ethics newsletter (that featured many new styles of communication including cartoons, a video, and ethical storytelling) generated a positive buzz that resonated throughout the entire global organization. People want to be involved, and that’s something Miller has always wanted for the ethics and compliance department.

This year, her passion for effective communication and her willingness to take on a new style of messaging has changed the way compliance and ethics is talked about and the way that the rest of the organization operates. From the top down, she’s receiving incredible amounts of positive feedback for her contributions. Other internal groups now have the chance to take creative risks and make their learning and training more effective in all departments throughout Bristol-Myers Squibb.

www.linkedin.com/in/wanda-miller-9775874

 

 

MENTOR

 

Ritchie Djamhur, Head of Learning & Culture, Bing Lee and Host of Ritchie’s Room

Boasting more than 20 years’ experience in the consumer electronics sector, it’s no surprise that Ritchie Djamhur has such a strong and loyal following. Host of the Australian hit television show Ritchie’s Room, Djamhur has covered everything from analogue phones and floppy disks to smartphones and cloud storage. A marketing genius, Djamhur’s YouTube channel for Ritchie’s Room has more than 17 million views. Each week, he shows his viewers a hands-on look at technology, including guides and previews of the latest apps and software. His show features running commentary on smartphones and tablets keeping his followers up to date with the latest technology and helping them get the most out of their devices. His blog, also titled Ritchie’s Room, has been quoted in the New York Times and he updates it regularly with the latest news and podcasts.

Djamhur’s passion for learning and technology is apparent in all that he does. Between hosting his 4 a.m. radio show, hopping on conference calls at all hours with those on the other side of the world and his comprehensive reviews of electronics, it’s clear that teams and their managers can learn a lot from Djamhur.

www.linkedin.com/in/ritchiedjamhur

 

Mike Jewett, Technical Trainer, Bulletproof Solutions

Mike Jewett has worked in the training industry for the past eight years and in that time he’s excelled in multiple areas of training. As a contractor for an e-learning company he is the most requested administrator because of his expertise and knowledge of their LMS. He is also an ILT instructor for Microsoft end-user products. He’s dedicated to making sure no one struggles with their day-to-day tasks and customizes any of his courses to benefit learners. His passion in the classroom and on his website have led him to two Microsoft MVP Awards.

Jewett conducts complimentary weekly training sessions through his website because he knows that not everyone can afford to take training. His one hour sessions are exactly what some users need as they might just need a new perspective when looking at things. His blogs are also a quick reference for immediate troubleshooting.

Jewett also participates in Computer Science Education Week where he visits schools in the area to teach kids the basics of coding, preparing them for the future. During Jewett’s first year he was able to teach scratch coding to more than 700 students. Three teachers that he worked with this past year have kicked off six-week coding camps for their students to continue learning. This year he will reach more than 1,000 students. Teachers are seeing such a great response from his classes that many of them are inviting him to host six- to eight-week programs for their students.

www.linkedin.com/in/mike-jewett-70805828

 

Dr. RK Prasad, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Offcer, CommLab India LLP

As the CEO of CommLab India, Dr. RK Prasad has introduced several measures within CommLab India to foster learning. He ensures that a fixed time is allocated every week for learning purposes across all departments of the organization. He enthusiastically shares his knowledge and expertise in the form of webinars, workshops and talks to bring about awareness and understanding about key aspects of instructional design, e-learning in particular and corporate training in general.

In 2015, Prasad conceived and promoted a unique cross-functional learning within the organization. An entire month was earmarked for a learning seminar and for the duration of it all employees dedicated two hours daily to train and learn from one another in a collaborative way, resulting in a substantial leap of knowledge for the employees. This simple model can easily be replicated by other organizations.

The event accrued a total of 1,500 learning hours and resulted in phenomenal user-generated content — 252 unique pieces of content in the form of blogs, infographics, videos, and PowerPoint presentations.

These highly educative learning snippets were converted into an attractive e-book so that the knowledge can be shared with the learning and development team. The e-book serves as a handbook for all managers who are interested in improving their team’s performance using technology-enhanced learning strategies and tools.

The impact of the month-long learning activity resulted in a beautifully illustrated 30-page handbook that provides pertinent and practical information for managers.

www.linkedin.com/in/rkprasad

 

Harriett Schenck, Director of Operations, CapitalTristate

As a mentor, Harriett Schenck’s advice to others is to continually seek new experiences and add value to every opportunity. She fully devotes herself to her mentees — advocating for them, consistently seeking performance feedback from colleagues, and recommending additional training to help develop each mentee’s capabilities. Schenck believes that learning is a process, not just an event. She contacts other members of the CapitalTristate team, and works with them to set objectives and create agendas to provide job shadowing, training, and hands-on experience.

Schenck has been known to push the envelope on comfort zones, yet she help others maneuver challenges and obstacles. She creates a comfortable learning environment and coaches problem solving skills to help mentees work through issues and concerns.

Schenck is a living example of her own advice. She has held positions ranging from executive assistant to director of operations, always seeking the next opportunity to help CapitalTristate succeed. In seeking these opportunities, Schenck always looks for new ways to go beyond the standard expectations and provide something more. In teaching those around her how to add value to the company, she has made CapitalTristate more successful while fostering an environment of positive encouragement.

www.linkedin.com/company/capital-tristate

 

 

Thomas Toth, Managing Director & Founder, dWeb Studios, Inc.

Thomas Toth is a passionate and dedicated learning professional who motivates those around him to become better. Toth has more than 20 years’ experience designing and developing training that drives behavior change. He is a professional who is constantly improving his own skills and he’s an early adopter when it comes to new technology which inspires those around him. He cares deeply about the profession and demonstrates this by investing his time to mentor those who are new to the industry. He also volunteers his time to speak at Association for Talent Development events and reaches thousands of learning professionals annually both in person and through his blog TechnologyforTrainers.com.

In 2008, Toth’s programs contributed to winning the ATD Best Award. He’s written two books on e-learning authoring, the first and second editions of “Technology for Trainers,” and is a contributing author in two books for trainers including Michael Allen’s “eLearning Annual 2012” and “ASTD Handbook for Workplace Learning Professionals,” published in 2008.

www.linkedin.com/in/thomasatoth

 

 

CREATIVE CONSULTANT

 

Helen Geiger, President & Chief Executive Officer, Prometheus Training, LLC

Helene Geiger consulted with Abraham Institute to design its new e-learning platform and curriculum. Known for her professionalism, creativity, work ethic, problem solving skills, collaboration and impressive demeanor no matter the situation. Geiger works closely with clients, both beginners and those that are more advanced, to implement e-learning and blended learning platforms. She strives to help her clients get the platform going and continues to work with them to make sure it performs as it is intended. A patient problem solver, Geiger gets involved in troubleshooting to resolve issues or come up with workarounds.

Clients are impressed with Geiger’s courses. Abraham Institute was able to gain a full electronic solution on all the curriculum deliverables that gives them the ability to protect the intellectual property of the material while enhancing the learners’ experiences. The result of Geiger’s work with the Abraham Institute was a breakthrough learning-and-doing curriculum, providing a true 70:20:10 solution for the executive training market.

www.ptrain.com

 

Ricardo Latorre, Creative Director, Chasse Consulting

With more than 15 years in the learning industry, Ricardo Latorre has handcrafted solutions targeted toward struggling learners ranging from school children to employees at Fortune 500 companies. His repertoire boasts a number of solutions including several year-long e-learning curriculums designed to aid children in grades K-12 with learning disabilities and global initiatives for companies training their transcontinental sales forces simultaneously. Inspired to pursue a career in creative design thanks to his passion for storytelling, Latorre’s main contribution to the learning industry are character-based stories crafted to simplify messages in an educational way that engages audiences of all ages. Personification is what Latorre brings to the learning industry which truly keeps the person behind the lesson in mind.

Through solutions tailored to different types of learners, Latorre has composed visually appealing stories that unveil and enhance the hidden potential of students that would have otherwise been written off by the system in school and business settings. Each solution he’s had a hand in has resulted in transforming struggling students into proficient professionals. Sales representatives around the world and children in elementary school though high school have benefitted from Latorre’s efforts to compose meaningful, relatable and engaging lessons with the goal to augment the capability every individual already has inside them.

www.linkedin.com/in/rlatorre

 

Jerry Roche, Editorial Director, Elearning! Media Group

Jerry Roche spent his entire career writing. The first half he spent covering the turf industry focusing on landscape and irrigation. He was inducted into the Turf & Ornamental Communicators Association (TOCA) Hall of Fame in 2014 after being an integral part in the organization and being elected the first president in 1990. He was instrumental in recruiting new members and helped organize the first annual meeting. In 1996, he left his position at Landscape Management to become editorial director for seven magazines for Adams Business Media. He rejoined the TOCA board of directors in 2000. In 2007, Roche published his first work of science fiction: “The Armageddon Chronicles.”

Roche spent the next part of his career as Editorial Director of Elearning! and Government Elearning! magazines. Some would say technology is a foreign language to him, but his masterful interviewing style and easy-going approach to finding what’s relevant made him successful. Roche has been an integral part in the success of the organization after nine years of leading the 23-time award-winning magazine group. This year, Roche handed over the editorial reigns to Claire Johnson and Joe DiDonato. Elearning! Media Group is proud to name Jerry Roche 2016 Learning! Champion for his contribution to our industry.

www.linkedin.com/in/jerry-roche-47395119

 

 

INNOVATOR

 

Andrew Hughes, President, Designing Digitally, Inc.

For nearly a decade, Andrew Hughes has made it his personal mission to ensure that commonly-used ineffective and lackluster training techniques are a thing of the past. Realizing his passion for changing the way we learn and evolve, in 2006 Hughes founded and became President of Designing Digitally, Inc., an e-learning and serious game development firm that creates fully customized learner retention solutions for various types of industries. Starting with a solo team, Designing Digitally has grown to encompass a staff of 1,520.

Hughes manages the sales and solutions team while providing guidance and knowledge to the production teams for Fortune 1000 companies. Throughout the years, he has had the pleasure of working with courteous and prestigious clients including NASA, Comcast, Hewlett-Packard, Wyndham Hotels, Procter & Gamble, General Electric, the United States Air Force, Samsung, Williams-Sonoma and others.

In addition to being president of Designing Digitally, Inc., Hughes is also strongly devoted to the prosperity of the community. He is currently a professor at the University of Cincinnati Clermont College in the Business, Law, and Technology Department, and an Accredited Curriculum Consultant for the Accreditation of Independent Colleges and Schools. He’s the coordinator for the Business Development Plan contest hosted by the Clermont Chamber of Commerce and is an avid guest speaker at more than two dozen e-learning and industry specific conferences annually. In his free time, Hughes teaches middle school students at a technology camp.

www.linkedin.com/in/designingdigitally

 

Anne Paine, Learning Solutions Manager, Apex Performance Solutions

For the past four years, Anne Paine and her team have consistently provided an innovative approach to two primary learning areas. She and her team are adding gamification strategies to otherwise traditional training. This was done specifically for a gold mining client that desired a new engaging and interactive approach to employee onboarding and benefits training. She’s also working with her team to create new e-learning widgets including an animated white board illustration widget that plugs into Captivate or PowerPoint and a widget that includes libraries of animated characters and icons that can be easily inserted into Captivate or PowerPoint to add visual interest and impact to e-learning.

Paine has been president of the Sierra Nevada Chapter of Association for Talent Development (ATD) since 2013. In that role, she’s presented several e-learning and gamification talks to the Online Learning Consortium in Denver and the Learning and Leadership Conference in Reno, Nev. Paine’s Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Associate of Project Management (CAPM) study course has resulted in 98 students who have successfully prepared for and passed the rigorous PMP or CAPM certification exam. This has not only helped Apex employees gain their certification and the knowledge and credibility that comes with it, but has also helped other employers achieve the same result.

www.linkedin.com/in/anne-paine-03357020

 

Daniel Munson, Associate Vice President of Process Improvement, Bisk Education

Web conferencing tools have been in use for more than a decade now allowing for the use of Voice Over Internet Protocol, PowerPoint, and shared screens often using just a web cam showing a talking head. Daniel Munson has incorporated the use of the light board in his web conferences when teaching Villanova University’s online Six Sigma program that keeps the students entertained while learning. In them, he stands behind a lighted glass wall that the student does not see and when he writes on the board it appears that he is writing on air. Munson was named the Associate Vice President of Continuous Process Improvement in 2015. He joined Bisk Education in 2003 and has been the chief architect and director of a suite of Six Sigma Courses for Villanova University. His background includes more than 25 years at Honeywell and Storage Technology (now Sun Microsystems). Munson has consulted process improvement methodologies worldwide to the likes of BP-Alaska, Ryder System, 3M, Alcoa-Fujikura, Litton, Sumitomo, Lily, Amp, Omron-Mexico, AMP, Boeing, Philips-Austria, National/Panasonic-Japan, and Siemens.

www.linkedin.com/in/munsondan

 

Dr. Rohit Kumar, Senior Scientist, Raytheon BBN Technologies

As co-principal Investigator of the Office of Naval Research (ONR) funded STEM Grand Challenge program, Dr. Rohit Kumar is leading Raytheon BBN Technologies’ efforts to bring together problem-solving, a time-tested pedagogical practice across numerous STEM disciplines and recent advances in intelligent tutoring. The structure of carefully crafted problems enables accurate tracking of problem-solving behaviors making it possible to provide intelligent support for students.

The result of Kumar’s recent work, the BBN Learning Platform, implements elegant interfaces for creating and practicing problem-solving based learning activities. It gives high school physics teachers an engaging tool that promotes self-paced learning through problem solving and provides immediate guidance and feedback to students. It also gives teachers insights into their students’ progress, painting a clear and accurate picture of what material students understand and where they need to improve. In addition to his work on the BBN Learning Platform, Kumar leads the company’s efforts to create error-tolerant spoken language translation systems that facilitate cross-lingual communication.

www.linkedin.com/in/rohitkumar

 

David Lloyd, E-learning Leadership Development Specialist, Community of Christ

With no previous e-learning experience, David Lloyd and the eLearning Development Team at Community of Christ moved 2,000 ministers to interactive, innovative online learning from paper-based tests. The initial target audience was in English-speaking countries, but it is anticipated these classes will be translated into multiple languages to be used in the more than 40 countries in which the church has a presence.

Lloyd and his team first created 10 completely new print resources for the various priesthood offices in the church. They then helped change the paradigm from only live classes and paper correspondence classes, to community-based learning experiences which included re-confguring the print classes into an aggressive e-learning experience.

The pilot program for these e-learning classes was a heightened sense of community for the students and a more focused learning environment. In the past, students would have to dedicate a weekend and travel to take the classes, which was especially difficult for those with families. The e-learning platform is spread over eight weeks allowing the delivery of more information and permits students to plan their own schedule each week.

www.linkedin.com/in/david-lloyd-02320810

 

Drew Rosen, Senior Director, Content Development, Cisco Systems

Drew Rosen has a passion for technology in adult education delivery, the digitization of education, deploying knowledge services for performance support, and the migration from instructor-centric to student-centric delivery pedagogy.

Under Rosen’s vision and leadership, Learning@Cisco has transformed its certification training program from a five-day, instructor-led, one-size-fits-all delivery model to offering customers a choice of flexible learning options empowering them to study anywhere, anytime, in a rich, multi-model learning experience. Throughout the curriculum’s evolution, Rosen encouraged the team to experiment with new approaches in design and development of content, while keeping the focus on the learner and the learning experience. Rosen’s leadership and vision inspired the organization to expand learning options for its self-study community and embrace the next generation of learning strategies.

Rosen is leading the organization in a transition from Microsoft Word and PowerPoint courseware development to Extensive Markup Language authoring, allowing the creation of multiple learning outputs including PDF and ePub for self-paced e-learning from a single-source development effort.

He challenged the software enablement team to design a rich, interactive learning platform that incorporated multimodal delivery, gamification, formative assessment, hands-on labs, and virtual mentoring. The resulting online learning platform won LearnX and Brandon Hall Excellence awards in 2015.

www.linkedin.com/in/drew-rosen-161203a

 

Frank Russell, Chief Executive Officer, Prositions, Inc

Frank Russell is the Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Prositions, Inc. He leads the Board of Directors and is responsible for the strategic vision and direction of the company. Russell has more than 30 years of human resource management experience. Since 1985 he’s founded and led three companies, headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, to continually grow, expand, and evolve the learning industry. Since the inception of his first company, his goal has been to provide exceptional learning technology to organizations who need them and that mantra has permeated his entire career.

Through the years, Russell has consolidated training for the state of Iowa, aggregated content through a revolutionary distribution model, converting training media from analog to digital platforms, developed a cutting edge LMS delivered via the internet, and created mentoring software that increases visibility by tracking all instances of learning. As founder and former Chief Executive Officer of both GeoLearning and Excellence in Training Corporation, Russell has impacted many over the course of his career.

Russell’s emphasis on helping people is what sets him apart. Prositions was founded in order to help individuals find jobs after a major downsizing and it works to help individuals achieve their dreams. Today, Prositions has grown into a full-fledged talent consulting firm with its own software designed to continue its positive impact on today’s workforce.

www.linkedin.com/in/frank-russell-60285640

 

Ibrahim Jabary, Chief Executive Offcer, Gamelearn

Ibrahim Jabary is revolutionizing the field of e-learning thanks to his innovative learning methodology based on the use of video games. The expert management consultant has pioneered the development of game-based learning solutions. In 2009, he founded Gamelearn, where he developed his three serious games reaching more than 100,000 professionals in 700 companies worldwide.

Jabary has overcome many of the main struggles associated with e-learning, especially in the development of soft skills such as negotiation, leadership and time management.

His games garner a 92-percent completion rate, a 97-percent applicability rate and a 93-percent recommendation rate. His games incorporate high quality content, fundamentally practical approaches and sophisticated simulators that allows students to practice the learned skills and techniques and receive personalized feedback.

Jabary and Gamelearn utilize the cloud so clients don’t need to install additional software. The games adapt to numerous devices including desktop computers, tablets and smartphones. The programs can be translated to more than five languages.

His methodology has garnered international recognition including several awards from Elearning! Media Group, a gold medal in the Excellence in Technology Brandon Hall Awards, Best Service Award in CIPD’12 Manchester Exhibition, and Top 10 European Startup (San Francisco Demo Night, 2011) among others.

www.linkedin.com/in/ibrahim-jabary-2457661

 

Jared Martinez, Chief Executive Offcer and Founder, Market Traders Institute

The currency world wrecked Jared Martinez’ original business so he founded Market Traders Institute (MTI) and started mentoring more than 30,000 international traders of all skill levels. He built an e-learning package using his simple and effective formula to profit from trading.

While Martinez wanted his education package to be virtual, enabling traders all around the world to use it and be successful, he also wanted to make sure that he could mentor them, helping them through the emotional struggles and learning curves of trading.

Now, Martinez’s package includes live analyst broadcasts and twice-weekly mentorship sessions where he takes questions from any and all MTI students, answering them live on the spot. He hosts sessions with students for a few hours each day and teaches many of the classes himself.

Beyond leading the company from one employee to more than 140 employees, Martinez also helped the company make the Inc. 5000 list. Now, his e-learning package serves tens of thousands of traders across more than 15 countries.

www.linkedin.com/in/jaredmartinezmti

 

Jill Betters, Marketing Manager of Commercial & Architectural Programs, CertainTeed Corp.

Jill Betters and her team have designed, launched and managed a learning management system implementing user and facilitator attendance tracking technology in the architectural credential maintenance industry. Betters manages the only regularly running webinar hosted by a building product manufacturer focusing on this audience, which includes several panel discussions and more than 100-percent attendance growth in 2015. Content ideas, design, building and delivery requires the coordination of 300 individuals across a varied combination of subject matter experts, marketers, technical researchers and sales people.

CertainTeed has completely digitized attendee tracking for in-person courses — the sales force utilizes iPads to allow users to enter their own information at the time of course delivery. Demonstration of attendance happens automatically and the user can access electronic copies of their certificates anytime. Program and sales managers can utilize attendee information to track sales initiatives, analyze trends and explore content efficacy.

www.linkedin.com/in/jillmbetters

 

Ken Rogers, Director of Education, E-learning, Mobile Learning and Knowledge Distribution, The Kelly Companies

For the past five years, Ken Rogers has been leading union-oriented online learning programs across several similar but separate international union apprenticeship and journeyman programs. He’s been implementing and blending learning programs that have transformed first time passing rates for online instructor certification preparatory courses.

Additionally, Rogers’ leadership has touched the lives of apprentices and journeymen in a way that can rarely be measured but can’t be lived without. His impact has helped contribute to safer and more knowledgeable workforces in critical classroom and online training programs. The organizations being impacted are enjoying unprecedented success utilizing e-learning courses, LMS technologies and integration with other enterprise platforms.

Rogers combines a straightforward common sense approach when solving organizational challenges and leaves a trail of success in his wake. By applying underlying learning technologies to new initiatives, Rogers has dramatically impacted learners across a diverse spectrum of blue collar industries.

www.linkedin.com/in/ken-rogers-8583a15

 

Rich DiBenedetto, Vice President, Learn it Solutions — a Verisk Analytics Business Unit

Author of “Inspired to Learn - 10 Keys for Elevating Confidence, Performance, and Profts Through Exceptional Learning Experiences,” Rich DiBenedetto is revolutionizing the design and delivery of training in many industries including retail, human resources, transportation safety, investigations, police leadership and ethics. He works to improve the effectiveness of training through the incorporation of multimedia and real-life scenario examples, simulated decision-making, and recursive and comprehensive testing. He improves the efficiency of training through online delivery and accessible interfaces.

His programs and methods have been adopted through multiple large retail companies’ loss prevention departments as the official de facto training standard and offers continuing education credits. The New Jersey State Safety Council has adopted another one of his programs as an accepted online driving school method for insurance rate reductions.

Through his vision of creating an online learning method that promotes retention, maintains engagement and maximizes confidence, DiBenedetto presents a path forward that many in the industry would be wise to emulate.

linkedin.com/in/rdibenedetto

 

Emma King, Vice President of Event & Learning Strategy, INXPO, Inc.

Emma King works with INXPO clients from many industries identifying ways to evolve traditional enterprise training programs into online platforms. She recently received the Innovator award from her company for revamping its own learning portal and processes. She is also a regular contributor to Elearning! Magazine.

Additionally, King delivers webinars and workshops on topics such as measuring comprehension, generational learning styles, blended learning, knowledge management, innovations in software simulations, learning practices for small-to-medium sized businesses, and aligning learning technologies with business strategies.

King has been invited to evangelize learning best practices, tips and techniques at learning conferences such as Training, Association for Talent Development, TechLearn, eLearning Guild, CheckPoint in Europe, Society for Applied Learning Technology and many others.

King offers strategic direction and oversight for INXPO clients and several of them have received awards or promotions, while nearly all can boast positive business return on investment. Several of King’s clients have been recognized as Learning! 100 honorees. She worked with Mondelez to define and implement a new virtual classroom that accelerates learning and reduces training costs for the firm. More recently, she is in the midst of a project with one of the world’s largest consumer packaged goods firms where she is revamping and relaunching its training program for product, brand, and marketing.

www.linkedin.com/in/emmaking

 

 

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

 

Jonathan Hollenbeck, Software Engineer, Cisco Systems

A recent graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science and Statistics, Johnathan Hollenbeck quickly navigated the complex maze of large corporate acronyms, processes, and culture after joining Cisco in July 2014.

Hollenbeck is a talented data analyst always willing to step up to the plate and take on new challenges to help his teammates. With the keen ability to look at data from many perspectives, he not only sees numbers, but has an established sense of clues and patterns to look for in learner behavior. Recently he observed an interesting pattern when analyzing learner medals earned in Cisco’s e-learning platform. While there were several learners who had accumulated an impressive medal count, some of them were achieving gold medals by retrying challenges and retaking assessments over and over in quick succession, essentially cheating the system and themselves out of learning and understanding the concepts well enough to be prepared for the certification exam. Hollenbeck’s astute observation of learner achievement data is something one might expect from someone with years of experience, not someone fresh out of college.

www.linkedin.com/in/jonathan-hollenbeck-06489229

 

Robert Kriner, Senior Technical Trainer, Polytron, Inc

During his first nine months with Polytron, Robert Kriner worked directly with an equipment vendor to identify changeover issues when equipment was shipped to new clients. Even though he’d never worked with e-learning tools, he was able to create a very successful solution.

Smaller equipment vendors in the food and beverage packaging industry have struggled with providing clients with up-to-date information for equipment operation and in 2015, Kriner worked with MeadWest Vaco (now WestRock) to identify information that its clients needed to know. He used the older manuals as a baseline and developed a set of job aids that matched with a Computer Based Training (CBT) solution. The CBT could be loaded on the equipment for easy reference on the Human Machine Interface at the line. These CBTs included short step-by-step procedures and explanations, combined with video of the procedures. The hard copy job aids were also made available at the line. Favorable feedback was received from the first installed location and the information was accurate and easy to reference. The combined CBT with handouts was valuable to the end user and contributed to decreased operational change over time.

www.linkedin.com/in/robertkriner

 

Linda Renville, Online Instructional Designer, Providence Health & Services

Although she’s not new to learning, Linda Renville has found success in her new role as an Online Instructional Designer developing online courses for more than 78,000 employees in California, Oregon, Alaska, Washington and Montana in the past year. Regardless of the type of course, Renville produces high quality and high volume. In 2015, she produced more than 70 courses for her department, a remarkable feat. Renville continually shares her knowledge and expertise. Providence uses HealthStream as its LMS and she supports the more than 30 Providence HealthStream administrators. Many of the administrators aren’t instructional designers and don’t have the software to create content, because of this, she provides them with ongoing support for HealthStream’s HTML Editor through one-to-one mentoring, periodic online training. This past fall she presented two workshops at a conference her department hosted for more than 30 administrators.

Renville also focuses on rapid e-learning development and has produced more courses than the rest of her department combined, helping Providence meet the growing demand of online courses from various departments, facilities, regions and system-wide initiatives.

Her contributions helped her team win the HealthStream 2015 award for Excellence Through Innovation in Industry Driven Initiatives.

www.linkedin.com/company/providence-health-and-services

 

How to Apply for the 2017 Learning! Champion Award

The Learning! Champion Award recognizing individuals for exceptional contributions to the industry. Nominees can be innovators, thought leaders, trail blazers, mentors, cutting-edge technologists, rookies of the year, creative consultants, or high performing learning leaders that positively impact the learning industry. Nominate a client, leader, mentor or partner for consideration.

Nominating a candidate is easy via the online ballot available at http://www.2elearning.com/awards/ learning-champion-award. Be prepared to share information about the nominee including the category; why are you nominating him/her; the candidate’s contribution to the industry and the impact; and basic background information on the candidate. All applications must be received by December 30, 2016 for consideration. Learning! Champions are recognized in Elearning! Magazine, at The Learning! Champion Award Ceremony and invited to participate in web seminars, articles, blogs and more. Nominations will open fall 2016.

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