The Brass Ring: Collaboration-Driven Learning Online

Posted by Catie Bull on June 07, 2016

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"The corporate world's shift to new learning technologies," writes Intrepid CEO Sam Herring in his new article The Brass Ring: Collaboration-Driven Learning Online, "is in response to the critical need to bridge the skills gap—73 percent of surveyed CEOs in PricewaterhouseCoopers' 2015 Global CEO Survey say that skill gap is a top threat to their businesses."

Herring details how progressive organizations such as Microsoft are meeting that skills gap effectively and swiftly using Intrepid's online learning platform, and in so doing debunking the old myth that collaboration and peer-to-peer learning can't be engaging and impactful online. In fact, as global business school INSEAD's Professor and Deputy Dean Peter Zemsky notes,

The bi-directional aspect of the technology allows me as professor to be present in the course in a real and immediate way. I’ll read questions in the discussion forums and in response post quick videos I shoot on my webcam wherever I happen to be, or I can post a quick survey reacting to a trending topic. That kind of dynamic immediacy makes collaborating with the learners—who not only number close to a thousand in a cohort but could be anywhere in the world doing their work at any time of day—incredibly powerful.

Check out the article for more details on Microsoft's highly successful approach to tailored corporate MOOCs for sales enablement with executive education partners INSEAD, Wharton, and The London Business School.

"The Brass Ring: Collaboration-Driven Learning Online" by Sam Herring. Education Technology Insights Magazine, May 2016.

 

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