ATD reports that only 38% of learning and development (L&D) professionals think they’re ready to meet the needs of tomorrow’s learners.  This doesn’t mean traditional approaches to L&D are obsolete- they just aren’t enough anymore, at least not for today’s workers. To help L&D teams better engage employees, we surveyed 512 people to understand how today’s workforce really build their skills and fuels their careers.

We’re proud to release the research that will give you an in-depth analysis, and important insights on how today’s workers really learn at (and for) work.

In the report you’ll find 5 key findings, what you can do to take advantage of them, and a simple diagnostic to help you identify how ready you are today to meet the demands of tomorrow’s workforce.

Click here to download the report. Welcome to the future.

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Podcasts continue to grow in popularity — a recent  Pew Research Center survey reports 1 in 6 adults listen to a podcast a month. This data comes as no surprise as recent pop-culture hits like SerialThis American Life, and Stuff You Should Know have changed how we listen, and what we learn.

By seeking out learning via podcasts we can maximize time gaps in our schedules for learning. Podcasts are also largely free and easy to access- which make them an awesome learning tool. We’re proud to announce a new feature that lets you take advantage of all that learning. You can now track your podcast listening using Degreed!

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Simply choose the podcast title and episode, select the date listened, and add any relevant topics you learned about. Podcasts show up in your learning collection of everything you’ve learned.

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We’re excited about one more way to help learners track all learning. Let us know what you think about the feature by tweeting @degreed!

 

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Today we are proud to announce a $21 million Series B investment to fuel further expansion. The new investment will fuel continued growth of lifelong learning and skills measurement for companies and professionals. Jump Capital led the round, along with Signal Peak, Rethink Education, Deborah Quazzo and other existing investors.

Degreed is free for individuals to use and our learner-first approach led to rapid corporate success following the launch of our consumer-friendly, enterprise learning solution in fall 2014. Our award-winning platform enables people to discover, curate, share, track and value all kinds of learning–from internal portals, external training vendors and over 1,200 providers of free and low-cost informal learning resources–all in a single, unified system.

“We believe there are many pathways to expertise,” says David Blake, Co-Founder & CEO “The future doesn’t care how you became an expert. We have built the only universal way for everyone to measure all learning and pursue skills and knowledge from all avenues. It’s changing the way companies think about learning and development.”

This investment comes on the heels of a Series A funding, announced in April 2015. The capital enabled a more aggressive sales strategy, robust product innovations, and an expansion of marketing activities. As a result, we accelerated from three to nearly 100 clients this last year, including Fortune 10, 20 and 50 clients from the financial services and technology industries.

“There are many companies innovating in the edtech space, but Degreed stands unique in its approach to the future of skills and recognition of learning,” said Michael McMahon, Managing Partner of Jump Capital. “We’re excited to partner with Degreed to accelerate their incredible growth, and to change the way learning is done and how it is recognized.”

Learn more at degreed.com

It’s been a busy year at Degreed. In 2015 we attended, sponsored, and exhibited at a total of 30 events, ran 20 webinars, and had countless discussions on the future of learning- and we’re only getting started.  We’re looking forward to another year of pushing the conversation around the evolution of learning and development (L&D) and the opportunity leaders have to create true learning cultures within organizations. So, with our eyes forward on 2016, here’s a look back at all the love we received in 2015 (thanks, y’all):

 

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Head over to get.degreed.com to learn more about what we’re up to.

Degreed is proud to announce a new partnership with getAbstract, a company that joins us as a leading provider of next-generation enterprise learning and development solutions.

This partnership will help employers power a culture of continuous, lifelong learning and career growth, as it will provide mutual customers with seamless, single sign-on access to getAbstract’s valuable compressed knowledge library. The library includes more than 10,000 summarized business books, economic reports and video talks, through Degreed’s revolutionary learning engagement platform, which enables people to discover, curate, share, track and value all learning – from internal systems, external vendors and over 1,200 providers of open, informal learning resources – all in one place.

“People want learning and development opportunities that aren’t just relevant to their jobs once in a while, but that help them grow and develop their careers every day,” said David Blake, Degreed’s founder and CEO. “More than 70 percent of workers we’ve surveyed say they learned something useful for their job from an article, a video or a book in the last 24 hours. And many of our customers are either already using getAbstract to empower their people do that – or they’re asking for it,” he added.

“Employers, however, need new, different solutions to enable everyday learning,” added getAbstract, Inc. CEO, Michel Koopman. “Half of the global workforce doesn’t feel like they have opportunities to learn and grow at work. That’s partly because most L&D tools, content, technology and processes were designed to deliver old-fashioned, occasional training. Companies are gravitating to Degreed,” he said, “because it’s the first enterprise learning solution built for the way people really learn now – continuously, on-the-job.”

The partnership will not only fuel everyday learning, career growth and employee engagement for workers, it will also simplify implementation and workflows for L&D professionals. Integrating getAbstract’s high-quality summaries and videos with Degreed’s innovative content ecosystem and pathway authoring tools will give instructional designers and training managers a faster, more powerful and more cost-effective toolkit for curating both informal and structured, formal learning experiences.

Learn more about Degreed here.

Degreed is honored to receive the Gold Award from the Brandon Hall Group for Best Advance in Learning Management Technology, and the Silver award for Learning Provider of the Year at the LPI awards in London.

 

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The Brandon Hall Group Gold Award capped a year of strong recognition for Degreed in 2015, with awards and honors from industry leaders like Training Industry, DILA, ELearning Magazinethe Learning and Performance Institute, ELearning by Craig Weiss, and Getting Smart. The Silver Award from the Learning and Performance Institute is a strong start for 2016 and is the first award of the year for Degreed.

“People don’t just learn once-in-a-while, from structured, formal training. We also learn every day, informally, through self-directed and social learning. If you really want a culture of continuous development, you need it all.” said CEO David Blake, “Degreed helps people discover, curate, share, track and value all kinds of learning – from anywhere – all in one place. So L&D teams can spend less time managing and more time empowering.”

The Brandon Hall Group Excellence in Technology Award was given by a panel of veteran, independent senior industry experts, and Brandon Hall Group senior analysts and executives who evaluated the entries based upon the criteria of product, unique differentiators, value proposition, and measurable results. Degreed was also in attendance at the Brandon Hall Group HCM Excellence awards.

“These award-winning solutions were closely evaluated by our judges for not only their innovation, but the real results they brought to the organizations,” Brandon Hall Group Chief Executive Office Mike Cooke said. “That is what makes our technology awards program special – connecting creativity and innovation to direct business results.”

Degreed is a learning engagement solution that empowers people to find, curate, share, track and value all kinds of learning in a single, unified system. Degreed streamlines corporate learning, both for L&D professionals and employees, by integrating internal systems and paid, external vendor content with the world’s largest ecosystem of free, open and low-cost informal learning resources. Click here to learn more.

Degreed recently hosted a “BrainWeave®” discussion – on “Leveraging the New Learning Ecosystem” – at the Talent Management Exchange conference in Austin, Texas. A group of 25 L&D, talent management and leadership development executives joined us to talk about the opportunities and challenges they see in innovative, new learning solutions. Here are three things they all agreed on:

1. The new learning ecosystem is exciting, but it’s still too complicated.

Learning solutions are more diverse than ever before. There are now at least 690 LMS vendors and more than 1,200 providers of learning content – everything from live and online courses to videos, MOOCs, bootcamps, articles, books, podcasts, webinars, conferences, online communities, games and apps.

All those choices are great for learners, but they are a challenge for L&D and talent leaders. Everyone we spoke to recognizes that workers (including themselves) are embracing new learning options. Only a handful are actually putting them to work, though. Most are still trying to make sense of all these new tools.

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2. Change is essential, but it’s also hard. Really hard.

Everyone agreed that learning has to be more effective, more efficient and more closely linked to job performance and career paths. But with persistently tight budgets and small staffs with limited bandwidth, nearly all of them find it difficult to try new things.

Those who have tried agreed that innovative methods and technologies don’t make L&D better, faster or cheaper all by themselves. That requires L&D professionals to think and work differently, too. Unfortunately, most said their teams don’t yet have the familiarity, capabilities or mindsets to really leverage the new ecosystem.

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3. To change L&D people, you have to change the L&D people. Literally.

No one we spoke to at TME has it all figured out, but several are beginning to make good progress. In those organizations, changing the way learning and talent management operates is happening through both small, incremental evolutions and bigger, more revolutionary ideas.

Many, for example, are experimenting with novel approaches, like user-generated content, video and curation. Others are updating existing skills and hiring for new expertise — for example, experience design and web and mobile development. A few have created entirely new roles, such as marketing, product and community managers.

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The Degreed team packed their bags and hit the road to Vegas for the biggest, baddest HR event: the SHRM 2015 Annual Conference and Expo. Over 15,000 attendees filled the expo halls to discover new strategies and best practices to help them accomplish their initiatives and goals. 

Degreed CEO David Blake hosted a session “Putting Learners First”, where he discussed how to empower learners. David touched on the powerful effect of embracing the random, small, ‘just because’ learning to create better, engaged learning cultures. The shift from managing learning to empowering learners begins by offering new tools, content and technologies to engage learners and track ALL kinds of learning. 

In addition to David’s speaking session, the Degreed team met with over 800 HR professionals over the course of the conference to help them solve L&D, on-boarding, training, and employee engagement issues. The biggest takeaway from SHRM? The future of making ALL learning count has never been brighter. 

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By tracking, measuring, and validating all the learning employees do, Degreed helps companies leverage the entire learning ecosystem. To learn more or to see a demo click here.

It’s no secret that SHRM is the biggest, baddest HR event in the world, with tools, resources, and speakers that can help you and your company thrive. This year SHRM touts over 200 sessions. The huge variety of sessions can also prove overwhelming with so many options. We’ve done you a favor and created a list of the top 7 must-attend sessions of the conference. Add these to your schedule to get the most out of SHRM this year, and come thank us later at booth#3615. We’ll see you in Vegas.

1. Putting Learners First
6/28/2015 5:00pm – 5:30pm | Exhibitor Solutions Theater

2. Mega Session: Leverage Culture for Strategic Business Transformation
6/29/2015 4:00pm – 5:15 pm | Paradice Event Center South
Competencies: Communication, Global and Cultural Effectiveness, Business Acumen
Intended Audience: Senior-level

3. Global Session: Adidas NWOW (New Way of Working) – The Evolution
6/29/2015 2:oo pm – 3:15 pm | LVCC N210-212
Competencies: Leadership & Navigation, HR Expertise
Intended Audience: Midlevel

4. Global Session: How You Can Use LinkedIn Data to Hire Better, Faster
07/01/2015 10:00am – 11:15am | LVCC N257
Competencies: HR Expertise, Global and Cultural Effectiveness
Intended Audience: Midlevel

5. The SHRM Competency Model: Nine Critical Competencies for HR Success
6/30/2015 4:00pm – 5:15pm | LVCC N257
Competencies: Leadership & Navigation
Intended Audience: All Levels

6. Executive Exchange: The Inner Workings of Cirque du Soleil
6/30/2015 10:45am – 12:00 pm | LVCC N256
Competencies: HR Expertise, Communication
Intended Audience: Midlevel

7. Masters Series: How Organizations Learn, Innovate and Compete in the Knowledge Economy
6/29/2015 10:30am – 12:15pm | Paradise Event Center South
Competencies: Leadership & Navigation

 

You can catch us at booth #3615 to see how we can help you empower your learners and leverage the whole learning ecosystem. 

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During my morning Twitter session, I noticed Quartz published this article in response to a new report by ZenithOptimedia on how much media we consume daily. The study throws down the numbers on how much time we’re consuming media in some form of internet browsing, television, magazine, or newspaper. It revealing that apparently we all have full-time jobs as Media Consumption Specialists (Mom is so proud).

That’s right, we’re spending 8 hours a day taking in the wonders of the internet, television, and the occasional magazine . I can’t say I’m shocked by that number, although I would never want to see a running counter of exactly how much time I spend on the internet- the thought makes me a bit sick.

When it comes to consuming 8 hours a day of media, one must wonder: So what? Does it count for anything? We’re consuming all of this information and entertainment a day, but are you tracking what you’re consuming?

Take 5.7 seconds to think about the last week and everything you watched or read. My guess is it was a week comprised of podcast episodes, documentaries, YouTube videos, some Wired and Quartz articles, and binge watching Silicon Valley. Was it all a waste?

No way. I’d throw down a pretty penny to bet that you learned something from most pieces of media you consumed (as far as for the educational value of animal Vines, I can’t vouch for that). The point is, media can teach us- and we should be measuring and tracking all of that learning.

Here’s the thing: If you’re spending even a fraction of those 8 hours a day, 56 hours a week consuming articles that may help you with your job, or teach you something about personal finance, or leadership, or even fixing a broken faucet in your house- ALL of that learning matters. You’re progressing and it should count for something.

The beauty of the internet is the vast amount of information at our disposal, and letting all that learning happen without recognition is a shame. I believe in a world where a future job interview would consist in part of talking about what you learned from the most recent 6 months of your media consumption, and how you applied said learning to your life and work.

Degreed also believes in that future, and offers all of us the ability to track and score everything we’re learning. Formal and informal, YouTube and classroom, articles and textbooks– you can score and measure all your learning to get a full picture of what you know.

Think of it this way: you wouldn’t clock in 40 hours a week without getting a paycheck for your efforts, why would you learn for even a portion of 40 hours a week and not have a way to track, measure, and validate what you know. For those of us that aren’t engaged in formal learning, those hours add up, and it’s eye-opening to discover the different topics you’re learning the most about.

Degreed profiles are free, and if you’re in the business of media consumption -and according to the data, we all are- I suggest you get a profile and start tracking what you’re consuming. It’s time to make ALL learning count.

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What are your thoughts on media consumption and education? What do you see for the future of how much media we view a day? Tweet your thoughts @Degreed

Quartz article with data on the ZenithOptimedia report can be found here

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