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Thank You for Sharing: The Next Generation of Extended Enterprise Learning

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Back in the day, we were all taught to share, whether it was a new toy, afterschool TV time, or the last piece of cake. Today, sharing has become a new business model. We see people sharing their cars on Lyft, their homes on Airbnb, and their skills on Thumbtack. That mindset is even spilling over into the corporate side of the business with extended enterprise learning.

Extended enterprise learning is a hot topic in the L&D industry — and for good reason. Successfully upskilling your customers, partners, and distributors is linked to increased revenue and decreased costs, according to a Brandon Hall Group survey on the topic. Because of this, about one-third of organizations have extended enterprise learning programs. Some LMS companies provide functionality to enable extended enterprise, but they are often nascent and secondary.

There are, however, no Learning Experience Platforms that provide this capability — until today. We put on our black turtleneck and mom jeans so we can welcome you to the brave new world of extended enterprise learning on Degreed. With our recently released suite of capabilities, you can now usher your extended enterprise programs into the next generation.

“This will take extended enterprise learning to the next generation.”

-David Mallon, Chief Analyst, Bersin

So What Is Extended Enterprise Learning Anyway?

Extended enterprise learning is the ability to share your learning programs with both your internal audiences and your external audiences, eg: making your Degreed Pathways and Pages available to clients, vendors, partners, and others. To ensure you’re spreading the wealth the right way, check out a few of our favorite use cases for extended enterprise learning:

  • Extend learning beyond employees: Don’t hold back. Extend learning to external stakeholders and non-employees such as customers, partners, resellers, or suppliers. Building these external groups is a significant competitive advantage. One learning leader at Koch Industries said, “Our distributors sell competitor products as well, so the goal is to get mindshare.”
  • Increase learning across the employee lifecycle: Offer to preboard. Get your new hires a head start by providing orientation before their start dates. You can also offer résumé, interview, or networking tips to alumni employees to help them stay sharp for their next move.
  • Connect your network of companies operates under a corporate umbrella: Teamwork makes the dream work. A global professional services firm is launching multiple organizations (aka “tenants”) within Degreed, that can use separate branding, settings, and permissions for each. Each tenant also has its own L&D team that manages the site for their audience, plus a Global L&D team that shares content across all member organizations. These organizations maintain their own catalog of content, including global content that headquarters shares across all the member organizations. For this use case, we allow social sharing among the sites, so employees at one organization can follow, recommend to, and interact with other employees at other organizations.
  • Make learning a business: Better together. Harvard Business Publishing Corporate Learning is using Degreed’s extended enterprise capabilities to deliver their catalog of 15,000+ leadership and management learning resources to their clients using Degreed as the content delivery platform. This allows Harvard Business Publishing to focus on what they do best: create amazing content while leveraging the most engaging Learning Experience Platform.

What Does Extended Enterprise Learning Look Like in Degreed?

It’s definitely easier than saying “extended enterprise learning” five times fast. Degreed provides an integrated tool to allow you to easily manage multiple organizations from one central site management console. With Degreed you can:

  • Manage organizations: If you have distinct populations of users that need to be separate from other users for privacy, security or administrative purposes, you can create and manage multiple organizations within Degreed from this tool.
  • Manage content: Content can be shared across these organizations or walled off.
  • Manage users: Users in each organization can be walled off from each other or enabled to socially interact based on your chosen configuration.
  • Manage Configurations: Organizations can have unique branding or shared branding. Integrations and configurations can be customized for each organization. This solution is flexible with a bunch of options to meet the needs of each use case.

Extended Enterprise Learning: To Infinity and Beyond

If you’re looking for a next-generation learning solution for your extended enterprise program, Degreed has the answer. You get all of the Degreed goodness for your external audiences, plus easy tools to manage it all. That means: personalized recommendations, gamification, learning in the flow of work, the content aggregated from any source, and an amazing search, for your employees and now for your customers, partners, vendors, and beyond. Looking to see extended enterprise learning in action? If you’re already a Degreed client, contact your Degreed rep today for a demo. Not yet using Degreed? Sign up for a demo here.

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