By John Ambrose, Senior Vice President of Corporate Development, Skillsoft
Skillsoft and LinkedIn are innovating together on new ways to make enterprise learning accomplishments a win-win for employees and the organizations that employ them.
For most working adults, the vast majority of non-degree learning and professional development happens in the workplace. Companies invest in employee development solutions for many reasons including great workforce agility, stronger competitive advantage, and higher levels of employee engagement. Employees are motivated to take advantage of these resources because they are increasingly web-delivered and highly engaging, are the quickest way to learn a new skill and can help an individual advance faster and further in their career.
Until now, however, those training accomplishments garnered little visibility outside the corporate LMS. This is a lost opportunity for companies that work hard at being recognized as “Employers of Choice.” Also, by not promoting these accomplishments more widely, companies are missing a no-cost reward system for individuals to be recognized for their career-long learning accomplishments.
Linkedin and Skillsoft are setting out to change this dynamic by tapping Linkedin’s role as a global hub for professional networking, and Skillsoft’s position as a leading provider of enterprise learning and development. Together, the two companies are inventing new integrations that seamlessly allow individual learners in the enterprise to automatically add course completion and other professional learning accomplishments directly to an individual’s LinkedIn profile.
It’s a win-win. The individual gets recognized. The company gets recognized.
After the completion of a course with Skillsoft, participants are presented with a link automatically populated with the details of the course just completed. After clicking “save,” it will seamlessly add the certification or completed coursework to their LinkedIn Profile. Skillsoft’s solution preserves enterprise discretion and also allows the end user to precise control over each learning accomplishment posted.
For most people, workplace colleagues constitute one of their largest networks so the act of sharing these accomplishments can be a natural motivator for others in the same company. Each posting also publicly benefits the employer by underscoring their commitment to investing in their employees.
The collaboration between Skillsoft and LinkedIn demonstrates the increasingly interconnectedness between personal and professional networks and is a first indicator of how unique value can be created for individuals and organizations focused on investing in their own human capital. To view LinkedIn's post on this program, click here.