We are pleased to bring you a guest blog post today from one of our customers, Bruce D. Smith, Corporate Manager, eLearning, at Emerson Electric Co. Bruce will be a speaker at SkillSoft’s 2012 Annual Perspectives User Conference. Bruce facilitates classroom-based events, oversees the use of elearning from an enterprise perspective, and runs the Emerson Learning Center’s Studio8000 video production studio. He has been in the training and development (T&D) field for more than 20 years, and has followed what he calls a “pinball-style” of career management with experience in private non-profit social work, the airline industry, computer programming, accounting management, Quality Management, and of course T&D.
By Bruce D. Smith, Corporate Manager, elearning, Emerson Electric Co.
When our SkillSoft representative showed the Emerson Learning Center staff at Emerson Electric Co. in St. Louis, Missouri the things that SkillSoft’s Leadership Advantage could do and was planned to do, we were excited about the possibility of adding it to our list of SkillSoft offerings. But how could we distinguish it from the other libraries of elearning courseware we already subscribed to without cannibalizing from our current user base?
Enter the concept of a BLENDED LEARNING proposal.
The term “blended learning” means many things to many people, so first we had to define it for our own purposes. We decided to blend an elearning experience into a live face-to-face classroom event. We were already rewriting our Supervisory and Management leadership class, but we were puzzled how to cover MORE topics in LESS time while keeping learners engaged. We also needed something that learners could access before and after the class for on-going learning.