Managing Learning and Development will be even more challenging in 2016, due to the additional options for creation and delivery of learning, and the cultural changes arising outside of L&D. Here are two examples of ways to meet some of these difficult situations.

Online Events Archive: Best of Ecosystem: Mapping Your Organizational Learning Architecture. Adam Weisblatt. Handouts and session video (00:52:53) Understanding your learning architecture is critical for the success of major learning technology projects, but learning architecture can be complex and confusing. To be a successful partner to others in your organization, you need to be able to clearly explain your system to your stakeholders.

Learn how to create a map that explains the connections between all the moving parts of your learning architecture and that enables you to get buy–in on your plans and strategy. In creating your map, you’ll see how the learning technology components work together, including issues in the current architecture; this will greatly reduce confusion and time spent going over the details. You’ll learn how to find and choose images to represent components of your architecture, and how to clearly show the relationships between systems and the various data feeds. You’ll be able to build your own map, clearly explain your plans, and show what a successful solution looks like.

Online Events Archive: Driving Cultural Change with Your LMS. Mike Rael, Peter (PK) Kirwan. Handout and session video (00:55:29)

In 2015, the Einstein Noah Restaurant Group and Caribou Coffee merged. Rather than absorbing either brand into the other, they decided to maintain each, yet operate as one organization; the organization nearly doubled in size, with over 11,000 employees total. As part of the merger, they also created a new co-brand that would put both brands in the same location. These decisions resulted in some unusual challenges and opportunities for the learning and development and communication teams. The distinct culture of each organization had played a vital part of each of their successes, so the challenge was how to merge operational and process training under one umbrella and create a new unique organizational culture while still maintaining the strong cultural foundations of each brand.

Mike Rael of Einstein Noah explains the decision and strategy driving this cultural shift in L&D and communication and discusses leveraging a new LMS implementation as a vehicle to accomplish the transition.