As anyone balancing work and life during the COVID-19 pandemic can attest, maintaining positive forward momentum requires skills like adaptability, stress management and communication. With this in mind, Cornerstone launched its #DigitalLearningEvent, an ongoing initiative that delivers targeted courses via our Content Anytime learning platform. Our aim is to empower employees to build their personal and skills development—even in the midst of a pandemic—and we’re honored that Training Industry Magazine recently recognized us as one of the 2020 Top Online Learning Library Companies for our effort.
We’re humbled to have been chosen not only for the breadth and quality of our Content Anytime platform, but also because of the impact that this library has made recently. Since the onset of the pandemic, more than 27.5 million hours of Cornerstone content have been streamed around the world—that’s six times more than other corporate learning platforms.
The content we delivered was strategic, and based on research. Using anonymized data from the 40 million learners across Cornerstone’s platforms, we determined which soft skills were most important to employees and organization right now, throughout this pandemic. This study revealed the 13 most important soft skills, ranging from communication techniques for remote teams, to coping with stress and combating unconscious bias. And, as we usher in a new, post-pandemic world of work, these skills are continuing to shape our core curriculum on the Cornerstone Content Anytime platform.
Targeted Training for the New Normal
Professional skills training needs to be a focus for any company hoping to adequately prepare their workforce for future growth and success: A 2019 analysis of workforce training programs by the American Enterprise Institute revealed that soft skills were the differentiator enabling workers to sustain and advance in their careers. But many organizations are still behind—another survey found that while 91% of companies felt they should be providing reskilling opportunities, only one in five were actually doing so. The Cornerstone Content Anytime platform and its #DigitalLearningEvent offering can help companies get started on these learning initiatives.
As a part of the #DigitalLearningEvent, our courses targeting the 13 key skills are currently available to all learners free of charge. Companies and organizations will be able to access four courses under each of the identified skills, for a total of 52 digital education programs. The offerings run the gamut from practical skills to soft skills and people management advice.
The working landscape is constantly evolving—that’s certain. But Cornerstone remains committed to raising awareness about what skills are most important, reducing barriers to access for anyone looking to continue their professional development and inspiring workforces to continue thriving—even during difficult times.
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Cornerstone Partners With Microsoft to Bring Learning into the Flow of Work
Making time for learning during a busy workday is challenging. According to a recent survey, a majority of employees reported thattime is the biggest barrier to their development. But over the course of the pandemic, and even in the years before, we’ve seen how quickly business needs—and therefore, the needs for employee skills—change. Learning is more important than ever and needs to be delivered in new ways that drive accessibility and information retention. To help companies remain truly adaptable and nimble, they need to integrate learning into the flow of work. It’s why Cornerstone and Microsoft are partnering to make learning in the flow of work possible and support employees’ growing learning needs. Both of Cornerstone’s LMS platforms (Cornerstone Learning and Saba Cloud) will be integrated into Microsoft Viva—Microsoft’s new Employee Experience Platform (EXP)—to make it easy for employees to discover, share and engage with learning content without having to switch back and forth between solutions. "Cornerstone is bringing great value to organizations by integrating its solutions within Microsoft Teams, right where employees are working every day," said Kirk Koenigsbauer, COO, Experiences + Devices at Microsoft Corp. "The new Microsoft Viva empowers employees to make learning and development a natural and intuitive part of their daily work." How Cornerstone Powers Learning in the Flow of Work on the Microsoft Employee Experience Platform Powered by Microsoft 365 and experienced through Teams, Microsoft Viva seamlessly helps your organization build human connection, foster growth and wellbeing, and drive peak business performance. And now that experience encompasses learning, including the integration with Cornerstone. Incorporating learning opportunities from Cornerstone’s LMS offerings into Microsoft Viva Learning makes it easy not only to access learning, but also integrate it into the flow of work. Employees using Teams can seek out, share and/or assign learning content based on their current needs. For example, if an employee is struggling with their workload, a manager could engage in a real-time 1:1 conversation and based on that discussion, serve up training on time management or organization skills. This way, in addition to providing real-time coaching and feedback, the manager is also able to give their employee development resources in a timely and relevant manner. In another instance, an employee that’s familiar with HTML but hasn’t used the skill for a while might find a quick refresher course—rather than spending time and energy re-learning through trial-and-error. For more on the power of this partnership, watch this video announcing Microsoft Viva Learning Removing Barriers to Learning Cornerstone and Microsoft’s collaboration will help remove barriers to learning and empower organizations and their employees to grow and adapt for the future. Our learning solutions contain training to meet employee needs across on-demand learning, compliance and career development. Through this partnership and through Microsoft, employees will soon have the ability to access learning where they are, when they need it, to power stronger individual and company performance. As a leader and pioneer in learning, we’ve accumulated the largest pool of learning data and insights in the world over the course of our 20 years in business. We are thrilled to share that experience, expertise and passion with Teams and its users. Read the full announcement to learn more about Cornerstone’s partnership with Microsoft.
Cornerstone Cares Free Learning Portal Recognized for Online Learning Innovation by EdTech Breakthrough
Today, we are honored to share that EdTech Breakthrough, a leading market intelligence organization that recognizes the top companies and solutions in the global educational technology market, has selected Cornerstone as the 2020 winner of its "Adaptive Learning Solution of the Year" award in the second annual EdTech Breakthrough Awards program. This year’s program attracted more than 1,750 nominations from over 15 different countries throughout the world. Helping K-12 teachers transition to online learning With more than 55 million U.S. students displaced from school closures due to COVID-19, thousands of educators were forced to quickly adapt to an online learning format, requiring them to rapidly transform how they teach and engage with their students. Responding to this vast and pressing need, Cornerstone leveraged its internal expertise in online learning to create a free content playlist as part of its Cornerstone Cares solution for teachers, offering best practices and tactical information as educators shift to this new way of teaching. To date, over 70,000 people have visited the site since its launch in March, in addition to the millions of users who leverage Cornerstone Learning and Content Anytime through their organizations’ portals. A critical need for adaptive learning solutions "Both the significant increase in online learning consumption by learners on the Cornerstone Learning platform and the free resources offered through Cornerstone Cares demonstrate the critical need for adaptive learning solutions that provide relevant and authentic content," said Lisa Hartley, AVP of Growth Products at Cornerstone. "We are extremely proud to contribute to the dedicated educators during this difficult time and this 2020 EdTech Breakthrough Award is a fantastic validation of the hard work and innovative thinking from the entire Cornerstone team." This specially curated Cornerstone Cares playlist features courses such as "A Teacher’s Guide to Online Learning," designed by former teacher and Head of Cornerstone Studios, Summer Salomonsen, Ed.D. The resource includes bite-size, informative videos and downloadable guides that elevate the conversation from "How do I teach online?" to "How might I continue to connect with and impact my students online?" Due to teachers being under a significant amount of pressure with limited time to make this transition, the content is short, digestible and available on any device or platform and also easily downloadable for those who don’t have online access at home. Learn more about EdTech Breakthrough and Cornerstone Cares If you want to learn more about the 2020 EdTech Breakthrough Awards and see a complete list of winners, please visit their site. You can also check out Cares.CSOD.com to access learning content on a variety of critical topics that can help you transition to a remote working or teaching environment, manage stress and mitigate unconscious bias - all for free on Cornerstone Cares.
Cornerstone Earns Multiple 2020 Top Rated Awards by TrustRadius
As a global people development leader, Cornerstone is obsessed with enabling our clients to achieve significant business results through world-class learning, recruiting, performance and HR technology solutions. Because innovating for the success of our clients is our top priority, we are honored to be named a leader among Corporate Learning Management, Talent Management and Employee Performance Management solution providers! The recognition by TrustRadius holds significant value to our company as these lists are based purely on above-average customer satisfaction ratings for business technology. Since 2016, the TrustRadius Top Rated Awards have become the industry standard for unbiased recognition of B2B technology products. Based entirely on customer feedback, they have never been influenced by analyst opinion or status as a TrustRadius customer. Learn more about the TrustRadius Top Rated Awards and hear from verified users on how much they value Cornerstone: â— Corporate Learning Management â— Talent Management â— Employee Performance Management Are you a Cornerstone client and looking to share your own feedback? Please leave a review here!