Micro investing app Acorns is a company that understands the power of an integrated approach to wellness-that fiscal, mental, and physical fitness all positively impact overall health and work performance. In members to get their finances in shape. Acorns’ Guide to Personal Finance breaks down the basics of personal finance and wealth building, offering up practical advice to everyone on how to save, invest, earn more, and stop living paycheck to paycheck. In April, Acorns expanded on its commitment to wellness with the launch of a program encouraging its team members to strengthen their minds and bodies. In addition to running a fitness challenge for the month with fitness tracking app Count.It, Acorns also promoted the exploration of the personal development content on Udemy. All employees who completed at least one Udemy course in the subject were eligible to win an Amazon gift card. Acorns’ Guide to Personal Finance is now available on Udemy for Business and was recently featured in our roundup of in-demand skills your employees need today. Acorns is accessed simply and easily via the app for iPhone, Android, or desktop. Visit Acorns for more.
Explore Data Science Academy teaches students how to solve real-world problems with the latest tools, algorithms, and platforms. This education-focused company is using Udemy in a blended learning approach. The academy has a full-year data science program with 100 students and a 6-month software development course with 140 students. They use Udemy as supplemental online training to their classroom instruction. This program has had great results, with the average user spending 22.7 hours learning on Udemy over the past three months.
8. Canadian Pacific: Amazing Race trivia contest to test learning
Canadian Pacific uses Udemy to upskill their IT employees. In order to get employees excited about learning on Udemy, Canadian Pacific launched an Amazing Race-style competition where they paired employees from different teams to compete in answering questions about content that they learned on Udemy. The winning team received Udemy backpacks.
9. Appian: Creating personalized learning pathways to meet employee goals
At digital platform company Appian, the Engineering Department encourages learning during one-on-one meetings between managers and their direct reports. Managers work with employees to help create personalized learning pathways to help their direct reports meet their goals. In one recent case, an employee needed to learn a web technology (Webpack) and after spending four hours studying, he was able to complete a project using the newly learned skill later that week. Recently, Appian launched a company-wide learning platform, Appian University, to further their commitment as a learning organization.
10. TBC Corporation: Just-in-time learning helps solves problems on the job
TBC Corporation is one of the nation’s largest marketers of tires for the automotive replacement market with more than 10,500 employees throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The TBC Learning Group used Udemy for Business as part of a flipped classroom and blended learning approach. For example, as part of their instructor-led Business Writing course, “Business and Technical Writing Immersion Course,” employees were assigned online writing courses as “pre-work” so they compiled drafts before coming to the class. This not only shortened the class length, but also increased the efficiency and effectiveness. Instead of “instructing,” the Udemy for Business courses set a foundation, so the instructor was able to dive directly into the hands-on part of her class. What also drove engagement was the way courses were broken down into bite-sized lectures on the Udemy for Business platform, enabling people to learn only what they needed to know. One employee attended over 100 courses but only consumed the specific sections that were useful to him and helped solve a problem in his daily workflow. This self-directed “just-in-time” learning empowered TBC employees to optimize what they learned and when they needed to learn. Through just-in-time learning and a blended approach to LD, TBD was able to create a program that saw 71% of employees taking their first course within 30 days. Learning engagement for all users was 84%, while the top 10% of “active users” enjoyed a 98% learning engagement rate in the first 60 days of receiving a Udemy for Business license.