Excellence at Work 204 – Keeping the Human Connection in a Hybrid Learning Environment

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Excellence at Work 204 – Keeping the Human Connection in a Hybrid Learning Environment

Topics include:

  • What trends and innovations will stick around for a long time?
  • How has hybrid work impacted learning cultures?
  • What technologies are beneficial for encouraging peer learning, community, and real-time coaching?
  • How do you determine the best fit and time for live versus self-paced learning?
  • Examples of companies (re)investing in live learning
  • The best advice for a learning leader to succeed in today’s environment
  • The importance of maintaining human connections
  • Leveraging the flexibility afforded by the new work reality
  • Is virtual learning here to stay?
  • Is the hybrid work environment the new default?
  • Insights from Ben’s journey
  • And more!

Guest: Ben Lowell, Strategic Advisor, Class Technologies

Ben is a corporate learning strategist, digital workplace expert, and part-time music composer and actor. He has extensive experience in Learning and Development and began his career as a facilitator and instructional designer at Fidelity Investments. He then moved into public education, where he taught Spanish in seventh through ninth grades and helped develop a language curriculum for his school district. He later returned to corporate learning, first as the director of eLearning and then as Director of L&D at the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies, where he designed and delivered eLearning solutions for various businesses. Ben eventually shifted to learning technology and worked within strategy, sales, and customer success at Instructure, Pluralsight, and Class Technologies. Ben is devoted to the concept of lifelong learning and learning as a process, not an event.

Class Technologies is a live virtual learning platform that supports face-to-face learning at scale, enabling employees to learn with and from each other in context-rich, active learning experiences. With collaboration, engagement, and reporting tools, Class reinvents virtual learning to drive meaningful outcomes to employees and create business impact. Founded in 2020 by education software pioneer Michael Chasen, Class Technologies is headquartered in Washington, DC, with staff around the world. Class Technologies is a Brandon Hall Group Gold Preferred Provider and won three Excellence awards in 2021.

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