Human Resources, Mobile Learning, Social Media


Two-day workshop brings world-class chief learning leaders together to experience social learning

New York, NY—Future Workplace and Kaplan University, a leader in higher education innovation, are teaming up to present the 2011 Social Learning Boot Camp, an exclusive two-day event designed to provide talent development executives with the tools to design and launch social learning platforms. The boot camp is scheduled for Sept. 26 and 27 at the IESE Business School in New York City.

“Forward looking organizations are using social learning to elevate talent development and enhance productivity, collaboration and speed to innovation using mobile technology,” said Jeanne Meister, Future Workplace partner and co-author of The 2020 Workplace: How Innovative Companies Attract, Develop, and Keep Tomorrow’s Employees Today (HarperCollins, 2010). “During the two-day Social Learning Boot Camp, Chief Learning Officers and Chief Talent Officers will experience the use of game mechanics for corporate learning, understand best practices and collaborate with each other to build a business plan for re-inventing learning for the 2020 workplace.”

The Social Learning Boot Camp examines the business benefits for Chief Learning Officers and Chief Talent Officers to leverage social technologies for developing talent. The Future Workplace Infographic defines social learning and highlights the bottom line business benefits of implementing social learning.

Talent development and training is evolving from the classroom-based model to a more collaborative and social media-based approach. During the Social Learning Boot Camp, participants will address the benefits, myths and barriers of social learning, while experiencing the power of social and mobile learning.  Participants will be provided with an iPad2 as well as the opportunity to tweet their questions to #slbootcamp during live presentations from early adopters of social learning. The boot camp will culminate with participants developing a social learning strategy for their own organizations.

“As online education and social media have become commonly used tools for learning and information sharing, it’s not surprising they are being incorporated into innovative talent development practices,” said Bror Saxberg, the Kaplan Inc. Chief Learning Officer and a presenter at the upcoming Boot Camp. “Kaplan, a pioneer in online education, harnesses the power of the Internet to enhance educational opportunities for students worldwide. The Social Learning Boot Camp prepares learning officers to provide this same power to employee learning platforms.”

Saxberg will lead a boot camp session titled “Lessons from Learning Science and Kaplan on the Best Ways to Use Media to Drive Learning.” Other sessions include “How to Manage the Cultural Transformation,” “Integrating Mobile Devices into Learning Programs” and various case studies from companies that have successfully implemented social learning into their business strategy.

In addition to Kaplan, other sponsors include General Physics Corporation, Jive Software, SkillSoft and IESE Business School.

For more information on the workshop or to view a program agenda, visit

About Future Workforce
Future Workplace is an executive development company that works with the human resource function of the Fortune 1,000 to provide continuing education, peer networks and leadership development. Future Workplace runs the 2020 Workplace Network, which is an ecosystem of innovative Chief Learning Officers, Chief Talent Officers, Directors of Global Human Resources and select partners who are re-thinking, re-inventing, and re-imagining the role of human resources, corporate learning and talent management to drive business results. For more on Future Workplace or the 2020 Workplace Network, visit

About Kaplan University
Kaplan University offers a different school of thought for higher education. It strives to help adult students unlock their talent by providing a practical, student-centered education that prepares them for careers in some of the fastest-growing industries. The University, which has its main campus in Davenport, Iowa, and its headquarters in Chicago, is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission ( and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Kaplan University serves more than 53,000 online and campus-based students. The University has 11 campuses in Iowa, Nebraska, Maryland and Maine, and Kaplan University Learning Centers in Wisconsin, Indiana, Missouri and Florida. Kaplan University is part of Kaplan Higher Education, which serves more than 78,000 students online and through more than 70 campus-based schools across the United States and abroad. Kaplan Higher Education schools offer a spectrum of academic opportunities, from certificates and diplomas to graduate and professional degrees, including a juris doctor degree. Kaplan Higher Education is part of Kaplan, Inc., a leading international provider of educational and career services for individuals, schools and businesses. Kaplan, Inc. is a subsidiary of The Washington Post Company (NYSE: WPO and is its largest division. For more information about Kaplan University, visit

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