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Learn 2.0 For Net Generation

Welcome to New Learning Playbook—a blog tracking innovations and trends in learning among corporations, universities and government agencies. The blog features case studies, interviews, links to resources in the field and more.

The first series of posts will focus on how learning is being redefined for the Net Generation, those individuals born between 1980 and 1994 who are especially adept at collaborating and socializing online. How will corporate learning evolve to provide Net Geners with the experiences to which they are accustomed?

Sun Microsystems had to address this issue. While the average age of a SUN employee is 42 years old (I was surprised by this. Are you?) 100% of Sun new hires are Net Geners, accustomed to a fast-paced life of constant, immediate communication, including frequent posts to Facebook and exponentially more text messages than emails. These Net Geners are demanding to be in charge of their digital lives both on the job and in the “classroom.”

Charles Beckham, Chief Technology Officer for Sun Learning Services, the learning arm of Sun Microsystems (which provides learning to Sun employees, customers and channel partners), discusses in the video above how his company has revamped learning. The journey to redefine learning has included adding a social networking capability behind Sun’s firewall, as well as the creation of a multi-player game for Sun new hires which requires them to learn about Sun’s vision, values, industry, competitors and strategy in order to win the game.

As you view the video think about your own new hire program and how well prepared your organization is to attract, motivate and retain Net Geners.

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About Jeanne Meister

Jeanne C. Meister is a best selling author of three books, internationally recognized consultant and keynote speaker. Jeanne is Partner of Future Workplace, a consulting firm dedicated to assisting organizations in re-thinking, re-imagining and re-inventing the workplace. Jeanne was recently voted by her peers as one of the 20 top influential training professionals in the United States. Jeanne’s name is synonymous with the establishment and institutionalization of global corporate universities. Jeanne is the author of three books, Corporate Quality Universities and Corporate Universities. Jeanne’s latest book is, The 2020 Workplace: How Innovative Companies Attract, Develop & Keep Tomorrow’s Employees Today (Harper Collins, 2010) is in its 10th printing.No information is provided by the author.

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