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EXTENDED ENTERPRISE LEARNING
A Profit Driver for Leading Organizations
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Table of CONTENTS
About the Study 3 Extended Learning is “In” 4 Benefits of Extended Enterprise Learning 5 Frequency and Investment 6 Extended Learning Effectiveness 7 Effectiveness is Tied to Outcomes 8 Delivering Extended Learning 9 The Impact of Technology 10 Delivery of Extended Enterprise Learning 11 Key Takeaways 12 Research Methodology 13 About Cornerstone OnDemand 14 About Brandon Hall Group 15
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About the STUDY
206 SMB, Enterprise, and Large Enterprise
31% 21% 48% below 500 employees
500 - 5,000 employees
Executives and other senior business leaders
HR and talent leaders
50% Learning Leaders
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Extended Learning is “IN”
In a business world that’s increasingly social, mobile, and collaborative, corporate learning is changing in many ways. A growing trend in recent studies is extended enterprise learning, which is a program or initiative to educate audiences outside of the headquarters or specific locations of your organization. Extended learning can include remote or distributed employees as well as non-employees, such as customers, channel partners, distributors, value-add resellers, manufacturers, or franchisees.
Organizations are increasingly extending their learning: • More than half (54%) of learning delivered by organizations goes to
non-employees and remote and distributed employees.
The increase in extended learning is paying dividends in many ways: • 40% of organizations are generating revenue through extended learning –
an 18% increase from 2 years ago. • Almost one-third of organizations are recouping more than half of their
Learning Management System costs.
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BENEFITS of Extended Enterprise Learning
Extended enterprise learning often involves direct outreach to customers, which can have a huge impact on customer retention and positive net promoter scores, and is also linked to sales outcomes.
Reported Business Benefits of Extended Enterprise Learning (Percentage of respondents realizing benefits)
69% Increases awareness of products/services
67% Reduces training
65% Improves customer
65% Maximizes client
61% Increases sales
59% Reduces training
55% Meets compliance
53% Helps meet/exceed
51% Increases employee
35% Reduces client
29% Reduces employee
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FREQUENCY and INVESTMENT
Stakeholders are leveraging valuable extended enterprise training quite frequently. At least one-quarter of customers, sales teams, and field support teams access learning daily or weekly. At least 48% of those groups access learning at least monthly.
Frequency of Extended Learning Usage by Audience Type (Learning accessed at least monthly)
The investment level is strong, too. More than half of organizations (55%) in our research said they spend more than 10% of their L&D budget on extended learning, and 22% of respondents said they spend more than half of their learning budget on extended learning.
Learning Budget Spent on Extended Enterprise
(% of budget)
f r es
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Brandon Hall Group research shows that organizations believe extended enterprise learning is is effective at
meeting business objectives.
Extended Learning EFFECTIVENESS
43% says traditional learning is effective /very effective
56% says extended
learning is effective /very effective
2017 Brandon Hall Group Extended Learning Study and 2016-17 Training Benchmarking Study (n=311)
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Effectiveness is Tied to OUTCOMES
Percentage of Annual LMS Costs Covered via Extended Learning Revenues
Sell by the course or content piece
Sell by course/ content bundles
Included in price of other products delivered
When organizations couple the ROI from meeting business objectives with the ability to recoup LMS costs by charging for content, extended enterprise learning can be a highly profitable initiative.
Methods of Selling Learning
So why do organizations consider extended learning more effective than other types of learning?
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DELIVERING Extended Learning
Despite the fact that we are talking about delivering learning to people outside the “four walls” of the organization, most extended learning still occurs in person. 80% of companies are pulling people from outside the organization into classrooms for training. Since several Brandon Hall Group research studies show that more informal types of learning are just – or more – effective as classroom training, companies have an opportunity to expand their extended enterprise learning by exploring more digital methods, such as simulations, videos and mobile.
Extended Learning Delivery Methods
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The IMPACT of Technology
Regardless of how training is delivered, the importance of technology cannot be overstated. It is critical for companies to measure the outcomes of learning outside of the organization, especially since it may be more difficult to track than internal training. So, not surprisingly, reporting and analytics is considered – by far – the most important technology component related to extended learning. The second most important feature of extended enterprise technology is mobile capabilities because the very nature of extended learning requires that it be available on-the-go.
Most Important Characteristics of Extended Enterprise Technology
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DELIVERY of Extended Enterprise Learning
Even though in-person training is common, an LMS can be used to manage the curriculum, instructors, learners, and scheduling. Three-quarters of companies delivering extended enterprise learning use an LMS, and 43% use the corporate website. Ecommerce functionality can be important to those using an LMS or company website and looking to recoup their investment.
Systems Used to Deliver Extended Enterprise Learning
76% Learning Management
29% SharePoint / content management system
27% In-house learning system
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Not all organizations will find themselves with a need to deliver learning to external audiences, but the number of companies that do is consistently growing. The learning ecosystem is far larger than most companies realize, transcending employees to include resellers, manufacturers, franchisees, customers, and even the public at large. Some keys to success include:
• Build the Business Case. Do you have a customer pool that accesses the help desk too often? Would your supply chain run smoother if your manufacturers and/or distributors knew more about your products? Extending learning can help. Where possible, scope out the impact of a more educated ecosystem on customer support costs, increased sales, market awareness, and customer or partner satisfaction.
• Select the Right Technology. Not every LMS is built to handle this type of learning. Look for platforms with robust reporting, mobile capabilities, eCommerce, and assessment tools.
• Be Strategic with Revenue Goals. Companies need to determine whether they are going to charge for the learning they deliver and, if so, how they will do it.
• Track and Measure. Once we begin talking about dispersed, disparate learning audiences, tracking becomes even more critical. Have a process and a set of KPIs before rolling out extended enterprise learning.
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