Learning! 100 Winners Announced at Enterprise Learning! Summit March 20-21, 2012

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Top 100 Learning Organizations Named in Second Annual Awards Program

Elearning! Media Group (EMG), publishers of Elearning! and Government Elearning! magazines, announced today the Learning! 100 Award recipients. The Learning! 100 Award recognizes 60 corporate and 40 public sector organizations for outstanding learning culture, innovation or collaboration that drives performance. Honorees cut across all industries and organization sizes, from 5 to 1.6 million employees.

“We are honored to recognize these top performing learning organizations for 2012. Altogether, the Learning! 100 winners represent the best-of-the-best in learning and development multinational organizations,” reports Catherine Upton, Group Publisher, Elearning! Media Group.

The Learning! 100 Award program has a solid, research-based approach that offers firms a level playing field despite size, and post-awards learning opportunities to improve firm rankings in subsequent years. Learning! 100 applicants were evaluated across three criteria: Aberdeen Group’s Best-in-Class Learning & Development assessment, EMG’s Learning Culture index, and overall organizational performance. Each submission received a rating for each section and scores were totaled to identify the top 100. The organizations’ Learning! 100 ranking was determined by overall performance and the impact of their learning leadership.

“The top ranked organizations all drive innovation and learning impact across their organizations. For example, American Heart Association’s mission is to reduce heart related mortalities. They embrace learning across our communities, medical practitioners and internal employees and volunteers. Their mission is honorable, and their learning strategies are impactful,” reports Angeli Primlani, executive editor, Elearning! Media Group.

The 2012 Learning! 100 Corporate Enterprise Honorees Are:

Rank, Top Private Sector Companies Program, Area Excellence,

1    Starbucks, CreateJobsforUSA.org Hire Campaign/Culture, Culture
2    Salesforce.com, Cloud Mavens, Performance
3    Cisco, Cisco Learning Network, Collaboration
4    IBM,    IBM Virtual Event Center    , Collaboration
5    SCRIPPS HEALTH, Performance Improvement Certification, Performance
6    JetBlue, JetBlue University, Culture
7    Intel, Decentralized Learning Organization, Performance
8    Vi, Nurse Mentoring Program, Innovation
9    UPS, Talent Management, Performance
10    AT&T, Leading with Distinction, Culture
11    American Express,    Call Center Training, Performance
12    Navy Federal Credit Union, Virtual Management Toolbox, Innovation
13    Symantec Corporation, Sales Training Readiness, Culture
14    Dunkin' Brands, Inc., Huddle Training, Culture
15    MTR Corporation, Blended Learning Curriculum, Performance
16    Google, Innovation Teams, Performance
17    NetApp, NetAPP U, Performance
18    Air Products & Chemicalsm, People's College, Performance
19    Discover Financial, Skills Assessment, Culture
20    The Cheesecake Factory, Peer Video Training, Innovation
21    Yum! Brands, Global Learning Platform, Culture
22    Wellpoint Healthcare, Associate Development Program, Culture
23    Deloitte Touche, Tohmatsu Ltd Global Talent Program, Culture
24    Cash America International, Inc, YouDrive Training, Collaboration
25    MTR Corporation, Mentor Club, Performance
26    Bank Of Montreal Financial Group,    On-boarding Program, Performance
27    Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Co., District FastStart Program, Performance
28    Jiffy Lube International, A Shell Oil Co, JiffyLube University Franchisee Training, Culture
29    Farmers Insurance Group, Farmers University, Culture
30    Ascension Health, Centralized Learning Portals, Innovation
31    Amdocs, Personalized Learning Portals, Innovation
32    Cricket Communications, Learning Ecosystem for Developing Retailers, Innovation
33    Gen Re, Virtual University, Collaboration
34    ViaSat, ViaSat Leadership Institute, Performance
35    Philips, Kinect Training Program, Innovation
36    Creative Channel Services, Learner Based Video Training, Innovation
37    Bupa International UK, Global Bupa Learn, Culture
38    North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System, Center for Leadership & Innovation,    Culture
39    AAA Northern California Nevada Utah, E-learning Launch, Innovation
40    Rockwell Automation, Change Management, Culture
41    Whole Foods, Retailer Training, Culture
42    CA Technologies, Standing Ovation Training, Culture
43    Nemours, Epic EMR Compliance, Culture
44    Morrison Management Specialists, Quest Board Game, Performance
45    Xerox, Idea Management System, Innovation
46    Cable & Wireless International, I-Matter Mgt Training, Performance
47    IBM,    Global Leadership Program: IBM India, Culture
48    Cox Communications, Customer Care, Culture
49    DPR Construction, Project Field Collaboration, Collaboration
50    STIHL Inc., Tech Training & Leadership, Culture
51    Svevia, Svevia Academy, Culture
52    Best Buy Canada, Leadership Prep Program, Culture
53    Computer Sciences Corporation, Executive Leadership Program, Culture
54    SAS, Management Training, Culture
55    Funnelbrain.com,AP Student Learning Portal, Collaboration
56    First Insight, Customer Training, Culture
57    Smart Technologies, Innovative Customer Training, Performance
58    Dale Carnegie Training, Franchise Academy, Culture
59    Polaris Global, Beyond Freedom Evolution, Culture
60    Shaw Industries, Inc., Shaw Learning Academy, Innovation

The 2012 Learning! 100 Public Sector Honorees Are:

Rank, Top Public Sector Learning Organizations, Program, Area of Excellence

1    American Heart Association, American Heart Association University, Culture
2    Defense Acquisition University, Global Learning Technology Center, Innovation
3    Khan Academy, Khan Academy, Innovation
4    Department Of Veterans Affairs, VA Learning University, Culture
5    Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division / Team Orlando, iMentor Program,    Innovation
6    Department Of Veterans Affairs, Acquisition Academy, Culture
7    CareLearning, Co-op Healthcare Education, Culture
8    University Of California San Diego,    HOPE Curriculum Video Certification Training,    Innovation
9    NASA, STEM Mission, Culture
10    US Army,    Distance Learning for Soldiers, Innovation
11    UCF Institute Simulation & Training, Simulation & Training Education, Innovation
12    iCollege, NDU    iCollege,    Innovation
13    Lawrence Livermore, National Labs u-Learn Portal, Culture
14    Opportunity Finance Network,    CreateJobsUSA.com, Innovation
15    USC Institute For Creative Technologies, Clinical Medical Sims, Innovation
16    ADL, Mobile Learning Education, Collaboration
17    Department of Air Force, Air University, Culture
18    Florida Virtual Schools, Online High School, Innovation
19    Joint Training Integration & Evaluation Center, Team Orlando, Collaboration
20    U.S. Office Of Personnel Management,    Emerging HR Solutions, Collaboration
21    PEO STRI, US Army, Acquisition Center - Team Orlando, Collaboration
22    Rush University Nursing Program,    Simulation Training for Psychiatric Nursing, Innovation
23    Riverside School District, Virtual School Program    Online High School    Innovation
24    Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Mobile Medicine Program, Innovation
25    US Mint of San Francisco, Change Management, Culture
26    Air Force Agency for Modeling & Simulations    Team Orlando,    Collaboration
27    IRS, Change Management, Culture
28    American Society of Association, Executives    Online Education, Performance
29    AICTC, Tax Acct Assoc Sales Training, Culture
30    LETSI, Standards Program, Collaboration
31    Texas A&M University, Texas Engineering Extension Service, Innovation
32    e-Learning For Kids, E-learning Education for International Children, Culture
33    National Training And Simulation Association, Military Education Association, Culture
34    Dept Of Commerce's NTIS, E-learning Services to Federal Government, Collaboration
35    Healthcare Businesswomen's Association, Virtual Learning Program, Collaboration
36    Bentley College, Mobile Learning, Innovation
37    Marine Corps Systems Command,    Mobile Training Center Pop Ups, Innovation
38    City of Richmond, VA, Aligning Learning for Performance, Performance
39    Cayman Islands Civil Service Academy,     Leadership Academy, Culture
40    University of Wisconsin-Madison, Serious Game Adaptive Force Training: Bushudo,     Innovation

The Learning Continues:
The Learning! 100 organizations will be featured in the May award issues of Elearning! and Government Elearning! magazines. Plus, EMG and the Aberdeen Group released the Best-in-Class report within HCM Trends 2012 Study, reporting the practices of those organizations achieving outstanding performance. To secure the report, visit: http://www.aberdeen.com.

“Aberdeen’s research is all about understanding what drives organizational performance, and the power to capture and transfer knowledge, and deliver learning in new ways is one of the keys to unlocking that success,” says Mollie Lombardi, Senior Research Analyst, Human Capital Management, Aberdeen Group. “We’re pleased to bring our unique research methodology for defining Best-in-Class learning performance to the Learning! 100 Award program.”

In addition, key trends, practices and collaborations will be shared in follow-up print, online, virtual and physical networking and educational opportunities. To attend Learning! 100 sessions, register at: http://www.2elearning.com/events/web-seminar-series.html

The Next Learning! 100 Call for Applications
Learning! 100 Award 2013 applications open September 1, 2012 and close December 1, 2012. Finalists will be notified January 2013. The Learning! 100 will be named in Spring and honored at a spring Enterprise Learning! Summit 2013 Awards Reception. Bookmark the page and learn more about the Learning! 100 at: http://www.2elearning.com/L100

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