Are Corporate Universities About to Become Extinct?

Session 5B: Breakout
Dave Vance
22 Feb 2018
10:30 am - 11:30 am
TBD

Are Corporate Universities About to Become Extinct?

“We no longer create or own content and we don’t manage learning.” An increasing number of conference speakers and magazine article authors are making this statement. They go on to say that the future of learning will be entirely employee driven with employees deciding what to learn, how to learn, when to learn, and where to learn, with much or perhaps all of that content originating outside the learning management system. If this is true, what does that imply for the future of the corporate university? In fact, why would a CEO even fund a corporate university in this future world?

Join Dave to discuss this existential question. We will first explore what these futures for learning might look like and then explore the ramifications for corporate learning in general and corporate universities in particular. While there is no right or wrong answer here, Dave does believe that corporate universities as we now know them may very well become extinct. The answer to this question will largely determine the future of our profession. In this session we will explore:

  • The future of learning, in particular how learner-centric it may be
  • The implications of a very learner-centric model
  • The role of external content aggregators in meeting the needs of learners
  • Implications for the traditional corporate university model