Mondal describes the HR solution as a "classic machine learning/deep learning application." Krista Jones, managing director, Work and Learning, Venture Services at MaRS, says that "a significant number of startups in our Work and Learning group are using machine learning to innovate, whether it's talent management, analytics for decision making, assessing cultural fit, or corporate training programs." Another hot area for HR solution providers is people analytics, which allows employers to understand what skills are missing and understand internal risk. "Rather than setting goals for the year, you can respond to short-term goals and provide better incentives that align with that person's behaviour, based on sales data, product information, profitability and outcomes, as well as on what that representative is selling when and where, and market segments.
Blackboard Learn's advanced assessment capabilities match or exceed those of many dedicated commercial online testing platforms. In this session, Paul Barney, Supervisor of Curriculum and Assessment at the Higher Colleges of Technology, and Azim Ahmed, Ed Tech Senior Project Manager, demonstrate how their institution uses Blackboard to reliably and securely test up to 4000 students per administration. The session addresses the three biggest challenges institutions can encounter, solutions to those challenges, and tips and advice for a smooth and problem-free large-scale administration.
The teams usually responsible for corporate learning within companies, human resources, are also undergoing a period of change as they identify areas where they need to come up to speed to deliver the most tangible results for their companies. Although there has been an increase in the use of video technology within corporate learning, from 5 percent to 15 percent over the space of a year, there are still a significant proportion of organizations that struggle with outdated platforms and static learning approaches, according to Deloitte's Global Human Capital Trends study carried out this year. In the Deloitte research, just 8 percent of the companies involved were found to currently have dedicated CPD programs for their human resources employees although learning & development was rated as the 5th most important growth area with 84 percent of respondents characterising it as important or very important. In the Deloitte survey respondents identified a variety of learning tools that they felt can contribute to their development within their company, these included external certificates at 32 percent, MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) at 18 percent and external, self-directed learning powered by social media at 14 percent.