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Innovations in Learning: e Learning Comes of Age at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

We are pleased to bring you the first of a new series of guest blog posts written by the winners of our 2010 Innovations in Learning Awards.  We recognized these customers in an award ceremony on May 19, 2010 at our Perspectives conference.  We would like to thank Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for sharing its e learning innovation through this post.

By Leslie Positeri, Sr. HR Training and Development Specialist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

 A targeted, dynamic, personalized, and effective approach to learning has been key to the success of our U-Learn program here at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), a premier applied science laboratory that is part of the National Nuclear Security Administration within the Department of Energy.

 Credit: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

U-Learn, our branded online learning center offers multi-faceted and multi-modal learning resources to our community of scientific and technical employees.

 Back in 1997, armed with less than part-time technical support, and only 30 IT courses and 25 beta users, our first online learning center was created. In a market where eLearning companies were coming and going as fast as technology was evolving, we identified adaptability as critical to continued success. From this small base, but with a great vision, U-Learn was created and branded.

 U-Learn has evolved tremendously over the years, and the number of users has increased from 30 in 1997 to 3,300 active users in 2010, accessing tens of thousands of learning resources. Today more than half of our employees have active U-Learn accounts. People are LLNL’s most valued asset, and each individual contributes uniquely to achieve our mission as a premier national security laboratory. To remain competitive in today’s job market we continuously train and develop our highly-skilled, knowledgeable, and extremely diverse workforce. Our learning program supports employees with a wide variety of learning needs –from emerging to executive leaders, operational to scientific staff, broad safety/security training to specific scientific requisites.


SkillSoft resources are at the core of our blended learning approach, and we were honored with the Perspectives 2010 Industry Award for Best Technical Training.

In the future, we plan to focus on the next frontier of learning, mLearning (mobile learning)— informal learning on-the-go, shared with others anytime, anywhere. We also view social networking as an important factor in attracting and retaining future employees and in providing emerging learning strategies, and we are considering SkillSoft’s inGenius social learning module as a potential resource for our unique needs. We’re excited to see where the future of e Learning will take U-Learn, as our training program continues to evolve.

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