Innovating the Art of Hands-on Training in a Virtual World

About This Episode

Innovating the Art of Hands-on Training in a Virtual World

When you are a Risk Consultant Engineer and your job is to know the ins and outs of how and why an ignitable liquid fire starts and spreads, what happens when a hands-on training program suddenly needs to transition online? In the latest episode of The Edge, guest Joel Sklar, Senior Learning Designer at FM Global, joins host Michelle Boockoff-Bajdek to share how the global insurance company reimagined its training program for a fleet of risk-minded engineers.

About Our Guest

Joel Sklar

Joel is a Senior Learning Designer at FM Global, responsible for leading learning development for their field engineering curriculum. Prior to FM Global Joel ran his own instructional design consulting business with clients including Raytheon, IBM, Fidelity and other Fortune 500 companies. Joel is the author of three web design textbooks that have been translated into multiple languages and has taught web and instructional design at both Northeastern University and UMASS Boston.

About Our Host

Michelle Boockoff-Bajdek

As Chief Marketing Officer, Michelle Boockoff-Bajdek (BB) leads a global marketing organization focused on helping companies unlock the hidden value inside their greatest asset – their people.

In her role, Michelle is responsible for the company’s marketing strategy to drive growth, generate awareness, and drive demand for Skillsoft solutions among learners, customers, and partners. She oversees all key functions, including customer marketing, corporate communications, demand generation, marketing operations and business development. Most importantly, she serves as the company’s brand evangelist, helping to build a vibrant community of passionate learners.

Prior to Skillsoft, Michelle held several executive roles in the high tech sector, most notably as the CMO of IBM Watson, where she was responsible for marketing the company's artificial intelligence (AI) products and solutions. Michelle also served as the global head of marketing for The Weather Company, an IBM Business, where she helped companies understand how to anticipate, plan for and ultimately make better decisions - with greater confidence - in the face of weather.