By Terri Bernhardt

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.

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,, 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 2012 Learning! 100 Corporate Enterprise Honorees Are: Rank, Top Private Sector Companies Program, Area Excellence,

  1. Starbucks, Hire Campaign/Culture, Culture
  2., 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.,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 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:

“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 by: clicking here

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.

About Elearning!

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