LinkedIn Learning have launched an exciting new product, destined to shake up the LXP market. Read on for more.
Ryan Roslansky, CEO of LinkedIn, shared early this year that, “We will give companies the tools to invest in their own employees and to incentivise them to learn new skills with the launch later this year of our skill building platform that will bring all of a company’s learning resources together in one place.”
We’re excited to share that we will launch our skill building platform – called LinkedIn Learning Hub – during the second half of this calendar year. We are currently in beta with many customers around the world and when the product is generally available, corporate LinkedIn Learning Pro customers will be automatically upgraded to Learning Hub at no additional charge for at least a year.
Learning Hub, an intelligent skill building platform
Learning critical skills quickly is an imperative in the new world of work. The World Economic Forum predicts that 85m jobs will go away and 97m new ones will be created in just the next four years.
Organisations today understand the enormity of the shift we are experiencing and, according to findings in the 2021 Workplace Learning Report, upskilling and reskilling is the top priority for L&D professionals globally.
In a world where skills are the new currency, organisations need a learning solution to help them build those skills at scale.
Learning Hub has all of the capabilities of a traditional LXP, aggregating all of a company’s learning resources, but it’s so much more.
It draws on data and insights from our Skills Graph, the world’s most comprehensive skills taxonomy with 36k+ skills, 24m+ job postings, and the largest professional network of 740m+ members, empowering customers with richer skill development insights, personalized content, and community-based learning.
“We joined the LinkedIn Learning Hub beta because we’ve heard from learners that finding the right content can be challenging,” said Samantha Hoppman, Learning & Development Digital Innovations Lead at Merck Animal Health, a leading global biopharmaceutical company based in New Jersey.
“We already know that LinkedIn Learning content is addictive, so we’re excited to support our employees’ learning journeys with even more relevant content recommendations and social learning features that Learning Hub provides.”
A skill building platform is so much more than an LXP
Traditionally, LXPs aggregate all learning content in one place, but they usually stop short there. Creating a single destination to all learning content is only the first step to create a true skilling solution. Three critical capabilities, all included in Learning Hub, elevate an LXP into an intelligent skill building platform.
I’ll touch on a few today, but will share much more when we release the product later this year.
- Personalised content makes it easier for learners to build the right skills. Learning Hub brings all of an organisation’s learning resources together – including LinkedIn Learning content, partner content, an organisation’s custom created content, and content from popular LMSs including SuccessFactors, Cornerstone, and Saba. Learning Hub’s content partners include Pluralsight, O’Reilly, Harvard ManageMentor, getAbstract, edX, and many more on the way. Taken together, it surfaces AI-driven recommendations to individual learners based on their learning activity and broader LinkedIn insights.
- Community-based learning connects learners to people who they can learn from and build new skills with. We know that employees who utilise the social learning features on LinkedIn Learning today spend 30x more hours learning than those who don’t. By helping learners easily connect with their colleagues, peers, and experts – including LinkedIn Learning instructors – learning gets locked in. This includes native integrations with employee experience platforms such as Microsoft Viva. Companies can also easily select internal subject matter experts or champions to curate customized learning paths and collections across all content sources.
- Skill development insights inform L&D strategies with data and insights. On the admin dashboard, L&D pros can identify skills gaps, pin key skills and track trends over time, benchmark themselves against similar companies, get insights on skills interest and learning activity, and track skill trends across content sources. Because Learning Hub maps content across all sources with the LinkedIn taxonomy – honed over LinkedIn’s 18-year history – it uncovers rich insights that will help L&D pros measure the impact of learning more precisely than ever before.
Our beta customers are already using Learning Hub and are excited about what they see.
“The simplicity, user experience, and accessibility are amazing and those values are so important to me as a learning professional,” said Laggi Diamandi, Head of Learning & Development at architecture and design firm Foster + Partners based in London.
“What impressed me most about Learning Hub are the skills development insights, or what I like to say, ‘17 layers of new insights.’ Learning metrics are very important to us and the ability to drill down on individual accounts or pull up and see what our peer organizations are learning is helping us stay ahead in our industry.”
One thing is for certain. Skill building at scale in the new world of work will be the biggest challenge and opportunity for learning leaders globally. We are looking forward to helping our customers on their journey ahead and sharing more about Learning Hub later this year.
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About the author
James Raybould is Sr Director of Product, LinkedIn Learning & Glint