Smith, a global distributor of electronic components and semiconductors, today announces that its e-learning program has earned a Bronze Award in Chief Learning Officer magazine’s prestigious LearningElite awards. Judges critiqued Smith’s e-learning platform, Smith University, based on its ability to efficiently deploy business strategies that produce significant results.
Smith University is used internally to train employees and help them to further develop their careers. All courses are offered online and designed to strengthen employees’ industry knowledge and skillsets. Smith managers and industry experts lead various courses across the platform in video lessons that teach Smith’s leading approach to delivering global supply chain solutions. Bringing in these subject-matter experts (SMEs) from within Smith not only spotlights their knowledge but also encourages more collaboration across the company and empowers employees to see Smith University as being truly their own platform.
“When building the platform, we wanted to invest in the best technology that can provide personalized learning experiences to each of our employees,” said Dr. Lisa Cairns, Smith’s Director of E-Learning. “LearningElite recognized the vision we have and that we’re building towards now with our strategic use of machine learning to implement artificial intelligence in upcoming quarters.”
By incorporating Smith SMEs as the core voice of Smith University, empowering employees through dedicated learning paths, and building extensive dashboard capabilities into the platform, Smith was able to increase learner enrollment by 828% in under 12 months. Employee enrollment in Smith University began 18 months ago and has already exceeded expectations by offering new course series monthly and delivering engaging content curated by Smith’s experts from across its global offices and various positions in the company.
“Employee development is one of the cornerstones at Smith, and we are proud to offer unique learning opportunities for all departments and ranks,” said Mark Bollinger, Smith’s Chief Globalization Officer. “Over the past year, our team has worked diligently to ensure the success of this platform, so winning a Bronze Award from LearningElite is truly an honor.”