Training Industry Magazine - Winter 2015 - (Page 46)

CASEBOOK BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA R E I M AG I N I N G T H E L E A R N I N G E X P E R I E N C E BY MICHELLE EGGLESTON Organizations must evolve or risk being left behind in today's rapidly changing business world. Technology has transformed business as usual and to meet the needs of the current generation, it's time organizations reimagine their tried-and-true training programs and step into the digital age. The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is one of the nation's largest and most prominent valuesbased youth development organizations. The BSA provides approximately 2.6 million youth members, between the ages of seven and 21, with a program that builds character and develops social responsibility. For more than a century, the Boy Scouts of America has helped develop future leaders by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun. The BSA believes that helping youth is a key to building a more conscientious, responsible and productive society. Transforming training practices to meet the needs of the current generation is a primary business objective for all organizations. With the emergence of technology, the BSA realized it's time to meet its members where they are - online. Currently, all learning materials, including merit badge handbooks, den leader guidebooks and youth program manuals, are only available in print format. Transitioning its tried-and-true print materials into a 46 digital format is essential for the BSA to maintain relevance in the 21st century. To help with this transition, the Boy Scouts of America partnered with Pearson, a leading learning company, to embark on a seven-year journey to redesign its educational programs for a digital world. Pearson has positioned Diana Childress, Vice President and Managing Director of Strategic Partnerships, in the Boy Scouts of America's national office in Dallas, TX to work alongside program developers and help manage the initiative. "The Boy Scouts of America and Pearson are strategic partners in delivering life-changing experiences that youth and families can't get anywhere else," Childress said. "This is about transformation of the Boy Scouts of America. It's a classic case of change management. The 100-year-old organization has impacted the lives of millions of kids and families, but realizes the need to move into the digital age. The BSA recognized it needed to change in order to continue its delivery of a worldclass program and to meet families where they are." DEFINING GOALS The possibilities are essentially endless when embarking on an organization-wide change initiative. The Boy Scouts of America is an achievement-focused organization, so the goals of this initiative would be no different.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Training Industry Magazine - Winter 2015

Tracking Trends
Table of Contents
Guest Editor: Training Trends across the Spectrum
From Training to Continuous Learning in the Workplace
Integrating Accommodations for Learning Disabilities into Training
Emerging Learning Technology Trends
The Business Potential of Cloud-based Learning
A New Role for Instructional Design
Social Motivation: The Key to Adult Learning ROI
Key Trends for 2015: Transforming the Training Function
Bite-sized Learning Turns Less into More
How C-level Executives View Corporate Training
Learning Content Modernization: Why, What and How
Casebook: Boy Scouts of America: Reimagining the Learning Experience
Communities of Practice: The Future of Workplace Learning
VUCU Leadership in Today's Muligenerational Workplace
It's All About Climate Change
Closing Deals
Company News
What's Online
Training Talk

Training Industry Magazine - Winter 2015