Chief learning officer

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A Chief Learning Officer (CLO) is the highest-ranking corporate officer in charge of learning management. CLOs can be experts in corporate or personal training, with degrees in education, instructional design, business or similar fields.

Qualified CLOs should be able to drive the corporate strategy and align the development of people with the business goals of the organization. A full complement of skills, from business analytics, technology, learning theory, performance consulting and scientific inquiry are important for success.[1] The CLO may report directly to the CEO, but may also report to the Head of HR or Chief Talent Officer.

Background[edit]

In the 1990s, Jack Welch, then CEO of GE made Steve Kerr his CLO, making GE the first company to have such an officer.[2] Steve Kerr also became the CLO and Managing Director for Goldman Sachs

Promotion[edit]

At a recent CLO summit in Mumbai, guest speaker Emma Cunis, executive director of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, was part of a panel that discussed the cost of not investing in executive learning and development. She quoted former General Electric CEO Jack Welch to make her case: "The Jack Welch of the future cannot be like me. I spent my entire career in the United States. The next head of General Electric will be someone who spent time in Bombay, in Hong Kong, in Buenos Aires…. We have to send our best and brightest overseas and make sure they have the training that will allow them to be global leaders who will make GE flourish in the future."[3]

Learning techniques[edit]

There are four types of learning techniques that may be employed by chief learning officers (CLOs) (Elkeles & Phillips, 2007):[4]

Coaching
Coaching refers to the training and development process wherein the CLO will support and train an individual or team in achieving a specific skill, competence, or goal. The individual or team receiving the coaching may be referred to as the coachee(s) (Flaherty, 2010).[5]
Engagement
Engagement refers to the process of being psychologically invested in the learning process. It is often seen as an indicator of success in learning and the CLO will often attempt to maximize engagement of students and measure engagement during a variety of different learning tasks in order to rate their effectiveness (Christenson et.al., 2012).[6]
Mentoring
Mentoring refers to a personal development relationship in which one more experienced individual will assist a less experienced learning in acquiring a new skill, ability, or competency. This process involves communication and is relationship based. It may be said to include formal transfers of knowledge, social capital, and psychological support (Clutterbuck & Garvey, 2006).[7]
Management training
Management training activities are those activities which specifically relate to improving the management of people. CLOs may also be responsible for providing training and measuring success of skills and competencies related to management functions (Bonner, 2000).[8]

Measurement techniques[edit]

Measurement techniques refer to how CLOs measure learning outcome success. These may take several forms and can include standardized tests, one-to-one interviews and discussions with individuals receiving learning assistance, surveys and questionnaires, and measured competency at various tasks before and after the learning activity (Rani, 2004; Rauner & Maclean, 2008).[9] The aim of the use of these measurement techniques is to quantify the success of the learning activity. This allows the CLO to adapt learning activities in future to increase the level of successful outcomes (Jonassen et.al., 2008).[10]

Technology used[edit]

A wide variety of different technologies may be used by CLOs in order for them to meet their learning objectives. Popular technologies used include the use of computer software to deliver lessons and tests. Additionally, internet based learning may be used to provide learning at remote locations and enable students to engage with lessons remotely (Iskander, 2008; Facer, 2011).[11]

Doctoral Program[edit]

The University of Pennsylvania has their own Doctoral Program under their Graduate School of Education called the PennCLO Executive Doctoral Program. It specially prepares the Chief Learning Officers and other senior-level Human Capital Executives for success in their role as learning and talent development leaders.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bersin by Deloitte: Today's World-Class Chief Learning Officer
  2. ^ Steve Kerr and His Years with Jack Welch at GE, Journal of Management Inquiry December 2002 11: 343-350
  3. ^ Wharton University: "India Learns the Value of the Chief Learning Officer"
  4. ^ Jack, Tamar, Phillips, Elkeles. The Chief Learning Officer. Butterworth-Heinemann. 
  5. ^ Flaherty, James. Coaching: Evoking Excellence in Others. Google e-book (Elsevier Inc). Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  6. ^ Christenson, Wylie, Reschly, Sandra, Cathy, Amy. Handbook of Research on Student Engagement. Springer Science & Business Media. Retrieved 30 October 2014. 
  7. ^ Clutterbuck, Garvey, David, Bob. Mentoring in Action: A Practical Guide for Managers. Kogan Page Publishers. Retrieved 30 October 2014. 
  8. ^ Bonner, Ded. Leading Knowledge Management and Learning. American Society for Training and Development. Retrieved 30 October 2014. 
  9. ^ Rani, T. Swarupa. Educational Measurement and Evaluation. Discovery Publishing House. Retrieved 30 October 2014. 
  10. ^ Jonassen, Spector, Driscoll, Merrill, Merrienboer, David, Michael, Marcy, M.David, Jeroen. Handbook of Research for Educational Communications and Technology. Routledge. Retrieved 30 October 2014. 
  11. ^ Iskander, Magued. Innovative Techniques in Instruction Technology, E-learning, E-assessment and Education. Springer Science & Business Media. Retrieved 30 October 2014. 
  12. ^ PennCLO: Executive Doctoral Program

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