ON24 Hosts Virtual Learning Edge for Training, HR Professionals

ON24 Hosts Virtual Learning Edge for Training, HR Professionals 
First Virtual Learning User Conference to Focus on Transformation of
Enterprise Training 
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 11/08/12 --  ON24, Inc., the
global leader in webcasting and virtual event solutions, today
announced its first virtual conference dedicated to virtual learning,
the Virtual Learning Edge. Set for November 15, the virtual event
will feature insights and use cases presented by enterprise training
thought leaders. 
The Virtual Learning Edge attendees will learn about the online
training solutions, technologies and trends which enable companies to
re-engage with their employees through social, mobile and
personalized learning solutions. At the half-day virtual conference
attendees will also have access to a variety of free guidebooks and
other content on building virtual learning programs. 
"With ON24's virtual training solutions, we are redefining how
corporate learning is being consumed," said ON24 CMO and Vice
President Denise Persson. "Virtual Learning Edge content will focus
on why virtual learning environments provide an exceptional end user
experience, enhancing retention and providing improved learning
The keynote speaker is noted analyst Josh Bersin, CEO and President
of Bersin and Associates, the leading provider of research-based
membership programs in human resources (HR), talent and learning.
Bersin will explain how to best develop a high-impact learning
organization. "Employers lack learning resources, yet they must
provide high-quality, high-impact employee training. One solution to
this dilemma is virtual learning," Bersin said. "Our research shows
that new virtual learning environments now provide a dynamic, highly
engaging experience and have become a must-have solution for
high-impact employee development." 
The Benefits of Virtual Training
 ON24 conducts research evaluating
virtual training perceptions and adoption on an ongoing basis. One
recent study evaluated the use of virtual communication and training
tools compared to traditional in-person methods. The study, sent to
3,000 corporate human resources, continuing education and training
executives, revealed that, as expected, participants find virtual
training more convenien
t and affordable than traditional training
methods. "What we didn't expect was that some 60% of the respondents
said that virtual training retention is better than or as good as
in-person training retention," said Persson. "This illustrates that
when training is consumed online, improved learning outcomes can
ON24 has also polled the learning professionals attending its
webinars dedicated to virtual training. In a poll conducted earlier
this year, respondents said their biggest training challenge is
training an increasingly dispersed workforce (33.3%). An overwhelming
68% said that usability -- finding the right information at the right
time and in the right format -- is the top challenge for learners.
"Virtual training addresses both of these challenges. With virtual
learning, content can be consumed anywhere, any time and on any
device," Persson explained. "And that content can be more easily
organized and tracked in a virtual learning environment." 
The speakers at the Virtual Learning Edge will elaborate on these
findings and also address emerging learning trends. In addition to
Bersin, speakers will include: 

--  Doug Harward, CEO and founder, Training Industry, describing key
    trends in social learning
--  Tom Masotto, ON24 Vice President of Product Management, explaining how
    to build successful virtual learning environments
--  Michele Suprunowicz, Talent Management & Development at Sodexo,
    where virtual training improved training effectiveness and
    participation and reduced costs 90%

About the Virtual Learning Edge 

--  Date: November 15, 2012
--  Time: 9 am PST-1:30 pm PST
--  Registration: http://bit.ly/PAGbNw
--  Twitter hashtag: #ON24VLE
--  Media sponsors: Chief Learning Officer, Training Industry and Training

About ON24, Inc.
 ON24, the virtual communications platform for the
global enterprise, provides interactive, impactful cloud-based
solutions that drive outstanding results. ON24 offers a broad and
innovative product portfolio, including webcasting, virtual events
and virtual environments, accessible from any device and supported by
robust reporting and analytics. Applications for the ON24 platform
include demand generation, partner enablement, training, product
launches, company town hall meetings and user conferences. More than
700 organizations, including IBM, CA Technologies, Merck, Unilever,
JPMorgan Chase, Deloitte, Credit Suisse, Ernst & Young, Amazon and
New York Life, rely on ON24. The company is headquartered in San
Francisco, with offices throughout the world. For more information,
visit http://www.ON24.com. 
Tricia Heinrich
ON24, Inc.
Phone: 415-369-3840
Tom Carpenter
Grayling Connecting Point
Phone: 415-442-4018
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