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Cornerstone Unveils New Products That Bring Learning to Employees Where and How They Work

Cornerstone OnDemand (NASDAQ: CSOD), a global leader in cloud-based learning, talent management and talent experience software, today announced several new products to help organizations more effectively train and develop their teams by integrating learning directly into employees’ flow of work. These new products include:

  • A Cornerstone for Salesforce learning integration, that enables Salesforce users to access Cornerstone’s best-in-class learning software and modern training content without leaving
  • Cornerstone Create, a product that helps organizations quickly develop, publish and manage their own mobile-friendly Microlearning® content
  • Express Class, a tool that allows managers to quickly create and administer informal, impromptu trainings within the Cornerstone Learning Management System (LMS)

Today’s workforce is facing a unique paradigm. Major advancements in technology and automation are changing the way people work, rapidly requiring employees to develop new skills. According to a recent report from the Society of Human Resource Management, 83 percent of organizations had trouble recruiting suitable candidates in the past year and 75 percent believe they are experiencing difficulty because there is a shortage of candidate skills available.1

While this pressure to develop new skills is mounting, today’s employees are often working more than 40 hours a week and are continually bombarded with tangential emails and last-minute requests. A recent survey from LinkedIn found that today’s employees spend one third of their day on emails that have little or nothing to do with their jobs.2 As a result, they are left with minimal time to broaden their skill set.

“Giving your employees the opportunity to upskill is a must for every organization in the world – no matter the industry or size,” said Adam Miller, founder and CEO, Cornerstone. “Business leaders should be looking for ways to create cultures of learning, where learning is more accessible within employees’ everyday jobs. One of the most effective ways to learn is when training is integrated into daily workflow so that the right skills are developed at the right time and in the right way to ensure those new skills stick.”

As the global leader in cloud-based learning, Cornerstone is launching several new products and enhancements within the Cornerstone Learning suite and its subscription-based content offering, Content Anytime, to help employees learn where and how they already work.

Integrated Learning within Salesforce

Many of the world’s leading companies use Salesforce software to operate their sales, services and partner teams every single day. Enabling these employees with learning opportunities where they already spend most of their time is one of the most effective ways to increase the adoption and immediate application of learning content.

With the new Cornerstone for Salesforce learning integration, Salesforce users can now access best-in-class learning software and modern training content without leaving their system of productivity. Whether organizations use learning content from other systems, or pre-curated content subscriptions from Content Anytime, courses can be surfaced, taken and completed within the application. This enables employees with access to the learning they need at the moment they need it, and immediately take action on what they’ve learned. Specific learning functionality within the integration includes:

  • Single Sign-on Access: Organizations can reduce the need for multiple applications and increase the likelihood of learning content adoption by allowing their employees to access Cornerstone Learning directly through
  • Customized Learning Design: Organizations can drive higher adoption of learning content by surfacing learning modules on any page.
  • Existing Content Access: Organizations can surface any content from Cornerstone’s best-in-class Learning Management System directly within Salesforce to ensure compliance, skills, product or other training is more likely to be adopted.
  • Modern Content Subscriptions: Organizations can reduce the amount of time creating, searching for and managing content from distributed vendors. Now, they can access Content Anytime directly within to upskill their teams with intelligently curated content subscriptions and playlists that feature modern content focused on industry topics, specific skills and business needs.

Create Microlearning Content At Scale

Microlearning® content is proving to be an effective way to bring short, focused learning to employees in the flow of work at the moment of need. Research shows that 8 out of 10 learning and development professionals favor Microlearning® because it is proven to create higher levels of engagement.3

As more organizations start offering their employees Microlearning® content, they also see the value in creating their own short-form trainings, particularly when they need to share unique, tailored content with their employees. With Cornerstone Create (formerly Grovo Create) organizations can quickly develop, publish and manage mobile-friendly Microlearning® content that is directly integrated into Cornerstone’s content catalog, as well as customize all Grovo content exclusively purchased through Cornerstone. Leveraging an easy-to-use authoring template, Cornerstone Create removes the barriers associated with content creation, simplifying the development and delivery of flow-of-work Microlearning®.

Quickly Capture Impromptu Training

For many organizations, informal training is the most common type of training that occurs in the flow of work. However, given the impromptu nature of informal training, it can be difficult to record and track. To ensure this type of training is captured, Cornerstone has released Express Class, a tool that allows managers to quickly create and administer impromptu training within the Cornerstone LMS.

With Express Class, managers can input a new training at any time, add training attendees individually or in bulk, administer training on-the-spot and capture training credits – all from any device. Express Class reduces the amount of time and effort needed to capture the type of training that naturally occurs in the workplace.

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About Cornerstone

Cornerstone was founded with a passion for empowering people through learning and a conviction that people should be your organization’s greatest competitive advantage. Cornerstone is a global human capital management leader with a core belief that companies thrive when they help their employees to realize their potential. Putting this belief into practice, Cornerstone offers solutions to help companies strategically manage and continuously develop their talent throughout the entire employee lifecycle. Featuring comprehensive recruiting, personalized learning, development-driven performance management, and holistic HR planning, Cornerstone’s human capital management platform is successfully used by more than 3,500 global clients of all sizes, spanning more than 42 million users across 192 countries and 43 languages. Learn more at

1 SHRM, The Global Skills Shortage, 2019
2 LinkedIn, Workplace Learning Report, 2019
3 Journal of Applied Psychology, 2018

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