Published: February 28, 2017

Introducing The 8th Annual eLearning Movers And Shakers List

Now in its eighth year, the latest annual list of the most influential people in the corporate eLearning sector is due to be published on 6th March.

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The 2017 Corporate eLearning Movers And Shakers List, Ready To Be Published On 6th March

Now in its 8th year, the latest annual list of the most influential people in the corporate eLearning sector, the eLearning Movers And Shakers List, is due to be published on 6th March.

This year, instead of a number of "regional" lists, there’s just one, composite – "world" – list of 100 names.

The 2016 lists contained just 39 names in total, 26 of whom were men. This year’s – more comprehensive - list contains the names of 68 men and 32 women.

Explaining the reasons behind this change, Bob Little, the chairman of the judges for this list, said, "Over the last 12 to 18 months, the corporate eLearning/ online learning world has continued, oxymoronically, its rapid evolution. It’s become more of a 'worldwide' market – aided by the internet, business globalisation and all the attendant factors of modern corporate life.

"The idea of splitting the list regionally - which always seemed somewhat artificial - now seems outdated. So, this year, the list is an extended 'world' list. Though, it should be read in the context of last year’s set of lists which preceded it."

This combination of the regional lists into one list, however, complicates the judging criteria – which, as has always been stressed, is subjective and fallible because it’s entirely human-based. Nonetheless, this year’s judges have continued the tradition of trying as hard as they can, to be honest and objective in their opinions.

"Doubtless, not everyone who reads this list will agree entirely with the judges’ decision," added Bob Little, "but that’s the beauty of lists such as this one: it gives plenty of scope for thought, discussion, and debate."

In producing this year’s list, the judges determined that:

  • People named on the list will be deemed to be influential within the corporate eLearning sector within their country, continent, region and the world. Those who’re influential on a wider geographic scale tend to rank higher than those who are influential "only" on a regional or continental level. These people will, however, rank higher than those who are influential purely on a national level.
  • Although academics can be named on this list, they are considered only in so far as their work influences those in the corporate world.
  • The list is compiled on the basis of a person’s perceived current influence on the online learning industry – as a practitioner, commentator, facilitator and/or thought leader. In today’s social media influenced age, this could be thought to give social media users, especially bloggers, a greater "world profile" and "thought leader influence" than, say, practitioners. However, the judges have also tried to take account of the work and influence of "pure" industry practitioners, as well as those who’re active behind the scenes – as venture capitalists, for example. These people have a significant, if often unseen, influence over the industry.

Initially, the 2017 Corporate eLearning Movers and Shakers List will be published on 6th March on eLearning Industry Press Releases. It will be available later in the month on other sites.

Please note that the chairman of the judges for all of these lists, Bob Little, is available for interview/ comment.

 About Bob Little Press & PR

Bob Little Press & PR provides business-to-business public relations (PR) services, telling the truth as you would want it told. Over the years, it has drawn many of its clients from the learning technologies sector, especially corporate eLearning. Currently, it has clients from around the world in this sector. The firm’s senior partner, Bob Little, is well known internationally as a writer, author and commentator on online learning.

Further information:

Bob Little, Bob Little Press & PR, +44 (0)1727 860405, [email protected]