The 6th annual ‘eLearning Movers & Shakers’ list has been published by Bob Little (UK) and reflects the top 10 most influential people in corporate eLearning globally and regionally. I’m honoured to again be included in the Top 10 in the APAC region – along with respected colleagues, Ryan Tracey, Joyce Seitzinger and Michelle Ockers. Movers & Shakers 2014.001

2014 was a turbulent year across many industries and it appears this was also experienced in the corporate eLearning context. In the APAC region, the rationale for selecting influencers shifted in response to the changing workplace contexts. The regional selection committee considered 3 key factors:

  • Willingness to share knowledge (peer-to-peer learning) – not just opinions or selling products – typically via social media, especially LinkedIn and Twitter
  • Publishing case studies and research on how to achieve improved outcomes
  • Innovation

In particular, the APAC region identified that simply talking about traditional eLearning was no longer good enough. Organisational learning practitioners were hungry for information on innovation, new ways and new technologies in considered, cost-effective and meaningful implementations.

The APAC selection committee also discussed the closer relationships between HR / Learning & Development and Internal Communications departments and noticed the changing nature of eLearning as more organisations integrate the functionality of enterprise social networks (ESNs) for informal learning and collaboration.

Congratulations to everyone in the Top 10 and a special note to watch some of the new entrants in the upcoming months! Keep an eye on both Tanya Lau and Matt Guyan in the ‘Bubbling Under’ list – I expect to see them in the Top 10 next year!!

1. Sahana Chattopadhyay – Consultant and Deputy Head at Tata Interactive Systems and writer of the ID and Other Reflections blog. (Position last year: 7)

2. Sunder Ramachandran – Blogger and also Head of Sales Training at Pfizer in Mumbai, with over 11 years’ enterprise learning space experience.

3. Ryan Tracey – eLearning Manager at AMP, Advisory Board member at eLearn Magazine, reviewer at the Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, author of magazine articles and writer of the E-Learning Provocateur blog. (Position last year: 6)

4. Anne Bartlett-Bragg – Managing Director Asia-Pacific of the Ripple Effect Group, founding member of the Digital Disruption Research Group, keynote speaker and author of many published industry articles, and contributor to the Ripple Effect Group blog. (Position last year: 5)

5. Abhijit Bhaduri – Author and also Chief Learning Officer of Wipro. Based in Bangalore, India.

6. Amit Garg – Co-founder of Upside Learning, m-learning evangelist, international speaker and contributor to the Upside Learning Blog. (Position last year: 1)

7. Manish Gupta – CEO of G-Cube Solutions, an eLearning products and services company; director of Vivo Collaboration and speaker on performance support, experiential learning, gamification and just-in-time learning. (Position last year: 8 )

8. Joyce Seitzinger – Author of the Moodle Tool Guide for Teachers, an international speaker and writer of the Cat’s Pyjamas blog. (Position last year: 4)

9. Manish Mohan – Senior Vice President at NIIT, a mentor at e3cube and writer of the Learn and Lead blog. (Position last year: 2)

10. Michelle Ockers – Sydney based organisational learning practitioner, currently working for Coca-Cola Amatil.

‘Bubbling under’
Others who just missed out on making this year’s list included:

Zaid Ali Alsagoff – eLearning Manager at the International Medical University, avid tweeter and writer of several blogs including ZaidLearn and e-Learning In Malaysia. (Position last year: 10)
Abtar Kaur – Professor of Education and Languages at Open University Malaysia; an international speaker and consultant. (Position last year: 3)
Sumeet Moghe – Training Manager at Thoughtworks; tweeter and writer of the The Learning Generalist blog. (Position last year: 9)
Jeevan Joshi – Principal Consultant & Founder of KnowledgeWorking; speaker; author of the ‘KnowledgeWorking’ blog, and co-author of ‘The Learning Cafe’ blog.
Kavi Arasu – Mumbai-based blogger and member of the corporate learning and development team at Asian Paints.
Matt Guyan – Newcastle, New South Wales-based instructional designer, writer and blogger.
Tanya Lau – a blogger and eLearning instructional designer from Sydney, working with Transport for New South Wales.
Rob Wilkins – Head of Learning & Development at Aussie Home Loans; tweeter, and writer of the Ruminations of a Learning and Development Professional blog. (Position last year: 8 )

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