Mission & Values

At WebStudy Foundation,
our mission is
to accelerate organizational change
in the learn/earn ecosystem.

When a unbiased facilitator designs a method for combining different viewpoints from various sectors with a common goal, the stakeholders can create innovative solutions for future work requirements.

Our Story

Who

My past roles have prepared me to create an organization focused on driving change, having experienced systemic transformations in healthcare and education.

From 1995-2019, WebStudy, initially a for-profit LMS SaaS provider, supported under one hundred colleges’ transition from telecourses to online delivery.  We facilitated the inter-departmental change required. 

In 2019, as clients migrated to the leading LMS, WebStudy pivoted to a non-profit solution shop, creating the WebStudy Foundation to empower communities in accelerating systemic change towards lifetime learning.

Who

Why

There is an urgent need to respond to demographic, economic, and technological changes in our nation. The cost of inaction is higher than that of iterative change. Devotees of Dr. Clayton Christensen’s research on “Theory of Disruptive Innovation,” believed online learning could be the disruptive process that would shape the future.

During the pandemic, 1.3 million instructors adapted their material for 26 million learners to access remotely. This shift, though not ideal in quality, exemplified the move towards anytime, anyplace learning and highlighted insights for large-scale, lifetime learning programs.

Employers and educational providers must adapt to rapid automation to meet modern job demands. To educate underserved populations, providers are exploring both formal and informal learning programs. Workforce certificates should complement, not replace, degree programs.

Christensen advised higher education to innovate rather than fear closures, noting disruptive innovation often starts at the market’s bottom and moves up, potentially displacing established players.

A provocative question to consider: 

Can the 55,000 workforce training providers or corporate universities add degree programs faster than the 5,000 colleges can add certificate programs? 

Let’s collaborate on a both/and approach.

Gisele M. Larose, Executive Director

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