Internet Time Group
Jay Cross has been passionate about harnessing technology to improve adult learning since the sixties. Fresh out of college, he sold mainframes the size of Chevy Suburbans. Later, he designed the University of Phoenix's first business degree program. He converted a startup into an Inc 500 winner that trained a million professionals to make sound decisions and sell services. He has managed several software ventures. A self-described "Web fanatic," he has been marrying training to the net since 1996.
Jay founded Internet Time Group in early 1998 to help organizations learn. His five-year scenario plan, the Internet Time Machine, presented at TechLearn 98, was a pioneering description of eLearning. He delivered the inaugural keynote on web marketing to the first meeting of the Online Banking Association. He has spoken at Emergent Learning Forum, Online Learning, Training, Online Educa, Image World, Instructional Systems Association, ASTD International, eLearn International, Training Directors Forum, I-KNOW, Bank Marketing Association, and many other venues. He is the author of numerous articles and white papers on eLearning and business effectivness.
He is the author (with Lance Dublin) of Implementing eLearning. He co-authored (with Wayne Hodgins) the vision paper that kicked off the ASTD/National Governors Association Committee on Technology and Adult Learning. He assisted Institute for the Future in building scenarios for global corporate learning circa 2008 and worked with Global Business Network to put together the Edinburgh Scenarios. He writes a column on Effectiveness for CLO magazine.
Jay is CEO of Emergent Learning Forum, an 1,800-member think tank and advocacy group. For five years, this non-commercial community of people who make decisions at the intersection of learning, technology, business, and design has hosted a global conversation of vital eLearning issues
Jay is managing director of Workflow Institute, which promotes the understanding of real-time enterprise-level learning in industry and government.
Jay is a fellow of Meta-Learning Lab, where we believe that everyone has the capacity to learn but most people can do a much better job of it. Learning is a skill one can improve. Learning how to learn is a key to its mastery.
His interests include design, photography, conceptual art, hiking, and the nature of time. He is a director and webmaster of the Berkeley Path Wanderers Association. Jay was on the Web before Mosaic changed its name to Netscape; he coded everything you see here; he has given up television for the web.
Jay was born in Hope, Arkansas, and grew up in Virginia, Texas, Rhode Island, France, and Germany. He lives with his wife Uta and two miniature longhaired dachshunds in the hills of Berkeley, California.
He is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Business School, with additional study in design, systems analysis, programming, leadership, information architecture, decision-making, direct marketing, and languages.
Comments about Jay
"I can't think of e-learning without thinking of Jay Cross." Brian Miller
"Internet Time dominates the North American eLearning information landscape. I just can't believe any other site comes close. (Even that of a certain outsized personality.) Jay, thank you so much for your efforts. At Learning Designs Online, it is now our principal point of reference. You should charge for this--it is truely awesome. Keep it up, this tour de force is really appreciated. I am promoting your site everywhere I can in Canada." Al Bailey
Best Commentary: Jay's Blog
"Jay Cross is an educational expert with a great interest in new technologies and their effective uses. Accredited by many to be the originator of the term elearning, he has become recognized by many academics and researchers in the field to be one of the forefathers of this evolving area of interest. Jay is a strong evangelist of the intelligent application of new learning methods and tools, and he helps organizations improve the performance of their people by speeding up their learning. Jay is also an instructional designer and mentor, an absolutely great presenter, a good writer and a sharp mind to work with." Robin Good
"I've had the pleasure of working with Jay Cross for many years. He's a marketing and messaging master who coined the term eLearning, despite the fact many people make that claim. I was there. It's his. He's helped me with many things over the years because, well, he gets stuff out faster than anyone I know and always spins the message in new and fun ways." Marcia Conner
Internet Time Group helps organizations improve the performance of their people by speeding up their learning. We develop action plans, training programs, sales presentations, white papers, marketing campaigns, and development teams -- whatever it takes.
For example, we helped Cisco's e-Learning Partners plan, implement, and market their initial web-based certification programs. We developed the white papers and presentations that transformed CBT Systems into SmartForce, the eLearning Company. We created the information architecture that took ClickAction from bricks to clicks. We've coached Fortune 50 companies on customer learning, embracing innovation, and cost-effective approaches to eLearning. We've assisted companies with conducting meetings, recruiting, internal marketing, vendor selection, and graphic facilitation. We provide innovative solutions to tough problems.
Because we enjoy a vast array of relationships with experts in change management, conceptual graphics, eLearning, instructional design, marketing, collaboration, software development, knowledge management, and enterprise applications, we can assemble best-of-breed project teams at a moment's notice.
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Comments from Others
"You give us Europeans an opportunity to follow the hottest e-learning topics being discussed in the USA." Kari Mikkelä
"I've said it before, I'll say it again...you've got the best e-learning reference source on the web. I promote you every chance I get." Ned Davis
"I've just spent the better part of the day wandering around your Internet Time/ eLearning site in search of a good keynoter for our conference next August. You really have too much information there and you've displayed it too well. Anyway, all this has exhausted my day and I haven't made any progress in finding a speaker. Then it occurred to me that you might be in the business of speaking to large audiences about distance education/elearning issues. Given the depth of your professional experience and the imagination of your site, I think you might a lot to say to our attendees."
"Internet Time is the most useful elearning site on the web." Dennis Callahan
"I really want to thank you for your website. The information it contains is very helpful for acquiring knowledge about e-learning. I work in France, where e-learning does not really exist yet and it's hard to put it into practice. I receive a great deal of news from North America on the subject, but your contribution is one of the best because all the aspects of the issue are smartly interlinked and synthetised. Your reports on conferences and expo are great for keeping up -to -date with the trends, the hot topics and the latest gurus' opinions. Last but not least, the sense of humor, the photos, and the personal touch make all the contents not only concrete but also very lively and stimulating. un très grand merci." Xave Huet
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A veteran of the software industry and the training business, Jay Cross coined the term "eLearning" in 1998. He is CEO of Emergent Learning Forum, an 1800-member think tank and advocacy group, and founder of Internet Time Group. The Group helps organizations learn and perform on Internet time. The Group's logo is a medieval French alchemy symbol for time, symbolizing his belief that sooner is better. Carpe momentum.
Jay helped SmartForce position itself as “the eLearning Company.” He worked with Cisco e-Learning Partners to help them implement and market their initial web-based certification programs. Today he coaches corporate executives on getting the most from their investments in eLearning, collaboration, and visual learning. Two thousand people visit www.InternetTime.com every day to get Jay’s insights on eLearning. He is co-author of the book Implementing eLearning.
In previous lives, Jay sold mainframes the size of SUVs, designed the University of Phoenix's first business degree program, and joined the Inc 500 for taking a training start-up to prominence in less than three years.
Jay has spoken at Online Learning, Training, Online Educa, Image World, Instructional Systems Association, eLearning Guild , Emergent Learning Forum, Learning Objects Symposium, ASTD International, Training Directors Forum, I-KNOW, and many other events. He delivered the inaugural keynote to the first meeting of the Online Banking Association. He is the author of numerous articles and white papers on eLearning and business effectivness. He is a founding fellow of the Meta-Learning Lab.
Jay was born in Hope, Arkansas ("Watermelon Capital of the World"), and grew up in Virginia, France, Texas, Rhode Island, and Germany. He lives with his wife Uta and two miniature longhaired dachshunds in the hills of Berkeley, California. He is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Business School.
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