[Interview] Simone et les robots : Glowbl CEO

“No organization today can envision work without providing flexibility to its employees while stimulating collaboration” says Sophie Lazard, CEO of edtech Glowbl.

In the era of collective intelligence and project-based learning, how does Glowbl contribute to the transformation of higher education?

Glowbl is a SaaS solution designed for remote or hybrid collaborative learning and the widespread dissemination of active pedagogies. This is at the core of our value proposition.

The pandemic has changed the habits and expectations of learners. Remote learning and remote work have become fully integrated into daily life.

Our virtual spaces, equipped with multiple worktables, allow for the multiplication of activities and interactions in a way that feels natural, as if everyone were together in the same physical room.

On each table, any type of content can be shared collaboratively in real-time: annotating documents, co-writing collaborative notes, brainstorming on whiteboards or post-its, or watching videos. The table libraries store shared resources and collaborative work.

Since the spaces are persistent, they embody the group and its collaboration in that space. Participants can come and work even in the absence of the instructor to collaborate outside of class time. EM Lyon, with its online eMBA program, uses Glowbl because its pedagogy is focused on project-based learning.

What are the benefits of using a digital platform for employee training in companies?

No organization today can envision work without providing flexibility to its employees while stimulating collaboration. Therefore, it is necessary to provide them with the tools that are adapted to their specific needs.

Traditional training used to take place in-person over one or two days. For learners, the experience could be intense but the knowledge isn’t retained. The messages were quickly forgotten. For the instructor, some training sessions were repetitive, focusing on theory, and thus time was not utilized efficiently. Mobilizing all these people required organizations to undertake cumbersome and costly project management, both in terms of money and carbon emissions.

Glowbl allows for the organization of innovative and engaging remote formats without requiring employees to be mobilized for entire days. Remote learning doesn’t necessarily replace in-person learning! It can perfectly complement a blended learning journey, which combines multiple modalities and takes place over an extended period of time.

For example, Legrand created a program for its distributors like this: they launched the training on Glowbl. This session was designed to gather information about the participants’ knowledge maturity, create a cohort, and properly prepare both the e-learning course and the in-person session. Then, group and individual tutoring sessions were organized on the platform.

We also offer collaborative workshop templates, including Co-development workshops (or action learning). These are powerful workshops for solving complex situations, typically involving emotional intelligence and peer-to-peer collaboration. These workshops are becoming increasingly popular in organizations. Conducting them remotely allows us to avoid extending the time commitment beyond the actual workshop, provided we have the right solution. In the era of hybrid work and busy schedules, this is a real benefit.

What are Glowbl’s upcoming projects? How do you approach the rise of AI?

We release new features approximately once a month. The next release is scheduled for July, and it’s more than just a release—it’s a whole new experience. With just one click, users will be able to switch from a workshop experience to a plenary experience. We are recreating the experience of a seminar room where participants alternate between working in subgroups and plenary sessions, sitting around worktables.

As for AI, it is certainly a subject of study for us! We already have plenty of ideas, and we will be starting brainstorming sessions this summer. We will also prioritize a data management interface that serves our users. Connection data is already available, and we aim to expose other elements in the coming months.

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