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We have all been following the developments around COVID-19 (coronavirus) and it’s growing impact on our communities. We have also been informed of how businesses are responding to support their employees including general planning, education, and workforce strategies as precautionary and preventive measures.


Bridge is here to help and we are committed to supporting you in any way we can! We know many of our customers are increasing the emphasis of online educational options and to meet this need we are ramping services to support increased activity. Our platform has elastic scaling to service a wide range of concurrent users as we experience increased demand.


We are also aware that many of our customers are assessing and looking for ideas on how to fundamentally prepare, respond, and provide education to their learners. Sometimes, however, it can feel difficult to know where to turn to find timely, relevant and assistive information for guidance. Luckily, Bridge has built wonderful Partnerships with leading content providers, like EJ4 and OpenSesame, who are aiding by providing relevant, timely and impactful content. 


With that, we are happy to announce the following courses are being provided by these partners, at no cost, for all Bridge customers to leverage. Please use the provided content within your organization to help educate and inform teams and colleagues! These are free for all your learners. 


Please feel free to reach out to your Customer Success Manager with any additional questions. 





Please download and import this ‘’ provided by EJ4 into your Bridge instance!

UPDATE 3/16: Additional bundled courses from EJ4. Download HERE



Since you have Bridge LMS, you can go to the “Coronavirus Preparedness for Employers and Employees” course in the OpenSesame marketplace integration, which does require registration with OpenSesame, then add as many seats as you need to your cart and complete the checkout!
update 3/24: OpenSesame has expanded the free course offering to include content around COVID, Remote Work, Managing Remote Teams, and Mental Health. 


Update 3/24:
ERM are providing access to a free "Security Awareness Training"
in both English and Spanish - more details in comments below


Update 3/30:
Free course from iAM Learning on "Remote Working 101." Download HERE - more details in comments below



Also, the World Health Organization has many resources and general advice that might prove assistive!



Barrett Doran

Director, Bridge Partnerships and Extended Enterprise

So we know a lot of things that aren't Employee Development: Comfy Chairs, Free Pizza, Unlimited Vacation Days….. But what is Employee Development?


We know that employee development today requires organizations to understand what people want from their careers, what they value, and what drives their passions and decisions. Without that fundamental understanding, it can be a struggle to attract, retain, and engage the great talent that will sustain an organization today and drive the growth we’re all looking for tomorrow.


This challenge is very personal to me. I have experienced massive change and evolution in my own career. Thankfully I’ve had managers and mentors throughout who have invested in me and helped me align my roles and responsibilities to what drives me: Mission; Knowledge and Expertise; and Impact. Along my journey from Customer Success Manager (CSM) to Manager, and now as Director, the fundamental thing that has changed for me is the definition of the “customers” I serve. I am fulfilled because in every position I have been allowed to help those I work with achieve their unique objectives; both professional and personal.


So how can you gain that deep and insightful knowledge of what motivates you and your employees? How much current “knowledge” is based on incomplete information, anecdotal, or outdated evidence?  


Forward-thinking and progressive organizations—as we like to think of ourselves at Instructure and we’re sure you like to think of yourselves—are taking the time and putting in the collective energy to talk to employees about their biggest career drivers in a detailed, systematic, and meaningful way. Our Bridge team spent more than a year conducting in-depth interviews and conversations with more than 600 people from dozens of organizations around the United States about what motivated and drove their career decisions.


We are doing some really exciting things here at Instructure and Bridge is expanding to comprehensively address employee connections, alignment and growth, and we would love to show you Bridge’s approach to Employee Development. If you’re inclined to hear more, I’d encourage you to Set up a DEMO!