National Study From Bridge Shows Outdated Knowledge Can Mean College-Educated Employees Need Workplace Learning

SALT LAKE CITY, March 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Bridge team at Instructure (NYSE: INST), a software-as-a-service (SaaS) company, today announced national survey results that indicate three out of four college-educated workers believe knowledge and skills in their field become quickly outdated. What's more, only 12 percent of the study's respondents feel their employers aid them 100 percent in their career development.

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"In this increasingly technological society, relevant workplace skills are constantly evolving," said Jared Stein, Vice President of Research and Education at Instructure. "We wanted to discover how employees are keeping up with these changes, and if companies are helping them learn valuable skills that can further help their careers. From this survey, we found that companies can be doing more to address employees' need to learn in the workplace and give them resources in order to do so."

The study suggests that many employees are taking learning into their own hands when not provided with educational resources in their workplace. Increasingly, a majority of employees (currently 80 percent) are turning to their mobile devices to continue their self-directed education.

Additional findings from the study include:

  • People felt that college prepared them an average of 68 percent for their careers.
  • Ninety percent of people agreed that changes in their professional fields required them to update their knowledge and develop new professional skills.
  • Workplace learning helped respondents feel an average of 72 percent prepared for future job positions.

The study found that employees appreciate an employer's regard for in-office education. In companies where employee learning was clearly valued, 80 percent of respondents were satisfied with their companies' training methods, significantly more than the 64 percent of employees in companies that were not recognized as openly valuing learning—a significant 16 percent increase. 

"These findings support the idea that successful companies today need to invest in continuous learning opportunities for employees, both to increase their capabilities and agility and to engage and satisfy employees," Stein said.

This online survey was conducted by polling roughly 500 college-educated workers throughout the United States in the fall of 2015. The survey was distributed via Qualtrics. For more information on this study, check out the white paper at


Instructure, Inc. is a leading software-as-a-service (SaaS) technology company that makes software that makes people smarter. With a vision to help maximize the potential of people through technology, Instructure created Canvas and Bridge to enable organizations everywhere to easily develop, deliver, and manage engaging face-to-face and online learning experiences. To date, Instructure has connected millions of teachers and learners at more than 1,800 educational institutions and corporations throughout the world. Learn more about Canvas for higher ed and K-12, and Bridge for the corporate market at


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