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SHSU Wins Academia Award From LinkedIn

April 17, 2023
SHSU Media Contact: Emily Binetti

badge-winner-1200x1200Sam Houston State University's online professional learning team has announced SHSU as the winner of the 2022 Talent Insights Pioneer in Academia Award from LinkedIn.

“We are honored to receive this and to be recognized for our innovative approach to developing data-driven online professional learning,” said Jonathan Kinsey, director of online professional learning. “Award finalists include Auburn University and California State University, Fullerton.”

The LinkedIn Talent Awards are awarded to companies based on their utilization of LinkedIn Talent Solutions and activities on the LinkedIn platform. The award recognizes companies and institutions leading the future of work by demonstrating remarkable adaptability, innovation and creativity.

“At SHSU Online, we leverage LinkedIn Talent Insights in concert with LinkedIn Learning to identify skill gaps and build learning experiences that target the needs of professionals inside and outside of the university community,” Kinsey said. 

The platform allows SHSU Online to explore data from company pages and user profiles on LinkedIn. It also joins data from the LinkedIn platform with labor market and job post data to provide summarized reports that describe segments of professionals and the companies they work for.

“Within the LinkedIn Talent Insights platform, we shape reports with filters by location, job titles, skills, companies, job function, educational levels and more. The reports provide lists of skills common among professionals and a path to building tailored professional development experiences,” Kinsey said.

Through this data-driven approach, the team aims to support the university’s priority to expand and elevate SHSU’s service to the state and beyond.  

“Receiving this award from LinkedIn is a testament to our dedication in using data to create online professional learning experiences that target the needs of professionals in Texas and beyond. We are grateful for this recognition and look forward to continuing to innovate and create tailored learning experiences that drive the success of our partners and their teams,” Kinsey said.

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