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From Surviving to Thriving: How the Pandemic Permanently Changed Google’s Onboarding

09 Feb 2022
Virtual Classroom
Manager , Instructional Designer
How does a large-scale, global onboarding program fundamentally change its structure and delivery mechanisms from in-person to online experiential learning overnight? Google’s technical orientation program did just that when adapting to life during COVID-19 at the start of 2020. As the pandemic swept across the globe, the Google Tech Immersion (GTI) team rallied to rapidly adapt the program structure to the new WFH environment, preventing any disruptions to program delivery and quality. This session covers GTI’s strategy to adapt, including emerging technologies and teaching mechanisms, the development of new contributor roles, program structure that enabled on-the-fly changes to program design, and how onboarding has changed forever.

Application on the Job:

  • Apply diverse learning technologies to improve learning experiences that support every learner.
  • Build and implement metrics to demonstrate your program’s impact.
  • Re-imagine program structure to enable streamlined iteration.

Track: Technology Strategy for Leaders


Emma Stamp, Senior Program Manager - Google
Jenny Wei, Program Manager - Google
Elizabeth Wick, Learning Designer & Educator - Google
Brittan van Beuge, Program Manager - Google
Mallory Rivera, Program Manager - Google