Michigan Medicine partnering with Cornerstone on new Talent Management platform, starting with MLearning replacement


Michigan Medicine Human Resources, Organizational Learning and Health Information Technology and Services (HITS) are partnering with Cornerstone to develop and deliver a comprehensive, online Talent Management platform to serve all of Michigan Medicine, including faculty, staff and learners from U-M Health, the medical school and shared services.

What is Talent Management?

Talent Management refers to a coordinated set of activities that nurture employees to reach their full potential — including onboarding and orientation, learning, personal skills and growth, professional development, performance management, succession planning and more. 

MLearning to undergo replacement — will become Cornerstone Learning this summer 

Phase 1 of the Cornerstone effort focuses on replacing the technology Michigan Medicine uses to support training activities, including the familiar “mandatories” all faculty and staff are required to complete regularly. 

Scheduled to launch in fall 2022, the new system will offer many improvements, including: 

  • A more modern, user-friendly interface designed to make it easier for managers to assign and track learning among members of their teams, and for individual learners to see and manage their progress. 
  • Greater reliability and flexibility — the cloud-based system can regularly receive upgrades and enhancements. Content can also be accessed from anywhere, anytime, using virtually any device or browser. 
  • Integrates additional types of learning resources (such as LinkedIn Learning) into a single, convenient hub — making it easier for managers and staff to develop customized learning plans, and providing everyone with easier access to a wider variety of professional and personal growth opportunities. 

In conjunction with this change, the “MLearning” brand is being retired, and will become “Cornerstone Learning.” 

Additional Talent Management capabilities coming soon 

While work is underway to bring Cornerstone Learning to life, the project team is also engaging with Michigan Medicine leaders, stakeholders and customers to plan and develop additional phases of the project — including Cornerstone Performance Management, Cornerstone Careers and more. 

As each new module is added, the plan is to develop and maintain a unified, comprehensive set of content and tools that’s capable of supporting the incredibly diverse (and often unique) needs of Michigan Medicine’s more than 30,000 faculty, staff and students. 

Focus is on helping people be more successful 

In deciding to partner with Cornerstone to develop and launch this new platform, Michigan Medicine leaders are guided by a philosophy that emphasizes thinking about people not just as “faculty” or “staff,” or as members of a particular unit with a specific job role — but rather, as unique individuals who require the right kinds of support, at the right times, to help them grow and thrive as employees and as people. 

“The excellence we strive for here at Michigan Medicine is contingent upon the skills, talent and success of our people,” said Brian Cole, associate director for Organizational Learning. 

“What’s so exciting about the Talent Management approach is that it aims to thoughtfully consider who people are, where they want to go, and what they may need to achieve these goals at every stage of their journey — and hopefully, across multiple phases over a long and successful career,” Cole said. “The Talent Management platform we’re developing is designed to offer people — and their managers — a more comprehensive and unified, yet flexible approach to helping everyone be as successful as they can be.” 

Technology that’s more reliable and user-friendly 

In addition to taking a more unified and holistic approach to professional and personal development, Michigan Medicine’s new Talent Management platform will leverage cloud-based, AI-driven technology that’s much more reliable, and designed to provide a more intuitive and user-friendly experience.

“Like the recent rollout of Microsoft 365 including Teams, our partnership with Cornerstone is an example of how HITS is embracing strategic platforms that support the rapidly evolving needs of our customers,” said Michael Warden, senior director of Business IT in HITS. 

“By implementing a market-leading talent management platform, we’ll provide a more cohesive environment for our staff to learn, develop, and shape their careers, and for the organization to manage performance and prepare our workforce for the future,” Warden said. 

Stay tuned! 

If you would like to stay informed as the Cornerstone effort unfolds, you are encouraged to visit (and bookmark): michmed.org/cornerstone.