Quality, Skills Oriented E-Learning

A challenge facing healthcare providers is a lack of skilled professionals. The same is true in the technology sector: the transition to a digitalized society has a major impact on the labor market.

At the Bertelsmann Education Group, we believe that high quality skills oriented e-learning can make a significant contribution to solving these challenges.

Digitally mediated learning has obvious advantages: new developments can be shared quickly and inexpensively to an unlimited number of people – particularly in sectors where knowledge and information are constantly changing and require regular updates and ongoing training. Additionally, digital learning can be more effective in appraising the absorption and retention of the communicated content. Three companies form the core of the Bertelsmann Education Group’s activities in the e-learning sector: Relias, Straightaway Health Careers and Udacity.

With more than 3 million users and 30 million courses completed in 2016, Cary, North Carolina-based Relias leads the US market in online training, continuing education and professional development for health and human services organizations.

Using high-impact, interactive content, Relias’ programming is designed to be engaging and effective. It includes customized training and a best in class learning management system that improves healthcare provision performance and ensures compliance and accreditation. Specifically designed healthcare training supports clients in delivering more engaging and effective services.

Relias is proactive in developing and providing the highest quality healthcare content using the latest technological innovations. Their mission is to help clients deliver the best services to the communities they serve.

Relias by Numbers

38.7 mio

courses completed in 2017


international customers


satisfaction with customer service

Straightaway Health Careers is the first business founded by the Bertelsmann Education Group. Straightaway provides employers with exceptional online training and retention services to prevent shortages of healthcare support staff. The company’s focus is on jobs (such as nursing assistant) that require a high-school diploma, but not a college degree. The demand for workers in such fields is on a sharp rise in the US, and Straightaway’s offerings will help counteract the impending skills shortage.

Straightaway collaborates closely with healthcare employers to proactively introduce solutions that address potential gaps in their workforce. This allows organizations to stay ahead of their future staffing needs so they can deliver the best possible care.

Straightaway’s first product is CNA Edge, a comprehensive solution that allows skilled nursing employers to: qualify prospective candidates for nursing assistant training programs; provide nursing assistant trainees with a groundbreaking digital curriculum; and support newly-hired nursing assistants during their first 90 days and beyond. The spectrum of products offered by Straightaway will be continually expanded.

Straightaway by Numbers

60 hours

of state-of-the-art e-learning content

12.4 mio

jobs addressable in the healthcare space


turnover in professions addressed by Straightaway

A world leader in online education since 2011, Udacity is the brainchild of former Stanford professor and Google X founder, Sebastian Thrun.
Together with its strategic shareholder, the Bertelsmann Education Group, Udacity shares its mission to empower learners by making education more accessible, more affordable and more inclusive.

Udacity’s Nanodegree program is an industry-recognized credential to help students find jobs or advance their careers at a fraction of the cost of traditional universities. Udacity offers programs in self-driving cars, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, machine learning, data science, and mobile and web development. Nanodegree content is built with industry leaders such as Google, AT&T, IBM Watson, Mercedes-Benz, and Facebook and offers one-on-one coaching, moderated forums, and career support. Each Nanodegree program is designed for students to “learn by doing” through a series of projects that are shared with prospective employers.

As technology continues to advance, Udacity wants to narrow today’s skill gaps by teaching for tomorrow. And with currently millions of users worldwide and thousands of students pursuing Nanodegrees at any one time, their recent ‘money back’ guarantee announcement in the US demonstrates Udacity’s commitment to creating career opportunities for the 21st century workforce.

Udacity by Numbers


students enrolled in in paid Nanodegree programs


graduates from paid Nanodegree programs

8+ mio

students enrolled in Udacity’s free courses