ExtendEd Portal

About ExtendEd

ExtendEd is powered by robust research in learning and development and is designed to make the learning experience seamless.

Participants in professional education courses are presented with a lot of information in a short period of time. They are often overwhelmed by the volume of information. This often results in “scrap learning” — learning that is delivered but not applied back on the job. Other factors exacerbate the situation. Research widely quotes the Ebbinghaus Forgetting Curve, showing that people forget 70 percent of what they learned within 24 hours. In addition, once participants return to their workplace, it’s business as usual, and application of learning often sinks to the bottom of their priorities list.

ExtendEd re-focuses the learning on application through a before-during-after process and extends the education over time. Participants are reminded what they learned and are prepared to apply it back on the job. ExtendEd also nurtures the learning community – with participants getting to know each other and sharing information through the portal. Research shows that when participants form a close group, everybody learns better.

ExtendEd enables participants to rise to the highest level of learning. The result is a superior return on training investment.


The experts behind ExtendEd have a combined total of 45 years of program development experience in executive and professional education.

Amy Gillett has overseen the delivery of some 300 online and face-to-face executive education training programs. As the Vice President of Education at the University of Michigan’s William Davidson Institute, she has designed training programs for many multinational companies, including ABB, Dell, US Steel, and Oracle. She has also designed programs in entrepreneurship for clients including the US State Department and Goldman Sachs. Building on her interest in using technology to improve learning, Amy has led development of e-learning modules on a range of business topics. She holds an MBA from Cornell University and Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from Stanford University.

Virginia Hamori-Ota holds a position in instructional design and faculty development in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan. She has served as an instructional consultant at the UM’s Center for Research on Teaching and Learning. She has more than 25 years of university teaching experience. Virginia has been involved with the design and delivery of corporate training programs for over 30 years, for clients including Deloitte Consulting, General Motors-France, Heineken, Industrial Credit Bank of Alsace-Lorraine, Transgene, and Reuters News Agency. She holds a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Michigan and a Master’s and Bachelor’s from Indiana University.