In advancing from learning management to building learning experiences, L&D seeks to extend its contribution to provide more continuous learning.
A cohesive framework for 70:20:10 – (experiential, social and formal) and micro learning approaches using the full modern blend means you can extend your quality formal programs and do more with your resources.
Learning Ecosystems are not rocket science! It is a small step to evolve current, traditional learning methods – ILT and eLearning.
Here is our view of 7 essentials for just such an approach.
1 INTEGRATED LEARNING ARCHITECTURE
Effective Learning Ecosystems facilitate all learning activities through a single system that can combine in-house and external learning resources, whether hosted in-system or in the corporate LMS, Moodle, Intranet, cloud storage or the web.
They integrate with Yammer, and WebEx and Connect, and Twitter and YouTube as well as your HR systems for user management and sharing data.
They provide tools that assist with content curation, build blended learning and deliver micro-learning, and intelligence to help recommend content, measure outcomes, and encourage practice.
2 ALL LEARNING MODES in the mix
Today’s learners want modern learning such as video, which is easier to absorb, backed by immediately available documents, blog posts, websites, podcasts, social discussions, virtual classrooms, webinars and much more.
3 MODERN WEB INTERFACE FOR An engaging LEARNER EXPERIENCE
An intuitive, consumer-quality learning experience encourages learners to jump straight in and start learning without any induction or ongoing support.
Visual navigation design and information-rich narrative provides immediate understanding of what is available, how to access it, and where it fits in the wider context.
4 Easy design and curation
A good Learning Ecosystem makes it easy to organise different activities and modalities into cohesive “Learner Experiences”.
It provides a framework for rapid design of these experiences without resorting to a content developer; allowing you to “Pick & Mix” the most suitable activities to form a structure that provides context and stimulates engagement.
5 end to end admin automation
The best learning ecosystems should be self-sustaining with minimal management intervention automating learner management, virtual classroom setup and interactions across disparate systems including content providers and internal HR.
6 virtual classroom integration
Live online events extend reach and offer huge cost savings whether used for virtual classroom training and webinars, coaching and SME or informal peer knowledge-sharing.
They are often underutilised because of a need to integrate with 3rd party providers. A great Learning Ecosystem fully automates all processes for easy on boarding, welcomes, log-ins and password distribution and reminders. Such automation finally unlocks the full potential to run Live events at scale.
The benefits of virtual classrooms are further enhanced when presented alongside all other self-paced activities and resources in the interface.
Please see our 7-STEP GUIDE TO RUNNING YOUR VIRTUAL CLASSROOM SESSION
7 micro-level performance metrics
Understanding learner performance and engagement levels is the key to effectiveness. A good Learning Ecosystem tracks all learner activities across the whole ecosystem for powerful insights.
In-built tools for quizzes, surveys, and certifications provide competency measurement. In addition to completions and scores, learner and group behaviours can be analysed to improve the effectiveness of our learning design.
Gamification within the Ecosystem can motivate and incentivise learners, through the use of leader boards, progress indicators, badges and certificates.