How to create an ecosystem for learning?
About ecosystems for learning
An ecosystem for learning and performance support is a system that contains a variety of learning and performance support interventions and approaches. They are all interconnected and support users (people at work) in getting their jobs done.
Various components play a role in an ecosystem:
- Access to experts
- Performance support
- Access to content
- Social platform
GGZ Ecademy has evolved into a learning ecosystem with its own digital learning platform, offering 60 sector-specific learning modules. Read more »
Most important features of a learning ecosystem
- It can be the result of a spontaneous process where loose initiatives grow together into a more interconnected system.
- It can be the result of a deliberate choice to create a variety of interconnected learning and support approaches to help people perform better at work.
- The interconnection of different elements is key. The synergy should create a significant benefit. In other words, 1+1=3.
- It can be seen as a ‘‘living thing’’ it evolves over time, grows, matures and can also decline and die (although we certainly hope that doesn’t happen!).
- Like all living things, an ecosystem thrives when it’s nurtured and taken care of on a regular basis. Think of the metaphor of ‘the gardener’—you need gardeners to support a healthy ecosystem.
- Creating an ecosystem needs time—it has to grow and mature; you can’t just ‘buy’ one.
- An ecosystem evolves and changes over time—new elements will be added by users and gardeners; other elements may become obsolete.
- Often, an ecosystem for learning is focussed on a strategic theme that it has to support. Think of leadership development, project management or innovation.
All features in aNewSpring can support an ecosystem for learning, including:
- LTI connection
- Blended learning
- Reporting engine
- Conditional learning activities
- Hand-in assignments
- MemoTrainer™ as the retention tool
- Social and mobile learning
Components of an Ecosystem for learning & Performance
* An ecosystem is always influenced by it’s environment. You can’t simply copy a learning ecosystem and expect it to work in another context. You have to develop it, learn it and grow it organically
Reasons to create a learning ecosystem
Learning Innovation Leader at aNewSpring