The integration capabilities of the Learning Management System (LMS) are creating new paths for learners to access and engage with a diverse range of learning content.
Ease to use now means finding the right content quickly, content curated for the individual learner. It’s critically important that the learning content is specific to the role or task at hand for the learner to whom it was directed. Also, the content needs to be easily found and accessible at the right time.
The learning ecosystem consists of integrated components that feed core and related learning content, documents, articles and other resources that immediately supports the learner.
The real change factor to consider here is the need to be completely learner-centric, engaging and supporting learners with knowledge, informing people at the centre of the new ecosystem.
The right information needs to be delivered to the right person, at the right time, to achieve a valued result. In turn, that can make a tangible difference to the outcome of role-specific tasks, individual success and job satisfaction.
The learning ecosystem should be task, learner and learning resource aware – the right content that survives the term of relevance or need for the learner it serves.
This notion would, in itself, seem to challenge so much about traditional learning and gaining skills and qualifications.
The demand model of a typical workplace drives a need for continuous reinvention to remain relevant and competitive, with new developments, goals and business measures. For most of us, this means a continually increasing pace of change.
Next, we have to ask ourselves: “Is the technology evolution process dead?” New technologies are no longer just an extension of legacy LMSs and learning content resources, as has been the case in the past. Today, a learning ecosystem must embrace a whole host of technical capabilities that are outside the reach of those legacy solutions.
Is an LMS still part of the ecosystem? Yes definitely, a key part. The LMS needs to be an integral part of the ecosystem and have a fully integrated Learning Record Store (LRS) – to store, retrieve and serve content to learners. To provide a complete learner-centric view, an integrated LRS should retrieve, track and store all Experience API (xAPI) events and records for the learner, both inside and outside of the organisation.
This LRS needs to have SCORM support capability for course content and xAPI to extend the knowledge sources, content sources and learning repositories – it should reach out to any appropriate learning content source, providing tracking and analytics capability far beyond SCORM.
To achieve a place in the future ecosystem, the LMS must also be truly flexible in its ability to channel the right curated content to the right target audience – on an individual basis. Critically for the learner, the LMS must also make it simple for them to find the right content immediately.
This certainly means that a modern ecosystem needs to be a cohesive group of learning technologies which, primarily, respect the learner first approach. This ecosystem should track all learning activity both inside and outside the organisation and, for the individual learner, provide a total repository for all accreditations, awards, course completions, certificates and competencies achieved.
Making sure that you reward people for completion and engagement with formal and compliance training, then providing recognition of new skills added and learning undertaken, is part of the new learning ethos.
The resulting consolidated learner record is a tangible evidence base for the activity and engagement of any individual. However, more than that, these records provide a rich information and skill source, delivering the potential for analytical capability that far outreaches current learning solutions.
These integrated technologies are the basis of a learning ecosystem the will serve your learners and your organisation.
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