Learning Ecosystems & Technology Readiness
What was once a world of disparate and discrete, closed L&D technology-based tools and systems are rapidly moving from adisaggregated state wherein each system was separate and housed it’s own functional data to one in which data flow is integrated across the different systems and provides a single source of record keeping. These systems include the following functionality.
Learning Management System
Course registration – status – transcript, learning requirements –Learning
Content Management System
Content authoring/creation/tagging & Content finding/curation/meta-tagging and interoperable – searchable learning object repositories
Course Management System
Asynchronous & Synchronous communication channels, Course syllabi and week-to-week collection, grading, and return of assignments.
Classroom management functionality including testing/assessment tool, grade book, and capability to divide the class up into smaller teams with virtual tools to support collaborative workgroups and the team creation of deliverables.
Taken together as an integrated whole and with the addition of virtual classroom and performance support functionality, these new integrated and expandable systems can be referred to as learning ecosystems.
Actually, some learning ecosystems that include most of this functionality have been around for a while. Blackboard serves as a good example of a vendor that attempted to combine all functionality to support an L&D operationunder one system. Unfortunately, they did this via a merger acquisition strategy that led to different functional components coded in various languages, and no easy pathway to full-bore integration.
Now, Things are changing, aside from Blackboard, these sorts of learning ecosystems are becoming more prevalent and affordable. What’s more, these learning ecosystems are being coded in open source languages which facilitate system enhancements and expansion in a very cost conscious and fluid manner.
The Kantor Group can share recent research and insights that can help guide your strategic planning and assist you in preparing for the upcoming changes. If evolution is more to your liking, we can call in one of our strategic technology partners to help you get the most out of an existing system you have already purchased and are struggling with.
We can also assist in helping you to develop an Adoption Plan with specific goals. Goals can focus on achieving faster speed to competence for your organizational resources, high level strategic guidance, as well as more holistic approach to adoption planning that would include communication, training and detailed change management strategy and an approach to performance support that ensures organizational capability will continue to grow and improve well after the formal “training” has taken place.