STR106 Building a Learning Ecosystem: What You Need to Know

3:15 PM - 4:00 PM Wednesday, November 16

Expo Hall—Strategic Solutions Stage

Online and social learning reduces the cost of training, expands the ability to reach a larger audience for your content, and increases the speed at which learning experiences can be accessed and offered. Because of these growing complexities, though, it’s increasingly important to ensure that you’re looking at both how these ever-increasing types of content interconnect and how your learning architecture scales with the business needs of your organization.

In this session, you’ll find out more about the requirements you’ll need to consider to adopt new approaches to learning (such as blended, informal, mobile, and social). Through exploring topics such as the link between performance and learning, how new platforms and approaches can contribute to collaboration between learners, and how to use both synchronous and asynchronous content effectively, you’ll gain insight into the key factors you’ll want to consider when creating your learning ecosystem strategy.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How learning paths will push people past compliance and “required” learning
  • About new platforms that exist to give employees the opportunity to innovate through enhanced collaboration with peers and/or allow them to see new ideas emerge through informal learning activities
  • About the link between performance and learning
  • How using both asynchronous and synchronous content can give additional flexibility to your ecosystem

Intermediate managers, directors, and senior leaders (VP, CLO, executive, etc.).

Technology discussed in this session:
Social platforms; performance support platforms; eLearning, video, and mobile learning; learning management systems; and HRIS system integration.

Darren Nerland

Sr. Learning Strategist


Darren Nerland is a senior learning strategist at Knowplicity, where he works on disruptive, innovative, and emergent digital learning technologies and methodologies. Darren aligns key leaders and stakeholders on the implementation of learning initiatives for the enterprise. He is an expert technologist with a demonstrable track record of bringing complex learning systems from requirements through design into scalable production. His experience includes working at the executive level to determine how training strategies and awareness can effect and sustain positive behavioral change. Darren is an accomplished and dynamic leader with strong global learning strategy and measurement experience.

Ryan Gunhold

Senior Consultant


Ryan Gunhold is a business capability manager at DLI with over 10 years’ success managing programs, organizational development, and engagement campaigns for global, multi-language audiences in a wide range of business and industry settings. He designs, develops, and executes effective models, programs, and presentations tailored to business needs and environments. Ryan’s work drives results in customer satisfaction, ROI outcomes, and overall growth to improve the bottom line.

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