Sharing What Works

March 16 – 18, 2016 Orlando, FL

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ECO814 Creating a Bridge Across the Learning Ecosystem

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Thursday, March 17

Ecosystem - Technology


Your learning ecosystem already exists in the resources scattered across your intranet and beyond, but your learners don’t know how to find them. When they are able to access this wealth of information, they are often overwhelmed, leaving the resources underutilized and the employees frustrated and still unable to meet their performance improvement needs. Many organizations have platforms such as an LMS and the content that they want to highlight, but they lack middleware and associated processes to connect the dots.

In this case study session, you will learn how Nielsen addressed the issue by building a dynamic portal—with the help of Sealworks Interactive—that solves the two problems of finding learning resources and being directed to learning opportunities. You will see how the portal solution leverages the LMS and the tacit knowledge of content owners to create an environment where learners can get to what they need fast.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to integrate a portal with other systems: LMS, ESN, TMS, and DMS
  • How to integrate a portal with third party content providers
  • How to maximize searching
  • How to create learning paths
  • How to measure the success of a portal

Novice and intermediate designers, developers, and managers.

Technology discussed in this session:
Python on the Django platform.

Participant technology requirements:

Nick Floro

Learning Architect & CEO

Sealworks Interactive Studios

Nick Floro, a co-founder and learning architect at Sealworks Interactive Studios, has over 25 years of experience developing learning solutions, applications, and web platforms. Nick is passionate about how design and technology can enhance learning and loves to share his knowledge and experience to teach, inspire and motivate. As a learning architect, Nick gets to sketch, imagine, and prototype for each challenge. He has worked with start-ups to Fortune 500 companies to help them understand the technology and develop innovative solutions to support their audiences. Nick has won numerous awards from Apple and organizations for productions and services, and has been able to reach over a million users with his latest project, which helps students in grades 2-12 learn how to think and write an essay critically.

Trish Ward

Learning Technology Lead


Trish Ward is the learning technology lead at Nielsen. Trish strives to incorporate streamlined access, ease of use, and social channels to maximize engagement, interaction, and retention. She has over 20 years of training experience, ranging from conducting individual hands-on software training to leading large groups through multi-day sessions, in-person, at user conferences and online. Part of Nielsen’s learning teams since the early 2000s, she has trained clients, collaborated on multiple LMS upgrades for both internal and external user communities, and helped create and continues to manage Nielsen’s global learning ecosystem. Trisha holds a BA in communications from University of the Pacific.

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