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March 22 – 24, 2017 Orlando, FL

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ECO314 Moving to the Learning and Performance Ecosystem: Organizational Transformation at the US National Park Service

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Wednesday, March 22

Performance Support


The National Park Service (NPS) had a milestone year in 2016. That centennial year didn’t just kick off a second century of stewardship of America's national parks—it also catalyzed a renewed focus for the NPS on employees. To better address the challenges this group faced, the NPS decided to shift its L&D paradigm to a broader learning and performance ecosystem approach.

In this case study session, you’ll explore the integration of ecosystem theory and practice as you learn how the NPS has worked with internal and external partners to transform from a traditional, training-based approach to a multifaceted ecosystem approach. You’ll learn more about why an ecosystem approach works, how to develop an ecosystem solution for your organization, and how to measure its success. You’ll walk away with lessons learned about ecosystem planning and implementation, as well as practical advice for getting started.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How a learning and performance ecosystem approach aligns with contemporary challenges and opportunities for organizations, teams, and individuals
  • How to build new capabilities to develop, manage, and measure the impact of ecosystem solutions
  • How to mobilize the L&D community and its key stakeholders and customers around transforming the way we approach learning and development
  • How to initiate the change with pilot projects and strong sponsorship

Novice and intermediate designers, managers, directors, and senior leaders (VP, CLO, executives, etc.).

Technology discussed in this session:

Steve Foreman


InfoMedia Designs

Steve Foreman is the author of The LMS Guidebook and president of InfoMedia Designs, a provider of eLearning infrastructure consulting services and technology solutions to large companies, academic institutions, professional associations, government, and military. Steve works with forward-looking organizations to find new and effective ways to apply computer technology to support human performance. His work includes enterprise learning strategy, learning and performance ecosystem solutions, LMS selection and implementation, learning-technology architecture and integration, expert-knowledge harvesting, knowledge management, and innovative performance-centered solutions that blend working and learning.

David Barton

Instructional Designer

National Park Service

David Barton, an instructional designer wth the National Parks Service (NPS), works with leaders, program managers, and partners at the NPS to develop effective learning and performance ecosystem solutions for employees. His portfolio includes internal performance consulting, instructional design, ecosystem architecture, facilitation, and distributed learning support. David is the VP of programs for the Charlotte, NC Chapter of the International Society for Performance Improvement, and he was named the Army Civilian Instructor of the Year in 2012. David holds graduate degrees in instructional technology and business administration and certifications in virtual facilitation and virtual event production.

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