F03 Panel Discussion: Learning Platforms in the Performance Ecosystem
10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Wednesday, March 28
For decades, there was only one dominant learning platform that most training departments used: the learning management system (LMS). However, in recent years the learning platforms landscape has expanded. Not only have LMSs evolved over time, but additional platforms—such as ESNs, LRSs, intranet portals, and EPSSs—are also growing in functionality and popularity for learning and performance. This makes an organization’s decision on learning platforms much more complex, as it’s no longer a discussion of which platform, but which suite of platforms will meet an organization’s needs.
This panel discussion will explore how these platforms compete, coexist, and work to serve the diverse needs of today’s workforce. The panel’s experts will examine technology-driven performance ecosystems, and how workers leverage multiple systems to get their work done and get ahead. Join the conversation as they make sense of current systems, explore what’s coming next, and examine how different platforms complement and compete with one another.
In this session, you will learn:
- What technologies exist in the growing landscape of learning platforms
- What unique functionality is available from different systems
- What questions you’ll want to answer when evaluating which learning platforms are best for your organization
- Tips on how to build a suite of platforms to suit your needs
- What functionality is emerging in future learning platforms
Novice to advanced designers, developers, project managers, managers, directors, and senior leaders (VP, CLO, executive, etc.).
Technology discussed in this session:
LMS, ESN, LRS, intranet portal, and EPSS.
Mark Britz (Host)
Director of Event Programming
The Learning Guild
Mark Britz is the director of event programming at The Learning Guild. Previously he worked for more than 15 years designing and managing learning solutions with organizations such as Smartforce, Pearson Digital Learning, the SUNY Research Foundation, Aspen Dental Management, and Systems Made Simple. Mark is also an organizational social designer, helping businesses achieve the benefits of becoming more connected and collaborative to improve learning and engagement. Mark is the author of Social By Design: How to create and scale a collaborative company, and regularly presents and writes about the use of social media for learning, collaborative networks, and organizational design.
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.
Chief Energy Officer
Megan Torrance is CEO and founder of TorranceLearning, which helps organizations connect learning strategy to [execution] design, development, data, and ultimately performance. She has more than 25 years of experience in learning design, deployment, and consulting . TorranceLearning projects have won IELA and BrandonHall (2012, 2014, 2016) awards, the 2014 xAPI Hyperdrive contest at DevLearn, and Learning Guild DemoFest Best-In-Show awards in 2016 and 2017. Megan is a speaker and author in the learning industry, and creator of LLAMA, the Agile project management approach for instructional design and development projects. TorranceLearning also hosts the xAPI Learning Cohort.
Sr. Learning Consultant
Stan Jeffress is a senior learning consultant at Pokeshot. With more than 15 years’ experience in the learning and development field, Stan has worked in various roles such as LMS administrator, project manager, consultant, and instructor. He also used this experience to work as a freelancer before joining Pokeshot. Stan’s role includes assisting clients with social learning strategy development, managing SmarterPath integrations, providing sales support, and contributing to product innovation.