This year is proving to be the year of the learning ecosystem. It’s the culmination of years of research into knowledge management and collaboration, refinement of online learning design, practical experimentation, and maturity of online learning technologies and associated skills. The creation of a successful learning ecosystem requires deep insight into an organization’s key business drivers and metrics; effective stakeholder engagement; understanding of the current technology infrastructure; and the appropriate skills and knowledge of those responsible for the ecosystem’s definition, design, and maintenance.

Participants in this session will see what creating a learning ecosystem looks like in practice. You’ll examine how Vodafone used the learning ecosystem approach to develop a comprehensive corporate university that aggregates and curates the best formal learning resources across the enterprise and fosters informal learning to create a truly global learning organization. Because there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to these ecosystems, you’ll also learn how to identify the most important aspects of the ecosystem for your organization, and using the provided frameworks for the business analysis and design of ecosystems, adjust your approach accordingly.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How learning ecosystems are defined across a variety of contexts
  • How to link learning ecosystems to real business metrics
  • About the skills required to deliver and maintain an ecosystem
  • The role learning and development, subject matter experts, IT, and learners play in learning ecosystems
  • How one of the world’s largest telecommunications providers created a successful learning ecosystem

Intermediate to advanced designers; strategists; facilitators; technologists; content developers; project managers; managers; directors; VPs; CLOs; and executives who are experienced in the online learning field, have knowledge of the current technology landscape, and understand the principles of effective learning design or experience in learning needs analysis. No prior knowledge of learning ecosystems is required, but we recommend reviewing Learning and Performance Ecosystems: Strategy, Technology, Impact, and Challenges and Learning and Performance Ecosystems: Current State and Challenges.