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The rise of the learning

ecosystem

… and what it means for learning

technologies

We saw a slew of articles on the top trends in

learning around the turn of the year, and one

thing came very strongly out of all of them.

We're in the world of the learning ecosystem

now.

What is a learning ecosystem? The Elearning

Guild defines it as 'an environment wherein

each resource connects to others, creating an

overall structure in which all learning takes

place … the combination of technologies and

support resources available to help individuals

learn within an environment'.

But is this just another butterfly destined to

blaze brightly in the glare of our attention for a

month or two gathering likes and shares, then

die out as soon as something newer and

shinier comes along? Well, no. There are

good structural reasons for thinking this

concept has a stronger wind under its wings

than the average L&D buzzterm.

Because to judge from my wider reading, and

from all my recent contacts with

organisations, it's becoming clear to

organisations that this new focus on agility

and integration of multiple solutions is not just

another trend, but a reaction to wider forces -

the series of new digital developments and

disruptions that are affecting all of us now,

widely discussed under the heading of the

Fourth Industrial Revolution.

And if the move to learning ecosystems really

is a large-scale and non-reversible change in

the pattern of organisational learning, well

then the implications for how we design the

digital tools and platforms that operate within

that ecosystem have to be massive.

What's driving the move to learning

ecosystems?

The Fourth Industrial Revolution will mark a

significant change in the way we work, on at

least the same scale as the three previous

revolutions. Digital, AI and connectivity are at

its core, and it is these technologies that will

transform our organisations, trade and

production processes (we will already have

seen this starting to take effect in our own

businesses, no doubt, to varying degree).

The learning department has had a reputation

in some quarters for being the technological

laggard within the enterprise, but ready or not

will have a significant role to play in this

transformation.

Share: Mark Probert

Digital Learning Specialist

Lumesse Learning

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