Learning and Development function has been going through a transformation over the last decade or so with the continuous advent of newer tools, technologies and innovation in training delivery. As businesses go through transformations and disruptions continuously, L&D has to adapt to align to business needs to equip learners for the change by using the right content, process, tools and technologies.
Traditionally, businesses have been using a single learning system for training management to either schedule classroom sessions or roll-out eLearning courses or assessments. To supplement their LMS, they have been using other tools, catalogue libraries or systems as well.
The 21st century is all about digital technologies and harnessing the overall potential of technologies and human talent. Organizations will have continuous pressure on addressing skill and competency gap, talent retention, attrition rates and workforce engagement among other pressing issues, which has brought L&D to the spotlight.
Today businesses are giving more importance to L&D than ever. Organizations are investing in L&D initiatives and their talent because technology and our workforce evolution are moving at a faster pace, and constant learning is the only thing that will bring the right balance between competency gap and required skills.
To provide the best learning experiences to the learners in this fast-paced environment, L&D has realized that just one learning system will not suffice anymore and that an integrated system which can unify all the systems within the organization is required. This brings the latest buzzword in the learning industry, ‘Learning Ecosystem’ to the forefront.
What is a Learning Ecosystem?
A Learning Ecosystem is a collection of people, content, processes, tools and technologies that deliver, integrate and support the L&D function within and outside of an organization. All of this has an impact on both formal and informal learning in an organization.
Every organization would have an ecosystem like a natural ecosystem, whether it was formed intentionally or not. It could comprise of several interconnected elements (content, people, processes, etc.) and environments (tools & technologies) with multidimensional relationships.
These ecosystems within an organization could differ in their level of maturity in terms of connectivity between L&D function, people, processes, tools and technologies. The maturity model has several levels, starting with the first level where there could be no connectivity between these systems, or second, where there might be little L&D function and some connectivity between people, processes, L&D function, tools and technologies or a more mature situation with complete integration between L&D function, people, processes, tools and technologies. know more