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L&D Spotlight: How Visa & Verizon built learning ecosystems with LMSs

By Andrew Downes | Nov 7, 2018

In our last blog post, we looked at how The Behr Paint Company replaced the LMS when implementing their learning ecosystem. But that’s actually a less common route, as many organizations keep their LMSs playing key roles within their ecosystems. For example, organizations may keep the LMS to manage event bookings, assign compliance training, or keep centrally managed content repositories. In this post, we’ll look at how Visa and Verizon have kept their LMSs as part of their ecosystems.

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Learning Ecosystems: How The Behr Paint Company replaced the LMS

By Andrew Downes | Oct 29, 2018

As you start to consider your learning ecosystem, you’ll need to reflect on the role of the LMS. For most organizations, the LMS continues to play an important role in conjunction with other ecosystem elements (our next blog post will look at organizations who have done just that). But, there are times when you may want to replace part or all of your LMS when implementing xAPI. In this post, we’ll look at how The Behr Paint Company replaced its LMS in this way.

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Learning Ecosystems: How to add data sources & iterate [Guide]

By Andrew Downes | Sep 5, 2018

Last week, Tim Dickinson explained how to create a strategy for your modern learning ecosystem. In this post, we’ll dig more into the weeds of getting started and look at how to choose a good starter data source, connect it, and build from there.

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How to Develop a Learning Ecosystem Strategy [Guide]

By Tim Dickinson | Aug 29, 2018

Designing and building new learning ecosystems can seem intimidating at first blush. Where do I start? Which key components should I consider? What’s my strategy? Answering everything on your own makes a challenging, but gratifying, task much harder. That’s why it’s important to make this process a team effort, involving the most important stakeholders to help you along the way. In that vain, we’ve invited Danny Abdo, vice president of solutions engineering at our partner, Degreed, to help provide some insight into how to strategically plan for and design a new learning ecosystem.

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The Ripple Effect: Learning & Data Ecosystems

By Tim Dickinson | Aug 7, 2018

So far, we’ve established an overview of modern learning ecosystems and how you can identify them across your different learning programs. Now, it’s time to explore how changes to different elements of an ecosystem can impact not only learning experiences, but also other elements in the ecosystem.

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3 Essential Metrics to Improve Training Measurement

By Minh Poirier | Jul 31, 2018

As a solution architect, I help clients find the perfect match between the challenges they face, and the technologies available. Today, innovative learning programs include a suite of technologies, ranging from the learner experience to the administrative functions—often referred to as a learning technology stack. While Training Orchestra and Watershed support a number of business scenarios, the following metrics are the essential stepping stones to sound decision-making as it relates to measuring the effectiveness of your classroom training investment.

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Discover Your Organization’s Learning Ecosystems

By Mike Rustici | Jul 17, 2018

In the introduction to this series, we explained how your organization’s learning ecosystems are comprised of different L&D tools and technologies. And, because learning is a continuous process that happens in many ways and places, learning ecosystems are everywhere. In this post, we’ll explore how you can start discovering these ecosystems within your own organization. 

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An Introduction to Modern Learning Ecosystems

By Mike Rustici | Jul 10, 2018

Learning is an intrinsically human activity that happens in many places and in many ways. It doesn’t matter how great or feature-rich any one learning system is, learning will never happen in just one place. The modern learning ecosystem not only recognizes this reality, but also embraces it to support the learner wherever and however he or she learns best. In this blog series, we’ll explore learning ecosystems and how they relate to data ecosystems, while also sharing real-world case studies and useful takeaways so you can map out, create, and grow your own ecosystems.

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What Is Learning Evaluation?

By Abbey Smith | Jun 4, 2018

Knowing how to aggregate and evaluate all types of learning is a priority for many learning and development practitioners. In fact, many say there's a growing demand from their organizations to show L&D’s impact across the organization. But due to challenges, such as employees using multiple avenues for learning, many practitioners find it challenging to measure and communicate the value of their learning programs.

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What is Distributed Learning? [Introduction]

By Andrew Downes | May 23, 2018

People have an inherent desire to learn, but how we learn best is still up for debate. In this series, we explore trends related to distributed learning and what they mean in practice.

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