Getting started with an integrated learning ecosystem [Webinar Q&A]

In our latest webinar, ‘Getting started with an integrated learning ecosystem’, we were joined by gomo Managing Director, Mike Alcock, to discuss the challenges and benefits of a learning ecosystem in an increasingly connected world.

Mike Alcock and NetDimensions Senior Vice President, Bill Mastin, and Director of Professional Services, Ashraaf Alexander demonstrated how gomo and NetDimensions can help overcome an array of learning challenges.

Woman using a computerWe took questions from the webinar attendees and concluded the session with an informative Q&A session. We have included a selection of the answers below, and you can access the full recording of the session here.

What is an integrated learning ecosystem?

Learning ecosystems are a big buzzword in L&D at the moment, but not everyone agrees on what they are and why they’re important. In this blog, we delve into what an integrated learning ecosystem is and why an LMS is a vital part of a thriving ecosystem.

In biology, an ecosystem refers to a community of organisms that interact with one another in a shared environment. In the world of technology and learning, an ecosystem is not so different.

According to Harvard Business School, an IT ecosystem is “the network of organizations that drives the creation and delivery of information technology products and services.” These days, establishing an ecosystem out of your IT infrastructure involves making every component work as a well-oiled machine.

Each individual element of your architecture – the hardware, the software, and the services – should work together, and speak to each other, even if every piece of equipment and software comes from a different vendor.

[Webinar Recording] Transforming your learning strategy with a mobile LMS

Our latest webinar featured Scott Tompkins, NetDimensions’ Mobile Development Manager, and Garfield Bolt, NetDimensions’ Inside Sales Representative, providing their insights on the role of mobile devices in an effective eLearning strategy.

Since you can pretty much count on all your employees owning some form of portable technology, it’s important that they have the ability to access eLearning on their preferred mobile device. If you haven’t already, it’s time to shift your focus to an LMS with mobile capability.

“Transforming your learning strategy with a mobile LMS” webinar Q&A

Thank you to everyone who attended our live webinar on the topic of mobile elearning strategies (and, if you weren’t able to attend our live presentation, you can find a recording here.) We appreciate when attendees ask questions following our presentations.

Below are the questions and answers that surfaced immediately following our latest webinar. If you have any follow-up questions, please contact us.

Maximising the business impact of learning

Trying to evaluate the impact that learning and development has on your people and ultimately, the business is not a new challenge. Learning should be a strategic investment that drives business performance and builds business capability. But knowing ‘how’ to achieve this measurement is not always easy.

There are different approaches to evaluation that I have explored with NetDimensions in our recent webinar and the accompanying paper. However, the time has come for us to move beyond just evaluating learning activity. At Fosway Group we often say that L&D has a habit of delivery. So to embrace impact as a central ethos, L&D needs to stop taking orders and just tracking completion rates, number of events run and happy sheets returned. Instead, we need to look at whether or not learning delivers a positive result – ideally for both the learner and the business. And if it doesn’t, we shouldn’t do it.

But 80% of the attendees at the webinar rated themselves as ‘OK’ or ‘Poor’ at measuring learning impact. And our current research into over 1000 learning professionals also shows there is considerable room for improvement with only 54% of respondents saying that their learning technology ‘always’ or ‘frequently’ delivers a positive impact for their organisation.

First things first, L&D needs to talk to the broader business audience.