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.

Learning analytics: Start now, profit later

New research from our sister companies, LEO Learning and Watershed, is now building a comprehensive picture of how L&D executives feel about measuring the business impact of learning. This blog takes a look at the key headlines and how you can start your own measurement efforts to get the most out of our learning analytics.

It’s been a question that’s been around for some time now: how can L&D actually measure the business impact your learning is having in order to prove ROI and other business KPIs? Recently, the rise of analytics tools and specifications such as xAPI have given us some pretty good answers to this question. The answer is essentially: use tools to collect data, then analyse it. Simple, right?a young professional looks at a learning analytics report

Learning management for financial services firms

Banks. Insurance firms. Asset management companies. Organizations operating in the sea of financial services face more regulations than perhaps any other industry, constantly having to navigate the rule-based, compliance-driven, ever-changing waters in which they operate. Particularly in today’s global environment, these institutions must be able to comply with new rules, prove compliance and train employees to comply – and all the while, maintain a competitive edge. Not always an easy task. But with proper learning management, it can be done.

Putting yourself in the shoes of a financial services learning officer, charged with training and certification, how would you succeed given such an immense responsibility? What would be on your list of main concerns? Your list would, most likely, look something like this:

  • Access to training data to track employee compliance for frequent audits
  • Rapid delivery of training on Standard Operating Procedures to meet changing regulations
  • Training to ensure compliance with local, state (if you’re in the U.S.), and global regulations such as anti-money laundering, Sarbanes-Oxley, anti-bribery and anti-corruption
  • Alignment of certifications and training of new employees gained through mergers and acquisitions
  • Reduced talent management administration costs to improve bottom-line results