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.

NetDimensions Talent Slate 2.5 – what’s new?

At NetDimensions, our technical team is passionate about adding new capabilities to our products and giving you even more value in Talent Slate, NetDimensions’ acclaimed native mobile application for high-consequence industries.

As part of this ambition, we’re excited to tell you about the latest improvements to our award-winning app for mobile phones and tablets, which now includes additional online features and more offline functions.

One of the reasons why NetDimensions Talent Slate has consistently been recognised as one of the world’s best learning apps is our commitment to continually improving the experience for our users.

In our latest version, Talent Slate 2.5, we’ve enhanced the flexibility of the app and introduced several new features to help you offer even more in your mobile learning and on-the-job performance support.

Businessman looking at eLearning content on his digital tablet at night

Let’s tell you a bit more about what it offers.

How mobile devices can transform your learning

Knowledge-building on the go and improved retention are a couple of the big benefits mobile devices can bring to your learning. In this blog, we’ll touch upon some of the sectors in which mobile learning is revolutionizing training, and highlight a few of the great advantages it gives you and your team.

At their worst, mobile devices distract us from work and take the blame for shortening attention spans [1]. At their best, they dramatically enhance the way we work and make almost all aspects of training easier.

Used wisely, mobile devices are a powerful tools, whether you want to improve collaboration in the creation of eLearning courses or give learners just-in-time compliance information on the other side of the world.

A female commuter using a mobile device to access learning during her commute

Sharing experiences and perspectives in cohort-based learning

How do we create the most effective learning program? Some of the most impactful learning happens when people learn from each other. In fact, a recent Bersin study found that learning with and from peers and via social networks is one of the biggest drivers of business and leadership outcomes.[1]

With globalization now a top priority for large organizations, this new research suggests that for companies to succeed at building a globally-integrated enterprise, they must adopt social and informal learning strategies and solutions.

Robert Kegan, a developmental psychologist based at Harvard University, long ago proposed theories that seem to underscore Bersin’s findings. Growth processes, such as learning, depend on connections, and these processes invariably occur in some context.[2]

Should you choose a cloud-based LMS or on-premise LMS?

With today’s learners tending to upskill on the go, a mobile LMS is all the rage in the consumer marketplace. Different kinds of Learning Management Systems offer different features and flexibility, and the pros and cons of in-house and cloud-based systems depend on the unique requirements of your organization, such as its security needs. Picking the best solution is a case of considering a wide range of factors, so here are a few questions to ask.

NetDimensions Talent Suite is a secure, cloud-based LMS