Brian Chapman led an introductory talk with his views on Learning Ecosystems and what they are.
Since my notes are more of a mish-mash of personal thoughts vs. what he actually talked about, I’m going to share those vs. what he actually said.
So for those of you looking for my normal “liveblogging” of conferences….not this time.
Going analog instead – then writing here.
The big takeaway from this session for me….
I am on the right track with the Learning Ecosystem I am tending at my University.
Much of the ecosystem talk I’ve heard over the past year is still centered around the areas where trainers generally have “control” – the LMSs, the LCMSs, Virtual Classrooms, ILTs.
What Brian hinted at, yet what jumped out at me when he showed Xerox’s Learning Ecosystem example, was that the Learning Ecosystem can (and should) encompass ALL of the tools of the workplace where people collaborate, find information, communicate.
It should include all of the things that people are actually using when they are using it – not forcing them to move to our “special” environment.
This assumption that trainers need a “special” environment is where folks are going wrong.
This is why I have been hearing so much noise about LMSs and Talent Management Systems being “the ecosystem.’ No no no no no….
They are a part. And a small part.
This is where Xerox is getting it right
– The LMS is a part.
– The Talent management system is a part
– Sharepoint (that the entire organization uses day to day) is a part
– Their Unified Communication system (again, that the rest of the org uses day to day) is a part.
– Their corporate document sharing system is a part (yet again, a tool that the org uses as a part of their day-to-day).
– And (from what I see) – the data for this stays in their native systems, to be leveraged by business intelligence. It does NOT get imported into the LMS. (I’ll have to get confirmation from Gary Wise about this – but this was my impression).
Maybe the most valuable part of the hour:
Learning that my thinking and activities map with someone whose work I have followed for years (thanks Gary) and with a HUGE corporation like Xerox feels pretty awesome.