A Framework to Leverage and Mature Learning Ecosystems

William Derek Redmond, Leah P. Macfadyen

Abstract


With the average shelf life of an employee’s skills at less than five years, it is im-perative that organizations support their employees in staying current in new and emerging skills and in learning how to learn. Learning management systems, once seen as a one-size-fits all learning solution, have not effectively kept pace with wider technology development, and the needs and expectations of workplace learning. Moreover, organizations tend to have too narrow a view when consider-ing the elements that affect learning at their organization. An ecological and holis-tic approach is needed to improve learning environments and to future-proof these environments for new developments in education and technology. This pa-per explores the existing literature and frameworks for learning ecosystems and proposes a new learning ecosystem framework that consists of seven key ele-ments: (1) technology and data architecture, (2) governance, (3) analytics, (4) se-mantic ePortfolios, (5) intrinsic and extrinsic motivators, (6) social learning and engagement, and (7) personalization.

Keywords


learning ecosystem; learning analytics; education technology; learning environment; learning management system

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International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning (iJET) – eISSN: 1863-0383
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