A Framework to Leverage and Mature Learning Ecosystems


  • William Derek Redmond The University of British Columbia
  • Leah P. Macfadyen The University of British Columbia




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


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.

Author Biographies

William Derek Redmond, The University of British Columbia

William Derek Redmond is a graduate of the Master of Educational Technology Program from The University of British Columbia. He works as an Instructional Designer & Educational Technologies Specialist at PointClickCare. He is a Director and Executive Committee Member for the Canadian eLearning Conference.

Leah P. Macfadyen, The University of British Columbia

Leah P. Macfadyen is Associate Director of the UBC Master of Educational Technology program, and a faculty member in UBC’s Department of Language and Literacy Education. She makes use of learning analytics to inform course and curriculum review, and to discover meaningful patterns that can inform improvements in learning design, teaching, and learning. She also thinks and writes about the limits of ‘big data’, the challenge of data literacy, and the ethical and social implications of this work.




How to Cite

Redmond, W. D., & Macfadyen, L. P. (2020). A Framework to Leverage and Mature Learning Ecosystems. International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning (iJET), 15(05), pp. 75–99. https://doi.org/10.3991/ijet.v15i05.11898