If you want to create a healthy learning ecosystem, you need to facilitate a continuous, autonomous flow of learning. Otherwise, you won’t have a learning ecosystem at all, but a regular, L&D-dependent structure. How do you achieve that flow of learning? Peer-driven tools, which give employees the power to learn from one another.
When it comes to choosing a tool for your learning ecosystem, the first-order priority is to choose a self-serve platform. Your options include LMSs, LXPs, Talent Suites, and Learning Platforms. All of them allow employees to log in and learn on their own time instead of solely relying on L&D to administer training.
If your goal is a learning ecosystem, though, you need to offer more than a catalog of self-serve courses to engage learners and avoid a learning infrastructure that’s too dependent on L&D.
“Employees use social media and search in their spare time to satisfy their curiosity, right when they need it,” says Elisabetta Galli, Global Head of Knowledge, Development, and Talent Management at Banco Santander. “It should be exactly the same at work ... This is our vision: to create a learning-in-the-flow-of-work ecosystem and become a learning organization, whose workforce is upskilled in real time.”
How do you achieve learning in the flow of work? By giving your employees tools to create, share, and iterate learning content directly (and in turn, freeing L&D to focus on higher-level strategy, not just content creation). In other words, by tapping into Collaborative Learning.
Think of it this way: In a natural ecosystem, energy flows in a seamless cycle between the sun, water, plants, animals, etc.
Similarly, in a learning ecosystem, learning content flows seamlessly between team members at every level of the organization. A Collaborative Learning platform makes that seamless flow possible.
Even without Collaborative Learning, 55% of employees learn new skills by asking coworkers before turning to a traditional LMS or Google. Creating a seamless flow of learning means embracing ways to make natural peer exchange more powerful, not fighting against it.
Compared to a traditional LMS and LXP, Collaborative Learning provides more opportunity to create and request new content, provide feedback, and spark 1:1 conversations between the learner and the content creator. Here’s a more detailed breakdown of how they stack up: