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What is a Learning Ecosystem, and Why Does It Matter?

Metropolitan Community College via Canvas Network


This course provides an opportunity for learning professionals to map out the learning ecosystem structure by identifying where learning takes place within their organizations, pinpointing nodes of engagement within that structure, and developing a plan to improve human performance. 

Current thinking reveals that performance is significantly impacted by our ability to learn continuously rather than during a specific period of time—such as in a classroom. As a result, present-day learning professionals are grappling with self-directed, independent learners who are savvier, more participative, and less attentive to one-dimensional, telling-type training solutions.


This course will enable participants to:

  • Define the term “learning ecosystem” and explain how the definition applies to their workplace.
  • Create a visual representation of their workplace learning ecosystem (as an infographic, Visio chart, mind map, Canva, drawing, or other images that depict data, information, and relationships).
  • Determine their zone of influence within their workplace learning ecosystem and identify at least one element of the system they can impact.
  • Develop a plan to leverage their workplace learning ecosystem in a way that improves human performance within the organization.

Taught by

Kim Whiteside


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