Developing a Learning Culture

eLearning 101: What’s an eLearning Ecosystem?

Think back to high school biology class for this one – it’s probably when you first learned about ecosystems. But when it comes to eLearning, ecosystems are less about wildlife and plants and more about which delivery methods and devices work for which types of eLearning. What works for one may not really fit with another. That is why there is a variety of choices and components for your perfect fit – and survival.

Bring eLearning Outside the Classroom

Because of the Western method of education, it’s common to think of the classroom as the main ecosystem for learning. It has the necessary components: Students, teachers and learning material. But while it might be the most common, classroom-based learning doesn’t always take the individual into consideration. Adjusting learning methods to engage learners and respect their individuality can make for a more harmonious experience.

Setting the Tone with a Great eLearning Storyboard

From the available devices to the delivery method, your eLearning ecosystem effectively sets the tone for the overall experience. Take working with tech-savvy millennials, for instance: Introducing a new sales tactic via reading material might be enough to kill any natural interest. Swap your delivery method for tablet-based flash cards or a role-playing game, and suddenly you’ve created an ecosystem that exists more organically with the subject matter.

The eLearning Tools of the Trade

Luckily, you have plenty of resources at your fingertips when it comes to creating an appropriate eLearning ecosystem. Take YouTube, for example: Add in videos for media-hungry students. Trade blogs could be required reading, while class time is reserved for discussion, rather than material. By pulling in different elements, you create a multi-dimensional ecosystem that is met with higher engagement levels, as you take your learners’ expertise and interests into consideration.