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911 - Stacking vs. Replacing LMS; Learner as Content Producer

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - March 31, 2016.
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Host: Learning Directions Briefings: NYC, Seattle, Chicago & LA in June.

1. Learner as Content Producer?
2. Stacking vs. Replacing the LMS/LCMS!
3. Learning Directions Briefings in June.

1. Learner as Content Producer? More of the learning consumed by learners has been created, compiled or produced by sources other than internal Learning & Development groups. We have been surveying a significant shift in the origin of content used by employees of our organizations.  Increasingly, we are seeing these as the source of content:

- Search Found Content.
- Public Content Collections - TED Talks, YouTube, Others.
- Peer Created Content or Collaborations.
- Curated Content by Learners.
- 3rd Party Content from External Providers.

The “meta” trend is that the organization is building less and less of the content in a formal designer mode. In fact, the Learner is often becoming a “Learning Producer” through their own assembly and selection of content from a wider and wider set of resources. It will be interesting to track how learners expand and hone their skills of being their own “Producers” and how learning functions leverage this to help curate a more effective and efficient set of learning choices for the rest of the enterprise.

2. Stacking vs. Replacing the LMS/LCMS! While many organizations have grown beyond the current capacities of their Learning Management Systems and LCMS, there are significantly fewer corporations choosing to make the major capital and implementation investment of replacing their entire enterprise learning technology.  Rather, we are seeing more “Stacking”, which means accepting the role of the existing LMS as the base system for the organization and then adding Stacks or Layers on top that will create added and more targeted functionality.  Some of the Learning Stacks include:

- Competency or Talent Management Layers.
- Assessment or Feedback Layers.
- Compliance or Regulatory Layers.
- Career Development Layers.
- Collaboration and Social Networking Layers.
- Gamification or Engagement Layers.
- Globalization Layers.

In other words, some organizations are shifting from replacing their LMS to adding these technologies on top of the LMS. Some may be limited to a specific line of business or segment of learners.  Others are layered in almost as extensions of the LMS, using the core code for transaction tracking and shared data exchange - but the functionality is found in the layer.  One might call it a “LMS Inside” approach.

We will be exploring the Stacking model for Learning Management Systems at our upcoming Learning Systems event in Chicago on April 27 and 28.  Over 150 learning leaders are already registered.  Details at

3. Learning Directions Briefings in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles & Seattle: Each year, I have the honor of leading 1 day Learning Directions briefings in cities across the United States.  Here is the list of our upcoming Learning Directions Programs:

- New York City - June 1st.
- Los Angeles, CA - June 7th.
- Seattle, WA - June 9th.
- Chicago, IL - June 15th.

Learning Directions Briefings have a limited enrollment to keep the discussions interactive and engaging.  Details and online registration at:

Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie
Host, Learning 2016
Twitter: emasie

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
- Learning Innovations LAB - May 17-19 (2 spaces left) or July 12-14, Saratoga Springs, NY.
- Learning Systems: LMS, LCMS, Social & More! - April 27 and 28, Chicago, IL.
- Learning Directions Briefings: June in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle and Chicago.
- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM.
- Learning 2016 - October 23 to 26 - Orlando, Florida.

Info and Registration: