Netflix Analogies for Corporate Learning – Is It All Just Vudu?

By: Michael Croft

At first glance, there seems to be a multitude of new corporate learning platforms with ratings and graphics, organized in a new yet familiar format that emulates the modern marketplace. This is all good, but what’s under the hood?

Efficient curation needs more than just a new design for organizing content. What about curating engagement, interaction, and comprehension?
Taking the Netflix analogy further, let’s curate movies beyond tracking what the viewer has watched by genre; e.g. let’s curate diverse viewing options (VR, 3D, 4D), let them swap movie endings and beginnings and adjust the storyline. Let the viewer annotate the movie with peers in real-time and have access to the director when questions arise about the plot.

Now we’re getting to the core of a new learning consumption model missing in corporate learning and development. Despite the focus on curating content, content types and delivery hasn’t evolved much in the last twenty years.

This is where Volute has put its efforts. Volute creates new content consumption methods with a self-sustaining educational ecosystem that evolves through innovation of its members. To advance corporate learning and development requires a global and interdisciplinary mindset. This is accelerated through contributions from thought leaders worldwide. Content itself must evolve, and as it does, a new definition of curation will emerge, along with new curation methods.. Corporate training needs learning tools, paired with “engagement interoperability,” to complete the transformation.

Volute curates engagement, interaction, and comprehension by rethinking content type and delivery. If traditional content is a movie, then Volute content is the camera, actors, sets and the script, all of which the user can direct, or “compose” to their liking. They can even hire a director.

As customized learning demands grow, so do scalability issues, which are solved only with composable digital tools. With a universal network of tools for digital learning, curation becomes about the delivery, interaction, and new insights gathered with these tools. Data collected is more granular and precise in terms of how the user is consuming this new content.

Enter the LOR – Learning Object Repository, and the LRS – Learning Record Store. The LOR is the raw content management system. It stores content in standardized formats for interoperability with Learning Management Systems (LMS) and for discoverability of content across LORs. The LRS is a learning analytics repository. As content evolves to be more interactive and experiential, these systems too must evolve. Volute is developing its own LOR to manage new content types within our ecosystem. We are also integrating with new learning analytics partners to better track engagement, interaction and comprehension which is now possible using digital tools.

Volute’s ecosystem can be seamlessly plugged into the individual or institution’s preferred LMS. These online tools can be accessed across mobile devices, laptops, desktops and tablets.

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