Building a Learning Ecosystem for UMHS

May 17, 2016 9:45 AM – 11:15 AM

Ellen Meiselman, BA Barb Eckstein, MS
University of Michigan Health System

The University of Michigan Health System is designing and building a learning ecosystem based on a service-oriented architecture to provide a flexible, adaptive environment that will meet the needs of a rapidly changing workplace.

The learning ecosystem is founded on several key infrastructure pieces which provide the data streams and web services necessary to deliver and track learning activities accurately. These include an enterprise data bus devoted to learning data developed by our own technical team and a SCORM/AICC/xAPI tracking engine provided by a vendor.

Besides enabling a best-of-breed approach to meeting requirements, it is designed in a plug-in structure in recognition of the fact that we can not always know in advance what learners and departments may want to use to support learning, and we want to empower them to experiment with a low barrier to entry and integration.

Additions planned for the ecosystem in the near term include a custom-designed assignment service, a learning path designer, a learner dashboard and a competency-oriented observational assessment tool.