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I have been writing for some time about innovation and its impact on learning. Social collaboration, the cloud, massive open online course (MOOC)-style learning that reaches wider audiences – this explosion of innovation has been altering our view of learning and changing the roles of traditional players. New roles like ‘gardener’ and ‘facilitator’ provide guidance and nurture ideas during learning interactions. Teaching and learning have become a fluid exchange, enabled by technology and enhanced by a fertile learning ecosystem.

 

Technology has certainly disrupted the status quo in learning by allowing greater access to on-demand online resources. But perhaps the biggest boon is how it has created an ecosystem of learners who are interacting and sharing information and ideas. In fact, learners are now far more likely to learn from one another than ever before.

 

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Learning doesn’t just flow in one direction

The very nature of learning is rooted in our desire to share knowledge. It is social and collaborative, and as with product development in the innovation economy, collaboration is a key factor in success.  Input can come from customers and partners alike, and opens the floodgates for the best ideas to flow from any direction. Infusing the ecosystem with exposure to a wider audience can increase its resilience and value.

 

This can be said for learning as well. SAP has long had a collaborative approach to innovation, and this holds true now more than ever for SAP Education. Along with some exciting new developments happening now, SAP Learning Hub will soon allow partners to share their approved by SAP learning content and practices with the SAP ecosystem at large, ensuring that best practices in learning come from a diversity of ideas.

 

Much as the transformation from a traditional, instructor-led learning environment to a more collaborative, student-led one resulted in deeper engagement and better outcomes for students, infusing the ecosystem with approved learning content from partners can help cultivate even more fertile learning.

 

Spring is the air, so it’s an ideal time to start planting those seeds!

 

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