06 October 2020

The Art and Science of Designing a Learning Technology Ecosystem

Dani Johnson
Co-Founder & Principal Analyst


  • Organizations should think in terms of technology ecosystems, rather than platforms, to promote learning.
  • Each tech ecosystem should speak to the needs of the organization (it’s not possible to cheat off of a neighbor).
  • This report shares leading practices from several leaders and provides a way for leaders to think through their own learning tech ecosystem needs.

This report summarizes the collective knowledge of over 30 learning leaders, providing an in-depth discussion about the rise of the learning tech ecosystem.

Specifically, it provides:

  • A framework for thinking through ecosystem functionalities
  • 6 complete example case studies, complete with learning tech ecosystem diagrams
  • Examples of structures and characteristics of companies that generally subscribe to them
  • Best advice from leaders for creating ecosystems

Click the graphic below to access the PDF version of this report.


Dani Johnson

Dani is Co-founder and Principal Analyst for RedThread Research. She has spent the majority of her career writing about, conducting research in, and consulting on human capital practices and technology. Her ideas can be found in publications such as Wall Street Journal, CLO Magazine, HR Magazine, and Employment Relations. Dani holds an MBA and an MS and BS in Mechanical Engineering from BYU.


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