May 13

What are the learning trends for 2015?

Here are a few ideas from around the web:

Three Trends That Will Influence Learning and Teaching in 2015

10 Trends to Personalize Learning in 2015

5 Trends for the Future of Learning and Development

Top 10 eLearning Trends For 2015 Infographic

(More for “education” than adult learning)
5 Education Tech Trends For 2015

Apr 25

Where do we go from here?

A while ago a colleague asked about where I thought L&D was going and how I was preparing for it. Here is my slightly edited response:

I love doing live mult-iday LILT (Live Instructor-Led Training). But I think that model is waning. Shorter attention spans, changes in P-16 schooling and a leaner workforce will likely make longer classes less and less popular outside of some limited uses (e.g. onboarding, perhaps, where multi-week programs are not unusual). I see shorter, more focused online VILT (Virtual Instructor Led Training) or other elearning events along with coaching and mentoring becoming more popular. Agile or similar — or maybe even leaner — tools will likely be used to develop those learning activities. Continue reading

Jan 27

It’s all eLearning

There has been a lot of discussion recently about informal learning and social learning and [insert some other buzzword] learning. In their 2012 State of the Industry Report ASTD noted a rise in learning using “technology-based methods”. That got me thinking, “what might that include”?

Surely it includes synchronous eLearning (VILT) and asynchronous eLearning. The range of the latter is enormous. When most of us hear “eLearning” we thing of some computer-assisted instruction. There are probably sections of slides or images with text and “Next” and “Previous” buttons. There may be audio narration and there are probably quizzes and games to “involve” the learner.

Isn’t contributing to a discussion on LinkedIn a form of eLearning? We cannot debate the “e” part, but some might question the “learning”. Sure some discussions have little learning value, but is that different from those held in a classroom on on a college campus or even in the off-campus pub or coffee shop? And contributers have the web handy and can (but not necessarily will) research their points before making them. Yes, one may have to do a lot of sifting, but this is informal eLearning. Continue reading

Jan 02

Electronics and social media in the training room

A colleague asked about using social media in “training”. She said that at her company there was some resistance to learners using electronics in the classroom.
I am not sure the domain in which she working. I work in a mostly technical domain. There we have been using Wikis and other social tools for many years for documentation, making it easier for geographically dispersed teams work more closely and to increase interaction among and between teams who are not sitting within a few feet of each other.
I encourage the use of electronics in my training room, if they are used to deal directly with the content. I wish more people would take notes electronically — then they are searchable and not tossed in a binder or file. I wish people in the same company who take the same class would collaborate on social media about the content (I usually have participants from many organizations in the same event). If they do that, they all learn more. Continue reading