I recently posted my Top 10 eLearning Predictions for 2010 and did a presentation on the topic. You can access a WebEx recording of the presentation here: https://nethope.webex.com/nethope/ldr.php?AT=pb&SP=MC&rID=58772167&rKey=9ac6286700094e6f
Thought I’d do a quick post with some random follow-up thoughts:
Skim Long Posts
I asked at the start of the online session how many people had read my post that basically was very similar content. There were only a few people who answered that they had. And several who said they skimmed it. My guess is that most everyone who saw it prior to the session had taken my advice from long ago Stop Reading - Skim Dive Skim and really just skimmed it.
Social Learning Communities
It was interesting that ASTD DC / Todd Slater has created a Ning community. My belief is that we are going to see lots of virtual communities created as it makes sense to aggregate outside of a local geography for common interests. That certainly goes along with what we’ve done with LearnTrends and what’s going on with social learning.
Is Mobile Learning Real This Time?
A question was asked:
There was a big interest in mobile years back and then it seemed to disappear, we will be seeing this come back?
Mobile learning a couple years ago was an attempt to put courses on mobile devices. There are a few people out there who are claiming success doing this. However, I think the amount of content that people will consume on mobile devices is limited.
Instead, tools, quick reference guides, quick hit videos, etc. will be the real win.
What’s the real change though is that we are becoming used to getting content both via our computer and on our mobile device. Thus the questions will be a bit different this time around.
We’ve come through the trough and are starting to see smart, slow growth.
Home vs. Work
I asked the audience if it was easier to get information at home or at work or about the same. Generally people felt they had easier access at home. This goes along with the prediction that employees will increasingly hack work so that they can get access to information and people they need to reach.
- home is better -- @ work there are blocks on our network as to what we can and can't access
- Firewalls an issue at work
- Work has faster connections
- not supposed to access internet at work
- less network security at most homes, or firewall issues
- Firewalls at work prevent connections
Certainly the issues with access certain sites, e.g., our LearnTrends site that’s hosted by Ning, is an issue. People end up staying home to be able to attend virtual events. That should be a bit of a “wow”.
I ran into a post about Using Twitter at Work. I expected it to be about how to use twitter as a knowledge worker. Instead it was about hacking work.
If you are working for a company that falls in the first category (no social media please), its better that you install a Twitter mobile app on your cell phone and not use the office computer at all for tweeting. After all, your boss will get a web usage report at the month-end and he will easily figure out which sites have you been visiting secretly during office hours.
Fast and Okay Rather Than Slow and Good
One of the predictions I made was that we would be creating more, lower cost learning solutions. There were a couple of great questions/comments around this:
- Learners are trying to absorb the most amount of info in the shortest possible time
- Fast & OK rather than Slow and Good
Well said. There was concern around skills that take time to develop. There will still be that kind of thing. But the pain point for companies and for CLOs is responding to the pace and living up to the commitment that they are going to do more with less.
We had some very interesting exchange around SharePoint. But I had to share the comment:
When I train on SharePoint, the biggest issues is that people don't understand what's possible. They don't know how it will make their lives better. Once they have the vision in mind, it's not too hard to use.
I really think that’s a big source of SharePoint Fear and Loathing by Learning Professionals.
I just read a great post by Dan Pontefract - SharePoint 2010: The New Employee Gateway? that explain a lot of what’s going on around SharePoint and learning organizations.
Google Wave as a Mashup?
When I was discussing Mashups and pointed to the Twitter Captivate Integration and my example of taking notes/asking questions widget, someone suggested:
Google Wave looks like it has a lot of potential for that
Great point! I must look into Google Wave as the basis for social interaction that goes along with a course. It’s instant threaded discussion. Can I easily mash it with a course? Maybe not yet, but soon.
You had to be there – was very glad there were a couple of people who understood me. :)
Turns out that a lot of folks are not familiar with what’s going on around this.
Your number #1 point was how busy everyone is, who has time for virtual worlds???
I agree that access of virtual worlds needs to be as simple as getting into a WebEx session. The barrier is a bit too high right now for mainstream. But it’s amazing that WebEx doesn’t have avatars for participants or any sense of space. I’ve given up on my predictions of a 2.5D virtual world, WebEx type product. But it will happen at some point. It won’t take any more time than what we currently have. And it will make you feel much more part of the event.