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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

eLearning Trends 2007 and 2008

See also - Ten Predictions for eLearning 2008

I was talking with someone last night who asked me what some of the bigger eLearning Trends were. I told him about eLearning 2.0 and the move to DIY. But I also promised to point him to some of my posts that I thought would help him get a handle on the most important eLearning Trends going on today:

This is a hopeless exercise because of the depth and breadth of what's happening in eLearning. However, this should be a good basis for diving in deeper.


Unknown said...

Hi Tony, this is great! Not only am I new in the eLearning arena but a spanking brand new blooger! Read your article on the 10 ten reasons to blog and not to blog and now this article. You are helping me get a leg up on my new job. Thanks! Renee'

Harold Jarche said...

this is a good first-stop for anyone new to the issue. It would make a fine addition to your First Time Visitor Guide (which I may finally get up on my blog some day).


Tony Karrer said...

Renee - thanks for the nice comments. FYI - when I click on your profile it tells me "profile not available" - so I can't figure out your blog.

Harold - good suggestion!

Rita Kop said...

Hi Tony
These all sound great from a techie perspective, but I would have expected to find a great big piece on engaging and training the teachers, trainers and lecturers in your list. If we want any of these innovations to take off or take place, engagement by teaching staff is crucial. Or would you be happy to wait for change in educational institutions to happen till all 'digital immigrants' have died out?
Learning technologists seeing the potential for change does not equate with the tools being used and for change to take place!

Tony Karrer said...

Rita - that's a great point. I focus primarily on corporate and so am less aware of the challenges of getting teachers/professors/etc. to embrace the radical changes that are going to occur in education. In the corporate world, there's a difficult task ahead of helping people catch up to what's happening. In some ways, people working in training and performance were just catching up to web-based training (eLearning 1.0). One of my constant refrains is that we all need to become better learners ourselves so we can begin to understand how to help others...

This post discusses exactly this.

Thanks for calling me on this!

Unknown said...

Tony, you can't find my blog yet as it's getting set up. My company, Yugma, has me checking out other blogs about web conferencing and eLearning to get the landscape going in my head. I love this whole arena. My focus here will be to promote Yugma sales and to focus on the critical educational pieace of practical learning. So oooo, I hope you see me around in the near future but until then - I'll keep on the forward path and hope to create one as well.

Unknown said...

Hi! I'm writing the article on current elearning trends, and your blog is such a great repository of news, facts and interesting topics. Thank you for sharing your knowledge! I find your blog and posted comments very useful!

Tony Karrer said...

Thanks for the nice comment Joanna.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the nice post!

Riteshjha said...

Web Conferencing is technique which is used for e-learning in this.In a web conference, each participant sits at his or her own computer and is connected to other participants via the internet.

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Cheryl McNeil said...

The elearning field is ever changing and every growing, but it all becomes just different ways to reach your audience and keeping them engaged in the learning environment. This might take the form of a game, a social network or tradition power point presentation.chy