LEARNING AS YOU KNOW IT IS CHANGING…FAST!
Every so often, there is a moment in time that changes your perspective on what you do and how you do it. Mine occurred in March 2011.
That day, I walked into the eLearning Guild’s conference here in Orlando, Learning Solutions. I had a mission from my manager – learn about mobile technology and learning (also referred to as mLearning). We were starting to do research into what it would take to start delivering training to our clients on mobile devices. These devices would either be a tablet (probably an iPad) or maybe on a phone. What I did not expect was the actual conversation that was really happening at that conference.
What I learned was that social media, the flipped classroom model, storytelling, and hand-held devices were changing the way people acted, thought, and learned. It was as if someone had literally dropped a bomb on the world I was familiar with.
All of a sudden, I needed to be thinking about was bite-sized learning, HTML 5, video production, social media in the workplace, learning environments, and responsive web design.
BOOM! I knew my world changed immediately and I needed to bring the message back to the office that I had seen a shockwave on the horizon of the training industry and that we better start thinking about it immediately or we would be hit with a tsunami of change and we would get run over in a few years.