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Mar
16

Learning Architect – Navigating The Transition

In a recent TrainingPros Learning Views webinar, Easy Learning That Works, I presented a historical perspective on how instructional designers have worked for years in an “if you build it, they will come” cycle of course development. The assumption was that we build courses and learners will take our courses was a given. But in the last decade, with the emergence of a new generation of learners AND new technologies such as Google search, Siri, learning games, and social learning, it seems that learners are moving on to learn without us! What does this mean for the future of instruction systems design? Is it becoming a skill of bygone days?

I shared an infographic to show how the older and more traditional ways of learning such as classroom and eLearning require a fairly extensive amount of instructional design expertise and a long development cycle. Learning that is embedded in work, such as EPSS and on-the-job learning, requires less expertise and a shorter development cycle. And the newest technologies available allow learning to take place with minimal skill and time from an instructional designer.

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Jul
09

Webinar Recap – Media Selection

In a recent Learning Views webinar that I led, Innovations in Media Selection, we looked at media selection within the context of Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy of Learning. We considered a wide array of currently available media, as well as emerging trends, and how we can best combine those media for an optimum learning experience.

The graphic below shows a high level view of media strategies within their areas of application.

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Mar
13

Is ILT Going The Way Of The Rotary Phone?

Is ILT Going the Way of the Rotary Phone? The short answer is no. Instructor-led training (ILT) is here to stay but less and less it will be the training strategy of choice. We will continue to employ face-to-face classroom experiences for smaller audiences where the interplay among the students and with the instructor is critical to the success of the learning experience. However, ILT is now one of a smorgasbord of learning strategies available to L&D organizations. Ten years ago learning delivery options included ILT, web-based training (WBT) and on-the-job training (OJT). Audience size and location were the primary drivers determining which strategy was selected -- large distributed audiences got WBT, smaller local audiences get ILT or OJT, etc. Now, due to new technologies and innovative ideas in the design of learning methods, there is a diner-like menu of training methods available for learning organizations, including: MOOCs, mobile learning, learning bursts, ILT, OJT, Webinars, podcasts, inside-the-firewalls social media collaboration platforms, Google-like EPSS and more. Further complicating the selection of delivery methods is the new layer of criteria organizations now have to consider when determining which methods are most appropriate, including: learning preferences for Millennials v Gen Xers v Gen Yers, corporate culture, regulatory environment (HIPAA), globalization requirements (localization for culture and language), technology infrastructure, audience size, audience turnover and more.

What are the implications of having more learning delivery options available to us and the plethora of organizational drivers impacting which strategies should be employed by an organization?

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