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.