The easy way to write this post would be to give you a list of some cool new technologies that are going to define the eLearning space in the near future – say, the next 6 – 12 months.
That’s not what we’re going to do here.
Instead, let’s talk about what’s actually happening in corporate training departments all over the world. We have several different forces at work here, including the employees who ask for specific training in a given area; the training and compliance group, who want a cost-effective training that works; and the external development companies who want to justify their price tags.
Over at the Internet Time Blog, Jay Cross says flat out:
Poorly implemented eLearning is a more expensive alternative to doing nothing at all, and often the results would be the same.
Yikes. But when you think about it, it makes sense. We’ve all seen examples of poorly implemented elearning – the kind that make you want to scream, “Clicking NEXT is not interacting!” Or, perhaps worse, courses that integrate flashy interactions that look cool and high tech – and serve no real learning purpose.
If employees don’t have the information they need when they need it, then your course is ineffective. Worse, you’ve wasted organizational time and money – and perhaps across vast numbers.
The future of corporate training needs to be better. It needs to be less focused on pushing content out to users and instead geared towards convincing uses to pull the content they need in real time.
At the Rapid E-Learning Blog, Tom Kuhlmann gives a great overview of push versus pull learning. The nutshell is that with push learning
you’re not focusing on designing the content as much as you are creating reasons to use the content.
That’s what the future of corporate training must be: a return to the fundamental principles of instructional design. A focus on delivering content that users can find when they need it so that they access it, learn it, and use it.
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