Judging from the ATD conference agenda, more people thinking about Learning Data. That's a great thing. As we see from the topics there, we're on the cusp of doing some really exciting things with it.
We've all heard the (apocryphal) Chinese curse 'May he live in interesting times.'
The world's never the same after a pandemic. After the black death killed half the population of Europe, peasants learned new skills to allow them to replace deceased workers and escaped serfdom forever. The 1918 "Spanish 'Flu" led to the creation of the WHO - a worldwide coordinated approach to improving health.
“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work." (Thomas Edison)
Most of us devote significant effort to collecting feedback and assessment of our training. We seek to improve our delivery, our materials and the end user experience while measuring the business impact to support future training resources. For now, let's think about the latter.
As a former lecturer, I say this with a degree of sheepishness but I hate being lectured to! I want my learning to be individual and fill me with curiosity. It should allow me to explore, collaborate, discuss.
I'm often asked about authoring tools - either for recommendations or I am asked whether we can build courses using them (the answer is yes - we use all of them by the way). However as we do have some expereience with them all, I thought I'd take the opportunity to provide a quick update on where the world's at with authoring tools.
eLearning courses have multiple standards to choose from for sending results.
A recent three-nation survey on Learning Transfer conducted by a consortium led by the University of Sussex made for some salutary reading.