Leading the Target: Challenges for 2017

Having grown up in a hunting family, Bill Brandon’s article in Learning Solutions Magazine entitled Leading the Target: Challenges for 2017 caught my attention.  His forecast for 2017 is on the mark.

When you are seeking to hit a moving target with a rifle or bow and arrow, the first thing you are taught is that you must “lead the target.”  If you aim for where the target is when you fire, your shot will be woefully behind the target when it gets there.

If there were ever a moving target in Learning and Development, what we will need to accomplish in 2017 is one.  Brandon points out that while the challenges we face are not new to us, the coming year will be focused on 4 key topics:

  • Learning Analytics
  • Bring Your Own Device and Security
  • Authoring Tools
  • Accessibility

They are being enabled and/or changed by a number of innovations in concepts and technologies:

  • xAPI and cmi5
  • The “realities”: virtual, augmented, mixed
  • Cloud uses for learning
  • Multimodal learning
  • Mobile microlearning
  • Spaced learning
  • Personas

And for good measure, he throws in the fact that the Gig Economy will likely be a disrupting factor in how we go about doing all of this.

I’m in agreement with Brandon in both the fact that none of this is new.  But I also agree that all of this coming together is going to make 2017 a difficult year to hit this moving target.

2017 is going to be all about agility.

Take a look at your personal learning network now.

  •  Are you in touch with the thought leaders in your areas of specialization?
  •  Do you know how the concepts and technologies mentioned above will impact your work?
  • What do you need to learn to be better prepared?

Don’t look at what is being done today.  Lead your target so that you’ll be ready to do what needs to be done tomorrow.

Here Today. Gone Tomorrow?

Will today’s tech trends prove to be long lasting?

Earlier this week Henry Cloke posted an interesting question to the Learning Education and Training Professionals Group on LinkedIn.  I thought I’d repost his question here, provide my answer and then hopefully my silent readers might comment with their answers.

Henry asked, What’s the biggest trend in the learning technologies space (and is it here to stay)?  He put forward six candidates:

  • mLearning – do we really learn on our mobile devices?
  • Bite-sized learning – linked to the rise of mLearning, isn’t this just good practise… didn’t we know this years ago?
  • Gamification – surely it’s time to go beyond badges, points and leaderboards?
  • Game-based learning – expensive and difficult to implement
  • Virtual Reality – expensive and difficult to implement
  • Personalisation – again, this is just good practise – is the industry really just realising this?
  • xAPI – the group added this tool to the list by concensus

My answer to his question was: Continue reading “Here Today. Gone Tomorrow?”

Re-entry.

After a seven year hiatus, it’s time to start up my eelearning blog again.  Unfortunately, I’m not able to get access to the original blog in accordance with WordPress’s recover policies to edit and continue it.  So I’m starting the NEW eelearning and will refer back to the original blog as needed.

My life path took me on a 6 year sojourn with Pearson in Higher Education.  It was challenging, rewarding, and I worked with a great group of colleagues.  But I took the layoff that swept me out the door along with dozens of colleagues in June as a sign that it was time for me to head back to workplace learning.

In the past 6 years, there is much that has changed.  Social Media has moved from novelty to key tools for business and learning, Informal Learning has gained traction as a part of the designed  learning ecosystem in leading organizations, Communities of Practice are everywhere, and there are so many new Learning Professionals to get to know.

Unfortunately, in my ramp up back into workplace learning I’ve discovered somethings haven’t changed much. Continue reading “Re-entry.”