What Every L&D Professional Needs to Know About E-Learning
E-Learning experts Clive Shepherd and Laura Overton recently provided an outstanding 20-page booklet titled "What Every L&D Professional Needs to Know About E-Learning." Available for free online (registration required), this booklet is valuable for newcomers to the learning and development field as well as more seasoned professionals. After some introductory information it includes sections for what they refer to as self-paced content, live online sessions, online distance learning, knowledge sharing, simulations and virtual worlds, and computers in the classroom. Of particular value are the case studies provided for each section. See also Clive's blog posting where he describes this booklet, their purpose in creating it, and more.
All About Subject Matter Experts
Most content developers or instructional designers who have developed training materials—whether for classroom use or for e-Learning—have likely worked with SMEs: Subject Matter Experts. Such experiences can be a mix of frustration and rewarding moments. The ASTD Learning Circuits Blog "Big Question" for September was on this subject: Working with Subject Matter Experts. This has generated over a dozen comments and over a dozen blog postings in response, so if you are interested in this subject you've now got a wealth of great reading to do. And if you want even more insights and didn't participate in the live event, see the transcript of the recent "Learn Chat" Twitter session on Subject Matter Experts.
Roger Schank on What Can Be Taught
In September, the always provocative Roger Schank wrote a two-part article for eLearn Magazine titled "What Can Be Taught." (This was a follow-up to his equally thought-provoking July article titled "What Cannot Be Taught.")
In describing what can be taught, Schank analyzes the subject into 16 types of learning. In Part 1 he considers conscious processes, and in particular prediction, judgment, modeling, experimentation, describing, and managing. Then in Part 2 he covers subconscious processes (step-by-step, artistry, and valuing), analytic processes (diagnosis, planning, causation), and mixed processes (influence, teamwork, negotiation, goals.)
Josh Bersin on "From E-Learning to We-Learning"
On September 25, industry analyst Josh Bersin wrote a provocative posting at his blog The Business of Talent, titled "From E-Learning to We-Learning." He begins by noting what we all have recently witnessed: "The corporate training industry is undergoing some major changes. Over the last few months we have been involved in many discussions with organizations about the tremendous needs to build, manage, and formalize their social and collaborative learning programs. This is being driven by many factors: the slowing economy, the "always-connected" nature of the workforce, and the explosion of social software tools and platforms now available."
He then proceeds to give a quick history of the development of the e-Learning industry, concluding with "So this 12-year evolution of "e-Learning" has been exciting, innovative, and transformational. Today many corporate clients tell us that 70% or more of their corporate training (measured by instructional hours) is done online. Such a concept was unthinkable in 1998."
He then states and defends five predictions about what he calls "We-Learning" (a.k.a., social learning, collaborative learning, and learning 2.0):
- We-Learning will shift some focus away from traditional training, and create a need to learn new disciplines.
- e-Learning did not, despite predictions, kill traditional training and education. Nor will "We-Learning" totally replace carefully designed training programs.
- We-Learning will create markets for many new tools and platforms.
- We-Learning will change our behavior in corporate training.
- We-Learning will demand a change in culture and leadership.
McKinsey Survey Data on Business and Web 2.0
On a related note, in September, the McKinsey Quarterly provided an impressive interactive tool that provides interactive charts of the data from their three-year survey of business uses of Web 2.0 technologies. Their survey examines the business use of 12 technologies and tools: blogs, mash-ups, microblogging, peer to peer, podcasts, prediction markets, rating, RSS, social networking, tagging, video sharing, and wikis. One interactive also contains a nearly five-minute audio guide from Michael Chui, "A consultant with McKinsey and one of the drivers of the Web 2.0 research initiative." In addition, see the related McKinsey Quarterly article that provides insights into this data, "How Companies Are Benefiting From Web 2.0: McKinsey Global Survey Results." See also the earlier McKinsey Quarterly item, "Six Ways To Make Web 2.0 Work." (Premium membership needed to read these two articles in full.)
LearnTrends Event and Innovation Awards
Corporate Learning Trends 2009 is a free, online, non-profit conference on innovation in corporate learning. It’s a labor of love from industry leaders George Siemens, Tony Karrer, and Jay Cross, and will be held online from November 17-19. The theme for this year's event is Convergence in Corporate Learning. For more information, visit the LearnTrends social networking site.
In conjunction with this online conference ,the group is also holding a LearnTrends 2009 Innovation Awards competition. As Jay Cross notes at his blog:
"The awards will recognize products, projects, and companies that represent significant innovation in corporate/workplace learning and performance. Winners will be announced and will be asked to do short presentations during the LearnTrends 2009 event. ...There is no entry fee. (And no fancy plaque either.) We very much want to get nominations from all corners. (Innovation occurs at all levels.)"
Updates from Element K
I'll again end this roundup posting with links to our newsletter service that we launched in June. Each newsletter includes several articles of relevance to the Learning and Development field, as well as updates about Element K events and our latest product releases. You can see the latest newsletters here: June, July, August, September, and October.
— Thomas Stone ([email protected])