Why do we need to know the hottest eLearning trends? Why not innovate learning with what we already have?

learnLadan Nikravan Senior Editor at MediaTec Publishing, asked the following question in a LinkedIn group that I follow, Chief Learning Officer Magazine. “What Are Today’s Hottest Learning Trends? Every year there’s new learning and development technology in the market, but many of the tools and trends don’t stick. In your opinion, what are the best tools and trends currently on the market, and what would you advise your peers to adopt?” Here is how I answered:

While there is always a push for eLearning, online learners no matter what we do are still “learning alone” even when in a MOOC that may have thousands of students. So what do we do? Through using something as simple as Twitter (which most of us are already connected) the learning can come outside of the classroom and into learners pockets when they followed the class hashtag. They they will probably still stay connected with these learners, reading their blogs, continuing conversations, and sharing resources. This is such a rewarding way to build our learners PLN and have them engage in effective eLeanring pedagogy. While they are still “learning alone” they have made lasting connections with the content, their peers, and the instructor.

It is not always about what new “invention” is out there to adopt. It is about how we can “innovate” with what we already have. This is how we can increase learning! It takes “incite” for an instructional designer to work with a client and find the most effective and efficient way to have the learners perform to standard after the training.

Technology doesn’t train people. Students interacting with the technology to learn content, engaging with other learners, and receiving feedback from an instructor trains people.

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About DaveHallmon

With experience in web, graphic, and instructional design, Dave maintains a balance between what is efficient and effective in every message. He always focuses on the why and how rather than "just doing it" to get the job done. By day he works at a leading university designing online courses that support 9,000 students in 64 countries. He works directly with faculty to brainstorm, design, and develop their online instruction utilizing the Adobe suite. He also teaches for the university as an adjunct faculty member in the area of web design. By night he is a devoted husband, father, freelancer, and adventurer of the outdoors. His other interests include LifeHacker, Science Fiction and Hayao Miyazaki movies, Settlers of Catan, and coffee with friends. He currently lives in St. Louis and has an M.S. in Instructional Design and aspires to pursue a professional degree in content marketing and strategy. Visit the links below for more information about his interests and design work.
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9 Responses to Why do we need to know the hottest eLearning trends? Why not innovate learning with what we already have?

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  6. akanksha says:

    A very different perspective! Sometime we do get so bogged down by doing everything by the book and following trends to create e-learning that we forget that it is possible to create e-learning with what we already have or know. Here are a few ways of providing trainings – tried and tested – something that we already know and can use – http://www.gc-solutions.net/blog/demystifying-how-we-learn-at-the-workplace-creating-pathways-for-impactful-learning/

  7. DaveHallmon says:

    Thanks for your thoughts Arunima and sharing the resource. Great minds think alike 🙂 I hope we can collaborate on something in the future.

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