Ladan 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.