Wither we like it or not, technology solutions are cheap and the go to panacea for training

technologyI came across another discussion on the Chief Learning Officer Magazine group on LinkedIn started by Ladan Nikravan Senior Editor at MediaTec Publishing.

As the pace of organizations has increased and technology has become a convenient enabler, has the learning field lost touch with the science of design?

I was glad to see that many people are mentioning instructional models and how they are not rigidly followed today. But why is that? Constraints are placed on every project especially when it comes to training. The “Good, Fast, or Cheap” adage is nothing new to us because we can only “pick two” when it comes to thinking about the:

  • Quality of design in a training event
  • Time it takes to develop a training event plus time for learners to participate and perform to standard
  • Cost to design/develop a training event plus the cost of learners to participate

Wither we like it or not, technology solutions are cheap and the go to panacea for training. Although is it at the expense of quality? Check out some of my recent postings about the eLearningManifesto created by CLO members, Clark Quinn and Will Thalheimer. They describe many prevailing characteristics of today’s eLearning, e.g., on size fits all solutions, more efficient for authors rather than learners, do not go beyond testing simple facts that are difficult to apply to new situations, etc.

What are some common compromises that you see your organization make when it comes to training?


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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