What should come as news to, well, no one, is that in the age of search, social, mobile, and now, wearable technologies, learner expectations have changed dramatically. What should also come as no surprise is that corporate Learning & Development (L&D) organizations have been slow in responding to these changes, with over 80% of training still delivered in a formal manner via ILT, virtual and self-paced eLearning.
Bryan Chapman is renowned for teaching world-class organizations how to implement successful single-source learning development strategies. On September 12th, Bryan practiced what he has been preaching all along during a webinar attended by nearly 1000. He took his single-source workshop materials and using Xyleme LCMS technology, created a full course on the topic. His main focus: the idea that from a single-source, content can be output to any format: student guides, instructor guides, eLearning, tablet apps and smartphone apps, just to name a few.
I will be dating myself here, but so much of the orthodoxy in the instructional design process was forged back in the late 80’s and early 90’s when the only Computer-Based Training (CBT) tools were Toolbook for the PC, and Hypercard for the Mac. Back then, the metaphor was a deck of cards and each card was a 640×480 screen’s worth of content. Due to the technical constraints it became a law that “pages must not scroll”. The idea that you might allow scrolling was to many an Instruction Designer taboo.
I attended a webinar two week’s ago featuring Stacey Harris of Brandon Hall Group and Mark Hellinger of Xyleme. The topic of conversation was this idea of going mobile with your learning; a hot topic in the learning space no doubt. They touched on the concept that learning expectations have shifted with all of the new technology, which has caused change among those who are initially developing the content.