CAEA ~ DePaul University, School of Continuing and Professional Studies
Do you feel the shift? The Power Shift? In the past, Information has been owned by the few. But technology has transferred knowledge to the many and it has changed the game. Students now learn from sources anywhere/anytime; grass-roots citizens have a greater role in shaping public policy; and, consumers are driving products and services like never before. As a result, we all need to reassess, adapt, and develop new strategies for success. We all are faced with a new learning agenda. What has been your experience? Has technology, for example, given you more control or less control in your work...in your life?
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I'm wondering if anyone saw the episode of Grey's Anatomy on 2/3 (okay, it's a guilty pleasure :-). One of the story lines focused on using twitter in an informal/situated learning context. We must be on to something!
Here's a link to a clip: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xgvu8z_grey-s-anatomy-dr-bailey-tw...
As a learner, it is exciting to think that I can drive my own learning! Using technology to search out and collect knowledge....even to some extent get "real world" exposure. However, from a "teacher/trainer" point of view I feel that I am constantly trying to keep up with "tech" tools and resources...and how to distinguish a "fad" from what will be a valuable source in the future....and should there be some controls in place? Kurtis....I'm looking forward to hearing more about your experiences and how you are navigating how technology is shifting the way we learn, work and play.
I don't know what scares me more... the laziness or the result of the laziness. One of my concerns is that the technology and how information is structured may actually encourage people to only search for and receive 'snippets' of information. As a result they don't develop an understanding of the bigger picture. And let's not even get into the discussion about the accuracy of the information!
Here's an example of using technology to bring history alive. See this YouTube clip that describes reliving the challenges of the '60's and the civil rights movement. It is an example of using a virtual simulation to experience a piece of history!
From a training perspective, advances in technology are requiring me to shift from developing training that is 'instructor-focused' to training that is more 'learner-focused'. In general, technology is now making it necessary for professionals to look at alternative ways (such as Twitter, podcasts, blogs, etc.) to deliver information. Also, we're no longer providing just training; we need to provide additional learning events such as pre-work, performance support tools, access to communities of experts, etc. Because of normal day-to-day experiences, people are expecting to receive information using these formats. (For example, my son's would rather text than call!) Unfortunately, not all companies are keeping pace with what's available.
Finally, the technology shift has been great for me as a learner. Most of what I've learned with regards to effective development in Articulate... I've gotten from on-line communities and YouTube!
I can relate to your frustration. The bad news is that we're always behind. The good news is that we're ALL behind so you're not alone!
As a facilitator myself, I think that one of the best things about the technology is that it's going to allow us to 're-insert' the social aspect of learning that was missing for all those years everyone was putting EVERYTHING online(regardless of whether or not it was appropriate).