Friday, June 10, 2011

Embrace Change

“Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. 
        -  Alphonse Karr, Novelist
As I prepare to talk about social networking and learning next week at the eLearning DevCon 2011, I can't help thinking that a lot of what we call new isn't really new at all.  Most of the things we do today are rooted in what traditionally works when people interact.  And after all, that's what Learning is in most cases: people interacting.

Even when you consider the notion of self-p[aced or computer based tutorials, those were still designed by a person to be consumed by another person.  it's still interaction, albeit asynchronous.  Some day maybe computers will be smart enough to figure out what a learner's information needs are without human interaction on the design side, but probably not in my working lifetime.

The real fun and excitement in this industry for me are the new tools however.  I am a self admitted "geek," and the new bells and whistles hold my attention like a fish and shiny lure.  That's why I am so excited about the DevCon.  There will be a lot of shiny things.

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