Putting Technology in the Driving Seat of Learning

drivingIn September 2013, Laura Overton (Towards Maturity) posted an article entitled “Preparing for a future of technology driven corporate learning”. This got me thinking because, up until then, I’d always talked about ‘technology enabled learning’ and the thought of technology actually driving learning had never occurred to me!

What, in particular, caught my eye in Laura’s post was this:

“When I think about the future of L&D, I fear that many L&D professionals will be in for a shock! The stark fact is that in all other aspects of business life, technology is completely turning the way we work inside out and upside down. Business leaders are very clear that technology is a key driver of not just an enabler.”

Well, that certainly told me in no uncertain terms, but then there was more disturbing news:

“The future of corporate L&D is inextricably intertwined with the future of business – if technology is driving change in our business, we have to be open to the fact that it is also driving change in the way that people learn and grow. If CEOʼs are kept awake at night by the fact that business change is required to meet customer expectations, then L&D professionals need to wake up to the needs of their own internal customers who are working in these 21st century workplaces.”

So, if technology is now going to be the driver of learning then what is the future going to look like?  Again, Laura has the answer:

The “Future of learning will not be linked to the latest learning ʻtrendʼ be it mobile, social, 70:20:10 or even blended. But it will be shaped by those who are passionate about contributing to business performance and committed to building skills and confidence of their staff and are willing to lay down preconceived ideas to achieve their goals.”

Then I thought, is Laura alone in thinking like this? The answer is, no, she isn’t. Steve Barden (LINE Communications) has also posted about the same, ie that technology is also a driver of change within organisations to which L&D must respond. Kineo, too, in its latest Learning Insights Report, “Learning at the Speed of Need”, November 2013, has said very much the same, as have Bob Little and Connie Malamed.

What then, do you think about this prediction and, even more importantly, if you agree with it, what impact is it going to have on your job role and all those learners you serve?

Join us for #chat2lrn on Thursday 12 December 08.00PST/11.00EST/16.00GMT and share your views.

Posted by Judith Christian-Carter, crew member of #chat2lrn

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