Social learning’s not new - there’s always been a water cooler and ways to collaborate in learning. But technology has breathed new life into social learning. Ahead of our new series of Guides on social learning, we look at four habits that you and your colleagues should form in this social age.
Recent blog posts (LMS News & Trends)
Geoff Stead is one of those people that thinks deeply about learning and technology. I have followed him with interest since his days at CTAD in the late 1990s, as he has always had interesting ideas on the application of new technologies to learning. He is also someone that puts his ideas into practice. Geoff is now the Senior Director at Qualcomm leading on Mobile Learning developments and one of the leading thought leaders and innovators in the area. I caught up with him this week to talk about how mobile is transforming learning.
I find it very useful to get different perspectives on trends in the learning and technology market. Many of the key market reports tend to look at things from a US or UK perspective and I am always keen to get different perspectives, such as from Asia or Europe.
I really like data, whilst I am interested in someone’s views I am particularly interested in evidence and insights based on data. Thus I was excited this week to catch up with Laura Overton. Laura is the MD at Towards Maturity and runs one of the largest corporate learning data collection projects. Over tea at the Institute of Directors she took me through the latest data and their findings on high impact learning departments.
I was very lucky this week to catch up with Andy Wooler. Andy is the Academy technology Manager at Hitachi Data Systems and one of the most experienced people I know when it comes to learning management technology. I was keen to get Andy’s take on how learning technology is developing.
Andy is always looking outwards at new technologies and their potential application for learning. What I particularly like about Andy is that he cuts through the hype and has a good sense for what will really work inside large corporates. This is what he had to say about current trends.
If you were an academic institution, you might feel a little bit threatened. Over 60% of organisations now believe that the crown jewel of traditional educators - certifications and diplomas - is about to be dethroned by a new uprising: Digital Badges. That’s the finding of research by Extreme Networks on the current adoption of Digital Badges and prospects for the future.
You know how it goes. You meet that special someone. It’s all great in the beginning - then they turn out to be an artificial intelligence programmed to respond in a specific way. And worse, they think you’re the robotic one. Boy meets droid, you’ve heard it a thousand times.
Last week Marcus Buckingham dropped a well timed bombshell into the world of HR data with his article that “Most HR Data is Bad Data”. Marcus focused on performance reviews and argued that a significant body of evidence over 15 years demonstrates that “each of us is a disturbingly unreliable rater of other people’s performance.” He goes on to say that the rating actually says more about the rater than the person being rated.
A recent report by MarketsandMarkets "Learning Management Systems (LMS) Market : Worldwide Market Forecasts and Analysis (2013 - 2018)" forecasts that the LMS market will grow to $7.83bn by 2018.
Talent Management is very much in vogue but is it more than just the latest buzzword?