Technology is eating your job (part 2) — For those who need more convincing  — by Michelle Martin



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The reason I’m harping on technology so much is because for most of us, I believe this is a ticking time bomb we are trying to ignore. Most of us want to keep our heads down and just keep working, hoping that we aren’t going to be the ones displaced by a piece of software or some other form of automation.

This will be a mistake. And it will blow up in your face. You need to start thinking now about how to future-proof yourself as much as possible so that you’re more prepared for this breaking wave of technology.


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This is truly a troubling subject. I often ask myself the following questions:

  • Is an entire swath of people being left behind?
  • Am I in that swath?
    (It sure feels like it at times; it feels like the tidal waves of change are washing over us and we’re all starting to flail about. Perhaps it’s too early to tell, but I think we’ll all feel this soon.)
  • What do we do about this developing situation?  What does it mean for K-12? Higher ed? The corporate world?

Thanks Michelle for the important posting/heads-up!

For some solutions/thoughts here, see Michelle’s posting:



50 suggestions for implementing 70-20-10 (2) — from Jay Cross


The 70 percent: learning from experience

People learn by doing. We learn from experience and achieve mastery through practice.

ADDIE must die! — from by David Grebow


What’s Missing?
As I read over this list, I kept missing some simple questions. Here are just a few:

  • What is the real problem and will it still be a problem by the time we [are] finished with the training program?
  • Does this help produce a learning experience that is social?
  • Will the program enable a community of learners who can be in contact after the program?
  • What is the best solution? Are we taking ALL the ways people can learn into account?
  • Does the solution really call for a training program? Would other approaches work as well if not better?
  • Will a passing test score mean people really learned how-to do something?
  • Does the solution relate directly to my business goals?
  • How can I measure the results?  Improved performance? Faster time-to-performance? More sales? More successful innovation?

Using ADDIE the answer was more often than not a resounding “NO”.

There’s another model for learning that asks more appropriate questions, and works for Enterprise 2.0 programs.

I’ll cover it in Part Two: The Better Learning Model


From DSC:
David brings up some excellent points in his 10/17/12 posting above. 

What gets me here is why, after having just graduated w/ my Masters in Instructional Design for Online Learning in June 2011, was ADDIE the most predominantly taught Instructional Design (ID) model throughout the entire program?  What the (*@%^^?   How long does it take to get new thinking/new models into our education-related programs? (Sebastian Thrun asked a similar question in his recent keynote address at the 18th Annual Sloan Consortium Conference on Online Learning:  “Why haven’t Colleges of Education contacted him about what’s working with Udacity!?!”  Why did 170 of his face-to-face students opt to take his more game-like online-based course?)

Phrases popping into my mind:

  • Streams of content
  • Communities of practice
  • Communities of inquiry
  • Real-time, training on demand
  • Informal learning
  • Staying relevant
  • Reinventing ourselves
  • Engagement





Excerpt from  Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie – August 15, 2012 — #737 – Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.

2. The “e” in e-Learning, Vanishing?
One of my habits it to look for shifts in the language of learning. What terms are organizations using more, using differently or even dropping.

Lately, The MASIE Center has noticed a marked DECREASE in the use of “e” in e-Learning.  Here are some indicators that we are tracking:

  • Fewer “e”-Learning positions in organizations.  As we analyze several databases of learning professionals in the United States, we are seeing more than a 20% decrease in the number of titles that have e-Learning included.  e-Learning Developers are now more likely to be called Learning Developers or Designers.  Even in the world of external consultants or designers, there are fewer pure e-Learning job roles.
  • Fewer organizations are labeling their digital learning programs or modules as e-Learning. We see a slight increase in the use of on-line, a decrease in the use of “virtual” and many are just labeling them as Learning or Training programs, with reference to the delivery being via webinar, distributed or on their learning portal.
  • Webinars are growing but not referenced as e-Learning.  In fact, almost all of the more engaged, social or collaborative learning formats have drifted away from using the term e-Learning as their primary category.
  • Video Segments, ala Knowledge You-Tube elements, are growing in popularity and are rarely called e-Learning.
  • “User Supplied Content” is rarely called e-Learning, though it is more often than not in digital format.
  • Mixed and Blended Learning is also using the phrase e-Leaning less frequently.
  • Mobile and Device friendly learning programs are more likely to refer to the mobility platform rather than e-Learning.
  • In many organizations, e-Learning has become associated with compliance based required “check” off programs. Some learners may like the time flexibility for the on-line program but many do not associate e-Learning with performance outcomes.

Let’s assume that all learning – as we go forward – will use a MIX of on-demand and live content, context and collaboration.  Some will be highly designed and some will be real-time.  Some will be digitally connected and some will be face to face.  At Learning 2012, we will chatting about the changing language of learning. From career paths, to college programs to labeling our learning offerings – it is time to shift the use of the “e” as electronic and instead see the embedded “e” in Learning to mean:

  • Everywhere.
  • Everyone.
  • Evolving.
  • Effective.
  • Efficient.
  • Everytime.
  • Embedded.
  • Engaging.


Addendums on 8/16/12:

Why higher education is looking for e-Learning leaders — from by Tanya Roscorla


Universities and community colleges are posting job openings for a range of e-learning leadership positions, reflecting the growing popularity of online education.

Is it time to remove the ‘e’ and ‘m’ from learning? Yes and no — from RJ Jacquez


This is becoming a question I get asked frequently, and I also see it asked quite a bit to other people. I happen to think this is a very valid question, especially as people begin to participate in conferences and conversations on the topic of using mobile for learning.  To me there are good arguments for answering yes and no. Let me explain.



The new workplace — from by Jay Cross

Excerpt (emphasis by DSC):

Six years ago few people believed that informal learning made much of a difference. Today’s common wisdom is that most workplace learning is experiential, unplanned, social, and informal.

Informal learning tops many training department agendas. Companies are attracted by the low price tag. However, few of them are doing much systematically. They’ve converted a few programs but they’ve failed to improve their learning ecosystems.

We’ve shifted how we think about learning since the Informal Learning book came out. It’s a new ball game and we need to play by new rules. Consider what’s changed…

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If this is the case, what could/should that mean for those of us working within higher education?

ExoPC and Panama team up to bring ‘tablet desks’ to students— from and The classroom of the future: Panama wants to give students “tablet desks” — from by Doug Drinkwater



The teacher controls the interactive board using an user friendly interface


Adobe Photoshop Controller for EXOdesk
Adobe Photoshop TM Controller for EXOdesk makes it possible to control Photoshop TM from an EXOdesk in order to boost your productivity.


What’s happening in the workplace? — from by Jan Johnson


The evolving office in 2012, equipped with Allsteel’s collaborative furniture collection, Gather



Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Steelcase, and IDEO Collaborate to Innovate on the Future of Meetings and Work
Marriott Hotels & Resorts Launches “The Future of Work Innovation Co-Labs” To Offer Enhanced Hosted Work Experiences for Gen X and Gen Y Global Travelers.

Excerpt (emphasis DSC):

Los Angeles, Calif. – The nature of work is changing: it’s mobile, fast-paced and global. While most people demand choice and control to work when and how they want, wherever they are, working remotely doesn’t always offer consistent options when it comes to access, comforts and convenience. Marriott Hotels & Resorts, the flagship brand of Marriott International (NYSE:MAR); Steelcase, the world’s leading workplace experience provider; and global design and innovation consultancy, IDEO, today announced a collaboration to design, create and test innovative concepts and solutions for the future of work and meetings in hotels. The collaboration comes to life this week as a showcase of these potential solutions is unveiled at the Marriott Hotels & Resorts Global General Manager Conference in Los Angeles.

 Also see: -- The Next Office from Steelcase


The new Steelcase space in Strasbourg

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  • .The Pitfalls of sitting too close — from by Kelly Eggers
    It sure sounded like a good idea. When Tuft and Lach Law, a small law practice in St. Paul, Minn. opted for open, shared office space, they didn’t expect to hate it. After all, numerous academic studies have shown that workers are more productive in open offices and, in the trendsetting tech industry, open plans are standard. For the law firm, it didn’t work out that way. “We had a receptionist and secretary sharing a workstation,” said Thomas Tuft. “The one with the biggest voice could be heard on the other’s phone calls and in attorney offices by clients on the phone with the attorneys.” If two people had to take a call simultaneously, they were forced to whisper..
  • Creating Learning Spaces Through Collaboration – The Library is a 3rd Place to Consider — from Aaron Cohen Associates
  • Space-saving dome shaped bookshelf built into workspace ceiling – – from


Space-Saving Dome Shaped Bookshelf Built Into Workspace Ceiling


A sample image from University of Exeter item re: learning spaces


The refurbished Forum Library
opens 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Addendum on 5/24/12:




Resources for finding out how long it takes to develop eLearning — from by Karl Kapp

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One resource mentioned was from the Chapman Alliance, from September 2010, of which these figures are from:


Magic Quadrant for Corporate Learning Systems — from Gartner

Figure 1.Magic Quadrant for Corporate Learning Systems

Source: Gartner (March 2011)


Market Definition/Description
CLSs continue to expand the functionality and robustness of their components. The five core components that a CLS should provide are:

  • LMS — supports the administration and management of learning programs, such as assessment, records management, provisioning of learning, management of training resources and reporting.
  • LCMS and content authoring tools — enable the creation, storage, delivery and reuse of learning content.
  • Virtual classrooms and multimodal e-learning delivery — underpin various approaches to learning, including formal (for example, instructor-led), structured social, informal and blended styles.
  • Social learning — supports the collaborative learning activities of individuals and teams, as well as the creation and interaction of communities of learners.
  • Professional services — help create custom content, develop learning strategies and support implementation.

Millions of TV’s (as completely converged/Internet-connected devices) = millions of learners?!?

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The other day, I created/posted the top graphic below. Take the concepts below — hook them up to engines that use cloud-based learner profiles — and you have some serious potential for powerful, global, ubiquitous learning! A touch-sensitive panel might be interesting here as well.

Come to think of it, add social networking, videoconferencing, and web-based collaboration tools — the power to learn would be quite impressive.  Multimedia to the nth degree.

Then add to that online marketplaces for teaching and learning — where you can be both a teacher and a learner at the same time — hmmm…



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Then today, I saw Cisco’s piece on their Videoscape product line! Check it out!







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