The emergence of new technology has changed its position in how education and learning is delivered now. It’s allowed the learning providers who choose to engage with the technology to do powerful analysis on learner behaviours to precisely target and optimize the most effective way of delivering learning contents. And most important of all, this method of delivery of education and development also means, providers can easily capture a tangible evidence based record to prove value for money. Furthermore giving learners full control of their learning pathway which is key to learner centred approach of delivering training and education.
In our current financial downtime and as we are in the austerity measures phase, this is the perfect and creative way to maximise our effort to accelerate us into the 21st century content delivery methodology. For us to be in the mix, we need to challenge ourselves and be creative in our thinking and develop complete new mind set both as learners and providers. This means we need to reinvent and move away from the traditional methods of classroom based learning or teaching with a teacher, an instructor-led, a trainer or a learning facilitator providing education, content delivery or whatever we are trying to teach.
We now have a different kind of students, audiences or learner with learning behaviour completely different from those of several decades ago and as such it is paramount that learning providers, teachers, facilitators etc. adapt to new up to date and current, technology enabled learning methodology. Social media sites such as YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Podcast, Blogs etc. are few to mention which are typical platform being used to disseminate learning contents.
In an increasingly knowledge-based economy where talent is the most important asset, there is a similar dynamic happening in the learning space. There are new tools, programs, and standards which are making learning more accessible, allowing education and training providers to see what is being used, and how it is affecting performance and behaviour.
There is a massive potential for those providers who embraced and invest in the emerging technology to deliver training and education efficiently and cost effectively. The question is not about will they invest rather can they afford not to.