Distance Learning has been a buzzword for awhile. But I’m not talking about an educational method that goes back to 1996, or 1982.
In fact, distance education dates to 1728, when a Boston when a local educator began offering distance correspondence courses (by post or mail). The first correspondence degree was offered by the University of London in 1858.
So the innovators go back aways. They aren’t just the people we read about today, like Daphne Koller, Richard Saul Wurman, or Salman Khan, who are certainly innovators in their own right. But they are standing on the shoulders of people who long ago realized that students didn’t have to be present to learn.
And someday, somebody will stand on theirs. But what kind of learning innovations will they dream up?
I don’t know where you are this President’s Day, but I’m waking up at Disney World for the Training 2013 Conference. It’s 70 degrees and sunny. Sorry.
It’s a fascinating place. Within sight of the Coronado Springs resort is a huge replica of Mt. Everest in one direction, a haunted 14-story hotel in another, and the giant EPCOT golf ball poking above the trees.
I got here a little ahead of schedule and sauntered over to that Everest replica, which is actually a roller coaster in the Animal Kingdom park, where you pursue the legendary Yeti.
(Doesn’t the Yeti belong with the dwarves, pirates and fairies in the Magic Kingdom? Maybe I’m overthinking this.)
Anyway, it’s said the rides at the Disney theme parks aren’t all that thrilling, but the stories they wrap around everything, from roller coasters to the soap in your hotel room, are the real magic.
Continue reading What’s Your Story? Applying Storytelling To Online Training
Recently, e-Learning has been covered in numerous high-profile articles in mainstream media outlets, such as the New York Times and Forbes Magazine.
It was a topic of discussion at the World Economic Forum in Davos. It’s even been the topic of a Thomas Friedman column.
What does this mean?
Is e-Learning mainstream? Does the guy in accounting who still uses a Palm Pilot know about it yet? He probably does, and his aunt Gertrude told him (Thanks, Gert!).
“To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle.” – George Orwell
George Orwell wrote that in 1946. And it’s true today. It’s one of those timeless sentiments that can be applied to almost any situation.
Here, it’s used for an innocent purpose; to point out that putting together corporate training courses can seem difficult, but if you simply look around, you’ll find the content you need is, well, in front of your nose. Continue reading Online Training Content: Right In Front Of Your Nose