Tag Archives: Web 2.0

E-Learning: Does it Really Work?

I have been exploring using a Digital Learning system for my organisation. The drivers are simple: Reduce costs, especially printing and courier fees and assist with the learning that needs to occur in remote locations. It has been interesting journey in research and exploring this. In some respects, it has been incredible frustrating.

Traditional e-learning or CBT is a process that focuses on the individual learner interacting with a computer or passive sets of information that respond to triggers from the learner. All potential Artificial Intelligence potential aside, CBT is a passive learning medium. It is highly over-rated and the retention ability to create understanding of complex issues. The e-learning model is uses the presentation learning methodology; presenting information to the learner, for him or her to absorb.

The challenge with this model is that most technology solutions is that focus on either a passive learning mode or a presentation model of learning. I have explored some of the following technology options:
* Adobe Connect Pro (www.adobe.com)
* Moodle (www.moodle.com)
* Blackboard (www.blackboard.com)
This list is relatively endless, the challenge is getting the right search criteria on Google 🙂

There is very little that I can see that uses a digital alternative to the facilitation methodology involving a learner driven process. I have seen a large amount of interaction around the use of Web 2.0 in Learning and I want to explore this in more detail.

I am still not able to answer the question around e-learning, as I cannot even test it properly yet. So I will get back to you on that one.

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IT & Corporate Life

I find it fascinating how shortsighted many businesses are regarding technology. The simple lack of planning and integration of various practices in terms of different departments and the opportunity for collaboration.

The concept of Web 2.0 is being driven by Marketing and not by IT, HR or the Executives. The opportunity for collaboration, marketing, recruitment and operational productivity improvements is enormous.

I am not just talking about making a Facebook group or a Myspace page. It?s not just about putting a digg button on your site or just having a forum or corporate blog. As a beginning, I am talking about integrating of corporate search, creating collaborative tools with you staff through learning and, your suppliers through the improvements in delivery strategies (In South Africa, Ince are doing some interesting things, http://www.ince.co.za/ – I don?t work for them!).

Some people suggest that IT needs to empower themselves (http://howardbaines.com/2008/09/10/it-empower-thyself/). I would tend to agree. But most IT is focused on their comfort zones. Generally, their are MS bunnies, Open Sources hamsters and the clueless rabbits. Corporate IT is not always able to make the paradigm move to realise their need to integrate themselves with other aspects of the business and focus on the business as a whole. IT need to improve their ability to change the business and not focus purely on license costs and bandwidth that enable them to be lazy coders or Bit-torrent hogs.

Enough of a rant today 🙂

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