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eLearning; debunking myths & raising standards

Posted By: eCom Scotland

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Prior to last week’s eLearning Network event, Clive Shepard released an interesting pulse article on the need to clear the decks ,from there in I knew I was in for a really engaging day provided by our industry, for our industry. 

I was joined by over 150 other delegates and witnessed a rather humorous debunk of some of the popular myths and “commercial hypotheses” of how people learn, in particular from Clive Shepherd and Piedo de Bruyckere. It was a busy day with 21 presentations across the 3 main conference themes that are high on the agenda for L&D at the moment:

  • Strategy and Tactics
  • Design and Methods
  • Tools and Systems

The running theme was focussed on #beyondclicknext  and covered a number of points such as: 

  • Discovering, gathering, and presenting digital content that surrounds specific subject matter (curation of content)
  • Mixing Video with online discussion to support a topic and embed the learning
  • User-friendly tech and creating a nicer social space to encourage peer to peer communications
  • How we can grow as a profession through diagnostics
  • Towards Maturity results, focusing on the gap between what L&D professionals aspire to do and what they deliver.

With so much covered the back channel on twitter for the event was very busy indeed!

By far the best session I attended was led by Tony Frascina – the Chair of Judges for the eLearning Awards.  His key message was to encourage eLearning companies to focus on the relevant awards criteria with the client , before embarking on any project. With the approach of “we only create award-winning content”.   This criteria gives a framework of issues to consider with clients at the development stage and should help clients to make a silk purse out of their collected content and wisdom!

eLearning content creation is part of the bigger picture of solutions that we deliver here at eCom.  We are very focused on the delivery, tracking and reporting of workforce learning and development, through innovative technologies. Our products and services address a range of workforce management, development and training challenges, including eLearning, online assessment, blended learning, competency management and badging. 

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