Thursday, May 31, 2012
The Year of Learning Quietly
It's been almost a year since I last blogged.
My list of excuses:
- I didn't have anything to add to the discussion.
- I didn't get out to conferences.
- I wasn't engaging in the eLearning social media discussion. Lurking, yes. Engaging, no.
- I had some projects on deck that required some quiet time to process.
- I decided to focus on personal development vs. professional development in 2011-2012.
Stepping back, I was able to see a few changes in my immediate environment that tells me that our 5+ year discussions on performance vs. training / support systems vs. courses / mobility / networks are finally gaining critical mass.
- Much of my time over the past year has been spent doing eLearning conversions. Admittedly - most of these conversions have been straight from PowerPoint. Still - getting my environment to even THINK about looking online for information is a HUGE step. One day - (maybe 5 years from now) - I can convince people to actually do something interesting / useful / educational with this technology.
- My organization is starting to develop a mobile strategy. In the IT department, we are putting together the "Evil Mobile Troika" (myself, a network engineer and a systems engineer) in an attempt to get our hands around all of the devices and methods of distributing information. Again - another illustration of the importance of befriending really smart folks in IT.
- More people in our organization are starting to use the support tools we set up vs. calling folks. Again, this is a huge cultural shift for us.
- Our vendors (particularly in the enterprise and LMS realms) are starting to offer mobile solutions. Some faster than others. Huge cultural shift forthcoming.....
- HTML5 (and the dying of Flash) is forcing me to re-think the way I have personally developed training over the past 10 years top-to-bottom. Systems, tools, design assumptions, everything.
I've been trying to do this as an evolutionary process. Time for a revolution!
Now that I've absorbed this need (change is scary) - I will be reaching out. Promise.