Goldfish jumping from small bowl to big bowlOn 12th February 2013 I published a blog post – the first on this blog in fact – about Why It’s Good To Lose Control .

The main message in the post is that the way people learn is changing and we need to change the way we design learning experiences in order to ensure that they engage with quality learning, not just bits of stuff they find online.

And that was three years ago…

So what’s changed?

Nothing really, we’re still talking about it.

But with “digital disruption” becoming ever more present in our everyday lives, I think the reality is now starting to hit home.

The points I made in the aforementioned post are, I believe, still valid, but there are a few more things I’d like to add to the list:

1. Become the learner.

Pick a role or a skillset from your organisation and try moving through the learning pathway.

Speak to people, immerse yourself in their everyday world and see where the challenges are.

An in my experience, they are rarely what you think they are when you view them from an L&D standpoint.

When you know what the challenges are you can start working on solutions.

2. Look outside of L&D to innovate.

We need to stop teaching employees in our organisations about innovation and start doing it ourselves.

One of the best ways to innovate is to look outside of the industry.

I don’t just mean L&D, I also mean outside of the industry your organisation operates in.

As a business owner, I have found huge benefits in doing this, not to get the answers to my problems, but to inspire me to create and change and disrupt.

If we stand still we will die.

3. Love your technology.

Now this is never be a problem for me (geek-girl) as I’ve been online since MS-DOS and Windows 3.1, but amazingly I still meet so many people who either don’t have a LinkedIn profile and aren’t on (usually because they “don’t get”) Twitter.

I have to say to those people that they need to get onto one or both of those channels because that’s where the majority of conversations are now happening.

I did some of my own market research a couple of months ago for this business and LinkedIn and Twitter came top of the list for everyone I spoke to when I asked how they keep up to date on industry happenings and discussions.

You can’t ignore them any longer.

It’s time.

Get online.

4. Get bloody good at content curation.

There is so much wonderful content freely available, I could literally spend all day every day finding and sharing useful articles, blogs, tools, resources, businesses and heaps of other things with this community.

But then, what to do with it?

We need to learn how to quickly and easily locate, catalogue, store and retrieve content so that it can be weaved into learning experiences and support learning transfer.

And again, maybe we could be looking outside of L&D for examples on how to do that.

Personally, I have been immersing myself in the world of content marketing in the last year and have found it to be most useful not only for my approach to how I market my business but also in understanding how people are now consuming content.

I think that rather than viewing digital disruption as a bad thing we need to embrace it and welcome the opportunity to do something different in our industry and for our learners.

Yes, there will be challenges.

Yes, it might be a bit painful for a while.

But…

…this is probably one of the most exciting changes to hit L&D since the introduction of self-paced eLearning courses!

So, there’s just a few things I think we can start work on.

And we need to start.

Now.


 

About the Author

Photo of Karen Moloney, Director of The eLearning eXpertsKaren Moloney is the founder and Director of The eLearning eXperts. She has been part of the eLearning industry since training as an instructional designer in the UK in 1992.

Karen started The eLearning eXperts to create engaging and effective eLearning solutions for her clients and has built an award-winning business with a reputation for quality and professionalism.

Now, having taken off the vendor hat, Karen’s big hairy audacious goal is to support her peers by creating and sharing resources via this hub to help develop the eLearning eXperts of the future.

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