August 31, 2015

Your Wish List for eLearning in 2009

I’m a member of a Google Group: TALO (Teaching And Learning Online), and one of the members posted a similar topic to the group and I thought it was very appropriate for all to consider.

So here is my Wish List for 2009:

  1. Quality verse Quantity – I’m hoping people/companies get away from the crappy voice-over-powerpoint training and focus on more engaging and better quality eLearning.
  2. Edutainment – I think the US military is actually doing something right… they are using video game like systems to train their troops, saving a good amount of money and time.
  3. Confidence-based Learning – I would like to see better testing methods rather than just quizzes/tests. People can memorize facts all day long in their short term memory and recall them, but what if we actually made them learn and apply.
  4. Social/Collaborative Learning – as Michael mentioned web-conferencing and tools like Yammer, Twitter, Ning, Facebook, etc… I think we are going to be a very large part of eLearning over the next year. A nifty example is Supercool School… people volunteer to teach a class and then member of this Facebook app/group take the class.
  5. Mobile eLearning – With the iPhone, Blackberrys, Android and other mobile devices becoming more popular the next logical step is to turn these into on-the-go training resources. Over the next year I think we will see more of this.
  6. Distance Education – With the global economic downturn, I think traditional universities are going to be pushed more to eLearning/Distance Education. Distance education is more profitable than traditional methods, but the quality is much lower. So if the quality was up-to-par with classroom training I think it would be a logical and viable solution for more universities.


2009 is going to be an exciting year for the digital education realm.

Tell me your predictions or wish list!

Army is to Spend $50 Million in Edutainment for Troops


“World of Warcraft, move over. The Army is preparing to invest millions into combat training games and systems, in a move to prepare its soldiers for battle.

The Army is investing $50 million into video combat training games and gaming systems over the next five years, in a move to prepare soldiers for battle.

Darwars Ambush is one of the games currently used by the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, and Homeland Defense.”

Its amazing that the military sees the value in edutainment in a collaborative learning enviroment and is will to spend top dollar on it, but when you get to the corporate world people don’t necessarily see the value in investing in these type of technologies.

eLearning 3.0 = “Edutainment”

The Problem!
Ok, when most people here eLearning they associate it with boring computerized, voice-over PowerPoint presentations on sexual harassment. Sure its cheap to produce, but who really learns from these training products?


Want a solution?
In the next version of eLearning its going to be more about “edutainment”.

3 Suggestions for eLearning 3.0:

If you need some help with this or want to bounce some ideas off me, feel free to contact me.

Image courtsey of videocrab on Flickr.

What is the eLearning 3.0 Blog All About?

While the term “eLearning 3.0″ not clearly defined YET the purpose this eLearning 3.0 Blog is to hopefully shed some light on what it will be and introduce the new methodologies & technologies that will improve the realm of digital learning for both the students and the trainers.

A few of the topics that will be covered in this blog collaborative learning, edutainment, social learning, the history of eLearning, and so much more. We will post interviews with industy leaders, as well as help keep you up-to-date on news and events happening in the eLearning world.