These are my liveblogged notes from the eLearning Guild’s webinar on their e-Learning 2.0 research report. The report is available to any paid members of the guild, or to free (Associate) members who have taken the report. Webinar recording will be available to members in the same place as the report.
- Steve Wexler
- Jane Hart
- Tony Karrer
- Michele Martin
- Mark Oehlert
- Sanjay Parker
- Brent Schlenker
My comments in italics. My thoughts may be a little more random than usual (like the one right below).
Steve Wexler has such a nice, NPR-style voice. My husband wondered what news I was listening to when he started talking. 🙂
Being a musician is a “wonderful background for being a lifelong learner.” -SW
I like seeing the somewhat silly intros–goofy picture of Tony etc. Definitely more personal when you have a big webinar with a lot of people like this. I’m enjoying hearing voices of people I’ve been reading and interacting with for a while; it’s a different facet of connection.
1160 people completed the e-learning 2.0 survey
Concerns with emerging technologies:
- New things will make what we’re doing now obsolete: False
- Hard to learn: Probably not
- Hard to convince others: Probably not
- “If I don’t do this; I’m doomed”: Maybe
Organizations that don’t use these technologies will lose out on opportunities
What is e-learning 2.0?
“The idea of learning through digital connections and peer collaboration enhanced by technologies driving Web 2.0. Users/Learners are empowered to search, create, and collaborate in order to fulfill intrinsic needs to learn new information.”
Brent: The biggest change is that we’re not just consumers, but content producers and creators.
Where We Are, Where We’re Going, And Why
What approaches are people using?
- Classroom instruction still highest
- Asynchronous e-learning is high
- Communities of practice and wikis are highest 2.0
- Podcasts increased 22.5% (not necessarily a 2.0 approach)
- Blogs increased 20.7%
- Communities of Practice increased 12.3%
- Wikis up 7.7%
- Mobile down 10.6%
- A number of rapid tools are up, but tools that take longer to create (simulations and games) are down
Good question in the chat from Cathy Moore: Are blogs being used top-down or created by learners? Brent says both, very creative ways.
70% plan to apply more e-learning 2.0 approaches. However, these predictions are always more optimistic than real life.
Michele & Sanjay
- The more people used the tools, the more positive they were about them, the better outcomes they saw.
- 42% said very worthwhile
- 30% said somewhat worthwhile
- Only 0.6% said a very large waste of effort
Are Podcasts 2.0?
- Steve says no–not learner created
- Brent says yes–the RSS feed that lets people opt in and listen on their own time makes it 2.0
- Is it about content creation? Technology? Control?
- People use the tools themselves and see the benefits: 50%
- Functional areas: 45%
- Learners or staff are requesting it: 35%
- Many people see themselves as the champions of these tools, but maybe the functionality is being used by other areas
Many people agree that younger workers will demand 2.0 approaches–65%
Related: most agree that these approaches will allow them to attract and retain better talent
Younger workers (under 30) use these tools significantly more than older workers. Dang, I’m in the older workers category. How’d that happen?
- this tool use difference is across the board in every category.
- Different levels of activity–younger workers more likely to be engaged with the tools, not just reading them.
- 3 levels: Reading, Participating, Creating
- 30% younger participating; 21% older
Just because people request it doesn’t mean they’re good at it, just that they’re familiar with and comfortable with the tools
How are we doing at preparing learners?
- Was surprised that 30% of people were not considering or learning against adoption
- Very smallest and largest organizations are working to prepare people; organizations in the middle aren’t doing so well
- You don’t have to have formal learning to prepare learners to use these tools–lots of informal learning opportunities
Can you access these tools?
- Lots of things are blocked
- Recommended Immersive Simulations b/c the word “game” is often blocked
- Concerns about bandwidth
- If the CIA & FBI can use these tools, the rest of us should be able to figure it out.
- Intelligence community driven both top-down and bottom-up; there are directives, but also a big cultural change
How do you get people to embrace this?
- Upper Management endorsement
- Good content
- Pilot groups
- Change management
All of the above are 45% or more
More change management here than other places–good content is always given as a reason, but this report said more about change management
Good question from Elizabeth Barnwell in the chat: “who implements change management in a school?” Generally, no one–that’s part of the problem.