ID and Other Reflections‘ posts are about how to prepare for the challenges of the future. As technology and tools speed up the pace of learning, individuals, teams, and organizations that desire to thrive need to be able to find ways that provide useful information at the click of a button. The January 7, 2016 post uses the term “uberization” to draw a parallel in the direction that the ID industry needs to follow.
There are five things from this blog post that helped me to understand the role of the ID professional. The first, take the mobile approach. People want to experience learning at there own pace. In the age of smart technology, people need to be able to access information on demand, literally, at the click of the mouse pad, or a tap of the screen. Information has to delivered in a way that is customized for the user. ID is not just about designing courses that customize information for learning. It is about being able to consult with groups and individuals within various industries to clear pathways and make connections to learning.
Secondly, build communities. Common interests is the force behind learning communities. ID pros must be facilitators and enablers in a sharing economy and provide the right technology, tools, and support necessary for users to co-create value. Next, ID pros will be 21st century curators able to seek, sense and share relevant content for a defined target audience. Additionally, building a culture of feedback as a way to make improvements. “A culture of feedback encourages transparency, highlights inefficiencies, and makes improvement an ongoing process.” Finally, ID pros will have a service mindset that makes a constant effort to “uberize”which requires “…a constant scanning of the ecosystem within as well as without and gauging how external changes can impact the organization ranging from the need to re-skill existing workforce to recruiting scarce talent.”
The Upside Learning Blog is a collection of blogs and posts that primarily focuses on e-learning, learning management, and mobile learning. This site will be very useful to me as an ID because it is replete with resources and covers a wide range of topics associated with learning systems. An interesting blog that I came across is entitled “Converting e-learning to m-learning.” The discussion here is about organizations making the conversion in four simple steps. 1.) Understand the content and context needs to be able to fit the size and functions of smartphones and not just a smaller version of e-learning content. 2.) Target devices carefully. Weather tablet only or tablet and smartphone each function needs to be considered individually. 3.) Offline availability is an interesting feature. I learned that access to content can be made by using a LMS with its own player or by using an app that sends data to the LMS. 4.) Choosing the right conversion tools and authoring tools can determine weather content needs to be changed over or if new content needs to be created.
These blogs are an excellent place to begin exploring the world of ID. The ideas are fresh and innovative. The content is informative and motivating. Sometimes I feel like I am floating in a sea of information that can be safely navigated using the direction from the resources and ideas embedded in the articles and posts on these blog sites. As an ID I will continue to participate in learning communities such as these to stay abreast of new perspectives and innovative ideas in the industry.