Where is learning going?

Time to restart this blog in a new way – looking at learning trends.   Here are several observations about online learning I’ve noticed lately.

Webinars – have you noticed webinars improving with better information, presented crisply, and with excellent supporting documents?   Plus they are under an hour with Q&A.   A shout out to Lesley Hoare from Oracle who did an excellent presentation for ASTD on Inspiring Millenials.  http://webcasts.astd.org/webinar/909

Chats – I couldn’t believe the speed and dialogue that webinars (and especially the previously mentioned one) has on truly vibrant, interesting chats.   Seems like ideas and comments spurred on very immediate reactions from participants.  One millenial noted that her company still has them sit in a classroom for 4-8 hours – how tedious!   If that’s what at least one person is thinking, what does that say about classroom learning?  How can we bring more excitement to the classroom, and more of the classroom out of the classroom onto the web?  

Fleeting – One of the issues I have with the chats is that they are fleeting. It’s easy to make a comment or two and then anonymously disappear into the ether.  When we can start making meaningful connections in chat rooms, online learning will have taken a big leap forward at having more of the interconnectivity of live training.

Corporate global programs – I’ve had 3 requests for global, high potential programs for F500 firms that want them either blended or entirely online to reach their global audience.  This “trend” seems to be growing, and it’s up to us as education providers to find a way to transfer the best of classroom,  including the chats at break and before and after class, to online programs. 

 PWC CEO Study, 2013 – This statistic is frightening.  60% of CEOs deploy an executive development program to develop the leadership pipeline.  But only 24% believe they are successful! What is the definition of insanity – doing the same thing over and over that doesn’t work!   Yet how can learning providers step up to the plate? Stop entertaining executives with our stellar faculty, and start focusing on teaching and transferring skills that these new leaders need and can use and produce real results.  Notre Dame works with a major health system that has implemented a 30-minute ER guarantee.  Locally, the hospitals tout ONLY 60-90 minute waits, so this is not only huge, it can be truly life-saving.  That’s the type of result we need to see more of. 

Better and more online learning, short, targeted, connecting and engaging learners, with a results focus.  That’s where learning is not only going, that’s where it needs to be. 



About hprager

Father, husband, brother and son. Delighted to be friends and mentor to so many wonderful people. Passionate about: leadership, learning and development, education, nature and the environment, youth, music, jazz, the tuba, Israeli dancing, networking and helping others, humor, laughter, swimming, hiking, the Cubs, Northwestern athletics, theater, musicals, concerts, traveling and making new friends wherever I go. Helping the world be a better place when I leave it.
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