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Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality at Work

Posted by Brigg Patten on Dec 15, 2016 1:00:00 PM

We believe that organizational learning serves a higher purpose: we aren't just teaching people content, we're teaching people how to work. Understanding emerging trends, and how they'll impact work in the future, allows learning professionals to better support their learners. Virtual and augmented reality is already making waves in the workplace, and by extension, in training. Guest blogger Brigg Patten explores this new technology and its impact on learning and common workforce tasks. 

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Virtual (VR) and augmented reality (AR) are two technologies that are making waves in the workplace and are set to grow even more than mobile in just a few years. Companies are already making use of tools like Magic Leap from Google, HoloLens from Microsoft, and Facebook's Oculus. AR and VRs don't have restrictions when it comes to their usage in work environments. Although it is not exactly new technology, some companies have not gotten around to adopting AR and VR in their operations. For some companies that provide custom elearning solutions, it is a matter of not comprehending the role that AR and VR can play.

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Topics: EdTech

The Modern Virtual Classroom Requires Personal Digital Presence

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Nov 5, 2015 8:30:00 AM

Pencil_with_musicThis November I am exploring Digital Writing Month, a “30 Day Adventure to the World of Digital Narrative and Art.” 

The November 4 2015 post by Rusul AlRubail concludes with:

Digital writing merges traditional forms of writing with the digital world. “Digital” does not refer to the tool. “Digital” refers to our presence on these tools and platforms, how we exist, behave and interact with others using the same space we are. 

If digital writing merges traditional forms of writing with the digital world (read the post!), then digital conversation merges traditional ways of “talking” with digital expression. This concept of how we incorporate personal digital expression will influence the evolution and future of #edtech.  This is a future where ‘”e-learning” becomes “learning.” Where “virtual classrooms” become “real” classrooms. Where the way one chooses to communicate doesn’t matter because all forms of communication are equivalent.

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Topics: What I learned today, Engagement, EdTech

Why is #EdTech Trending With Non-Trainers?

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Mar 5, 2015 10:54:00 AM

My morning ritual begins with a review of articles, blog posts, and social media so I can personally keep up with new technologies and emerging best practices in the fields of corporate training and educational technologies.

It doesn’t surprise me to see updates from members of the training community. This is our focus, and it makes sense that these topics are discussed. What does surprise me is the increasing frequency with which educational technology and related fields are investigated by mainstream media, business publications, and investment firms.

For instance, while on an elevator in NYC I was recently discussing online education with a colleague. A stranger sharing the elevator interjected, “Ed Tech is really hot right now. It’s one of the areas our firm is looking to invest in.

Turns out this gentleman was a member of a venture capital firm and knew much more about online training in virtual classrooms than I would have expected.

The question is, why is “EdTech” so hot?

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Topics: EdTech, Trends

Designing Blended Learning with Bloom's Digital Taxonomy

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Nov 6, 2014 8:53:00 PM

Can any ol’ content be taught using any ol’ technology?

This seems to be the perception as the use of various learning technologies becomes commonplace in training departments.

But, is it really true? For example:

  • Do you believe that a two-day project management program can be delivered as a four-hour virtual training class?
  • Can a four-hour sales training session that is usually held face-to-face be delivered in a dozen 20-minute self-paced e-learning chunks?

Me neither.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design, Blended learning, EdTech

Training on the Edge:Trend 3 - Cognitive Educational Technologies

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jun 26, 2014 1:41:00 PM

This is the fourth in a series of six posts exploring issues currently facing training professionals and the upcoming trends in training for the next five years.

In this series we will examine the outlook for the modern workplace and for the next five years, as well as four key trends associated with adapting training to the new context. As these trends play out, we need to consider how to implement a culture change in our training organizations and identify some of the challenges these changes will bring.

The "Right" Fit of Technology

Every time a new type of 'edtech' gets introduced, there seems to be a desire for that technology to become a one-size fits all solution. Since the innovation of correspondence schools, the search for the ultimate solution to teaching everyone, everywhere, at any time has been the holy grail of educators. 

There is no one ‘best fit’ technology, of course. 

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Topics: Virtual Classroom, EdTech, Trends

Enabling Virtual Learners By Design: Usable Technology

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on May 22, 2014 11:30:00 AM
This is the fifth post in a series of six which examines how to enable virtual learners. The first post introduces the series.

A seemingly obvious way to enable virtual learners is to provide useable and accessible technology. However, useable and accessible technology means more than just a system that operates. It requires technology that works efficiently, access to support tools, and programs that are designed to effectively use the technology. More importantly, facilitators must orient learners to the new environment.

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Topics: EdTech, Virtual Learners

Designing Blended Learning with Bloom's Digital Taxonomy

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Apr 15, 2014 1:00:00 PM

Can any ol’ content be taught using any ol’ technology?

This seems to be the perception as the use of various learning technologies becomes commonplace in training departments.

But, is it really true? For example:

  • Do you believe that a two-day project management program can be delivered as a four-hour virtual training class?
  • Can a four-hour sales training session that is usually held face-to-face be delivered in a dozen 20-minute self-paced e-learning chunks?

Me neither.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design, Blended learning, EdTech

7 Easy Ways to Integrate Learning Technologies Into Training

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Apr 9, 2014 1:00:00 PM

Recently, a town-wide power outage resulted in my son’s school being ‘in the dark’ for about four hours. Most classes didn’t need to skip a beat – it was a sunny day and electricity is not required for the instruction of algebra.

But what to do in “Computer Class”? Electricity has been a requirement in computer classes practically since the abacus went out of fashion.   

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Topics: Blended learning, BYOD, EdTech