Friday, November 10, 2006

Learning2006 brain overload...must dump random thoughts

Wow!  Lots of input.  Now its time to process this stuff out of my head.
The LearningWiki is going to be fuel for the blogosphere for quite some time.

I had this thought today while waiting in line to pick up my kids from school...
(actually triggered while reflecting about my learning2.0 presentation...some liked it, others pined for more structure.)

A question was asked that really got me excited during the presentation.  Mostly because someone could finally see the possibility, and what COULD be.  The question was, "do you ever see courses being completely user-generated and edited/updated over time?"

Do me a favor and go to the last click2death course you created.  Now tell me if there is anything there OTHER than text, images, audio, video on those "pages".  Nope?  Okay.  Work with me here.  What if all it took to start a course was for someone - ANYONE - to simply create it in the system...perhaps loading it with a single sentence.
1)  User searches for information
2)  Information does not exist, so the system asks if you would like to "create it now"
3)  You click YES
4)  You enter a title and a generic category
DONE...sort of.

The rest is created over time by the social network most interested in, and willing to support, that course's content maturity.  If nothing ever happens and the course remains empty, unused, and/or stagnent, it is purged from the system.  If it continues to grow, the learning team notification is triggered and the development of experiencial simulations are created along with assessments for certification.  If someone would like to consume enough of the material to be considered an expert then the certification would be for them...perhaps, even at different levels.  But not everyone would need to use either of those aspects of the course content.

What if your courses, even in their current format, could be commented on, edited, tagged, even rated?

Think about it...

The company C-levels identify competencies for the entire company, then the ORG levels down the ladder create their competencies that are specific to their org focus...and on down the ladder until we hit the bottom.  In large companies that already means chaos with hundreds of duplicated efforts, and courses with redundent content.

Could you lock down the mandated, legally reviewed content, but still
allow for the democratization of the content that TRULY means something
to the users?

What if one could see that hierarchical relationship of needs, requirements, and competencies in a more visual way(map)?  What if the course could be updated by users to add org, and team, specific content right into the live "course"? 

Why do we lock up the content for 6-12 months while "others" (training departments) create and release the course?

I see you rolling your eyes at me.  Your thinking, "We just can't take the chance of having misinformation or incorrect information floating around out there and created by just anyone!"   Well...I hope this doesn't come as a shock to you, but ITS ALREADY OUT THERE!!! 
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