Thursday, February 25, 2010

EU #LRNCHAT - Learning via Twitter at new time supporting Europe

We just completed the first run of the EU #lrnchat. It was great! For me it was fun to see how everything worked behind the scenes. Special thanks to @mrch0mp3rs for showing @bschlenker @c4lpt and @neillasher the ropes of running the backend.

If you are new to #lrnchat then go here to find out more:

If you are familiar with twitter then you can just follow @lrnchat ( to get updates on when the mass collaboration sessions take place.

Today's highlight for me came from @neillasher with his comment regarding ddie...
huh? It's not what you think ;-)

DDIE = do or die... because nobody does the a

This comment came as we were discussing the creation of learning solutions for large audiences.  (We used to call this "sheep dipping" when I worked at Intel.)  The conversation quickly went into why we don't analyze the audience and create targeted learning solutions.  That's how we got to Neil's tweet above.

My point is this:  The unfortunate reality is that instructional design does not influence people's use of new technologies.  Industrial designers, Software engineers, UX Designers, etc...THEY are the ones that have the power to influence the use of a new technology.  Our job, an instructional designers job, IMHO, is to figure out what our learners are currently familiar with and deliver a learning experience they can consume in whatever medium they are comfortable with.

I absolutely do NOT believe instructional design should be influencing the use of technology.  As much as I want my learners to be comfortable with social media, video production, image/video uploading, mobile devices, blogging, wikis, etc., there is nothing I can do.  Nothing?  Maybe not nothing.  If you are in the envious position of having leadership mandating new media usage within the enterprise then you have no choice but to help preach to and convert the masses...and yea, influence their usage of it.

You must go where the learners are.  If they are still in the classroom then maybe that will be the best, most efficient, and effective option for your design to revolve around.  Maybe not.  From my experience every case is different.

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