From “training” to “learning”…

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I started my career over 13 years ago and strangely enough – in learning industry. Starting with writing crisp, concise sentences with proper flow and grammar and moving on to writing good scenarios and using innovative presentation strategies, to now defining business problems, defining the right blend of modalities, and finding newer techniques to support learning at work, the journey has surely been exciting and rewarding!! And thinking about it, learning industry has come a long way. I started in the era of content conversions where the key objective was to move content to digital format as CBTs/WBTs. Most part of the training used to be static, with clear focus on writing crisp, concise, and grammatically correct sentences. The use of media was limited to filling up the frames with relevant images, until the technology evolved and in came the era of highly interactive, Flash-based courses with good presentation strategies and focus on effective use of scenarios. “Learning by doing” and 80:20 rule were the buzzwords that made scenario-based simulations the most desired form of learning assets. Cut to now – the era of completely responsive learning assets in various modalities, fitting various needs and the role of learning professionals extending beyond the formal learning programs to support performance at real jobs. With millennials entering the workforce, both learning industry and the technology to support the  learning are moving at a fast pace. But it looks like the the speed of change is only going to increase so let’s see how quickly and well enough are learning professionals able to impact business.

 

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