We interviewed three leading elearning professionals. Here are their thoughts on elearning, technology, and the future of our industry.
Christopher Pappas is the owner of the world’s largest elearning network, ElearningIndustry.com. He’s a very busy man, overlooking eight elearning sites and taking on the role of community manager of the Instructional Design and E-Learning Professionals’ Group.
Christopher beliefs cloud-based LMSs are the future of elearning. This is because “they are secure, have low initial costs, are easily accessible (anytime, anywhere) and do not require storage space on devices”.
Craig Weiss is the owner of 24/7 Elearning and author of their popular elearning blog. Craig is always looking at new tools and new technology. In 2009, he was laughed at when he predicted tablets would be the future of elearning. Now tablet learning is a huge part elearning solutions.
He believes the biggest challenge for elearning professionals is the ability to create real world scenarios. He says, “A scenario is much more effective than an assessment. All an assessment tells me is that you know how to memorise, it doesn’t tell me that you know how to synthesis”.
He says the biggest change in elearning over the last few years was the adoption of the iPad in technical design. With no support for Flash on iPads, technical designers had to adapt to deliver elearning solutions on tablets.
When asked about the future of elearning, Steve believes the future is all about blended learning designs. Solutions that combine online content learning with master-classes to put that learning into practice.
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