Tag Archives: Future Thinking

The Future of Instructional Design – New Questions for an ID to Answer

24 May

Recently I read a blog post by Tony Bates on an instructional design workshop (Just ID) at the University of British Columbia (UBC). It’s a fascinating read on how Instructional Designers in BC view the challenges facing their profession and its future directions.
Check out the post here:
Tony Bates Blog Post
For me, the most interesting point that Tony Bates made in the post regarded what he called the “elephant in the room” – namely the “the design of campus-based learning experiences when much can be done online.” I would argue that this elephant is also applicable to corporate training/adult education. As more learning technologies (e-learning, screencasting, mlearning, virtual classroom etc … ) become part of the training culture, Instructional Designers will have to develop the tools/models to make decisions about the most appropriate mode or modes of training.
At the moment, these types of decisions are seemingly made with just the budget in mind. But what happens when we begin to think about putting the interests of learners first?

Will AR change Healthcare Education?

19 May

Will Augmented Reality (AR) change healthcare education? It certainly has the potential.
AR is a new technology that adds a layer of virtual information over the physical world, enabling mobile phone users to interact with their surroundings.
Now imagine a group of new doctors on a tour around a hospital with mobile phones in hand. Through AR they are able to explore the hospital, accessing information about each department/area as they tour around. Instead of interrupting staff at work, these new doctors are able to view videos recorded by staff explaining what they are doing/how the equipment works etc …
Undoubtedly, AR has the potential to be an excellent educational tool. For me, the way the technology allows the theory of the classroom to combine with the physical reality, makes AR a game changer.
For further information about Augmented Reality and how it is being used at Exeter University click this link:

In 2011, can we stand still for five years?

17 Feb

Recently a colleague of mine showed me a wishlist of needs/wants for the department that were discussed in February 2006. On that list were Captivate and screen capture software. This month, a number of my colleagues will finally get both Captivate and SnagIt (screen capture software). So five years later, tools that were deemed nice to have in 2006 are beginning to arrive.

This length of time between a needs analysis  in 2006 and final delivery in 2011 made me think whether a learning and development department in 2011 can really wait 5 years to implement change? With the latest technology and trends veering toward social media and informal learning would a learning and development department that still emphasizes course manuals and formal classroom training be relevant in 2016?

Checkout this video of an interview with Charles Jennings, who suggests the real problem in the future for learning and development departments will be themselves: