“Life moves pretty fast, if you don’t stop and look around once and awhile, you might miss it.” - Ferris Bueller
OK, there may be better quotes, but anytime I get to work in that quote, I take the opportunity. I think you get the point.
Learning technology has changed quickly, but it is important to remember its roots. The infographic below, created by Rasmussen College, charts the vast changes in learning systems starting all the way back to the first known ‘distance learning’ course conducted via standard mail.
While I understand that this infographic is designed to show the changes in eLearning technology, I am surprised that there is not mention of the impact of mobile devices have on learning, in the collage sense as well as in the work-place.
iPads and other tablets are change the face of learning. Social networking resources added into the learning process (social learning) is dramatically effecting the entire online learning experience and allowing for a new tier of informal knowledge to be leveraged like never before.
I think we can safely add some items to this historical infographic as we have already seen the impact and know some recent advancements are here to stay.
What would you add to this infographic? What are the most impactful changes you are seeing in learning management technology? What do you still want to see change?
Big questions, I know. Please mail your answers to … oh wait, we have come a long way in a short time… just comment below.
Jeffrey A. Roth
Vice President, Marketing and Communications