When we talk about elearning and social learning management, we have to remember that the world is changing outside of the classroom and workplace as well.
There are many leaps being made to enhance traditional education by leveraging available technology to deliver better content that is more available and can be targeted to the learner (good article: Apple iSchool?).
The workplace has seen changes as well as the value of social learning has been realized by leading organization. Employees and partners now have professional secure and branded portals to access critical information, share ideas, provide feedback and generally feel more engaged. Social learning management systems like TOPYX are providing these solutions without user fees so everyone is getting involved in the conversation.
Seeing the winds of change blow in a new era for education and training is exciting. But, what changes are occurring to make information more available and more user friend in our everyday lives?
Look no further than your local library. There you we see some drastic changes taking place. Take a look at the infographic below by open-site.org showing trends in library usage and what we will continue to see come:
The end of the Dewey Decimal System? Maybe.
Public libraries have served a valuable function in the American society. To continue to do so, they have to change to keep up with the demand. It looks like they are addressing the right issues.
This is also an indicator that individuals are becoming more and more receptive to the availability of information and inter-contentedness that today’s technology can provide.
In the office with modern learning management systems, or in the classroom, or in your daily life, we will continue to see these trends continue.
Jeffrey A. Roth
Vice President, Marketing and Communications