In technology, you never want to be labeled as “legacy”. It’s like someone calling a pregnant lady fat. Duck and cover! Legacy means that your technology is on its way out. It’s fallen behind the times because there has been such a shift in how technology has emerged and what it does.
If your company trains, odds are there is a learning management system (LMS) being used to some capacity. Odds are also that the LMS is quickly becoming antiquated. Sure, you can track your training, take online courses, pull up transcripts, manage talent pretty much end to end. Thanks to Web 2.0, the collaborative piece has changed and the definition of “content” is dramatically different from my days as an eLearning developer.
R.I.P. eLearning 1.0
Essentially, eLearning 1.0 is dead. People are looking for more out of their learning experience. Social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and slew of others has changed the game. These platforms are all about user driven content and a sense of community. Both are major components that eLearning 1.0 technologies are missing.
In turn, social media technologies may have mastered the community and connection, but lack what a traditional LMS can provide. In the social world, just about any content can be used for learning purposes. Videos, images, blog posts, articles, slide shows, online courses, music and the list goes on! In the eLearning 1.0 world, content is defined as an object used in an online course that can be viewed and tracked. You can see there is a massive difference!
Rising Out of eLearning 1.0′s Ashes
So what is a company, academic institution or non-profit to do? My technology is old and I can’t get out of my contract! Well, you can have your cake and eat it too. TOPYX Bolt is an LMS addon that incorporates social learning tools into your current eLearning environment. And the best part is that it looks and feels native to that environment, not “frankensteined” in.