Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Innovations In Learning (IIL07)

Christine Martell was one of the presenters at the Brandon Hall Innovations in Learning conference in Santa Clara last week. Several of my other favorite bloggers were also there. Christine wrote about a presentation she facilitated at the conference. In "What is innovation in learning?" Christine writes about using what many would consider a low-tech approach to training. She split her participants up into four groups of 3 to 5 people. She gave each group a series of photographs and tasked them with creating a shared vision of "What is innovation in learning?"

Each group approached the problem differently and each came up with a unique, innovative solution. What is most interesting to me about her approach is that, in Christine's words, "it allowed a group of strangers to get to the underlying issues in an innovative way and in less than ninety minutes." She used a simple tool that made it possible for several people to share their own education and experience to arrive at answers. She also commented that one of the recurring themes in the conference was "‘it’s not about the technology, it’s about the learning’."

Christine finished up her article by writing,

"As trainers, course designers, e-learning specialists, etc, we cannot allow ourselves to be lulled into thinking that technology is going to solve the problems for us. A thirty year-old bicycle will get you two blocks down the street just as well as a Ferrari. The real challenge is knowing how and when to use the different technologies to deliver the most impact."

I heartily agree with her. Although I love technology and often endeavor to use a technological solution, I want to be sure and match the best solution (considering time and budget constraints) to each situation.

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