Welcome to Scribd, the world's digital library. Read, publish, and share books and documents. See more
Download
Standard view
Full view
of .
Save to My Library
Look up keyword
Like this
2Activity
0 of .
Results for:
No results containing your search query
P. 1
Learning Technology: Which One is Best?

Learning Technology: Which One is Best?

Ratings: (0)|Views: 85 |Likes:
Published by Carol Skyring
An article I wrote for Training Magazine in late 2006 looking at different learning technologies & their comparative features.
An article I wrote for Training Magazine in late 2006 looking at different learning technologies & their comparative features.

More info:

Published by: Carol Skyring on May 28, 2009
Copyright:Attribution Non-commercial

Availability:

Read on Scribd mobile: iPhone, iPad and Android.
download as PDF, TXT or read online from Scribd
See more
See less

08/14/2010

pdf

text

original

 
Page 1 of 3
Learning Technology: Which One is Best?
Blogs, wikis, podcasts or an LMS? Never before has there been such an array of technologiesavailable. How do we decide which of these, if any, will best support our training needs? Which dowe use, why, when, where and how?The answer is quite simple - there is only one technology to use - the RIGHT one! But how do wechoose the right one and is one enough? Is it the latest high tech machine that goes ‘Bing!’, or couldit be as simple as a telephone?How many times have you heard about the introduction of a technology with great fanfare only tohear no more about it? Spectacular failures have been rampant and one must ask ‘Why?’ Somequestions come immediately to mind....
Who made the decisions? With whom did they consult? On what basis was this technology chosen?What was the input of those expected to use it?
Making the Decision
I see two levels at which technology decisions are made in an organisation. The first is the initialdecision to purchase and have available a particular technology for use by staff. The second is thedecision-making process engaged by the staff for each particular training experience. There are anumber of issues to be considered and a number of people to be consulted when considering a newtechnology.
Establish your needs - then choose the technology
Your needs should always dictate which (if any) technology should be used. A common mistake isto start with the technology and then find a use for it. Any technology should be just anotherdelivery tool.Some questions to ask are:
What are my objectives? Do I need to have high-level interaction and the ability to show moving images?
And most importantly:
Which medium will BEST convey mymessage?
 
Look at the range of technologies - don't be seduced by just one
There are a number of technologies that may suit your needs. No single technology is superior to allthe others. It's very easy to become entranced by the latest, which has 'flashing lights' and all sortsof 'bells and whistles'.Look carefully at your needs and objectives. (Do you have needs and objectives? Or are you justbuying into technology for the sake of it!)There are a series of questions to ask here:
 Do I need sound, colour and/or motion? How available/ accessible is this technology? Will my learners have easy access to it and be comfortable using it? How much does it cost - and how much money do I have?
 
Include the users in your selection process
If the users don't like the technology they won't use it! It's amazing how many good reasons theywill find not to use it. Or they may simply ignore it and go their own way.I constantly work with organisations that have 'imposed' a technology because the CEO and/or theIT section have decided that 'this is the way to go'. The amount of time that it then takes to change
 
Page 2 of 3
negative attitudes is totally counterproductive. And in some cases, resistance has been so high thatthe implementation of the technology has failed completely.Technologists are very good at knowing the technology. They should be part of your team, butremember; they are seeing the technology with a different set of values to you.Users (both trainers and learners) should be included on the panel that selects any new technology.They know what they need in order to effect learning and can evaluate how a new technology couldsupport and enhance their activities.
Which Will I Choose?
Given that an organisation has made informed decisions about the technologies that are available,you, as a trainer, face the task of incorporating these into your day-to-day training. In order to makeinformed decisions, it is necessary to understand the technologies - their potential and limitations.
What are the technologies?
We don’t have enough space here to take an in-depth look at the available technologies - I’ll do thatin future articles. Some of the latest technologies of interest to organisations at the moment are:
 
Blogs – text, audio and video
 
Wikis
 
Audio, web, video conferencing
 
Audio and video streaming
 
Podcasts
 
VoIP eg SkypeAlthough I have listed each of the above as separate and definable technologies, these boundariesare being blurred and we are seeing a convergence of all onto the one platform.
Characteristics
In order to simplify the process of choosing the right technology, I have allocated each of thetechnologies a series of characteristics in the table following. These are by no means exhaustive, butmay help in making decisions about which technology to use. For example, if you need real-timeinteraction with sound and vision with a small group you’d be best served by web or videoconferencing.
Motion Still images Audio Text Synchronous Asynchronous LargeGroupSmallGroupEmail
 
 √ 
 
 √ 
 
 √ 
 
 √ 
 
Bulletin boards
 
 √ 
 
 √ 
 
 √ 
 
 √ 
 
Discussion forums
 √ 
 
 √ 
 
 √ 
 
 √ 
 
Listservs
 √ 
 
 √ 
 
 √ 
 
 √ 
 
CDs, DVDs
 
 √ 
 
 √ 
 
 √ 
 
 √ 
 
 √ 
 
 √ 
 
 √ 
 
Instant Messaging
 
 √ 
 
 √ 
 
 √ 
 
Chat
 
 √ 
 
 √ 
 
 √ 
 
SMS
 
 √ 
 
 √ 
 
 √ 
 
 √ 
 
MMS
 √ 
 
 √ 
 
 √ 
 
 √ 
 
 √ 
 
 √ 
 
 √ 
 
Blogs – text, audioand video
 
 √ 
 
 √ 
 
 √ 
 
 √ 
 
 √ 
 
 √ 
 
 √ 
 
Wikis
 
 √ 
 
 √ 
 
 √ 
 
 √ 
 
 √ 
 
Audio conference
 √ 
 
 √ 
 
 √ 
 
 √ 
 
Web conference
 √ 
 
 √ 
 
 √ 
 
 √ 
 
 √ 
 
 √ 
 
 √ 
 
Video conference
 √ 
 
 √ 
 
 √ 
 
 √ 
 

You're Reading a Free Preview

Download
/*********** DO NOT ALTER ANYTHING BELOW THIS LINE ! ************/ var s_code=s.t();if(s_code)document.write(s_code)//-->