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Online Forums 2014 - June 12, 2014
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Art Kohn

Portland State University

As learning professionals, our goals are to share corporate or other knowledge and help learners use that knowledge to improve their daily work or lives. To achieve these goals, we need to use instructional technologies effectively. The past 100 years has seen a series of dramatic changes as new technologies have provided us with new ways to communicate and interact with our learners, but are we making the best use these technologies?

Participants in this session will explore a brief history of modern training from “sage on the stage” through correspondence courses, radio, and television to eLearning and mLearning. You’ll learn that with each new technology, initial users failed to use that technology’s capabilities effectively, and instead simply migrated existing ideas and content from one form to another. For example, early movie directors simply filmed stage performances with stationary cameras; it took creative minds and years of experience for directors to develop new ways to use the full capacity of film. As learning professionals, we have access to exciting new technology capabilities, but many of us have simply migrated existing text-based content to the computer. We will determine together how we can effectively use video and other forms of streaming media to create new and better forms of learning.

In this session, you will learn:

  • The history of how we have adopted new instructional technologies
  • About the unique capabilities of video and other forms of streaming media
  • How we can leverage these powerful capabilities to maximize learning, retention, and transfer

Learning professionals interested in making the best use of video and other forms of streaming media.


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