My day is filled with looking forward.. This session a look ahead with David Kelly. I follow him for a long time by reading his blogs. Curious to hear his story 🙂

He starts with: the idea that there is some sort of techology that will change everything, is crap. But is is about the conversation we need to have: the now and next of learning AND technology.

An example of how our learning is changing: his son got a robot for Christmas. To figure out how it works, he could have read the one and a half page manual, but he rather watched a video. The problem was that he needed the phone to steer the robot, and he needed the phone to watch a video on Youtube. There comes another device in hand.

Disruption a bad thing?

Change is not bad. Technology is disrupting the way we live and work.

  • Who is still doing traditional training in his organisation?
  • Who was elearning disruptive to? Learners, instructional designers, organizations,

How does this new technology change what I do? What can I do with this technology that we were not able to before? How can technology enhance our way of learning?

image1. Multi device learning: we learn in a variety of contexts. We see a shift in this field from responsive learning to adaptive learning. What can we do more than only accessing data available through our devices? This type of learning has a huge amount of potential in it.

2. Data and analytics – Big Data: this is not about collecting data but about crunching data. Analyze to tell better stories. This is an important ability we need to develop. Here is the link with Experience API. These type of data will improve our evaluations; it had the potential to talk about learning. Whether you like it or not.. This is going to come.

3. A shift to performance support. Organisations are moving faster. Looking towards: how can we be less disruptive. Finding ways to support people to learn in their work. Give people what they need, while they are.. On the phone with the customer… Working on that machine…

image4. Content curation. There is a growing need for curation in organisations. We create a lot of content altogether.. Curation helps in finding the content necessary for solving our problems. Chances are that you are not the first trying to solve a particular problem 🙂

Tap into the conversations that are going on, in and outside your organisation. And select the content that is most valuable to the specific issues at stake in your context. We need to help people ‘sip’. There is a lot of noice, and curation helps to divide noise from meaning and value. Curation is a human role.

5. Augmented & Virtual reality Great example: experimentng with Oculus Rift; managers learned about empathy by ‘walking around in a sweatshop in India’. Interesting book: The hands-on, how-to guide to content curation, written by Steve Rosenbaum.

6. Wearable technology. So far it is use mostly in the fitness world, but it is developing. Google Glass stopped for individual consumers, but there is tremendous potential for organisation. Think about performance improvement.

7. Learning and performance ecosystems. Take the individual and look at the environment that surrounds them How do we proparly support that? Where is the sphere of influence for L&D?

8. The internet of things: everything is connected to the internet. Hi favorite example: a thing that monitors the water in the soil, and when the plant need more water, they tweet you. “We need to set up a twitter account for..” It will fundamentally change the way we live and learn.


Plug in to the conversation. Look for diversity. Listen en discuss. Contextualize the content. And play: download an app, try things out, experiment with new ideas.

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My reflection: I liked David’s presentation. He provides a clear overview of developments that are valuable for learning. And I do recognize these developments. His message (between the lines?) is that these developments are taking place, and we are at the beginning of thinking about the influence of these developments to learning and working. We need to jump into the discussion, exchange thoughts and develop new ideas and concepts. To my opinion it becomes more and more important to also start sharing our experiences and learnings. There are already interesting experiments. Let’s not only dream, but sometimes pretend the situation we want is already here. What would that bring us?