What is crowd-accelerated learning?

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The script of learning is changing rapidly. Technology advancements, latest gadgets, and emerging concepts in the world of business are making organizations look at newer methods of skills training and imparting impactful development lessons. Self-taught and web-taught are words that are finding a growing resonance! Learning from one another with face time is in. The Internet is accelerating innovation like never before. With the top-down approach not bringing in results that organizations typically search for, the learning architecture has to accommodate a new community of learners.

Crowd accelerated LearningWith half-a-million views per day spiraling the popularity of YouTube, the community of learners is expanding in a manner that is bringing a new generation of learners into focus. Live, real, active, and participative approach is what seems to work. Even the manuals of e-learning are undergoing rapid changes,as e-learning businesses as well have to take into account the rising number of self-fueled learners.Thanks to the myriad gadgets and the gaining visibility of ‘anytime, any age, anyway, anywhere, any device’ breed of learners,instructional manuals and workbooks have become things of the past. Here’s an overview of last year’s statistics in the context of learning technologies:

  • 74% of companies currently use learning management systems (LMS) and virtual classroom/ webcasting/ video broadcasting
  • 48% of companies currently use the Rapid eLearning tool (ppt conversion tool)
  • 33% of companies currently use the Application simulation tool
  • 25% of companies currently use learning content management systems
  • 21% of companies currently use online performance support or knowledge management system
  • 18% of companies currently use mobile applications
  • 11% of companies currently use podcasting
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The acceleration on self-paced eLearning not only indicates the mindset of the learners but also their preference of learning. Next year, 98% of organizations are expected to use videos as part of their digital learning strategy. Video-driven content is becoming centric to the evolution of skills. While details and facts, complexities, and the abstract nature of work may not work well on videos the multi-device world is abound with opportunities for the birth of more innovative platforms. It is note-worthy to touch upon Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED) Curator Chris Anderson’s definition of “Crowd Accelerated Innovation – a self-fueling cycle of learning that could be as significant as the invention of print.  But to tap its power, organizations will need to embrace radical openness.”

The intense desire to learn is exposing learners to find newer ways of learning and responding. The intellectual engagement of the current business environment has re-introduced a community of learners who are keen on improving efficiency that can match the pace of technology advancements. The new generation is ready for newer ways of honing skills. Last but not the least learning is no longer reserved for the young.




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