Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Vision 2014 – An Interview with Jay Cross

Our first interview in the series is with the guru of eLearning himself, none other than Jay Cross. Below is an excerpt of the interview.

What are some of the key eLearning trends you are looking forward for in 2014?

Smart companies will dedicate more time and effort to building learning ecosystems. Existing trends will continue. Learning will continue to be more mobile, social, and collaborative. Informal and experiential learning will continue to grow in importance.

What are some of the changes you would like to see in eLearning industry?

I would like to see more positive participation by CIOs. They control the eLearning infrastructure.

Can you share more thoughts about any one of the key elearning trends you have mentioned in the first question?

Mobile is inevitable. The time to do something about it is now. Social is inevitable. Everyone needs a strategy for peer-to-peer learning.

Social elearning has been talked couple of years now. How important is the social element going to be for eLearning in 2014?

Learning is social. It is vital. We learn from conversations with one another. This is not a new trend. The only thing new is that people are paying attention to it and building social networks that support learning.

BYOD – Do you see this culture catching up in 2014?

People want to make their own choices. BYOD will continue in 2014 but it will still be in a minority of companies.

What are some challenges eLearning industry would face in 2014?

The biggest challenge is merging learning into work. Most learning should take place on the job, not in the classroom.

About Jay Cross

Jay is the Johnny Appleseed of Informal Learning. The Internet Time Alliance, which he chairs, helps corporations and governments use networks to accelerate performance. He is the mastermind behind the term ‘eLearning’. Jay works from the Internet Time Lab in Berkeley, high in the hills a dozen miles east of the Golden Gate Bridge and a mile and a half from the University.

More interviews will follow soon. Stay tuned to our future blogs to hear from the leaders themselves!

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