Bob Little


Perspectives on Learning Technologies by Bob Little (e-book; ASIN: B00A9K1VVS; 6.28 / 6.48 + VAT - available from The Endless Bookcase or from Amazon) contains over 200 pages of observations on issues in learning technologies, principally for learning & development professionals.

Buy a book about learning technologies - especially 'e-learning' or 'online learning' - and it'll be out of date almost before you get to chapter two. That's because there's a real temptation for authors (and, to be fair, for readers) to concentrate on the 'technology' and the 'learning delivery' rather than the 'learning' itself.

With the possible exception of the 'Systems' section, this book hopes to redress the balance somewhat - while still being about learning technologies as well as learning.

This book distils the wisdom - along with a touch of wit - gathered from some 20 years of discussion and discovery within the learning technologies industry, particularly as it relates to the corporate learning world.

The aim of this book is to set out - as concisely as possible - a wealth of well-thought-out views, often corroborated by rigorous research.

These can be taken at face value and used as shortcuts to help you in the planning, practice and politics of 'learning and development' (L&D) in your organisation.

Or they can be used as seeds and short cuts for your own thoughts and theories - so you'll be able to achieve more with less in a shorter time and all the other things that L&D professionals are supposed to do.

The key to the book is that times change; technologies change, and learning technologies change. On the other hand, people remain human.

This means that those whose job involves identifying the need for; designing; developing; introducing, and popularising 'learning' within their organisations face the same issues that they've always faced - even if the advent of 'learning technologies' since the 1960s and continuing advances in technology now mean that there are more learning delivery mechanisms to choose from than there used to be.

Every generation needs to learn the lessons that previous generations had to learn. That applies not only to the 'learners' in a corporate learning sense but also to L&D professionals. This is especially true in terms of understanding the key issues relating to 'learning technologies'.

From everyone's perspective, the pace of life may change; the technology we use will change, but the basic people-related issues remain the same because, essentially, human beings haven't changed. We all continue to have the same basic needs, as Maslow outlined, regardless of the age in which we live or the technology we employ to meet those needs.

In particular, L&D professionals who're trying to meet their organisation's objectives by using various materials to develop the skills in these organisations' workforces, face the same challenges that L&D professionals have always faced. It's just that, these days, they have so many more options and (technology-based) tools in their armoury that these challenges can seem harder and the dangers of making a mistake appear to be greater than they used to be.

Fear not!

This book contains some insights into these challenges.

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