Where to now? Why education can’t stay the same…

 

Education is changing. There’s no doubt about it. After some research into trends and predictions for the future, there seems to be some themes emerging about what education is going to look like and how we’ll shape this experience going forward.

Here’s what I’ve come across while researching and designing learning:

A Minimalist Approach to Education…

Not long ago, someone recommended that I watch ‘Minimalism’ on Netflix. Ordinarily, I’m usually pretty keen to watch some historical fiction with plenty of intrigue and a bit of battle action but, of course, there are times when we use television to enlighten rather than escape…

This was one of those times. 

The future of Learning: Educating people with diverse needs 

It is becoming increasingly important to consider diverse audiences when designing robust learning that will prove to be sustainable. Many of us become narrow in our thinking when we’re busting to satisfy performance criteria or some other bureaucratic overlay that has come to characterise education.

While I’m not completely disregarding the need for structure, we do need to consider that education is more than the expectations we set. We need to consider the learner in all of this. Who are our learners in a modern Australian economy? What can we do to reach as many of these learners as possible?

A Start-Up in need of a website?

Are you starting a business or selling a service and don’t know where to start when it comes to building a website? In the early days of a start-up, there are so many questions that need to be answered and I’m here to help you with one of the big ones!

I recently attended a business excellence networking event, and in one of the sessions there was a lot of discussion around where to start with a website for your business. Some people had tried multiple times to get what they needed from their website, and spent lots of money, and still weren’t happy. The reality is that in a start-up the budget generally doesn’t stretch far enough to employ a top-notch developer. But I really believe you can affordably build your own website – even if it’s just your first iteration – I mean how much is your business or service going to change over the first 12 months alone?!

10 essential skills for the future (for when robots and automation replace you)

How do we stay competitive in the job market when robots and automation start to do our jobs better and cheaper than us?
Well, we cultivate what makes us human as capital to leverage new opportunities.

How do we do that?
We take advice from the World Economic Forum about what the 10 essential skills of 2020 are and we work on them NOW.

Why?
So we can build a future applying these skills to new pathways and grow as people and professionals.

First, what does the future look like?

Learning on-demand

How often do you search ‘How to…’ in Google?

We’re able to continually educate ourselves using the online world, and why wouldn’t we when all the information is just the click of a button away?

With our lives becoming busier, and our time becoming more precious, we want to consume our learning in short, bite-size pieces. We need that information quickly as we’re often ‘learning on the run’. We want more flexibility around what we learn, how much we learn and when we learn it.

So, shouldn’t all of this apply to the business world as well?

VIDEO: How to budget an eLearning project

I often get asked ‘How to budget an eLearning project’. So here are my 5 key tips when costing eLearning…

  1. Categorise what is high and low value when allocating budget
  2. Find the balance between written and curated content
  3. Know where and what to budget media on – e.g. animation, video or podcast
  4. Ensure you keep the original intent in the learning
  5. Seek feedback and sign off on the budget prior to production

Watch the full video to learn more!

VIDEO: How to work with eDevelopers and Graphic Designers

I often get asked ‘How to work with eDevelopers and Graphic Designers’. So here are my 5 key tips to ensure you successfully brief your eLearning project to the technical team…

  1. Understand your brief and ensure the brief is up to date 
  2. Learn any technical specifications required to communicate with this team easily
  3. Keep your review cycles to a minimum
  4. Allow the eDevelopers test the eLearning on the learning platform
  5. Work through any feedback in a constructive way

Watch the full video to learn more!