Learning 2009: Content is King but Content is the Kingdom

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Fresh off the plane from TED India at Mysore, Elliott Masie was kind enough to connect me virtually to discuss Disruptive Technologies at Learning 2009.

We had fun riffing on the things right around the corner for learning…..Location based learning that takes advantage of GPS devices, Identity based learning where you can be someone other than who you are and experience how it feels via immersive media, the proliferation of game based learning on platforms such as i-phone, and envisioning a world 10 years from now where learning and doing become inseparable and instructions in context trump instruction outside of it.

The next wave of technologies is ushering in the possibility of performance support on steroids where knowledge is instantaneously injected into the workflow at the moment of need. The network will know what you know, know where you are, know what you need and be able to deliver it in context in real time.

Sounds like the “Just in Time, Just Enough, Just for Me” mantra of Knowledge Management a decade ago. The difference here is that both the social and technological architectures are different this time around: It is about flows of dynamic interactions between people not stocks of static information accessed by an individual.

In the new netWORK learning era Information is the Currency, Individuals are the Transport Mechanism, Interaction is the Transfer Mechanism and Insight and Wisdom are the Outcome. The quicker you can tune your network to the issue or task at hand the more productive you are at accomplishing the task and, oh yeah, you learn a whole bunch while you are not looking to boot!