I like mind maps. Yesterday I was sitting in an airplane on my way back from the Learning Technology exhibition in London just playing with my Ipad. I started a mind map on all kind of terms related to learning, trying to get some structure in it. Here is my result:
This is by no means a complete overview of what we (or better said the learner) has to deal with. It shows the complexity and dynamics of the e-Learning field. What does this mean for us as a developer of an e-Learning authoring system?
I think it will mean a lot, we will have to adjust to this changing landscape. At this moment tools like easygenerator are being used almost completely to generate formal e-Learning courses. That is just one sub node of the mind map. The common denominator in all nodes is that content is being generated. That is interesting for us as a content creation and management platform. All that content is scattered over an increasing amount of tools that bring information to the learner/worker. We need to transform easygenerator to a platform were you can manage, organize and maintain all that information, we must develop from an e-Learning authoring system to a content authoring system. Enabling professional workers to create, gather, maintain, organize and publish all that information into all those platforms.
We use the term Blended learning for the mix between e-Learning and classroom training. But we need to blend much more. The blender must become a lot bigger in order to accomplish the above.