DevLearn 2014: The dead of the corporate LMS and WYSIWYG authoring?


DL14-badge-speaking_350DevLearn 2014 is approaching. Just three weeks and it will start. I have the honor of doing two sessions at DevLearn. One concurrent session about “Trends Leading to the End of the LMS” and one morning buzz session called  “The Death of WYSIWYG Authoring?”

Does this mean that I foresee doom for the eLearning industry? No it doesn’t. It means that we are in a period of fundamental changes. All changes will offer new opportunities, but will also make some victims. And I believe that the LMS and WYSIWYG authoring will be among the victims.

Session 206: Trends Leading to the End of the LMS (Wednesday October 29, 1.15 pm.)

There are many changes going on. They will lead to a lot of changes in our industry. In this presentation I will focus on why the corporate LMS is something from the past. The trends that I will be talking about are:

  1. The learner is taking control:
  • Self-directed learning
  • Personalization
  • Adaptive learning
  • Anywhere, anytime, any device
  • On demand
  1. Learning is moving to the business:
  • Informal learning, working smarter
  • Mapping learning goals to business goals
  • 70:20:10
  • Integration with performance support
  • Return on investment
  • Moocs
  • New Content
  • Curation

My presentation will be available for download at the conference website and app. But it mainly contains images and video. I will create a white paper with the full text. It will be available for download on the easygenerator website. You can also drop me a mail at k.spiro@easygenerator.com and I will send it to you after the conference.

MB29—The Death of WYSIWYG Authoring (Friday October 31. 7.15 am.)

I was really inspired by this years MlearnCon keynote Karen McGrane called “Content in a Zombie apocalypse”. She convinced me that we should move from WYSIWYG authoring to WYSIWYM authoring. At easygenerator we are in the middle of this transformation. Our old Windows based system uses WYSIWYG, the new web based authoring tool uses WYSIWYM. We should move to WYSIWYM because with responsive publications and the wide range of devices people are using you simply don’t know what your publication will look like. On top of that new devices are appearing (wearable’s like the smart watch and smart glasses) making this even more an issue. But if we ask users of the ‘old’ Windows edition what they like most about it they will very often answer the “WYSIWYG interface”. So this raises a whole bunch of questions:

  • Is WYSIWYG dead?
  • IS WYSIWYM the future
  • Should we offer both or maybe create a mix?
  • What does this mean for design

And much more. I hope to discuss these questions in this morning buzz session. 7.15 so bring your coffee.

As always I will try to post as many session reports as I can, so there will be much more about DevLearn on this blog.

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