As you may be experiencing firsthand, the COVID 19 crisis has pushed students out of the classroom and into the world of online learning. Experts predict that online and remote learning isn’t going anywhere and that most schools will continue with an eLearning hybrid approach. If digital is our future, how do we provide the best education for our learners?
Google, American Express, Uber, AirBnB, Zillow and Twitter are but a few of the companies that recently announced extended- or even permanent- telecommuting policies for their employees. According to the Brookings Institute, up to half of American workers are currently working from home, more than double the fraction who worked from home (at least occasionally) in 2017-18. While this switch to remote work is due to Covid-19, it’s commonly expected that telecommuting will extend long past the pandemic.
It used to be when one thought of the ‘future’ they may imagine The Jetsons; flying cars and teleportation machines. It sounds ridiculous, but at one time so was the idea of electricity or even the Internet seventy years ago. Now look at us, technology has evolved into being an important part of our everyday lives. We use our devices to communicate, order food (imagine explaining Grubhub to the average citizen in the 1950’s), meet people, read the news, and most importantly to learn.
You have searched high and low in the organization – and you think you have found the perfect SME to be part of your project – how do you ensure that they have all the skills that you need – that they can storyboard the learning experiences, that they can spin a good tale as a storyteller, that they can create assessments to truly see if your have learned something, and that they will be able to take the stage (in person or virtually) and facilitate a truly effective learning experience. You know what we mean right? How do you know if you have captured a unicorn?
Let’s talk about SMEs baby, let’s talk about you and me, let’s talk about all the good things and the bad things that maybe.
We hope that you will pardon our parody of the iconic hip-hop trio Salt-N-Pepa, but in our time of social distancing, we have a ton of time to rediscover music we love and it made for as catchy of a title as it did a tune. But now on to the point of our post:
The changing nature of work continues to evolve at an ever rapid pace. If you are a learning leader or a senior business leader you know this as more than most people. So why are the roles in L&D not evolving just as fast? Looking around we still see an awful of instructional designers, facilitators, and LMS administrators, however, we begin to shift the focus to the future of work and to how learners want to learn, we see the opportunity for many new roles and skill needs.